Spaan­der­man’s Crunchtime pre­vails

Albany Extra - - Sport - Des Beeck

Two skip­pers and crews who don't fea­ture too of­ten in the win­ners’ cir­cle were re­warded with wellde­served wins on hand­i­cap in the last sail­ing day for 2018 on De­cem­ber 22.

Di­vi­sion 1 skip­per Jack Spaan­der­man had an ex­cel­lent day out with Crunchtime when he sailed ex­cep­tion­ally well to his hand­i­cap to beat some fan­cied ri­vals.

Both di­vi­sions 1 and 2 com­peted in King Ge­orge Sound cour­ses in ex­tremely hot con­di­tions and a steady east­erly of about 12 knots.

Mur­ray How­son had Sit­ting Bull in its usual po­si­tion, well in front, with a good spin­naker run which kept him there.

It was a bunched fleet in the chan­nel as they headed into the sound for sev­eral legs be­fore com­ing back into the har­bour.

A big move by Marco Gi­un­toli had Scap­pata in front in the sound but he lost his way and Brett Hawker had Jessie James up with the lead­ers and look­ing good while Spaan­der­man had Crunchtime do­ing well and clos­ing the gap to the lead­ers.

Sit­ting Bull was first back into the har­bour for the fi­nal two legs with Hawker sit­ting on How­son's tail.

The in­ter­est now was on Scap­pata and Crunchtime as they be­gan clos­ing in on the lead­ing two.

Although Sit­ting Bull crossed the line ahead of the fleet it could only record fastest time in an­other fine ef­fort.

Crunchtime was de­clared win­ner on hand­i­cap with Jessie James tak­ing sec­ond and Scap­pata in third place.

Di­vi­sion 2 had a fleet of five and Josh Hughes in Joker was the early leader and look­ing great but was caught by Bob Giles in Foot­loose.

Neil Wor­rell's Zuri which had missed the start be­gan the daunt­ing task of catch­ing up.

Stephen Brown with a skele­ton crew in Mary Mait­land was also mov­ing well in the early stages.

Gary Ea­ton found the con­di­tions to his lik­ing and had Farr Star mov­ing briskly un­der spin­naker, and it prob­a­bly was his largest and no doubt helped him in keep­ing close to the lead­ers. Ea­ton was sail­ing well to his hand­i­cap and was re­warded by be­ing de­clared the win­ner.

Josh Hughes stayed in sec­ond spot through­out to take sec­ond place in a fine dis­play and Zuri made up for its tardy start to take third place.

The Fy­ing Fif­teens put on a tremen­dous match race in their har­bour course com­pe­ti­tion. It was one of the clos­est fin­ishes be­tween these great ri­vals for the sea­son.

In the early part of the pro­ceed­ings FFor­ever Young, skip­pered by Si­mon Lu­cas, was over a minute in front but with the breeze drop­ping to­wards the end of the race Aileen Lu­cas in Crazy, and be­ing the light­weight, surged to the lead and crossed the line a mere three sec­onds ahead to gain a first and fastest.

Pic­ture: Des Beeck

Di­vi­sion 1 yachts scram­ble for the lead in Satur­day's race, won by Jack Spaan­der­man in Crunchtime.

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