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