Last Saturday saw the first Lion Island Race of the Summer Season, which encompassed the Ocean Pointscore, Combined Pointscore and Two-Handed Pointscore.
The race signalled the start of the Combined and Two-Handed Pointscores for the 2020-2021 season with a strong showing of two-handed crews taking on the cold and drizzly conditions.
Setting off from the 1000hrs start in Sydney Harbour, the 46-strong fleet beat its way north in a building 15-18 knot north-north-easterly sea breeze. Once again though, the stronger breeze was short-lived and began to gradually ease from 1430hrs when many crews were still not long around Lion Island.
With the wind slowly running out of puff, it was a tactical afternoon which saw many of the light-wind crews take full advantage of the conditions.
Richard Williams’ Sydney 38 Calibre made the most of the conditions taking out the top spot in the Ocean Pointscore on PHS Handicap, with Steve Watson’s J130 Ragtime coming home first in the Combined Pointscore Division 1, Les Goodridge’s X 50 Wax Lyrical in Division 2 and Pete Franki’s Sydney 36 Salt Shaker likewise for the Two-Handed Pointscore.
On IRC Handicap it was Tony Kirby’s TP52 Patrice which clinched the line honours and corrected time victory in the Ocean Pointscore, a great effort in the first hit-out for the new boat. IRC victories also went to Seb Bohm’s TP52 Smuggler in the Combined Pointscore Div1, Wax Lyrical Div2 and Salt Shaker in the Two-Handed Pointscore.
Congratulations to all competitors!