Roman Tarnawsky skipper of Can Can writes, “Sydney Harbour at its best; sunny and a building north easterly breeze for the start of a race with many unfolding tactical options. The fleet was split between those carrying a No. 1 and those with something smaller.
A good start by all, with an imminent decision on crossing the Manly ferry or tack onto port early, to be made. As the fleet approached Middle Head, another split in the fleet occurred with some going early towards Manly West, whilst the remainder continued towards North Head. Going early proved to be a pleasant ride for a change, with both wind and sea in harmony, the only issue was constant chorus of ‘up up’ to clear Dobroyd.
A pleasant spinnaker run ensued from Manly, with those choosing to sail slightly hotter and gybe off Clarke and head for DM gaining a slight advantage over those apparently sailing by the lee to the mark. By this stage, the wind had built to the extent that some may have been ruing their decision to go with the No.1. A good work out up to EC, with the welcome reprieve of a quick downhill ride back to DM.
Around once more, ‘Just hang on and don’t stuff up’ to the finish. And what a finish it was. Second and third boats over the line separated by10 seconds and fourth and fifth separated by 23 seconds. With a lot of luck and an exceptionally smooth sprayed bottom, courtesy of Ned and his team, we beat both First 35s over the line for the first time.
Another great day on Sydney Harbour.”
Photos by John Jeremy