First double for Ron Garner’s Compo

COMPO, skippered by Ron Garner, took out its first ever combined fastest time and handicap win sailed over the upper harbour around Drummoyne.

The handicap win cements their narrow lead in the season’s point-score series with four races still remaining in the season.

The loss of five minutes from their Saturday starting handicap of 13 minutes will make the task of further high placings just that much more difficult.

Drummoyne Sailing Club 16s faced the starter for a handicap start in a light 10 knot easterly breeze which proved to be ideal conditions for Compo who were first away, and not sighted by the back markers until they returned to the beach after the race.

Compo’s lead was so dominant they had finished unrigging and had their boat back in the club before the next boats returned to the beach.

Among the back markers, Waterways (Kirk Mitchell) off three minutes, Thurlow Fisher (Matt Peat) two minutes and scratch skiff Deloitte (Bruce Moore) were always destined to have a close tussle around the course.

Deloitte managed to close the gap on its rivals under spinnaker at the end of the first lap and for the remaining three laps of the course each boat eked out a small lead over its rivals, only to lose it again at the bottom end of the course where the breeze tended light and flukey.

Thurlow managed to cross the finish in second with Deloitte and Waterways in a tight battle for third and fourth spots.

This Saturday features the seventh and final heat of the Club Championship series with Deloitte and Thurlow neck and neck to secure the championship.

Racing starts at 2.30pm and all are welcome to watch the racing from the Drummoyne Clubhouse in St Georges Crescent.