“Last year was a rookie season as I’d been out of the 16s for a few seasons while (regular crew) Alex (Chittenden) has come from the 13s and James (Warner) , out of the dinghies (class) and hadn’t sailed skiffs at all,” Warner explained.
“We had to work out how we’d go as a team and work out a few bugs on the boat.
“We did that and they (Alex and replacement Bowman, Tim Westwood) were as stoked to win (the sprint series) as I was,” Warner said.
But the skipper acknowledges there are bigger tests to come.
Next Saturday Manly host the first heat of the club championship, the third leg of the silverware trifecta after the state and national titles.
There have been five different winners in the five races leading up to the club championship opener, underlining the depth of the Manly fleet.
“We know everyone has been building up to the club champs and they’ll be ready,” Warner said.