Meanwhile Aberdare gybed clear at the island and continued to lead down the almost square run to Clark Island. Aberdare was first to round at Clark Island with the breeze having filled-in, Australia IV 2nd followed by Alruth, The Mistake, Britannia, Tangalooma and Scot. Australia IV had an issue with their jib fastening on the bowsprit so headed towards the shore at Bradleys Head in order to fix the problem, unfortunately they lost a crew hand over the side and were forced to retrace their steps to pick him up, losing more time, then go into the shore, make the fix and rejoin in the race, albeit in last place.
Aberdare was first around the Chowder Bay mark with a clear lead and set off under main and jib for Shark Island, where they gybed, set a spinnaker and a ringtail for the run to the finish. Alruth and The Mistake had a great tussle with Alruth getting the upper hand on the run to the finish to take 2nd place over the line and a win on handicap. The Mistake was a close 3rd, then a gap back to Britannia just ahead of Tangalooma, and a further gap back to Australia IV who finished just ahead of Scot.
It was another great day to be out on Sydney Harbour and a great afternoon for the SFS sailors and supporters.
With thanks to our on-water support team of Barley, Mark, Michael, Russell, Peter, Adrienne, Felix, Chuck, Bill, Ian and the rest of our tireless volunteers, along with the dedicated team at Rosman Ferries. We look forward to seeing you down at the Squaddie.
Results for Sat 10th December 2016.