Race 10 of the 2016-17 Season, Heat 2 of the Club C’ship and second Heat of the Summer Point Score. Brilliant summer conditions greeted sailors and supporters, with an east/nor’east breeze in early, making the rig decision straightforward, with intermediate sails for most skiffs while a few opted to carry a single reef in their mainsail in expectation the breeze may build as the afternoon progressed. 7 skiffs headed out from Careening Cove a bit earlier than usual in order to navigate their way out through the restricted access zone in place to accommodate the “stadium” venue that had been created for the Extreme Sailing Series event Kirribilli. Anyone venturing out on the SFS Rosman supporters ferry would have had an excellent view of these proceedings both on the way out and later on the way back in, in addition to the usual excellent day out on the harbour following the SFS race.
The race got underway from a scratch start off Clark Island on the no.1 NE course, tide running in, and the breeze tending ENE on the eastern shore while over on the western shore it was NE. It was a well contested start with Aberdare getting off the line just ahead Alruth, Australia IV, The Mistake, Tangalooma, Britannia and Scot. The skiffs were in close touch for much of the first beat down to the Beashel Buoy with Aberdare gaining some extra time on the final approach to the mark where the breeze was shifting around. Aberdare was first around the Beashel Buoy for the run to Shark Island followed by Australia IV, Alruth, The Mistake, Tangalooma, Britannia and Scot. Alruth under bigger sails made good time down the run but it all came undone when a spinnaker halyard block disintegrated, stopping their progress instantly, forcing them to re-group and re-start their chase.