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.

Tangalooma and Australia IV join Extreme Sailing

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.