The freshening breeze combined with the strong run-out tide made for a steep and difficult seaway for the long beat down to the Beashel Buoy. Britannia was struggling and then forced to retire early in the race before their situation became too perilous, she was soon followed by Australia and Australia IV with similar issues – all made it back to the club without further problems.
Meanwhile Tangalooma sailed away to a clear lead that she held all the way to the finish. Alruth held on to 2nd place comfortably throughout the race. Yendys moved up to finish in 3rd place and take fastest time. The Mistake played it safe coming in 4th while Scot also sailed safe to complete the course in 5th place. Well done to all crews on a very testing day, apparently the wind chill was quite noticeable and the pumps were constantly in use.
With thanks to our on-water support team of Chuck, Stu, Ian, Brian, Peter, Adrienne, David, Naveen, Russell, Louise, Felix, Bill and the rest of our tireless volunteers on the support craft, along with the dedicated team at Rosman Ferries. We look forward to seeing you down at the Squaddie, next week.