The Mistake was first to round at Point Piper for the beat back up to Kurraba Point followed by Tangalooma, Alruth, Australia IV, Scot and then Aberdare who had a fast run for the final section into the mark. The Mistake led the way on a long port tack across to Athol Bay followed closely by Tangalooma, Alruth and Australia IV. Aberdare and Scot also followed this line from well back. As the lead skiffs sailed into Athol Bay conditions lightened off and once again became challenging with the lead group committed to work along the Mosman shore. Aberdare sailed out of wind off Bradleys, tacked-off to make a long starboard leg across the tide towards Garden Island. Alruth was first to round the Kurraba Point mark for the run to Clark Island followed closely by The Mistake, Tangalooma, Australia IV and Aberdare having made up time on the lead group, with Scot now well back, possibly under-rigged, and doing it tough in the light and fickle conditions.
Alruth led the way to Clark Island with the following skiffs closing up together as they approached and rounded the island. The final beat back to the finish was a very challenging task with little wind, the odd sporadic gust and against an adverse tide. Alruth continued on the same approach they had used all race, heading across to the Mosman shore followed by The Mistake, Australia IV and Tangalooma, while Aberdare went to the Garden Island shore. As the skiffs converged to the finish Alruth emerged as the clear winner by just over 1 min from Aberdare, followed by Australia IV and The Mistake locked together, then Tangalooma. Scot, having fallen well back, retired earlier rather than attempt the last 2 legs of the course.
With thanks to our on-water support team of Barley, Brian, Roy, Russell, Peter, Adrienne, Nancy, David, Louise, Felix, Chuck, Bill, Ian, David 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 17th December 2016.