Race 4 of the 2016-17 Season, Heat 4 of the Spring Point Score and Heat 1 of the Club Championship.   Overnight and morning rain cleared for an overcast sky with a gradient breeze from the NE that looked set to build for a good afternoon of racing.    The Rosman Ferry “Regal II” was back in action this week for another delightful 2 hour cruise to take in the activity on Sydney Harbour with the added prospect of viewing the historical 18ft skiff action up close, albeit in need of some additional patronage.

Seven skiffs were on hand with most rigged conservatively in expectation of the breeze freshening. The race got underway off Double Bay on the No.1 NE Course from a well contested scratch start (with the class flag being flown upside down on the Killara II).  The tide was almost at the end of its run making for relatively flat water, allowing the skiffs to make good progress on the beat down to the Beashel Buoy.  The breeze on the eastern shore favoured the starboard tack while over on the western shore the port tack was favoured, with a mixed bag of conditions in the middle.

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Aberdare, under a reefed no2 mainsail made good progress on the beat to round the Beashel Buoy with a comfortable lead, followed by Australia IV, then Alruth and Tangalooma together, then The Mistake, Britannia and Scot.

Aberdare extended her lead on the downwind legs, while Australia IV, Alruth and The Mistake were engaged in a good tussle for the remaining podium places.   Aberdare was unchallenged on the final beat, while Alruth lost time due to a broken lee cloth, allowing The Mistake to move up to 3rd place.

Aberdare went on to set a ringtail to the finish and score a comfortable win, taking a win on both handicap and AHSSA Rating in the process.   Australia IV sailed to a well-deserved 2nd place followed by The Mistake, Alruth, then Tangalooma, Britannia (under ringtail) and Scot.

With thanks to our on-water support team of Chuck, Stu, Roy, Russell, Peter, Adrienne, 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.

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