Race 9 of the 2016-17 Season and first Heat of the Summer Point Score. A welcome early morning southerly provided some relief from the heat of the previous day, but by mid-morning the southerly was beginning to fade and move around to the south-east. The 7 skiffs in the boat park had no hesitation in setting up their no.1 big rigs for the day, first time this season for the big sails to come out to play.
The race got underway from a handicap start off Kurraba Point on the no.3 SE course, with a run-out tide and the wind showing early signs of going further around to the east. Limit boats Britannia and Tangalooma started together for the leg across to Clark Island, followed 1 min later by Scot and Alruth, then 2mins to the Mistake and another 2 mins to Australia IV, then a 10 min gap to Aberdare, who also had to deal with an incoming bulk carrier ship crossing their path, right on-queue.
Tangalooma was first to round Clark Island for the tight main & jib reach to Taylor Bay with a good lead on Britannia followed closely by Alruth, then Scot, The Mistake, Australia IV and Aberdare well back. On the approach to Taylor Bay, Scot shaved the corner a bit too close and managed to wrap their leeward rigging around the Cardinal Mark to the east of Bradley’s Head, which then required outside assistance from Barley’s support RIB to un-ravel, following which Scot retired from the race.