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Tangalooma continued to lead the way from Taylor Bay to Shark Island, with a minimal number of tacks required to make the windward mark. Alruth and The Mistake loomed up to challenge Britannia for 2nd place. Tangalooma was first around the Shark Island mark for the long square run back to Kirribilli, setting their recently acquired (ex-Aberdare) single luff big spinnaker on a port pole. Britannia, Alruth and The Mistake rounded in close company and also set port poles, but then Britannia opted to gybe and reset their spinnaker on a starboard pole along with a ringtail as the breeze went further into the east. Australia IV followed, then Aberdare both with starboard pole spinnakers, and a ringtail on Aberdare. Towards the end of the run Tangalooma, Alruth and The Mistake were unable to make course to the mark and had to drop their spinnakers and gybe early in order to make the mark under main & jib, just ahead of Britannia.
Tangalooma’s lead was now reduced with Alruth and The Mistake having closed up. Unfortunately, a minor issue at the end of the Alruth’s bowsprit turned into a major disaster when, in the process of sorting it out, the bowsprit collapsed, ending their race. Tangalooma was first around Clark Island for the run to the finish with The Mistake in hot pursuit, then Britannia, Australia IV and Aberdare now closing in. Tangalooma and The Mistake engaged in a great tussle down the final run, with Britannia looking comfortable in 3rd place, until their spinnaker poles collapsed under load and broke into many pieces in spectacular fashion half way down the run. Tangalooma held on to win by just 3 secs from The Mistake, then a few minutes back to Britannia in 3rd closely followed by Aberdare and Australia IV. A day of mixed fortunes and pending repairs.
With thanks to our on-water support team of Barley, Stu, Russell, Judith, Peter, Adrienne, Felix, Chuck, Bluey, 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 3rd December 2016.