Race 12 of the 2016-17 Season and fourth Heat of the Summer Point Score. After one of the hottest Sydney nights ever recorded, 7 skiffs were on hand to contest the first SFS race for 2017, and no doubt many crews and supporters were eager to get out on to the cooler waters of Sydney Harbour for some heat relief.  The week southerly change that emerged late in the morning soon showed signs of abating and backing around to the East / SE. In addition, Harold Cudmore was back in town for his annual pilgrimage to represent rest of the world as skipper of Yendys in the upcoming Australian Championship.

The race got underway from a handicap start off Kurraba Point on the no.2 Easterly course into a 10 – 12 knot E/SE breeze and a very substantial run-out tide. Rig choices varied between full size no.2 rigs and 2 skiffs with no.1 rigs. Britannia and Tangalooma were first away off 14 mins for the beat up to Shark Island, followed soon after by The Mistake on 12 then Alruth and Australia IV on 11, then a long wait for Yendys to start on 2mins followed by Aberdare on Scr. All skiffs elected to head off on a long port tack towards the Garden Island shore where they picked-up maximum assist from the strong outgoing tide and a SE lift from Rushcutters Bay. Tangalooma was first to round Shark Island for the long square run back to Kirribilli, with a good lead followed by Britannia, Australia IV, The Mistake, Alruth, then a gap back to Yendys and Aberdare.

Photo courtesy of Mark Bramley

Tangalooma maintained her lead down the run to Kirribilli, with 4 skiffs setting ringtails to good effect on the long run against the tide, and the back markers making up time on the lead group. Tangalooma was first to round at Kirribilli for the beat to Clark Island with a good lead from Australia IV, Britannia, The Mistake, Alruth, Yendys and Aberdare. Tanagalooma continued to hold a good lead at Clark Island for the starboard tack lead up to Shark Island with Yendys now closing in on the lead group.

Tangalooma was first to round Shark Island for the long run back to the finish at Kurraba Point, followed by Yendys, Australia IV, Britannia, The Mistake, Aberdare and Alruth. Once again ringtails were set by Yendys, Britannia, Aberdare and The Mistake, with Yendys gradually closing in on Tangalooma, and Aberdare also close at hand as the makings of a very tight finish became apparent. The race was just a little bit too long for Tangalooma, with Yendys sliding through to leeward just before the finish to take the gun by just 4 secs then another 30 secs to Australia IV in 3rd just 3 secs ahead of Aberdare, and again just 4 secs separating Britannia from The Mistake, with Alruth in 7th place. An exciting finish to an interesting race.

With thanks to our on-water support team of Barley, Brian, Stu, Russell, Peter, Adrienne, David, Chuck, Eva, Nancy, Bill, David, Bill 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 14th January 2017.