Race 13 of the 2016-17 Season and Race 1 of the Historic 18 Footer Australian Championship. 8 skiffs were on hand to contest this event with skippers and crews taking a keen interest in the weather before making the all critical rig choice. The overnight southerly change had moderated and was showing signs of moving around to the south-east, albeit a bit patchy with alternate periods of light and fresh breeze. All skiffs opted for no.2 rigs, most with the smaller no.3 jib. Good to see Myra Too back in action for the first time this season, and Michael Chapman back on the helm as stand-in skipper for John Winning on Aberdare.
The race got underway from a scratch start off Kurraba Point on the no.3 SE course and small run-in tide, with Yendys, Myra Too and Aberdare starting near the committee boat and then sailing a long starboard leg towards Bradley’s Head, while Australia IV, Alruth and The Mistake tacked away early to head for the Garden Island shore. On approach to Clark Island, as they crossed tacks, Aberdare held a slight lead over Yendys and Myra Too, and then rounded in that order, for the tight reach to Taylor Bay, followed by Australia IV, Alruth, The Mistake, Tangalooma and Britannia.