Race 10 of the 2017-18 Season and Heat Two of the Summer and Season Point Scores, Race One of the Club Championship. Conditions were ideal for sailors and supporters, with sunny skies, a light to moderate easterly breeze and the harbour at high water. 8 skiffs were on hand to contest this race, with most electing to use their no.1 big rigs, while Australia IV opted for a full size no.2 rig with 6 crew instead of the usual 7.
The race got underway from a scratch start off Kurraba Point on the no.2 Easterly course. Aberdare got away well from the middle of the line with Yendys and The Mistake well positioned further to windward. All skiffs tacked onto port at the first opportunity to make the most of the left hand lift off the Mosman shore. There was plenty of other sailing activity on the harbour to negotiate as the skiffs continued on port tack well down harbour until the breeze moved more to the right off Point Piper, for a starboard approach to northern side of Shark Island.
Aberdare was first to round at Shark Island for the square run back to Kurraba Point, followed by Yendys, Australia IV, The Mistake, Tangalooma, Scot, Alruth and Britannia. Aberdare set a ringtail for this run, and carried it most of the way even though the breeze moved around to the left on the last section of the run making for a tight approach to the bottom mark. Aberdare rounded the Kurraba mark with a good lead for the tight leg across to Clark Island, followed by Yendys, The Mistake, Australia IV, Scot, Tangalooma, Alruth and Britannia. The breeze had now freshened and was at the top end of the range for most big rigs, with Australia IV well served under 2nd rig, where they were able to pass The Mistake.
Aberdare led the way from Clark Island for the final beat up to Shark Island where they rounded with a good lead for the final run back to the finish. Yendys was comfortably placed in 2nd, with Australia IV and The Mistake having a good tussle for 3rd spot. Aberdare set a smaller spinnaker for the final run that they carried all the way to the finish to win by a comfortable margin, followed by Yendys, Australia IV, The Mistake, Tangalooma, Scot, Alruth and Britannia. Australia IV was first on handicap from Aberdare and The Mistake.
With thanks to our on-water support team of Barley, Russell, Roy, Peter, Adrienne, Chuck, Bill, Janis and Bill, post-race support from Ross, Coral and Margot, Angove Wines 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 next week.