At the boat it was the usual bit of light maintains reload the Esky, next we see Willo and George rowing to the boat. All aboard so up goes our main, drinks called as we head down to the club.
Talk then starts about sail selection for the harbour, with a run out tide and the wind on our back coming home. The right selection of the jib can make our day.
SF (Still Festering) is in Looking Glass Bay and only have a main up, Will they make the line on time.
The rest of the boats now all want to be as close as possible to the Rowers shed for the start, X (Axis of Evil), VD (Van Demon) and BV (Black Velvet) circle each other for the inside, horn goes and we are all away, SF just got there on time.
The first run to Wrights Point with the short tacks should sort out boat positions for the run to the bridge. They round the Blue buoy in this order SF, VD, the very close together X and Loeg with BV a bit further back. The fleet in general hug the shore line points and island to the bridge with some changes in positions. All then split up on different sides of the harbour, next time together will be YA
Rounding Mark at Shark island. Think the order now is Loeg, SF, VD or X followed by BV.
Now with the wind at our back up goes Big Red, we have good speed, SF has no Spinnaker, only 3
crew could be the problem, don’t see the rest of the fleet. Busy looking out for other
racing boats on the way back to the bridge. We miss the large working ship as it turns south
at Goat Island with thanks.
Less traffic and steady speed, the next boat we see is Xena along the Drummoyne shore, home is now not that far away as we pass them at Gladesville Bridge.
Cross the finish line and wait for the rest of the fleet to finish, Looking back we see the mast of SF.
But the boat is not moving, yes the tide is running out but it can’t be that strong as VD sails past them.
Did they run aground trying to hug the shore line out of the tide, the sand did move a lot
over Winter and from all the rain we have had, Yes they are now moving I could be wrong.
Thanks to all skippers, crew and Starters for an Enjoyable day on the water. LoEG Crew