We rounded #4 mark to run square back to Cabarita. Barry went below to get the small spinnaker up on deck and set up. I grabbed the spinnaker pole and brought it up, we were not ready to hoist so I stowed in on the boom as usual. I figured we would gybe soon so I put it on the lee side of the boom. Once we were settled and had the spinnaker ready we would see if she wanted to gybe. The boom would not come across, puzzled we persisted in trying to get the boom across but it was going nowhere. It was at this time that Barry noticed that when I put the pole on the boom I had put it around the front shrouds. We were locked to the shrouds. Woops, that could have been ugly.
Barry, shaking his head and muttering something about crew performance, sorted it and we hoisted the small spinnaker in somewhat challenging conditions. We were able to carry the spinnaker on all downwind runs.
As we headed back from #2 we were a little surprised to see the shortened course board up, however being wringing wet it was nice to get back a bit early. We were back, packed up, in the bag and back to the club, all in time to welcome Memphis across the line.
A soggy but most enjoyable race.