The day started with the threat of freshening south winds down the harbour. Observations before the start though put us in two minds about which headsail to use. A few judicious web checks determined it was #2 weather, so that was that sorted.As usual, all three yachts had a slightly different line to hit the start on.
With an early starboard call on LOEG, SF slipped out to lead which would remain for the rest of the race.The wind proved rather fickle giving the headsail trimmer plenty of work all the way to the harbour bridge. A fleet of etchells made life interesting just past Fort Denison, with our skipper threading the needle with astute care. The cameo appearance of the current ASBA champion Jim Dwyer (Australian Sports Boat Association) on the SF main made for an interesting day. SF is a bit bigger than his Elliot, and it took a little while for him to get to know just how SF likes to be sailed. We rounded the Shark Island YA mark and set the kite immediately for the run home. And what a run it was. I hope that LOEG saw the kite that they have been wanting to see for the past few weeks (for the vision impaired, it is blue).The southerly bullets kept all on board on their toes, and the spinnaker trimmers very busy. We dropped the kite after Long Nose Point for the work up to Snapper, then launched again for the run up the Drummoyne shore. We thought it might be a little shy up past Five Dock Bay, but carried the kite all the way home to the welcome sound of the finishers hooter. We didn’t get to see much of the AOE during the race, but it was a pleasing sight to see those barrel chested men coming home right on the tail of LOEG. They were close enough to take out second place on handicap, with the final handicap results being SF, AOE and LOEG. Veni vidi vici.See you all out on the water for the next thrilling instalment of life in Division 1.