AFB won the start nicely at mid line followed to windward by FGO and RBO – XWP trailing unusually – and the sprint on starboard to the first tack was on.
It was relatively smooth sailing to Longnose where the first tallship appeared and RBO opened up a handy margin on FGO and AFB, but after that from there to Fort Denison it was Russian Roulette and both FGO and AFB gained significantly with top sailing as RBO struggled to navigate Balls Head, Goat Island (including a badly timed cross with LOEG where the tack was delayed too long and we lost the sun………should have ducked the transom…….) and the vagaries of the north shore till after Fort Denison.
All three boats got past the Fort nicely then kept up highish through the water off Whiting Beach to keep out of the tide – numerous bad lees from a ferries and cruiser tallships were navigated in a top harbour sailing afternoon – RBO finally rounded the Taylor Bay mark and off we went for home.
The breeze went east a bit and the kite set was affected, scrappily getting past the cardinal mark and then bearing away. RBO gybed and headed for the north side of the fort, keeping a watch on and managing rogue breeze paths (one a mongrel which must have been over 20 and shuddering the whole rig as we bore away and grimly held it) out of the northeast / north. AFB did well fast main+genoa reaching coming out of Taylors with a delayed kite set, and overtook FGO. The two sailed nip and tuck all the way home in a breeze which was dying a bit by Drummoyne. XWP soldiered on stoically.
The scratch and hcap positions were the same, with the order RBO, AFB, FGO and XWP. Another weekly sailing fix done.
Here are the good racing shots from today. .