Also on maintenance projects, the piers are in, the rails are on their way, and the steps will be fitted soon, so the safe loading of all sailors into the clubs dinghy is not far away.
Now to the race.
As we leave the club, in one of the last ferry trips, the starter Bruce arrives. The AOE tiller man is a happy chappy, as the ENE breeze is in.
The crew from Firefly arrive, but only to pump out there boat believing the report of a harbour breeze of 35 knots would hit us up the river. Sorry folks you missed a great day on the river.
Having tuned the boat, the skipper decides to rest his crew and allow all to hydrate on the mooring. With 12 minutes to go we leaving the mooring and approach the starting area. The big masts are out to bully us again this week, but with no Black Velvet. Perhaps the gear failure of 2 weeks previous is having an extended effect?
Next Light come thumping across the river saying we are ready for this. Still Festering is powering about,as is LOEG. In one of the truly great starts of the season, we are at the rowers pontoon with Next Light beside us and powering down the river. Still Festering is to leeward of the group then LOEG.
The little boat, AOE takes Abbotsford Point, then Searles by maintaining great height and picking the nose out of the shifts with the fleet following.
SF start to exert control of the race at Five Dock Bay. Approaching the mark at Hunters Hill the breeze goes on holidays, with all of us struggling in the lee of the headland, but Willo on LOEG has found a breeze channel and just cruises to the mark with ease as we all struggle.
Our kite set is not one of our best, as we get going the positions going back under the Gladesville bridge are SF, LOEG, AOE & Next light on our tails.
Over the course of the race the scratch positions do not change. A number of great gusts see us thundering down the river at 7 knots at times (quick for a little boat :)) and the fitting on the tiller is smiling, Steve up the front has done a great job throwing up the spinnaker, pulling it down and resetting the jib so many times he must be stuffed as I am. The breeze may have hit 15 -20 knots in the big gust today, another great day on the river.
Putting the boat away we wonder if we had done enough to win today. And if so do we win the Spring point score.
The winner is announced and it is that little boat Axis Of Evil. With the big hearted team. Somewhere Kim Jong Il is smiling.