The usual short handed team on AOE sailed well in the heat to keep Still Festering in sight for the entire race in conditions that suit the bigger boats with giant genoas. Rounding mark at 6, we chase SF who have hoisted big blue who were feeling the pressure of being chased and issuing a challenge to us battlers on AOE.
Up goes our kite and we receive a nice cool kick from the Nor Easter to carry us up the river to mark 3 then the finish.
At Searles monument we look back to see LOEG, at the Gladesville bridge and Next light approaching the mark. We pushed hard and finish about 6 minutes behind team Still Festering, and sat around waiting for our colleagues to eventually come up the river. Unbeknown to us the breeze that carried us away from mark 6 was the last breath of wind for the day, with our friends all drifting to a finish.