With summer slowly making its way back to Sydney Harbour and many people getting ready for the almost clockwork north-easterly breezes, mother nature decided to give the fleet a little reality check with a strong but manageable south westerly to test the competitors skills.
With only a portion of the usual 32 boat fleet out competing in the race and little public traffic to contend with, it meant that crews had free reign of the whole race course to do with as they pleased.
George Waldthausen’s Superfine was able to have a conservative day being the only entrant in Div1. However, the team still came out swinging being the first and only boat to hoist a spinnaker at the top mark to make sure they are ready for the next two weeks racing and keep on top of the leader board.
Div2 saw CYCA Director Justin Atkinson’s Young 88 Kia Kaha take first place, even with a few changes to the normal setup the team was still able to get the best out of the boat.
“The forecast had been looking strong for a few days, so I just took all my old sails. We didn’t put up a spinnaker but with just the jib we were still able to be doing at least nine knots down wind. Even with the big wind it was a great day,” said Justin.
“Most of my normal crew are up at Hamilton Island Race Week so I had a few other friends out with me just having a go at different positions and learning some new skills.”
In Div3 the top of the leader board is getting tight with Tea for the Tillerman taking first place in this week’s race which has them now sitting on equal points with Applejack who have both been consistently near the top in the stronger breeze.