The forecast on the morning of the race was for a 15 – 25 knot Sou’ Easter, and this proved to be correct for the whole race.
There were 5 starters, including the new boat Conquista skippered by Alan Bull -Welcome aboard Alan - and it was the first race managed by the new committee vessel Free Neasy, in the very capable hands of John Stewart.
With the fresh breeze, all boats got away to a good start – especially Blue Sky who decided to hoist a kite at the start line and fight all the way to Bradleys Head Channel Marker, before settling down to a great run all the way to Manly.
Back on Martela, there were a couple of malfunctions and she never really got close enough to the rest of the fleet to see what fun and games were underway elsewhere, until finally getting close to G-Whiz around Shark Island on the work home.
In the end it was the new boat Conquista who crossed the line first, followed by Megisti about 16 minutes later. Coming in third was Blue Sky just over a minute after, followed by G-Whiz in another 6 minutes or so, with Martela hot on her heels 15 seconds later