Until very recently, Cabbage Tree
Island bad remained a predator-free petrel paradise, well worth the long haul from the feeding grounds.
Peter Harburg's 100-foot Reichel/Pugh Black Jack was the first across the line after leading from the start and building a healthy advantage over closest rival Wild Oats XI, who had to retire while on the return from Cabbage Tree
due to time constraints.
Daylight revealed none had really been able to capitalise on the shifts, and the first ten boats rounded Cabbage Tree
Island in a building southerly that allowed the remainder of the fleet to run down with increased pace to the island off Port Stephens.
In the lead-up, Balance was second in IRC Division 1 of the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race and won the Cabbage Tree
Five yachts were forced to retire from the Cabbage Tree
Island event with boat damage taking its toll.
Last year she smashed the 13 year-old Sydney Gold Coast record and the Cabbage Tree
Island Race record.
They went on to an excellent third overall in the Flinders Islet Race in September, fifth in October's Bird Island Race, and were 11th in November's Cabbage Tree
Island race, showing promise of things to come.
In November, she finished 12th on IRC in the Cabbage Tree
Finished 11th in the Cabbage Tree
Island race in November and still holds onto second place overall in the Blue Water Pointscore, behind Wild Rose.
Tony Kirby launched his latest Patrice, a Ker 46, in November just prior to the CYCA's Cabbage Tree
Island Yacht Race, finishing fourth overall, and is one of the brand new yachts in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart.
She also holds the race record for the CYCA's Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race (22hrs, 3mins, 46secs, set in 2012) and the CYCA's Cabbage Tree
Island Race (12hrs, 15mins, 55secs, set in 2012).