Until very recently, Cabbage Tree Island bad remained a predator-free petrel paradise, well worth the long haul from the feeding grounds.
He'd been sent from Paris to develop a pox virus for rabbits and claim a 25,000 [pounds sterling] reward offered to whoever could develop a control for these introduced pests, which were ravaging Australia's pastoral lands, Pasteur's nephew set up a research institute on a nearby island and, in an ill-conceived experiment, released a collection of poxy rabbits oil Cabbage Tree Island.
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.
A fleet of 23 in the Cabbage Tree
Island race was cut to 18 after the yachts took a battering in excessive winds and seas.
Five yachts were forced to retire from the Cabbage Tree
Island event with boat damage taking its toll.
With four races put to bed in the 2012/2013 BWPS, Victoire is fifth overall, after finishing fifth in the Cabbage Tree
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).
The soldiers had not been given pikes so Venables tried to improvise them from cabbage trees