9 crews competed in this year's 8km Challenge race, including travelling crews from Orange, Bathurst and Nowra. Once again, the wind conditions negated the use of the Scotland Island course, so crews races 4 laps from the Bay to the first yellow Channel buoy and return. Placings were: 1. Nowra (46.25), 2. Different Strokes (46.48), 3. Bei Loon (47.26).