The 18ft Skiff NSW Championship 2013 saw brilliant sailing from the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers skiff team of Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and David O’Connor, who gave a wonderful exhibition on Sydney Harbour today when they took out race four in an 18-25-knots South-East wind.
After trailing Gotta Love It 7 by just three seconds at the first windward mark, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers grabbed the lead when Gotta Love It 7 capsized and from that point Thurlow’s crew were brilliant as they led clearly for the rest of the course.
The battle behind the winner saw many positional changes throughout the race before Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings) finally came home one minute and 25 seconds back in second place.
Pure Blonde (Tom Clout, Rob Bell, Matt Wark) worked her way through the fleet, after trailing early, to finish a further 5m9s in third place.
James Dorron and his Mojo Wine team showed their skill by finishing fourth after gear failure which prevented their use of a spinnaker on two of the latter runs.
John Winning’s Yandoo was fifth, to give the team the series lead on 16 points.
Overall standings has Smeg in second place on 18, followed by Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin) on 29, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers 31, Pure Blonde 34, Coopers-Rag and Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) and Mojo Wine on 35.
Thurlow Fisher and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn) won the start and were leading the group on the LHS of the course near Steele Point.
Gotta Love It 7 and Smeg elected to go to the right and sailed to the western side of Shark Island.
The two groups converged only 50 metres from the Rose Bay windward mark and there was little difference between them as Gotta Love It 7 led Thurlow Fisher Lawyers by the mere three seconds.
Shortly after rounding the mark, Gotta Love It 7 capsized and the resulting damage has caused serious damage to the hull, which could have a drastic affect on the team’s chances of defending their Giltinan title next week.
The conditions were took a heavy toll on the race as six teams failed to complete the course, while four others did not make it to the start.
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