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18ft Skiffs Australian Championship final race


'Gotta Love It 7 - Winning action - 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship 2013-14'    Australian 18 Footers League ©


Gotta Love It 7 became the 2013-2014 Australian 18ft Skiff champion after another brilliant win in the final race of the championship on Sydney Harbour today.


Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Ed Smythe (replacing the regular for’ard hand Sam Newton, who was married yesterday) again proved their dominance with the 2 rig on the North-East course to win by 53 seconds.

Coopers 62-Rag and Famish Hotel off Nielsen Park - 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship 2013-14 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

Coopers 62-Rag and Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Harris) also sailed superbly as the team pushed the 7 crew all the way.

The gap back to third was two minutes and forty eight seconds but the race for that position produced the highlight of the day as three boats crossed the finishing line just nine seconds apart.

Fisher and Paykel continues to improve - 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship 2013-14 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

Fisher and Paykel (Grant Rollerson) and Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson) fought hard and looked to have that position between them until Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones, Jeronimo Harrison, James Dorron) flashed in on the port gybe to take third by two seconds from Fisher and Paykel.

Five teams went into today’s final race with just four points separating them.

Race for third at the finish - 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship 2013-14 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

Mojo Wine and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) were equal leaders one point ahead of Gotta Love It 7, but 7’s win gave the team a final pointscore of nine points, one ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, with Mojo Wine finishing third on 12 points.

It was a great finish to a closely-fought championship and makes the upcoming 2014 JJ Giltinan Championship, supported by Sydney City Marine, a must see event.

Today’s race was sailed in a moderate North East wind which didn’t reach the strength predicted earlier in the day.

After an even start it wasn’t long before Gotta Love It 7 had taken the lead narrowly from Coopers 62-Rag and Famish Hotel.

(Micah Lane), De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn), Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Mojo Wine, Fisher and Paykel, Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) and Sydney City Marine (David Witt) were leading the next group.

Gotta Love It 7’s lead was 15s from Coopers 62-Rag and Famish at the Beashel (windward) Buoy, followed by Appliancesonline, Fisher and Paykel, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Mojo Wine, Asko Appliances and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs.

The downwind speed of the red machine is unmatched with the number 2 rig and 7’s lead at the bottom mark off Clarke Island was out to one minute and five seconds.

Thurlow Fisher’s chances of winning the title also vanished when she capsized as the crew was endeavouring to effect a penalty turn.

The second windward beat saw Coopers 62-Rag and Famish get to within a couple of boat lengths of Gotta Love It 7 and was only twelve seconds behind the leader at the Beashel Buoy.

The 7 team gybed early and once again extended the lead over Coopers-Rag to 35s at the Clarke Island mark.

The final lap of the course saw the positions remained unchanged between the two leaders, while the group behind them were providing all the action.

Finish

Placings

 Recall #

 Boat Name

Finish Time

Elapsed

Time

 Handicap

Corrected

Time

H/cap

Position

1

7

GOTTA LOVE IT 7

15:52:53

1:13:53

0

1:13:53

6

2

6

COOPERS 62-RAG & FAMISH HOTEL

15:53:46

1:14:46

2

1:12:46

2

3

3

ASKO APPLIANCES

15:56:34

1:17:34

4

1:13:34

4

4

10

FISHER & PAYKEL

15:56:36

1:17:36

4

1:13:36

5

5

11

MOJO WINE

15:56:43

1:17:43

0

1:17:43

11

6

5

APPLIANCESONLINE.COM.AU

15:57:11

1:18:11

3

1:15:11

9

7

8

SMEG

15:57:14

1:18:14

3

1:15:14

10

8

12

LUMIX

15:58:03

1:19:03

5

1:14:03

7

9

1

THURLOW FISHER LAWYERS

15:58:08

1:19:08

1

1:18:08

13

10

2

YANDOO

15:58:25

1:19:25

8

1:11:25

1

11

4

DE’LONGHI-RABBITOHS

15:58:52

1:19:52

7

1:12:52

3

12

13

RABBITOHS-KENWOOD

16:00:51

1:21:51

7

1:14:51

8

13

14

THE KITCHEN MAKER

16:04:03

1:25:03

7

1:18:03

12

14

17

COMPASSFOREX.COM.AU

16:08:07

1:29:07

10

1:19:07

14

15

18

VIAGOGO

16:08:58

1:29:58

10

1:19:58

15

16

9

PURE BLONDE

16:17:13

1:38:13

8

1:30:13

16

17

15

HAIER APPLIANCES

16:20:58

1:41:58

7

1:34:58

17



Charge down the first spinnaker run - 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship 2013-14 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  


Close racing - 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship 2013-14 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  


Race for third at the finish - 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship 2013-14 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  


De’Longhi-Rabbitohs was strong all day - 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship 2013-14 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

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