Near collision takes place at Australian 18 Footers League
by Frank Quealey on 17 Nov 2012
With a split second separating from what could be a fatal disaster, Asko Appliance’s skipper Marcus Ashley-Jones and the Kitchen Maker’s Malcolm Page showed their composure and sailing expertise to calmly maneuver their boat off a possible collision with a young kayaker during the Australian 18 Footers League off Sydney Harbour last Sunday.
11 november 2012 229 Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League http://www.18footers.com.au
When A young lady decided to go for a paddle in her kayak on Sydney Harbour last Sunday afternoon she got a little more excitement than she could have expected.
Her quiet little world got a rude shock when she found herself directly in the path of two 18ft Skiffs racing each other under spinnaker to the finish line off Double Bay.
Marcus Ashley-Jones (Asko Appliances) was in the windward position and able to quickly avoid the young lady, but The Kitchen Maker was under a lot more pressure to avoid a nasty collision.
Fortunately for the startled kayaker, The Kitchen Maker was in the very experienced hands of Olympic Gold Medalist Malcolm Page and his crew of Cameron McDonald and Darren McKavanagh.
Despite Cameron being forced up into the spinnaker of Asko Appliances in a sudden manouvre, The Kitchen Maker crew managed to avoid the collision leaving the young lady with a tale to tell her friends later.
Cameron McDonald had praise for her after the race: 'She was caught in a very difficult situation but handled it really well'.
'She didn’t panic and we were able to go past her without too much worry'.
The Australian 18 Footers League has a spectator ferry following each race and it may be a safer and much more pleasant way for her to watch future races.