Please select your home edition
Edition
Allen 2018 US A4866XB 728x90

18ft Skiff: End to end wins in both races in Spring Champs

by Sail-World.com/nz 12 Nov 2018 23:31 PST 13 November 2018

No report from Frank Quealey, understand he is in hospital, we wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.

There were two races sailed on Sunday in the Spring Championship for the Chris Webb Memorial Trophy.

Sailing in 13-16kts ENE, both races were dominated by end to end winners - Asko in Race 5 and Finport Finance in Race 6. It was a day of big rigs vs small as the breeze went through the crossover point in Race 6.

The racing was sailed under the three buoys system which is a type of handicap race. At the top of the course the race committee lays three buoys approx 100mtrs apart. Each skiff according their handicap are given a list of the buoys they have to go around.

For example, Smeg has the biggest handicap so has to go around the furthest buoys each lap. The lowest handicap skiff will go around the closest buoys each lap so the handicap unwinds as the race progresses. The first boat to finish is the winner.

In Race 5 Asko (James Dorran, Paul Montague and Harry Bethwaite) got a stunner of a start at the pin end and led all race, sailing with a big rig in the 13kt ENE breeze. Behind Asko, there was plenty of place swapping, and the occasional capsize, with Rag and Famish coming through at the finish, but was always under control by Asko who were just 5secs ahead.

Finport was third another 38 seconds back, and then it was Dal Zotto in fourth over 2 minutes astern.

In Race 6, the fleet learned Asko's lesson from the previous race, with the pin end being a very popular spot in the breeze which stayed at 13kts from ENE. Asko again got away in the lead, while Yandoo and Noakes getting in each other's way soon after the start and both capsized trying to clear the start line.

Bing Lee was a further casualty at the start being OCS and didn't return. R Marine had a close call after she ran out of runway off the start line and capsized very close to the rocks.

At the top mark for the first time, it was Finport (Keagan York, Matt Stenta and Charlie Gundy), dropping a piece of their lead with a tack right on the mark. It was close through the bottom gate for the first time as the bunched fleet tried to pick a line into the marks and handle a variety of kite drops. Finport went hard right and picked up good pressure and angle emerging with an increased lead, as the breeze increased to 16kts.

As Dal Zotto in second place found out, it was not a good day to be lugging the big rig uphill - but downwind was a different story. The places remained the same to the finish with Finport finishing 22secs ahead of Dal Zotto and The Kitchenmaker third, seven seconds back.

The racing was notable for having two female skippers - Katie Love from San Francisco, sailing Lumix and local Yvette Heritage on Quality Marine Clothing.

Related Articles

18ft Skiff Queen of the Harbour 2019
Corinne Feldman crowned in traditional Sydney skiff season closer Corinne Feldman today became the 2019 18ft Skiff Queen of Sydney Harbour when she teamed with Jack Sprague, Tim Narborough and her son, Josh Feldman on Dal Zotto to win the Australian 18 Footers League's time-honoured Queen of the Harbour race. Posted on 17 Mar
Buckland and McDiarmid reflect on JJ Giltinans
Seven times winner of the JJ's Andrew Buckland and Honda's David McDiarmid reflect on Kiwi dominance In the 2019 JJ Giltinan series NZ's Honda Marine won the JJ's with a race to spare and dominated the series with five wins from nine races, seven times winner Andrew Buckland, and winning skipper David McDiarmid looks at the reasons why. Posted on 13 Mar
Honda Marine go back to back with a race to spare
Successful JJ Giltinan defence capped off with a win in the final race The New Zealanders on Honda Marine, David McDiarmid, Matt Stevens and Brad Collins were formerly announced as back to back JJ Giltinan trophy winners in the 18ft Skiff after winning the championship with a day to spare. Posted on 12 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship race 9
Honda Marine became the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan champions New Zealand's Honda Marine 18ft Skiff team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins became the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan champions today, when they successfully defended the title they won last year on Sydney Harbour. Posted on 10 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship race 8
A brilliant performance by ASCC team The New Zealand champion ASCC team of Josh Porebski, Jack Simpson, Dave Hazard, produced a brilliant performance to win Race 8 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour. Posted on 9 Mar
JJ Giltinan proving to be a regatta for the ages
In Sydney, New Zealand's defence of the JJ Giltinan Championship is progressing well In Sydney, New Zealand's defence of the JJ Giltinan Championship is progressing well with two races left in the regatta. Posted on 8 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship races 6 & 7
ASCC and Honda Marine share the honours The New Zealand 18ft Skiff teams ASCC and Honda Marine shared the honours with comfortable wins in Races 6 and 7 on Day 5 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour today. Posted on 7 Mar
JJ Giltinan: C-Tech flies on Day 3
"We've never felt like that before. The boat just took off," Matt Coutts - C-Tech New Zealand skiff C-Tech (Alex Valling) had a memorable day on the third day of racing in the JJ Giltinan Championship for 18ft skiffs on Sydney harbour. Posted on 6 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship race 5
Wacky evening race after a long delay waiting for the wind With a lack of wind at the scheduled race start time, and the prediction of more wind due later in the afternoon, race officials decided to hold the teams on shore until a firm decision could be made about the day's racing on Sydney Harbour. Posted on 6 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship races 3 & 4
Smeg team move clear into second place after strong performance today Australia's Smeg team of Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Mike McKensey starred on Day 3 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship with a win and third placing in the two races today, to move into clear second placing after four races. Posted on 5 Mar
Melges IC37 2019 FooterNaiad 660x82px_TouristMarine Resources BOTTOM