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18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour - Day 1

by Frank Quealey 20 Jan 00:38 PST 20 January 2019

The Winning Group team of John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton took the honours after extremely light winds created a drama packed day one of racing at the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

A lack of wind forced a 45 minutes delay to the programmed start time and very little wind (5-7 knots) was all the teams had to work with over the windward-return course.

With two races scheduled to be sailed on the opening day, the race officials shortened the course of the first race from three laps to two laps in an attempt to get a second race sailed.

When a large cruise liner sailed out of the harbour as the officials prepared for the second race, the wind disturbance the liner created then forced them to abandon the attempt.

The Winning Group's margin was 1m57s from Asko Appliances (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Marcus Ashley-Jones), with The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis, Tom Quigley, Lachlan Doyle) a further 31s back in third place.

Bing Lee (Micah lane) finished fourth, ahead of Vintec (Kirk Mitchell) and Smeg (Michael Coxon).

The lead changed several times in the flukey wind conditions as the fleet headed for the windward mark after the start, but Vintec, The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone, Winning Group and Asko Appliances were always in the leading group.

Vintec won the battle for the lead and held a narrow lead over The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone as spinnakers were set for the run back to the bottom mark.

Most of the fleet sailed the left hand side of the course, past Nielesen Park to Steele Point, but Asko Appliances and John Winning's Yandoo elected to sail on the northern shore.

At the twin buoys bottom mark, the Asko Appliances team elected to go to the buoy on the left while Vintec and The Kitchen Maker chose the other buoy.

Asko's move won the day and the NSW champions soon opened up a break over the fleet.

The experienced Winning Group team was now making a move on the lead and grabbed the lead from Asko Appliances as the pair approached the windward mark.

As the light breeze had also split the fleet and the time the race was now taking had blown out well above the time to stage two races, the decision was made to shorten the course.

The approaching liner made the decision a no-brainer.

Winning Group was superb in the fading breeze on the run home and the winning margin increased dramatically.

NOTE: The Australian 18ft Skiff Championship will be sailed over nine races and will conclude on Sunday, February 17. Race dates are; Sundays January 27, February 3, February 10, February 17.

For those who can't make it onto the water lLive streaming is available on 18FootersTV.

The JJ Giltinan Championship will be sailed on Sydney Harbour from March 2-10.

Race 1 Results:

PosBoat Name (Skipper)FinishElaspedHandicapCorrected
1Winning Group (JOHN WINNING Jr)16:10:3700:40:37200:38:37
2ASKO Appliances (JAMES DORRON)16:11:3400:41:34100:40:34 (JORDAN GIRDIS)16:13:3500:43:352.500:41:05
4Bing Lee (MICAH LANE)16:14:2600:44:261.500:42:56
5Vintec (KIRK MITCHELL)16:17:2500:47:252.500:44:55
6Smeg (MICHAEL COXON)16:17:2700:47:27000:47:27
7MMM (TOM ANDERSON)16:18:3500:48:35300:45:35
8The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (ARON EVERETT)16:18:4700:48:47500:43:47
9Noakesailing (SEAN LANGMAN)16:20:1400:50:14300:47:14
10Rag & Famish Hotel (BRYCE EDWARDS)16:20:2800:50:28300:47:28 (BRETT VAN MUNSTER)16:21:5400:51:542.500:49:24
12RMarine Pittwater (SIMON NEARN)16:22:1000:52:10300:49:10
13Quality Marine Clothing (YVETTE HERITAGE)16:22:2400:52:24500:47:24
14Lumix (KATIE LOVE)16:22:2900:52:29500:47:29
15Yandoo (JOHN WINNING)16:24:3200:54:322.500:52:02
16Dal Zotto (JACK SPRAGUE)16:30:3001:00:304.500:56:00

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