Please select your home edition
Edition
Rooster GETSEASMART 728x90

18ft Skiff NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 4

by Frank Quealey 14 Dec 2019 23:23 PST 15 December 2019

The Smeg crew of Micah Lane, Ricky Bridge and Peter Mackie sailed beautifully in the 12-16 knot NE wind to take out Race 4 of the NSW Championship, but it was the second-placed Winning Group which has wrapped up the championship with still one more race to be sailed after the fleet resumes racing on January 12.

Smeg led the fleet at every rounding mark and finally crossed the finish line just 7s ahead of Winning Group (John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin and Lachlan Gilmore, who was replacing the injured Sam Newton).

Tech2 (Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt, Rhys Mara) battled with both Smeg and Winning Group throughout the race and came home a very good third, 22s behind Winning Group.

The extremely consistent, and ever-improving The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett) was fourth, followed by Shaw and Partners Financial Services (James Dorron), Noakesailing (Sean Langman), Noakes Blue (Rory Hunter), The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis) and Birkenhead Point Marina (Tom Anderson).

Despite each team being allowed a discard of the worst performance, Winning Group has a score now of only five points from the four races, and no other team can get a better score from the final race.

After each team discards the worst result to date, the table shows Winning Group on net 3 points, followed by Shaw and Partners Financial Services on 9, The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines on 10, Smeg on 12, Appliancesonline.com.au (Brett Van Munster) on 12 and Tech2 on 17.

The Oak took the lead shortly after the start in today's race, but a battle soon developed between Smeg, Shaw and Partners and Tech2 as the race settled down on the windward leg to the Beashel Buoy.

Smeg held a 10s lead from the defending champion Shaw and Partners team, while Tech2 was a further 15s back, followed by Winning Group and The Oak.

A large group, headed by The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis) was next with Appliancesonline, Noakesailing (Sean Langman), Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards), Noakes Blue (Rory Hunter), Dal Zotto (Jack Sprague), Yandoo (John Winning), Vintec (Kirk Mitchell), Finport Finance (Matt Stenta), and Birkenhead Point Marina.

The three leaders continued their battle on the spinnaker run to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island, then the run between Shark Island and the bottom mark off Clark Island.

Tech2 showed good downwind speed to move ahead of Shaw and Partners and was only 3s behind Smeg as the fleet turned for the second windward beat up to the Beashel Buoy.

Winning Group was still fourth, 35s from the leader.

Smeg was outstanding on the long work from Clark Island to the Beashel Buoy and pulled out a 1m lead over Tech2, which was still 20s ahead of Shaw and Partners and Winning Group.

From that point, Smeg was never really challenged for the lead but the battle amongst the challengers was intense as Winning Group continued her charge through the fleet.

Over the final lap of the course, Winning Group reduced Smeg's lead to 35s at the final windward mark then challenged strongly on the final spinnaker run between the islands to get to just 7s behind the winner, Smeg.

Race 4 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElaspedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Smeg (Micah Lane)16:06:0501:21:05001:21:057
2Winning Group (John Winning Jnr)16:06:1201:21:12101:20:125
3Tech2 (Jack Macartney)16:06:3401:21:34001:21:349
4The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett)16:07:2201:22:22101:21:228
5Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron)16:07:3601:22:36301:19:364
6Noakesailing (Sean Langman)16:09:1701:24:17001:24:1712
7Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage)16:09:2901:24:29801:16:292
8thekitchenmaker.com.au (Jordan Girdis)16:10:0101:25:01401:21:016
9Birkenhead Point Marina (Tom Anderson)16:10:1701:25:17901:16:171
10Vintec (Kirk Mitchell)16:11:2501:26:25801:18:253
11AppliancesOnline.com.au (Brett Van Munster)16:12:5001:27:50201:25:5013
12Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards)16:12:5601:27:56401:23:5611
13Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York)16:13:0301:28:03201:26:0315
14Yandoo (John Winning Snr)16:15:5801:30:58501:25:5814
15Ilve (Pedro Vozone)16:17:1501:32:151001:22:1510
16RMarine Pittwater (Marcus Ashley Jones)16:20:5101:35:51801:27:5116
DNCBird and Bear (Tom Clout)     
DNFDal Zotto (Jack Sprague)     

The Australian 18 Footer League's racing will now go into recess for the Christmas-New Year period. Racing will resume on Sunday, 12 January when the club will stage Race 5 (final) of the NSW Championship.

Spectators can see all the teams while they are rigging, then follow the racing on board the club's spectator ferry, which leaves Double Bay Wharf, alongside the rigging area, at 2pm.

Book online through the club's website www.18footers.com.

AeroMedia Live Broadcast team will also be out on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action for those who can't make it onto the water. The livestreaming is available by going to www.18footers.com and clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

Also follow all the club's racing throughout the entire 2019-2020 Racing Season:

  • Club Website - www.18footers.com
  • Twitter - @18skiff
  • Instagram - @18skiff
  • Facebook - International 18Ft Skiff

Related Articles

The best of the last 10 years at Looe SC part 2
Mark-rounding chaoes, missed toe-straps and capsizes galore! Following on from part 1 which we published last week, here's more great action from on the water at Looe SC in the UK, including Redwing mast-rounding chaos, Enterprise & Redwing crews missing the toe-straps and an 18ft Skiff righting going wrong. Posted on 29 Mar
Sailing adjusts to a Coronavirus world
Andy Rice & Mark Jardine discuss worldwide sailing events Andy Rice & Mark Jardine discuss a rapidly changing world held in the grip of coronavirus, and celebrate the fact that the 18ft skiffs still competed on Sydney Harbour for the JJ Giltinan Trophy. Posted on 20 Mar
Honda take third JJ's in a row
Nic Douglass talks to the team on Sydney Harbour today The Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins took their third in a row JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff World Champs today with a race to spare! Posted on 19 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship race 8 & 9
Honda Marine team wrap up third consecutive win Defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins took out the third consecutive JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship after another impressive performance in the final two races of the regatta on Sydney Harbour today. Posted on 19 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship race 6 & 7
Defending champion go into the final two races with a slim lead The defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins hold a narrow points lead over their nearest rival as the fleet goes into the final two races of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour tomorrow. Posted on 18 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship race 3, 4 & 5
Three different winners in the light SE breeze on Sydney Harbour Three windward-return course races staged on Day 3 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today produced three different winners in the light SE breeze. Posted on 17 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship race 2
Another race win for the Honda Marine team The Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins tightened their grip slightly on the 2020 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship when they scored their second win of the regatta in Race 2 on Sydney Harbour today. Posted on 15 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship race 1
Defending champions start their campaign well on Sydne Harbour The defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins began their attempt to win their third consecutive JJ Giltinan Championship when they scored a come-from-behind win in Race 1 on Sydney Harbour today. Posted on 14 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Invitational Race
Tech2 leads the Australian 18ft Skiff challenge The traditional Invitation Race for the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship was sailed on Sydney Harbour today in a 12-15-knot North East wind. Posted on 13 Mar
Live coverage of the 2020 JJ Giltinan Championship
World's top twenty-four 18ft Skiffs line up to contest the event When the world's top twenty-four 18ft Skiffs line up to contest the 2020 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour, from 14-22 March, the AeroMedia Live Broadcast team will be alongside and above the fleet sending vision of the action to all parts Posted on 12 Mar
SOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 BottomSydney to Auckland 2021 - FOOTERMarine Resources 2019 - Footer