Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik 2021 Season 2 LEADERBOARD

18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 8

by Frank Quealey 23 Feb 2020 00:29 PST 9 February 2020

The defending champion Shaw & Partners Financial Services team of James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite and Steve Thomas (replacing Tim Westwood on the day) led all the way against a strong fleet to score a clear victory in Race 8 of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on an incredibly busy Sydney Harbour today.

Shaw & Partners easily won the start and kept her chances alive to retain the title when the team scored a 1m13s win over a determined Finport Finance team (Keagan York, Angus Williams and Dan Phillips) which challenged for the entire length of the course.

Smeg (Micah Lane, Ricky Bridge, Peter Harris) was a further 3m44s further back in third place, followed by championship leader Tech2 (Jack Macartney), Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards) and Appliancesonline.com.au (Brett Van Munster).

With two short-course races scheduled for next Sunday's final day of the Australian Championship, Tech2 (after each team discards her worst performance to date) leads the points table on 15 points, followed by Finport Finance and Shaw & Partners on 23, Smeg and Appliancesonline.com.au on 28 and The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines on 31.

After a short delay while a large cruise ship moored in the middle of Sydney Harbour, Shaw & Partners easily won the start from the pin end of the line and quickly opened up a break over the rest of the fleet, which was headed by Birkenhead Point Marina (Tom Anderson) and Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage).

While most of the fleet elected to sail a course towards the middle of the harbour on the long windward leg to the Beashel Buoy, the Shaw & Partners team stuck closely to the northern shore in the 5-10 knot NE breeze.

When the fleet reached the Beashel Buoy, Shaw & Partners held a 27s lead over Finport Finance with Rag & Famish Hotel another 13s back in third place.

Smeg and Birkenhead Point Marina were also in touch with the leading group but there was a break over most of the fleet headed by Vintec (Kirk Mitchell) and Noakes Blue.

The two leaders chose different tactics at the wing mark where Finport Finance gybed inside Shaw & Partners and gained slightly on the run between the islands to the bottom mark off Clark Island. The lead at that point was down to 15s.

The first four positions had remained unchanged on the run from the windward mark, but The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines improved her position as she moved up from 8th to be in a handy fifth place.

On the following windward leg back to the Beashel Buoy, an outgoing tanker played havoc with the fleet and allowed the two leaders to get away from the challengers.

Worst affected was Smeg which was unable to cross ahead of the tanker and lost valuable time, as well as any chance of reducing the lead.

It was now a two boat race over the remaining legs of the course. Shaw & Partners continued to hold the 15s advantage over Finport at the second windward mark then consolidated the lead with an outstanding spinnaker run down the middle of the harbour to Clark Island.

With a 45s break over Finport Finance and only one lap of the course to sail, the Shaw & Partners team were never troubled as the crew sailed faultlessly for their 1m13s victory.

Over the final lap of the course, spectators on the League's spectator ferry were treated to a close up look at the GP50 boats as they practiced for next week's event on Sydney Harbour.

The final two races of the Australian Championship will be sailed next Sunday.

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 be out on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action. For those who can't make it onto the water, live streaming is available at www.18footers.com and clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

Race 8 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElaspedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron)16:37:5901:42:59001:42:591
2Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York)16:39:1201:44:12001:44:122
3Smeg (Micah Lane)16:42:5601:47:56001:47:568
4Tech2 (Jack Macartney)16:43:2701:48:27001:48:279
5Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards)16:44:2301:49:23201:47:236
6AppliancesOnline.com.au (Brett Van Munster)16:44:3501:49:35201:47:357
7Vintec (Kirk Mitchell)16:45:1401:50:14601:44:143
8The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett)16:45:4101:50:41201:48:4110
9thekitchenmaker.com.au (Jordan Girdis)16:45:4801:50:48401:46:485
10Yandoo (John Winning Snr)16:47:4301:52:43601:46:434
11Birkenhead Point Marina (Tom Anderson)16:47:5701:52:57401:48:5712
12Bird and Bear (Tom Clout)16:48:4501:53:45201:51:4515
13Dal Zotto (Jack Sprague)16:50:4101:55:41601:49:4113
14Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage)16:51:3401:56:34601:50:3414
15Ilve (Pedro Vozone)16:51:5401:56:54801:48:5411
DNCNoakesailing (Sean Langman)     
DNCWinning Group (John Winning Jnr)     
DNFQueensland Team 1 (Dave Hayter)     
DNFRMarine Pittwater (Marcus Ashley Jones)     

Related Articles

The Australian 18 Footers League Academy
An exciting new concept to encourage and educate new recruits The Australian 18 Footers League has established an exciting new concept to encourage and educate new recruits, or recently recruited, young sailors to the high-speed world of 18ft Skiff racing. Posted on 21 Oct
18ft Skiffs: Finport Finance, a 'new team'
Experienced crew to feature in the 18ft Skiff 2021-22 season Keagan York's Finport Finance will feature a brand new team when it lines up against 17 other top performers at the Australian 18 Footers League for the club's 2021-22 season on Sydney Harbour. Posted on 16 Oct
The League's new 18 footer season on the way
Moving ahead at full speed in preparation despite the pandemic situation in Sydney Despite the uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic situation in Sydney, the Australian 18 Footers League has been moving ahead at full speed in preparation for its 87th season of continuous 18ft skiff racing on Sydney Harbour. Posted on 4 Oct
18ft Skiffs: John 'Woody' Winning, Iron Man
36 seasons of 18ft Skiff racing for the 69-year-old skipper Few knowledgeable sailing individuals would question the opinion that modern or 1950s 18 footers are one of the world's most demanding boats to race. So how does a 69-year-old manage to skipper one of the modern 18s each Sunday for 36 seasons? Posted on 30 Sep
Changing style of Sydney 18 footers in the '60s
The infuence of champion skipper Len Heffernan on the class Len Heffernan was a champion 18ft Skiff skipper, designer and boat builder of the 1950s and 60s, who changed the style of the Sydney 18 footers in the early 1960s, but never gets the recognition that he deserves. Posted on 20 Sep
The Australian 18 Footers League - the Beginning
Conducting 18ft Skiff racing continuously for 87 years on Sydney Harbour The Australian 18 Footers League (formerly known as NSW 18 Footers League) has been conducting 18ft Skiff racing continuously for 87 years on Sydney Harbour since its first year of competition in the 1935-1936. Posted on 16 Sep
The British 18 Footer Challenge
The British challenge to conquer the world of 18 footers began in 1973 The British challenge to conquer the world of 18 footers began in 1973 when Alf Reynolds built the first 18 in England, but even the pioneering Alf possibly wouldn't have believed then how successful those following him would be. Posted on 5 Sep
2021 UK 18ft Skiff National Championship
The fleet was keen to show who was the top dog Last weekend was the much anticipated 2021 UK 18ft Skiff National Championships. After a year away from racing, the UK fleet were keen to show who was the top dog and so the racing was always going to be tight. Posted on 30 Aug
18ft Skiff racing at Calshot
A weekend of being comfortable with the rig you've put in This weekend's skiff racing was a case of being comfortable with the rig you've put in and accepting that at some points, it might have felt like the wrong call! Posted on 6 Aug
Harris Brothers, World 18ft Skiff Champions
Two brothers, both winners but on different boats Two brothers winning JJ Giltinan world 18ft Skiff Championships is not too rare. There have been at least ten 'brothers' winning boats in the 71 championships held so far Posted on 5 Jul
J Composites 2020 - FOOTERZhik 2021 Season 2 FOOTERVaikobi 2021 FlexForce - FOOTER