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18ft Skiff Spring Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 7

by Frank Quealey 15 Nov 01:17 PST 15 November 2020

A great all-the-way win to the Smeg 18ft Skiff team in today's final race of the Australian 18 Footer League's Spring Championship series wasn't enough to take the overall title from today's second placed Yandoo team, which finished four points ahead of its nearest rival.

After the seven races, Yandoo (John Winning, Mike Kennedy, Jasper Warren) finished with a total of 29 points, followed by Australian champion tech2 (Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt, Lewis Brake) on 33, and today's winning Smeg team (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge, Trent Barnabas) in third place on 40 points.

Winning Group (John Winning Jr.) finished fourth on 50 points followed by Bird and Bear (Tom Clout) on 58 and Finport Finance (Keagan York) on 62 points.

The 'threat' of a freshening north east wind convinced most teams to go for their smaller #2 rigs and the race to the first set of 3-buoy windward marks was both exciting and close as the fleet was spread wide across the harbour.

Andoo (Marcus Ashley-Jones), Finport Finance, Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley) and Smeg were prominent along with tech2 and Bird and Bear.

With such a close battle in the leading group, the first rounding was critical as the experienced Smeg team only had to go to the centre mark while most of the other leaders had to sail to the furthest mark.

Smeg quickly grabbed the lead from Andoo and Yandoo, which also gained at the centre mark.

On the following spinnaker run back to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island in Rose Bay, Smeg opened up a break over Yandoo with a group led by The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis), followed by tech2, Andoo, Finport Finance, Winning Group and Ilve (Pedro Vozone).

Smeg's lead was between 25-30s at the bottom mark and the first four placings remained unchanged at the fleet headed back to the windward marks off the Beashel Buoy for the second time.

The race took on a completely different look this time as Smeg had increased her lead to one minute over Yandoo.

The racing behind the two leaders was close and positions changed often over the next two legs of the course.

The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone, Andoo and tech2 were having a wonderful battle on the spinnaker run down the centre of Sydney Harbour while a mini race was taking place between three teams, Finport Finance, Shaw & Partners and Winning Group which had been disadvantaged by having to sail each lap to the longest mark.

After a lengthy retirement from the 18s, Anthony Young made a return to the class as skipper of Rag & Famish Hotel and showed he still had the skills as he brought home in fourth place after being well back in the fleet in the early stage of the race.

After strong southerly winds and a light wind race day last week, today's conditions were a good guide to the upcoming NSW Championship, which begins on Sydney Harbour next Sunday, as well as an opportunity for the new teams to the 18s this season to check their pace against the more experienced teams.

Race 1 of the NSW Championship will be conducted next Sunday, November 22.

Spectators can follow the racing on board the club's spectator ferry, however due to the COVID-19 policy, numbers are limited.

Booking online through the club's website www.18footers.com is essential. See https://www.18footers.com.au/18-footers-sailing/spectator-ferry/

For those unable to make it out onto the water, AeroMedia Live Broadcast team will be on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action. Live streaming is available at www.18footers.com by clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

18ft Skiff Spring Championship Race 7 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElasped
1Smeg (Michael Coxon Jnr / Ricky Bridge / Trent Barnabas)16:08:0801:23:08
2Yandoo (John Winning / Jasper Warren / Mike Kennedy)16:09:0801:24:08
3Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)16:09:3301:24:33
4Rag & Famish Hotel (Anthony Young / Otto Henry Pete Nicholson)16:10:5901:25:59
5thekitchenmaker.com.au (Jordan Girdis / Lachlan Doyle / Darren Mckavanagh)16:11:2401:26:24
6Andoo (Marcus Ashley Jones / Cam Gundy / Jeronimo Harrison)16:12:1401:27:14
7Winning Group (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)16:13:1301:28:13
8Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall)16:13:4801:28:48
9Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)16:14:0801:29:08
10Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley / Harry Bethwaite / Shaun Conner)16:14:2601:29:26
11Ilve (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)16:14:4001:29:40
12Lazarus Capital Partners ( Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)16:14:4601:29:46
13Bird and Bear (Tom Clout / Gus Williams / John Walton)16:16:1301:31:13
14Vintec (Tom Cunich / Alex Marinelli / Flynn Twomey)16:16:4401:31:44
15The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Kirk Mitchell / Matt Coutts / Charlie Gundy)16:20:4901:35:49
16Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage / Rory Cox / Sam Worrall)16:23:5801:38:58
17Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood / Alex Chittendon / Ben Psaltis)16:27:3601:42:36

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