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18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour - Races 6 & 7

by Frank Quealey 7 Feb 2021 00:59 PST 7 February 2021

The defending champion tech2 team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake produced a last-minute victory in Race 7 of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship, on Sydney Harbour today, to take a narrow lead in the series with just two more races to be sailed.

After each team discards their worst result so far, tech2 has a total of 10 points, just one point ahead of the Smeg.

The two windward-return races on Sydney Harbour today produced a wide variety of results when conditions went from 12-14 knots in the early race (Race 6) to 15-20 knots in the latter one (Race 7).

In Race 6, Smeg was an early leader on the windward leg from Taylor Bay across the harbour into Rose Bay, but The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines team of Aron Everett, Courtney Mahar and Charlie Gundy grabbed a 10s lead from Smeg as the fleet approached the Rose Bay mark.

Once in the lead, The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines gave no other team a chance, and despite a late challenge by Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys and Josh Porebski) took out the race by 13s.

The early leader Smeg (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Trent Barnabas) also came home strongly to finish in third place, a further 9s behind Noakesailing.

Finport Finance (Keagan York) was fourth, followed by tech2, which recovered from a below par first windward leg, and Andoo (Marcus Ashley-Jones).

As Race 7 began, the breeze also began to freshen and created a great battle by the four leading teams as they approached the first windward mark.

With less than 10s between the four teams, Andoo led narrowly from Smeg, Shaw and Partners Financial Services and tech2 as the four teams struggled to gain an edge with a quick spinnaker set.

Smeg was looking in good shape before she capsized when the crew were approaching the bottom mark on the first lap of the course. This left tech2 with a narrow lead over Shaw and Partners Financial Services and Andoo as the fleet battled the freshening wind on the work back across the harbour into Rose Bay.

Shaw and Partners was the only top team with the smaller #2 rig on the day, After struggling throughout Race 6, the team was now at their best in the new conditions and opened up a break of 25s over tech2 at the final windward mark when spinnakers were set for the run to the finish.

The larger spinnaker on tech2 enabled the defending champion team to over-power the rookie Shaw and Partners Financial Services team (Jim Colley, Harry Bewhwaite and Shaun Connor) and cross the finish line 17s ahead.

After her earlier capsize when in the lead, Smeg made a wonderful recovery to finish a further 1m1s further back in third place, ahead of Yandoo (John Winning), Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood), and Noakesailing.

Progress Points, after discard to date: tech2 10pts, Smeg 11pts, Noakesailing 26pts, Finport Finance 28pts, Shaw and Partners Financial Services 31pts, Winning Group 36pts.

Race 8 of the Australian Championship, will be conducted next Sunday (February 14).

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 is essential.

For those unable to make it out onto the water, the club's live broadcast team will be on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action. Live streaming is available at by clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

Race 6 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElaspedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / Courtney Mahar / Charlie Gundy)15:18:2600:33:26200:31:261
2Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)15:18:3900:33:39200:31:393
3Smeg (Michael Coxon Jnr / Ricky Bridge / Trent Barnabas)15:18:4800:33:48100:32:487
4Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York / Dan Phillips / Phil Marshall)15:19:3200:34:32200:32:326
5Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)15:19:5800:34:58000:34:5817
6Andoo (Marcus Ashley Jones / Cam Gundy / Zac Barnabas)15:20:1800:35:18200:33:1810 (Simon Nearn / Brandon Buynik / Kurt Fatouros)15:20:3300:35:33400:31:332
8Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)15:20:4100:35:41200:33:4112
9Winning Group (Micah Lane / James Dorron / Peter Harris)15:20:4300:35:43100:34:4316
10Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley / Harry Bethwaite / Shaun Conner)15:21:2600:36:26200:34:2614
11Noakes Blue (James Turner / Rory Cox / Ben Bradley)15:21:3200:36:32300:33:3211
12Vintec (Tom Cunich / Alex Marinelli / Harry Hall)15:21:4600:36:46300:33:4613
13Rag & Famish Hotel (Anthony Young / Matt Pearce / Alex Gough)15:21:5500:36:55500:31:554
14Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood / Alex Chittendon / Felix Daverio)15:22:0300:37:03500:32:035 (Jordan Girdis / Lachlan Doyle / Tom Quigley)15:22:2800:37:28300:34:2815
16Lazarus Capital Partners (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)15:22:5400:37:54500:32:549
17Ilve (Pedro Vozone / Josh Marks Paddy Bannon)15:23:4900:38:49600:32:498
DNCBird and Bear (Tom Clout / Cam Walker / John Walton)     

Race 7 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElaspedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)16:01:5800:29:58000:29:586
2Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley / Harry Bethwaite / Shaun Conner)16:02:1500:30:15200:28:152
3Smeg (Michael Coxon Jnr / Ricky Bridge / Trent Barnabas)16:03:1600:31:16100:30:168
4Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)16:03:1700:31:17200:29:174
5Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood / Alex Chittendon / Felix Daverio)16:03:5300:31:53500:26:531
6Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)16:04:1700:32:17200:30:179
7Winning Group (Micah Lane / James Dorron / Peter Harris)16:04:3500:32:35100:31:3513 (Jordan Girdis / Lachlan Doyle / Tom Quigley)16:05:0700:33:07300:30:077
9The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / Courtney Mahar / Charlie Gundy)16:05:2300:33:23200:31:2311
10Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York / Dan Phillips / Phil Marshall)16:05:3600:33:36200:31:3614
11Rag & Famish Hotel (Anthony Young / Matt Pearce / Alex Gough)16:05:5400:33:54500:28:543
12Lazarus Capital Partners (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)16:06:2000:34:20500:29:205 (Simon Nearn / Brandon Buynik / Kurt Fatouros)16:07:3300:35:33400:31:3312
14Ilve (Pedro Vozone / Josh Marks / Paddy Bannon)16:08:2300:36:23600:30:2310
15Andoo (Marcus Ashley Jones / Cam Gundy / Zac Barnabas)16:11:3000:39:30200:37:3015
16Noakes Blue (James Turner / Rory Cox / Ben Bradley)16:12:4800:40:48300:37:4816
DNCBird and Bear (Tom Clout      
DNFVintec (Tom Cunich      

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