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18ft Skiff Sydney Spring Championship - Race 4

by Frank Quealey 7 Nov 2021 00:42 PST 7 November 2021

It was a crazy, frustrating day for the crews of the Australian 18 Footers League's fleet on Sydney Harbour today as they tried to complete the two races scheduled as part of the seven-race Spring Championship series.

There was little, or no, wind in the time prior to the start of the first race of the day (Race 4 of the Spring Championship) and when it did come it came from several directions, which forced race officials to delay the start by 30 minutes.

When the race finally got away, Tech2, The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines and Noakes Youth soon led the fleet towards the first set of windward marks while several teams were left stranded at the start line with no breeze.

Australian champion Jack Macartney and his team of Luke Parkinson and Lewis Brake edged away from the other two teams and it was Shaw and Partners Financial Services, skippered by Tom Anderson, which took the challenge to Tech2 on the spinnaker run back to the bottom mark.

The breeze had freshed and came from the NE as the fleet elected to take a variety of courses back down to the bottom mark.

Tech2 continued to hold the lead as the fleet made its way back to top 3-buoys marks and it looked as though Tech2 would go on to score a comfortable victory, but the weather was set to play a role in the outcome as Tom Cunich, Fynn Sprott and Kirk Mitchell in Noakes Youth, her challenger, elected to sail a higher course and benefitted from yet another wind fluctuation to grab the victory.

Noakes Youth crossed the finish line 57s ahead of Tech2, with the consistent The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett, John Cooley, Charlie Gundy a further 12 back in third place.

The Rag & Famish Hotel team, led by Harry Price, put in another top performance in the trying conditions to finish in fourth place, followed by Yandoo (John Winning) and 18 Footers Bar & Restaurant (Pedro Vozone).

Conditions were becoming near impossible for race officials as the wind direction changed yet again as they tried to reset a course for another race.

Finally, the second race (Race 5 of the Spring Championship) was abandoned for the day.

With the final two races of the series to be sailed next Sunday, The Oak Double Bay-4Pines leads to points table on 19 points, followed by Rag & Famish Hotel on 20, Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings) on 23, Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis) 25, Yandoo on 26 and today's winner Noakes Youth on 31 points.

Races 6 and 7 of the Spring Championship will be conducted next Sunday. Spectators can follow the racing on board the club's spectator ferry, however due to the Covid 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.

Spring Championship Results after 4 Races:

1The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / Rob Bell / Charlie Gundy)547319
2Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Harry Hall)2311420
3Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings / Max Paul / Flynn Twomey)1121923
4Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Nathan Edwards / Kurt Fatouros)4111925
5Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)678526
6Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich / Fynn Sprott Jack Twomey)9165131
7Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)13810233
8The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)31061433
9Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage / Tom Clout / James Turner)72141235
1018 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)11613636
11Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Rory Cox / Brandon Buyink)17531338
12Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Steve Thomas / Lindsay Stead / Locky Pryor)814151047
13Smeg (Michael Coxon Jnr / Ricky Bridge / Zac Barnabas)1213121148
14Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley‑Jones / Jeronimo Harrison / Daniel Phillips)10992149
15Finport Finance (Rob Greenhalgh / Keagan York / Phil / Marshall)21214854
16Birkenhead Point Marina (Felix Daverio / Alex Chittenden / Will Dargaville)1512171963
17Appliances Online (Alex Marinelli / Darcy McCraken / Tyler Creevey)1415161964
18Ilve (Nick Daly / Joel Turner / John Walton)212120769
19Lazarus Development (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Alex Watson)2121201981
20Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)2121212184

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