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18ft Skiff Club Championship on Sydney Harbour - Overall

by Frank Quealey 20 Feb 00:56 PST 20 February 2022

Jack Macartney, skipper of Tech2, became only the fifth skipper in the 87-year history of the Australian 18 Footers League to win three consecutive Club Championship titles when he teamed with Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake to win the 2022 series, despite being disqualified for an OCS in today's final race of the 17-race championship.

In the 18-22-knots NNE winds on Sydney Harbour today, and with Tech2 disqualified, the Andoo team of James Dorron, Matt Stenta and Angus Williams, gave a faultless display to take Race 17 of the Club Championship by 2m29s from Smeg (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Zac Barnabas).

Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys and Josh Porebski) was a further 28s further back in third place, ahead of Finport Finance (Keagan York), The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett) and Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price).

Tech2 finished with a final total of 90 points, followed by Yandoo (John Winning) on 101, Noakesailing on 116, Smeg 125, Rag & Famish Hotel 125 and Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Steve Thomas) on 148.

The only other skippers to win three consecutive Australian 18 Footers League Club Championships are Cliff Monkhouse (1959-61), Dave Porter (1975-77), Trevor Barnabas (1999-2001) and Lee Knapton (2016-18).

The good NNE wind and run-out tide provided the teams with great racing conditions and the large spectator fleet with even better viewing action as the fleet raced downwind in the choppy harbour conditions.

Tech2 was recalled for being OCS (on course starter) and failed to return, and despite leading by 40s at the top mark at the Beashel Buoy, Shaw and Partners Financial Services, skippered by replacement skipper for the day Leo Takaheshi, was the official leader by 15s from Yandoo, Andoo, Rag & Famish Hotel, Finport Finance and Noakesailing.

Andoo grabbed the lead From Shaw & Partners on the spinnaker run to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island, but Shaw & Partners fought back to lead narrowly at the bottom mark off Clark Island.

A large group, including Rag & Famish Hotel, Yandoo, Finport Finance, Noakesailing and Smeg were close behind the leaders.

With Tech2 2mins ahead of the fleet on the second beat to the top mark, the battle for the official lead was tight as Andoo again took the lead away from Shaw & Partners.

Just when it looked as though there would be an exciting battle downwind back to the mark off Clark Island, Andoo was left with a clear lead when the second, third and fourth boats (Shaw & Partners, Yandoo and Rag & Famish Hotel) all capsized shortly after rounding the Beashel Buoy.

An interesting highlight in the race was the appearance of the German team (Heinrich Von Bayern, Thomas Martin and Andy Martin) which is in Sydney for the upcoming JJ Giltinan Championship.

Sailing a chartered skiff, by invitation today, the team was always well in the mix with many of the local teams and was the sixth team to cross the finish line, just behind The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines.

Next Sunday is the 'Super Sprint 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 Sail Media live-as-it-happens broadcast team will be on Sydney Harbour each day to capture all the action. Live streaming is available at by clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

DON'T FORGET: The 2022 JJ Giltinan Championship will be sailed on Sydney Harbour, from March 5-13.

Club Championship Race 17 Results:

PlacingBoat NameFinishElapsedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Andoo (Seve Jarvin / Matt Stenta / Sam Newton)15:55:5401:10:54001:10:543
2Smeg (Michael Coxon / Ricky Bridge / Zac Barnabas)15:58:2301:13:23401:09:232
3Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)15:58:5101:13:51201:11:515
4Finport Finance (Keagan York / Bryce Edwards / Phill Marshall)15:59:0001:14:00601:08:001
5The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / John Cooley / Charlie Gundy)16:00:0001:15:00401:11:004
6Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Harry Hall)16:02:2201:17:22401:13:227
7Ilve (Jono Whitty / Lachlan Doyle / John Walton)16:05:2801:20:28201:18:2811
8Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Jim Colley / Rory Cox / Brandon Buyink)16:06:0501:21:05801:13:056
918 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)16:06:2601:21:26701:14:268
10Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Leo Takaheshi / Charlie Zeeman Locky Pryor)16:06:5701:21:57601:15:579
11Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)16:09:4301:24:43401:20:4312
12The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)16:11:3801:26:381001:16:3810
13Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings / Max Paul / Flynn Twomey)16:27:5601:42:56601:36:5614
14Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage / Tom Clout / James Turner)16:27:5901:42:591001:32:5913
15Appliances Online (Alex Marinelli / Darcy McCraken / Tyler Creevey)16:32:1201:47:121001:37:1215
DNFBirkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood / Will Dargaville / Alex Chittenden)     
RETLazarus Development (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Alex Watson)     
DNCNoakes Youth (Tom Cunich / Fynn Sprott / Harry Smith)     
OCSFisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Sam Monkhouse / Nathan Edwards)     
OCSLazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley Jones / Jeronimo Harrison / Cam Gundy)     
OCSTech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)     

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