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NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 3

by Frank Quealey 11 Dec 2022 00:12 PST 11 December 2022

Today's Trophy: Syd Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy
Race Sponsor: Shaw and Partners Financial Services

The Yandoo team of John Winning Sr., Fang Warren and Josh Porebski closed the gap to Andoo (John Winning Jr., Matt Stenta and Sam Newton) in the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship with a amazing exhibition in the North East wind conditions which prevailed for Race 3 of the series on Sydney Harbour today.

After overtaking Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley, Shaun Connor and Tom Quigley) on the final time around the top mark, Andoo made their way into second place but could not catch Yandoo, finishing just 45 seconds behind the leaders.

Third place went to Shaw and Partners Financial Services, who finished a further 1m1s behind Andoo.

Balmain Slake (Henry Larkins) had their best race of the season finishing in fourth place, ahead of Lazarus Captial Partners (Marcus-Ashley Jones), Rag & Famish (Harry Price), Smeg (Michael Coxon) and Burrawang-Young Henrys (Simon Nearn).

Andoo still heads the series points table on 4 points, followed by Yandoo on 9 points, Smeg on 15 points, Rag & Famish on 19 points and Shaw and Partner Financial Services on 21 points.

The first start sequence was a general recall with the ripping tide pulling the fleet towards the line. The second start was an individual recall with Smeg over at the start and having to return behind the line.

Yandoo and Andoo lead the fleet from the start to Bradley's Head. Yandoo with great speed and height upwind extended their lead on Andoo while Shaw and Partners Financial Services picked the wind shift at the top to slide into second place at the top mark. Yandoo and Shaw and Partners Financial Services fought closely for first around Shark Island, with Yandoo winning out at the bottom mark and maintaining that lead for the rest of the race.

The second upwind saw the top three jostle for positions whilst Balmain Slake made their way into fourth and stayed there for the remainder of the race.

The second downwind saw the majority of the fleet sail close into George's head and Taylors bay except for Lazarus Capital Partners, who managed to gain a place through their tactical decision making. Rounding the bottom mark Shaw and Partners Financial Services rounded simultaneously with Yandoo but came out just behind.

On that same downwind, Marine Outlet (Cam Gundy), unfortunately snapped their mast forcing them to retire from the race.

The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Lachlan Steel) and Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis) were involved in a port and starboard incident on the final upwind which unfortunately put the two boats further back in the fleet finishing twelfth and thirteenth respectively.

The final top mark rounding saw Yandoo extend their lead, whilst Andoo and Shaw and Partners Financial Services rounded together, with Andoo ultimately sailing over the top into second place.

After being over at the start and beginning the race at the back of the fleet, Smeg sailed from seventeenth to finish in seventh, making up an incredible ten places throughout the race.

The Royal Oak Double Bay 4 Pines (Alex Marinelli, Matt Doyle and Darcy McCracken) sailed a very consistent race to win the Syd Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy, which was held in conjunction with the NSW Championships.

Yandoo leads the season point score with a total of 54 points, followed by The Royal Oak Double Bay 4 Pines on 57 points and Smeg on third with 62 points.

We will be back on the 15th of January 2023, with race 4 of the NSW Championships.

Spectators can follow the action on board the club's spectator ferry, as they have done for the past 87 years, which leaves Double Bay Wharf alongside the clubhouse at 2pm.

Booking online through the club's website is essential,

For anyone who can't make it out onto the water, the League's live broadcast team will be out on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action. Live streaming is available at by clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

For anyone who wants to take a look at Sail Media's action videos from the 2021-22 season, including the 2022 JJ Giltinan Championship, go to and click on the '18 Footers TV' link.

NSW 18ft Skiff Championship Results after Race 3:

1Andoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)1124
2Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)6219
3Smeg (Michael Coxon / Ricky Bridge / Tom Anderson)26715
4Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Harry Hall)58619
5Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley / Max Paul / Tom Quigley)153321
6Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldman)451322
7Birkenhead Point Marina (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)77923
8Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley Jones / Cam Gundy / Jeronimo Harrison )174526
9Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Warren Sare / Brandon Buyink)129829
10Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings / Miles Davey / Flynn Twomey)1016430
11The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Finn Rodowicz)8131233
12Noakes Blue (Nathan McNamara / Peter McLeod / Conor Hay)11121134
13Marine Outlet (Cam Gundy / John Walton / John Cooler)3161635
14The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle / Darcy McCracken)9161035
15Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich / Fynn Sprott / Harry Smith)13111640
1618 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)16101440
17Lazarus Development (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Hamish Vass)14151544
18(Pablo Arrarte / Antonio Cuervas‑mons / Phil Jameson)20142054
19Finport Finance (Keagan York / Bryce Edwards / Phill Marshall)20212061
20Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)20212061

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