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Australian 13ft & 16ft Skiff National Championships at Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club - Heat 1 Resail

by Adam Lucius 12 Jan 21:57 PST 7-14 January 2023

SKE Electrical was forced to overcome a notorious harbour flat spot, an intruding power boat and a stablemate desperate to spoil the party on a day where two more clubs joined the winners' list at the Australian 16ft Championships at Manly.

A little over an hour after Middle Harbour's Eric's Storage (Harry Lawson) broke through for the club's first win at the nationals, Belmont's Scott Babbage piloted his boat to victory in the rescheduled heat one.

It was Belmont's first win at the regatta, slightly easing the pain of Sunday's abandoned first heat when an ocean liner wreaked havoc with the fleet with two Belmont boats on track for a 1-2 finish.

Babbage and crew Harry Price and Joel Skelton had to hold off their clubmates aboard runner-up Skelcon (Henry Makin) to claim the narrowest of wins.

It came after a sudden drop in breeze at an eastern pocket of the harbour along with some "motor traffic" threatened to conspire against them in the shadows of the finish line.

"Yeah, it was tricky. There was plenty of pressure coming down the right-hand side of the course," Babbage said. "The Skelcon boys got a little depth on us so we couldn't gybe out and were pushed into a corner. "We also had a power boat to contend with... there's always plenty of obstacles to deal with on the harbour. "We were lucky to get a little puff through to the finish line."

Skelcon was just 11 seconds behind in second, with Moonen Yachts (Daniel Turner), Cunninghams (Nick Connor) and Typhoon (Nathan Wilmot) making up the top five.

The win has renewed Babbage's hopes SKE Electrical can push for a top 10 finish after mixed results earlier in the week. He said: "It's nice to have a couple of Belmont boats on the podium to break up the Manly boats. "The boys sailed a really good race and we're looking forward to the next few days with the nor' easters predicted."

Middle Harbour had good reason to celebrate earlier in the day after Lawson sailed an excellent tactical race in the fluky east-nor-east breeze. Cunninghams, in the first of two great performances for the day, finished second in front of Typhoon and Tribeca (Ben Bradley).

Manly boats failed to win a race for the first time in this regatta but still enjoy a stranglehold on the overall pointscore tally. With each boat to drop its two worst results, defending champion Wilmot enjoys a four-point break from IMEI (Dave Gilmour) with Moonen a further two points in arrears.

Friday's double heat of racing will go a long way towards determine our 2022/23 Australian Championship winner.

Turner said: "We're still in it but obviously a lot has to go right for us tomorrow and Saturday. Anything can happen in sailing so we will keep punching away."

In the 13s, EBIX (Jemma Hopkins) opened up a seven-point lead on clubmate Bartley Construction (Taylor Springett) after another near perfect outing. Hopkins won the day's first race before finishing second behind Middle Harbour's Plonk Café (Avril Richardson) in the follow-up heat.

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Results after Day 5:

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperClubR2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
16ft Skiffs
1 NoakesDave O'ConnorStGSC[32]511[18]61115
2 TyphoonNathan WilmotM16SSC21[10][6]352518
3 Sail RacingFelix GrechM16SSC13[12]2[22]87728
4 Moonen YachtsDaniel TurnerM16SSC5258[12]3[11]629
5 IMEIDavid GilmourM16SSC46245[10]9[10]30
6 SKE ElectricalScott BabbageB16[19][35]731515233
7 Eric's StorageHarry LawsonMH16SC6414[17]19[20]438
8 NHS Building SuppliesTom DawsonB16[49F][28]356717341
9 CunninghamsNick ConnorM16SSC[29]1111924[21]845
10 TribecaBen BradleyStGSC1596[20]4[21]101256
11 SkelconHenry MakinB16231087[27]28[49F]58
12 MustoHugh StodartM16SSC11[17][21]12101541163
13 Light & WonderMatt MeaneyB169[24][24]11171161367
14 SoutherlyZoe DransfieldM16SSC38[30][32]1117181572
15 DominosMichael QuirkB168[20]161316[28]31672
16 Botany AccessChris ThomasM16SSC1012914822[27][25]75
17 Red Pumps RedTyler DransfieldM16SSC121941519[24][23]1887
18 Sutech Building ConsultantsMichael KoernerM16SSC77152325[26][28]1996
19 Fluid BuildingClint BowenM16SSC141325[27][30]2312996
20 NozomiAndrew ChapmanB1625[29][49F]101318.5161496.5
21 Infinity RiggingLachlan SteelStGSC17161818[21]1613[21]98
22 RW RetailCarlton SmithDPSS20[31]1721201414[26]106
23 Red PumpsBruce SavageM16SSC[36]25131993122[49H]119
24 Capital Brewing Co.Jessica IlesM16SSC1323[42][36]26133017122
25 Outback MarineGeorgia ClancyM16SSC16[27]261614[27]2527124
26 Noakes BlueRyan EwingsStGSC242122267[29]26[32]126
27 ChubbsJesse DransfieldM16SSC26.518202423[32][31]22133.5
28 KamikazeRichard WilliamsMH16SC30[34]2322331219[49F]139
29 ShebangAnthony KingM16SSC22[30]2925[39]251523139
30 FirestoppingAlex HartM16SSC26.5[38]2829[35]202420147.5
31 ToogaraJosh TaskerStGSC3315[35]302818.532[49F]156.5
32 Employment HeroWill DivolaM16SSC182232[41]3130[49F]24157
33 CMG Property MaintenanceMichael VincentMH16SC2126272824[36][42]34160
34 EdendaMatilda LangDSC28[36][39]3132353330189
35 MH44Eva AttwoodMH16SC36N19N[41]373438[44]28192
36 Bartley Construction 16Nathan LilleyM16SSC35333135[49O]37[39]29200
37 P LeahyMark WillsonMH16SC343233332939[43][49F]200
38 FIREBALLJames DowneyM16SSC[40]373838[42]332931206
39 WichardZac HeyesB163740343436[44][49F]36217
40 KonamiBethany SherryB163845194338[49B]37[49F]220
41 Man FluNicholas StabbackMH16SC39[43]36[42]40403638229
42 SheadMarilyn SorensenMH16SC424137[44]414234[49F]237
43 WeathertexJess RiversB164442[49F]40433435[49F]238
44 Skiffropes.comAmy HargraveMH16SC[45]3940[49F]45413835238
45 Joe Walsh RiggingKye RiversM16SSC[49N][49C]444537434037246
46 XXXX GoldNeale JonesB164144[48N]44N[46]464133249
47 Erics RemovalsJoshua TheunissenMH16SC4346[49F][49C]444549F49F276
48 Bella GroupGeorgia SteensonB16[49C][49C]49C49C49C49C49C49C294
13ft Skiffs
135EBIXJemma HopkinsM16SSC[3]1[2]112128
238Bartley ConstructionTaylor SpringettM16SSC1[6][4]2432416
346FluidDonald RowlinsonM16SSC[6]36424[7]120
432Plonk CafeAvril RichardsonMH16SC44[8][9]513320
543CyberTechGroup.orgTheo FranklinM16SSC7N[10N]15654[9]28
641Botany ScaffoldSophie HartM16SSC22[11]3[9]78628
715SheerlineOwen GillmeisterM16SSC[8]556[16O]65835
89#9Angus StewartHKSC979[12]38[14]541
940CheekyZackary WyattHKSC[15]9777[10]6743
1037DutchessAmy BentleyM16SSC7[14][12]811991054
1116LivewireIssac RobbinsHKSC10113111311[15][15]59
1231ABICOZachary BrakenburyM16SSC[16N][16N]1310812131268
1344AwolAndrew de MontfortM16SSC12[13]101310[14]121168
1445QEDDavid TulkM16SSC1110[16H]1412[15]101370
1527Black CatByron LoweHKSC1312[16F][15]1413111477

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