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86th 12 Foot Skiff Australian Championship at the Sydney Flying Squadron

by Murray Press 12 Jan 2023 22:40 PST 5-8 January 2023
86th 12 Foot Skiff Australian Championship © David Killoran

The 12 Foot Skiff Australian titles where held at the Sydney Flying Squadron from the 5th to the 8th January. For Sydneysiders this coincided with the strong southerly gusting into the +30 knot range for the fist two days & three races, certainly one way to test the fleet & fitness!

After five races and going into the last race we had three boats on equal points before & after drops. Geotherm (Brett Hobson & Pete Nicholson), Sail inc (Nick Press & Noddy Hay) & Sydney Sailmakers (Cameron McDonald & Brendan Jenkins). A slightly softer day greeted the fleet although still in the 15 to 20 knot range. Some close early racing gave way to a convincing race win by Geotherm & with that the championship. Sail Inc finished second on a count back with Sydney Sailmakers.

Some great racing over some EPIC days with 26 knots in boat speed being recorded downwind.

Congratulations to Brett Hobson & Pete Nicholson for a great series under intense pressure from the other contenders and the weather.

More information on the event website.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
123GeothermBrett HobsonPeter NicholsonSFS‑3231118
217Sail Inc.Nicholas PressAndrew HayLane Cove11233‑410
315Sydney SailmakersCameron McDonaldBrendon JenkinsSFS23122‑510
41Red EnergyMurray PressMark MuirheadLane Cove44‑555220
59Terms & ConditionsBrad PhillipsOscar WilsonSFS(DNF)6444624
625LCC Asia PacificJonathon TempleRichard JonesSFS5‑8666831
731The BirdCam GundyGlenn FarquharLane Cove65778‑1133
861Arrogant FrogPeter HillSteven HillAbb(DNC)7TLE871043
93Chapman High Performance SailingJames FrancisBrett PhillipsLane Cove(DNF)98109743
1071Your Move ConveyancingDave WinningJoe BourneLane Cove(DNC)10DNF9121254
1159Giddy UpPaul O'Malley‑JonesStephen TapsallQld RQYSDNF(DNC)DNCDNC11361
1263Slippery when wetJohn WilliamsRobbie PolecLane Cove(DNC)DNCDNCDNFDNF975
1379MaerskAdam ForbesJohn MulquineySFS(DNC)DNCDNC1210DNC76
1449VintageOllie HartasPhillip HartasLane Cove(DNC)DNFDNC11DNC1676
1591HandfulJamie McCruddenJohn MulquineyLane CoveDNF(DNC)DNCDNCDNC1479
1629Hey ChargerNick BernardIan TerleyLane Cove(DNC)DNFDNCDNFDNC1580
1743Stay Connected ElectricalJakub RonowiczBen FaulknerSFS(DNC)DNCDNCDNFDNC1383

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