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18ft Skiff Australian Championship Overall

by Frank Quealey 29 Jan 2023 00:37 PST 27-29 January 2023

The Finport Finance team of Keagan York, Angus Williams and Phil Marshall became the 2022-23 Australian 18ft Skiff champion after a controversial day when no racing was completed on Sydney Harbour today.

When racing was abandoned today, the championship then reverted to a four-race regatta and, under the sailing instructions of the championship, each team's worst performance could no longer be discarded and the four races sailed all had to be counted.

Finport Finance finished with a total of 10 points from the four races, followed by Smeg (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge, Tom Anderson) on 14.

Third placed Lazarus (Marcus Ashley-Jones, Rob Bell, Jeronimo Harrison) also finished on 14 points but Smeg took second place on a count-back.

Andoo (John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton) won two of the four races but was forced to include one of her seventh placings earlier in the regatta and finished fourth on 16, followed by Yandoo (John Winning, Fang Warren, Josh Porebski) 23 and Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley, Max Paul, Tom Quigley) on 27.

It was an unfortunate situation, as going into today's final two races there were only five points (net) separating the top four teams and consistency was going to be essential as each of the four teams had one placing that they wanted to discard from an earlier race.

What could have been an exciting conclusion to the regatta, as four of the best 18 footer teams in the world battled for the title, was marred by the lack of wind which caused a one hour delay to start the day's racing, then the forced abandonment midway through the race.

Next week the Australian 18 Footers League will stage two events. The Supercup (Friday, 3 February 3) and the next heat of the Club Championship, on Sunday, February 5.

Spectators can follow both day's 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 www.18footers.com is essential, 18footers.com/18-footer-racing/spectator-ferry

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 www.18footers.com by clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

Overall Results:

PosTeamR1R2R3R4Pts
1Finport Finance (Keagan York / Angus Williams / Phill Marshall)212510
2Smeg (Michael Coxon / Ricky Bridge / Tom Anderson)326314
3Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley Jones / Jeronimo Harrison / Rob Bell )444214
4Andoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)177116
5Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Josh Porebski)595423
6Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley / Max Paul / Tom Quigley)1233927
7Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Grant Rollerson / Brandon Buyink)6811631
8Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Lewis Brake / Harry Hall)1861732
9Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings / Miles Davey / Flynn Twomey)810101038
10Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliott Mahar)91281746
11C‑Tech QLD (Josh Sloman / George Morton / Angus Barker)1013151149
12The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle / Darcy McCracken)18159850
13Marine Outlet (Cam Gundy / John Walton / Marcus Sampson)75192253
14Birkenhead Point Marina (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)1411141756
15Noakes Blue (Nathan McNamara / Peter McLeod / Jack Taylor)1516121356
16The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Finn Rodowicz)1117191764
17Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich / Fynn Sprott / Rory Cox)2222131269
1818 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)1314222271
19Lazarus Development (Hugo Stoner / Nick Drummond Hamish Vass)2219192282
20Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Rhys Mara)2222222288
21Fisher & Paykel (Jono Whitty / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldman)2222222288

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