December 1, 2013

3-Buoys Challenge 2013 – Race 7

The new Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel was christened in the rigging area just before the race then Jack Macartney, Peter Harris and Mark Kennedy put the finishing touch to the day of celebration with a great win in Race 7 of the 3-Buoys Challenge on Sydney Harbour today.

18ft Skiffs
3-Buoys Challenge, Race 7
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Sydney Harbour

The new Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel was christened in the rigging area just before the race then Jack Macartney, Peter Harris and Mark Kennedy put the finishing touch to the day of celebration with a great win in Race 7 of the 3-Buoys Challenge on Sydney Harbour today.

After a slow start, the Coopers 62-Rag team recovered brilliantly to grab the lead on the final windward leg before taking the race by 17s.

It was a fine reward for the Calligeros family, who have been sponsoring skiffs at the Australian 18 Footers League since George Calligeros began sponsoring in the mid 1990s.

Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge finished second on Mojo Wine, with Sydney City Marine (David Witt, Tom Clout and Keagan York) a further 16s back in third place.

In an exciting spinnaker run to the finish line, Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) took fourth place by just 6s from series leader Rabbitohs-Kenwood (Brett Van Munster).

Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane), Yandoo (John Winning), Smeg (Nick Press) and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) were in the next group and have set up a great finale next Sunday with only six points separating the top five teams.

Rabbitohs-Kenwood leads Mojo Wine on count back, each with 23 points, followed by Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on 25 points, Yandoo 26 and Smeg 29.

Today’s race was sailed in a 6-10 knot ENE breeze which was a nightmare for competitors as it continually changed direction throughout the entire race.

Pure Blonde (Nick Daly) laws near the lead soon after the start before being caught on the wrong side of a directional shift and went back to last in just one leg.

That pretty much summed up the type of action both on and off the wind.

Last week’s winner Rabbitohs-Kenwood was brilliant on the first of the three laps and held a lead of almost 2mins as the fleet headed onto the second windward beat.

Asko Appliances was second ahead of Yandoo with Grant Rollerson’s Fisher & Paykel in fourth place.

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish was only seventh at that point with Mojo Wine eighth.

In the conditions, Rabbitohs-Kenwood found it hard to protect such a big lead as both Sydney City Marine and Mojo Wine closed in with better breeze.

This time it was Sydney City Marine’s turn to head the fleet back to the bottom mark where she held a narrow lead over Mojo Wine.

Skippers Witt and Nicholson were two of the stars from the Grand Prix Sailing era in the 1990s and it looked as though their rivalry was about to be re-ignited again for the win today.

Ironically, it was Jack Macartney, son of the Grand Prix Sailing chief Bill Macartney, who spoiled their party with great crew work and boat speed over the final lap of the course.

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The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow next Sunday’s Race 8, final race of the 3-Buoys Challenge, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

November 24, 2013

3-Buoys Challenge 2013 – Race 6

The Rabbitohs-Kenwood team of Brett Van Munster, Joel Castle and Kurt Fatouris dominated the fleet for an easy victory in Race 6 of the 3-Buoys Challenge Series on Sydney Harbour today.

18ft Skiffs
3-Buoys Challenge Series, Race 6
Sunday, 25 November 2013
Sydney Harbour

The Rabbitohs-Kenwood team of Brett Van Munster, Joel Castle and Kurt Fatouris dominated the fleet for an easy victory in Race 6 of the 3-Buoys Challenge Series on Sydney Harbour today.

Brett and his team sailed a brilliant second windward leg to grab the lead and were never in danger of defeat as they raced away for a 1m56s win.

Marcus Ashley Jones, James Dorron and Jeronimo Harrison finished strongly to take second place, with Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey and Greg Dixon) a further 1m3s back third.

Michael Coxon’s Thurlow Fisher Lawyers sailed a strong race from the back mark and has also taken a narrow lead in the series with just two more races to be sailed.

Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson) was fifth, followed by Yandoo (John Winning), Smeg (Nick Press) and Haier Appliances (Rick Peacock).

After an unusually bad weather start to the season, the fleet was greeted with a 12-15-knot ESE breeze, which gave the teams a chance to bring out the big #1 rigs.

The race to the first set of windward marks was a great battle for the lead between Mojo Wine, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin).

Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), Rabbitohs-Kenwood and Haier Appliances were also just behind the three leaders and challenging strongly.

Mojo Wine was first to reach her blue buoy but Rabbitohs-Kenwood had the advantage of a red-buoy rounding to join Mojo in the lead.

The long spinnaker run back to the bottom mark near the start saw Mojo Wine in the lead from Lumix, Thurlow Fisher, Rabbitohs-Kenwood, Fisher & Paykel and Haier Appliances.

Spinnaker halyard problems on Gotta Love It 7 as she approached the rounding mark saw the team drop towards the back of the fleet and out of contention.

When Rabbitohs-Kenwood established her winning lead at the second set of windward buoys, the race for the minor placings took full interest of the spectators.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers led a tightly bunched group down the next spinnaker run.

Fisher & Paykel was third, followed by Mojo Wine, Asko Appliances, The Kitchen Maker (James Francis), Smeg and Yandoo.

With the leading team sailing a faultless race Rabbitohs-Kenwood increased her lead for a well deserved victory.

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The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow next Sunday’s Race 7 of the 3-Buoys Challenge, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

Frank Quealey

November 17, 2013

3-Buoys Challenge 2013 – Race 5

18ft Skiffs
3-Buoys Challenge, Race 5
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Sydney Harbour

Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Daniel Nixon brought Thurlow Fisher Lawyers home a35s winner of Race 5 of the 3-Buoys Challenge on Sydney Harbour today.

Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane, Paul Montague and Tom Anderson) finished in second place, with series leader Lumix (Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack and Aron Everett) a further 1m1s back in third place.

The Kitchen Maker (Josh Mc Knight) was next, followed by Yandoo (John Winning) and Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney).

Sydney continued to produce dreadful weather for the event with a heavy rain squall just before the scheduled start, which forced a short postponement.

In a 15-18 knot Southerly, the start was dramatic at both ends of the line as Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin) was declared OCS at the pin end while Sydney City Marine (David Witt) and Viagogo (Alexandra South) collided near the start boat.

The ‘7’ team either didn’t notice the recall or ignored it as they powered into the lead on the first windward beat to the 3-buoys.

Gotta Love It 7 continued to lead around the course, but the official race behind the skiff was producing some great racing.

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel led the fleet down a flying spinnaker leg with appliancesonline.com.au, De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn) and Thurlow Fisher close behind.

Aside from a capsize by De’Longhi-Rabbitohs, the leading three teams held their positions, while The Kitchen Maker led the next group just ahead of Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson), which was one of the few skiffs carrying the big #1 rig.

The UK team, led by Rick Peacock, on Haier Appliances were also showing their potential as they were in sixth place just ahead of Rabbitohs-Kenwood (Brett Van Munster), Yandoo and Lumix.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers established a narrow lead over the second of the 3-lap course as appliancesonline.com.au moved ahead of Coopers 62-Rag & Famish.

While positions didn’t change too much over the final lap, the racing was a great spectacle as the skiffs showed tremendous speed downwind as they raced past the spectator ferry.

The southerly wind made it more like a mid winter day and all competitors were glad to get back into the warmth of the clubhouse.

Six photos and today’s result sheet are attached.

More photos will be published on www.18footers.com.au.

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The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow next Sunday’s Race 6 of the 3-Buoys Challenge, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

November 10, 2013

NSW Championship – Race 1 Club Championship – Race 1 W.C. ‘Trappy’ Duncan Memorial Trophy

18ft Skiffs:
NSW Championship, Race
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Sydney Harbour

The Gotta Love It 7 team took out the season’s first championship race with a brilliant victory in Race 1 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage were superb as they raced away from the highly talented fleet for a 2m54s win.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Daniel Nixon) finished second with Smeg (Nick Press, Gary Phillips, Dave Ewings), a further 1m2s back in third place.

Sydney City Marine (David Witt) was always in contention for the top placings and came home fourth, ahead of Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane) and Lumix (Jonathan Witty).

18 boats faced the starter, who sent the fleet over the South-East course in a 15-18-knot breeze.

The first windward beat from the start in Taylor Bay across the harbour into Rose Bay was a closely fought battle with the fleet spread wide and on both sides of Shark Island.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers won out narrowly as the team led by just a few secs. from Appliancesonline, Gotta Love It 7, Coopers62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney), Sydney City Marine and Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones).

Coxon and his crew retained the lead down the long spinnaker run to Robertson Point, but Gotta Love It 7 gapped the fleet on the following windward leg back to Clarke Island.

With a lead of 40s and faultless crew work, Team 7 powered away from that point and most spectator interest centred on the race for the minor placings.

Asko Appliances was third at Clarke Island, but a capsize on the next run set the team back several places.

Thurlow Fisher was able to hold off challengers for second place over the remainder of the course despite challenges from Smeg, Sydney City Marine and Appliancesonline.

Many of the new teams suffered from a lack of racing so far this season and will be better for today’s race.

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The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow next Sunday’s Race 5 of the 3-Buoys Challenge, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

We’ve received sad news from the Brisbane 18 Footers Club advising that a young competitor, David Hansa, died during yesterday’s race on Waterloo Bay.

Our thoughts are with the family on the tragic loss of such a young life.

Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League
www.18footers.com.au

October 27, 2013

3-Buoys Challenge 2013 – Race 3 Chris Webb Memorial Trophy

18ft Skiffs:
3-Buoys Challenge, Race 3
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Sydney Harbour

Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack and Aron Everett made it two-in-a-row victories when they steered their Panasonic-sponsored Lumix 18ft Skiff home an easy winner of Race 3 of the 3-Buoys Challenge series on Sydney Harbour today.

Lumix took the lead mid way up the first windward leg of the course then had little difficulty maintaining the lead for the rest of the course before scoring a 2m24s win from Race 1 winner Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips and Dave Ewings) .

Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson, Peter Nicholson and Geoff Bauchop) was a further 1m7s back in third place, ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Jack Macartney), Rabbitohs-Kenwood (Brett Van Munster) and Yandoo (John Winning).

Today’s windward-return course was set for a north-east breeze but the first of several wind shifts arrived shortly after the start and split the fleet into two distinctive groups.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson) won the start but Lumix and Fisher & Paykel took full advantage of the shift when they went to the southern side of the course.

Mojo Wine’s crew saw the advantage being created and came back to mid stream while The Kitchen Maker (Darren McKavanagh) led those on the north.

Lumix also benefitted from the 3-buoys handicapping and went around the ‘red’ buoy to open up a lead of more than one minute.

Fisher & Paykel was in second place ahead of Mojo Wine and Haier Appliances (Rick Peacock).

The spinnaker run back to the bottom mark was tight as the fleet battled the light breeze which was coming from the East-ESE.

Smeg was the big improver as the skiff moved into third place just ahead of Haier Appliances and Mojo Wine.

With little work required over the next two laps of the course, the race became a little processional as Lumix set a cracking pace.

At the bottom mark on the second lap her lead had been extended to 2mins as Smeg moved up into second place.

The leading positions didn’t change over the final lap of the course.

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The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow next Sunday’s Race 4 of the 3-Buoys Challenge, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

October 20, 2013

3-Buoys Challenge 2013 – Race 2 Major A. Frizelle Trophy

18ft Skiffs:
3-Buoys Challenge, Race 2
Sunday, 20 October 2013
Sydney Harbour

After last Sunday’s strong winds which lashed Sydney Harbour on the opening day of the Australian 18 Footers League’s 2013-2014 Season, today’s Race 2 of the 18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge was sailed in near perfect conditions.

The 3-lap windward-return course gave patrons a great view of the entire course from the spectator ferry and the 16-boat fleet produced some great racing in the 15-17-knot north-east wind.

Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack and Aron Everett certainly reveled in the conditions as they took line by 56s in their Panasonic-sponsored Lumix skiff.

John Winning, Andrew Hay and Jim Beck finished second in Yandoo, with Euan McNicol, Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge third in Mojo Wine, a further 1m14s behind Yandoo.

Lumix led the fleet up the first windward beat to the 3-buoys rounding marks, and took full advantage from the handicapping system to increase the lead on the spinnaker run to the twin marks which completed the first lap of the course.

Asko Appliances (James Dorron) was in second place behind Lumix, followed by Pure Blonde (Nick Daly), Yandoo, and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn) which had recovered strongly after being recalled at the start.

Pure Blonde was relegated back to fifth at the bottom mark while the other leaders retained their positions.

Lumix continued to set the pace upwind and increased her lead to 1m10s over Yandoo at the second set of windward markers.

Backmarker Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) had edged her way up into third place just ahead of Asko Appliances, which had an untimely capsize on the work.

While Lumix and Yandoo were untroubled to hold their placings over the latter half of the course, the battle behind them held spectator interest until the end as the handicap system came into play.

Asko recovered from the mid race capsize to grab fourth place, ahead of De’Longhi Rabbitohs and The Kitchen Maker (Malcolm Page).

A video coverage of the race can be seen on www.18footerstv.com.

The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow next Sunday’s Race 3 of the 3-Buoys Challenge, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.