March 15, 2015

Club Championship Race 11 – Alice Burton Memorial Trophy

18ft Skiffs
Club Championship, Race 11
Sunday, 15 March 2015
Sydney Harbour

Strong southerly winds, gusting to more than 30-knots on Sydney Harbour, brought a premature end to the Australian 18 Footers League 2014-2015 Season when today’s Race 11 of the Club Championship had to be abandoned.

The Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel team of Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Peter Harris were declared Club champions as the team held a 14 points lead over the fleet before today.

Keagan York, Greg Dixon, Matt Stenta took out the Club’s Season Poinrscore on Compassmarkets.com. The team defeated the Yandoo team of John Winning, Andrew Hay and Jim Beck by 11 points.

The Australian 18 Footers League would like to thank its supporters and sponsors and looks forward to continuing the association again in 2015-2016.

DON’T FORGET:
For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to www.18footers.com

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

March 8, 2015

Club Championship Race 10 – Commodore Cup

18ft Skiffs
Club Championship, Race 10
Sunday, 8 March 2015
Sydney Harbour

The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew of Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas capitalised on a brilliant start to lead all the way for a convincing victory in Race 10 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

After crossing the fleet on port tack at the pin end of the line, Coxon and his team sailed faultlessly to hold off strong challenges from Gotta Love It 7 and Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers winning margin was 2m15s from Gotta Love It 7 (Adam Beashel, Scott Babbage, Peter Mackie), but the margin between second and third was vastly different.

Gotta Love It 7 and Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Harris) battled hard throughout the long South course and only 1s. separated the two teams at the finish.

With just one more race to be sailed in the championship, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel holds a 14 points lead over Gotta Love It 7 and only an non-finish could possibly cost the team a well deserved title.

Today’s winner Thurlow Fisher Lawyers is third in the championship, followed by Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton), Yandoo (John Winning), and two teams Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York) and Smeg (David Witt) equal sixth.

Thurlow’s great start enabled the team to take a 15s. lead at the windward mark from The Rag and Compassmarkets, which were locked together ahead of Gotta Love It 7 and Asko Appliances (James Dorron).

The fleet elected to sail 2-sail reach for most of the long run from Clarke Island to Obelisk Bay and the lead didn’t change, although Gotta Love It 7 had moved into third place ahead of Compassmarkets.

On the following windward leg back to Rose Bay there was a vast difference of opinion by the leaders.

Michael Coxon elected to sail west of Shark Island while Adam Beashel and Jack Macartney sailed the more traditional course east of the island.

When the two groups met at the southern end of Shark Island Coxon’s move had proved a winner as Thurlow Fisher Lawyers led by 10s. from Gotta Love It 7.

Even though placings didn’t change much over the course, the racing was extremely close and the spectator fleet was entertained by some exciting racing duels.

Today’s Result Sheet, Current Pointscores and 8 photos are attached.

Race 11 of the Club Championship will be sailed next Sunday. It will be the final race of the Sydney season. The club’s regular ferry will follow the race, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

DON’T FORGET:
For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to www.18footers.com

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

March 1, 2015

3-Buoys Challenge 2014 – Queen of the Harbour

18ft Skiffs
Queen of the Harbour
Sunday, 1 March 2015
Sydney Harbour

The annual Queen of the Harbour 18ft Skiff race took place on Sydney Harbour today and resulted in Gayle Beck being crowned the Queen of Sydney Harbour for 2015.

Gayle, with the help of her crew mates John Winning, Jim Beck (her husband) and Cameron McDonald came home strongly in Yandoo after trailing in third place over the first lap of the course.

With the race sailed over a shortened course due to an approaching storm, Yandoo defeated second placed De’Longhi (Maddie Mitchell, Simon Nearn, Grant Rollerson, Kieran Cowan) by 51s, with Lumix (Christine Linhart, Jonathan Whitty, Aron Everett, Daniel Nixon) just 4s further back in third place.

To avoid any possible injury with very strong winds expected to hit Sydney within the hour, the starter sensibly elected to run the race over two laps of a windward-return course between Clarke and Shark islands.

From the start, Lumix quickly established a lead and led De’Longhi, Yandoo and The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny) over the first lap of the course.

Lumix continued to hold what appeared to be a race winning lead at the final windward mark but a tangle on the spinnaker set cost the team so much time to reset that both Yandoo and De’Longhi raced past on the run to the finish.

It was important for the club to stage the race despite the approaching storm.

Since the formation of the Australian 18 Footers League in 1935, the annual ‘Queen’ race has been one of the most important events on the calendar and still remains that way.

In the very early days of the concept, the club, through the efforts of the various ladies competing in the races, was able to donate substantial funds towards the children’s hospital.

A wing of the hospital was actually named in honour of the contribution.

Today’s Result Sheet and 10 photos are attached.

Next week’s race is ‘Race 10 of the Club Championship’. The club’s regular ferry will follow the race, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse at 2.15pm.

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to www.18footers.com

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

February 1, 2015

NSW Championship Race 5 & Club Championship Race 9

18ft Skiffs
NSW Championship, Race 5
Sunday, 1 February 2015
Sydney Harbour

The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and Dave O’Connor won one of the most amazing NSW 18ft Skiff Championships in the 120-year history of the sport following a brilliant finish in today’s last race of the series on Sydney Harbour.

The 5-race regatta produced five different winners and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers’ victory in the championship came by just 5sec s to spare and with only 50 metres left to sail in today’s race.

Although not in contention to win the title, the Smeg team of David Witt, Tom Clout and Matt Wark were superb today as they came from behind to win the race by 50s from Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.

After leading for most of the race and seemingly looking to have the title at their mercy, the Mojo Wine crew (Lee Knapton, Mike McKensey, Ricky Bridge) had to be satisfied with third today and second overall as they came home 5s behind Thurlow.

Going into today’s race only three points separated the top five boats.

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel held a one point lead over Mojo Wine and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, with Gotta Love It 7 another one point behind that pair and Asko Appliances a further one point back in fifth place.

The race began in a light South East breeze but the fleet was soon split as many teams elected to go to the west of Shark Island while the majority went east.

Those who chose the more traditional east side came out well ahead with Mojo Wine holding a 35s advantage over Smeg, with Pure Blonde (Nick Daly) in third place followed by Ilve (Ollie Hartas), De’Longhi (Simon Nearn) and Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin), which was 2mins behind the leader.

The spinnaker run continued the unpredictable and sensational events of the series as boats took a variety of courses in the shifty breeze and the defending champion Gotta Love It 7 capsized on a gybe.

Mojo Wine sailed away from the fleet as she increased her lead to two minutes over Thurlow Fisher Lawyers at the bottom mark at Robertson Point. Most of the rest of the fleet bunched at the mark behind Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.

The Mojo Wine crew were showing great boat speed on the wind and went further ahead as they led Smeg and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers by 2m30s at the Clark Island windward mark.

Gotta Love It 7 made a strong recovery to get back up into fourth place just ahead of Yandoo (John Winning) and The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny).

Smeg reduced the lead to 1m45s at Rose Bay but Mojo Wine certainly looked to have the race and championship under control.

The spinnaker run from Rose Bay to Taylor Bay was critical to the eventual outcome when the Mojo Wine team sailed to the western side of Shark Island while Smeg went to the east.

When the two skiffs met at Taylor Bay Smeg had grabbed a narrow lead and the wily David Witt was going to make life difficult for the early lead.

As Smeg continued to lead over the next two legs of the course Mojo Wine’s crew turned their attention to a fast finishing Thurlow Fisher Lawyers in an effort to take the title.

Although only 8s behind Smeg as the turned for home Mojo Wine was more intent on tactically covering their main danger for the championship.

The spectators were treated to more excitement over the final windward leg to the finish as Thurlow Fisher Lawyers continued to eat away at the Mojo Wine advantage then finally grab the title only a few metres from the finish line.

Today’s Result Sheet and 10 photos are attached.

The President’s Trophy will be sailed next Sunday. The club’s regular ferry will follow the race, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

DON’T FORGET:
THE J.J. GILTINAN 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE SAILED FROM 14-22 FEBRUARY 2015.

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to www.18footers.com

January 26, 2015

NSW Championship Race 4 & Club Championship Race 8 & Lord Mayor’s Trophy

18ft Skiffs
NSW Championship, Race 4
Lord Mayors Trophy
Monday, 26 January 2015
Sydney Harbour

The fourth different winner from four races sailed to date has the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship wide open going into next Sunday’s last race of the series on Sydney Harbour.

The defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team came back strongly today to score an impressive 2m55s win after a starting line incident forced the skiff out of yesterday’s race.

After all teams discard their worst performance to date, only three points separates the leading five teams.

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) leads the pack on seven points, followed by Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) on eight, Gotta Love It 7 on nine points and Asko Appliances on ten.

The position could become even more complicated as Gotta Love It 7 has a protest hearing pending which could improve the teams score if average points is awarded by the protest committee.

Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage) took the lead soon after the start and led by 25s at the first windward mark on the three lap windward-return course.

Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones, James Dorron, Jeronimo Harrison) continued their form improvement to hold second place behind 7, and maintained this throughout the race.

Lumix (Brett Van Munster, Aron Everett, Daniel Nixon) trailed at the first windward mark but a strong spinnaker leg back to the bottom mark on the first lap saw the team start to put the pressure on Asko Appliances.

On the final lap of the course, the pair were within a few secs. of each other but Asko held strong and finished 10s.ahead of Lumix.

Yandoo (John Winning) also impressed with a fifth place after capsizing following an incident with Pure Blonde (Nick Daly).

After scoring a big win in yesterday’s race, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was forced out only moments after the start when the skiff suffered jib failure.

Today’s Result Sheet and two photos are attached.

Race 5 (the last race) of the NSW Championship will be sailed next Sunday. The club’s regular ferry will follow the race, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.
With such a close finish looming next Sunday, the Australian 18 Footers League’s spectator ferry is sure to again be at maximum capacity.

DON’T FORGET:
THE J.J. GILTINAN 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE SAILED FROM 14-22 FEBRUARY 2015.

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to www.18footers.com

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