October 19, 2014

3-Buoys Challenge 2014 – Race 2 Major A. Frizelle Trophy

18ft Skiffs
Major A. Frizelle Trophy
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Sydney Harbour

The brilliant conditions of last week’s opening race of the season were duplicated today when the Australian 18 Footers League’s Major A. Frizelle Trophy race was sailed in a 20 knot North East wind on Sydney Harbour.

Current JJ Giltinan champion Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage showed why they are the world’s best team when they dominated the fleet to score a 3m4s victory.

Backmarker Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Dave Ewings) also showed their skill to finish second, with Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Calligeros) a further 21s back in third place.

Yandoo (Nick Press) was fourth, followed by Mojo Wine Lee Knapton) and Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane).

De’Longhi (Simon Nearn) looked certain to finish fourth but a capsize just 50 metres from the finish sent the skiff back into 10th place.

Smeg (David Witt) also suffered a heavy loss of placings when spinnaker halyard problems forced the team back from second position to finish nineth.

Gotta Love It 7 was in the lead from the start and led the fleet down the first spinnaker run from Smeg and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.

David Witt and his Smeg team were superb on the run between Shark and Clarke islands and grabbed a narrow lead over ‘7’at the bottom mark.

Back on the wind, Gotta Love It 7 again grabbed the lead from Smeg and gradually eased away continually over the following two laps of the course.

Smeg and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers staged their own personal match race and there was little between the two teams before Smeg lost the halyard.

The next group also produced some close racing and spectacular action.

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel, De’Longhi, Yandoo, Lumix (Kevin Nixon) Appliancesonline and Mojo Wine were the most prominent of this group.

October 12, 2014

3-Buoys Challenge 2014 – Race 1 R. Watt Memorial

18ft Skiffs
R. Watt Memorial Trophy
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Sydney Harbour

18ft Skiff Racing was back on Sydney Harbour today when the Australian 18 Footers League staged the R. Watt Memorial Trophy 3-Buoys race as the opening event of its 2014-2015 Season.

A perfect 18-knot North-East sea breeze prevailed, giving competitors some excellent rides and spectators great racing action to watch.

The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew of Michael Coxon, Dave O’Çonnor and Trent Barnabas were superb to lead for most of the race before finally crossing the finish line 12s ahead of the nearest challenger.

Asko Appliances (James Dorron, Jeronimo Harrison, Gus Williams) were consistently near the head of the fleet throughout the race to come home in a deserved second place.

Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Clinton Evans (Gotta Love It 7)were a further 54s back in third place.

Lumix (Brett Van Munster) finished fourth, ahead of Smeg (David Witt) and Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane).

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was in front from the start and led the fleet to the first set of windward buoys.

De’Longhi (Simon Nearn) took advantage of the 3-buoys system to lead downwind but Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was once again in the lead at the wing mark off Shark Island when De’Longhi capsized.

Asko Appliances was in second place at the end of the first lap, but Thurlow’s lead was more than one minute.

Coxon and his team extended the lead to more than 1½ minutes by the end of the second lap but less than ½ minutes covered the next eight teams as they headed off for the final lap.

An untimely capsize off Bradleys Head was costly to the Thurlow Fisher team but they maintained their lead and were never seriously threatened over the concluding stages of the race.

With new teams and several replacement skippers and crews on the opening day, the race produced some great battles throughout with placings changing continuously behind the winner.

Final Placings were:

  • Thurlow Fisher Lawyers
  • Asko Appliances
  • Gotta Love It 7
  • Lumix
  • Smeg
  • Appliancesonline
  • Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel
  • Yandoo
  • Mojo Wine
  • Compassmarkets.com
  • Noakesailing
  • Fisher & Paykel,
  • Ilve

Retired:De’Longhi, Pure Blonde, The Kitchen Maker

Frank Quealey