October 21, 2018

Spring Championship 2018 Race 2 – 3 Buoys-Alf Beashel Memorial Trophy

The Asko Appliances 18ft Skiff team of James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite and Paul Montague brilliantly won the start in today's Race 2 of the Spring Championship then dominated the race with a faultless exhibition to win by 1m15s on Sydney Harbour.
From the back mark of the 3-buoys race, Finport Trade Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta and Charlie Gundy) came strongly through the fleet to finish in second place.
The young Rag & Famish Hotel team of Bryce Edwards, Rory Cox and Jacob Broom produced another solid performance to come home in third place, 1m39s behind Finport.
Following some exciting battles through the fleet, Ilve finished in fourth place, after crossing the finish line just 1s. ahead of Smeg (Ash Rooklyn).
Last week's winner, Noakesailing (Sean Langman) was sixth in today's race.
Finport leads the pointscore on 5 points, followed by Noakesailing and Rag & Famish Hotel on 7, Bing Lee 12, Vintec (Kirk Mitchell) 13 with Smeg and Appliancesonline.com.au (Brett Van Munster) equal on 14 points.
The breeze was around 10-15-knots but patchy, and the fleet had to battle hard, particularly on the tight reaches.
While Asko Appliances controlled the race throughout, there were some great battles among the other leading skiffs.
Noakesailing challenged strongly on the first spinnaker run, before losing her position to Rag & Famish Hotel after the long work into Rose Bay on the first lap of the course.
Finport was strong on this leg and was a close fourth behind Noakesailing as the fleet began a tricky leg across the harbour into Athol Bay.
Ilve was well back early but over the next two legs of the course had moved into second place, behind Asko, as the fleet headed on the next long spinnaker run.
Positions were changing constantly in the struggle for the minor placings behind Asko, which held most of the interest for the spectators.
Today's Result Sheet is attached, along with images from the race.
Race 3 of the Spring Championship will be sailed next Sunday.  The club's spectator ferry will follow all the action, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf, alongside the clubhouse and rigging area, at 2pm.
October 17, 2018

Spring Championship 2018 Race 1 – 3 Buoys- Major A. Frizelle Trophy

The Australian 18 Footers League’s 2018-2019 Season got off to a great start on Sydney Harbour today when the Sean Langman led Noakesailing team took out Race 1 of the Spring Championship, which was sailed in a 14-17 knot North East wind.

Langman and his crew Ed Powers and Nathan Edwards, came from behind on the first lap of the course to defeat Bing Lee (Micah Lane, Mark Kennedy, Dave Slennett) by 1m35s, with Finport Trade Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Charlie Gundy) a further 1m21s back in third place. The early race leader Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards) finished in fourth place, followed by Vintec (Kirk Mitchell) and Yandoo (John Winning).

The lead changed numerous times on the first windward leg to the Beasel Buoy with Lumix (Tom Anderson), Appliancesonline.com.au (Brett Van Munster) and Asko Appliances (James Dorron) all sharing the honours. The first set of 3-buoy marks changed the order when Rag & Famish Hotel took advantage of her red buoy mark rounding, although Appliancesonline was only a few secs, behind in the chase downwind to the wing mark off Shark Island.

Bing Lee and Finport was neck-and-neck in the battle for third place, followed by Noakesailing, Lumix, R Marine (Simon Nearn) and Vintec.

The fleet produced plenty of action for the spectator fleet on the long run past the wing mark and down to the bottom mark back at Clark Island.
Appliancesonline edged ahead of Rag & Famish Hotel at the wing mark but The Rag was quicker between Shark and Clark Island to again the lead the fleet as it headed back upwind to the Beashel Buoy.

The big improver on the spinnaker run was the eventual winner, Noakesailing which had moved up from fifth to second behind Rag & Famish Hotel.

There was less ‘work’ involved on this leg of the course as the breeze picked up a more easterly direction and possibly eased just a touch.

The Rag and Noakesailing produced a great battle with only a few secs. separating the two teams as they approached the next set of 3-buoy marks. They rounded the buoys at the same time but this time Noakesailing gained the advantage of the handicapping system and took the lead. Bing Lee’s experienced crew was also moving steadily through the fleet and had reached third place, ahead of Appliancesonline, Finport and Vintec as the fleet set out for the spinnaker run down the centre of the harbour.

The young Rag & Famish crew continued to pressure the more experienced Noakesailing team but Sean Langman and his team were unstoppably as they completed the final lap of the course to score a clear win. A few problems on the run home ruined a very good performance by the Rag & Famish team, which fell back to finish in fourth place, behind Bing Lee and Finport.

The racing for the first day of the season was excellent and it is obvious that this is going to be one of the best seasons for some years. A mixture of experienced and new young teams will make it difficult picking a winner each weekend.

Today’s Result Sheet is attached, along with images from the race.

Race 2 of the Spring Championship will be sailed next Sunday. The club’s spectator ferry will follow all the action, leaving the Double Bay Public Wharf, alongside the clubhouse and rigging area, at 2pm.