March 23, 2014

Queen of the Harbour

18ft Skiffs
Queen of the Harbour
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Sydney Harbour

Annika Rose became the 18ft Skiffs’ Queen of the Harbour when she teamed with John Winning Jr., Andrew Hay and Tom Slingsby on Yandoo to take out the annual race on Sydney Harbour today.

Yandoo led from the first set of 3-buoy windward marks but had to withstand a race long challenge from Asko Appliances (James Dorron, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Jeronimo Harrison and Odette Rushton) before taking the victory by just 6s.

Third place went to Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson, Peter Nicholson, Niall Kinch and Sonya Hagarty), which was a further 3m16s back.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Dave O’Connor) was fourth, followed by Smeg (Nick Press) and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Jonathan Whitty).

The race was sailed in a light North East breeze which faded during the race.

Appliancesonline.com.au (Nathan Wilmot) and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers won the start at the pin end of the line then shared the battle for the lead with Yandoo, Asko Appliances and Mojo Wine (Andrew Divola) in the early stages of the race.

Yandoo edged away from the rest of the fleet down the first spinnaker run and held a 30s margin over Asko Appliances at the bottom mark.

Fisher & Paykel had established a clear third place at the point ahead of Pure Blonde (Nick Daly), Appliancesonline.com.au, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs.

Asko Appliances matched Yandoo up the next windward beat but Yandoo edged away again due to the difference in the 3-buoys rounding.

The three leaders had clearly established their positions by the end of the second lap where Yandoo was 1m35s ahead of Asko with Fisher & Paykel another 35s back behind Asko.

As the breeze continued to drop it was a tough day for all teams.

Yandoo still held a 30s. lead at the final mark so Asko Appliances gybed inside the leader.

Spectators were compensated for the lack of speed with a really tight finish as Asko Appliances almost nailed Yandoo near the finish.

Next Sunday’s Race 11 of the Club Championship is the last race of the 2013-2014 Season.

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

Enter pick the podium and win TVs, sunnies, yachting gear and much more.

The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow the race, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

Frank Quealey

March 16, 2014

Club Championship – Race 10 Ferry Patrons Trophy

18ft Skiffs
Club Championship, Race 10
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Sydney Harbour

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel took out Race 10 of the Australian 18 Footers League’s Club Championship in a course shortened race on Sydney Harbour today.

Following an earlier storm, the wind dropped and when many teams elected to go with their smaller #2 rigs, the race became a battle only for the bigger rigged boats.

Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Peter Harris soon had Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel in the lead over the windward-return course and held a 1min lead at the windward mark.

As the breeze gradually faded during the race, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel continued to hold a sizeable lead and was never in danger of defeat.

At the finish, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish won by 1m36s from Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Matt Stenta), with Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips and Geoff Bauchop) a further 1m57s back in third place.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers’ 2nd place today has given the team a two points lead over Gotta Love It 7 in the club championship, with only one more race in the series to be sailed (30 March).

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers has a total of 39 points, Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin) 41, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel 59, Smeg 61, Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) 71 and Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson) 72.

In today’s race, while ‘The Rag’ was a clear leader throughout, the battle for minor placings was always close.

Mojo Wine, skippered by Andrew Chapman, replacing Chris Nicholson, held second place for the first lap but was unable to hold out series leader Thurlow Fisher and Smeg.

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

Enter pick the podium and win TVs, sunnies, yachting gear and much more.

The annual Queen of the Harbour race will be sailed next Sunday 23 March.

The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow the race, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

The last race of the 2013-2014 Season, Club Championship Race 11, will be sailed on Sunday 30 March.

Frank Quealey