Sailing in the Australian Historical 18 Foot Skiff Championships at The Sydney Flying Squadron.
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Australian Championship, Race 3
Sunday, 26 January 2013
With North East winds in excess of 20-knots, today’s Race 3 of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship became a battle of survival as only seven teams managed to complete the course on Sydney Harbour.
Smeg, skippered by four times Interdominion 12ft Skiff champion Nick Press, and his talented crew of Dan Phillips and Dave Ewings, mastered the conditions to score a 1m7s win from Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, David Witt and Mark Kennedy).
Defending champion and series leader, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was a further 3m38s back in third place, ahead of Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin), Yandoo (John Winning) and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn).
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (5 points, net3) holds a narrow lead over Gotta Love It 7 (8 points, net 4). Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel has a total of 13 points, but her discard of 8 leaves a net 5 and a real chance for the title
Today’s winner, Smeg is also still a good chance with a net score of six points.
Smeg trailed Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) at the first windward mark but once she hit the lead downwind was never headed over the rest of the course.
Many competitors either failed to reach the start line or were forced to retire with gear failure.
Both Thurlow Fisher and Gotta Love It 7 had ‘swims’.
Brisbane’s Winning Appliances (Shane Smith) came to Sydney for the weekend and her crew showed their skills with a fifth over the line.
Press was happy with the win and said the biggest problem his team had was the spectator craft on the harbour for the Australia Day celebrations.
When as whether they had any capsizes, for’ard hand Dave Ewings quipped: “No way. It would have been too much like hard work to get up again if we did”
Race 4 of the championship will be sailed tomorrow, with the last race next Sunday.
Australian 18 Footers League
Thanks to Bigfoot Bags & Covers for the three new orange trapeze harnesses and to Marc Sier for his skills and enthusiasm for making some new ideas work.
Nice ride on the TKM 18 with Will Phillips and Darren McKavanaugh. Cracked 24.8 knots before the top spreader cracked off and we retired from the race.
Thanks to Will for flying up from Geelong for the weekend and as usual, Darren, for asking the question.
Spreader is back on the mast ready for another fast ride today.
Taking some advice from Brad Devine and giving a two hook trapeze harness a go today. Thanks for the idea, encouragement and advice.
Thanks a lot to Marc Sier at Bigfoot Bags & Covers for doing a great job in taking on the concept with enthusiasm and turning out a prototype in a couple of days. Great experience.