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18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour - Races 1 & 2

by Frank Quealey 19 Jan 08:42 GMT 19 January 2020

The Finport Finance team of Keagan York, Matt Stenta and David Ewings totally dominated the racing in a 8-12 knots SSE wind to lead the fleet after the two-race opening day of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

York and his team won the start with a risky port hand start at the pin end of the line in Race 1 and were rarely challenged as they led at every mark of the three-lap windward-return course set in Rose Bay.

Finport Finance increased her led at every mark before crossing the finish line 2m27s ahead of Tech2 (Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt, Trent Barnabas), with Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Tim Westwood) a further 25s back in third place.

Brett Van Munster's was near the leaders throughout the race to finish in fourth place, ahead of Noakesailing (Sean Langman), R Marine Pittwater (Marcus Ashley-Jones) and the NSW Champion Winning Group, sailed by Seve Jarvin.

It was an outstanding performance by the winner and onlookers were left to wonder could the Finport Finance team repeat the effort in the latter race.

Team tactics changed for the start of Race 2 as York elected to start at the windward end of the line. Despite the different tactics, the result was the same as Finport Finance led at the windward mark.

Once again, Finport Finance led at every rounding mark andbut had to survive a very strong challenge from the Rag & Famish Hotel team (Bryce Edwards, Rory Cox, Jacob Broom) to win Race 2 by a mere 4s from 'The Rag'. continued her good performance throughout the day's racing to come home a further 37s back in third place.

The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett) was just 2s further back in fourth place, ahead of Tech2, Noakesailing and Winning Group.

Progress points after the two races are: Finport Finance on 2, Tech2 and equal on 7, Rag & Famish Hotel on 10, Noakesailing on 11 and Winning Group on 14.

While a few of the top teams in the fleet were not at their best today, there was a marked improvement in the performances by Rag & Famish Hotel and R Marine Pittwater.

The results have now set a challenge for the Winning Group, Shaw & Partners Financial Services and Smeg teams over the following seven races of the championship.

Race 1 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElaspedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York)15:16:5700:31:570.500:31:271
2Tech2 (Jack Macartney)15:18:2400:33:24000:33:244
3Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron)15:18:4900:33:49100:32:493 (Brett Van Munster)15:19:0500:34:050.500:33:355
5Noakesailing (Sean Langman)15:19:1300:34:13000:34:138
6RMarine Pittwater (Marcus Ashley Jones)15:19:2200:34:22200:32:222
7Winning Group (John Winning Jnr)15:19:5500:34:55000:34:559
8Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards)15:19:5800:34:58100:33:586 (Jordan Girdis)15:20:0900:35:09100:34:097
10Smeg (Micah Lane)15:20:4100:35:41000:35:4115
11The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett)15:21:0000:36:000.500:35:3014
12Bird and Bear (Tom Clout)15:21:1100:36:110.500:35:4115
13Birkenhead Point Marina (Tom Anderson)15:21:1600:36:16100:35:1610
14Yandoo (John Winning Snr)15:21:5300:36:531.500:35:2312
15Dal Zotto (Jack Sprague)15:22:2200:37:22200:35:2211
16Ilve (Pedro Vozone)15:22:2400:37:24200:35:2413
17Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage)15:23:0300:38:031.500:36:3317
18Vintec (Kirk Mitchell)15:23:1500:38:151.500:36:4518

Race 2 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElaspedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York)16:04:5700:34:570.500:34:272
2Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards)16:05:0100:35:01100:34:011 (Brett Van Munster)16:05:3800:35:380.500:35:083
4The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett)16:05:4000:35:400.500:35:104
5Tech2 (Jack Macartney)16:05:5800:35:58000:35:586
6Noakesailing (Sean Langman)16:06:1900:36:19000:36:197
7Winning Group (Seve Jarvin)16:06:4100:36:41000:36:418
8Smeg (Micah Lane)16:06:5100:36:51000:36:519
9RMarine Pittwater (Marcus Ashley Jones)16:07:4000:37:40200:35:405
10Birkenhead Point Marina (Tom Anderson)16:08:3900:38:39100:37:3911
11Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage)16:08:5500:38:551.500:37:2510
12Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron)16:09:0700:39:07100:38:0715
13Vintec (Kirk Mitchell)16:09:1300:39:131.500:37:4312
14Yandoo (John Winning Snr)16:09:1500:39:151.500:37:4513 (Jordan Girdis)16:09:3900:39:39100:38:3917
16Ilve (Pedro Vozone)16:09:5400:39:54200:37:5414
17Dal Zotto (Jack Sprague)16:10:1200:40:12200:38:1216
DNSBird and Bear (Tom Clout)     

There is no club racing next Sunday as the fleet will contest the Lord Mayor's Cup as part of the Australia Day Regatta. There will be no ferry to follow the race.

It will be back to normal on Sunday, 2 February when Australian 18 Footers League club racing resumes with Races 3 & 4 of the Australian Championship being contested.

Spectators can see all the teams while they are rigging, then follow the racing on board the club's spectator ferry, which leaves Double Bay Wharf, alongside the rigging area, at 2pm.

Book online through the club's website

AeroMedia Live Broadcast team will be out on Sydney Harbour on 2 February to capture all the action. For those who can't make it onto the water, live streaming is available at and clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

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