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18ft Skiff NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 2

by Frank Quealey 28 Nov 2021 09:26 GMT 28 November 2021

The defending champion Tech2 team was back to its best form on Sydney Harbour today when the crew of Jack Macartney, Lewis Brake and Luke Parkinson produced a come-from-behind performance to take an exciting victory in Race 2 of the 2021-22 NSW 18ft Skiff Championship.

In a race which saw the lead change several times throughout the long Southerly course, Tech2 crossed the finish line 22s ahead of last Sunday's Race 1 winner, Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys and Josh Porebski).

Yandoo (John Winning, Mike Kennedy and Fang Warren) finished just 6s further back in third place, followed by Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price), Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis) and Finport Finance (Keagan York).

The southerly wind took a toll on the fleet with only 13 of the 21-boat fleet able to complete the course due to gear breakages.

Noakesailing grabbed the lead from the start and led by 25s at the Clark Island mark as the fleet took off on the long downwind leg to Obelisk Bay.

Rag & Famish Hotel was in second place, followed by Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley-Jones), Yandoo, Smeg (Micah Lane), Burrawang-Young Henrys (Ben Bradley) and Ilve (Nick Daly).

Most of the fleet were unable to set spinnakers until they were well up the harbour and Noakesailing retained her lead as the fleet headed back towards the windward mark at the southern end of Shark Island in Rose Bay.

The race became a four-boat battle as Tech2 grabbed the lead from Noakesailing, Lazarus Capital Partners and Yandoo, beforeLazarus was forced out near Shark Island with gear problems.

Tech2 had established a 30s lead over Yandoo and Noakesailing as the fleet began the second downwind leg to the bottom mark in Athol Bay East.

The young, rookie team on Rag & Famish Hotel were in fourth place, leading a group which included Burrawang-Young Henrys, Finport Finance and Fisher & Paykel.

As the three leaders began the following windward leg back to the Clark Island mark, Tech2 was holding a good lead but some subtle changes in wind direction and strength saw the lead change several times between Tech2, Yandoo and Noakesailing.

Once again, Noakesailing led the fleet at Clark Island with Tech2 and Yandoo close together and 15s behind the leader.

The second lap of the course was similar to the first as Tech2 regained the lead from Noakesailing on the work back from Obelisk Bay to Shark Island. This time, however, despite strong challenges from both Noakesailing and Yandoo, the Tech2 team was up to the challenge and held on for a well deserved win.

Race 3 of the NSW Championship will be conducted next Sunday. Spectators can follow the racing on board the club's spectator ferry, however due to the Covid policy, numbers are limited. Booking online through the club's website www.18footers.com is essential. www.18footers.com.au/18-footers-sailing/spectator-ferry

For those unable to make it out onto the water, the club's live broadcast team will be on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action. Live streaming is available at www.18footers.com by clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

Results after Race 2:

PosTeamR1R2Pts
1Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)123
2Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)235
3Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)516
4Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Nathan Edwards / Kurt Fatouros)459
5Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Rory Cox / Brandon Buyink)8816
6Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Steve Thomas / Lindsay Stead / Locky Pryor)61016
7Finport Finance (Keagan York / Bryce Edwards / Phil Marshall)11617
818 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)12921
9Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Harry Hall)19423
10Smeg (Michael Coxon Jnr / Ricky Bridge / Zac Barnabas)32124
11Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich / Fynn Sprott / Jack Twomey)19726
12Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings / Max Paul / Flynn Twomey)72128
13Appliances Online (Alex Marinelli / Darcy McCraken / Tyler Creevey)191231
14Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage / Tom Clout / James Turner)92231
15The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)102131
16Lazarus Development (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Alex Watson)191332
17Birkenhead Point Marina (Felix Daverio / Alex Chittenden / Will Dargaville)221133
18Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley‑Jones / Jeronimo Harrison / Cam Gundy)192140
19The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / John Cooley / Charlie Gundy)192140
20Andoo (Seve Jarvin / Matt Stenta / Sam Newton)222143
21Ilve (Nick Daly / Joel Turner / John Walton)222143

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