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Australian 13ft & 16ft Skiff National Championships at Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club - Day 5

by Adam Lucius 13 Jan 09:20 GMT 7-14 January 2023

St George boat Noakes has launched one of the great back-from-the dead revivals in recent history to snatch the lead and set-up a thrilling finish to the 2022/23 Australian 16ft Championships at Manly.

The Dave O'Connor-skippered Noakes was outside the top three heading into the penultimate day of racing on Friday, but peeled off consecutive wins in one afternoon to end the day on top of the overall pointscore. It will now come down to a winner-takes-all shoot-out between Manly's Typhoon (Nathan Wilmot) - three points behind in second - and the in-form Noakes in Saturday's final heat. After O'Connor and crew Pete Mackie and Ricky Bridge were afforded a hero's reception back to the beach from their supporters on the spectator craft, the skipper explained how they'd turned it all around.

"We were worried it wasn't going to get windy enough for us but the breeze picked up and we just knew that we had to go out and get two good results," O'Connor said. "We knew if we sailed two smart races we'd be fine and give ourselves every chance.

"We just wanted to make sure we were alive going into the last race and we were able to pull it off. "Whoever wins tomorrow wins the whole thing and that's great. That's what you want going into the final day of a big regatta.

Noakes has won four races at this regatta but an 18th and a 32nd threatened to cast a dark cloud over their campaign.

Asked how they've been able to put potentially damaging results behind them and get back in the hunt, O'Connor said with a laugh: "Firstly, thanks for reminding me of my inconsistency. "It's a bit like cricket. When you get a duck you have to forget about next time you go out to bat and that's the way we approached it.

"Having legends like these blokes (Bridge and Mackie) in your boat certainly helps. There was no panic at any stage. "I've been blessed to sail with some amazing sailors and these two are right up there with the best."

Typhoon started the day in pole position but now finds itself on the outside looking in and needing to win Saturday's final race while hoping Noakes fails to break into the top four. Wilmot managed a second in Friday's first race but a fifth in the next heat - coupled with O'Connor's faultless display - has seen him go from the pursued to the pursuer.

While the race among the top two will be captivating, there will a fierce battle for places third to sixth. Only five points separates third-placed Sail Racing (Felix Grech) from sixth-placed SKE Electrical (Scott Babbage).

In the 13ft division, EBIX (Jemma Hopkins) will be officially crowned national champion on Saturday after taking an impregnable lead on the back of another impressive day's sailing.

The Manly entrant won heat eight and placed second in heat nine, continuing an amazingly consistent regatta.

EBIX's worst result all week has been a third and its closest rival - Bartley Construction (Taylor Springett) - is a distance eight points adrift.

Results after Day 5:

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperClubR2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
16ft Skiffs
1 NoakesDave O'ConnorStGSC[32]511[18]61115
2 TyphoonNathan WilmotM16SSC21[10][6]352518
3 Sail RacingFelix GrechM16SSC13[12]2[22]87728
4 Moonen YachtsDaniel TurnerM16SSC5258[12]3[11]629
5 IMEIDavid GilmourM16SSC46245[10]9[10]30
6 SKE ElectricalScott BabbageB16[19][35]731515233
7 Eric's StorageHarry LawsonMH16SC6414[17]19[20]438
8 NHS Building SuppliesTom DawsonB16[49F][28]356717341
9 CunninghamsNick ConnorM16SSC[29]1111924[21]845
10 TribecaBen BradleyStGSC1596[20]4[21]101256
11 SkelconHenry MakinB16231087[27]28[49F]58
12 MustoHugh StodartM16SSC11[17][21]12101541163
13 Light & WonderMatt MeaneyB169[24][24]11171161367
14 SoutherlyZoe DransfieldM16SSC38[30][32]1117181572
15 DominosMichael QuirkB168[20]161316[28]31672
16 Botany AccessChris ThomasM16SSC1012914822[27][25]75
17 Red Pumps RedTyler DransfieldM16SSC121941519[24][23]1887
18 Sutech Building ConsultantsMichael KoernerM16SSC77152325[26][28]1996
19 Fluid BuildingClint BowenM16SSC141325[27][30]2312996
20 NozomiAndrew ChapmanB1625[29][49F]101318.5161496.5
21 Infinity RiggingLachlan SteelStGSC17161818[21]1613[21]98
22 RW RetailCarlton SmithDPSS20[31]1721201414[26]106
23 Red PumpsBruce SavageM16SSC[36]25131993122[49H]119
24 Capital Brewing Co.Jessica IlesM16SSC1323[42][36]26133017122
25 Outback MarineGeorgia ClancyM16SSC16[27]261614[27]2527124
26 Noakes BlueRyan EwingsStGSC242122267[29]26[32]126
27 ChubbsJesse DransfieldM16SSC26.518202423[32][31]22133.5
28 KamikazeRichard WilliamsMH16SC30[34]2322331219[49F]139
29 ShebangAnthony KingM16SSC22[30]2925[39]251523139
30 FirestoppingAlex HartM16SSC26.5[38]2829[35]202420147.5
31 ToogaraJosh TaskerStGSC3315[35]302818.532[49F]156.5
32 Employment HeroWill DivolaM16SSC182232[41]3130[49F]24157
33 CMG Property MaintenanceMichael VincentMH16SC2126272824[36][42]34160
34 EdendaMatilda LangDSC28[36][39]3132353330189
35 MH44Eva AttwoodMH16SC36N19N[41]373438[44]28192
36 Bartley Construction 16Nathan LilleyM16SSC35333135[49O]37[39]29200
37 P LeahyMark WillsonMH16SC343233332939[43][49F]200
38 FIREBALLJames DowneyM16SSC[40]373838[42]332931206
39 WichardZac HeyesB163740343436[44][49F]36217
40 KonamiBethany SherryB163845194338[49B]37[49F]220
41 Man FluNicholas StabbackMH16SC39[43]36[42]40403638229
42 SheadMarilyn SorensenMH16SC424137[44]414234[49F]237
43 WeathertexJess RiversB164442[49F]40433435[49F]238
44 Skiffropes.comAmy HargraveMH16SC[45]3940[49F]45413835238
45 Joe Walsh RiggingKye RiversM16SSC[49N][49C]444537434037246
46 XXXX GoldNeale JonesB164144[48N]44N[46]464133249
47 Erics RemovalsJoshua TheunissenMH16SC4346[49F][49C]444549F49F276
48 Bella GroupGeorgia SteensonB16[49C][49C]49C49C49C49C49C49C294
13ft Skiffs
135EBIXJemma HopkinsM16SSC[3]1[2]112128
238Bartley ConstructionTaylor SpringettM16SSC1[6][4]2432416
346FluidDonald RowlinsonM16SSC[6]36424[7]120
432Plonk CafeAvril RichardsonMH16SC44[8][9]513320
543CyberTechGroup.orgTheo FranklinM16SSC7N[10N]15654[9]28
641Botany ScaffoldSophie HartM16SSC22[11]3[9]78628
715SheerlineOwen GillmeisterM16SSC[8]556[16O]65835
89#9Angus StewartHKSC979[12]38[14]541
940CheekyZackary WyattHKSC[15]9777[10]6743
1037DutchessAmy BentleyM16SSC7[14][12]811991054
1116LivewireIssac RobbinsHKSC10113111311[15][15]59
1231ABICOZachary BrakenburyM16SSC[16N][16N]1310812131268
1344AwolAndrew de MontfortM16SSC12[13]101310[14]121168
1445QEDDavid TulkM16SSC1110[16H]1412[15]101370
1527Black CatByron LoweHKSC1312[16F][15]1413111477

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