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18ft Skiff Australian Championship Races 3 & 4

by Frank Quealey 28 Jan 2023 07:59 GMT 27-29 January 2023

Races 3 and 4 of the 2022-23 Australian 18ft Skiff Championship were conducted over two windward-leeward courses in NE winds which ranged between 10 and 22 knots on Sydney Harbour today and produced some of the best, action-packed, speed sailing for the spectators.

With wins split between Rag & Famish Hotel and Andoo on the day, going into tomorrow's final two races, the championship is wide open and the final outcome will probably not be known until the end of Race 6.

With each team permitted to discard its worst performance from the six races, the closeness of the points table after today's racing becomes complicated but provides supporters with a guaranteed excitement as the leading teams battle for the coveted title in tomorrow's final races.

Finport Finance (Keagan York, Angus Williams, Phil Marshall) presently leads with a total of 10 points, followed by Lazarus (Marcus Ashley-Jones, Rob Bell, Jeronimo Harrison) and Smeg (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge, Tom Anderson) each on 14, Andoo (John Winning Jr) on 16, Yandoo (John Winning) 23 and Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley) on 27.

In the first of today's two races, the NE wind ranged between 10-15 knots and resulted in a victory for Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price, Lewis Brake, Harry Hall) grabbed a 37s victory from Finport Finance, with Shaw & Partners (Jim Colley, Max Paul, Tom Quigley) a further 17s back in third place.

Lazarus finished in fourth place, ahead of Yandoo and Smeg.

Andoo, with Jono Whitty standing in for regular skipper John Winning Jr, had led for most of the race but capsized on a gybe on a spinnaker run to the finish.

Rag & Famish Hotel had been pressuring Andoo for most of the race and took advantage of the mishap to win her first race of the series.

In the second race, the wind strengthened considerably and was mostly 18-22 knots for the entire two laps of the course.

After a sensational start to the race which saw both Finport Finance and Race 3 winner Rag & Famish Hotel capsize in separate incidents, Andoo (Jono Whitty, Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton) soon had the race at her mercy as the crew displayed some spectacular teamwork to win by a healthy 1m12s margin.

The race for second place was exciting and held the crowd's attention to the very end as only 4s separated the second-placed Lazarus and third-placed Smeg in an exciting, high speed dash.

Yandoo finished in fourth place, ahead of series leader Finport Finance and Burrawang-Young Henrys (Simon Nearn).

NOTE: The final two races of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship will be sailed on Sydney Harbour tomorrow, Sunday, January 29.

Spectators can follow the action on board the club's spectator ferry, as they have done for the past 87 years, which leaves Double Bay Wharf alongside the clubhouse at 2pm.

Booking online through the club's website www.18footers.com is essential, 18footers.com/18-footer-racing/spectator-ferry

For anyone who can't make it out onto the water, the League's live broadcast team will be out 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 Day 2: (four races)

Pos  TeamR1R2R3R4New Total
1Finport Finance (Keagan York / Angus Williams / Phill Marshall)212510
2Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley Jones / Cam Gundy / Jeronimo Harrison )444214
3Smeg (Michael Coxon / Ricky Bridge / Tom Anderson)326314
4Andoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)177116
5Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)595423
6Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley / Max Paul / Tom Quigley)1233927
7Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Lewis Brake / Harry Hall)1661730
8Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Grant Rollerson / Brandon Buyink)6811631
9Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings / Miles Davey / Flynn Twomey)810101038
10Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliott Mahar)91281443
11The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle / Darcy McCracken)16159848
12C‑Tech QLD (Josh Sloman / George Morton / Angus Barker)1013151149
13Marine Outlet (Cam Gundy / John Walton / Marcus Sampson)75162250
14Birkenhead Point Marina (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)1411141453
15Noakes Blue (Nathan McNamara / Peter McLeod / Conor Hay)1516121356
16The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Finn Rodowicz)1117162266
17Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich / Fynn Sprott / Harry Smith)2222131269
1818 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)1314222271
19Lazarus Development (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Hamish Vass)2218162278
20Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Rhys Mara)2222222288
21Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldman)2222222288

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