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  • Sydney Harbor Hit By Zombie Cyclone Owen

    18ft Skiffs
    NSW Championship, Race 4
    Sunday, 16 December 2018
    Sydney Harbour

    The Smeg 18ft Skiff team of Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Mike McKenzie gave an awesome display of power sailing as they tamed the 25-knot, gusting to 30-knots, North East wind to take out Race 4 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    Smeg grabbed the lead from the start and dominated the fleet before going on to record a 2m41s victory.

    In a day which required the very best racing skills, the next two teams to finish behind Smeg were loaded with the very best.

    Bing Lee, skippered by former Australian champion Micah Lane, with former Giltinan champions Peter Harris and Scott Babbage in the team, chased Smeg all day but were unable to match the winner's speed.

    Third place went to Winning Group, which had John Winning Jr, and two more Giltinan champions, Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton, in the team.

    Winning Group finished 1m14s behind Bing Lee, and more than four minutes ahead of the fourth boat, Ilve (Jonathan Whitty).

    Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards) came in fifth, followed by Finport Finance (Keagan York), Vintec (Kirk Mitchell), Asko Appliances (James Dorron), The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett) and MMM (Tom Anderson).

    The other eight entries were forced to retire with a variety of gear failures in the extremely strong wind conditions.

    Smeg leads the NSW Championship scores with a total of 10 points, followed by Asko Appliances on 14, Finport Finance on 18, Winning Group on 20, Rag & Famish Hotel on 23 and Yandoo (John Winning) 24.

    Smeg's domination began soon after the race started and a clear lead was established by the time the fleet reached the windward mark at Beashel Buoy.

    Bing Lee was already in second place ahead of Finport Finance, Noakesailing (Sean Langman), with Vintec and Winning Group ahead of the rest.

    Vintec and Finport Finance had problems on the run and lost several minutes, leaving Smeg, Bing lee and Noakesailing to head the fleet at the end of the first lap of the course.

    Winning Group had edged forward to be in fourth place ahead of Ilve and Asko Appliances.

    While there was little change in the placings over the final two laps of the course, spectators were treated to some action-packed, high speed racing as the skiffs powered around the course.

    Smeg's crossed the finish line one full leg of the course ahead of Bing Lee, and her crew were more than happy with the performance.

    Skipper, Michel coxon was cautious in his comments, but was happy with the team's performance in such rugged conditions.

    The result sheet and images from today's race are attached.

    Today's race was the final race before the fleet takes a break over the Christmas-New Year period.
    Racing resumes on Sunday, 13 January 2019.


    The Daily Mail Reports

    More than 55,000 homes in Sydney and the Central Coast remain without power after thunderstorms have savaged the NSW coast.

    Torrential rain, damaging wind and hailstones the size of golf balls lashed Sydney and the Hunter region on Saturday afternoon bringing down trees and taking out hundreds of power lines.
    Fears of tropical 'zombie' cyclone Owen re-forming off the Queensland coast are still a concern after wild winds and up to 200mm of torrential rain swept across the state's far north.
    Parts of Queensland's far north were drenched overnight, with Halifax north of Townsville recording 669mm rainfall in the last 24 hours alone.
    Although the cyclone had settled to a tropical low by late Saturday afternoon, QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said heavy rainfall and flash flooding could still follow and warned residents not to be complacent.

    A 50 percent chance was given for Owen spinning back up into a cyclone in the Coral Sea off Townsville on Tuesday.
    Along the NSW coast Sydney's north was hardest hit with parts of the Parramatta and Campbelltown areas and the southern part of the Central Coast also damaged.
    The SES said they'd received more than 4,600 calls, mainly for fallen trees and roof damage.
    The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for most of New South Wales' east coast on Saturday afternoon after vicious wind gusts nearing 100km/h slammed northern parts of the state at around 2pm.

    By 5pm three separate thunderstorms came together to form a 'super-cell' storm around the greater Sydney area and Wollongong.
    Weatherzone meteorologist Lachlan Maher told Daily Mail Australia it was possible storm-like conditions could return on Sunday afternoon.
    'This is quite a slow moving system coming in from western parts of the state towards the coast, so there is a chance it could return tomorrow evening.'
    Network operators Endeavour Energy and Ausgrid said more than 750 electrical hazards needed to be repaired before supply could be restored to 56,000 homes.
    'This was a devastating storm that caused extensive damage to the electricity network,' Endeavour Energy spokesman Peter Payne said on Sunday.
    'Many of our customers in the worst affected areas would not have seen damage like this for years.'
    Ausgrid's Jonathan Hall said the repairs could take a while.

    'Unfortunately, it's taking time because that does involve in some places putting in new power poles and new power lines and unfortunately that type of repair takes some time,' he told ABC.
    Traffic lights are also blacked out in Northmead, West Pennant Hills and Campbelltown.
    Power may not be restored to some intersections until Sunday afternoon, Transport for NSW said.
    Trains across Sydney were back to normal service on Sunday morning after crews worked 'extremely hard overnight to recover from the storm damage,' a TfNSW spokeswoman said.
    Sunday's weather is expected to remain overcast with a high chance of further showers and a risk of an afternoon thunderstorm.
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