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Smeg Leads NSW 18 Footers Championships

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  • Smeg Leads NSW 18 Footers Championships


    The Australian 18 Footers League fleet is back on Sydney Harbour this Sunday when the 18-boat fleet will contest the final two races of the 2018-2019 NSW 18ft Skiff Championship.

    After three races so far in the championship, going into Sunday's final two races, Smeg (Michael Coxon) leads the points table on 10 points, followed by Asko Appliances (James Dorron) on 14, Finport Finance (Keagan York) on 18, Winning Group (John Winning Jr.) 20, Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards) 23 and Yandoo (John Winning) on 24 points.

    With the points from Sunday's races to be added, and each boat's worst performance, over the five races, to be discarded, the championship is still wide open for many teams.

    Smeg still holds the the lead on net points so far, but only two points separates the leading four boats, and 8 points separates the top nine teams.

    On present form, Smeg appears the team to beat in the NSW Championship and, if the boat can retain her points advantage it will be a great return to the 18s by her skipper, Michael Coxon.

    Michael Coxon took a year off from sailing the 18ft Skiffs after he won his third JJ Giltinan Championship in 2017, but his return this season with the Smeg-sponsored team shows he is as sharp as ever and on-track to go for a fourth JJ victory in March.

    Michael joined 2016 JJ Giltinan champions Mike McKinsey and Ricky Bridge, on Smeg, and the team clicked immediately.

    With such a battle for the championship honours, Sunday's two three-lap windward-return courses are sure to provide spectators with some close, action-packed racing.

    Each placing in Sunday's races will be critical to the overall point score for Smeg, Asko Appliances, Bing Lee (Micah Lane), Yandoo, Winning Group and Finport Finance.

    The Australian 18 Footers league's spectator ferry will follow all the racing action, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf at 2pm.

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    Asko Appliance Crowned NSW 18 Champs

    18ft Skiffs
    NSW Championship, Final
    Sunday, 13 January 2019
    Sydney Harbour

    The Asko Appliances 18ft Skiff team became the 2018-2019 NSW champions after scoring a win and a second placing in the final two races of the championship which were sailed in a 15K SSE wind on Sydney Harbour today.

    Skipper James Dorron and his crew of Harry Bethwaite and Steve Thomas proved too consistent on the day for their main challengers for the title and Asko Appliances deserved the win as the team was the only two race winner of the five race championship.

    Asko Appliances finished the championship with a total of 9 points.

    Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Charlie Gundy) was runner-up on 13 points, followed by Smeg (Michael coxon, Ricky Bridge, Mike McKensey) on 14 points.

    John Winning's Yandoo was fourth on 20 points, followed by Bing Lee (Micah Lane) on 27 and Vintec (Kirk Mitchell) on 30 points.

    In the first of today's two races, (re-sail of Race 2) Finport Finance took an early lead over Smeg on the first windward leg, but Smeg's speed took that skiff to the lead on the downwind leg to the bottom mark,

    Triple M (Tom Anderson) was in third place with Winning Group (John Winning Jr.) fourth, ahead of Noakes Sailing (Sean Langman) and Asko Appliances

    The second lap of the course saw a change come over the leading group when Asko's team elected to go to the LHS side of the course on the spinnaker run and the move was a winner.

    It was this leg which brought the Asko Appliances back into contention and enabled the skiff to go on and win the race from Finport Finance and Smeg.

    At the finish, Asko Appliances defeated Finport Finance by 9s, with Smeg another 8s back in third place.

    R Marine Pittwater (Rob Greenhalgh) finished fourth, ahead of Triple M and Noakes Sailing.

    Going into the final race, Smeg and Asko Appliances were equal on 7 points (net).

    Finport Finance, on 12 points (net) was the only other team with a realistic chance of winning the title, but it would be a slim chance.

    The expected match race between Smeg and Asko Appliances never eventuated as Smeg lost all hope with a disastrous start while Asko was up close to the lead.

    Finport Finance's crew quickly had their skiff in the lead and, with some great boat handling skills in the southerly wind, were able to retain the lead over the entire three laps of the windward-return course.

    Asko Appliances was in second place behind Finport, and with Smeg well back, her crew seemed intent to safety rather than risk losing the big 'championship win' prize.

    The action in both races was spectacular and non-stop.

    While the top three teams dominated much of the racing there were some very good efforts throughout the fleet.

    Finport Finance's winning margin over Asko Appliances in Race 5 was 45s, with third placed Vintec a further 1m10s back. (Brett Van Munster finished fourth, ahead of Yandoo and Noakes Sailing.

    The Australian 18ft Skiff Championship begins next Sunday (January 20 when two races will be sailed on Sydney Harbour. The championship will be sailed over nine races and will conclude on Sunday, February 17.
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