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  • The 100th Edition Of 18 Footer Aussie Championships

    18ft Skiffs
    100th Australian Championship, Race 1
    5 February, 2022
    Sydney Harbour

    all images © Michael Chittenden

    The Andoo team of Seve Jarvin, Matt Stenta and Sam Newton gave an outstanding display in the 12-23 knot South-South-Easterly breeze to score a convincing victory in Race 1 of the 100th Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    Andoo grabbed the lead at the first windward mark and, but for a brief capsize late on the next spinnaker run, led all the way to defeat the Smeg team of Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Zac Barnabas by 48s.

    The defending champion Tech2 team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake was well back in the fleet after a disappointing first leg and hard to battle hard to come back and finish a further 39s behind Smeg, in third place.

    Harry Price's Rag & Famish Hotel team finished fourth after another consistent performance, followed by Finport Finance (Keagan York), and Noakesailing (Sean Langman).

    Jarvin's decision to go to the eastern side of Shark Island after the start proved to be decisive as Andoo took the lead from Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Steve Thomas) and Finport Finance at the Rose Bay mark.

    Smeg's team elected to go to the western side and were back in fourth place, ahead of Rag & Famish Hotel, Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley-Jones), Queensland's C-Tech (Dave Hayter) and Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood).

    When Andoo had her costly 'swim'as the crew dropped the spinnaker, Smeg took full advantage to take a narrow lead from Finport Finance and Shaw and Partners at the bottom mark. Andoo was back in fourth place, 19s behind the leader.

    Andoo and Smeg were both showing the form expected from such talented crews and only 10s separated the pair following the next windward leg across to Clark Island where Andoo had recaptured the lead, by just 10s from Smeg and Shaw and Partners, which was just a few boat lengths back.

    The two-sail reach from Clark Island to Chowder Bay saw little change in the positions at the head of the fleet but a costly error at the rounding mark saw Shaw and Partners lose at least two or three placings to trail Rag & Famish Hotel and Tech2 as the fleet set off for the work into Rose Bay.

    Smeg made a small gain at Rose Bay while the Shaw and Partners team had recovered from the problem at Chowder Bay to be back in third place just ahead of The Rag, Finport Finance and Tech2.

    On the loop across the harbour from Rose Bay to Taylors Bay and back, the Andoo team were unstoppable and doubled the lead to 45s as spinnakers were set for the final spinnaker run down to the final rounding mark off Robertsons Point.

    The race provided exciting, high speed spinnaker action and has set the scene for what promises to be a closely-fought championship.

    With two races to be sailed on Sydney Harbour tomorrow and two more on Monday, in conditions predicted to be not unlike those of today, the teams will have to battle both the elements and the stamina needed to keep their skiffs in the battle for victory.

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    18ft Skiffs
    Club Championship, Final
    Sunday, 20 February, 2022
    Sydney Harbour

    Jack Macartney, skipper of Tech2, became only the fifth skipper in the 87-year history of the Australian 18 Footers League to win three consecutive Club Championship titles when he teamed with Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake to win the 2022 series, despite being disqualified for an OCS in today's final race of the 17-race championship.

    In the 18-22-knots NNE winds on Sydney Harbour today, and with Tech2 disqualified, the Andoo team of James Dorron, Matt Stenta and Angus Williams, gave a faultless display to take Race 17 of the Club Championship by 2m29s from Smeg (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Zac Barnabas).

    Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys and Josh Porebski) was a further 28s further back in third place, ahead of Finport Finance (Keagan York), The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett) and Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price).

    Tech2 finished with a final total of 90 points, followed by Yandoo (John Winning) on 101, Noakesailing on 116, Smeg 125, Rag & Famish Hotel 125 and Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Steve Thomas) on 148.

    The only other skippers to win three consecutive Australian 18 Footers League Club Championships are Cliff Monkhouse (1959-61), Dave Porter (1975-77), Trevor Barnabas (1999-2001) and Lee Knapton (2016-18).

    The good NNE wind and run-out tide provided the teams with great racing conditions and the large spectator fleet with even better viewing action as the fleet raced downwind in the choppy harbour conditions.

    Tech2 was recalled for being OCS (on course starter) and failed to return, and despite leading by 40s at the top mark at the Beashel Buoy, Shaw and Partners Financial Services, skippered by replacement skipper for the day Leo Takaheshi, was the official leader by 15s from Yandoo, Andoo, Rag & Famish Hotel, Finport Finance and Noakesailing.

    Andoo grabbed the lead From Shaw & Partners on the spinnaker run to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island, but Shaw & Partners fought back to lead narrowly at the bottom mark off Clark Island.

    A large group, including Rag & Famish Hotel, Yandoo, Finport Finance, Noakesailing and Smeg were close behind the leaders.

    With Tech2 2mins ahead of the fleet on the second beat to the top mark, the battle for the official lead was tight as Andoo again took the lead away from Shaw & Partners.

    Just when it looked as though there would be an exciting battle downwind back to the mark off Clark Island, Andoo was left with a clear lead when the second, third and fourth boats (Shaw & Partners, Yandoo and Rag & Famish Hotel) all capsized shortly after rounding the Beashel Buoy.

    An interesting highlight in the race was the appearance of the German team (Heinrich Von Bayern, Thomas Martin and Andy Martin) which is in Sydney for the upcoming JJ Giltinan Championship.

    Sailing a chartered skiff, by invitation today, the team was always well in the mix with many of the local teams and was the sixth team to cross the finish line, just behind The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines.

    Australian 18 Footer League
    Starters and Judges Report
    Event Club Championship - Race 17 Course No.1 Date 20th Feb 2022 Wind NNE 18-22 kts Start 14:45:00 Tide Ebb Finish 15:55:54 Race Officer Doug Cameron Entrants 21 Race Mode Scratch Non Starters 4
    Non Finishers 2

    1st) Andoo (Seve Jarvin, Matt Stenta, Sam Newton)

    2ndSmeg (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge, Zac Barnabas)

    3rd0 Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys, Josh Porebski)

    4th) Finport Finance (Keagan York, Bryce Edwards, Phill Marshall)

    5th) The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett, John Cooley, Charlie Gundy)

    6th) Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price, Josh McKnight, Harry Hall)

    7th) Ilve (Jono Whitty, Lachlan Doyle, John Walton)

    8th) Burrawang-Young Henrys (Jim Colley, Rory Cox, Brandon Buyink)

    9th) 18 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone, Cam Walker, Paddy Bannon)

    10th) Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Leo Takaheshi, Charlie Zeeman Locky Pryor)

    11th) Yandoo (John Winning Snr, Fang Warren, Mike Kennedy)

    12th) The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel, Jerome Watts, Matt Doyle)

    13th) Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings, Max Paul, Flynn Twomey)

    14th) Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage, Tom Clout, James Turner)

    15th) Appliances Online (Alex Marinelli, Darcy McCraken, Tyler Creevey)

    DNF) Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood, Will Dargaville, Alex Chittenden)
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