NSW 18ft Skiffs Championship - Close racing on Sydney Harbour

7 grabs the lead on the first downwind leg - NSW 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 - Race 5
NSW 18ft Skiffs Championship fifth race was held today, Sunday 10 March 2013, on Sydney Harbour. Gotta Love It 7 became the 2012-2013 champion when Euan McNicol (replacing regular skipper Seve Jarvin), Scott Babbage and Peter Harris took out the last race of the championship.

After trailing Pure Blonde (Tom Clout, Rob Bell, Matt Wark) by two boat lengths at the first windward mark, Gotta Love It 7 edged away to a 30s lead downwind, then from that point were never likely to lose.

Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings) stayed in touch with ‘7’ over the first two laps of the NE course but couldn’t match the Giltinan champions over the final lap to go down by 2m52s.

Pure Blonde, a consistent performer - NSW 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 - Race 5

Pure Blonde were consistent all day after their early lead and finished a further 46s back in third place.

Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel plays find the 18 - NSW 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 - Race 5

Jonathan Whitty’s Lumix was fourth, followed by De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Andrew Cuddihy), Yandoo (John Winning), Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) and Mojo Wine (James Dorron).

Smeg finished 2nd overall - NSW 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 - Race 5

Final pointscores in the championship were: Gotta Love It 7 on 10 points, Smeg 11 points, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers 15, Yandoo 16, Pure Blonde 17 and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel on 23.

Mojo Wine's speed with her #1 rig - NSW 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 - Race 5

The fleet was divided in rig choice with the NE breeze around 12-15-knots.

Results proved that the smaller number 2 rig was the correct choice.

While Gotta Love It 7 had the edge over the rest of the fleet, there was plenty of close racing throughout the fleet.

De'Longhi-Rabbitohs edges out Yandoo on the finiah line - NSW 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 - Race 5

There was little between Smeg, Pure Blonde and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers for most of the journey while Lumix, De’Longhi-Rabbitohs and Yandoo were always in close contention.

The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow next Sunday’s annual Queen of the Harbour race, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

Haier Appliances on the middle run - NSW 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 - Race 5

The battle for third place in the final race - NSW 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 - Race 5

NSW champion Gotta Love It 7 - NSW 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 - Race 5

FinishPlacings Recall# Boat NameFinishTimeElapsedTime HandicapCorrectedTimeH/capPosition
17Gotta Love It 716:00:081:15:0841:11:081
39Pure Blonde16:03:461:18:4651:13:463
41Thurlow Fisher Lawyers16:04:501:19:5001:19:5012
86Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel16:06:561:21:5631:18:5610
911Mojo Wine16:07:091:22:0941:18:098
1117Haier Appliances16:10:251:25:25101:15:256
123Asko Appliances16:11:431:26:4371:19:4311
1310Fisher & Paykel16:15:121:30:12101:20:1213
1415Team Daly16:18:571:33:5791:24:5714
1518Lomax Financial Group16:20:461:35:46101:25:4615
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