Sunday, December 11, 2011

Racing Abandoned in Sydney - Race 4 18ft Skiffs NSW Championship

The unusual conditions on Sydney Harbour forced organisers to abandon Race 4 of the NSW Championship when no boat was able to complete the course in the allotted three hour timeframe.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
For the first time in memory, this was only the second race in the championship (Race 1 was also abandoned) that had to be canned and now the series will be a three-race event.

The morning kicked off with sunshine and a good north-east breeze, but the when the predicted southerly arrived the start was delayed by 45 minutes.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The race finally got away in a light NNE breeze which saw the fleet to sail straight up the harbour towards the first windward mark at the Beashel Buoy.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Yandoo, skippered by John Winning Jr, filling in for his injured Dad, held a 15 second lead over Mojo Wine (Matt Searle) at the mark, with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) a further 15 seconds back in third place, ahead of The Kitchen Maker (Cameron McDonald), Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) and Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin), which had made a great recovery after being recalled at the start.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
As the fleet approached the mouth of Rose Bay under spinnaker the wind dropped and the bulk of the fleet was becalmed.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Yandoo were doing well as they approached the wing mark in Rose Bay and gained a lead of two metres  over Lumix, with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers a further 45 seconds behind in third place ahead of Gotta Love It 7.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Conditions deteriorated between Shark Island and Clarke Island as the Lumix team of Jonathan Whitty, Greg Dixon and James Hozack lead Yandoo by three metres.

It took Lumix an hour to be the first around the Beashel Buoy on the second lap as the race continued to test the patience of the sailors. The wind ran out of puff and the race was abandoned.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The race has no impact on the series point score. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers retains the lead on three points, followed by Lumix on four points while Smeg and Mojo Wine are both tied at 10 and Gotta Love It 7 is on 13 points.

The final race of the championship will be held on Sunday 18 December.

Lulu Roseman

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