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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Gotta Love It 7 In Control - 18 Foot Skiffs NSW Championship - Race 1

18ft Skiffs:
NSW Championship, Race 1
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Sydney Harbour

The Gotta Love It 7 team took out the season’s first championship race with a brilliant victory in Race 1 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage were superb as they raced away from the highly talented fleet for a 2m54s win.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Daniel Nixon) finished second with Smeg (Nick Press, Gary Phillips, Dave Ewings), a further one minute and two seconds back in third place. Sydney City Marine (David Witt) was always in contention for the top placings and came home fourth, ahead of Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane) and Lumix (Jonathan Witty).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
A fleet of 18 boats faced the starter, who sent the fleet over the South-East course in a 15-18-knot breeze.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The first windward beat from the start in Taylor Bay across the harbour into Rose Bay was a closely fought battle with the fleet spread wide and on both sides of Shark Island.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers won out narrowly as the team led by just a few secs. from Appliancesonline, Gotta Love It 7, Coopers62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney), Sydney City Marine and Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Coxon and his crew retained the lead down the long spinnaker run to Robertson Point, but Gotta Love It 7 gapped the fleet on the following windward leg back to Clarke Island.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
With a lead of 40s and faultless crew work, Team 7 powered away from that point and most spectator interest centred on the race for the minor placings.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Asko Appliances was third at Clarke Island, but a capsize on the next run set the team back several places. Thurlow Fisher was able to hold off challengers for second place over the remainder of the course despite challenges from Smeg, Sydney City Marine and Appliancesonline.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Many of the new teams suffered from a lack of racing so far this season and will be better for today’s race.

Frank Quealey

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