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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rabbitohs-Kenwood Dominate Race 6 - 3-Buoys Challenge Series, Race 6 - 18ft Skiffs on Sydney Harbour

18ft Skiffs
3-Buoys Challenge Series, Race 6
Sunday, 25 November 2013
Sydney Harbour
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The Rabbitohs-Kenwood team of Brett Van Munster, Joel Castle and Kurt Fatouris dominated the fleet for an easy victory in Race 6 of the 3-Buoys Challenge Series on Sydney Harbour today. Brett and his team sailed a brilliant second windward leg to grab the lead and were never in danger of defeat as they raced away for a 1m56s win.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
 Marcus Ashley Jones, James Dorron and Jeronimo Harrison finished strongly to take second place, with Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey and Greg Dixon) a further 1m3s back third.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Michael Coxon’s Thurlow Fisher Lawyers sailed a strong race from the back mark and has also taken a narrow lead in the series with just two more races to be sailed. Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson) was fifth, followed by Yandoo (John Winning), Smeg (Nick Press) and Haier Appliances (Rick Peacock).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
After an unusually bad weather start to the season, the fleet was greeted with a 12-15-knot ESE breeze, which gave the teams a chance to bring out the big #1 rigs. The race to the first set of windward marks was a great battle for the lead between Mojo Wine, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), Rabbitohs-Kenwood and Haier Appliances were also just behind the three leaders and challenging strongly. Mojo Wine was first to reach her blue buoy but Rabbitohs-Kenwood had the advantage of a red-buoy rounding to join Mojo in the lead.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The long spinnaker run back to the bottom mark near the start saw Mojo Wine in the lead from Lumix, Thurlow Fisher, Rabbitohs-Kenwood, Fisher & Paykel and Haier Appliances. Spinnaker halyard problems on Gotta Love It 7 as she approached the rounding mark saw the team drop towards the back of the fleet and out of contention.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
When Rabbitohs-Kenwood established her winning lead at the second set of windward buoys, the race for the minor placings took full interest of the spectators. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers led a tightly bunched group down the next spinnaker run.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Fisher & Paykel was third, followed by Mojo Wine, Asko Appliances, The Kitchen Maker (James Francis), Smeg and Yandoo. With the leading team sailing a faultless race Rabbitohs-Kenwood increased her lead for a well deserved victory.

Frank Quealey

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