Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lumix Wins 18ft Skiffs Syd. Barnett Memorial Trophy - Sydney Harbour

18ft Skiffs Syd. Barnett Memorial Trophy
Sunday 14 December 2014, Sydney Harbour

Ash Rooklyn replaced Jonathan Whitty on Lumix and scored his first 18ft Skiff win as a skipper when he teamed with Aron Everett and Daniel Nixon to win the Syd. Barnett Memorial Trophy race on Sydney Harbour today.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Lumix grabbed the lead after rounding the first set of windward marks and was never in any real danger of defeat as the team sailed faultlessly around the North-East course.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane, Tom Anderson, Paul Montague) was 33 seconds behind the winner, in second place, with Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York, Greg Dixon, Matt Stenta) a further 1m25s back in thid place.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
From the scratch start, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) led narrowly over a group of challengers including Smeg (David Witt), De’Longhi (Simon Nearn), Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) and Appliancesonline.com.au.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Mojo Wine, skippered by Australian 16 Footer champion Lee Knapton, was also well placed at the start but a gear problem forced last week’s winner back to the tail of the fleet.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Smeg was the first skiff to its windward mark (blue) but Lumix took advantage of a red buoy mark rounding to grab a narrow lead as spinnakers were set for the run to the wing mark off Shark Island. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers had to travel further to the white buoy, which allowed Appliancesonline.com.au and Compassmarkets.com to slip inside.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Rooklyn and his young team showed their class as they sailed a perfect course to open up a clear break over De’Longhi, Appliancesonline, Compassmarkets, Smeg, Fisher & Paykel (Rob Flanagan) and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
These placings remained unchanged at the bottom mark (end of first lap) where Lumix held a 45s margin over De’Longhi.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
At the second set of windward marks, Lumix lead had blown out to 1m10s over Appliancesonline and Compassmarkets which were only secs. Apart. Smeg was fourth and clearly ahead of a large group on the second spinnaker run.Over the final lap of the course, the top four positions remained unchanged.

The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny) finished in fifth place, ahead of Fisher & Paykel, De’Longhi and Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones).Gotta Love It 7 didn’t start in today’s race as Seve Jarvin and his crew were involved in the final of the Extreme Sailing Series off the Opera House.
Frank Quealey

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