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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Yandoo Shines On Sydney Harbour - 18 Foot Skiffs

18ft Skiffs President’s Trophy
Sunday, 8 February 2015, Sydney Harbour

With the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship less than one week away, today’s Presidents Trophy race on Sydney Harbour took on added importance as the final lead up to the world’s biggest 18ft skiff championship.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
A light north east breeze proved just the right conditions for the veteran Yandoo team of John Winning, Andrew Hay and Cameron McDonald when they scored a 1m6s victory over a determined The Kitchen Maker team.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Yandoo trailed the early leader De’Longhi over the first lap of the course but once in front on the second beat to windward was never headed before taking the race. The win wasn’t quite as easy as the margin suggests as The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny, Rob Bell and Pete Nicholson) were in strong contention until the final leg of the course
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The new Appliancesonline.com.au skiff (Micah Lane, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson) gave their best performance to date and finished third, a further 43s behind The Kitchen Maker. De’Longhi grabbed the early lead when the crew elected to sail to the right hand side of the course and benefitted from the easterly slant in the breeze.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Team De’Longhi continued to lead at the wing mark and the bottom mark on the spinnaker legs but Yandoo had reduced her lead from 40s to 15s.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
At the end of the first lap, The Kitchen Maker had moved into third place, ahead of Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), Appliancesonline.com.au, Asko Appliances (Murray Press), Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton), Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York), NSW champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Pure Blonde (Nick Daly).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Yandoo’s team went to the right of the course on the second beat while De’Longhi surprisingly went to the left after doing so well on the right on the first lap.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
With a slightly fading breeze the final lap became more a one course follow the leader style race and Yandoo’s crew used all their experience to hold off the challengers.

Frank Quealey

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