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Sunday, November 29, 2015

David Witt Leads Apliancesonline Team To Victory in W.C. (Trappy) Duncan Memorial Trophy

!8ft Skiffs, W.C. (Trappy) Duncan Memorial Trophy
Sunday, 29 November 2015, Sydney Harbour

The Appliancesonline.com.au team sailed a brilliant race in the 20-knot North-Easertly wind to take out the W.C. (Trappy) Duncan Memorial 18ft Skiff Trophy race on Sydney Harbour today.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
David Witt (skipper), Tom Clout (sheet) and Tom Anderson (forárd) trailed by 40 seconds at the end of the first lap of the course but revelled in the testing conditions to go on to a comfortable victory.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York, Craig Ferris, Darren McKavanagh) finished one minute and 22 seconds behind the winner to take second position, with the NSW champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers a further one minute and seven seconds back in third place.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
It was a great effort by the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew of Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas, as the trio had to recover from an early capsize while sailing to the long mark on each of the three laps of the course.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
De’Longhi (Simon Nearn) sailed consistently to finish fourth, ahead of Smeg (Micah Lane) and Yandoo (John Winning). These conditions usually take a toll on the number of finishers in the race but today all 18 starters completed the course.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (James Dorron) won the start at the boat end of the line while Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin) were best served at the pin end. Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel produced excellent boat speed to the windward Beashel Buoy to lead from Gotta Love It 7 and Lumix (Brett Van Munster).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers had to tack quickly to avoid a collision with Gotta Love It 7 and capsized as the skiff approached the mark. Holding a handy lead as the fleet raced in to the wing mark off Shark Island, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel also capsized, leaving Gotta Love It 7 with the lead over a charging fleet.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The 7 team increased their lead to 40 seconds at the bottom mark off Clarke Island with Appliancesonline.com.au moving into second position ahead of Compassmarkets.com, Lumix and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, which had made an amazing recovery.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Witt and his Appliancesonline.com.au team were applying the pressure to Gotta Love It 7 and grabbed the lead at the following windward mark, which set the scene for a great spinnaker battle down the middle run back to Clarke Island.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The two skiffs raced at top speed with just a few metres between them but the 7 team were unable to catch Appliancesonline.com.au as the pair turned the corner for the final windward beat back to the Beashel Buoy, Appliancesonline.com.au held the advantage upwind, before a capsize and broken pole forced Gotta Love It 7 to limp home in 17th position 17 minutes behind the winner.

Frank Quealey

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