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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Witty Finishes Strong On 18 Foot Skiff Before Preparing For Sydney-Hobart

18ft Skiffs, Sydd. Barnett Jr. Memorail Trophy
Sunday, 13 December 2015, Sydney Harbour
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The Appliancesonline.com.au 18ft Skiff crew gave an outstanding performance in the 20-knot Nor'East wind to score an all the way win in the Syd. Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy race on Sydney Harbour today.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
David Witt (skipper), Tom Clout (sheet) and Tom Anderson (for’ard) quickly established a lead on the first windward leg and dominated the fleet for the entire course.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Appliancesonline.com.au crossed the finish line one minute and 19 seconds ahead of Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones, James Dorron, Darren McKavanagh), with Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Stu Wells, Joel Castle) a further one minute and four seconds back in third place.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Pure Blonde (Nick Daly) was well placed all through the race and finished fourth, ahead of Smeg (Lee Knapton), Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York) and De’Longhi (Simon Nearn).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Today’s winning skipper David Witt will now exchange the tiller of an 18ft Skiff for the wheel of the 100ft Maxi Ragamuffin in the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, which starts in Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day. Fellow Appliancesonline.com.au crewman Tom Clout will join Dave Witt on Ragamuffin as will Jack Macartney, who skippered Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel into third place today.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Appliancesonline.com.au’s domination began soon after the start and her lead was more than 30secs at the first set of 3-Buoys windward marks. Nick Daly had Pure Blonde in second position ahead of Asko Appliances and Smeg, Compassmarkets.com, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and De’Longhi all bunched just a few secs. back.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Conditions were perfect for an action-packed spinnaker run into Rose Bay and the teams didn’t disappoint spectators as they raced past the spectator ferry with centreboards clearly visible.With Appliancesonline holding a big lead for nearly the entire course, most spectator interest centred on the battle for the minor placings.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The strong Asko Appliances team won out in a fierce battle to take second placing ahead of Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel and Pure Blonde. David Witt is renowned for his fearless racing in heavy winds and his performance today brought back memories of his outstanding first day performance in the 18s as a 17-year-old in 1988.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
For all the latest 18ft Skiff news go to www.18footers.com. There is Livestream race coverage of every race on www.18footers.com.au/sailing

Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League

2 comments:

Richard C. Lambert said...

For lunch today, my 10-month old and I shared Zucchini Slice that I made in the morning. It was easy to prepare and cook. Yummy!duplicate checker

ThomasMaloney said...

Look at that wind in those sails! Definitely not easy to manoeuvre a huge skiff in those kind of conditions eh? Let's hope the boys have enough weight in the storage under the hull to keep their boats down.