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Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Rag Rockets Away With Race 3 - 18ft Skiffs, NSW Championship - Sydney Harbour

18ft Skiffs: NSW Championship - Race 3
Sunday, 13 November, 2016 - Sydney Harbour
Coopers 62 - Rag & Famish Photo: Frank Quealey
The experienced crew of Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Dave Ewings gave a brilliant performance of heavy weather sailing when they combined to bring Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel home as winner of Race 3 of the NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour today.
Coopers 62 - Rag & Famish Photo: Frank Quealey
A 25 to 30-knot westerly wind pounded the fleet but the Coopers-Rag team were faultless, but for one very brief capsize during the hour long race.With tired crews battling to complete the course behind them, The Rag team took the honours by a mammoth 19m33s from Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones, Steve Thomas, Jeronimo Harrison).
Photo: Frank Quealey
The early race leader Smeg (Lee Knapton, Mike McKensey, Ricky Bridge) was a further 9m48s back in third place.
Photo: Frank Quealey
The only other boats able to complete the course were Yandoo (John Winning, Cam McDonald, Mike Kennedy) and defending NSW champion Thurlow Fisher Lawers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Carter Jackson)
Photo: Frank Quealey
Smeg won the start and led to the windward mark off Kurraba Point. The current JJ Giltinan (world) champion Smeg team then produced a brilliant downwind exhibition as they raced to the wing mark off Clark Island ahead of Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel.
Photo: Frank Quealey
An unlikely capsize by Smeg near the mouth of Double Bay on the following windward leg allowed Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel to grab the lead and leave Smeg to battle with Asko Appliances for the minor placings.
Photo: Frank Quealey
The race was more a battle of survival than tactics as several skiffs capsized many times in the tough conditions.
Frank Quealey

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