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Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Lawyers Rock The Boat - 18 Foot Skiffs - Sydney Harbour

18ft Skiffs: Syd. Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy
Sunday, 11 December, 2016 - Sydney Harbour
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew’s decision to go with their new big rig proved a winner in today’s Syd. Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy 3-Buoy 18ft Skiff race on Sydney Harbour. With a 12-15 knot East'nor'eastrly wind prevailing, only four of the 18-boat fleet elected to go with the bigger #1 rig and it was decisive in the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers win.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Thulow’s team of Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas crossed the finish line 32s ahead of second-placed Line 7 (Jonathan Whitty, Aron Everett, Greg Dixon), with Ilve (Ollie Hartas, Mark Muirhead, Adam Bolton) a further 12s back in third place.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The race began sensationally with Appliancesonline.com.au (David Witt) and last week’s winner Triple M (James Ward) recalled for being over the line too early. Triple M’s crew returned while the Appliancesonline crew were unaware of the recall and continued to sail the course.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
For the rest of the fleet, the start was even and there was a close battle for supremacy on the long windward beat from the start off Clark Island to the 3-Buoys marks off the Beashel Buoy. Smeg (Lee Knapton) was first to the windward marks and led the fleet from The Kitchen Maker (Stephen Quigley), Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York), Asko Appliances (Jeronimo Harrison) and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Another group was led by Noakes Youth (Ash Rooklyn), Lumix (Bryce Edwards), Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) and De’Longhi (Simon Nearn). Smeg led the fleet down the spinnaker run to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island ans was 25s ahead of Compassmarkets.com and The Kitchen Maker as the fleet headed between Shark and Clark islands.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was in the next group behind the three leaders, and showed the benefit of the bigger sails when she grabbed third place at Clark Island. On the next windward beat Smeg continued to lead the fleet but it was apparent that Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was going to be a very strong challenger.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Powered by the big rig, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers dominated the spinnaker run back down the middle of the course from Beashel Buoy to Clark Island and led, unchallenged, for the entire final lap of the course.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Ilve recovered from a slow start and made a strong challenge midway through the race. The Ilve crew continued to show good pace over the last lap and headed for home just behind Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and just ahead of Line 7.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
There was little between Ilve and Line 7 on the spinnaker run to the finish with Line 7 finishing just 12 seconds ahead of Ilve. The early leader, Smeg finished fourth, ahead of The Kitchen Maker, De’Longhi, Lumix, Compassmarkets.com, Yandoo (John Winning) and Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel. Only one minute and 13 seconds separated nine boats in a spectacular blanket finish.
Frank Quealey

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