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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers Capture Race 4 at JJ Giltinan Championship - Sydney Harbour

18ft Skiffs, 2017 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 4
Wednesday, 1 March 2017, Sydney Harbour
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The recently crowned Australian champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers continued the excellent form the team have shown recently with an outstanding victory in today’s Race 4 of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas produced a faultless exhibition in the light East to ESE wind to bring Thurlow Fisher Lawyers home a two minute and  two seconds winner. Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Angus Williams) finished strongly to take second place, 23 seconds ahead of defending champion, Smeg (Lee Knapton, Mike McKensey, Ricky Bridge).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) finished fourth, ahead of Yamaha (David McDiarmid, NZ) and Line 7 (Jonathan Whitty). With a protest on today’s race and two possible appeals pending, the provisional series leader is Yamaha on 9.33 points (average points involved).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Today’s winner, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers is on 10, Smeg 19, appliancesonline 22, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) 24 and Asko Appliances on 26.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
From the start, Thurlow Fisher was in or near the lead on the long windward leg to Rose Bay, where she held a five second lead from Asko Appliances and Line 7 as spinnakers were set for the run to the wing mark off Clark Island. Smeg was fourth in Rose Bay, followed by Yamaha, appliancesonline and Mojo Wine (Jack Sprague).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
With the wind direction shifting more to the SE as the fleet raced to Clark Island, there were a few ‘moments’ for the crews but the Thurlow team powered ahead and opened up a bigger break over the challengers. Positions at the head of the closely bunched fleet remained relatively unchanged as the skiffs raced down to the bottom mark.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Once again, the Thurlow Fisher crew were faultless as they raced to a one minute lead over Asko Appliances when the fleet returned to the Rose Bay windward mark on the second lap and from that point the winner was never in doubt.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Much interest centred on the battle for second place with Asko Appliances, Smeg, Yamaha, appliancesonline, Line 7 and Compassmarkets all in contention. Asko gained the upper hand at the bottom mark off Kurraba Point, ahead of Compassmarkets, Yamaha, Smeg, Line 7 and appliancesonline.com.au.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
In the very light winds on the final windward leg, Smeg manager to head for home in second place, 25 seconds ahead of Asko Appliances, Compassmarkets and Yamaha.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The short run to the finish off Clark Island wasn’t expected to provide many changes but the racing was so close the Compassmarkets team managed to gain the upper hand on Smeg in a nail biting finish.
Frank Quealey

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