18ft Skiffs – Australian Championship – Final

18ft Skiffs
Australian Championship, Races 5 & 6
Race Sponsor: Birkenhead Point Marina
Sunday, 29 January, 2023
Sydney Harbour

The Finport Finance team of Keagan York, Angus Williams and Phil Marshall became the 2022-23 Australian 18ft Skiff champion after a controversial day when no racing was completed on Sydney Harbour today.

Going home
Going home

When racing was abandoned today, the championship then reverted to a four-race regatta and, under the sailing instructions of the championship, each team’s worst performance could no longer be discarded and the four races sailed all had to be counted.

Finport Finance finished with a total of 10 points from the four races, followed by Smeg (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge, Tom Anderson) on 14.

Smeg (Michael Coxon) was leading when the race was abandoned
Smeg (Michael Coxon) was leading when the race was abandoned

Third placed Lazarus (Marcus Ashley-Jones, Rob Bell, Jeronimo Harrison) also finished on 14 points but Smeg took second place on a count-back.

Andoo and Lazarus
Andoo and Lazarus

Andoo (John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton) won two of the four races but was forced to include one of her seventh placings earlier in the regatta and finished fourth on 16, followed by Yandoo (John Winning, Fang Warren, Josh Porebski) 23 and Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley, Max Paul, Tom Quigley) on 27.

Andoo (John Winning Jr) and Yandoo (John Winning) battle for second place before today's race was abandoned
Andoo (John Winning Jr) and Yandoo (John Winning) battle for second place before today’s race was abandoned

It was an unfortunate situation, as going into today’s final two races there were only five points (net) separating the top four teams and consistency was going to be essential as each of the four teams had one placing that they wanted to discard from an earlier race.

What could have been an exciting conclusion to the regatta, as four of the best 18 footer teams in the world battled for the title, was marred by the lack of wind which caused a one hour delay to start the day’s racing, then the forced abandonment midway through the race.

Fleet coming out from Rose Bay in light air
Fleet coming out from Rose Bay in light air

Next week the Australian 18 Footers League will stage two events. The Supercup (Friday, 3 February 3) and the next heat of the Club Championship, on Sunday, February 5.

Spectators can follow both day’s action on board the club’s spectator ferry, as they have done for the past 87 years, which leaves Double Bay Wharf alongside the clubhouse at 2pm.

Booking online through the club’s website www.18footers.com is essential,
http://18footers.com/18-footer-racing/spectator-ferry/

For anyone who can’t make it out onto the water, the League’s live broadcast team will be out on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action. Live streaming is available at www.18footers.com
by clicking on the ’18 Footers TV’ link.

For all the club’s racing and up-to-date news:
Club Website www.18footers.com
Twitter @18skiff
Instagram @18skiff
Facebook International 18ft Skiff

For anyone who wants to take a look at Sail Media’s action videos from the 2021-22 season, including the 2022 JJ Giltinan Championship, go to www.18footers.com and click on the ’18 Footers TV’ link
Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League Ltd.

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