Trophy: Mick Scully Memorial Trophy
Race Sponsor: Fisher & Paykel
Sunday, 22 October 2023
The first championship race of the Australian 18 Footers League’s 2023-24 season was staged on Sydney Harbour today, when the League conducted Race 1 of the Club Championship, and resulted in an outstanding win for the Yandoo team of John ‘Woody’ Winning, Fang Warren and Josh Porebski who gave a wonderful exhibition in very tricky conditions.
Yandoo’s crew were locked in a tight battle with the Balmain team of Henry Larkings, Fynn Sprott and Flynn Twomey over the first lap of the course before racing away over the latter half of the race to defeat Balmain by an emphatic 1m46s.
Lazarus (Tom Cunich, Marc Chapon and Finn Rodowicz) was one of six boats recalled at the start and her crew produced a great effort to recover and finish in third place, just 38s behind Balmain.
Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price) finished in fourth place , ahead of Marine Outlet (John Cooley) and Australian champion Finport Finance (Keagan York).
The day began dramatically when one of the pre-race favourites, Giltinan world champion Andoo was forced out of the race after the boom broke during the rigging process.
Once on the water, the drama continued when the start was delayed by more than 30mins due to a fluctuating ESE breeze and the need to change the race from a traditional SE course to a three-lap windward-return race.
The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines, skippered by 16-year-old Jacob Marks, finished in second place, ahead of Balmain, Fisher & Paykel, 18 Footers Bar & Restaurant (Hugo Stoner) and Yandoo.
After the first three races, the equal leaders in the Spring Championship and Season Point Score are Yandoo and The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines on 16 points, followed by Fisher & Paykel and Smeg (Nathan McNamara) equal on 18 points, Balmain on 19 and Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Emma Rankin) on 20.
The Shaw and Partners team went into today’s race level at the top of the points table, but capsized after a near collision with the Smeg team at the bottom mark on the first lap of the course and could not come back and finished in tenth place.
Today’s result sheet, Spring Championship points table and SailMedia’s images from today’s racing, are attached.
Race 4 of the Spring Championship will be sailed next Sunday, October 29 and Race 4 of the Season Point Score will be held in conjunction with the Spring Championship race.
Don’t forget, you can join the Australian 18 Footers League’s ‘Alternative Ferry in the League’s clubhouse and enjoy all the racing action LIVE on the massive screen broadcasting the SailMedia Livestream camera cat coverage of the racing, and there will be special drinks and food offers for those attending who wish to support their favourite team.
It’s a really unique way to celebrate the great racing we have seen at the start of the 2023-24 season and all 18 footer supporters are welcome to come down to the clubhouse and enjoy the ‘Alternative’ Ferry.
If you can’t get out onto Sydney Harbour to see the action-packed racing, or come to the club’s ‘Alternative’ Ferry’, you can catch it LIVE by going to the Club’s www.18footers.com