National champion shows his stripes

Sam Crichton reports from heat three of the Australian 18ft skiff championships

Sunday March 2nd 2003, Author: Sam Crichton, Location: Australasia
Defending champion John Harris and crew Craig Ferris and Chris Cleary on Rag & Famish Hotel crossed the line in first position in heat 3 of the championship series.

Heat 3 was sailed in a light south-east wind on Sydney harbour. Grant Rollerson and crew Paul Williams and Greg on Fisher and Paykel took second position by a 1 min 32 sec margin with current NSW Champion Tony Hannan and crew Greg Windust and Cameron McDonald on Total Recall finishing third by a 1 second margin.

Conditions on the harbour during the race were very shifty with the wind strength softening during the course of the race. Series leader Express Post and second placed Casio Seapathfinder going into Heat 3 were well back in the pack and finished mid fleet.

Former Australian Champion, Trevor Barnabas, continued to have a miserable series, finishing only 10th after Daily Telegraph's spinnaker tangled with Omega Smeg when Daily Telegraph capsized at the leeward mark.

Racing in the Australian Championships will continue with Heat 4 on March 9th with the spectator ferry following the action. The ferry will leave Double Bay wharf at 2:15pm.

Point score after Heat 3:

1 Express Post 17
2 Total Recall 18.7
3 Fisher & Paykel 21.7
4 Casio Seapathfinder 23
5 Rag & Famish 24
6 ASKO Appliances 29.7
7 Computer Associates 36
8 Yandoo 38.4
9 Sunday Telegraph 41.7
10 Terry Hogan Prestige Cars 45
11 Churchills Sports Bar 54
12 Omega Smeg 57
13 Aristocrat 58
14 Rosemount 63
15 Avaya 64

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