Round three to Stodart
Asko Appliances took the honours by 37secs from Club Marine (Euan Mc Nicol) with Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris) a further 41secs back in third place. Despite finishing only fourth today Casio Seapathfinder leads the pointscore on 6.75 points, followed by Omega Smeg on 10.75 and Rag & Famish on 12.
Today's race began dramatically with several boats involved in near collisions at the start. Club Marine came out worst of all and capsized only seconds after crossing the start line.
In a light, patchy SE breeze to the windward mark Rag & Famish grabbed a narrow lead over Casio with Asko third then Maytag and Computer Associates. Downwind The Rag increased her lead but now Club Marine had remarkably moved into second place after the earler capsize.
Rag & Famish continued to lead for the next two legs of the course before losing her advantage to Asko at the Rose Bay mark. Once in front Asko's lead pointed to a certain victory as she approached the final rounding mark. Inexplicably, Stodart and his crew went around the mark in the wrong direction allowing both Rag & Famish and Club Marine to get within striking distance.
The three skiffs staged a tight tacking duel to the finish with the Asko team again showing their superior boat speed and tactics.
|Pos||Boat||Elapsed Time||Handicap Place||NSW Points|
|3||Rag & Famish Hotel||2:00;04||4th||12 (3rd)|
|4||Casio Seapathfinder||8th||6.75 (1st)|
|7||Omega Smeg||11th||10.75 (2nd)|
|9||Churchills Sports Bar||5th||34|
|13||Fisher & Paykel||9th||33|