Round three to Stodart

A report from the latest 18ft skiff racing in Sydney Harbour

Sunday November 21st 2004, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australasia
Hugh Stodart's Asko Appliances became the third winner from as many heats when she took out Heat 3 of the Asko NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

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.

Results:

Pos Boat Elapsed Time Handicap Place NSW Points
1 Asko Appliances 1:58;46 1st 12.75
2 Club Marine 1:59;23 2nd 18
3  Rag & Famish Hotel 2:00;04 4th 12 (3rd)
4 Casio Seapathfinder 8th 6.75 (1st)
5 Team Morrison 3rd 47
6 Yandoo  6th= 21
7 Omega Smeg 11th 10.75 (2nd)
8 Maytag 12th 20
9 Churchills Sports Bar 5th 34
10 AAPT 15th 70
11 SX Projects 6th= 29
12 Computer Associates 13th 23
13 Fisher & Paykel 9th 33
14  CST Composites 10th 35
15 Team Pomfret 14th 39
16 Belle Property 17th 41
17 Panasonic 16th 42
18 Aristocrat 18th 60
19 Rosemount Non-starter 62
20 Adtec Non-starter 90

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