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In second heat of the NSW 18ft skiff championship in Sydney harbour

Sunday November 14th 2004, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australasia
Michael Coxon has taken the lead in the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship after scoring an easy victory in the second heat of the series on Sydney Harbour today.

Coxon steered Casio Seapathfinder to a 1m21s win over John Harris' Rag & Famish Hotel with Omega Smeg of Daniel Phillips a further 1m37s back in third place.

Casio has scored 2.75 points from the two heats sailed so far, with Omega Smeg next on 3.75, Rag & Famish 9 and Anthony Young's Computer Associates 11.

Conditions were chaotic for competitors as the wind varied in both strength and direction throughout the race. Casio was near the lead from the start and staged a great battle with Hugh Stodart's Asko Appliances for the first lap of the course. Coxon and his crew of Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis were superb in selecting the correct course as the wind swung 180 degrees from the west to the east.

Rag & Famish had trailed the fleet to the halfway mark but came through the pack when Harris elected to sail the southern shore on the third windward leg of the course. However nobody was able to challenge the boat speed or tactics by the Casio crew as they recorded their impressive win.

Results:

Pos Boat Elapsed Time Handicap Place NSW Points
1 Casio Seapathfinder 01:24:40 4th 2.75 (1st)
2 Rag & Famish Hotel 01:24:42 2nd 9 (3rd)
3 Omega Smeg 01:27:48 7th 3.75 (2nd)
4 Asko Appliances 3rd 12
5 Yandoo 14th 15
6 Maytag  15th 12
7 CST Composites 16th 21
8 Computer Associates 12th 11
9 Fisher & Paykel 1st 20
10 Panasonic 8th 25
11 Club Marine 11th 16
12 Belle Property 5th 25
13 Churchills Sports Bar 13th 25
14  SX Projects 16th 18
15 Team Pomfret 9th 24
16 Rosemount 6th 32
17 Team Morrison 10th 42
18 Aristocrat Non-finisher 42
19 AAPT Non-starter 60
20 Adtec Non-starter 60
21
22 * points still to be adjusted

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