Coxon the champion

A report from the conclusion of the Asko NSW 18ft Skiff Championship

Sunday December 5th 2004, Author: Fran Quealey, Location: Australasia
Despite finishing only fifth in today's final heat of the Asko NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour, Michael Coxon's Casio Seapathfinder became the 2004-2005 champion with consistent performances throughout the regatta.

Coxon and his crew of Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis finished with a total of 8.75 points from one win, two seconds and one fourth placing to narrowly defeat Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris) on 10 points and Yandoo (John Winning) on 12.5 points.

The series was certainly one of the closest on record with four different winners from the five heats.

Yandoo was the only skiff to win two heats but a slow start to the series robbed the team of possible victory when they recorded only 5th, 6th and 10th placings in the first three heats.

In today's heat Yandoo led all the way to defeat Rag & Famish by 33secs with Omega Smeg (Daniel Phillips) a distant third 1min 47secs behind Rag & Famish.

The race was sailed in a moderate ENE breeze which provided little difficulty for the fleet and the course was sailed in the record time of 52mins 53secs.

Results:

Pos Boat Elapsed Time Handicap Place NSW Points
1 Yandoo 52.33 1st 12.5 (3rd)
2 Rag & Famish Hotel 53:26:00 2nd 10 (2nd)
3 Omega Smeg 55:13:00 6th 13.75
4 Asko Appliances 14th 16.75
5 Casio Seapathfinder 15th 8.75 (1st)
6 SX Projects 5th 27
7 Computer Associates 9th 22
8 Fisher & Paykel 3rd 41
9 Maytag 13th 29
10 AAPT 18th 75
11 Churchills Sports Bar 7th 43
12 Team Morrison 11th 42
13 CST Composites 12th 46
14 Team Pomfret 4th 53
15 Panasonic 8th 57
16 Belle Property 16th 55
17 Club Marine 19th 23
18 Rosemount 10th 75
19 Aristocrat 17th 69

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