Tiny lead for Computer Associates
Computer Associates had trailed Asko as the pair raced to the finishing line under spinnaker but Asko's demise allowed the CA team of Anthony Young, Matt Pearce and Phil Harmer to score their first win in the new skiff.
Third placing and Mick Scully Trophy (handicap) went to Club Marine, skippered by Euan Mc Nicol, which finished just 1sec behind Asko. It was also a good morale boost for the Asko team of Hugh Stodart, Niall Kinch and Paul Schulz who sailed a faultless race until their sudden end.
Asko led from the start and went around the windward mark 15secs ahead of Casio Seapathfinder on Michael Coxon, followed by Computer Associates and Omega Smeg of Daniel Phillips.
The fleet raced at high speed downwind in the 20 knot northeasterly wind with the three leaders maintaining their positions.
This continued on the second upwind leg - although the first three skiffs had opened up a break over Club Marine and John Harris' Rag & Famish Hotel.
Harbour traffic played a part in the race on the next spinnaker run when a Manly Ferry and Casio came close together. Casio was trapped in the ferry's wake and the result was a capsize, broken tiller extension and a disappointing ninth place for Michael Coxon's team.
|Pos||Boat||Elapsed Time||Handicap Place||Season Points|
|3||Club Marine||01:15:31||1st||11.75 (1st)|
|4||Rag & Famish Hotel||7th||20.75 (3rd)|
|7||Team Morrison||2nd||20 (2nd)|
|8||Churchil's Sports Bar||5th||28.75|
|16||Fisher & Paykel||Non-finish||115*|
|* points still to be adjusted|