Tiny lead for Computer Associates

After 18ft skiffs complete their Mick Scully Trophy in Sydney Harbour

Monday November 1st 2004, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australasia
A spectacular capsize by Asko Appliances just 100 metres from the finish line allowed Computer Associates through for a 50secs win in the first heat of the Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

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
1 Computer Associates 01:14:40 4th 38
2 Asko Appliances 01:15:30 6th 39
3 Club Marine 01:15:31 1st 11.75 (1st)
4 Rag & Famish Hotel 7th 20.75 (3rd)
5 SX Projects 3rd 38.75
6 CST Composites  9th 83*
7 Team Morrison 2nd 20 (2nd)
8 Churchil's Sports Bar 5th 28.75
9 Casio Seapathfinder 11th 43
10 Omega Smeg 12th 85*
11 Belle Property 10th 51
12 Team Pomfret 8th 35
13 Panasonic 13th 42
14  Yandoo Non-finish 59
15 Aristocrat Non-finish 79
16 Fisher & Paykel Non-finish 115*
17 Maytag Non-starter 120*
18 AAPT Non-starter 120*
19 Rosemount Non-starter 71
20 Adtec Non-starter 120
* points still to be adjusted

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