19 year old wins skiff race

Jacqui Bonnitcha wins at round four of the Casio Seapathfinder Sydney Harbour Sprint Series

Saturday December 18th 2004, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australasia
19 year old Jacqui Bonnitcha rewrote the record books on Friday evening when she skippered Rosemount to victory in Race 1 from a handicap start then took out Race 2 on handicap for a perfect score in Round 4 of the Casio Seapathfinder Sydney Harbour Sprint Series.

In the more than 110 year history of the sport there have been few female skippers and certainly none that have recorded such a result against some of the world's best skiff sailors.

Jacqui has only been sailing in the class since October and the result is a tribute to her and crewmen Kevin Gilroy and Colin Selwood.

The Rosemount team took line honours by 23 secs in Race 1 from the very consistent Team Morrison (Peter Morrison) with Team Pomfret (Chris Pomfret) a further nine seconds back in third place.

In Race 2 Euan Mc Nicol scored his first win as skipper when he piloted Club Marine home a 17secs winner over John Winning's Yandoo Ssangyong with Omega Smeg (Daniel Phillips) another 41secs away third.

The final result in the regatta went to John Sweeny, Peter Harris and Scott Babbage on Churchills Sports Bar who finished 0n 46 points ahead of John Winning Jnr in Panasonic on 51.5 points and Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris) on 54 points.

Results: Heat 1 - Handicap Start

Pos Boat Elapsed Time Handicap Place Series Points
1 Rosemount 37:31:00 1st 0.75
2 Team Morrison 37:54:00 2nd 2
3 Team Pomfret 38:03:00 3rd 3
4 Omega Smeg   4th 4
5 Rag & Famish Hotel   5th 5
6 Churchills Sports Bar   6th 6
7 Computer Associates   7th 7
8 Panasonic   8th 8
9 Fisher & Paykel    9th 9
10 CST Composites    10th 10
11 Yandoo Ssangyong    11th 11
12 Asko Appliances    12th 12

Results: Heat 2 - Scratch Start

Skiff Elapsed Time Handicap Place Series Points
1 Club Marine 29:03:00 3rd 98
2 Yandoo Ssangyong 29:20:00 4th 63.75
3 Omega Smeg 30:01:00 2nd 59.75
4 Rag & Famish Hotel 5th 54.0 (3rd)
5 Maytag 7th 109
6 Computer Associates 9th 84
7 Panasonic 6th 51.5 (2nd)
8 CST Composites 12th 128.5
9 Fisher & Paykel 10th 96
10 Churchills Sports Bar 11th 46.0 (1st)
11 Asko Appliances 13th 156
12 Team Morrison 8th 69
13 Rosemount 1st 146.5
14 Team Pomfret 14th 67
15 Casio Seapathfinder Non-starter 116
16 SX Projects Non-starter 165
17 AAPT Non-starter 240
18 Belle Property Non-starter 184
19 Aristocrat Non-starter 203

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