Early lead for Young

First heat sailed in the 18ft skiffs' Ssangyong JJ Giltinan International Championship in Sydney

Sunday February 20th 2005, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australasia
Anthony Young's Computer Associates outgunned a hot 18ft Skiff fleet to take out Heat 2 of the Ssangyong JJ Giltinan International Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

Another rainy and overcast day greeted the 18 foot skiffs this morning, the wind eventually settled to a 7-15 knot south easterly which meant a shifty and tactically day for all.

The start got underway on time, the guys who got bad starts went right ended up looking good like Asko and Rag and Famish, while others were forced left which didn’t look so good. RMW got a good start but ended up doing a 360 penalty turn and were 16th at the first windward mark.

The long downwind saw the fleet sorted themselves out with RMW moving from 16th to 7th place with obvious quick downwind speed but the real race of the day was between 1st and 2nd place between Computer Associates and Hugh Stodart's Asko Appliances who staged a two boat war from the start. The former team only gained the upper hand over the concluding stages. At the finish Computer Associates took honours by 1min 10secs from Asko Appliances with John Harris' Rag & Famish Hotel a further 54secs back in third place.

The tricky course saw the first and second place boats pull out some distance where the next group of Rag and Famish, RMW, Yandoo, Omega Smeg and Howie Hamlin had a great tussle to decide the top ten places.

It was a great return to form for the team of the Computer Associates team of Anthony Young, Matt Pearce and Phil Harmer, who have been consistent but unable to reproduce the form which saw them strong contenders throughout last year's Giltinan.

RMW recovered to third place midway through the course but lacked their usual boatspeed and struggled over the final legs costing them two extra placings to finish sixth.

The breeze wind and heavy harbour traffic tested the world's best crews to their limits but it was a great performance from both the CA and Asko crews who both gave faultless displays.

Heat 1, which had to be abandoned for the day on Saturday, will now be sailed tomorrow (Monday, 21 February) at 3.00pm.

Results:

Pos Boat Elapsed Time Pnts
1 Computer Associates 01:20:58 1
2 Asko Appliances 01:22:08 2
3 Rag & Famish Hotel 01:23:02 3
4 Ssangyong Yandoo 4
5 Omega Smeg 5
6 RMW Marine 6
7 Team Pegasus 7
8 Maytag 8
9 Fisher & Paykel 9
10 Churchill's Sports Bar 10
11 Casio Seapathfinder 11
12 Panasonic 12
13 Club Marine 13
14 SX Projects 14
15 Belle Property 15
16 GP Covers 16
17 CT Sail Battens 17
18 Team Morrison 18
19 CST Composites 19
20 Avaya 20
21 Barron & Smithers-Henri Lloyd 21
22 AAPT 22
23 Fat Face Clothing 23
24 Rosemount 24
25 Team Mc Lean 25
26 Pegasus Racing 26
27 CST Switzerland 27
28 Adtec Communications Non-finisher 29

More pics on page 2...

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