Coxon on top again
Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis had to recover from an early setback to defeat American former world champion Howie Hamlin, who was competing in the race by invitation.
Casio crossed the line 28secs ahead of Hamlin's West Marine which had earlier held a 1min lead over Casio.
Officially, Omega Smeg (Daniel Phillips) placed second 3mins 48secs behind Casio with Ssangyong Yandoo (John Winning) a further 20secs behind Omega Smeg.
The race to the windward mark developed into a contest between two separate groups when some skiffs elected to sail to the western side of Shark Island while most of the fleet went to the east.
The group on the west came out best with West Marine, Churchills Sports Bar and Ssangyong Yandoo leading the pack on the first spinnaker run.
West Marine continued to hold a lead of 45 secs to 1 min over Casio and Ssangyong Yandoo for the first half of the course before Casio made her move on the short spinnaker run across the harbour from Rose Bay to Taylor Bay.
Once in front Casio held a tight cover over West Marine to record a morale boosting victory just one week before the start of the JJ Giltinan Championship.
|Pos||Boat||Elapsed Time||Handicap Place||Club C'ship Points|
|2||Omega Smeg||01:17:00||5th||13.0 (2nd=)|
|4||Computer Associates||4th||13.0 (2nd=)|
|5||Rag & Famish Hotel||6th||13.0 (2nd=)|
|8||Asko Appliances||13th||12.0 (1st)|
|9||Fisher & Paykel||8th||42|
|15||Churchills Sports Bar||Non-finisher||40|