Coxon on top again

A report from heat three of the Australian 18 footers League Club Championship

Sunday February 13th 2005, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australasia
18ft skiff National champion Michael Coxon and his Casio Seapathfinder team showed they were ready for all comers when they took Heat 3 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour.

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.

Results:

Pos Boat Elapsed Time Handicap Place Club C'ship Points
1 Casio Seapathfinder 01:13.1 1st 19
2 Omega Smeg 01:17:00 5th 13.0 (2nd=)
3 Ssangyong Yandoo 01:17:20 9th 30
4 Computer Associates 4th 13.0 (2nd=)
5 Rag & Famish Hotel 6th 13.0 (2nd=)
6 SX Projects 3rd 31
7 Maytag 11th 32
8 Asko Appliances 13th 12.0 (1st)
9 Fisher & Paykel 8th 42
10 AAPT 12th 33
11 Belle Property 7th 34
12 Team Pomfret 2nd 41
13 Rosemount 10th 49
14 Aristocrat 14th 52
15 Churchills Sports Bar Non-finisher 40
16 CST Composites Non-finisher 41
17 Panasonic Non-finisher 44
18 Team Morrison Non-starter 43
19 Club Marine Non-starter 30

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