Coxon pulls it off

A report from the final round of the 18ft skiffs Computer Associates Australian Championship in Sydney

Sunday February 6th 2005, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australasia
Defending champion Michael Coxon on Casio Seapathfinder retained his crown after taking out the final heat of the Computer Associates Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour.

Coxon and his crew of Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis looked out of contention early in the race when they were midfield in the 20-boat fleet, but a brilliant tactical move on the third beat to windward turned their fortunes around completely. They grabbed the lead at the Watsons Bay mark and were untroubled to hold on to the lead over the concluding legs of the course.

Casio went on to defeat Hugh Stodart's Asko Appliances by 1min 5secs with AAPT of Sean Langman a further 1sec back in third place.

Final standings in the championship were Casio 11.25 points, Omega Smeg 14 points, AAPT 17, Asko 18, Club Marine 22 and Ssangyong Yandoo 23 points.


Pos Boat Elapsed Time Handicap Place Aust Points
1 Casio Seapathfinder 01:28.5 7th 11.25 (1st)
2 Asko Appliances 01:29:50 16th 18
3 AAPT 01:29:51 8th 17.0 (3rd)
4 Omega Smeg 11th 14.0 (2nd)
5 Rag & Famish Hotel 6th 38
6 Club Marine 20th 22
7 Ssangyong Yandoo 17th 23
8 Maytag 15th 30
9 Team Morrison 2nd 58
10 Belle Property 5th 53
11 Computer Associates 14th 29
12 Fisher & Paykel 9th 45
13 SX Projects 13th 64
14 Churchills Sports Bar 3rd 76
15 Team Pomfret 1st 78
16 CST Composites 18th 65
17 Panasonic 19th 52
18 Adtec Communications 4th 75
19 Rosemount 12th 86
20 Aristocrat 9th 96

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