Casio again

Michel Coxon masters the tough conditions in heat two of the Computer Associates Australian 18ft skiff championship

Sunday January 16th 2005, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australasia
Defending champion Michael Coxon and his crew of Casio Seapathfinder gave an awesome display of power sailing to take out Heat 2 of the Computer Associates Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour on Sunday.

Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis were faultless as they mastered the 20-25 knot southerly wind which swept across the course during the race.

Casio Seapathfinder won by 1min 8secs from Asko Appliances (Hugh Stodart) with Computer Associates (Anthony Young) a further 1min 39secs back in third place.

Despite finishing only fifth in this heat, Omega Smeg (Daniel Phillips) heads the pointscore on 6 points, with Maytag (Tony Hannan) next on 8 points and Computer Associates third on 9. Casio, Asko and AAPT (Sean Langman) are equal fourth on 11 points.

Heat 2 began with Casio taking a five second lead at the windward mark but this had been extended to 50 secs at the end of the first lap. The Casio team increased this to 1min 25secs over the next lap then seemed to ease back over the concluding legs to go on for an easy win.

Computer Associates and Asko had a race long battle for second and third placings with Rag & Famish (John Harris), Belle Property (Micah Lane) and Maytag in close pursuit. Asko trailed Computer Associates for most of the course before grabbing second place at the Rose Bay mark.


Pos Boat Elapsed Time Handicap Place Aust Points
1 Casio Seapathfinder 01:05.5 3rd 11
2 Asko Appliances 01:07:01 4th 11
3 Computer Associates 01:18:40 2nd 9.0 (3rd)
4 Ssangyong Yandoo 5th 17
5 Omega Smeg 6th 6.0 (1st)
6 Maytag 8th 8.0 (2nd)
7 Belle Property 1st 27
8 AAPT 10th 11
9 Fisher & Paykel 9th 14
10 Rag & Famish Hotel 11th 17
11 Team Morrison 7th 22
12 Panasonic 13th 29
13 Adtec Communications 12th 28
14 Team Pomfret 14th 18
15 Churchills Sports Bar 11th 15
16 Club Marine Non-Finisher 25
17 CST Composites Non-Finisher 33
18 Aristocrat Non-Starter 39
19 Rosemount Non-Starter 40
20 SX Projects Non-Starter 29

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