Win for Rag & Famish

An update from the latest round of the 18ft skiff championship on Sydney Harbour

Sunday April 3rd 2005, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australasia
John Harris' Rag & Famish Hotel took out the final heat of the Australian 18 Footer League's Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today but it wasn't enough to give the team victory overall in the series.

Rag & Famish defeated Ssangyong Yandoo (John Winning) by 10secs with Fisher & Paykel (Andrew Cuddihy) a further 29secs back in third place. But it was a fourth placing to Omega Smeg (Daniel Phillips) which gave that team victory overall with a final points tally of 22.

Rag & Famish was second (on countback) with 24 points then followed Asko Appliances (Hugh Stodart) also on 24.

Today's race was sailed in a north west wind over a special windward-return course. Ssangyong Yandoo won the start but trailed Club Marine (John Winning Jr) at the windward mark. Ssangyong Yandoo grabbed the lead back downwind and led for the next lap of the course.

Rag & Famish came from fourth on the third windward leg to take the lead from Ssangyong Yandoo when Harris and his team made a great tactical move on the left hand side of the course.

Although the win was narrow the Rag & Famish victory was never really in doubt over the final lap of the course.

Results:

Pos Boat Elapsed Time Handicap Place Club C'ship Points
1 Rag & Famish Hotel 49.16 5th 24 (2nd)
2 Ssangyong Yandoo 49:26:00 8th= 33
3 Fisher & Paykel 49:55:00 1st 53
4 Omega Smeg 2nd 22 (1st)
5 Asko Appliances 8th= 24 (3rd)
6 Churchills Sports Bar 3rd 65
7 Belle Property 4th 50
8 Computer Associates 11th 41
9 Casio Seapathfinder 13th 30
10 Maytag 12th 46
11 CST Composites 7th 62
12 Panasonic 10th 69
13 Team Pomfret 6th 67
14 Club Marine Non-finisher 52
15 SX Projects Non-finisher 57
16 Rosemount Non-finisher 85
17 Aristocrat Non-finisher 87
18 Team Morrison Non-starter 74

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