First blood to Omega Smeg

A report from heat one of the Computer Associates Australian 18ft Skiff Championship

Sunday January 9th 2005, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australasia
Sydney 2000 Olympian Daniel Phillips starred today on Sydney Harbour when he skippered Omega Smeg to victory in Heat 1 of the Computer Associates Australian 18ft Skiff Championship.

Phillips and his crew of Trent Barnabas and Jim Beck took out the race by 47secs from Tony Hannan's Maytag. Third place went to AAPT, skippered Sean Langman, which finished a further 10secs behind Maytag. For Langman it was a big change from his second place performance at the helm of his maxi yacht of the same name in the recent Sydney-Hobart race.

After a delayed start the fleet got away over the southeast course in a 15 knot breeze. The fleet quickly split into two separate groups as they worked into the windward mark at Rose Bay. The skiffs on the right hand side of the course did better and when the groups met Omega Smeg led narrowly from Casio Seapathfinder.

Casio reversed these positions at the mark where she led Omega Smeg by 20secs, then followed AAPT, Club Marine, Maytag and SX Projects.

Positions at the head of the fleet changed regularly over the next three legs and it was now Club Marine and Maytag which led at the end of the first complete circuit of the course.

Two legs later and it was Omega Smeg's turn to lead from Maytag and Club Marine in one of the most closely contested championship races seen on the harbour for many years. From that point though Omega Smeg held onto the lead despite the constant challenges from Maytag, AAPT and Club Marine.

Results:

Pos Boat Elapsed Time Handicap Place Aust Points
1 Omega Smeg 01:15.1 5th 0.75
2 Maytag 01:16:00 2nd 2
3 AAPT 01:16:10 7th 3
4 Club Marine 6th 4
5 Fisher & Paykel 1st 5
6 Computer Associates 3rd 6
7 Rag & Famish Hotel 10th 7
8 SX Projects 8th 8
9 Asko Appliances 16th 9
10 Casio Seapathfinder 14th 10
11 Team Morrison 9th 11
12 CST Composites 13th 12
13 Ssangyong Yandoo 15th 13
14 Team Pomfret 4th 14
15 Adtec Communications 11th 15
16 Churchills Sports Bar 12th 16
17 Panasonic 17th 17
18 Aristocrat 18th 18
19 Rosemount 19th 19
20 Belle Property 20th 20
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