Stodart, Niall Kinch and Paul Schulz had trailed for most of the race and only got to the lead in the closing stages before claiming the win.
Early leader De Longhi (Grant Rollerson) finished second 30 seconds behind the winner, with Casio Seapathfinder a further nine seconds back in third place.
After three of the seven races to be sailed Casio leads the fleet on seven points, followed by Asko Appliances on ten, Club Marine 12, Rag & Famish Hotel 13, CT Sailbattens 20 and AAPT 28
After an even start, the fleet was quickly spread out when a Manly Ferry on its way to the city passed across all 31 competitors causing wind and swell problems.
With half the fleet going to the right and the other half to the left, it was soon apparent that the right hand side was better as Casio led the race at Shark Island.
What wasn't immediately apparent was the fact three skiffs had actually sailed to the other side of Shark Island on the right hand side.
When they reappeared at the windward mark De Longhi had a one minute lead over Ssangyong New Zealand and Fisher Fine Arts Helly Hansen while Casio was one minute from the lead in fourth position.
De Longhi continued to lead over the next two legs of the course while Casio moved into second place - still 45 seconds astern of the leader.
The breeze was getting lighter and had plenty of 'holes'.
De Longhi, Casio and the ever improving Asko had broken away from the rest of the fleet and were staging a gripping battle as they worked into Rose Bay.
De Longhi's lead was cut dramatically to less than 15 seconds with Asko moving into second place just ahead of Casio.
The crazyness of this race continued on the next two legs of the course.
Casio took the lead under spinnaker to Taylor Bay but Asko came back on the work into Rose Bay where she held a 30 second break over Casio.
Over the concluding stages the conditions became even more frustrating for all crews but Asko's team held on grimly to record their first win of the regatta.
|Pos||Skiff||Elapsed Time||Handcap Place||Champ Points|
|4||Rag & Famish Hotel||1.26.02||12||13|
|9||Fisher Fine Arts Helly Hansen||1.28.26||6||42|
|15||Fisher & Paykel||1.32.02||27||37|
|22||Ssangyong New Zealand||1.33.36||15||71|
|24||Barron & Smithers||1.33.59||25||58|
|26||Southern Cross Constructions Groupe Sefico||1.36.29||17||69|
|30||Hurley Palmer Flatt||1.41.53||29||92|