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Competitors for the Duncan Memorial Trophy faced similar conditions to the JJ Giltinan

Monday March 6th 2006, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: United Kingdom
It was back to Club racing on Sunday following a highly successful JJ Giltinan International Championship regatta when the Australian 18 Footers League conducted the W.C. (Trappy) Duncan Memorial Trophy handicap race on Sydney Harbour.

While the fleet and the atmosphere were far from the Giltinan Championship, weather conditions were similar to many of the races sailed during the regatta - another light Easterly breeze.

It was a slow race but produced an excellent result when the rookie crew of SX Projects, headed by skipper Tom Clout, came home a clear one minute four seconds victor over Chris Dixon's CST Composites with another rookie crew in Panasonic (James Francis) a further 39 seconds back in third place.

Panasonic had led the fleet around the first lap of the course before SX Projects took over at the second windward mark.

When SX Projects overlayed the leeward mark Panasonicretook the lead.

On the final windward leg SX Projects held good boat speed and height and had little difficulty in recording the crew's first 18ft Skiff victory.

The conditions made life difficult for the back markers who were never in the race, although Australian champion Asko Appliances recorded fastest time while finishing in eighth place.

Results:

Pos Skiff Elapsed Time Season Pointscore 
1 SX Projects 1.20.56 296
2 CST Composites 1.22.37 265
3 Panasonic 1.23.41 243
4 Noakes Youth   374
5 Omega Smeg   226
6 Club Marine   269
7 Rag & Famish Hotel   199
8 Asko Appliances   199
9 Ssangyong Yandoo   333
10 Fisher & Paykel   286
11 appliancesonline.com.au   219
12 Rosemount   385
13 Belle Property   273
14 De Longhi   339.6
15 Wentworth Courier   409
16 Active Air Non finisher 293
17 Maytag Non finisher 239
18 AAPT Non starter 358
19 Aristocrat Non starter 512
20 Southern Cross Constructions Non starter 333
21 Toshiba Non starter 312
22 Casio Seapathfinder Non starter 225

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