Close at the front

Racing was extremely close at the Australian 18 Footers League Cordukes Clubhouse Trophy

Monday April 3rd 2006, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: United Kingdom
Euan Mc Nicol and his Club Marine 18ft Skiff team scored a last minute victory in the Cordukes Clubhouse Trophy race on Sydney Harbour on Sunday when they overtook Casio Seapathfinder on the final leg of the course.

Club Marine's winning margin was one minute seven seconds over Casio (Michael Coxon) with Rag & Famish (John Harris) a further 38 seconds back in third place.

Handicap section went to Southern Cross Constructions (Chris Pomfret) ahead of Club Marine and Panasonic (James Francis).

The race began in a eight to ten knots south-east breeze with all teams electing to use their big number one rigs.

Casio won the start and went to the left hand side of the course while Rag & Famish and Club Marine led a group on the right.

At the windward mark Rag & Famish led Casio by 12 seconds with Club Marine just a few more boatlengths back in third place.

There was a gap to the next skiff, Noakes Youth, which led a group including Ssangyong Yandoo, Southern Cross Constructions and Toshiba.

Casio reversed the placings downwind and was 25 seconds ahead as the fleet turned for the second downwind leg.

Very light, fickle breeze near the leeward mark saw a massive change come over the head of the fleet.

Rag & Famish grabbed a narrow lead from Casio, Club Marine and Ssangyong Yandoo. Only 10-12 seconds separated the four skiffs.

Over the next three legs the lead changed three times as firstly Ssangyong Yandoo and then Casio led on the loop between Rose Bay and Taylor Bay marks.

Casio was a clear leader as the fleet headed for home and looked a certain winner.

Michael Coxon allowed Euan Mc Nicol to sail a different course on the windward leg to the finish and paid the penalty for not covering his opponent when Club Marine took the lead for the first time in the race only a couple of hundred metres from the finishing line.

Results:

Pos Skiff Elapsed Time Handicap Place Season Pointscore
1 Club Marine 1.29.14 2 298
2 Casio Seapathfinder 1.30.21 10 251
3 Rag & Famish Hotel 1.30.59 7 224
4 Ssangyong Yandoo 1.31.58 5 367
5 Asko Appliances 1.32.06 12 243
6 Belle Property 1.34.20 9 302
7 Omega Smeg 1.34.27 4 268
8 Southern Cross Constructions 1.35.34 1 378
9 Panasonic 1.35.40 3 297
10 CST Composites 1.35.47 11 315
11 De Longhi 1.36.16 8 388.6
12 Toshiba 1.36.30 6 368
13 Maytag 1.39.37 14 275
14 SX Projects 1.41.30 13 338
15 Wentworth Courier 1.47.00 15 487
16 Rosemount 1.48.50 16 448
17 Active Air non finisher 360
18 appliancesonline.com.au non finisher 262
19 Aristocrat non finisher 595
20 Noakes Youth non finisher 426
21 AAPT non starter 428
22 Fisher & Paykel non starter 341

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