Last leg win

Young crew on Macquarie Real Estate snatch win in 18ft Skiff Championship race on Sydney Harbour

Monday January 15th 2007, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: United Kingdom
Micah Lane, Jack Macartney and Drew Waller sailed a brilliant tactical final
leg in their Macquarie Real Estate skiff to take out race Race 2 of the
Winning Appliances Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour
today, Sunday.

The young crew trailed NSW champion Ssangyong Yandoo (John Winning) by
18secs at the final mark but outsailed the more experienced crew in
difficult conditions to grab victory by 1min 34secs.

Defending champion Asko Appliances, Hugh Stodart, sailed consistently
without ever looking a likely winner to finish in third place a further
2mins 23secs back.

Despite today’s loss, Ssangyong Yandoo leads the series on four points,
following their second placing behind Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin) in last
week’s Race 1.

Gotta Love It 7 is tied with Club Marine (Euan Mc Nicol) on seven points,
with Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris) on 11, Fiat (Michael Coxon) 13 and
Delonghi (Grant Rollerson) on 14.

Today’s race was sailed in a light South East breeze which fluctuated
greatly in both strength and direction throughout the race.

Fisher & Paykel, Fiat, Gotta Love It 7 and Active Air-2UE appeared to win
the start but Macquarie Real Estate and Ssangyong Yandoo gained rapidly on
the left hand side of the course, along with Kinder Caring Home Nursing and
Keith Piggin Real Estate.

At the windward mark, Ssangyong Yandoo led by just 5secs from Gotta Love It
7 with Macquarie Real Estate third. Club Marine was fourth.

Ssangyong Yandoo increased her lead on the long spinnaker run but Gotta Love
It 7 came back on the windward leg to Clarke Island.

The pair held a clear lead for the first half of the race and it appeared as
though it would be a match race to the finish.

Asko Appliances and Macquarie Real Estate were involved in another match
race for third and fourth while Club Marine and Fiat were similarly engaged
in fifth and sixth places.

This remained unchanged until the return windward leg from Taylor Bay to
Rose Bay where Macquarie Real Estate grabbed a 2secs lead over Ssangyong

When Ssangyong Yandoo turned for home with an 18secs lead the race looked
all over but the young crew on Macquarie Real estate never gave up and
landed the prize.

Race 3 of the six race series will be sailed next Sunday with Race 4 set for
Australia Day.

Progress pointscore:
Ssangyong Yandoo 4
Gotta Love It 7 7
Club Marine 7
Rag & Famish Hotel 11
Fiat 13
Delonghi 14
Active Air-2UE 19
Noakes Youth 25 26
Southern Cross Constructions 26
Macquarie Real Estate 26
CST Composites 28
Asko Appliances 28
Fisher & Paykel 29
Maytag 33
Omega Smeg 35
Keith Piggin Real Estate 36
Belle Property 39
SX Projects 43
Panasonic 46
Kinder Caring Home Nursing 47
Pure Blonde 48
Team Sitja 49

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