Victory for Macquarie Real Estate
The young crew have shown remarkable improvement since they took over their brand new skiff just two months ago and now loom strongly for the upcoming Giltinan Championship (16-25 February).
John Harris and the very experienced Rag & Famish Hotel crew sailed superbly to win today’s race by a massive two minutes 51 seconds from Macquarie Real Estatewith John Winning’s Ssangyong Yandoo a further 50 seconds back in third place.
Going into this race the Giltinan champion Michael Coxon ( Fiat) and Seve Jarvin ( Gotta Love It 7) held a one point lead over Macquarie with Ssangyong Yandoo a further one point back.
Fiat won the start and quickly established a lead as the fleet worked their way to the middle of the harbour.
The light easterly played its usual ‘tricks’ and turned the placings upside down as the leaders reached the Rose Bay windward mark.
By that stage Rag & Famish held a 25 second lead over Asko Appliances (Hugh Stodart), Macquarie Real Estate and Kinder Caring Home Nursing.
Ssangyong Yandoo was in sixth place but the other two championship contenders Gotta Love It 7 and Fiat were more than one minute 30 seconds back and realistically had no chance overall.
While Rag & Famish dominated the race throughout, most interest centred on the battle for minor placings and overall winner.
Macquarie Real Estate held the advantage over Ssangyong Yandoo until the final windward leg when Winning’s crew put Ssangyong Yandoo two boat lengths ahead at the mouth of Double Bay.
Lane’s team fought back to regain second place as the pair headed for home and retained their advantage on the spinnaker run to the finish.
Macquarie Real Estate, 13 points
Ssangyong Yandoo, 15 points
Gotta Love It 7, 16 points
Fiat, 17 points
Rag & Famish Hotel, 23 points
Asko Appliances, 28 points
Club Marine, 38 points
Appliancesonline.com.au, 44 points
AAPT, 50 points
Active Air-2UE, 52 points
Delonghi, 57 points
Omega Smeg, 60 points
Noakes Youth, 62 points
Southern Cross Constructions, 65 points
Maytag, 65 points
Fisher & Paykel, 66 points
CST Composites, 66 points
SX Projects, 73 points
Panasonic, 87 points
Belle Property, 89 points
Keith Piggin Estate Agents, 90 points
Kinder Caring Home Nursing, 91 points
Pure Blonde, 96 points
Team Sitja, 119 points