Asko back on form

Following their well publicised running aground last week, Asko Appliances hit back with a win at the 18ft Skiff Club Championships

Sunday March 4th 2007, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: United Kingdom
Hugh Stodart, Niall Kinch and Paul Schulz gave a faultless exhibition in Asko Appliances to easily take out race four of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

The talented trio won by three minutes three seconds from Chris Pomfret’s Southern Cross Constructions, with Omega Smeg (Daniel Phillips) a further one minute 26 seconds back in third place.

By virtue of three wins from the previous three races in the championship, Fiat still heads the pointscore on eight points, followed by Asko Appliances on 13 and Omega Smeg on 18. Rag & Famish Hotel is fourth on 19, Gotta Love It 7 next on 21 and Ssangyong Yandoo sixth on 24.

The race start was delayed due to a lack of wind and when it did get under way was sailed in a light East breeze of seven to nine knots.

Asko Appliances took the lead immediately and led through the first lap of the course from Rag & Famish Hotel and Southern Cross Constructions.

After rounding the second windward mark, Asko opened up an even bigger break over the fleet and her victory was assured.

Southern Cross Constructions was second followed by Rag & Famish Hotel, with Fiat (guest skippered by Trevor Barnabas), Omega Smeg and Macquarie Real Estate heading the next group.

It was a huge change for the Asko Appliances team after running aground in sensational circumstances during last week’s final race of the Giltinan International Championship (see the video here). A result sheet from today’s race together with progress pointscores are attached

Race five of the Club Championship will be sailed on Sunday 18 March with the final race of the championship due on 1 April.

Next Sunday will be the annual Queen of the Harbour race when each skiff is required to carry one female as part of their crew.


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