Gotta Love It 7 take overall win

The 18ft Skiff Australian Club Championships have come to a close

Sunday March 16th 2008, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: United Kingdom
Fiat, with replacement skipper Trevor Barnabas at the helm, scored an easy victory in Race 15 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship, which brought the Sydney Harbour 2007-2008 season to a close today.

Barnabas, with his son Trent on the sheet and Paul Atkins in the bow led all the way before going on to an easy four minute 30 second win from Asko Appliances (Chris Dixon), with Club Marine (Tim Webster) a further 42 seconds back in third place..

While today’s race belonged entirely to Fiat, victory overall in the Club Championship went to Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Robert Bell in Gotta Love It 7 whose consistency gave them their fourth championship win of the season.

The young crew have previously won the NSW, Australian and Giltinan championships before today.

Final points in the Club Championship show Gotta Love It 7 on 47 points, followed by Fiat on 65, Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris) on 74, Ssangyong Yandoo (John Winning) 93, Asko Appliances 99 and Omega Smeg on 101.

For today’s race the crews were split with their choice of rigs for the light north-east conditions prevailing before the start.

Fiat’s big rig enabled the Barnabas-led team to dominate the first windward beat to the Beashel Buoy where Fiat led by one minute.

Keith Piggin Estate Agents (Tony Hannan) was in second place, closely followed by Asko Appliances, Gotta Love It 7, Thurlow Fisher (Sean Langman), Kinder Caring Home Nursing (Brett Van Munster), Club Marine and Omega Smeg (Graham Turner).

Fiat was dominating the fleet and increased her lead over the downwind legs then back upwind to the Beashel Buoy, where the lead had doubled.

Asko held off challengers on the downwind legs but she also started to dominate on the second windward beat.

Gotta Love It 7 was beginning to struggle under her smaller #2 rig while Kinder Caring Home Nursing, Ssangyong Yandoo and Club Marine were beginning to make forward progress.

After two laps of the three lap course, Fiat’s lead was out to three minutes over Asko with Kinder Caring another 45 seconds back in third place.

A group of challengers including Ssangyong Yandoo, Club Marine, Thurlow Fisher and Omega Smeg were in hot pursuit.

Over the concluding lap, Fiat totally dominated the race before crossing for their easy win.

This concludes a successful 2007-2008 Season and we now look forward to an even bigger 2008-2009.

Results: 16-3-2008.pdf

Overall: 18s Pointscore after 16 March 2008.pdf

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