The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas took out Race 15 of the Australian 18 Footers Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today, which also gave them an overall win in the series.
An almost flawless performance in the 15-20 knot northeast wind saw Thurlow Fisher Lawyers finish 42s ahead of Rag & Famish Hotel , skippered by John Harris. Gotta Love It 7, skippered today by replacement Andy Budgen, was a further 2m51s back in third place.
Fourth over the finishing line was Kinder Caring Home Nursing (Brett Van Munster), but Van Munster later withdrew from the race for failing to correctly round an earlier mark.
John Winning’s Yandoo was then placed fourth, ahead of appliancesonline.com.au (John Winning Jr.) and Fisher & Paykel (Andrew Cuddihy).
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers’ final point score was 50, ahead of Gotta Love It 7 on 55, Rag & Famish Hotel 102, Smeg (Nick Press) on 108, Yandoo 113 and appliancesonline.com.au on 115.
Coxon and his crew quickly established a good lead on the first windward leg and held a 40s margin at the Beashel Buoy. They increased their lead downwind with Rag & Famish Hotel still in second place. Gotta Love It 7, Kinder Caring Home Nursing and Yandoo were staging a great battle for thid place.
Despite a quick capsize on the second windward beat to the Beashel Buoy, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers still held a 1m30s lead over Rag & Famish Hotel.
There was little change to the lead placings over the final lap of the course although Rag & Famish Hotel reduced the margin from Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.
Gotta Love It 7, Yandoo and Kinder Caring Home Nursing provided spectators with excitement as they battled against their spinnakers on the tight run to the finish line.
Today was the final race of what has been a highly successful 2009-2010 Season. The 2010-2011 Season will commence on Sunday 10 October.