18ft Skiff Sydney Spring Championship - Races 1 and 2


The Australian 18 Footers League's 2021-2022 18ft Skiff racing season began on Sydney Harbour today when the club staged Races 1 and 2 of the annual seven-race Spring Championship series.

In ideal 10-12 knot SE winds, the day was a triumph for a crew having its first race in the 18s, and for a brand new sponsor, Balmain Slake, when the team took out both races in an eye-opening performance.

Henry Larkings, Max Paul and Flynn Twomey had Balmain Slake close to the lead throughout both races but had to come from behind to take the honours.

In Race 1, Rag & Famish Hotel, featuring another new, young team, Harry Price, Josh McKnight and Harry Hall, won the start and led for most of the two laps of the course only to be run down by Balmain Slake, which took victory by just 4s.

The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Lachlan Steel, Jerome Watts, Matt Doyle) was a further 1m46s back in third place, followed by Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis), The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett) and Yandoo (John Winning).

Yandoo won the start in Race 2 but when the three-buoys system 'kicked in'at the first set of marker buoys, it was Rag & Famish Hotel which grabbed the lead. As it was in Race 1, The Rag led over the next lap of the course before Balmain Slake came from behind once again to score her double on the day. This time the winning margin was a healthy 50s.

The Noakes Blue team of Yvette Heritage, Tom Clout and James Turner showed great downwind speed and an excellent tactical move to also take The Rag, by 53s, on the run to the finish.

Fourth place went to The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines, followed by Burrawand-Young Henrys (Simon Nearn), and 18 Footers Bar & Restaurant (Pedro Vozone).

Balmain Slake leads the points table on two points, followed by Rag & Famish Hotel on five points.

There is no discarding of points in this championship. All seven results will be counted.

With a number of new sponsors and teams joining many of last year's teams, the club's fleet will number around 20 boats regularly on the start line as the season moves through to the 2022 JJ Giltinan world Championship next March.

Race 3 of the Spring Championship, in conjunction with Race 1 of the Club Championship, will be conducted next Sunday. Spectators can follow the racing on board the club's spectator ferry, however due to the Covid policy, numbers are limited. Booking online through the club's website is essential. www.18footers.com.au/18-footers-sailing/spectator-ferry

For those unable to make it out onto the water, the club's live broadcast team will be on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action. Live streaming is available at www.18footers.com.au by clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

Results after Two Races:

1Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings / Max Paul / Flynn Twomey)112
2Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Harry Hall)235
3The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / Rob Bell / Charlie Gundy)549
4Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage / Tom Clout / James Turner)729
5The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)31013
6Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)6713
7Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Nathan Edwards / Kurt Fatouros)41115
8Burrawang-Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Rory Cox / Brandon Buyink)11516
918 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)12618
10Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley-Jones / Jeronimo Harrison / Daniel Phillips)10919
11Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Steve Thomas / Lindsay Stead / Locky Pryor)81422
12Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)14822
13Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich Fynn Sprott. Jack Twomey)91625
14Smeg (Michael Coxon Jnr / Ricky Bridge / Zac Barnabas)131326
15Birkenhead Point Marina (Felix Daverio / Alex Chittenden / Will Dargaville)161228
16Appliances Online (Alex Marinelli / Darcy McCraken / Tyler Creevey)151530
17Ilve (Nick Daly / Joel Turner / John Walton)212142
18Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)212142
19Lazarus Development (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Alex Watson)212142
20Finport Finance (Rob Greenhalgh / Keagan York / Phil Marshall)212142