Monday, 8 March 2010

Aussie 18 Foot Skiffs: Ferry Patrons Trophy

Rag and Famish powered through to victory on the final leg of the Freey Patrons Trophy race. Image copyright Frank Quealey.

by Frank Quealey

John Harris, Dave Lister and Peter Harris took Rag & Famish Hotel took victory in the Australian 18 Footers League’s inaugural Ferry Patrons Trophy race on Sydney Harbour today.

The Rag had to come from behind to defeat, Micah Lane, by 16s with Pure Blonde, James Francis, a further 1m6s back in third place.

Pure Blonde takes off! Image copyright Frank Quealey.

All crews elected to go with their smaller No. 2 rigs over a 3-buoys course in the 22-25kt North East wind.

Kinder Caring Home Nursing pretends she has foils... Image copyright Frank Quealey.

Rag & Famish Hotel was a narrow leader at the first windward mark, followed by Appliancesonline, Sharks/Coldwell Banker Real Estate (Evan Walker), Smeg (Nick Press), Yandoo (John Winning) and Gotta Love It 7, skippered by replacement helmsman Trevor Barnabas.

Close racing in the Ferry Patrons Trophy. Image copyright Frank Quealey.

Appliances gained the upper hand on the spinnaker runs back to the bottom mark where she led Rag & Famish Hotel by 30s.

Yandoo had moved into third place, ahead of Gotta Love It 7, Smeg and Pure Blonde.

Yandoo and Coldwell Bankers. Image copyright Frank Quealey.

Appliancesonline increased her lead to 1m10s on the next windward leg and was still 36s ahead at the bottom mark the second time.

Appliances Online. Image copyright Frank Quealey.

At the final windward mark, Appliancesonline still led by 27s but a poor gybe at the Shark Island wing mark allowed Rag & Famish Hotel to power through for victory.

Aussie 18 Footers League

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