18-foot single sculls: challenge to two sponsor boats
Lazarus Capital Partners concluded its first 18 foot Skiff sponsorship last year when the company supported a young team having their first season in the Australian 18 Footers League class in Sydney Harbor.
The company actively encouraged the team with a regular presence on the club’s spectator ferry and was obviously encouraged by the company as Lazarus Capital Partners decided to increase the sponsorship potential and now have two skiffs from the fleet of 20 boats bearing the ‘Lazarus’ logo.
While maintaining its support for another young team in last year’s boat, renamed Lazarus Capital Development, the company also sponsored a brand new single scull, Lazarus Capital Partners, which will be piloted by a top-tier team, led by the experienced Marcus Ashley-Jones.
Ashley-Jones, Jeronimo Harrison and Cam Gundy is one of the best combinations in the fleet and is expected to be competitive in all of the major 2021-22 championships.
Ashley-Jones started his career in the 18 Footers during the 2009-2010 season when he was skipper of Club Marine. Dramatically, at the 2010 JJ Giltinan World Championship he set a rare record by winning Race 1 – the first JJs race he has ever raced.
Impressed with his performance in the first season, the club administrators selected him as the replacement skipper for the Asko Appliances team in 2010-2011.
Ashley-Jones then ran the Asko Appliance Sponsored Skiffs from 2010-2011 through the end of 2016-2017.
During her seven-year association with Asko Appliances, Ashley-Jones produced her three best performances at the JJ Giltinan World Championship in 2014 (6e), 2015 (4e) and 2017 (6e). These are also the only three times Jeronimo Harrison has been on the crew.
The following two sailing seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19) Marcus Ashley-Jones did not compete in the 18 years. Instead, he sailed aboard the 100ft maxi SHK Scallywag in four Sydney to Hobarts, and the Volvo Ocean Race in VO65 SHK Scallywag.
In 2020, Ashley-Jones skipped the 72-foot URM to rack up her 16e Race from Sydney to Hobart before coming back in the mid-season 18. With Cam Gundy and Lewis Brake, Ashley-Jones finished 9e at the 2020 Giltinan Championship in his URM sponsored skiff.
The current Lazarus Capital Partners team met in 2020-21, in Andoo, and finished sixth in a well-rounded fleet in the JJs behind the winner, Michael Coxon’s Smeg.
This will be Harrison’s sixth season with Ashley-Jones, and the two sailing together in the Giltinan Championship have never been lower than sixth overall.
It’s no wonder the partnership between the two was so successful when, according to Harrison: “Marcus gave me my first crack at the age of 18 almost 10 years ago, when I didn’t was just a 29 year old outgoing male. I was definitely a little green that first season, but we’ve built a great partnership over the next few years. I will always be grateful to him for giving me my first chance at the big time.
The new single scull had its first big race last Sunday when the Australian 18ft League led Race 1 of its 2021-2022 club championship in a changing ENE wind and gusts of 10 knots, which was far from ideal for high speed racers and their crews. .
Despite the conditions and a change of crew due to injury, Lazarus Capital Partners was in the lead group throughout the race before finishing fifth in the 20-boat fleet.
The performance indicated that the single scull will be very competitive as the season progresses to the JJ Giltinan World Championship in Sydney Harbor in March 2022.
Mr. Dale Klynhout, Managing Director, said: “Lazarus Capital Partners is delighted to re-join our partnership with the 18 Footers League, providing our client community with an association with one of Sydney Harbor’s most traditional and exciting sporting championships. .
“Entering the second year of sponsoring our trip with the 18 Footers, the team at Lazarus Capital Partners are thrilled with the launch of our fantastic and fast new single scull which will proudly display our banner for years across Sydney Harbor.
“We also welcome to the Lazarus family our respective crews on our two new flagship single sculls, skippered by Marcus Ashely-Jones with Jeronimo Harrison and Cameron Gundy, as well as the Lazarus development team of Hugo Stoner, Hugo Leeming and Alex Watson on Lazarus from last year’s single scull.
“The Lazarus Racing team is our contribution to a historic and prestigious institution in Australia – a company in which we invite our stakeholders to share and be a part of our successes.”
The Australian 18 Footers League is also pleased to have a company such as Lazarus Capital Partners, which “offers asset managers across Asia a range of world-class brokerage and custody capabilities extending to equity execution, financing and asset management solutions “as part of its group of sponsors. .
As club president John Winning said, “It is great to see such an enthusiastic sponsor enter our sport who also recognizes its history and prestige, and we look forward to a happy and successful association. ”
By Frank Quealey, Australian 18-Foot League