NSW 18 Footers Championship starts on Sunday
18 Foot Skiffs: NSW 18 Footers Championship Starts Sunday
by Frank Quealey Nov 17 9:47 PM PST
November 21, 2021
The young team of Rag and Famish Hotel will not fail to show their talent © Frank Quealey
Many new Australian 18 Footers League team combinations will compete in Race 1 of the NSW 18 Footers Championship next Sunday in Sydney Harbor, virtually untested due to poor conditions since the start of the 2021 season – 2022 October 24.
After a delayed start to the season, due to Covid restrictions, the 21-boat fleet has had to endure unfavorable racing conditions as several new teams attempt to develop critical teamwork.
Two weeks ago there was very little wind which was constantly changing direction, then last Sunday the fleet was beaten by strong westerly winds exceeding 20 knots.
The current Australian Tech2 champion team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake continued to show the form we saw in 2020-2021 and will enter the NSW Series as a big favorite, after two wins and a runner-up. tight in the last three races contested so far.
Trying to find Tech2’s biggest challenger isn’t that easy, again due to race conditions so far, but the battle between multiple contenders should be a highlight of Sunday’s competition.
In its form displayed until Sunday, John Winning’s new single scull Yandoo has always shown good speed and with an experienced and high caliber team of Mike Kennedy and Fang Warren on board, Yandoo poses one of the biggest threats to the world. the Tech2 suit.
Normally 2021 world champion JJ Giltinan Smeg would challenge Tech2 for favoritism, but regular skiff skipper Michael Coxon will miss the race due to injury.
Marcus Ashley-Jones’ new Lazarus Capital Partners have shown some of their potential in two previous races before a late speed issue forced him to withdraw from a recent race, while another new single scull , Sean Langman’s Noakesailing, still hasn’t hit the water. Sean will likely still be in charge of his 2020-2021 skiff on Sunday.
Another major challenger on Sunday is expected to be Spring Championship winner The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines skippered by Aron Everett. The team have been one of the most consistent teams over the past three seasons and continue to show their form in all wind ranges.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the season so far has been the performance of two of the “rookie” teams.
Balmain Slake and Rag & Famish Hotel have both been at the end of the fleet in most races, but that should come as no surprise as both teams are led by a young champion skipper with an impressive international result to their name. active.
Balmain Slake’s Henry Larkings is a 29-inch two-time Australian champion and placed 3rd at the 2018 World Youth Championship, played in the United States. Rag’s Harry Price won the 2017 World Youth Match Racing Championship, also in the United States.
Some of the other teams showing good form that should improve as we progress into the NSW Championship are Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis), Finport Finance (Keagan York), Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage), Burrawang-Young Henrys (Simon Nearn), Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich) and Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Steve Thomas).
Spectators can watch Race 1 of Sunday’s NSW Championship aboard the club’s spectator ferry, but due to Covid policy numbers are limited. Online booking on the club’s website www.18footers.com is essential. www.18footers.com.au/18-footers-sailing/spectator-ferry
For those who can’t make it on the water, the club’s live broadcast team will be in Sydney Harbor to capture all the action. The live stream is available at www.18footers.com by clicking on the ’18 Footers TV ‘link.