NSW Championship, Course 2 • Live Sail Die

The defending Tech2 champion team were back to their best form in Sydney Harbor today when the crew of Jack Macartney, Lewis Brake and Luke Parkinson produced a comeback performance to secure an exciting victory in Race 2 from 2021-22 NSW 18ft Single Scull Championship.

In a race that saw the head change several times throughout the long South course, Tech2 crossed the finish line 22s ahead of last Sunday’s Race 1 winner Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys and Josh Porebski ).

Frank Quealey

Yandoo (John Winning, Mike Kennedy and Fang Warren) finished just 6 seconds from third, followed by Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price), Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis) and Finport Finance (Keagan York).

The southerly wind weighed on the fleet with only 13 of the 21 boats able to complete the course due to broken equipment.

Noakesailing took the lead from the start and led by 25 seconds to the Clark Island mark as the fleet took off on the long downwind leg to Obelisk Bay.

Rag & Famish Hotel was in second place, followed by Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley-Jones), Yandoo, Smeg (Micah Lane), Burrawang-Young Henrys (Ben Bradley) and Ilve (Nick Daly).

Most of the fleet were unable to set up a spinnaker until they were well in port and Noakesailing held onto their lead as the fleet moved towards the windward mark at the south end of the Shark Island in Rose Bay.

The race turned into a four-boat battle as Tech2 took the lead from Noakesailing, Lazarus Capital Partners and Yandoo, before Lazarus was forced to leave Shark Island with equipment issues.

Tech2 had established a 30-second lead over Yandoo and Noakesailing as the fleet entered the second leg downwind to the bottom mark at Athol Bay East.

The young rookie team from Rag & Famish Hotel was in fourth place, leading a group including Burrawang-Young Henrys, Finport Finance and Fisher & Paykel.

As the three leaders entered the next windward stage towards the Clark Island mark, Tech2 held a good lead but a few subtle changes in wind direction and strength saw the lead change several times between Tech2, Yandoo and Noakesailing. .

Once again, Noakesailing led the fleet to Clark Island with Tech2 and Yandoo close together and 15 seconds behind the leader.

Frank Quealey

The second lap of the course was similar to the first as Tech2 took over the lead from Noakesailing on the return job from Obelisk Bay to Shark Island. This time around, however, despite the big challenges from Noakesailing and Yandoo, the Tech2 team rose to the challenge and held on for a well-deserved victory.

Race 3 of the NSW Championship will take place next Sunday. Spectators can follow the races aboard the club’s spectator ferry, but due to COVID-19 policy, numbers are limited. Online booking on the club’s website www.18footers.com is essential. http://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.

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Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League Ltd.


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