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18ft Skiffs: Sunday’s race of the year to fast and furious

Gotta Love It 7 shows her downwind speed last sunday

Gotta Love It 7 shows her downwind speed last sunday. (Credit Frank Quealey)

Sunday’s Race 2 of the NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour is the last race for the 18ft Skiffs prior to a 3-week break over the Christmas-New Year holiday period.

The championship section of the season will commence immediately after the break when the teams contest the Australian Championship from 12 January to 9 February.

Then, the highlight of the year, the 2014 J. J. Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour from 1 to 9 March.

Although Sunday’s race does not count towards either of those championships, it is an important race and a guide to what may be likely to happen in 2014.

Much will depend on conditions as some of the leading teams have yet to get the best out of both rigs so far this season.

Defending champion, and Race 1 winner Gotta Love It 7 has shown great speed with her #2 rig, but is still to show the same level of performance with the new #1 sails.

The greatest threat to the ‘7’ team, Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage, may come from the consistent Mojo Wine team of Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge.

Mojo Wine won the 3-Buoys Challenge series which concluded on the harbour last week and displayed good form in all conditions.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers is always near the lead.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers is always near the lead. (Credit Frank Quealey)

 

Many teams are potential winners with the main contenders looking to come from Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon), Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney), Smeg (Nick Press) and Sydney City Marine (David Witt).

Micah Lane’s Appliancesonline.com.au is another with championship potential, but an interrupted start to the season will see her better performances coming in the new year.

The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow Sunday’s race, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

By Frank Quealey


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