Christina Giles became the 2012 18ft Skiff Queen of the Harbour when she teamed with Brett Van Munster, Shaun Moran and Rob Flannigan on Kenwood-Rabbbitohs to win the title on Sydney Harbour today.
Conditions were perfect for the ladies. A big sail 5-10-knot ENE breeze over a 3-laps 3-buoys course between Taylors Bay and Watsons Bay. Lumix led the fleet to the first mark from De’Longhi-Rabbitohs, Kenwood-Rabbitohs, Mojo Wine, Rag & Famish and Pure Blonde. The downwind leg back to the bottom twin-marks saw Lumix challenged by Kenwood-Rabbitohs while Pure Blonde led a tightly bunched group including Mojo Wine, De’Longhi-Rabbitohs, Smeg and Rag & Famish. On the second lap Lumix raced away to a 45s lead over Kenwood-Rabbitohs, Mojo Wine and Rag & Famish and looked a certain winner as the fleet headed back downwind.
As the skiff gybed off Steele Point they capsized and the race became a battle between Kenwood-Rabbitohs and Rag & Famish, which went around the bottom round only a couple of boatlengths apart. Mojo Wine was third, followed by Pure Blonde, De’Longhi-Rabbitohs and Lumix. Taking advantage of a red windward buoy rounding on the final lap, Kenwood-Rabbitohs increased her lead to finish with an easy victory.
It was an excellent result all round for the Kenwood company as today’s winner Christina Giles is also the National Sales Co-ordinator for Kenwood.
Images will be published on www.18footers.com.au and www.flying18s.com.
Video coverage of the race can also be seen on www.18footerstv.com.
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