Beating the heat

It came down to the wire in the Peroni 16 and 13-foot Skiff Australian Titles, despite the near insufferable heat.

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The temperature hit 35 plus degrees in the sun and that was agony as the crews waited to get a final start for almost 3 hours.  With the breeze literally switching through 180 degrees of the compass, to their credit the race committee waited just one minute before the official cut off time to lower the AP flag to get the race away.

Sydney Harbour delivered with a 15 knot North Easter to see the fleet scream to the top mark.

Predicted to be a three-horse race for the title; very quickly it became a battle Royale with Sutech buried at the start, and for them it was game over.

It was a classic match race with Manly Surf n Slide taking the lead with Brydens in hot pursuit. It stayed that way to the finish and that was reflected in the overall result. Manly Surf n Slide winners of the championship with the final result split by a mere 3 seconds from Byrdens.

Taking Bronze were the lads from Sutech, but not far behind was TJS, Southern Beaches Rugby and Growthbuilt, with the rest of the champions in hot pursuit.

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Whilst in the 13 foot class it was MightyMite who took the lead from the beginning and they protected their position to ensure they went home with the silverware; closely followed by Bartley Construction and Big Foot rounding out with the Bronze medal for third overall.

The gap in the 13 class was so small in elapsed time; the future of the class well in hand.

middleharbourskiffnationals.com.au

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