Written by Frank Quealey
13 December 2022
The Yandoo team put on an amazing exhibition in the Northeast wind conditions which prevailed for Race 3 of the series on Sydney Harbour on Sunday.
After overtaking Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley, Shaun Connor and Tom Quigley) on the final time around the top mark, Andoo made their way into second place but could not catch Yandoo, finishing just 45 seconds behind the leaders.
Third place went to Shaw and Partners Financial Services, who finished a further 1m1s behind Andoo.
Balmain Slake (Henry Larkins) had their best race of the season finishing in fourth place, ahead of Lazarus Captial Partners (Marcus-Ashley Jones), Rag & Famish (Harry Price), Smeg (Michael Coxon) and Burrawang-Young Henrys (Simon Nearn).
Andoo still heads the series points table on 4 points, followed by Yandoo on 9 points, Smeg on 15 points, Rag & Famish on 19 points and Shaw and Partner Financial Services on 21 points.
The first start sequence was a general recall with the ripping tide pulling the fleet towards the line. The second start was an individual recall with Smeg over at the start and having to return behind the line.
Yandoo and Andoo lead the fleet from the start to Bradley’s Head. Yandoo with great speed and height upwind extended their lead on Andoo while Shaw and Partners Financial Services picked the wind shift at the top to slide into second place at the top mark. Yandoo and Shaw and Partners Financial Services fought closely for first around Shark Island, with Yandoo winning out at the bottom mark and maintaining that lead for the rest of the race.
The second upwind saw the top three jostle for positions whilst Balmain Slake made their way into fourth and stayed there for the remainder of the race.
The second downwind saw the majority of the fleet sail close into George’s head and Taylors bay except for Lazarus Capital Partners, who managed to gain a place through their tactical decision making. Rounding the bottom mark Shaw and Partners Financial Services rounded simultaneously with Yandoo but came out just behind.
On that same downwind, Marine Outlet (Cam Gundy), unfortunately snapped their mast forcing them to retire from the race.
The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Lachlan Steel) and Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis) were involved in a port and starboard incident on the final upwind which unfortunately put the two boats further back in the fleet finishing twelfth and thirteenth respectively.
The final top mark rounding saw Yandoo extend their lead, whilst Andoo and Shaw and Partners Financial Services rounded together, with Andoo ultimately sailing over the top into second place.
After being over at the start and beginning the race at the back of the fleet, Smeg sailed from seventeenth to finish in seventh, making up an incredible ten places throughout the race.
The Royal Oak Double Bay 4 Pines (Alex Marinelli, Matt Doyle and Darcy McCracken) sailed a very consistent race to win the Syd Barnett Jr Memorial Trophy, which was held in conjunction with the NSW Championships.
Yandoo leads the season point score with a total of 54 points, followed by The Royal Oak Double Bay 4 Pines on 57 points and Smeg on third with 62 points.
Race 4 of the NSW Championships will be held 15 January 2023.
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