C-Tech held a slim three point lead ahead of Yamaha going into the final weekend of the Auckland Champs, but with six races remaining it was all to play.
Saturday started poorly for the leading duo as they both went out with their big rigs in a building westerly. Aon Racing and Knight Frank dominated the first race of the day while Yamaha pulled out early to change rigs and C-Tech manged to survive for a podium finish. In the second race Events Clothing and C-Tech clashed rigs on the first beat, destroying C-Techs mainsail while Yamaha went on to claim an important win, with Knight Frank second and ASCC third.
C-Tech’s Alex Vailings and his army of minions managed a speedy rig change from the carnage of the second race and managed to get back out for the final race of the day and dominate. Unfortunately for Yamaha, in second place approaching the finish, had not noticed the reduced number of laps for this race and proceeded to round the bottom mark and head up wind. This gave Knight Frank a clean run of seconds for the day followed by Aon Racing in third.
The final day was a clear small rig day with a gusty West to South West wind making the race course a little difficult to lay and the 30knt gusts hard to handle for the crews. Port tack starts were the order of the day with two sail reaching down to the bottom mark. Yamaha claimed the first race after a great second beat to pass and then extend over Knight Frank. Aon Racing managed to pip Knight Frank near the top mark before the sail to the finish with C-Tech in 4th. The second race saw C-Tech nailed the start and managed to find themselves at the front of the pack while Yamaha, Aon Racing and Knight Frank stayed close together around the track. On the last leg to the finish Aon Racing hoisted and sailed off into the middle of the harbour for another lap allowing Knight Frank into third.
The battle between C-Tech and Yamaha was all to play for in the final shortened two lap race. With the pressure on it both crews it couldn’t have started with more drama as they both came together in a port-starboard off the startline causing C-Tech to capsize. However with conditions becoming more and more tricky C-Tech had plenty of opportunity to catch up places. Yamaha led around the top mark after picking up a Hail Mary lift on the inside followed by Knight Frank and Aon Racing. Unfortunately for Knight Frank their gennaker halyard broke forcing them out of contention. While Yamaha and Aon extended C-Tech continued to pick of boat after boat to claw their way back to third to claim the overall Auckland Champs just one point ahead of Yamaha.
The 18s are back racing on the 16th and 17th of January for the Knight Frank 18ft Skiff Nationals.
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