The 18′ Skiff Auckland Championship continued on the weekend of the 6-7th December with four teams making it to the start line. C-Tech, ASCC, Maersk Line and Honda Marine.
The fleet was presented with a nice NE breeze of 18 – 22 knots and provided perfect skiff sailing conditions, where there was enough breeze to be pretty exciting but not quite too much that everyone was in control. With three races scheduled the title was still up for grabs between Honda Marine, C-Tech and ASCC. Maersk Line, the other competitor on the water were looking to keep up their steady improvements and give the other more seasoned teams a run for their money.
It was a race across the channel to get out of the incoming tide. Honda Marine started to windward, C-Tech to leeward and ASCC squeezed in the middle. Honda Marine elected to go the furthest into Devonport which payed off well, picking up a good left hand shift and had less current. C-Tech and ASCC had some close crosses with Maersk Line close behind. The top mark was a pretty hairy bearway and ASCC and C-Tech had a big tangle up at the top mark leading to capsizes. ASCC had continued bad luck with a broken tackline forcing them to return to shore. Honda Marine maintained their lead to win the race over C-Tech.
Very similar to race one and this time ASCC broke a trapeze line twice causing two capsizes and eventuated with a DNC. C-Tech trailed Honda Marine and Maersk Line also suffered some gear breakage in the increasing breeze.
All boats seemed to have sorted their gear issues and were ready for the big beat up to Rough Rock. Honda Marine again lead C-Tech, ASCC and Maersk Line. After a rapid two sail reach to Bean Rock and a hot kite ride back to Orakei, the race committee made the wise decision to shorten the course, which was warmly welcomed by all crews after three harbour courses. It was a great hit out before the last club race on the 16th December and the teams take a break over Christmas before beginning the new year preparation leading into the JJ Giltinan.