Racing from Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland, New Zealand the ASC Skiff League kicked off their summer season on Sunday 30th September in light and flukey conditions.
Back on the race course was 2018 JJ Giltinan champions Honda Marinewho have begun their immense training ahead of the 2019 event in Sydney where they will defend their title.
Six boats where rigged and ready to race two harbour courses in a light 7-10 knot northerly.
- Honda Marine – Dave McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins
- GC Racing – Josh Porebski, Oscar Gunn, Dave Hazard (Jack Simpson out on injury)
- C-Tech – Alex Vallings, Sam Threthewey, Matt Coutts
- Maersk Line – Peron Pearse, Eli Liefting, Harry Clark (youth team)
- ASCC – Murray England, Mark Overington, Harry Butler
- Kings & Queens – Adrian France, crew to be confirmed
Race 1 got away on time with Honda Marine taking an early lead off the line. C-Tech and GC Racing were in tight and just to leeward after the start. Maersk Line started on port tack with ASCC a little late to the start.
Unfortunately for C-Tech they confused the course and went to the incorrect top mark after gaining the lead. Honda Marine then led GC Racing around the correct mark at Rough Rock followed by Maersk Line.
It was a close battle downwind but Honda Marine fell into a hole giving GC Racing the advantage and they pounced into the lead.
Maersk Line stayed ahead of ASCC with the young guns on board showing good progress after their intense winter training regime.
Race 1 Results
1. GC Racing
2. Honda Marine
3. Maersk Line
Honda Marine and GC Racing headed to the left hand side of the course off the start line, however this time Maersk Line took a flyer out to the right and came back with a comfortable lead at the top mark. C-Tech also went right but didn’t manage to find the same puff and slotted in behind GC Racing, Honda Marine and ASCC.
Honda Marine didn’t make the same mistakes as they did in the previous race and avoided the downwind hole to pass Maersk Line and GC Racing to lead around the wing mark. The race committee had shortened the course giving the victory to Honda Marine.
Race 2 Results
1. Honda Marine
2. GC Racing
3. Maersk Line
The next race day of the series in Sunday 14 October.