Casio Seapathfinder team take Race 4 win in yesterday's racing on Sydney Harbour
The Casio Seapathfinder team of Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis continued their superb recent form with a strong win in Race 4 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sunday.
Casio led for almost the entire course and withstood challenges from Asko Appliances (Hugh Stodart) and Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris) to win by 34 seconds from Asko with Rag & Famish a further 58 seconds back in third place.
The win gives Casio the lead in the championship with 11 points followed by Rag & Famish on 14 and Club Marine (Euan Mc Nicol) on 19.
Fisher & Paykel took the lead shortly after the start but Casio came back from sixth when Coxon elected to sail to the eastern side of the course while the leading group had gone to the north.
At the windward mark Casio held a 25secs lead over Asko and Fisher & Paykel with Rag & Famish another 5 seconds back.
Rag & Famish gybed early and moved into second place at the wing mark.
Casio maintained her lead upwind and led by 15 seconds from Asko at the Beashel Buoy. Rag & Famish was relegated to third place just behind Asko.
After the long spinnaker run down the middle of the harbour Asko closed to within 5 seconds of Casio at the Clarke Island leeward buoy.
It was a battle of the champions over the final lap of the course between Casio (Giltinan champion) and Asko (Australian champion) with Casio maintaining her advantage then easing away over the concluding stages.
1 Casio Seapathfinder
2 Asko Appliances
3 Rag & Famish Hotel
4 Ssangyong Yandoo
5 Fisher & Paykel
6 Club Marine
7 De Longhi
8 CST Composites
9 SX Projects
11 11 Belle Property
15 Active Air Non finisher
16 Wentworth Courier Non finisher
17 Aristocrat Non finisher
18 Omega Smeg Non finisher
19 AAPT Non starter
20 Noakes Youth Non starter
21 Southern Cross Constructions Non starter