2018 Summer Bright Lager Australian 16ft Skiff Sprint Series & Belmont Bay Regatta

The Summer Bright Lager Australian 16ft Skiff Sprint Series is always an anticipated event and this year attracted 50 entries.
A South Easterly breeze was blowing across Belmont Bay with rain squalls occasionally making the conditions quite challenging. With 5 boats advancing through from the initial rounds the racing was intense.
2017-18 Australian Champions Manly Surf & Slide dominated Semi Final 1 with their big rig in and the 17-18 runners up, Brydens were the top boat in Semi Final 2 with a small rig.
The spectators had a great view of the racing and during the final series the 16’s balconies were packed with people cheering on their favourite skiffs.
All 10 of the finalists changed to small rig and the Brydens drew first blood with a victory in race 1. Redicrete was 2nd and TJS came in 3rd.
Brydens again won race 2 and apart from an unforeseen disaster had the title in the bag. Manly Surf & Slide hit back in race 2 to claim 2nd spot and East Coast Marine & Sail rounded out the podium in this race.
The last race of the final series had TJS claim a well-deserved victory with Manly Surf & Slide 2nd and Redicrete in 3rd.
The Overall standings ended up with the Australian champions from the last 3 years on the podium with Brydens the Sprint Champions for 2018
1st – Brydens [St George] – Knappo, Mackie & Bridgey [6 points]
2nd – TJS [Belmont] – Henry, Grant & Izzy [9]
3rd – Manly Surf & Slide [Manly] – Dave, Trent and Rob [12]
4th – Redicrete [Belmont] – Ando, Bretto & Nigel [12]
5th – East Coast Marine & Sail [Belmont] – Matt, Scott & Corey [18]
6th – Compass Global Markets [Belmont] – Tom, Spesh & Mat [18]
7th – Minder [Belmont] – Ben, Dobo & Dave [21]
8th – Lee Sails [Manly] – Sarah, James & Cam [22]
9th – Insight [Belmont] – Adam, Scott & Pete [26]
10th – Energy Australia [Illawarra] – Phil, Harro & Rich [30]
The Belmont Bay Championship on Sunday had 38 starters with all the skiffs on big rigs and a South Easterly breeze blowing.
Dave O’Conner was on the helm of Manly Surf & Slide along with their champion crew of Trent Barnabas and Rob Knapper, they easily won the start and blasted away to lead comfortably at the first mark. They continued their dominance for the remainder of the race and won easily by a big margin of 2 minutes 39 seconds. In 2nd spot was Fluid Building who also sailed a great race and rounding out the podium was Piper Planning.
Belmont Skiff IGT sailed the shifty conditions well to take handicap honours with Dunno and Toogara in 2nd and 3rd respectively.




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