British skiff RMW Marine sealed victory in the Championship with another outstanding display to win the 6th Heat of the regatta on Sydney Harbour yesterday, laying their 2003 ghosts to rest and taking the title with a race to spare.
A light North-East wind prevailed on the harbour and the classy crew of RMW Marine, headed by skipper Rob Greenhalgh, were unstoppable as they raced to a comfortable 2m8s win over Computer Associates, skippered by Anthony Young.
With just one more race to be sailed, RMW has an unbeatable lead and all interest now will centre on the battle for second place between Computer Associates and Yandoo (John WINNING) which finished third in today's race.
(Incidentally, Anthony was in John's crew when they won the 2000 Giltinan Championship in AMP Centrepoint)
RMW's total points are 11, and their net score is only six. Nearest rival is Computer Associates with a net score of 18 just two ahead of Yandoo's 20 points.
Once again the boat speed and windward performance of RMW Marine was superior and great credit must go to the brilliant crew work shown by brothers Rob and Peter GREENHALGH and Dan JOHNSON.
Anthony YOUNG, Matt PEARCE and Phil HARMER never gave up the chase in Computer Associates and deserved their second placing today and overall placing in the championship.
Likewise, John WINNING and his team were in third place for most of the race and deserved to finish third, although they were constantly under pressure.
Maytag (Tony HANNAN), Casio Seapathfinder (Michael COXON), West Marine (Howie HAMLIN) and Omega Smeg (Trevor BARNABAS) were always nipping at Yandoo and the race for the minor placings came right down to the finish line with only a few seconds separating some of these teams.
For Hugh STODART'S Asko Appliances it was a disappointing race as the skiff could finish no better than 10th and has put this consistent performer back to fourth place overall on 25 points.
Special mention must also go to Jim AIREY and his crew of Nuplex (New Zealand) which has performed well over the entire regatta. Apart from a disasterous Heat 3 the team has finished within the top 12 in all other races.
Hopefully, their efforts will generate more challenges from other kiwi teams and we will again see a New Zealand name on the famous old trophy.
During the regatta the club has also staged a handicap section and today we saw the popular Fred EATON and his Canadians take victory from Mike KESER and his German crew. This was a great result for two crews who have battled hard all week.