The defending champion tech2 team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake won Race 8 to maintain their overall lead of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship.
Tech2 staged a remarkable comeback over the final two legs of the southerly course to win a thrilling, action-packed penultimate race on Sydney Harbour on Sunday
After trailing Smeg of Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Trent Barnabas for most of Race 8 Tech2 took full advantage on the final spinnaker run across the harbour to finish near Clark Island with a winning margin of 49s over Smeg.
In third place was Winning Group of John Winning Jr, Joel Turner and Sam Newton, ahead of fourth placed Noakesailing of Sean Langman.
With fifth Yandoo of John Winning and rounding out the top six Jim Colley’s Shaw and Partners Financial Services.
With just the final Race 9 of the championship still to be sailed, there is little between the top two teams, with Tech2 holding a two point lead over second placed Smeg and 17 points back in third place Noakesailing.
2021 Australian 18ft Skiff Championship – Leaders after 8 races, 1 discard (18 entries)
1st Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake) – – 11 pts
2nd Smeg (Michael Coxon Jnr / Ricky Bridge / Trent Barnabas) – – 13 pts
3rd Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski) – – 30 pts
4th Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley / Harry Bethwaite / Shaun Conner) – – 37 pts
5th Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall) – – 38 pts
6th Winning Group (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton) – – 39 pts
7th Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy) – – 43 pts
8th Andoo (Steve Thomas / Cam Gundy / Rhys Mara) – – 45 pts