Finport Finance, a “new team”, experienced 18-foot crew • Live Sail Die

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Keagan York’s Finport Finance will have a brand new team when it competes against 17 other top performers in the Australian 18 Footers League for the 2021-22 season on Sydney Harbor.

Compass Global Markets’ director and co-founder of sponsorship, Keagan, who will be the blade hand on the Finport Finance skiff in 2021-22, has been running in the 18’s since 2010-11, but recently announced that he will switch from skipper to blade in this season to match the talents of his new skipper Robert Greenhalgh.

Phil Marshall will again be in the bow of one of the best combinations of the highly talented fleet.

After joining Simon Nearns De’Longhi-Rabbitohs-Team in the 2010/11 season in the 18s, Keagan sailed with Simon until he decided to skipper a self-sponsored skiff in 2014/15 go Keagan, Greg Dixon and Matt Stenta joined Compassmarkets.com.

Two DNF results at the 2015 JJ Giltinan World Championship obviously influenced the team’s overall position in the fleet, but since that regatta the teams led by Keagan have always been well in the top 10 of the great World Championship.

Says Keagan, “While we’re not holding back, we focus on the percentage games. Taking flyers is just not in our DNA. “

A name change to Finport Finance in the 2017/18 season gave York its best championship result in the 18s when the team finished fourth at the 2018 Giltinan World Championship along with Matt Stenta and Angus Williams.

The team had two race wins, a second, a third and a fourth place, but unfortunately had to show a thirteenth place, which spoiled a great regatta.

The addition of Rob Greenhalgh to the team for the 2021-22 season will ensure the team maintain their high standards.

When Rob’s team totally dominated the 2004 JJ Giltinan World Championship with average profit margins of two minutes, he became only the third skipper from the Northern Hemisphere to win the world’s best 18-foot championship.

He also won numerous national and European championships in the UK in the 18’s, including the first Mark Foy Trophy in Carnac, France in 2009. He also won the 14th international world championship in 2003, as well as national and European titles in the International Moth Class.

He has competed in five Volvo Ocean Races, winning in 2006 with ABN AMRO ONE and finishing second on two other occasions, winning the Extreme Sailing Series in 2007 and was also a member of the transatlantic record breaking Comanche team.

Says Keagan, “Rob is now based here with his new family and it would be hard to have him on the list knowing he is a better helmsman than me. In order to improve the team and the overall performance, I moved up to the old position of the leaf trade. “

“Our view of the season is mostly about having fun and seeing where the cards might fall. As a mostly amateur team, we understand that it was an uphill battle against players like some of the top teams due to work commitments, but that doesn’t mean we’re easy to beat. Yes, we want to win, when the starting gun is fired, there is no stopping it. “

Phil Marshall will have his seventh season in his 18s after entering class with James Ward’s Mojo Wines in 2015-16. He had two seasons with James, then four with Brett Van Munster at Appliancesonline before joining Finport Finance in the 2020/21 season.

This season, Keagan will be sailing in the 18s for the twelfth time, including his eighth as a sponsor.

“Finport was created for growing companies that are ready to invest in their future but just can’t get the banks to play along. We are an independent provider of working capital across Australia with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, providing innovative financing solutions to businesses across Australia. ”

The “new team” will contest its first race when the Australian 18 Footers League holds the opening race of its 2021-22 season on Sydney Harbor. The opening date depends on the clarification of the government’s COVID-19 regulations, but is expected to be on Sunday, October 24th.

The fleet for the start of the 2021-22 season is:

Smeg, Michael Coxon
Tech 2, Jack Macartney
Yandoo, John Winning
Noakesailing, Sean Langman
Lazarus Capital Partners, Marcus Ashley-Jones
Birkenhead Point Marina, Tim Westwood
Burrawang-Young Henrys, Simon Nearn
Shaw and Partners Financial Services, Steve Thomas
Fisher & Paykel, Jordan Girdis
Finport Finance, Rob Greenhalgh
The kitchen maker-Caesarstone, Lachlan Steel
Ilve, Nick Daly
Noakes Blue, Yvette Heritage
Noake’s youth, Tom Cunich
The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines, Aron Everett
Rag & Famish Hotel, Harry Price
18 foot restaurant, Pedro Vozone
Balmain Slake, Henry Larkin
Appliancesonline.com.au, Alex Marinelli
Lazarus development, Hugo Stoner

Frank Quealey
Australian 18-foot league
www.18footers.com


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