Keagan York’s Finport Finance will feature a brand new squad when they take on 17 other top performing Australian 18-footers for the club’s 2021-22 season in Sydney Harbor.
Keagan, director and co-founder of sponsorship of Compass Global Markets, which is Finport Finance’s skipper clothier in 2021-2022, has been competing in the 18-year-old since 2010-11 but recently announced he would be moving from skipper to listening. this season to welcome the talents of her new skipper, Robert Greenhalgh.
Phil Marshall will once again feature at the bow of what is expected to be one of the best combinations of the highly talented fleet.
After arriving in the 18s as an assistant for Simon Nearn’s De’Longhi-Rabbitohs team in the 2010-11 season, Keagan sailed with Simon until he decided to go his own way. as the skipper of a self-sponsored single scull in 2014-15, which Keagan, Greg Dixon and Matt Stenta competed under the name compassmarkets.com.
Two DNF results at the 2015 JJ Giltinan World Championship naturally affected the team’s overall standings in the fleet, but since that regatta the teams led by Keagan have consistently been in the top 10 of the major world championship.
According to Keagan, “Even if we don’t hold back, we focus on the play percentages. Taking flyers is just not in our DNA.
A name change to Finport Finance in the 2017-18 season gave York their best championship result in the 18s when, along with Matt Stenta and Angus Williams, the team finished fourth at the 2018 Giltinan World Championship.
The team won two races, a second place, a third and a fourth, but unfortunately had to win a thirteenth place, which spoiled a great regatta.
The inclusion of Rob Greenhalgh in the 2021-22 season squad will ensure the squad will maintain their high level.
When Rob’s team totally dominated the 2004 JJ Giltinan World Championship with an average two-minute victory margins, he became only the third northern hemisphere skipper to win the first 18ft World Championship. .
He also won numerous UK national and European championships in the 18s, including the first Mark Foy Trophy in Carnac, France in 2009. He also won the International 14th world championship in 2003 as well as national and Europeans in the International Moth class.
He has competed in five Volvo Ocean Races, winning with ABN AMRO ONE in 2006 and finishing second on two other occasions, and won the 2007 Extreme Sailing Series, and was also a member of the record breaking team Comanche. transatlantic.
As Keagan points out, “Rob is based here now with his new family, and it would be hard to have him on the sheet when I know he’s a better pilot than I am. I moved up one place from the old playmaker position to improve the team and overall performance.
“Our vision for the season is mainly to have fun and see where the cards could fall. As a mostly amateur crew, due to our professional commitments we understand that fighting against some of the top teams was an uphill battle, but that doesn’t mean we’re easy beats. Yes, we want to win, once the gun is fired, there is no holding back.
Phil Marshall will have his seventh season in the 18s, having entered the class with James Ward’s Mojo Wines in 2015-16. He had two seasons with James, then four with Brett Van Munster on Appliancesonline, before moving to Finport Finance in the 2020-21 season.
This season will be Keagan’s twelfth sailing in the 18s, including his eighth as a sponsor.
Describing his business, “Finport was created for growing businesses 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 in across Australia with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, providing innovative financing solutions to businesses across Australia.
The “new team” will compete in their first race when the Australian 18-foot League holds their 2021-22 season opener in Sydney Harbor. The opening date depends on the clarification of government COVID-19 regulations, but is expected to be as early as Sunday, October 24.
The fleet for the start of the 2021-22 season is:
Smeg, Michael Coxon
Tech 2, Jack Macartney
Yandoo, John Winner
Noakesailing, Sean Langman
Lazarus Capital Partners, Marcus Ashley-Jones
Birkenhead Point Marina, Tim Westwood
Burrawang-Young Henrys, Simon Nearn
Shaw Financial Services and Partners, Steve Thomas
Fisher & Paykel, Jordan Girdis
Finport Finance, Rob Greenhalgh
The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone, Lachlan Steel
Ilve, Nick Daly
Bleu Noakes, Yvette Héritage
Noakes Youth, Tom Cunich
Le Chêne Double Bay-4 Pins, Aron Everett
Rag & Famish Hotel, Harry Price
Restaurant 18 feet, Pedro Vozone
Balmain Slake, Henry Larkin
Appliancesonline.com.au, Alex Marinelli
Development Lazare, Hugo Stoner
Australian 18-foot League