A horrifying thought How would he be able to put up with his younger brother and rival skipper Daniel Turner at Christmas lunch if he allowed his sibling to snatch the title from under his nose?

Halfway through the deciding race of the NSW 16ft Skiff Championships at Belmont, a horrifying thought flashed through Fire Stopping skipper Joe Turner's mind.

How would he be able to put up with his younger brother and rival skipper Daniel Turner at Christmas lunch if he allowed his sibling to snatch the title from under his nose?

At that stage Fire Stopping was sitting 15th and Daniel's Sutech was way out in front and threatening to pull off one of the great come-from-behind victories.

After winning the first two heats on Middle Harbour earlier in the month, the trophy was Fire Stopping's to lose.

But a disappointing ninth in Saturday's third heat had opened the door to rivals and Daniel pounced.

"We were just trying to stay with (second-placed) TJS and it turned out to be the wrong plan," Joe Turner said.

"After the first lap 'Ruffy' (Daniel Turner) had bolted and we had to chip away.

"All I was thinking about was how was I going to put up with him for the next year if he won it.

"I couldn’t have that happen. We just had to work extra hard to get back in and we sailed pretty well from there."

That's a bit of an understatement.

Joe and his experienced crew of Rob Napper and James Bury sailed extremely well, keeping their composure to work their way through the fleet

One by one they picked them off to cross the line third and ensure Fire Stopping its first state title since 2009/10.

Sutech won the fourth heat to finish second overall, with the Turner boys creating 16ft skiff history by becoming the first brothers to quinella the NSW crown.

"We got a call from our parents to say how proud they were, so that was pretty cool," Joe said.

"There's a pretty big rivalry in our family. Daniel and I think we're the best sailors in the family but Dad (Paul) won an Etchells world championship in 2004 and he constantly reminds us of that.

"I might have second bragging rights now."

Four other Manly boats – Brydens Lawyers (Lee Knapton), Korman Marine Composites (Felix Grech) Fluid Building (Clint Bowen) and Holmes Marine (Matt Stenta) - finished inside the top 10 of the state championships.

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