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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 7

22 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

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2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 7

Today’s race sponsored by The Kitchen Maker

Sunday, 22 February, 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

Gotta Love It 7’s team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage officially became the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff champions after the regatta concluded on Sydney Harbour today.

 

The team had already secured the title before today’s race and skipper Seve Jarvin had become the most capped skipper and competitor in the championship’s 76-year history.

 

Jarvin originally crewed with Euan McNicol on Club Marine in 2005 and has since skippered seven championship winning Gotta Love It 7 skiffs to victory.

 

His record surpasses Andrew Buckland for the most number of wins.

 

Buckland won five titles with Iain Murray on Color 7 then two more with Peter Sorensen on Tia Maria.

 

Fittingly, Buckland was on hand to present Jarvin and his team with the championship blue ribbon.

 

Although the win was already secured, Gotta Love It 7 showed her real championship quality as they dominated the latter half of the course to win by 2m15s.

 

New Zealand’s rookie AON team (Will Tiller, Harry Thurston, Tim Snedden) gave some indication of what may happen in future JJ Giltinan Championships when they gave a wonderful performance to finish in second place.

 

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) was a further 12s back in third place.

 

With the championship winner already decided, today’s race was vital for the next four placings in the regatta as only eight points separated the four teams involved.

 

Soon after the start Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) gained a substantial lead over her nearest rival Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) and the overall result for second place was soon established.

 

U.S. champion Howie Hamlin produced another good result today with a fifth place to finish third overall in the regatta.

 

Today’s result sheet, progressive pointscore and seven images are attached.

 

Club racing resumes next Sunday.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse at 2.15pm.

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to the Club’s new website:   www.18footers.com

The Twitter handle @18skiff  and Instagram @18skiff for pre/post & in-race commentary and banter hosted by Hayley Shaw-McGuinness www.herwhodreams.com

The Facebook site:    www.facebook.com/18footers

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

 

                             

 

                   

 

 

 

 

 

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 6

21 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

18ft Skiffs

2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 6

Today’s race sponsored by Boards & Benchtops

Saturday, 21 February, 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

United States 18ft Skiff champion Howie Hamlin turned the memory clock back 12 years when he skippered Harken to victory in Race 6 of the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

 

Hamlin, who won the Giltinan title in 2002 and 2003, teamed with Dan Phillips and Skip McCormack to score a 24s win over Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor).

 

New Zealand’s Yamaha (David McDiarmid, Andrew Archibald and Mark Overington) finished in third place, a further 50s behind Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.

 

Despite finishing a disappointing eight place today, the Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage< became the 2015 JJ Giltinan champions as a result of the brilliant start to the regatta with four consecutive race wins.

 

Gotta Love It 7 leads the series (after discards) on six points, followed by Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on 20, Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) on 21, Harken 25, Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) on 28 and Yamaha on 35.

 

A very light Easterly breeze saw two distinctive choices made by the fleet on the windward leg from the start at Robertson Point to Rose Bay.

 

Mojo Wine’s team elected to sail a course past Bradleys Head while Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Gotta Love It 7 went to the right off Clarke Island.

 

When the two groups met off the western side of Shark Island Mojo Wine was the leader with Harken close behind.

 

At the windward mark, Mojo Wine held a 20s margin over Harken, with Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York) in third place just ahead of Yamaha and Gotta Love It 7, which was 1m10s from the lead.

 

The downwind leg to the mark off Clarke Island, then to the bottom mark back near the start, provided some dramatic changes in the fleet.

 

Harken got through to the lead while Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was trailing by 10s.

 

Mojo Wine had dropped back to third ahead of Yamaha then a large bunch headed by Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), Asko Appliances, Knight Frank (Riley Dean) and The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny).

 

Gotta Love It 7 had a disasterous leg and was now back in 14th position.

 

Hamlin and his Harken team took a cenbtral line on the next windward leg and retained their lead while Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Yamaha settled into a good battle for the minor placings.

 

The trio held these positions over the rest of the course and now go into tomorrow’s final race in a great battle between four boats for second place overall.

 

Today’s result sheet, progressive pointscore are attached.

 

The championship concludes Sunday 22 February.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse.

Ferry details are:

There will be two spectator ferries which will depart at 2.30pm

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to the Club’s new website:   www.18footers.com

The Twitter handle @18skiff  and Instagram @18skiff for pre/post & in-race commentary and banter hosted by Hayley Shaw-McGuinness www.herwhodreams.com

The Facebook site:    www.facebook.com/18footers

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 5

19 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

18ft Skiffs

2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 5

Today’s race sponsored by De’Longhi

Thursday, 19 February, 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers broke the previous Gotta Love It 7 domination to win Race 5 of the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

 

Sailing a four lap windward-return course, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael coxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor) won the start at the pin end of the line and sailed brilliantly in the light ENE breeze to lead the bunched fleet behind her by 50s.

 

The lead got out to 2m10s at the halfway mark before a freshening breeze over the final lap of the course saw the margin reduced to 52s at the finish.

 

Defening champion Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage) crossed in second place, 1m20s ahead of the third placed USA skiff Harken (Howie Hamlin, Dan Phillips, Skip McCormack), and will retain the title if the team can finish in the first eleven placings in either of the weekend’s races

 

With two races still to be sailed, the current points table after each team discards their worst performance to date, is:

 

Gotta Love It 7 on four points, Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) 17, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers 18, Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) 23, Harken 24 and De’Longhi (Simon Nearn) 30.

 

After a series of #2 sail NE races, today saw all teams go with their big rigs.

 

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers held a big lead at the bottom mark the first time and things could have been disasterous when sheet hand Dave O’Connor went overboard as the skiff rounded the buoy.

 

Apart from this one incident, the Thurlow team were immaculate and were never in any serious doubt of victory.

 

For the previously unbeaten Gotta Love It 7 team it was a race they would prefer to forget.

 

They couldn’t match the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team’s boat speed up the first windward leg and were buried deep in the pack on the first spinnaker run.

 

Trailing in eighth palce at the bottom mark the first time, Team Seven were still more than 2m behind the leader after two laps.

 

As the breeze freshened, naturally the time margin decreased and Gotta Love It 7 got back to 52s behind the winner but Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was just too good on the day.

 

Today’s result sheet, progressive pointscore and nine images are attached.

 

The championship continues on Saturday with the last race on Sunday 22 February.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse.

 

Ferry details are:

Saturday 21 February, ferry will depart at 3.30pm

Sunday February 22, ferry will depart at 2.30pm

NOTE ALSO:  There will be two spectator Ferries on Sunday 22 February

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to the Club’s new website:   www.18footers.com

The Twitter handle @18skiff  and Instagram @18skiff for pre/post & in-race commentary and banter hosted by Hayley Shaw-McGuinness www.herwhodreams.com

The Facebook site:    www.facebook.com/18footers

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

 

                                       

 

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 4

18 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

18ft Skiffs

2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 4

Today’s race sponsored by Smeg

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

Another awesome display by the defending champion Gotta Love It 7 crew has given the team a massive lead after Race 4 of the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

 

Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage again gave an immaculate exhibition of power sailing to virtually destroy a high quality fleet of 18 Footer competitors and boats.

 

The racing behind Gotta Love It 7 has been brilliant with close racing, top class action and exciting finishes, but the dominance of Team Seven has dominated the scene.

 

For the fourth consecutive race day, Gotta Love It 7 didn’t get the best of the start but the boat speed and boat handling of the crew is such that Gotta Love It 7 once again led at the first windward mark and was never headed from that point.

 

At the finish, 7’s winning margin was 1m6s from Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel, which came back strongly following a couple of unfortunate gear problems earlier in the regatta.

 

The Rag crew of Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Peter Harris were in fourth place at the Beashel Buoy on the first lap but put in a consistent performance to work their way into second place.

 

Another improved performer, De’Longhi (Simon Nearn, Grant Rollerson and Kieryn Cowan) also came back strongly to finish a further 1m16s behind Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel, and just 4s ahead of the leading New Zealand Yamaha team, led by David McDiarmid.

 

After the four races sailed to date (worst performance not discarded), Gotta Love It 7 has a perfect score of four points , followed by Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) on 27, US champion Howie Hamlin (Harken) and Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) on 30, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane) on 32.

 

Today’s 16-knot North East wind saw all teams elect to use the smaller #2 rigs.

 

New Zealand’s Alex Vallings (C-Tech) led shortly after the start with Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel and Gotta Love It 7 close behind off Taylor Bay.

 

Seven grabbed a 20s lead from C-Tech at the windward Beashel Buoy, followed by Smeg (David Witt), The Rag, New Zealand’s Maersk Line (Graham Catley), De’Longhi and Appliancesonline.

 

What followed was sensational viewing for the spectator fleet as boats raced at top speed to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island in Rose Bay.

 

Smeg was looking strong but lost several placings when the team had some difficulties then lost the breeze along Shark Island.

 

Today’s result sheet, progressive pointscore and eight images are attached.

 

The championship continues tomorrow (Thursday) with the following races on February 21 and concludes on Sunday 22 February.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse.

 

Ferry details are:

Saturday 21 February, ferry will depart at 3.30pm

February 19, 22, ferry will depart at 2.30pm

NOTE ALSO:  There will be two spectator Ferries on Sunday 22 February

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to the Club’s new website:   www.18footers.com

The Twitter handle @18skiff  and Instagram @18skiff for pre/post & in-race commentary and banter hosted by Hayley Shaw-McGuinness www.herwhodreams.com

The Facebook site:    www.facebook.com/18footers

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

 


                                       

 

 

                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 3

17 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

18ft Skiffs

2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 3

Today’s race sponsored by Fisher & Paykel

Tuesday, 17 February, 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

Gotta Love It 7 scored her third consecutive win in the series when she dominated the 24-boat fleet in Race 3 of the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

 

Once again, the defending champion team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage were not well placed at the start, but it wasn’t long before they had the flying red machine in the lead on the first windward leg.

 

Despite a great performance by the Smeg team of David Witt, Tom Clout and Matt Wark, there was little chance of anything but a Gotta Love It 7.

 

The winning margin was 1m34s.

 

The first two teams had established their lead very early and most interest amongst the spectator fleet centred on a wonderful battle for the next five or six placings.

 

At the finish Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson) had worked her way through from a slow start to grab third place, 43s. behind Smeg.

 

Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) showed improved form from earlier races to come home in fourth place, ahead of New Zealand’s Yamaha (David McDiarmid) and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon).

 

Gotta Love It 7 clearly leads the regatta on three points but today’s placings have tightened up the group battling for second place.

 

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers has 17 points,  Harken (Howie Hamlin, USA) and Mojo Wine on 21, Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) on 23, then Appliancesonline and Smeg on 24.

 

Conditions were perfect for today’s race with all teams using their smaller #2 rigs in the north east wind.

 

Smeg took the lead from the start with Knight Frank (Riley Dean), Gotta Love It 7, Mojo Wine, The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny) and Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) in the leading group.

 

Not surprisingly, Gotta Love It 7 had worked her way to the lead and held a margin of 20s over Knight Frank, Smeg, Appliancesonline, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.

 

Knight Frank was engaged in a great battle with Smeg as the pair raced along Shark Island to the wing mark in Rose Bay but capsized in her attempt to carry the spinnaker in the testing conditions.

 

By the end of the first lap, Team Seven held a 25s lead from Smeg with Mojo Wine moving up to third ahead of Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel and Appliancesonline.

 

The brilliant crew work by the 7 team saw Gotta Love It 7’s lead extend to 45s at the following windward mark.

 

The big improver was Appliancesonline which was continually making inroads into the fleet.

 

Today’s result sheet, progressive pointscore and ten images are attached.

 

The championship continues tomorrow (Wednesday) with the following races on February 18, 19, 21 and concludes on Sunday 22 February.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse.

 

Ferry details are:

Saturday 21 February, ferry will depart at 3.30pm

February 18, 18, 22, ferry will depart at 2.30pm

NOTE ALSO:  There will be two spectator Ferries on Sundays 15 and 22 February

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to the Club’s new website:   www.18footers.com

The twitter handle @18skiff  and Instagram @18sk

iff for pre/post & in-race commentary and banter hosted by Hayley Shaw - McGuinness www.herwhodreams.com

The Facebook site:    www.facebook.com/18footers

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

 

 

 

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 2

15 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

18ft Skiffs

2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 2

Today’s race sponsored by ILVE

Sunday, 15 February, 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

The defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team has done it again, and certainly set up the chance to make it a sixth consecutive JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship.

 

Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage raced to an early lead then saw it disappear during incredibly flukey conditions, but came back strongly to win Race 2 of the regatta on Sydney Harbour today.

 

Team Seven won by 52s. from Yandoo with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers just 6s. further back in third place.

 

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel team, led by Jack Macartney, put yesterday’s unfortunate gear failure behind them to finish fourth today, followed by De’Longhi (Simon Nearn) and Pure Blonde (Nick Daly).

 

Gotta Love It 7 has a total of two points, followed by Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on 11, Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) 12, Harken (Howie Hamlin, USA) on 14, Lumix (Jonathan Whitty and The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny) both on 19.

 

After leading by 2½ mins at the first wing mark, Gotta Love It 7 looked set to have the race at her mercy as the rest of the fleet struggled to find wind as they sailed into Rose Bay.

 

The 2000 Giltinan champion John Winning, along with his Yandoo teammates Andrew Hay and Jim Beck, then produced the move of the day as they grabbed a 55secs lead over the Seven team at the bottom mark off Clarke Island.

 

De’Longhi was in second place at the first windward mark and stayed with Seven and Yandoo downwind through the wind shifts to be still third at the bottom mark.

 

Conditions were remarkable and turned the placings upside down as the wind went to a variety of diections and dropped away to near nothing.

 

Yandoo stood into Taylor Bay on the following windward leg while the Gotta Love It 7 team elected to stay in the middle of the harbour.

 

Team Seven lead narrowly when the two skiffs met off the north of Shark Island, but Yandoo came back to regain the lead at the next cross off Rose Bay.

 

Yandoo’s team elected to go to the right hand side of the course and stood in close to Nielsen Park Beach.

 

It gave Gotta Love It 7 just enough room to lead by less than 10secs. when spinnakers were set after the pair went around the windward Beashel Buoy.

 

Although the yandoo team tried hard, the Seven crew were again superb as they shut the door and went on to a clear cut victory.

 

Following a sluggish first windward leg, the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew sailed strongly and were just 6s.from grabbing Yandoo in the closing stages.

 

Today’s result sheet and nine images are attached.

 

The championship continues tomorrow (Sunday) with the following races on February 17, 18, 19, 21 and concludes on Sunday 22 February.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse.

Ferry details are:

Saturday 21 February, ferry will depart at 3.30pm

February 17, 18, 18, 22, ferry will depart at 2.30pm

NOTE ALSO:  There will be two spectator Ferries on Sundays 15 and 22 February

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to the Club’s new website:   www.18footers.com

The twitter handle @18skiff  and Instagram @18sk

iff for pre/post & in-race commentary and banter hosted by Hayley Shaw - McGuinness www.herwhodreams.com

The Facebook site:    www.facebook.com/18footers

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 1

14 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

18ft Skiffs

2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship

Today’s race sponsored by Asko Appliances

Saturday, 14 February, 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

The defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage gave a brilliant performance to come from behind and score a brilliant win in Race 1 of the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

 

After trailing the early leaders for almost the entire first leg of the course the champion team grabbed a 5s lead from Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) shortly before the windward mark.

 

Once in front Gotta Love It 7 extended her lead and was in a class of her own as she powered around the course a clear leader

 

When Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel had gear failure midway through the race, 7’s lead became even greater and the skiff completed the course 2m14s ahead of her nearest rival.

 

While Gotta Love It 7’s win was clear cut, the race for minor placings was brilliant as several teams exchanged positions throughout the race.

 

In the end, Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton, Mike McKensey, Ricky Bridge) took second place, just 7s ahead of New Zealand’s Knight Frank (Riley Dean, Matthew Coutts, John Little).

 

The first windward leg of the race produced some close battles with Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel holding a narrow lead over Smeg (David Witt), Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon), The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny) and Knight Frank.

 

At that point it looked as though Gotta Love It 7 was going to have to work hard to make up time after being a little buried at the start, but within a few minutes the defending champion team was up there and ultimately won the race to the windward mark.

 

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel clung on to the charging 7 on the downwind leg to the wing mark off Shark Island and was still in contention at the bottom mark near Clarke Island.

 

Team Seven opened up a break of around one minute at the following windward mark and The Rag looked just as comfortable in second place as spinnakers were set for the run down the middle of the course.

 

Gear failure saw The Rag’s spinnaker drop from the mast and when the crew tried to rectify the problem the tip of the mast was split, leaving the crew with a repair job to be done before tomorrow’s Race 2 of the championship.

 

Today’s result sheet and eight images are attached.

 

The championship continues tomorrow (Sunday) with the following races on February 17, 18, 19, 21 and concludes on Sunday 22 February.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse.

Ferry details are:

Saturday 21 February, ferry will depart at 3.30pm

February 15, 17, 18, 18, 22, ferry will depart at 2.30pm

NOTE ALSO:  There will be two spectator Ferries on Sundays 15 and 22 February

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to the Club’s new website:   www.18footers.com

The twitter handle @18skiff  and Instagram @18skiff for pre/post & in-race commentary and banter hosted by Hayley Shaw - McGuinness www.herwhodreams.com

The Facebook site:    www.facebook.com/18footers

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

 

 

 

 

The race for second place behind Gotta Love It 7

 

The Rags race is over

 

The Kitchen Maker leads the fleet away from the start today

 

Seeing red on the run into Rose Bay

 

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel before her gear failure problems

 

Mojo Wine shows her downwind speed on the middle run

 

Knight Frank has the full attention of the video camera crew

 

 

THURLOW FISHER LAWYERS CHALLENGE FOR THE 2015 JJ GILTINAN 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIP

09 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

Following victories in the 2006 (Casio Seapathfinder) and 2007 (Fiat) JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship regattas, Michael Coxon has had to be content with a number of podium finishes behind Seve Jarvin and his successful Gotta Love It 7 team.

 

A stunning win in last week’s NSW Championship, however, has given Coxon and his Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Trent Barnabas and Dave O’Connor a tremendous boost of confidence that they have the goods to win this week’s 2015 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour.

 

The 5-race NSW Championship produced five different winners and proved to be one of the closest contests in the sport’s 120-plus year history.

 

Only three points separated the leading five teams as the fleet lined up for the last race on Sunday (1 February), and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers’ victory only came in the final 50 metres when Coxon’s team defeated Lee Knapton’s Mojo Wine by just 5secs.

 

Both teams went into the final race level on series points and Mojo Wine looked to have the title all but won when she held a 2½ mins lead midway through the race.

 

Coxon and his crew never gave up and when David Witt’s Smeg took the lead (and ultimately won the race) from Mojo Wine it seemed to give the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers boys more confidence that they could also challenge Mojo Wine.

 

Both teams fought hard over the final windward leg before Thurlow Fisher Lawyers finally got the upper hand just before the finish line. 

 

Michael Coxon said the team was extremely happy with the win and was a great confidence boost as a lead up to the JJ Giltinan Championship.

 

“We were happy to go into the final race of the NSW Championship with an opportunity to win if we were good enough, but knew that we were going to have to be at our best against such quality opposition”, He said.

 

“After being squeezed out at the start we had to come from a long way back in the fleet and things weren’t looking too good until we managed to get up into third place at the bottom mark of the first spinnaker run”.

 

“The team never gave up and we were determined to do our best even though it looked as if Mojo Wine was going to take the title after it took a big lead midway through the race”.

 

“As the race progressed, we started to get a little closer to Mojo and that’s when we began to think we might have a real chance after all”.

 

“The final beat to the finish became a bit of a match race as we went tack for tack with Mojo.  It seemed that we edged closer and closer with every tack and it was a great feeling when we finally got there with less than 50 metres to spare”.

 

Further boosting the confidence of the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew was the return of forárd hand Trent Barnabas after being absent for most of the first half of the season.

 

Trent took the time to be with his sons Zac and Jake who are featuring prominently in the smaller boats.

 

Jake finished second in the Manly Junior nationals whilt the two boys teamed togfether to finish second in the Flying 11 nationals.

 

Coxon’s hard charging style has produced some great action shots of speed and disaster (see photos attached) and, regardless of the result, you can be sure ‘Cocko’ and his team will leave nothing in the tank during the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour from 14-22 February.

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers Leahue

www.18footers.com

 

 

 

Winning style of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers

 

2015 NSW champion crew and sponsors

 

Airborne

 

Who needs water

 

Capsize coming up 1

 

Capsize coming up 2 - abandon ship

 

Video camera boat catches all the action of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers going to windward

 

Cocko's 10 out of 10 for style

 
 

Hard charging

18ft Skiffs President’s Trophy Sunday, 8 February 2015

08 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

18ft Skiffs

President’s Trophy

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

With the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship less than one week away, today’s Presidents Trophy race on Sydney Harbour took on added importance as the final lead up to the world’s biggest 18ft skiff championship.

 

A light north east breeze proved just the right conditions for the veteran Yandoo team of John Winning, Andrew Hay and Cameron McDonald when they scored a 1m6s victory over a determined The Kitchen Maker team.   

 

Yandoo trailed the early leader De’Longhi over the first lap of the course but once in front on the second beat to windward was never headed before taking the race.

 

The win wasn’t quite as easy as the margin suggests as The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny, Rob Bell and Pete Nicholson) were in strong contention until the final leg of the course

 

The new Appliancesonline.com.au skiff (Micah Lane, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson) gave their best performance to date and finished third, a further 43s behind The Kitchen Maker

 

De’Longhi grabbed the early lead when the crew elected to sail to the right hand side of the course and benefitted from the easterly slant in the breeze.

 

Team De’Longhi continued to lead at the wing mark and the bottom mark on the spinnaker legs but Yandoo had reduced her lead from 40s to 15s.

 

At the end of the first lap, The Kitchen Maker had moved into third place, ahead of Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), Appliancesonline.com.au, Asko Appliances (Murray Press), Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton), Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York), NSW champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Pure Blonde (Nick Daly).

 

Yandoo’s team went to the right of the course on the second beat while De’Longhi surprisingly went to the left after doing so well on the right on the first lap.

 

With a slightly fading breeze the final lap became more a one course follow the leader style race and Yandoo’s crew used all their experience to hold off the challengers.

 

Today’s Result Sheet and 9 photos are attached.

 

DON’T FORGET:

THE J.J. GILTINAN 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE SAILED FROM 14-22 FEBRUARY 2015.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse.

 

Ferry details are:

Saturdays 14 and 21 February, ferry will depart at 3.30pm

February 15, 17, 18, 18, 22, ferry will depart at 2.30pm

NOTE ALSO:  There will be two spectator Ferries on Sundays 15 and 22 February

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to www.18footers.com

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

 

 

Yandoo leads The Kitchen Maker on the run home

 
 

Appliancesonline home in third place

 

De'Longhi led the first lap of the course

 

Fleet works through another fleet

 

Compassmarkets and Mojo Wine tight run into Rose Bay

 

Asko Appliances and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers head the backmakers

 

US champion Howie Hamlin uses race as warm up for next week's championship

 
 
Stephen Quigley and his young crew sailed their first race today

 

 

 

 

2015 JJ GILTINAN 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

06 Feb, 2015 All News

2015 JJ GILTINAN 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

CAN SEVE JARVIN BREAK THE RECORD?

 

Since the first regatta in 1938, the quality of competition at the J.J. Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship has been so strong that there have been only eleven multiple championship-winning skippers in the event’s 75 year history.

 

Only three of those have won more than two championship regattas.

 

Trevor Barnabas was successful five times in skiffs sponsored by Bonds (Chesty Bond), Smeg and Radio 2UE and ranks third overall behind two skippers, Seve Jarvin and Iain Murray, who are equal with six wins each.

 

What makes the achievements of Jarvin and Murray even more remarkable; they were both sponsored by Television’s Channel Seven Network more than 20 years apart.

 

Murray’s victories, 1977-1982 inclusive, were achieved in COLOR 7, while Jarvin’s successes have been in GOTTA LOVE IT 7 in 2008, then 2010-2014 inclusive.

 

(Seve is already a seven-time champion at the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship as he crewed to victory with skipper Euan McNicol on CLUB MARINE in 2005).

 

Even if Murray’s record is surpassed this year, Iain will still have a great claim to the title as he is the team manager and mastermind behind the present Team Seven campaigns.

 

Sam Newton, who has been with Seve for five of the six wins in GOTTA LOVE IT 7, and Scott Babbage, four wins, present a formidable team of skill and experience and will be strongly favoured to make it seven for seven.

 

Over the period of the GOTTA LOVE IT 7 wins we mustn’t forget the efforts of Rob Bell, Tom Clout and Peter Harris, who were all integral parts of the championship-winning team in 2008, 2010 and 2013 respectively.

 

Despite the previous successes and current form of the Gotta Love It 7 team, the challengers will present a formidable group of highly talented sailors in state-of-the-art skiffs and the end result is likely to go down to the last race on Sunday 22 February before the overall winner is determined.

 

On the form displayed by the fleet in lead up races over the first half of the season, the greatest challenge to ‘7’ is likely to come from recently crowned NSW champion Michael Coxon’s Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Lee Knapton’s Mojo Wine and Jack Macartney’s Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel.

 

The 2006 and 2007 JJ Giltinan champion Michael Coxon also comes to the regatta with a strong crew combination (Dave O’Connor, Trent Barnabas) which was runner-up in the 2014 event.  Consistency and a little bad luck at times has hampered the chances of the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team in

recent seasons, but it has the proven ability to win and will be at or near the top of the leader board to the end.

 

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel has been on the podium for each club championship race during the early part of the current season.  The consistency, experience and strength of the crew (Macartney, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) will ensure ‘The Rag’ is one of the top contenders and will be near the lead throughout the championship.

 

Australian 16 Footer champion Lee Knapton joins Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge on Mojo Wine and has already shown why he is a multiple national champion by steering Mojo Wine to victory in two championship races over the past two months and was narrowly beaten for the NSW Championship, which concluded on Sydney Harbour last week.  This team is a big challenger.

 

Alex Vallings (C-Tech) and David McDiarmid (Yamaha) will once again lead the strong New Zealand five-boat contingent in the quest to take the first Kiwi title since Terry McDell’s Travelodge New Zealand in 1974.

 

Both have been right up to the challenge and only consistency has been the enemy of both teams.  A lack of local knowledge has probably been the major factor in the lack of consistence but they showed in2014 that they are bridging the knowledge gap as they finished 1-2 in Race 3 of the 2014 regatta and were placed 4th and 5th in the overall standings.

 

U.S. champion Howie Hamlin is looking to regain the JJ Giltinan title he won in 2002 and 2003 and will  contest the 2015 regatta with new rigs specially developed for the challenge.  He was recently in Australia to rig the boat and is certain to have a top line crew for the effort.

 

There are many other local teams which will figure prominently throughout the championship and race wins for any would not be a surprise.

 

Two of the most likely teams in this group are Smeg and Asko Appliances.

 

David Witt, Tom Clout and Matt Wark are heavy wind specialists and will be extremely hard to beat if the prevailing conditions favour them in Smeg.  This team only last week showed that they cannot be discarded in lighter winds by taking out Race 5 of the NSW Championship.

 

Marcus Ashley-Jones, James Dorron and Jeronimo Harrison won Race 7 of the 2014 regatta and finished 6th overall.  This season has seen the team put a new hull on the water and it should benefit from the lead up races by the time this regatta in under way.

 

2000 JJ Giltinan champion John Winning is back with Andrew Hay and Jim Beck in Yandoo while two new skippers are showing their skill already amongst the top end of the fleet.

 

After crewing in the 18s for the past few seasons, Keagan York takes over the tiller and will skipper Compassmarkets.com, which he also sponsors.  His skill was soon apparent and his team has featured prominently in all races of the club championship this season where it is presently placed fifth.

 

Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane) has brand new hull for the regatta but only recently took delivery.  The challenge of getting it up to top speed with such little preparation will be a huge test for this talented combination.

 

Other teams which have shown the potential to win races are Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), De’Longhi (Simon Nearn) and The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny) and all will be consistent performers during the regatta.

 

 

 

 

ENTRIES

 

1              Gotta Love It 7                                  Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage

2              Thurlow Fisher Lawyers                Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor, Trent Barnabas

3              Mojo Wine                                         Lee Knapton, Mike McKensey, Ricky Bridge

4              C-Tech                                                  Alex Vallings, Scott Barnes, Cameron McDonald

5              Yamaha                                                                David McDiarmid, Andrew Archibald, Mark Overington

6              Asko Appliances                               Marcus Ashley-Jones, James Dorron, Jeronimo Harrison

7              Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Harris

8              Smeg                                                     David Witt, Tom Clout, Matt Wark

9              Lumix                                                    Jonathan Whitty, Aron Everett, Daniel Nixon

10           Compassmarkets.com                   Keagan York, Greg Dixon, Matt Stenta

11           Appliancesonline.com.au             Micah Lane, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson

12           tba                                                         Howie Hamlin, Daniel Phillips, tba

13           Yandoo                                                 John Winning, Andrew Hay, Jim Beck

14           The Kitchen Maker                          John Sweeny, Rob Bell, Peter Nicholson

15          De’Longhi                                             Simon Nearn, Kieryn Cowan, Grant Rollerson

16           Knight Frank                                       Riley Dean, Matthew Coutts, John Little

17           Noakesailing                                      Sean Langman, Peter Langman, Gerard Smith

18           Fisher & Paykel                                 Rob Flanagan, Will Mueller, Dallas Dawson

19           Maersk Line                                       Graham Catley, Murray England, Brad Collins

20           Pure Blonde                                       Nick Daly, John Walton, Nick Murray

21           Haier Appliances                              Pedro Vozone, Daniel Watson, Fabio Mueller

22           Ilve                                                         Oliver Hartas, Mark Muirhead, Iain Wood

23           tba                                                         Stephen Quigley, Thomas Quigley, Sam Ellis

24           AON                                                      William Tiller, Harry Thurston, Tim Snedden

25           PJ Towage                                           Josh Franklin, Tristan Hamilton, Dan Smith

 

 

 

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, skippered by two-time Giltinan champion Michael Coxon.JPG

 

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel, always consistent.JPG

 

C-Tech (NZ) in action at a previous JJ Giltinan Championship.jpg

 

Yamaha (NZ) has been very consistent over the past three years.jpg

 

2015 JJ Giltinan Championship Poster .jpg

 

Smeg team likes plenty of wind.JPG

 

Knight Frank (NZ) is a new challenger to the head of the fleet.jpg

 

Mojo Wine, skippered by Australian 16 Footer champion Lee Knapton.JPG

 

Gotta Love It 7 crew (Scott Babbage, Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton) and manager Iain Murray.jpg

 

NSW champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew.jpg

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