by Bob killick
In the 18ft Skiffs, Heat 1 NSW Championship, Gotta Luv it 7 got off to a perfect start to defend last year's scratch titles. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage, and the returning Sam Newton to the bow, handled the puffy SE Course impressively on their first race in the new Van Munster hull.
18ft Skiffs: NSW Championship
Gotta Luv it 7 raced into the lead on the second beat to Clark Island passing Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, and Dan Nixon, who had led at the leeward pin, and pulled away to a 200mtr. lead. Team 7 then took off to a two min. 54sec. winning margin over TFL. Coxon's boys had their hands full all afternoon to hold off the chasers for the podium.
The well handled Smeg, Nick Press, Gary Phillips and Dave Ewings grabbed third at the death after scraping all day with Sydney City Marine, David Wiit, and Mica Lane's Appliances on Line. Gotta Luv it 7 goes into next Sunday's 3 Buoy Handicap as the lone scratch boat, and to win or even Podium in that race, will potentially have a tremor effect over the fleet for sure. Lumix came back well to pull into sixth on the final beat to the finish.
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