by Frank Quealey on 13 Dec 2013
Gotta Love It 7 shows her downwind speed last sunday - 18ft Skiffs NSW Championship 2013 Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League http://www.18footers.com.au
The championship section of the season will commence immediately after the break when the teams contest the Australian Championship from 12 January to 9 February.
Then, the highlight of the year, the 2014 J. J. Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour from 1 to 9 March.
Although Sunday’s race does not count towards either of those championships, it is an important race and a guide to what may be likely to happen in 2014.
Much will depend on conditions as some of the leading teams have yet to get the best out of both rigs so far this season.
Defending champion, and Race 1 winner Gotta Love It 7 has shown great speed with her #2 rig, but is still to show the same level of performance with the new no. 1 sails.