Gotta Love It 7 and Smeg power down to the leeward mark - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 2
The 18ft Skiffs are noted for their dramatic nature, and today’s Race 2 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour, didn’t let supporters down.
While Mojo Wine, skippered by two times Australian 16 Footer champion James Dorron, took line honours, the 18s rookie skipper and his crew of Ricky Bridges and Mike McKensey were totally dismayed when they failed to get the finishing horn as they crossed the line.
The team had sailed the entire course not knowing they had been recalled for an on course start.
The leaders at the end of first lap - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 2
With Mojo Wine being declared a non-starter, race honours went to the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew of Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and Dave O’Connor, who took the official result by 22s from first race winner and defending champion Gotta Love It 7.
Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage, Peter Harris) held a narrow advantage over Thurlow Fisher at the final windward mark but could not hold off the Thurlow Fisher burst on the spinnaker run home.
Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Dave Witt, Mark Kennedy) finished a further 57s back in third place, ahead of Smeg (Nick Press), C-Tech (Alex Vallings) and Events Clothing (Riley Dean).
Racing got underway an hour later than the scheduled start time, after Principal Race Officer, Gary Linacre abandoned the the first attempt at racing, after signalling a general recall, and moved the course to the east of Bradley Head, where the race got underway on its first attempt.
Winds throughout the day never got above 8kts and there were plenty of shifts and big holes to test the crews.
Overall leader's recovery
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers’ victory on Heat 4 catapults them in contention for the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013
On the leaderboard after Race 2, Gotta Love It 7 leads the points tally on 3 points after the first two races, followed by Turlow Fisher Lawyers and Coopers-Rag & Famish each on 5 points.
Gotta Love It 7, yesterday's race winner got away to a very slow start, being almost last, and over 200 metres behind the leaders, in the early stages of the first beat. Seve Jarvin and his crew dropped back even further at the on the first run to be over 600 metres back, but had recovered to be in seventh place at that juncture of the four lap course. Remarkably they were back in contact with the leaders at the top of the second beat.
Of the international entries, New Zealand’s C-Tech heads the visiting teams on 11 points, followed by Smeg on 13 and Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane) and USA’s Howie Hamlin (CST Composites) both on 15 points.
Yamaha (David McDiarmid, New Zealand) was among the leaders after the start but Mojo Wine’s crew sailed superbly in the 8-knot ENE breeze to hold a 35s margin over Thurlow Fisher Lawyers at the windward mark.
UK’s Pica (James Mears) was in third place ahead of Team Daly (Nick Daly), Events Clothing, C-Tech and Gotta Love It 7, which was 2½m from the lead.
Alexandra South and her all-girl crew on Lomax Financial Group were also well in contention as they held 10th place as spinnakers were set for the run back to the leeward mark.
Mark rounding by UK Team Pica - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 2
A four lap windward-leeward course had been set and at the end of the first lap there was very little separating the first four skiffs with Mojo Wine just ahead of Events Clothing, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Pica.
Team Daly was also extremely fast downwind and was a nearby fifth.
On the next lap, Team Daly edged out her more fancied opposition to lead as the fleet approached the leeward mark.
When the skiff hit a wave and slowed dramatically, she was hit by a camera boat following the race and the resulting damage to her transom forced the skiff to retire. She has subsequently applied to the Jury for Redress.
The shifty nature of the breeze caused numerous place changes throughout the race.
With large crowds following today’s race it looked more like the final Sunday of the championship than the first weekend.
No team has looked dominant and the week ahead may produce one of the best finishes seen at a Giltinan Championship for many years.
Next races and Results
Spectator ferries will follow each of the races in the championship, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.30pm, with the exception of Race 6 (Saturday 23 February), when the ferry will leave at 3.30pm.
Race 3 will be sailed on Tuesday with further races on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 24 February.
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Full Results - Race 2:
The five leaders coming down to the finish as a Manly ferry approaches - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 2
Tomas Quigley catches the incident which cost Mojo Wine her victory - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 2
mojo wine crew stow the kite as they approach the leeward mark