Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

Australian 18fter League announce big fleet for JJ Giltinan Trophy

by Frank Quealey on 5 Jan 2014
The Rag - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 4 Frank Quealey /Australian 18 Footers League http://www.18footers.com.au

The Australian 18 Footers League has announced a fleet of more than 30 of the world’s best teams from six countries will contest the 2014 J.J. Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour from March 1-9.

The 2014 event celebrates 75 years of 'the world’s greatest 18 footer championship' since the first regatta on Sydney Harbour in 1938.

Since the original day in January 1892 when Mark Foy decided to popularize sailing, which was at the time dominated by competitors who were only interested in their own competition, 18 Footer Racing has been fortunate that other administrators have followed to keep up the promotion.

The Foy 18s, which were prominent in the 'Big Boat Era' until the early 1930s, were forced out with the introduction of a new type boat which was quickly adopted by the newly formed 18 Footer League.

James J. Giltinan, like Foy before him, was an entrepreneur and a visionary who had been successful with the introduction of Rugby League football to Australia in 1908.

Giltinan and his League club members decided that it was important to establish an international competition for the iconic Australian 18 Footers and the JJ Giltinan (world) Championship was born.

With the exception of a brief stint in the 1950s by Fiji, only Australia and New Zealand contested the championship until USA, UK and France made individual boat challenges in the 1970s.

High costs, due to the use of exotics in the class, almost forced New Zealand out of competition and had a negative effect on the newly formed US fleet.

Once again the level of international competition dropped off, and it wasn’t until the early 1990s that the next major vision has taken the class to the international level it has achieved today.

Again costs, dwindling numbers and a split in the fleet were major problems to the ongoing future of the 18s. League club President Tony Reynolds introduced dramatic changes which created a lot of negative discussion at the time.

The League took ownership of all boats racing at the club and commissioned Iain Murray to design a ‘one design’ hull, with reduced number of sails.

Stability of the design and the obvious cost reduction through the use of one standard mould has seen the growth of strong international competition at a more moderate cost.

Past winners are being invited to join the celebrations for what has been a wonderful championship.

Over the 75 years, there have been controversies, hard luck stories, wonderful achievements and some of the world’s best sailors and designers contest the championship, and many of these will be told in the lead up to the 2014 championship.

On the water, the big question in 2014 will be whether Seve Jarvin can extend his championship wins (as a skipper) to six and so equal the great Iain Murray, who is the team manager for Jarvin’s Gotta Love It 7.

While Jarvin and his Gotta Love It 7 team have won five of the past six championship regattas, adding another in 2014 will not be easy as the quality of the fleet is so strong.

Recently, three past champions Bernie Skinner (1960, Surprise), 90-years-old Bill Barnett (1951, Myra Too) and Ken Beashel (1963, Schemer and 1968, Daily Telegraph) joined many of the current skippers in the rigging area prior to a heat of the NSW Championship (see attached photo).

Australian 18 Footers League website





Insun - AC ProgramZhik DongFengNorth Sails NZ 2017 - 3Di

Related Articles

Great conditions and close competition at Day 1 of Delta Lloyd Regatta
The 33rd edition of the Delta Lloyd Regatta started with great competition across seven classes. The 33rd edition of the Delta Lloyd Regatta started with great competition across seven classes. Many Olympic sailors raced their first event since Rio. There were also a number of sailors, training here in Medemblik, aiming for Tokyo 2020. The conditions on the water were great, with a nice breeze and plenty of sun.
Posted today at 3:20 am
Exciting competition at the Delta Lloyd Regatta
Delta Lloyd Regatta starts on 23rd May in Medemblik, Netherlands, and it’s looking to be an exciting race this year. The 33rd edition of the Delta Lloyd Regatta starts on Tuesday, 23rd May in Medemblik, the Netherlands, and it’s looking to be an exciting race this year. With the World Championship in sight, many Olympic sailors are ready for a new campaign. We’re also set to see several young talents training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Posted on 23 May
OK Dinghy World Championship – 80 sailors from eight countries
OK Dinghy fleet is descending on the island for two weeks of great racing, great camaraderie and no doubt, a little rum. OK Dinghy fleet is descending on the island for two weeks of great racing, great camaraderie and no doubt, a little rum.
Posted on 21 May
Encouraging outlook for O’pen BIC class and junior sailing in NZ
The New Zealand O’pen Bic class association has today launched a new website and online events calendar The NZ O’pen BIC class association has launched a new website and online events calendar to support the significant momentum that has been generated. The class is going from strength to strength in NZ and expecting a fleet of about 75 boats for the next event in July. The class gained official class status in NZ earlier this year and the 2017/18 season calendar already boasts 14 nationwide events.
Posted on 20 May
Olympic medal glamour at the Kiel Week
Approximately 4000 active sailors from more than 60 nations are expected to be sailing in 50 different categories As the beginning of the sailing activities at the Kiel Week, there will again be the Welcome Race on the inner fjord in Kiel. On Saturday at 9:30am, the first group of the yachts with an ORC rating will be sailing across the start line in front of the Kiel Yacht Club.
Posted on 15 May
King of the Waitemata - Foiling Kites take on 18ft Skiffs over 34km
The inaugural King of the Waitemata Regatta was held today, based out of the Takapuna Yacht Club. The inaugural King of the Waitemata Regatta was held today, based out of the Takapuna Yacht Club. The regatta is a counter clockwise, 34 kilometre circumnavigation of Auckland’s Rangitoto and Mototapu Islands open to any wind powered vessel. A number of trials had been run over the past 12 months indicating that a time of less than 60 minutes on a foiling kite could be achieved with the right
Posted on 15 May
A few rays – no water, no way?
Sunscreen that won’t wash off with spray or capsize … if only! Sunscreen that won’t wash off with spray or capsize … if only! Let’s go back a bit. Water is repelled by the skin. Thankfully so, or we would be in trouble when it rains, or when we swim or take a bath.
Posted on 15 May
European Championship titles to Zegers/Van Veen and Fock/Dackhammar
Light wind meant no medal race was possible in either of the 470 Women or 470 Men fleets today Light wind meant no medal race was possible in either of the 470 Women or 470 Men fleets today, and the overall standings give both Afrodite Zegers/Anneloes van Veen (NED) and Carl-Fredrik Fock/Marcus Dackhammar (SWE) their first ever European Championship titles.
Posted on 14 May
On to the Medal Race to decide 470 Europeans podium
Patience was needed on the penultimate day of racing here at the 470 Europeans in Monaco Patience was needed on the penultimate day of racing here at the 470 Europeans in Monaco, as the wind kept away, with zero knots recorded at one point on the race course.
Posted on 13 May
Lobert and Pedersen though to final at Finn Europeans
France’s Jonathan Lobert, the 2012 London bronze medalist, has taken the lead at the top of Finn European Championship France’s Jonathan Lobert, the 2012 London bronze medalist, has taken the lead at the top of the Finn European Championship in Marseille, France after a near perfect performance on the fifth day. Anders Pedersen of Norway, remains in second despite his worst day on the water so far, while Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz moves up to third.
Posted on 13 May