Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

18ft Skiffs Australian Championship final on Sydney Harbour

by Frank Quealey on 5 Feb 2012
5 February 2012 - 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship 2012 Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League http://www.18footers.com.au
18ft Skiffs Australian Championship fifth and final race of the series was held on Sydney Harbour today, Sunday 5 February 2012.

With the Australian Championship title already won by the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas, today’s last race of the event became more a final hit out for the upcoming Giltinan Championship from 17 February.

And what a race it was as the Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage put on an awesome display to defeat Thurlow Fisher Lawyers by 1m43s in a north-east wind which ranged between 12-15 knots.

Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips and Dave Ewings) was a further 3m17s back in third place and took second place overall in the championship ahead of Gotta Love It 7.

Today’s win by ‘7’ has certainly stamped the team as favourites for the upcoming Giltinan Championship.

After trailing Thurlow Fisher Lawyers by 10s at the first windward mark, Gotta Love It 7 grabbed the lead on the spinnaker run back to the bottom mark where she led by 20s.

7’s upwind speed on the next windward leg back to the Beashel Buoy enabled her to extend this margin to 45s, which she increased further to 1m back at the bottom mark on the second lap.

Thurlow Fisher’s crew could do nothing to stop the margin going out even further to 1m15s at the final windward mark and ultimately the 1m43s winning margin.

The overall series result was Thurlow Fisher Lawyers 5 points, Smeg 9 points, Gotta Love It 7 11 points, then Rag and Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) 21, Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) 22, Mojo Wine (Archie Massey) 22, Yandoo (John Winning) 23 and Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane) 25.

While a lot of interest went out of the race for victory, the battle for third-to-eighth placings kept the spectator fleet’s interest at a high.


De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn) was third at the Beashel Buoy windward mark the first time with Smeg, Rag and Famish Hotel, Lumix, Pure Blonde, Appliancesonline.com.au, and Yandoo all close behind.

The spinnaker run back to Clark Island took a toll as Pure Blonde and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs both capsized and failed to finish the race.

Although trailing the leader by 3m25s at the second windward, Lumix had moved into third place, ahead of Rag and Famish, Smeg and Yandoo but positions had been changing regularly.

The battle between Smeg, Lumix, Rag and Famish, Yandoo and Appliancesonline continued for the rest of the race while an unlucky Mojo Wine finished strongly to almost join this group after an early capsize.

Mojo Wine’s crew were forced to capsize their skiff near the rocks at Bradleys Head shortly after the start to avoid a yacht that had sailed into the fleet, leaving no room for the crew to take any other avoiding action.

A Twilight race will be sailed next Friday afternoon (10 February) from 6pm and next Sunday (12 February) the President’s Trophy will be sailed at the usual 2.30pm start time. The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow each race leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse and rigging area. Departure times are 5.30pm and 2.15pm respectively.

The JJ Giltinan Championship, the world’s premier 18ft Skiff regatta, will be sailed on Sydney Harbour from 17-26 February. Approximately 30 teams from USA, New Zealand and UK as well as Australian teams representing NSW, Queensland and Western Australia will contest the 63rd JJ.







Australian 18 footers Flying 18s website

InSunSport - NZNorth Technology - Southern SparsWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy – 2 months to go to the 6th edition
The regatta is reserved to boats that are one hundred or more years old and in 2016 will celebrate its sixth edition. The regatta, unique in its genre, is reserved to boats that are one hundred or more years old and in 2016 will celebrate its sixth edition anniversary. Over the years, the Centenary trophy has gathered some of the most gorgeous and best performing classic yachts from the past century.
Posted today at 4:28 pm
Vendée Globe – Sébastien Destremau – Simplicity as a credo + Video
A native of Toulon in the south of France, Sébastien Destremau can lay claim to one of the smallest budgets of the fleet A native of Toulon in the south of France, Sébastien Destremau can lay claim to one of the smallest budgets of the fleet. His credo is to keep it simple, inexpensive and effective. Interview with the skipper of faceOcean, winner of the Calero Solo Transat back in the spring.
Posted today at 4:05 pm
The Vendée Globe – 100 days and counting
With some 100 days until the start, the first thing to note is that the fleet of participants is stronger than ever With some 100 days until the start, the first thing to note is that the fleet of participants is stronger than ever, since there are some twenty-eight skippers, registered and qualified, whilst ‘just’ twenty sailors took the start in 2012. As a result, we’re set to be close to or equal to the 2008 record (thirty skippers at the start)!
Posted today at 3:46 pm
Clipper Race – Constant trimming and little sleep in the North Sea
There is little opportunity for tactical moves and the timings of tacks are crucial if teams want to make vital gains. After a downwind start with spinnakers trimmed in light airs against the tide off Den Helder on the Dutch coast yesterday, the fleet has been match racing across the North Sea towards the Thames Estuary.
Posted today at 12:28 pm
29er Worlds - Damage control on first day of Finals in Medemblik
It was about damage control on the first day of the final series of the 29er Worlds 2016 in Medemblik It was about damage control on the first day of the final series of the 29er Worlds 2016 in Medemblik, Netherlands. Gwendal Nael and Lilian Mercier from France won this game and have taken over the lead, followed by their fellow countrymen Benjamin Jaffrezic and Chauvel.
Posted today at 11:40 am
RS Feva Worlds – Brits dominate top 10 after Day 4
The sun and thermal breeze arrived late but turned out for a glorious day on the water. It was a guilt edged day after a ‘not so promising’ start at the 2016 PA Consulting and Allen RS Feva Worlds in Santander. The sun and thermal breeze arrived late but turned out for a glorious day on the water. Race 2 of the final series (i.e. first race of Thursday) was set off in a very gently building seven – nine knots
Posted today at 7:38 am
Edgartown Race Week - Overall report
Four races were held today, in nine - twelve knots from the southwest for the IRC fleet. This is the third leg of the east coast IRC summer series. Four races were held today, in nine - twelve knots from the southwest for the IRC fleet. The three TP52’s had hard fought battles as usual.
Posted today at 6:35 am
Conch Republic Cup - More than just a race to Cuba
When relations between U.S. and Cuba were restored in 2015, Conch Republic Cup was resurrected after a 13-year hiatus. When diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were restored in 2015, the Conch Republic Cup was resurrected after a forced 13-year hiatus.
Posted today at 6:02 am
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Lone bullets for the Brits
Despite three more inshore races being held on day five France Blue leads with a similar 11.5 point margin to yesterday 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Despite three more inshore races being held on day five of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event for three boat teams with Corinthian crews, France Blue leads with a similar 11.5 point margin to yesterday, but Flanders North Sea is now the team that has relieved France White of second place overall.
Posted today at 2:10 am
Supermaxi Scallywag has her first outing on Sydney Harbour
Scallywag is a 100' Super Maxi Yacht (ex Ragamuffin 100) owned by a HongKong Business man. Scallywag is a 100' Super Maxi Yacht (ex Ragamuffin 100) owned by a HongKong Business man. Yesterday the boat took it first sail on Sydney Harbour in preparation for this weekend's start of the CYCA Land Rover Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race
Posted on 28 Jul