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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014 – Four weeks to event


'1969 produced the first sail off - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014'    Australian 18 Footers League ©

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014 – There is now just four weeks to the 2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, which celebrates the 75 years history of the world’s greatest 18 Footer event, since the first regatta on Sydney Harbour in 1938.

The unbeatable Color 7 crew (Iain Murray, Andrew Buckland, Don Buckley) with the Giltinan Trophy - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©   Click Here to view large photo

The historical significance has not been lost on organizers, who are anxious to include as many past winners as possible at the 2014 series from 1-9th March.

The first Giltinan Champion,Taree in 1938 - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

Over the next four weeks we will not only preview the 2014 regatta, but also take a look at some of the people and history contributing to the success of this great championship.

Ben Lexcen took the 1961 title in Venom - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©   Click Here to view large photo

World famous designers such as Ben Lexcen, Bruce Farr, Iain Murray and Julian Bethwaite have all been successful as winners of the Giltinan Championship while the list of competitors covers every level of world success in numerous classes.

The Past Winners list shows:

1938 Taree Bert Swinbourne Aust
1939 Manu Geo. Chamberlain NZ
1948 Crows Nest Bill Hayward Aust
1949 Marjorie Too Tony Russell Aust
1950 Komutu Jack Logan NZ

1951 Myra Too Bill Barnett Aust
1952 Intrigue Peter Mander NZ
1954 Intrigue Peter Mander NZ
1956 Jenny VI Norm Wright Aust
1958 Jantzen Girl Len Heffernan Aust

1960 Surprise Bern Skinner NZ
1961 Venom Ben Lexcen Aust
1963 Schemer Ken Beashel Aust
1964 Toogara Cliff Monkhouse Aust
1965 Travelodge Bob Holmes Aust

1966 Travelodge Bob Holmes Aust
1967 Associated Motor Club Don Barnett Aust
1968 Daily Telegraph Ken Beashel Aust
1969 Travelodge Bob Holmes Aust
1970 Thomas Cameron Hugh Treharne Aust

1971 Travelodge Bob Holmes Aust
1972 Smirnoff Don Lidgard NZ
1973 Travelodge Bob Holmes Aust
1974 Travelodge New Zealand Terry Mc Dell NZ
1975 KB Dave Porter Aust

1976 Miles Furniture Stephen Kulmar Aust
1977 Color 7 Iain Murray Aust
1978 Color 7 Iain Murray Aust
1979 Color 7 Iain Murray Aust
1980 Color 7 Iain Murray Aust

1981 Color 7 Iain Murray Aust
1982 Color 7 Iain Murray Aust
1983 Tia Maria Peter Sorensen Aust
1984 Tia Maria Peter Sorensen Aust

1985 Bradmill Robert Brown Aust
1986 Entrad Robert Brown Aust
1987 Chesty Bond Trevor Barnabas Aust
1988 **Chesty Bond Trevor Barnabas Aust
**Southern Cross Robert Brown Aust
1989 Prudential Michael Walsh Aust
1990 Bank of New Zealand Scott Ramsden Aust

1991 AAMI Julian Bethwaite Aust
1992 AAMI Julian Bethwaite Aust
1993 Winfield Racing Michael Spies Aust
1994 Nokia Neil Cashman Aust
1995 Winfield Racing Michael Spies Aust

1996 AEI-Pace Express Stephen Quigley Aust
1997 Omega Smeg-2UE Trevor Barnabas Aust
1997 Smeg Trevor Barnabas Aust
1998 Omega Smeg-2UE Trevor Barnabas Aust
1999 Rockport Tim Robinson UK
2000 AMP Centrepoint John Winning Aust

2001 Rag & Famish Hotel John Harris Aust
2002 GE-US Challenge Howie Hamlin USA
2003 GE-US Challenge Howie Hamlin USA
2004 RMW Marine Rob Greenhalgh UK

2005 Club Marine Euan Mc Nicol Aust
2006 Casio Seapathfinder Michael Coxon Aust
2007 Fiat Michael Coxon Aust
2008 Gotta Love It 7 Seve Jarvin Aust
2009 Southern Cross Constructions Euan Mc Nicol Aust

2010 Gotta Love It 7 Seve Jarvin Aust
2011 Gotta Love It 7 Seve Jarvin Aust
2012 Gotta Love It 7 Seve Jarvin Aust
2013 Gotta Love It 7 Seve Jarvin Aust
** Denotes Joint Champions

The Australian 18 Footers League is expecting large crowds, particularly on the two Sundays, and have arranged for additional spectator ferries if necessary.


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Bruce Farr - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  


Chesty Bond carries the tallest mast ever on an 18ft Skiff - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©   Click Here to view large photo


Jjulian Bethwaite - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  


Tia Maria won two titles in the 1980s - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©   Click Here to view large photo


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