Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring J-class

JJ Giltinan Championship - Gotta Love It 7's battle already underway

by Australian 18 Footers League on 14 Feb 2013
Gotta Love It 7 in action during the 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship 2013 Australian 18 Footers League © http://www.18footers.com.au
The defending champ Gotta Love It 7 team’s fight for the J. J. Giltinan Championship has already begun, following a spectacular capsize in strong wind conditions this past Sunday. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris can do nothing now except wait to see if the team’s damaged hull can be repaired in time for Saturday’s Race 1 of the regatta on Sydney Harbour.

Fortunately for the team, class boat builder Brett Van Munster, who is also a skipper in the 18s fleet, was immediately on hand to survey the damage with Seve Jarvin.

'I spoke on the phone to Iain Murray, who is both team manager for the 7 campaign, as well as the designer of the skiffs and someone whose knowledge and experience you respect', Van Munster said.

'Our priority was to determine a scope of work, develop a jobs list and formulate the best plan to get the boat back on the water as quickly as possible'.

'The amount of damage was amazing. In those situations sometimes the skiffs can come out with little or no damage, unfortunately this time it’s not the case. It’s pretty major; the list is long and complex'.

The skiff was transported immediately to Van Munster Boatbuilders on the NSW central coast where the Van Munster team began working around-the-clock .

'It’s most important that we make like-for-like replacement to insure that the boat maintains its original structural integrity and stiffness which is so important for an 18ft skiff', Van Munster concluded.

When 7’s sheet hand Scott Babbage was commiserated on the bad luck just one week before the biggest 18ft Skiff event on the world calendar, he simply replied: 'It could have been worse; it could have been next week'.

The Van Munster Boats team led by Dan Grilk, with assist by Dylan Neilson, are pushing hard to try and get the job done and have the boat back in the water for the invitation race on Friday.

At the same time, Brett has to find some time to prepare his own ‘Rabbitohs-Kenwood’ skiff for the championship.

John Winning, President of the Australian 18 Footers League, which is hosting the championship, said: 'We are lucky to have a quality local builder in our fleet who can get the job Australian 18 Footers League

upffront 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignInSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

18ft Skiffs- Two skippers with the same idea = collision - Images
When two skiff skippers, with reputations for being good starters in a quality fleet, each decide to do the same thing.. When two 18ft Skiff skippers, with reputations for being good starters in a quality fleet, each decide to do the same thing in a 15-18knot Southerly on Sydney Harbour then something has to give. Last Sunday at the start of the Australian 18 Footers League’s Race 5 of the 3-Buoys Challenge Series, Dave Witt (Sydney City Marine) elected to start alongside the Starter’s Boat and thought it was al
Posted on 22 Nov 2013
Sydney 18fters- Gotta Love It 7 puts the heat on the fleet
The Giltinan Champion Gotta Love It 7 team have already shown they mean business in the two races they’ve contested The Giltinan Champion Gotta Love It 7 team have already shown they mean business in the two races they’ve contested so far this season, but from their performance last Sunday they are putting as much pressure on their boat as they are on the opposition. The team went about a staggering display as they powered around the three lap course in the 15-18 knot Southerly on Sydney Harbour.
Posted on 20 Nov 2013
18ft Skiffs- 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 4 - Strong winds stop race
Today, the recent strong wind weather pattern in Sydney continued causing the abandonment of the scheduled Race 4 Today, the recent strong wind weather pattern in Sydney continued causing the abandonment of the scheduled Race 4 of the 3-Buoys 18ft Skiff Challenge series.
Posted on 3 Nov 2013
18' Skiff International Regatta - Wrap-up on day 5 + video
There were 22 boats from five countries in the Nespresso 18' Skiff International Regatta for the Mark Foy Trophy. There were 22 boats from five countries in the Nespresso 18' Skiff International Regatta for the Mark Foy Trophy but, really, only one country owns San Francisco Bay this week.
Posted on 14 Sep 2013
18ft Skiff International- New Zealand's McDiarmid sole leader
Following winds of 20-plus knots gusting to 25 blew NZ's David McDiarmid down the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge course Following winds of 20-plus knots gusting to 25 blew New Zealand's David McDiarmid down the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge course Thursday evening and into a clear first place over countryman Alex Vallings in the Nespresso 18' Skiff International Regatta for the Mark Foy Trophy.
Posted on 13 Sep 2013
18ft Skiff Int Regatta- Birthday Boy leads in Yamaha after Day 3
Yamaha is the new leader after 6 of 10 races of the Nespresso 18' Skiff International Regatta for the Mark Foy Trophy. Just when sailors think they've figured out how to race on San Francisco Bay, they get a day when 'you use boat speed more than brains.' So said New Zealand's David McDermaid, a birthday boy and the new leader after 6 of 10 races of the Nespresso 18' Skiff International Regatta for the Mark Foy Trophy.
Posted on 13 Sep 2013
18' Skiff Int Regatta - Day 2 - The first rule of racing + Video
18ft Skiff Int'l Regatta, San Francisco, CA - The first rule of sailboat racing is 'read the Sailing Instructions' 18ft Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco, CA. The first rule of sailboat racing is 'read the Sailing Instructions,' because the boring details will tell important little things like don't just sail from upwind to downwind but go through a midcourse gate, too, if required (see Attachment A, MCG).
Posted on 11 Sep 2013
18' Skiff International Regatta- AC fans treated to a launch show
Many of the America's Cup spectators stayed on in the Marina Green bleachers after Emirates Team NZ's opening double win Many of the 34th America's Cup spectators stayed on in the Marina Green bleachers after Emirates Team New Zealand's opening double win over Oracle Team USA Saturday to watch the 18-foot skiffs practice for Sunday's start of the Nespresso 18' International Skiff Regatta for the Mark Foy Trophy.
Posted on 9 Sep 2013
JJ Giltinan Trophy- NZ 18fter team NZ team reflects on two top tens
The New Zealand teams showed good form at this year’s JJ Giltinan Trophy with two boats finishing in the top ten The better late than never recap of the New Zealand teams competing at the 2013 JJ Giltinan Trohpy. The New Zealand teams showed good form at this year’s JJ Giltinan Trophy with two boats finishing in the top 10 of the 31 boat fleet.
Posted on 14 Mar 2013
18ft Skiff Ferry Patrons Trophy - Murray one of crew shuffles + Video
The 18ft Skiff Ferry Patrons Trophy kicked off competition Sunday on Sydney Harbour with Mojo Wine cruising to victory The 18ft Skiff Ferry Patrons Trophy 2013 kicked off the competition Sunday on Sydney Harbour with Mojo Wine cruising to an easy victory. It was a more relaxed affair, following on from the high adrenalin levels of the final race of the JJ Giltinan. Another helm change was a huge surprise, with Iain (Jethro) Murray, replacing Seve Jarvin on this years JJ Giltinan champion skiff Gotta Luv it 7.
Posted on 4 Mar 2013