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JJ Giltinan Championship – Race 3 triumph for NZ team

'Tight finish for second place - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014'    Australian 18 Footers League ©

At the JJ Giltinan Championship, a lack of consistent breeze forced officials to delay the start of Race 3 by 45 minutes on Sydney Harbour today.

When the race finally got under way, after one recall, three teams (CST Composites, USA, Haier Appliances UK, and Fisher and Paykel, Australia) were black flagged, which reduced the fleet to 31 boats.

Despite very light, variable wind, which forced the starter to move the windward mark, then shorten the course by one lap, the finish was a great triumph for the New Zealand team which recorded and One-Two finish.

C-tech heads for the finish line as the rest of the fleet follow - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

Alex Vallings, Chris Kitchen, Joshua McCormack reproduced the form in C-Tech, which saw them take the San Francisco International Challenge late last year as the grabbed a 35seconds victory today.

Fellow Kiwi team Yamaha (David McDiarmid, Andrew Archibald, Mark Overington) was a gallant second, just five seconds ahead of Australia’s top team Lumix (Jonathan Whitty. Aron Everett, James Hozack).

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers just shades the Kitchen Maker for fourth place - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) was fourth today and has now taken the regatta lead over defending champion Seve Jarvin’s Gotta Love It 7, which could manage only a distant 12th.

The top six placings on points going into tomorrow’s Race four is Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on nine points, followed by Gotta Love It 7 on 14, C-Tech on 18 Coopers 62-Rag and Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) on 19, The Kitchen Maker on 20 and Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson) on 24.

Conditions were a huge test of all teams on the leg to the windward mark off Watsons Bay where C-Tech held a narrow lead over Yamaha, Lumix and The Kitchen Maker (Will Phillips).

At the bottom mark Lumix had shown great light wind speed under spinnaker to grab the lead and was 28 seconds ahead of Yamaha, with C-Tech back in third place.

The trio had opened up a break over Mojo Wine, The Kitchen Maker and Coopers 62-Rag and Famish Hotel, which were also well ahead of the following group.

Slow progress downwind - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

At this point, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was in eights place and Gotta Love It 7 was only 17th and a long way from the leading group.

Lumix continued to lead Yamaha and C-Tech over the next lap of the course, as the trio clearly had the race to themselves.

After two laps, the starter was forced to shorten the course by one lap.

At the final windward mark, C-Tech had picked up better breeze than her opponents to lead Lumix by 45s, while Yamaha had dropped back a little to one minute 25 seconds from the lead.

The three teams fought hard in little wind all the way down the final leg and produced a great finish for the spectators.

Race four of the championship will be sailed tomorrow (Wednesday) with the following races on each day, except Friday, until Sunday 9 March.

A spectator ferry will follow all races, leaving Double Bay Wharf 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Denmark’s Original Chia lead the Brisbane 18 footers - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

Heading for the bottom mark - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

Looking for wind - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

A slow day for some of the top teams - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  

Close racing for the lead - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014 -  Australian 18 Footers League ©  


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by Frank Quealey


  

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