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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Seven has Gotta Love the light on Day 2

'Awesome 7 - JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2014 - Day 2'    Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

Following yesterday’s anti-climax when racing was abandoned after two attempts to complete a full course, Race 2 of the 2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sponsored by Sydney City Marine, went without major incident on Sydney Harbour today.

More poor wind conditions forced the race officer to shorten the course (a sensible decision) when the boats were almost drifting as they went for the windward mark in Rose Bay.

Gotta Love It 7 had led from shortly after rounding the first windward mark and looked certain for victory on the second run to Obelisk Bay, but the lack of wind on the work back to Rose Bay saw a massive turn around.



At the finish, Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage) took line honours by 48s from The Kitchen Maker but the result came down to just 20 metres in the dying stages.

Young Will Phillips only stepped onto The Kitchen Maker for this championship when regular sheet hand Darren McKavanagh was sidelined with a bad back.

The fleet charges on the run to Obelisk Bay - JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2014 - Day 2 -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  

Olympic Gold Medalist Malcolm Page, who normally skippers the boat elected to move onto the sheet and brought Will in to skipper.

The race for third was even closer as only 4s separated the third placed Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor, Trent Barnabas) and Jack Macartney’s Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel.

With a light S-SE wind, and little change predicted, all teams elected to go for their bigger No. 1 rigs.

The race to the first windward mark was amazing as two newcomer, young skippers led the fleet which included many world champions and experienced 18 Footer teams.

PB Towage, Josh Franklin from Brisbane, held a narrow lead from Will Phillips in The Kitchen Maker with Gotta Love It 7 close behind.

The next four placings behind Gotta Love It 7 - JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2014 - Day 2 -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  

UK’s Pica (Jamie Mears) was fourth, followed by Sydney City Marine (David Witt), Pure Blonde (Nick Daly), Haier Appliances (Rick Peacock, UK), Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) and Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel.

The fleet produced a magnificent spectacle as the 34 skiffs raced from Clarke Island to Obelisk Bay with most boats racing in tight groups.

After working back to Rose Bay the first time, Gotta Love It 7 was leading from Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, followed by Coopers 62-Rag & Fisher Hotel, Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson), C-Tech (Alex Vallings, NZ), Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) and Sydney City Marine (David Witt).

The breeze fell away dramatically as the fleet finished the first lap back at Athol Bay.

The resail of Race 1 will take place tomorrow (Monday, 3 March) on Sydney Harbour at 3pm

For full details on the championship, Race Reports, Results, Points and video coverage go to www.18footers.com.au and ‘click here’ on the home page

Two former Giltinan championship winning crews - 1970 Thomas Cameron & 1976 Miles Furniture - watched Race 2 of the Regatta - JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2014 - Day 2 -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  

Boats drift in light wind - JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2014 - Day 2 -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  

Young guns show the way at the windward mark - JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2014 - Day 2 -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  

Colourful action on the first run - JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2014 - Day 2 -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  

De’longhi-Rabbitohs downwind speed - JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2014 - Day 2 -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  


by Frank Quealey


  

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