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Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013 - Clean Sweep


'Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013 - Gotta Love It 7 heads for the finish 157'    Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013. Gotta Love It 7 made a clean sweep of the 2012-2013 Season championships when she took out the final race and the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

There was quite a reshuffle on the boat, with regular skipper Seve Jarvin moving to bow today with regular forward hand crewman Peter Harris missing from the team, World Moth champion Josh McKnight joined the Gotta Love It 7 crew for the race as sheet hand.

Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013 - Winning crew Seve, Josh, Scott -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  


The skiff’s regular sheet hand Scott Babbage, who was defeated in the World Moth Championship by McKnight, skippered Gotta Love It 7 to an all the way victory today.

Gotta Love It 7 grabbed the lead soon after the start in the 8-12-knot NE wind and took out the race by 2m57s from Appliancesonline.com.au (John Sweeny, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson).

Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013 - Another close finish -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  


Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones, Ash Rooklyn, Geronimo Harrison) was a further 40s back in third place.

Gotta Love It 7 finished on 39 points in the championship, followed by Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings) on 52.

Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013 - Quick spinnaker drop -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  


Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Yandoo (John Winning) finished on 62 points each, Coopers-Rag and Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) 68 and Mojo Wine (James Dorron) on 90.

Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013 - Yandoo and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers battle for fourth place -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  


Asko Appliances took out the Alice Burton Memorial Trophy handicap section and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn) won the Club’s Season Point Score series.

Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013 -Appliancesonline.com.au runner-up today 041 -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  


Babbage had Gotta Love It 7 1m ahead at the first windward mark, with today’s placegetters Appliancesonline.com.au and Asko Appliances heading the rest of the fleet.

Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013 - Coming to the bottom mark on lap one 121 -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  


It was a lead ‘7’ never looked likely to lose, but the race for the next six placings remained in doubt throughout.

Today’s race produced a first in the 120 years old class when three generations of one family comprised the entire crew of an 18 Footer.

Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013 -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  


Trevor Barnabas, a five times Giltinan champion, his son Trent, also a Giltinan champion, and Trent’s two sons Zac and Jake, sailed Thurlow Fisher Lawyers into ninth place.

Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013 - Three generations of the Barnabas family008 -  Frank Quealey_©_-Australian 18 Footers League  


Today’s race is the final race of the 2012-2013 Season.

The Australian 18 Footers League thanks all sponsors, ferry patrons and media for their support and advises that the 2013-2014 Season is due to commence on Sunday, 13 October.

18ft Skiff League Club Championship


by Frank Quealey

  

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