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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan Championship preview
JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship begins tomorrow on Sydney Harbour. 29 teams, representing USA, UK and New Zealand, as well as Australian crews from NSW, Western Australia and Queensland will contest the Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship.
The traditional Invitation Race to allow all teams to become acquainted with the harbour conditions, will be the first event of what is the world’s top 18ft Skiff regatta.
Races 1 and 2 of the championship will be sailed on Saturday and Sunday before the first of two lay days on Monday.
Pre regatta favourite is likely to be the defending champion Seve Jarvin and his Gotta Love It 7 team of Sam Newton and Scott Babbage, but there will be strong opposition from a number of top class teams.
Current Australian champions Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas (all multiple Giltinan winners) on Thurlow Fisher Lawyers have had to overcome some gear problems in recent outings but are sure to push Jarvin, and anyone else, to the limits.
Past champions, Howie Hamlin (USA), who is a two times winner (2002 and 2003) and John Winning (2000) will each be striving for another win.
Both Hamlin (CST Composites) and Winning (Yandoo) have new boats built for the championship and have displayed the type of form in lead up races to make them definite chances.
Another strong team is Smeg, which is skippered by the current Interdominion 12ft Skiff champion Nick Press.
UK’s Andy Budgen (Hyde Sails), WA’s Grant Rollerson (SLAM) and Matt Searle (Red Claw Wines) will also figure strongly in the championship as they all have proven records in previous Giltinan and other international regattas.
New Zealand’s team will be missing three of their regular skippers but Alex Vallings and his CT Sailbattens team are sure to make their presence felt and uphold the Kiwi spirit.
There are several new and young teams contesting the Giltinan Championship for the first time and the 62nd contest should be one of the best since it was first staged in 1938.
List of entries and crews:
Australia - New South Wales:
Paul Montague, Paul Atkins
Stewart Wells. Aron Everett
Gerard Smith, Keegan York
Fisher & Paykel
Tim Baraclough, Ewan Duckworth
Gotta Love It 7
Sam Newton, Scott Babbage
Ted Hackney, Jeremy Roberts
Greg Dixon, James Hozak
Brad Phillips, Cameron Mc Donald
Rag & Famish Hotel
Tom Clout, Drewe Waller
Red Claw Wines
Archie Massey, Mike Mc Kenzie
Andrew Wong, Ian Henderson
Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings
Nick Daly. Tba
Tom Anderson, Ryan Houston
The Kitchen Maker
Brett Van Munster
Darren Mc Kavanagh, Tai Elliott
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers
Aaron Links, Trent Barnabas
Andrew Hay, Dave Gibson
Australia - Queensland:
Queenslander 1 (Q1)
Alan Mansfield, Barry Flannigan
Australia - Western Australia:
Fang Warren, Pete Hariss
Anthony Young, Peter Nicholson
Chris Kitchen, Joshua Mc Cormack
Hayden Whitburn, Brett Sellers
Stu Wilson, Erwan Grossman
David Mc Diarmid
Andrew Archibald, Murray England
Dan Wilsdon, Matt Wark
Peters & May
Ian Turnbull, Adam Ovington
United States Of America:
Fritz Lanzinger, Paul Allen
Skip Mc Cormack
Jody Mc Cormack, Matt Mc Kinlay
Race dates are:
Race 1 Saturday March 5
Race 2 Sunday March 6
Race 3 Tuesday March 8
Race 4 Wednesday March 9
Race 5 Thursday March 10
Race 6 Saturday March 12
Race 7 Sunday March 13
All races will start at 3pm, with the exceptions of Races 1 and 6, which will start at 4pm.
A spectator ferry will follow each race, leaving Double Bay Wharf 30 minutes before the scheduled race start time.
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by Frank Quealey
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