Please select your home edition
Allen 2018 US A4866XB 728x90

18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour - Day 1

by Frank Quealey 20 Jan 00:38 PST 20 January 2019

The Winning Group team of John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton took the honours after extremely light winds created a drama packed day one of racing at the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

A lack of wind forced a 45 minutes delay to the programmed start time and very little wind (5-7 knots) was all the teams had to work with over the windward-return course.

With two races scheduled to be sailed on the opening day, the race officials shortened the course of the first race from three laps to two laps in an attempt to get a second race sailed.

When a large cruise liner sailed out of the harbour as the officials prepared for the second race, the wind disturbance the liner created then forced them to abandon the attempt.

The Winning Group's margin was 1m57s from Asko Appliances (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Marcus Ashley-Jones), with The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis, Tom Quigley, Lachlan Doyle) a further 31s back in third place.

Bing Lee (Micah lane) finished fourth, ahead of Vintec (Kirk Mitchell) and Smeg (Michael Coxon).

The lead changed several times in the flukey wind conditions as the fleet headed for the windward mark after the start, but Vintec, The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone, Winning Group and Asko Appliances were always in the leading group.

Vintec won the battle for the lead and held a narrow lead over The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone as spinnakers were set for the run back to the bottom mark.

Most of the fleet sailed the left hand side of the course, past Nielesen Park to Steele Point, but Asko Appliances and John Winning's Yandoo elected to sail on the northern shore.

At the twin buoys bottom mark, the Asko Appliances team elected to go to the buoy on the left while Vintec and The Kitchen Maker chose the other buoy.

Asko's move won the day and the NSW champions soon opened up a break over the fleet.

The experienced Winning Group team was now making a move on the lead and grabbed the lead from Asko Appliances as the pair approached the windward mark.

As the light breeze had also split the fleet and the time the race was now taking had blown out well above the time to stage two races, the decision was made to shorten the course.

The approaching liner made the decision a no-brainer.

Winning Group was superb in the fading breeze on the run home and the winning margin increased dramatically.

NOTE: The Australian 18ft Skiff Championship will be sailed over nine races and will conclude on Sunday, February 17. Race dates are; Sundays January 27, February 3, February 10, February 17.

For those who can't make it onto the water lLive streaming is available on 18FootersTV.

The JJ Giltinan Championship will be sailed on Sydney Harbour from March 2-10.

Race 1 Results:

PosBoat Name (Skipper)FinishElaspedHandicapCorrected
1Winning Group (JOHN WINNING Jr)16:10:3700:40:37200:38:37
2ASKO Appliances (JAMES DORRON)16:11:3400:41:34100:40:34 (JORDAN GIRDIS)16:13:3500:43:352.500:41:05
4Bing Lee (MICAH LANE)16:14:2600:44:261.500:42:56
5Vintec (KIRK MITCHELL)16:17:2500:47:252.500:44:55
6Smeg (MICHAEL COXON)16:17:2700:47:27000:47:27
7MMM (TOM ANDERSON)16:18:3500:48:35300:45:35
8The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (ARON EVERETT)16:18:4700:48:47500:43:47
9Noakesailing (SEAN LANGMAN)16:20:1400:50:14300:47:14
10Rag & Famish Hotel (BRYCE EDWARDS)16:20:2800:50:28300:47:28 (BRETT VAN MUNSTER)16:21:5400:51:542.500:49:24
12RMarine Pittwater (SIMON NEARN)16:22:1000:52:10300:49:10
13Quality Marine Clothing (YVETTE HERITAGE)16:22:2400:52:24500:47:24
14Lumix (KATIE LOVE)16:22:2900:52:29500:47:29
15Yandoo (JOHN WINNING)16:24:3200:54:322.500:52:02
16Dal Zotto (JACK SPRAGUE)16:30:3001:00:304.500:56:00

Related Articles

Allspars 18ft Skiff Solent Grand Prix Series R1
Two days of great racing from Calshot Last weekend, the U.K. 18ft Skiff fleet launched their 2019 season with two days of racing out of their base on the Solent. Posted on 5 Apr
Allspars sponsor 18ft Skiff Solent GP Series
UK 18ft Skiff fleet build on the success of the Calshot based 2018 events Allspars are delighted to announce that they will be sponsoring the UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix fleet, for this year's Solent Grand Prix Series. Posted on 2 Apr
18ft Skiff Queen of the Harbour 2019
Corinne Feldman crowned in traditional Sydney skiff season closer Corinne Feldman today became the 2019 18ft Skiff Queen of Sydney Harbour when she teamed with Jack Sprague, Tim Narborough and her son, Josh Feldman on Dal Zotto to win the Australian 18 Footers League's time-honoured Queen of the Harbour race. Posted on 17 Mar
Buckland and McDiarmid reflect on JJ Giltinans
Seven times winner of the JJ's Andrew Buckland and Honda's David McDiarmid reflect on Kiwi dominance In the 2019 JJ Giltinan series NZ's Honda Marine won the JJ's with a race to spare and dominated the series with five wins from nine races, seven times winner Andrew Buckland, and winning skipper David McDiarmid looks at the reasons why. Posted on 13 Mar
Honda Marine go back to back with a race to spare
Successful JJ Giltinan defence capped off with a win in the final race The New Zealanders on Honda Marine, David McDiarmid, Matt Stevens and Brad Collins were formerly announced as back to back JJ Giltinan trophy winners in the 18ft Skiff after winning the championship with a day to spare. Posted on 12 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship race 9
Honda Marine became the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan champions New Zealand's Honda Marine 18ft Skiff team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins became the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan champions today, when they successfully defended the title they won last year on Sydney Harbour. Posted on 10 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship race 8
A brilliant performance by ASCC team The New Zealand champion ASCC team of Josh Porebski, Jack Simpson, Dave Hazard, produced a brilliant performance to win Race 8 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour. Posted on 9 Mar
JJ Giltinan proving to be a regatta for the ages
In Sydney, New Zealand's defence of the JJ Giltinan Championship is progressing well In Sydney, New Zealand's defence of the JJ Giltinan Championship is progressing well with two races left in the regatta. Posted on 8 Mar
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship races 6 & 7
ASCC and Honda Marine share the honours The New Zealand 18ft Skiff teams ASCC and Honda Marine shared the honours with comfortable wins in Races 6 and 7 on Day 5 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour today. Posted on 7 Mar
JJ Giltinan: C-Tech flies on Day 3
"We've never felt like that before. The boat just took off," Matt Coutts - C-Tech New Zealand skiff C-Tech (Alex Valling) had a memorable day on the third day of racing in the JJ Giltinan Championship for 18ft skiffs on Sydney harbour. Posted on 6 Mar
Marine Resources BOTTOMGul 2018 October - Code Zero FOOTERNaiad 660x82px_Tourist