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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship - Invitation Race

by Frank Quealey 28 Feb 2019 23:21 PST 1-10 March 2019
The familiar spinnaker of appliancesonline leading the pack downwind © Frank Quealey

The ongoing success of Australia's iconic, 127-year-old sport of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour, owes so much to the incredible support of the Winning family and the Winning's family business.

Now, as the Australian 18 Footers League prepares to host the 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship (from March 2-10), the Winning family's influence on the sport's success has never been more evident.

For the 13th consecutive year, the JJ Giltinan Championship has been sponsored by the Winning Group brands, but there is so much more to their participation at all levels of the sport.

The Winning Group is also one of the favourites to win the 2019 championship after the teams second place in the national titles..

John Winning Jr., the 2002 World 29er champion (Nathan Outteridge was runner-up), had a couple of successful seasons in the 18s, but has been missing from the fleet for several seasons due to time constraints from his job running the Winning Group.

As he did with his business life, John (known in the sailing community as 'Herman', a nick-name given to him by his father) was determined to make every effort possible to ensure his sailing life was done with the best people as part of his team.

Being an achiever, 'Herman' would certainly want to reach the high-point of the sport that his father did in 2000.

John 'Woody' Winning won the 2000 JJ Giltinan Championship in the AMP Centrepoint-sponsored skiff on Sydney Harbour.

For his 2018-2019 season campaign, 'Herman' spoke to his long-time friends Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton to join the team on Winning Group.

Despite their heavy commitments at various levels of international sailing, both gave John the assurance that they would support the campaign as often as they could throughout the season and would be a part of the 2019 JJ challenge to try and win back the coveted trophy from the 2018 championship-winning kiwis.

To win the 2019 title against the 25-boat fleet, comprising the best 18ft skiff teams from five nations, young John will have to beat the 2000 champion, his father, who will skipper his self-sponsored Yandoo skiff.

As well as the two Winning-sponsored teams, Winning Group and Yandoo, Appliances Online has sponsored a top class skiff for Brett Van Munster and his team.

The Winning family is not only interested in the present fleet. 'Woody' has always had a deep passion for the sport, but an even stronger passion to acknowledge the history of the sport and the men who gave so much to ensure its longevity.

Aside from his competition in the present high-tech fleet at the League, 'Woody' supports and competes every Saturday in the 'Historical 18s' fleet of 1950s-style boats at the Sydney Flying Squadron.

Many former 18 Footer sailors compete regularly in the 'Historical 18s' fleet, and several of the League's elite sailors from the modern fleet also go out as 'guest' crew to compare the two dramatically different versions of the 18 footer class.

When the 25 boats line up for Race 1 of the championship on Saturday, there will be an incredible eight teams with a link to the Winning Group and the Winning family.

Companies such as Asko Appliances, whose skiff is the current Australian, NSW and Club champion, and Smeg, a multiple Giltinan champion, have been involved with the League for many years. Others such as Panasonic, Ilve and Vintec have also joined the fleet in more recent years.

In today's Invitation Race on Sydney Harbour, the defending Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matthew Stevens and Brad Collins showed the speed and boat handling skills to suggest that they will be the ones to beat omce the championship-proper gets under way tomorrow.

The Honda Marine crew led the fleet around the first lap of the NE course, in a light breeze, before deciding to pull out of the race to avoid any damage to the boat or their gear before tomorrow's big one.

Keagan York's Finport Finance was the top Australian skiff over the first lap of the course and trailed Honda Marine by just 10s. When Honda Marine pulled out of the race Finport Finance led the fleet, but superstition took over and the team elected not to sail through the line, and so avoided being the winner of the Invitation Race.

The official result was a win for John Winning Jr and his Winning Group team of Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton, who took the honours by 49s from Asko Appliances (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Trent Barnabas), with Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys, Nathan Edwards) a further 59s back in third place.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameCrewFinishElasped
1Winning Group(JOHN WINNING Jr / SEVE JARVIN / SAM NEWTON)16:30:2801:27:28
2ASKO Appliances(JAMES DORRON / HARRY BETHWAITE / TRENT BARNABAS)16:32:1701:29:17
3Noakesailing(SEAN LANGMAN / ED POWYS / NATHAN EDWARDS)16:33:1601:30:16
4C‑Tech(ALEX VALLINGS / SAM TRETHAWAY / MATT COUTTS)16:33:2101:30:21
5Smeg(MICHAEL COXON / MIKE MCKENSEY / RICKY BRIDGE)16:33:3201:30:32
6thekitchenmaker.com.au(JORDAN GIRDIS / TOM QUIGLEY / LACHLAN DOYLE)16:34:2701:31:27
7The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines(ARON EVERETT / COURTNEY MAHAR / HARRY HALL)16:34:3701:31:37
8Yandoo(JOHN WINNING / MIKE KENNEDY / GRANT ROLLERSON)16:34:5401:31:54
9Bing Lee(MICAH LANE / PETER HARRIS / SCOTT BABBAGE)16:35:4801:32:48
10Black Dog(JARROD SIMPSON / CAM MCDONALD / NICK MURRAY)16:37:1001:34:10
11RMarine Pittwater(SIMON NEARN / ALEX GOUGH / BRANDON BUYNIK)16:37:1201:34:12
12Birkenhead Point Marina(TOM ANDERSON / NICK DALY / JOHN WALTON)16:37:1301:34:13
13Marinepool(HEINRICH BAYERN / TOM MARTIN / ANDY MARTIN)16:39:2401:36:24
14Maersk Line(PERON PEARSE / HARRY CLARK / ELI LIEFTING)16:41:1901:38:19
15Lumix(KATIE LOVE / CHAD FREITAS / MATT DOYLE)16:43:3501:40:35
DNCDal Zotto(JACK SPRAGUE / TIM NARBOROUGH / JOSH FELDMAN)  
DNCIlve(JONO WHITTY / PEDRO VOZONE / MUSTAFA INGHAM)  
DNCQuality Marine Clothing(YVETTE HERITAGE / MARK MUIRHEAD / DANIEL McLACHLAN)  
DNCRag & Famish Hotel(BRYCE EDWARDS / JACOB BROOM / RORY COX)  
DNCVintec(KIRK MITCHELL / DANIEL BARNETT / TIM WESTWOOD)  
DNFAppliancesOnline.com.au(BRETT VAN MUNSTER / KURT FATOURIS / PHIL MARSHALL)  
DNFASCC(JOSH POREBSKI / JACK SIMPSON / DAVE HAZARD)  
DNFBrisbane18Footer(DAVID HAYTER / ALEX WATSON / ELLIOTT MAHAR)  
DNFFinport Finance(KEAGAN YORK / MATT STENTA / CHARLIE GUNDY)  
DNFHonda Marine(DAVID McDIARMID / MATTHEW STEVENS / BRAD COLLINS )  

The Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship Race Dates:

  • Saturday March 2
  • Sunday March 3
  • Tuesday March 5
  • Wednesday March 6
  • Thursday March 7
  • Saturday March 9
  • Sunday March 10

The club will have a spectator ferry following each of the seven days' racing, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf at 2pm.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE TWO SPECTATOR FERRIES ON SUNDAY MARCH 3 & SUNDAY MARCH 10

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

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