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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship - Race 1

by Frank Quealey 2 Mar 2019 00:46 PST 1-10 March 2019

Sponsored by The Winning Group, today's race sponsored by Rag & Famish Hotel

The defending champion Honda Marine team of Dave McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins showed that they will be hard to beat again this year when they scored an impressive win in Race 1 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

In a controversial start to the championship, two of the leading championship contenders, Asko Appliances (James Dorron) and ASCC (Josh Porebski) were recalled for an OCS start.

With protests lodged for various incidents, provisionally, Honda Marine defeated Winning Group (John Winning Jr., Sam Newton, Seve Jarvin) by 2m34s, with Smeg (Michael coxon, Ricky Bridge, Mike McKensey) a further 18s back in third place.

The new Birkenhead Point Marina team, headed by rookie skipper, Tom Anderson, finished in fourth place, ahead of (Brett Van Munster), Yandoo (John Winning), Finport Finance (Keagan York) and The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis).

The race was sailed in a 10-15-knot NE breeze with all teams electing to use their bigger No. 1 rigs.

After a close race to the windward mark amongst the leading four or five teams, Winning Group held a narrow lead over Honda Marine as spinnakers were set for the run to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island.

There was little between the two skiffs for the entire downwind run and only 10s separated the pair at the bottom mark off Clark Island, where Honda Marine had gained the lead.

Smeg was in third place at the point, followed by Birkenhead Point Marina and R Marine Pittwater (Simon Nearn).

On the following windward leg back to the Beashel Buoy, Honda Marine and Winning Group elected to sail entirely different courses and Honda Marine had increased her lead to 32.

The New Zealanders increased the margin to 45s after the long spinnaker run back down the middle of Sydney Harbour to the Clark Island mark and from that point the result wasn't really in doubt.

Encouraging performances came from the Birkenhead Point Marina team and the German team, Marinepool (Heinrich vonn Bayern), as well as R Marine Pittwater, which was in the top four placing until midway through the race.

Race 1 Results:

PosBoat NameCrewFinishElaspedHandicapCorrectedCorrect Pos
1Honda Marine(DAVID McDIARMID / MATTHEW STEVENS / BRAD COLLINS )16:12:1600:27:16000:27:162
2Winning Group(JOHN WINNING Jr / SEVE JARVIN / SAM NEWTON)16:14:5000:29:50000:29:507
3Smeg(MICHAEL COXON / MIKE MCKENSEY / RICKY BRIDGE)16:15:0800:30:08000:30:088
4Birkenhead Point Marina(TOM ANDERSON / NICK DALY / JOHN WALTON)16:17:3200:32:32700:25:321 VAN MUNSTER / KURT FATOURIS / NICHOLAS HORD)16:17:4800:32:48500:27:483
6Yandoo(JOHN WINNING / MIKE KENNEDY / GRANT ROLLERSON)16:19:0800:34:08500:29:086
7Finport Finance(KEAGAN YORK / MATT STENTA / CHARLIE GUNDY)16:19:2300:34:23000:34:2317 GIRDIS / TOM QUIGLEY / LACHLAN DOYLE)16:20:0700:35:07200:33:0715
9C‑Tech(ALEX VALLINGS / SAM TRETHAWAY / MATT COUTTS)16:21:0000:36:00100:35:0018
10Rag & Famish Hotel(BRYCE EDWARDS / JACOB BROOM / RORY COX)16:21:4300:36:43600:30:4310
11The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines(ARON EVERETT / COURTNEY MAHAR / HARRY HALL)16:22:2900:37:29500:32:2914
12Vintec(KIRK MITCHELL / DANIEL BARNETT / TIM WESTWOOD)16:22:3000:37:30600:31:3012
13Ilve(JONO WHITTY / PEDRO VOZONE / MUSTAFA INGHAM)16:24:4500:39:45900:30:4511
14Marinepool(HEINRICH BAYERN / TOM MARTIN / ANDY MARTIN)16:24:5900:39:591200:27:594
15Noakesailing(SEAN LANGMAN / ED POWYS / NATHAN EDWARDS)16:25:1200:40:12500:35:1219
16Dal Zotto(JACK SPRAGUE / TIM NARBOROUGH / JOSH FELDMAN)16:25:1800:40:181000:30:189
17Quality Marine Clothing(YVETTE HERITAGE / MARK MUIRHEAD / DANIEL McLACHLAN)16:26:0600:41:061200:29:065
18RMarine Pittwater(SIMON NEARN / FANG WARREN / BRANDON BUYNIK)16:26:5800:41:58800:33:5816
19Bing Lee(MICAH LANE / PETER HARRIS / SCOTT BABBAGE)16:27:1800:42:18100:41:1822
20Black Dog(JARROD SIMPSON / CAM MCDONALD / NICK MURRAY)16:28:3800:43:38700:36:3821
21Lumix(KATIE LOVE / CHAD FREITAS / MATT DOYLE)16:29:0200:44:021200:32:0213
22Brisbane18Footer(DAVID HAYTER / ALEX WATSON / ELLIOTT MAHAR)16:33:0700:48:071200:36:0720

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

  • 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.


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

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