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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship - Races 3 & 4

by Frank Quealey 5 Mar 00:31 PST 1-10 March 2019

Sponsored by The Winning Group, Today's race sponsored by Quality Marine Clothing

Australia's Smeg team of Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Mike McKensey starred on Day 3 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship with a win and third placing in the two races today, to move into clear second placing after four races of the regatta.

With a perfect 19-20 knot NE breeze on Sydney Harbour, the New Zealand teams again produced some spectacular sailing to take out first and second placings in Race 3 when C-Tech (Alex Vallings, Sam Trethewey, Matt Coutts) defeated defending champion Honda Marine (David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins) by 10s in a thriller.

Smeg led early in the race but the skiff hit a wave, fell into a lull, and had to make a good save to stay in contention with the leading group.

The loss of momentum sent the skiff back into 7th place at the bottom mark before the team came back through the fleet to finish third, 20s behind Honda Marine.

Winning Group (John Winning Jr., Sam Newton, Seve Jarvin) held the lead at the windward mark from Smeg, C-Tech and ASCC (Josh Porebski, Jack Simpson, Dave Hazard) in Race 3, but it was the two kiwi teams, C-Tech and Honda Marine, which dominated the spinnaker run back to the bottom mark off Clark Island.

At the windward mark on the second lap, C-Tech was 15s ahead of Honda Marine, and despite a strong challenge from Honda, C-Tech held on for the narrow 10s victory.

The NE breeze freshened a couple of knots for Race 4 and the Smeg team gave the fleet no chance as the skiff raced ahead at every mark to defeat fellow Australian team, Winning Group, by 31s, with ASCC a further 12s back in third place.

Honda Marine came home in fourth place, ahead of Bing Lee (Micah Lane), Vintec (Kirk Mitchell) and Asko Appliances (James Dorron).

After being granted redress and average points for the incident in Race 2, Winning Group's position become more complicated on the pointscore board.

The three leaders, either including, or without discard, are Honda Marine on 8 points (net 4), Smeg 11 points (net 7), and Winning Group 11.5 points (net 7.5).

With two more races to be sailed tomorrow, and a 20-knots SSE wind predicted, the racing is certain to continue to excite the spectators and the changes on the leader board could continue.

Results after Four Races: (one discard)

PosTeamR1R2R3R4Pts
1Honda Marine (DAVID McDIARMID / MATTHEW STEVEN / BRAD COLLINS )11244
2Smeg (MICHAEL COXON / MIKE MCKENSEY / RICKY BRIDGE)43317
3Winning Group (JOHN WINNING Jr / SEVE JARVIN / SAM NEWTON)326429
4ASKO Appliances (JAMES DORRON / HARRY BETHWAITE / TRENT BARNABAS)2412713
5ASCC (JOSH POREBSKI / JACK SIMPSON / DAVE HAZARD)5156314
6AppliancesOnline.com.au (BRETT VAN MUNSTER / KURT FATOURIS / PHIL MARSHALL)7271216
7Bing Lee (MICAH LANE / PETER HARRIS / SCOTT BABBAGE)2168519
8Finport Finance (KEAGAN YORK / MATT STENTA / CHARLIE GUNDY)9851122
9C‑Tech (ALEX VALLINGS / SAM TRETHAWAY / MATT COUTTS)111011522
10The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (ARON EVERETT / COURTNEY MAHAR / HARRY HALL)13711927
11Vintec (KIRK MITCHELL / DANIEL BARNETT / TIM WESTWOOD)141710630
12Yandoo (JOHN WINNING / MIKE KENNEDY / GRANT ROLLERSON)89132130
13Noakesailing (SEAN LANGMAN / ED POWYS / NATHAN EDWARDS)171192537
14RMarine Pittwater (SIMON NEARN / ALEX GOUGH / BRANDON BUYNIK)205142239
15thekitchenmaker.com.au (JORDAN GIRDIS / TOM QUIGLEY / LACHLAN DOYLE)1014151739
16Rag & Famish Hotel (BRYCE EDWARDS / JACOB BROOM / RORY COX)1213192044
17Birkenhead Point Marina (TOM ANDERSON / NICK DALY / JOHN WALTON)612262644
18Maersk Line (PERON PEARSE / HARRY CLARK / ELI LIEFTING)262217847
19Marinepool (HEINRICH BAYERN / TOM MARTIN / ANDY MARTIN)1616161848
20Lumix (KATIE LOVE / CHAD FREITAS / MATT DOYLE)2324181051
21Ilve (JONO WHITTY / PEDRO VOZONE / MUSTAFA INGHAM)1521261652
22Brisbane18Footer (DAVID HAYTER / ALEX WATSON / ELLIOTT MAHAR)2419201453
23Black Dog (JARROD SIMPSON / CAM MCDONALD / NICK MURRAY)2218221353
24Dal Zotto (JACK SPRAGUE / TIM NARBOROUGH / JOSH FELDMAN)1823211958
25Quality Marine Clothing (YVETTE HERITAGE / MARK MUIRHEAD / DANIEL McLACHLAN)1920232362

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

  • 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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