Please select your home edition
RS Sailing 2019 - Leaderboard

18ft Skiff NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 1

by Frank Quealey 24 Nov 2019 00:00 PST 24 November 2019

A last minute crew change brought the 2010 JJ Giltinan Championship-winning team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Tom Clout back together again and the combination showed they had lost none of their 18ft Skiff handling skills when they brought Winning Group home an easy winner of Race 1 of the NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

With the skiff's regular skipper John Winning Jr. unable to return to Sydney in time to compete, and Tom Clout's new skiff not ready to contest today's race, regular sheet hand Jarvin moved to skipper while Clout took his place on the sheet.

After trailing the leader Shaw and Partners Financial Services (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Tim Westwood) over the first two legs of the course, Winning Group gradually edged away from the fleet before clearing out to cross the finish line 2m35s ahead of Shaw and Partners Financial Services.

The race behind the winner was close with six teams battling for second place.

In another impressive performance, following a second place overall in the Spring Championship, The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett, Charlie Gundy, Ryan Wilmot) came back from seventh place at the first windward mark to finish in third place, 32s behind Shaw and Partners.

Finport Finance (Keagan York) finished fourth, ahead of (Brett Van Munster), Smeg (Michael Coxon) and Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards).

The race, which was sailed in a 8-10 knot SE wind, saw the fleet split into two separate groups on the windward leg from the start in Taylor Bay, across the harbour to Rose Bay.

Shaw and Partners was always in, or close to the lead, on this leg of the course although the young Rag & Famish Hotel team was always putting pressure on the defending champions.

Shaw and Partners led by 15s from Winning Group and Rag & Famish Hotel, which rounded the mark together, followed by Finport Finance, R Marine Pittwater (Marcus Ashley-Jones), Smeg, The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines and The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis).

After a long spinnaker run from Rose Bay to Robertson Point, the leading positions saw little change in the leading group.

Winning Group and Shaw and Partners took opposing courses for the windward leg back to Clark Island, a move which enabled Winning Group to establish a 20s lead over the fleet, with Smeg third, followed byFinport Finance, Rag & Famish Hotel and The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines.

After a two-sail reaching leg from Clark Island to the Chowder Bay mark, then another windward leg across the harbour into Rose Bay, Winning Group established a 30s. lead of Shaw and Partners. The third placed Smeg was now another one minute behind Shaw and Partners, followed by Finport, and The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines.

The following spinnaker run to Taylor Bay sealed the fate of the fleet. Jarvin elected to sail a course west of Shark Island, while the rest of the fleet kept to the east. When the fleet reached the Taylor Bay mark, Winning Group's lead had gone from 30s to 55s and the race was all but over.

In true champions form, the Winning Group's crew continued to dominate over the remaining three legs of the course as they powered away for the easy victory.

Shaw and Partners, The Oak and Finport were together at Rose Bay before The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines headed for home in second place, but Shaw and Partners was just a little stronger over the final windward leg to the finish

A special mention has to go to Yvette Heritage and her team on Noakes Blue, which finished in eighth place, ahead of R Marine Pittwater, Yandoo (John Winning) and The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone.

Race 1 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElaspedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Winning Group (John Winning Jnr)16:09:2901:24:29401:20:291
2Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron)16:12:0401:27:04501:22:045
3The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett)16:12:3601:27:36101:26:3612
4Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York)16:12:4401:27:44201:25:448 (Brett Van Munster)16:13:1801:28:18201:26:1811
6Smeg (Micah Lane)16:14:2301:29:23001:29:2314
7Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards)16:14:2801:29:28801:21:283
8Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage)16:15:4201:30:421001:20:422
9Marcus Ashley Jones (Marcus Ashley Jones)16:15:4601:30:46801:22:466
10Yandoo (John Winning Snr)16:15:4901:30:49901:21:494 (Jordan Girdis)16:19:4701:34:47401:30:4715
12Dal Zotto (Jack Sprague)16:19:5701:34:57901:25:5710
13Ilve (Pedro Vozone)16:20:3701:35:371001:25:377
14Vintec (Kirk Mitchell)16:20:5301:35:531001:25:539
15Birkenhead Point Marina (Tom Anderson)16:20:5401:35:54901:26:5413
DNCBird and Bear (Tom Clout)     
DNCTech2 (Jack Macartney)     
DNFNoakesailing (Sean Langman)     

The Australian 18 Footer League's 2019-2020 Season continues next Sunday when the club will stage Race 2 of the NSW Championship.

Spectators can see all the teams while they are rigging, then follow the racing on board the club's spectator ferry, which leaves Double Bay Wharf, alongside the rigging area, each race day at 2pm.

Book online through the club's website

The AeroMedia Live Broadcast team will also be out on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action for those who can't make it onto the water. The livestreaming is available by going to and clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

As well as watching the livestreaming coverage, you can also follow all the club's racing throughout the entire 2019-2020 Racing Season:

  • Club Website:
  • Twitter: @18skiff
  • Instagram: @18skiff
  • Facebook: International 18Ft Skiff

Related Articles

18ft Skiff Australian Championship day 1
Finport Finance team totally dominate the racing The Finport Finance team of Keagan York, Matt Stenta and David Ewings totally dominated the racing in a 8-12 knots SSE wind to lead the fleet after the two-race opening day. Posted on 19 Jan
18ft Skiff NSW Championship overall
Tech2 showed that the Winning Group may have a tougher battle ahead The Winning Group team of John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton didn't start in today's final race of the NSW Championship as the team had already won the title but today's winner Tech2 showed that the Winning Group may have a tougher battle ahead. Posted on 12 Jan
18ft Skiffs: 'The Ocean Challenge'
One of the most spectacular 18ft Skiff races in the sport's more than 125-year history When the Australian 18 Footers League's 2019-2020 Season resumes racing on Sunday, January 12, it will be 35 years since the club celebrated its 50th Anniversary in January 1985 by staging a unique event. Posted on 8 Jan
18ft Skiff NSW Championship Race 4
Smeg sailed beautifully in 12-16 knot NE wind to take the win The Smeg crew of Micah Lane, Ricky Bridge and Peter Mackie sailed beautifully in the 12-16 knot NE wind to take out Race 4 of the NSW Championship, but it was the second-placed Winning Group which has wrapped up the championship Posted on 15 Dec 2019
18ft Skiff Supercup on Sydney Harbour
Eight former JJ Giltinan champions and other top 'guest' skippers race The Australian 18 Footers League conducted the second 'Supercup' on Sydney harbour this evening when they invited eight former JJ Giltinan (world) champions as well as several other top names from the world of 18ft Skiff Racing to become guest skippers. Posted on 13 Dec 2019
Vaikobi and the 18 footers
Vaikobi have just launched new 18 foot skiff Vaikobi have just launched our new 18 foot skiff in partnership with our friends from Shaw and Partners Financial Services. The skiff has an awesome team of James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite and Tim Westwood, who are the current Champions. Posted on 11 Dec 2019
18ft Skiff NSW Championship Race 3
Winning Group went into today's race on Sydney Harbour as a hot favourite After two outstanding wins in the first two races of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship, Winning Group went into today's Race 3 on Sydney Harbour as a hot favourite to extend her lead in the championship Posted on 8 Dec 2019
Winning Group setting the standard
18ft Skiff NSW Championship Race 3 taking place this Sunday The Winning Group 18ft Skiff team has set the standard with its domination of the first two races of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship, presently being sailed on Sydney Harbour Posted on 6 Dec 2019
18ft Skiff NSW Championship Race 2
The Winning Group team of John Winning Jr. take the win The Winning Group team of John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton gave a brilliant exhibition to dominate the fleet and take out Race 2 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. Posted on 1 Dec 2019
18ft Skiff NSW Championship continues on Sunday
Jack Macartney returns to the class after a two-year break After a two-year break from sailing in the 18ft Skiffs, Jack Macartney returns to the class full time this season as skipper of a new skiff, sponsored by tech2, which will have its first race on Sunday in Race 2 of the NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour. Posted on 29 Nov 2019
North Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - FooterRS Sailing 2019 - FooterNaiad 660x82px_Rescue