Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resources 2019 - Leaderboard

18ft Skiffs: Live coverage of the 2020 JJ Giltinan Championship

by Frank Quealey 11 Mar 22:32 PDT 14-22 March 2020
AeroMedia team on the tail of The Oak - 2020 JJ Giltinan Championship © Frank Quealey

When the world's top twenty-four 18ft Skiffs line up to contest the 2020 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour, from 14-22 March, the AeroMedia Live Broadcast team will be alongside and above the fleet sending vision of the action to all parts of the world.

The team covers the Australian 18 Footers League's weekly 18ft Skiff races on Sydney Harbour and is highly experienced in how to follow the fleet, communicate with the viewers, and how to avoid the incredible number of difficulties associated with the production on a busy harbour.

For the 2020 JJs, the team will use five 1080HD quality cameras, including one in the boat park for interviews, by Troy Tindall, and to show the boat set ups.

Seven-times JJ Giltinan world 18ft Skiff champion Andrew Buckland, along with Mark Healey and James Bury will provide expert commentary on the water.

Their efforts allow viewers around the world to be taken up close to the racing skiffs as they speed across the harbour, while managing to avoid the heavy commercial and private traffic.

Team members are also quick to point out: "Our coverage is absolutely live, as it happens, in the moment."

"We are in the elements and not commentating from a comfortable studio."

"If the sailors get wet, we get wet, too."

According to the video team producer, Michael Chittenden, producing livestream video of the racing on Sydney Harbour is far from a simple matter.

"Our equipment is generally foolproof, but things, like the weather, are out of our hands. Will we be able to keep our power cables and leads dry when it rains, or when we have to go through the wake of power boats?"

"We always wonder, is the equipment going to work, will the signal from the drone work, or will the interference, common on Sydney Harbour, cause problems?"

Chittenden added: "We also worry about how we will be able to get the camera boat into the right places, and at the right times, as we try to cover as much of the fleet and the racing as possible."

"It's a fine line between a good race and one that is not so good, but most times things work out."

"There's a lot which can go wrong. We have three on-board cameras, a drone, live commentary, a boat park camera and graphics.

With three commentators, a driver/commentator, a ronin operator, a drone pilot and Michael Chittenden directing the show, there's a lot going on as the small camera boat manoeuvres her way through the traffic to bring all the action to viewers around the world.

With so much 'happening' in a small area on board the camera cat, and at the speed necessary to cover the action of 18ft Skiff Racing, the team's efforts are amazing so that we can enjoy the thrills associated with the flying machines.

Race dates are:

Saturday - March 14 - Race 1
Sunday - March 15 - Race 2
Tuesday - March 17 - Races 3 & 4
Wednesday - March 18 - Races 5 & 6
Thursday - March 19 - Race 7
Saturday - March 21 - Race 8
Sunday - March 22 - Race 9

AeroMedia Live Broadcast team's live streaming is available at www.18footers.com and clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

A pdf copy of the 32-page 2020 JJ Giltinan Championship programme is available at: www.18footers.com.au/18-footers-sailing/documents Click on "2020 JJ GILTINAN PROGRAMME" button

JJ Giltinan Championship information, race results, race reports and photographic images is also available on the club website www.18footers.com and other news about the championship is available at

  • Twitter - @18skiff
  • Instagram - @18skiff
  • Facebook - International 18Ft Skiff

Related Articles

James Joseph Giltinan
The man behind the name on the trophy Since January 1938, the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship has been regarded as the world championship for all 18 Footer Racing and the names on the James J Giltinan Trophy include some of the greatest sailors in the world. Posted on 28 May
The day the winds blew on Sydney Harbour
A look back at the events on Sunday February 24th, 2013 On Sunday February 24, 2013 the Australian 18 Footers League hosted one of the most spectacular 18ft Skiff races ever staged on Sydney Harbour. The race was Race 7, which was the final race of the 2013 JJ Giltinan world Championship. Posted on 11 May
Archive Video: 2006 18ft Skiff Europeans
Perfect Lake Garda sailing conditions The 2006 18ft Skiff European International Championships saw 28 skiff teams battle it out on beautiful Lake Garda, one of the world's greatest sailing venues, with some stunning conditions. Posted on 6 May
2003 San Fran International Regatta video
Some great archive 18ft Skiff action, including the famous Bridge to Bridge race Some great footage by Earthbound Productions of the 18ft Skiffs taking part in the 2003 San Francisco International Regatta, including the famous Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race. Posted on 3 May
2001 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship videos
A great event for the team on Rag and Famish Hotel John Harris, Craig Ferris and Chris Cleary sailing Rag and Famish Hotel won the 2001 JJ Giltinan Trophy. Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson & Jonny Meers sailing RMW Marine could not continue their form throughout the regatta and finished 5th overall. Posted on 26 Apr
1984 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship video
Great footage as 29 skiffs from 5 nations took part in the event on Sydney Harbour Twenty-nine skiffs from Australia, Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States took part in the 1984 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour. Posted on 26 Apr
1999 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship videos
The trophy goes to the Northern Hemisphere for the first time in its history A look back on the 1999 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour. A huge year with the trophy going to the Northern Hemisphere for the first time in its history. Posted on 24 Apr
18 footer archives: Sydney skiff sailing in 1967
An original documentary that went all the way to the front of the fleet at the Cannes Film Festival The 18 foot skiffs have had many forms over the last 130 years, but their hallmarks of big sails, big spills and plenty of shouting have remained the same. Posted on 21 Apr
2005 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship video
One of the closest battles for the trophy ever with six different race winners The battle for the 2005 Ssangyong JJ Giltinan International 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour had everything. Six different winners of the seven heats and an overall decision of victory which came to the last few hundred metres of the final race. Posted on 19 Apr
The best of the last 10 years at Looe SC part 2
Mark-rounding chaoes, missed toe-straps and capsizes galore! Following on from part 1 which we published last week, here's more great action from on the water at Looe SC in the UK, including Redwing mast-rounding chaos, Enterprise & Redwing crews missing the toe-straps and an 18ft Skiff righting going wrong. Posted on 29 Mar
SOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomGul 2020 FOOTERRS Sailing 2020 - Summer Offer - FOOTER