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2021 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Day 4

by Frank Quealey 10 Mar 01:00 PST 6-14 March 2021

Sponsored by tech2

What a difference a day made at the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour, when the Australian champion tech2 team came roaring back on Day 4 today, with two outstanding victories after its devastating Day 3 which had put it in a seemingly hopeless overall position.

The tech2 team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake took a narrow victory in Race 5 then backed it up with a brilliant exhibition to score the double in Race 6.

With a light Easterly breeze prevailing for the day's racing, in Race 5, tech2 defeated Bird and Bear (James Dorron, Tom Clout, John Walton) by 15s with Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys, Josh Porebski) a further 6s back in third place.

Championship leader, Smeg (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge, Trent Barnabas) finished fourth, followed by Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley), and Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood).

In Race 6, tech2 grabbed an early lead before racing away over the two lap windward-return course to defeat Smeg by 46s.

While tech2's victory was clear, the race for second placing was exciting and very close as Smeg crossed the finish line just 2s. ahead of Bird and Bear, with Yandoo Winning Group (John Winning Jr.) only another 8s back in fourth place.

The next four boats, Shaw and Partners, The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett), Finport Finance (Keagan York) and Appliancesonline.com.au (Simon Nearn) finished within just 9s.

With protests pending, due to be heard by an independent committee tomorrow, the provisional net points placings in the championship have Smeg leading on 10 points, followed by Yandoo Winning Group on 19, Bird and Bear on 21, Noakesailing on 25, Andoo (Marcus Ashley-Jones) and Shaw and Partners Financial Services, together on 26.

Today's double winner is a participant in one of tomorrow's protest hearings, however, in the meantime is well back with a net score of 30 points.

In the early race today, Noakesailing led the fleet narrowly to the windward mark in Rose Bay with Smeg in second place and Yandoo Winning Group third, only 8s from the lead.

When Yandoo Winning Group capsized soon after the three boats set their spinnakers, it started a disappointing day for the highly-fancied team in the quest to win the 2021 title. The team could manage only 13th place after the capsize and were less than its best in Race 6, although finishing strongly over the final lap of the course.

Race 5 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElaspedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)15:21:2200:36:22000:36:2211
2Bird and Bear ( James Dorron / John Walton / Tom Clout)15:21:3700:36:37200:34:373
3Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)15:21:4300:36:43200:34:434
4Smeg (Michael Coxon Jnr / Ricky Bridge / Trent Barnabas)15:22:0600:37:06100:36:0610
5Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley / Shaun Conner / Harry Bethwaite)15:23:1400:38:14300:35:145
6Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood / Alex Chittenden / Felix Daverio)15:23:2700:38:27400:34:272
7Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage / Rory Cox / Ollie Scott Mackie)15:23:4000:38:40300:35:406
8Andoo (Will Phillips / Jeronimo Harrison / Cam Gundy)15:23:4200:38:42200:36:4214
9Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)15:23:4500:38:45200:36:4515
10The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / Courtney Mahar / Charlie Gundy)15:24:0000:39:00300:36:009
11Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall)15:24:1000:39:10200:37:1016
12Rag & Famish Hotel (Anthony Young / Cameron McDonald / Phil Harmer)15:24:4800:39:48400:35:487
13Yandoo Winning Group (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)15:24:5100:39:51100:38:5118
14AppliancesOnline.com.au (Simon Nearn / Kurt Fatouros / Brandon Buynik)15:24:5300:39:53400:35:538
15thekitchenmaker.com.au (Jordan Girdis / Lachlan Doyle / Tom Quigley)15:25:3400:40:34400:36:3413
16Queenslander (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliot Mahar)15:26:2400:41:24500:36:2412
17Lumix (Alex Watson / Lachlan Prentice / Matthew Rogers)15:27:1800:42:18800:34:181
18Lazarus Capital Partners (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)15:27:2400:42:24500:37:2417
DNFIlve (Pedro Vozone / Josh Marks / Paddy Bannon)     
DNFVintec (Tom Cunich / Beau Junk / Beau Junk)     

Race 6 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElaspedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)16:15:1000:35:10000:35:108
2Smeg (Michael Coxon Jnr / Ricky Bridge / Trent Barnabas)16:15:5600:35:56100:34:565
3Bird and Bear ( James Dorron / John Walton / Tom Clout)16:15:5800:35:58200:33:581
4Yandoo Winning Group (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)16:16:0600:36:06100:35:067
5Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley / Shaun Conner / Harry Bethwaite)16:17:5400:37:54300:34:544
6The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / Courtney Mahar / Charlie Gundy)16:17:5600:37:56300:34:565
7Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall)16:18:0100:38:01200:36:0111
8AppliancesOnline.com.au (Simon Nearn / Kurt Fatouros / Brandon Buynik)16:18:0300:38:03400:34:032
9thekitchenmaker.com.au (Jordan Girdis / Lachlan Doyle / Tom Quigley)16:18:2100:38:21400:34:213
10Andoo (Will Phillips / Jeronimo Harrison / Cam Gundy)16:18:5100:38:51200:36:5112
11Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)16:18:5700:38:57200:36:5713
12Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood / Alex Chittenden / Felix Daverio)16:19:3000:39:30400:35:309
13Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)16:20:0800:40:08200:38:0816
14Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage / Rory Cox / Ollie Scott Mackie)16:20:2600:40:26300:37:2615
15Queenslander (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliot Mahar)16:20:4600:40:46500:35:4610
16Lazarus Capital Partners (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)16:22:0400:42:04500:37:0414
17Rag & Famish Hotel (Anthony Young / Cameron McDonald / Phil Harmer)16:22:1300:42:13400:38:1317
18Ilve (Pedro Vozone / Josh Marks / Paddy Bannon)16:25:2500:45:25600:39:2518
DNCVintec (Tom Cunich / Alex Marinelli / Beau Junk)     
DNFLumix (Alex Watson / Lachlan Prentice / Matthew Rogers)     

Smeg's net position at the moment is very strong with only three more races to be sailed, and the team also has only a sixth placing discard it can use, if required.

Much will depend on tomorrow's protest hearing if tech2 wins her protest resulting from Race 4.

Whatever happens in the protest room the racing between now and Sunday should attract a great spectator crowd as there is so much close racing throughout the fleet.

Race 7 of the championship will be sailed Thursday, March 11 on Sydney Harbour.

JJ Giltinan Championship, Race Dates:

  • Thursday March 11, 2021 - Race 7
  • Saturday March 13, 2021 - Race 8
  • Sunday March 14, 2021 - Race 9

Spectators can follow the racing on board the club's spectator ferry, however due to the COVID-19 policy, numbers are limited. Booking online through the club's website www.18footers.com is essential. www.18footers.com.au/18-footers-sailing/spectator-ferry

For those unable to make it out onto the water, the club's live broadcast team will be on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action. Live streaming is available at www.18footers.com by clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

Provisional Results after Day 4: (six races)

18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship results after 6 races - photo © Australian 18 Footers League

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