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2021 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Day 5

by Frank Quealey 11 Mar 00:22 PST 6-14 March 2021

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The Smeg team of Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Trent Baarnabas scored its third race win of the 2021 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today to virtually wrap up the series with two more races still to be sailed.

Smeg grabbed the lead early and led for most of the entire race before defeating Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys, Josh Porebski) by 19s, with Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley, Shaun Conner, Harry Bethwaite) a further 9s back in third place.

The win gives Smeg a net total of 11 points, twelve ahead of second placed Yandoo Winning Group (John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin, Saam Newton). Noakesailing is now third placed on 27 points, closely followed by Shaw and Partners Financial Services on 29, Bird and Bear (James Dorron) on 30 and Andoo (Marcus Ashley-Jones) on 31.

Another disappointing day for the pre-series favourite tech2 (Jack Macartney) sees the team in seventh place on 36 points.

Needing to defeat Smeg in today's race to maintain pressure on the overall standings, the Yandoo Winning Group was never able to recover after being in fourth place at the first windward mark behind today's three placegetters.

The Marcus Ashley-Jones led Andoo team continued a very consistent regatta to finish in fifth place, ahead of tech2, Yandoo (John Winning), Finport Finance (Keagan York), Bird and Bear and The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett), which rounded out the top 10 placings.

With a testing 16-20 knot NE wind facing the 20-boat fleet, a special mention must go to the eleventh placed Noakes Blue team, headed by Yvette Heritage, the only female competitor in the championship. Noakes Blue is also placed twelfth overall with some consistently good performances.

Today's race produced a wonderful first leg from Clark Island to the Beashel Buoy with many skiffs in contention for the lead.

Finally Smeg won the battle and held a 15secs lead over Noakesailing as the fleet headed back downwind to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island and then onto the bottom mark back at Clark Island.

The 18 footer rookie team of Shaw and Partners Financial Services continues to impress against their much more experienced opposition and were in third place ahead of Yandoo Winning Group.

Smeg crew's experience was obvious on the run into the wing mark and the skiff held a good lead over the fleet which saw many teams struggle in very tricky conditions.

At the end of the first lap, the four previous leaders were able to hold their placings.

Andoo was in fifth place, followed by a group which included Bird and Bear, The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis), Yandoo, and tech2, which had lost time and placings on the run into the Rose Bay wing mark.

Smeg and Noakesailing elected to sail different courses at times on the second beat to the Beashel Buoy. Smeg chose the RHS of the course with Yandoo Winning Group while Noakesailing and Shaw and Partners went to the left side.

This time Noakesailing did the better and led Smeg by 5secs as the two champion teams set their spinnakers for the run down the middle of Sydney Harbour to the bottom mark, again at Clark Island.

Smeg gybed soon after the pair rounded the Beashel Buoy and went to the RHS of the course while the rest of the leading group, Noakesailing, Shaw and Partners, Yandoo Winning Group, Andoo and The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone wen to the left.

Midway down the run, Noakesailing held a narrow lead as the pair crossed, but Smeg was able to come back and regained the lead once again at Clark Island as the fleet set off on the final lap of the long three-lap NE course.

This time, Smeg's lead was 20secs over Noakesailing, while the Shaw and Partners team was another 35secs back in third place.

Smeg was able to maintain the lead with the same excellent team work the crew have displayed throughout the regatta.

Noakesailing held on to finish in a well-deserved second place, although the 'rookie' Shaw and Partners put plenty of pressure on Noakesailing over the final spinnaker run between Shark Island and Clark Island.

Race 7 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElaspedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Smeg (Michael Coxon Jnr / Ricky Bridge / Trent Barnabas)16:00:1801:15:18201:13:189
2Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)16:00:3701:15:37401:11:373
3Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley / Shaun Conner / Harry Bethwaite)16:00:4601:15:46501:10:461
4Yandoo Winning Group (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)16:01:2301:16:23201:14:2314
5Andoo (Marcus Ashley Jones / Jeronimo Harrison / Cam Gundy)16:01:3201:16:32401:12:326
6Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)16:01:5301:16:53001:16:5318
7Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)16:02:2101:17:21401:13:2110
8Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall)16:03:2701:18:27401:14:2715
9Bird and Bear ( James Dorron / John Walton / Tom Clout)16:03:4401:18:44201:16:4417
10The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / Courtney Mahar / Charlie Gundy)16:03:5301:18:53601:12:537
11Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage / Rory Cox / Ollie Scott Mackie)16:04:4001:19:40601:13:4012 (Jordan Girdis / Lachlan Doyle / Tom Quigley)16:04:4901:19:49801:11:495
13Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood / Alex Chittenden / Felix Daverio)16:05:4301:20:43701:13:4313
14Vintec (Tom Cunich / Alex Marinelli / Flynn Twomey)16:06:1601:21:16801:13:168 (Simon Nearn / Kurt Fatouros / Brandon Buynik)16:06:3101:21:31801:13:3111
16Queenslander (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliot Mahar)16:06:4101:21:411001:11:414
17Ilve (Pedro Vozone / Josh Marks / Paddy Bannon)16:07:5401:22:541201:10:542
18Lumix (Alex Watson / Lachlan Prentice / Matthew Rogers)16:12:1901:27:191201:15:1916
19Lazarus Capital Partners (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)16:12:3001:27:301001:17:3019
DNFRag & Famish Hotel (Anthony Young / Cameron McDonald / Matt Pearce)     

Race 8 of the championship will be sailed Saturday, March 13 on Sydney Harbour.

JJ Giltinan Championship, Race Dates:

  • 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 is essential.

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 by clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

Results after Race 7:

18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship results after 7 races - photo © Australian 18 Footers League

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