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2021 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Overall

by Frank Quealey 13 Mar 23:42 PDT 6-14 March 2021

The Smeg team of Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Trent Barnabas was unbeatable for the title of 2021 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff champion after yesterday's Race 8 of the championship, but today's final race on Sydney Harbour held more than enough interest to entertain patrons on the two club spectator ferries following the event.

Several teams were in contention for placings behind the Smeg team and a strong Southerly wind sweeping across the harbour was adding even more pressure to the fleet.

Fifteen teams finally faced the starter for the three-lap course set between Nielsen Park and the southern end of Rose Bay.

Yandoo Winning Group (John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton) trailed tech2 at the final windward mark in Rose Bay but produced an outstanding spinnaker run to score a 3s victory over the tech2 team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt, Lewis Brake.

Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Phil Marshall) sailed consistently well throughout the entire course to finish a further 1m26s back in third place, ahead of Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley), Andoo (Marcus Ashley-Jones) and Noakesailing (Sean Langman).

Smeg finished the championship on 19 points, followed by Yandoo Winning Group on 28, Noakesailing 36, Shaw and Partners Financial Services on 38, tech2 39 and Andoo on 43.

The race to the first mark today was tight with Smeg and Yandoo Winning Group electing to sail on the LHS of the course in Rose Bay while tech2 went to the RHS near Shark Island.

tech2 led Yandoo Winning Group, Yandoo and Finport Finance when the fleet finally reached the mark.

The tech2 team continued to lead downwind but a 'drifting' mark proved costly to the leader and Yandoo came through to become the new race leader.

When Yandoo capsized off the southern end of Shark Island, tech2 regained the lead and continued to hold the lead over the next lap of the course, just ahead of Yandoo Winning Group.

Finport Finance and Smeg were engaged in a battle for third place before a capsize put the new champion Smeg team out of contention on the second spinnaker run.

It was a great effort by all the competing teams who certainly put on a wonderful show for the spectator fleet.

Race 9 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElapsedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Yandoo Winning Group (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)15:38:4000:53:40200:51:402
2Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)15:38:4300:53:43000:53:436
3Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall)15:40:0900:55:09400:51:091
4Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley / Shaun Connor / Harry Bethwaite)15:41:2900:56:29200:54:299
5Andoo (Marcus Ashley Jones / Jeronimo Harrison / Cam Gundy)15:41:5900:56:59400:52:594
6Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)15:43:0100:58:01100:57:0110
7Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)15:43:1200:58:12400:54:128 (Jordan Girdis / Lachlan Doyle / Tom Quigley)15:43:2100:58:21500:53:215
9Smeg (Michael Coxon Jnr / Ricky Bridge / Trent Barnabas)15:43:3300:58:33100:57:3311
10Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage / Rory Cox / Ollie Scott Mackie)15:43:3900:58:39600:52:393
11Vintec (Tom Cunich / Zac Barnabas / Alex Marinelli)15:46:5201:01:52800:53:527
12Bird and Bear ( James Dorron / John Walton / Tom Clout)15:47:3001:02:30201:00:3013
13Lazarus Capital Partners (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)15:54:0601:09:061000:59:0612
14Ilve (Pedro Vozone / Josh Marks / Paddy Bannon)15:56:5101:11:511001:01:5114 (Simon Nearn / Kurt Fatouros / Brandon Buynik)     
DNCLumix (Alex Watson / Lachlan Prentice / Matthew Rogers)     
DNCQueenslander (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliot Mahar)     
DNCRag & Famish Hotel (Anthony Young / Cameron McDonald / Matt Pearce)     
DNCThe Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / Courtney Mahar / Charlie Gundy)     
DNFBirkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood / Alex Chittenden / Felix Daverio)     
The annual Queen of the Harbour race will be sailed next Sunday, March 21.

Spectators can follow the race 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. Livestreaming is available at by clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

Overall Results:

18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship results after 9 races - photo © Australian 18 Footers League

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