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18ft Skiff 2022 JJ Giltinan Championship - Race 1, George Calligeros Trophy

by Frank Quealey 4 Mar 23:57 PST 5-13 March 2022

Race sponsor: Fisher & Paykel

The Andoo team of Seve Jarvin, Matt Stenta and Sam Newton stamped itself as a clear favourite for the 2022 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship with a brilliant victory in Race One of the regatta on Sydney Harbour today.

Andoo trailed the early leader Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings) for the first lap of the North-East course before gaining the upper hand on the second beat to the Beashel Buoy, then powered away to score a 2m17s victory over Tech2 (Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake), with the defending champion Smeg team (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Zac Barnabas) a further 51s back in third place.

Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price) finished strongly to take fourth place ahead of Balmain and Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood).

Today's race started in a light NE wind, with a run-out tide, giving each team an opportunity to take a variety of preferred courses and the 25-boat fleet was spread across the harbour as it made its way to the Beashel Buoy.

Balmain Slake, Burrawang-Young Henrys (Simon Nearn), Birkenhead Point Marina and Finport Finance (Keagan York), along with Smeg and Noakesailing (Sean Langman) were prominent throughout the long windward leg before Balmain Slake grabbed a 20s lead from Burrawang-Young Henrys, Birkenhead Point Marina and Noakesailing.

The rookie Balmain Slake team retained the lead on the spinnaker run into the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island, and continued to hold the fleet off between Shark and Clark islands.

Andoo was the very big improver on the run from the Beashel Buoy.

The team was only in ninth place, behind Finport Finance, Smeg, Yandoo (John Winning) and Tech2, as spinnakers were set but was vying for the lead by the time the fleet reached the wing mark.

At the end of the first lap, Birkenhead Point Marina was in third place ahead of Smeg, Tech2, Rag & Famish Hotel, Burrawang-Young Henrys and Black Swan (Luke Parkinson).

Once Andoo grabbed the lead, the team began to dominate the race and extended the lead to 55s on the following beat to the top mark at the Beashel Buoy. Tech2 had moved into second place with Balmain Slake holding on narrowly ahead of Smeg and Birkenhead Point Marina.

Andoo extended the lead to 1m15s on the downwind leg back to the bottom mark off Clark Island, then increased the margin to 1m45s at the top mark on the final lap of the course.

Andoo's skipper Seve Jarvin has already won seven JJ Giltinan Championships as a skipper and one as part of the 2005 champion Club Marine team, and after today's performance has every chance to extend the record.

While Andoo's performance was impressive, there were many teams in the fleet which performed strongly., including the three teams which finished behind the very experienced top three placegetters.

The Birkenhead Point Marina team of Tim Westwood, Will Dargaville and Alex Chittenden gave their best performance since coming together this season and won the handicap section of the race.

Race 1 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElapsedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Andoo (Seve Jarvin / Matt Stenta / Sam Newton)16:10:0301:25:03001:25:0315
2Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Lewis Brake)16:12:2001:27:20001:27:2022
3Smeg (Michael Coxon / Ricky Bridge / Zac Barnabas)16:13:1101:28:11401:24:1110
4Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Harry Hall)16:13:4101:28:41401:24:4113
5Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings / Max Paul / Flynn Twomey)16:14:0601:29:06601:23:066
6Birkenhead Point Marina (Tim Westwood / Will Dargaville / Alex Chittenden)16:14:2301:29:231401:15:231
7Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Mike Kennedy)16:14:4801:29:48401:25:4819
8Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Rory Cox / Brandon Buyink)16:15:0601:30:06801:22:063
9Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Steve Thomas / Lindsay Stead / Locky Pryor)16:15:1701:30:17601:24:1711
10Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley Jones / Jeronimo Harrison / Cam Gundy)16:15:3601:30:36401:26:3620
11The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / John Cooley / Charlie Gundy)16:16:0601:31:06401:27:0621
12Ilve (Jono Whitty / Lachlan Doyle / John Walton)16:16:2301:31:23801:23:237
13Black Swan (Luke Parkinson / Cam McDonald / Luke Payne)16:16:3101:31:31701:24:3112
14Finport Finance (Keagan York / Bryce Edwards / Phill Marshall)16:16:3401:31:34601:25:3416
15Black Knight (Heinrich Van Bayern / Thomas Martin / Andy Martin)16:16:4401:31:44601:25:4417
16Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Sam Monkhouse / Jacob Broom)16:16:4501:31:45601:25:4518
17C‑Tech QLD (David Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliot Mahar)16:16:5101:31:51801:23:518
18Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich / Fynn Sprott / Harry Smith)16:17:3701:32:371001:22:375
19The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Matt Doyle)16:18:5501:33:551301:20:552
20Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage / Tom Clout / James Turner)16:18:5701:33:571001:23:579
2118 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)16:19:0101:34:01901:25:0114
22Appliances Online (Alex Marinelli / Darcy McCraken / Tom Quigley)16:22:2801:37:281501:22:284
23DENMARK Team (Jesper Brondum / Uffe Anderson / Jesper Brondum)16:28:5801:43:581401:29:5823
24Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Josh Porebski)16:29:0901:44:09201:42:0924

2022 JJ Giltinan Championship Race Dates:

  • March 6 - Race 2, Cliff Monkhouse Memorial Trophy
  • March 8 - Race 3, Alan Cole Memorial Trophy
  • March 9 - Races 4 & 5, A.J. Reynolds Trophy
  • March 10 - Races 6 & 7, Bill Miller Memorial Trophy
  • March 12 - Race 8, Big Kite Memorial Trophy
  • March 13 - Race 9
Spectators can follow the racing on board the spectator ferry. Booking online through the club's website is essential.

For those unable to make it out onto the water, Sail Media's live-as-it-happens 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.

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