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Winning Group 73rd JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Day 6

by Frank Quealey 10 Mar 23:39 PST 4-12 March 2023

Today's Sponsor: Smeg

Defending champion Andoo team of John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton took the lead from the start and led the entire Race 8 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today, crossing the finish line with a winning margin of 48s.

The fast-finishing Balmain Slake team of Henry Larkings, Miles Davey and Flynn Twomey produced its best result of the season with a strong performance to finish in second place, 37s ahead of Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price, Josh McKnight, Harry Hall).

Big Pete (Sean Langman) finished fourth, followed by Yandoo (John Winning), Black Knight (Heinrich Bayern), Finport Finance (Keagan York), Smeg (David Witt), Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Dave O'Connor) and Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter).

Following the victory, Andoo leads the net provisional points table on 18 points, followed by Smeg on 29, Finport Finance and Rag & Famish Hotel both on 30, Big Pete 31 and Yandoo on 32 points.

Protests, resulting from Thursday's Race 7, are still to be heard this evening and all current points listed here are provisional only.

(Protests include: Finport Finance v Andoo, Big Pete v Shaw and Partners and Shaw and Partners v Big Pete)

Should the protest against Andoo in Race 7 be unsuccessful, Andoo would have a gross total of 24 points, which would put the team in an unbeatable position before tomorrow's final race of the championship.

Andoo's experienced crew revelled in the North East conditions and grabbed a 20s lead at the Beashel Buoy weather mark from Finport Finance, Rag & Famish Hotel and Balmain Slake.

Andoo led the fleet downwind to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island. Rag & Famish Hotel was quick and moved up into second place ahead of Balmain Slake, Yandoo, Finport Finance and Big Pete.

The leading positions remained unchanged at the bottom mark then Andoo's crew were at their best on the second beat to the Beashel Buoy as they extended their lead over Rag & Famish Hotel to 55s as spinnakers were set for the run back down the middle of the course to the bottom mark off Clark Island.

Finport Finance was back in third place at the Beashel Buoy, jush ahead of Balmain Slake, Yandoo, Big Pete, Black Knight and Smeg (David Witt).

Balmain Slake won the handicap section of today's race, but it's the Germany's Black Knight (Heinrich Bayern, Thomas Martin and Andy Martin) which leads the handicap section on 40 points, followed by Birkenhead Point Marina (Kirk Mitchell) on 44 and Balmain Slake on 46 points.

NOTE: Tomorrow's race is the final race for the Winning Group 73rd JJ Giltinan World 18 footer Championship

The Australian 18 Footers League has TWO spectator ferries following the race, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf, alongside the clubhouse, at 2pm.

For anyone who can't make it onto one of the spectator ferries, the League's live broadcast team will be out on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action. Live streaming is available at by clicking on the '18 Footers TV' link.

Results after Race 8:

1Andoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)6163511118
2Smeg (Michael Coxon / James Dorron / Tom Anderson)2516357829
4Finport Finance (Keagan York / Angus Williams / Phil Marshall)124111033730
3Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Harry Hall)8874422330
5Noakesailing/ Big Pete (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Rhys Mara)742121311431
6Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Josh Porebski)5785145532
7Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Dave OConnor / Trent Barnabas / Tom Quigley)310327228942
8Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley Jones / Rob Bell / Jeronimo Harrison )4310126941648
9Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings / Miles Davey / Flynn Twomey)1091481376255
10Black Knight (Heinrich Van Bayern / Thomas Martin / Andy Martin)166111014610663
11Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich / Fynn Sprott / Aiden Mansley)22135911891469
12Birkenhead Point Marina (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)1411914910131278
13Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliott Mahar)18122571912151093
14The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle / Darcy McCracken)131412131617191196
15Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldmann)915181817211213102
16Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Dan Phillips / Cam McDonald)251917168191417116
17Marine Outlet (Cam Gundy / John Walton / Markus Sampson)1925131512141825116
18The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Finn Rodowicz)2118151715231621123
19Noakes Blue (Nathan McNamara / Peter McLeod / Jack Taylor)1220161921162120124
20C‑Tech QLD (Josh Sloman / George Morton / Angus Barker)1725212018151718126
2118 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)1516252525112215129
22Lazarus Development (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Hamish Vass)2025192120182023141
23Japan Team (Nobu Ono / Takuyou Arita / Brandon Buyink)2517202325202319147
24Hoefle Haus (Holger Hoefle / Cam De Nardis / Eike Dietrich)2321222222242422156

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