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Winning Group 73rd JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Overall

by Frank Quealey 11 Mar 23:30 PDT 4-12 March 2023

The defending champion Andoo team, John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton, retained the crown of world champion with an outstanding victory in the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship which concluded on Sydney Harbour today.

Andoo finished in second place in today's race but the result was good enough to complete the championship with a total of 25 points, after winning four races of the nine-race regatta.

Finport Finance (Keagan York, Angus Williams and Phil Marshall) finished in second place with a total of 31 points, followed by Smeg (Michael Coxon, James Dorron/Ricky Bridge and Tom Anderson) on 33, Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price) 36, Big Pete (Sean Langman) 38 and Yandoo (John Winning (John Winning) on 40.

Andoo's crew is not only a champion team, it is a team of champion sailors.

Skipper John Winning Jr is the line honours winning skipper (AndooComanche) of the 2022 Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race, former world 29er champion and joins with his father John (Woody) Winning as the only father-and-son winning skippers of the JJ Giltinan world 18ft Skiff Championship.

Sheet hand Seve Jarvin has now won 10 JJ Giltinan championships, eight as a skipper and two as sheet hand. More than any other competitor in the history of the championship.

Bowman Sam Newton is now an eight-time winner of the JJ Giltinan championship and was part of the 2013 America's Cup-winning Oracle Team USA, among other international yachting achievements

Today's race was sailed in a 12-14 knot South West breeze and resulted in a brilliant, all-the-way win for Finport Finance, which crossed the finish line 2m13s ahead of Andoo.

Germany's Black Knight (Heinrich Bayern, Thomas Martin and Andy Martin) finished strongly to take third place, 38s behind Andoo, followed by Smeg, Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings) and Rag & Famish Hotel.

After Finport Finance established a clear lead of more than one minute at the end of the first spinnaker run to Obelisk Bay, most interest centred on a great battle for the next six placings.

Andoo worked her way through the pack after being in eighth place at the first mark, while Smeg, Balmain Slake, Big Pete and Yandoo were always in the mix as positions changed regularly throughout the race.

The German team (Black Knight) performed consistently to win a very competitive handicap section of the championship from Birkenhead Point Marina (Kirk Mitchell) and Balmain Slake.

Next Week: The Australian 18 Footers League will conduct the annual Queen of the Harbour race and has a spectator ferry following the race, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf, alongside the clubhouse, at 2pm.

For anyone who can't make it onto the spectator ferry, 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.

Overall Results:

1Andoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)61635161225
2Finport Finance (Keagan York / Angus Williams / Phil Marshall)1241110337131
3Smeg (Michael Coxon / James Dorron / Tom Anderson)25163578433
4Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Harry Hall)88744223636
5Noakesailing/ Big Pete (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Rhys Mara)7421213104838
6Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Josh Porebski)57851455940
7Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley Jones / Rob Bell / Jeronimo Harrison )43101269416755
8Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings / Miles Davey / Flynn Twomey)10914813762560
9Black Knight (Heinrich Van Bayern / Thomas Martin / Andy Martin)166111014696365
10Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Dave OConnor / Trent Barnabas / Tom Quigley)310327222591167
11Birkenhead Point Marina (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)141191491012121087
12Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich / Fynn Sprott / Aiden Mansley)2213591188142490
13Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliott Mahar)18122571912141012104
14Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldmann)91518181721111314115
15The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle / Darcy McCracken)131412131617181816119
16Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Dan Phillips / Cam McDonald)25191716819131715124
17Marine Outlet (Cam Gundy / John Walton / Markus Sampson)1925131512141716.524130.5
18Noakes Blue (Nathan McNamara / Peter McLeod / Jack Taylor)122016192116202018141
1918 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)151625252511211513141
20C‑Tech QLD (Josh Sloman / George Morton / Angus Barker)172521201815161817142
21The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Finn Rodowicz)211815171523152125145
22Lazarus Development (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Hamish Vass)202519212018192319159
23Japan Team (Nobu Ono / Takuyou Arita / Brandon Buyink)251720232520221924170
24Hoefle Haus (Holger Hoefle / Cam De Nardis / Eike Dietrich)232122222224232220175

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