Please select your home edition
Rooster 2023 - Aquafleece Robe - LEADERBOARD

18ft Skiffs: Legendary veteran vs. the 18 footer rookie

by Frank Quealey 24 Oct 20:05 PDT

Thirty nine season veteran, the legendary 18ft skiff skipper John 'Woody' Winning, and three-race rookie skipper, Jacob Marks are the two skippers leading their teams at the half-way mark of the 2023-24 Australian 18 Footers League's Spring Championship when the 17-boat fleet lines up for Race 4 of the series on Sydney Harbour next Sunday.

'Woody' will be at the helm of Yandoo while Jacob will lead The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines.

It will be the second consecutive week when Winning has shared the lead with a skipper who has had only a couple of races in the 18s. Last week Emma Rankin (Shaw and Partners Financial Services), had competed in only two races while sharing the lead in the series.

Asked about the unusual situation, 'Woody' was impressed and optimistic "It's terrific that we are getting such talented newcomers into the class and I couldn't be happier."

"Like any club, in any sport, the League administration is conscious of the need to introduce new talent into its ranks to secure its future."

He added, "We are fortunate to have so much young talent in our fleet and my team (Fang Warren and Josh Porebski) knows that we will have to stay at our best if we want to retain our position at the top of the points table."

While Jacob and the Oak Double Bay-4 Pines team of Alex Marinelli and Matt Doyle are giving away a big advantage in experience to the Yandoo crew, they are confident in their teamwork under pressure and are looking forward to the challenge in Sunday's race.

It's not too surprising that Jacob has taken so quickly to the demanding 18ft skiffs.

Just three months ago, he teamed with Ben Crafoord to win five of the seven races, and overall winner of the 2023 International 29er Q Series at Weymouth UK, then followed this with seventh place in the gold fleet at the worlds, which followed the Q series.

Wind conditions didn't suit the team but the boys still managed a podium finish in one of the races.

Conditions over the first three weeks of the Spring Championship have been consistently light and things could change if stronger winds face the fleet on Sunday.

Only four points separate the leading six teams and only two points separate the next six teams.

Progress points, after the first two races of the six-race Spring Championship are:

16 - The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines, Yandoo
18 - Fisher & Paykel, Smeg
19 - Balmain
20 - Shaw and Partners Financial Services
26 - Marine Outlet
27 - Sixt, Burrawang-Young Henrys
28 - Finport Finance, The Kitchen Maker, Lazarus
30 - 18 Footers Bar and Restaurant
33 - Andoo
44 - Your Name Here
45 - Noakes Red
46 - Rag & Famish Hotel

Don't forget, you can join the Australian 18 Footers League's 'Alternative Ferry in the League's clubhouse and enjoy all the racing action LIVE on the massive screen broadcasting the SailMedia Livestream camera cat coverage of the racing, and there will be special drinks and food offers for those attending who wish to support their favourite team.

It's a really unique way to celebrate the great racing we have seen at the start of the 2023-24 season and all 18 footer supporters are welcome to come down to the clubhouse 'Alternative' Ferry.

If you can't get out onto Sydney Harbour to see the action-packed racing, or come to the club's 'Alternative' Ferry', you can catch it LIVE by going to the direct link here.

Related Articles

18ft Skiff NSW Championship Races 5 and 6
Price's last minute decision proves successful A last minute decision by skipper Harry Price to sail his first 18ft skiff race of the season proved successful when he steered the Rag & Famish Hotel team to victory in both races of the NSW 18ft skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. Posted on 10 Dec
An unsponsored team challenges for the title
Put Your Name Here second on the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship leaderboard The present leaderboard at the 2023-24 NSW 18ft skiff Championship is unclear because of a complicated protest, relating to last Sunday's Race 4, which is due to be held prior to next Sunday's two races in the series on Sydney Harbour. Posted on 6 Dec
18ft Skiff NSW Championship Races 3 and 4
25-knot southerly wind on Sydney Harbour In contrast to the light, variable conditions of last Sunday's opening day of the 2023-24 NSW 18ft skiff Championship, today's racing on Sydney Harbour was conducted in a 25-knot southerly wind which produced an action-packed day of speed racing Posted on 3 Dec
Will the feeling of déjà vu continue?
In the 2023-24 NSW 18ft Skiff Championship Fluctuating winds and a number of start and racing incidents affected Day One of the 2023-24 NSW 18ft skiff Championship, which was conducted by the Australian 18 Footers League on Sydney Harbour last Sunday. Posted on 29 Nov
18ft Skiff NSW Championship Races 1 and 2
Defending champions hold a narrow lead The defending champion Andoo team of John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton hold a narrow lead after the first two races sailed on the opening day of the 2023-24 NSW 18ft Skiff Championship. Posted on 26 Nov
18ft Skiff NSW Championship preview
The race towards the 2024 JJs begins this weekend The recently completed Australian 18 Footers League Spring Championship produced some exciting fleet racing over the past six weeks and a magnificent spectacle of unbelievable spinnaker action in a 28-knot 'black nor'easter' last Sunday Posted on 22 Nov
18ft Skiff 2023-24 Spring Championship overall
The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines became the 2023-24 Australian 18 Footer League's Spring champions The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines team of Jacob Marks, Alex Marinelli and Marc Chapon became the 2023-24 Australian 18 Footer League's Spring champions following a sensational final race of the six-race Spring Championship series Posted on 19 Nov
18ft Skiffs: Sunday's big final Spring showdown
Can the young team beat the defending champions? Next Sunday's final race of the Australian 18 Footers League's 2023-24 Spring Championship on Sydney Harbour is expected to go right down to the final leg of the course with just four points separating the leading three teams on the point score table Posted on 15 Nov
18ft Skiffs: Sponsor's Race
The Australian 18 Footers League took a step back into history The Australian 18 Footers League took a step back into history on Sydney Harbour today when it staged a non-point score Sponsors' Race, with each competing skiff carrying a fourth hand representative of the boat's sponsor Posted on 12 Nov
18ft Skiffs: The League's Youth Policy
Looking for a future world champion in Sydney The current success of the young talent in the Australian 18 Footers League's 2023-24 season fleet has the club excited about the future of the sport on Sydney Harbour and the prospects of producing more world champion sailors Posted on 8 Nov
Armstrong-Suptonic-728x90-2 BOTTOMRS Sailing 2021 - FOOTERVaikobi 2023 Gloves - FOOTER