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18ft Skiff Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship Invitation Race

by Frank Quealey 29 Feb 23:40 PST 1-10 March 2024

The 75th regatta for the world's premier 18 footer championship got under way on Sydney Harbour today when the Australian 18 Footers League hosted the Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship Invitation Race for the 27 competing teams from five countries and three Australian states.

A light North East breeze, of less than 8 knots, greeted the fleet at the start of today's race, which provided visiting teams a good hit out before the championship-proper begins on the harbour tomorrow (Saturday, 2 March) in winds predicted to reach more than 20 knots.

As often happens, some teams are prepared to test their boat speed and pull off the course before completing the race and today was no exception when the series favourite, and defending champion, Andoo (John Winning Jr,) returned to shore just prior to completing the first lap while holding a comfortable lead.

When conditions remained light and with the fleet spread out over a distance, the race crew elected to shorten the course at the end of the second lap and the Balmain team of Henry Larkings, Fynn Sprott and Flynn Twomey was awarded the victory.

Next to cross the new finish line was Smeg (Nathan McNamara, Jed Cruikshank, Jack Taylor), 42s behind Balmain, with Yandoo (Micah Lane, Fang Warren, Lewis Brake) a further 24s back in third place.

Queensland's Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter) was fourth, followed by Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Emma Rankin), Vaikobi (Kirk Mitchell),, and 18 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Hugo Stoner).

Germany's Black Knight (Heinrich Von Bayern) actually crossed the finish line in fourth place, Lazarus (Tom Cunich) fifth and Queensland's C-Tech (Josh Sloman) eighth, but each of the three teams were declared OCS.

In conditions that were expected to work against the heavier Andoo crew, the performance of the defending champion was exceptional and must have sent out a huge red alert to every other team in the fleet as Andoo powered ahead of the fleet prior to withdrawing from the race.

With Andoo off the course, a really close race developed between Balmain and Smeg as the pair were separated by only 10s as they worked their way back to the Beashel Buoy on the long windward beat.

Balmain gybed immediately after rounding the Beashel Buoy while Smeg elected not to follow. Balmain's move proved to be a winner and resulted in the team's 42s victory at the end of the spinnaker back to the bottom where the race was subsequently shortened.

Although conditions are expected to be vastly different tomorrow, with southerly winds possibly over 20 knots, it's hard to see anyone getting the better of Andoo and her high-performance crew after today's stunning exhibition.

One thing that can be guaranteed, there is always plenty of high-speed, sometimes out-of-control action for followers on the spectator ferry or watching the SailMedia livestream video coverage when we get a 20 knot southerly wind on Sydney Harbour.

JJ Giltinan Championship Invitation Race Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElapsedHandicapCorrectedCorrected Pos
1Balmain (Henry Larkings / Flynn Twomey / Fynn Sprott)15:58:4902:03:49202:01:499
2smeg (Nathan McNamara / Jed Cruikshank / Jack Taylor)15:59:3102:04:31402:00:314
3Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Lewis Brake)15:59:5502:04:55002:04:5518
5Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliott Mahar)16:02:1302:07:13602:01:137
7Shaw and Partners (Emma Rankin / Cam McDonald / Tom Quigley)16:02:4902:07:49602:01:499
9Vaikobi (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)16:03:2702:08:27202:06:2719
1018 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Hamish Vass)16:04:5502:09:551001:59:552
11Sixt (Nathan Edwards / Alex Leslie / Locky Pryor)16:05:5002:10:50902:01:5011
12The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Ben Kirkby)16:06:2802:11:28802:03:2815
13Bloody Dane Racing Team (Jesper Brondum / Tobias Hemdorf / Max Seydl)16:06:5602:11:561002:01:5612
14Noakes (Bec Hancock / Lindsay Stead / Brandon Buyink)16:07:0802:12:081202:00:083
15RAYC Racing Team (Jack Frewin / Ollie Gilmour / Luc Gladwell)16:07:4402:12:441102:01:448
16VIC Racing Team (Scott Cunningham / Brody Riley / David Cunningham)16:08:0402:13:041102:02:0413
17Hoefle Haus (Holger Hoefle / Cam De Nardis / Felix Gruse)16:08:0802:13:081002:03:0814
18ASCC 2 Racing Team (Craig Keenan / Sam Richardson / Gavin Ninnes)16:08:5302:13:531002:03:5316
19UK 91 Racing Team (Luke Goble / Simon Toplak / Max Seydl)16:09:4102:14:411002:04:4117
DNFAndoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)     
DNFASCC Racing Team (Eli Liefting / Adam Mustill / Josh Schon)     
DNFFinport Finance (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall)     
DNFFisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldmann)     
DNFMarine Outlet (John Cooley / Cam Gundy / Charlie Gundy)     
DNFThe Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Jacob Marks / Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle)     
DNSRag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Simon Hoffman)     
OCSBlack Knight (Heinrich Van Bayern / Thomas Martin / Andy Martin)     
OCSBurrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)     
OCSC‑Tech QLD (Josh Sloman / George Morton / Angus Barker)     
OCSLazarus Capital Partners (Tom Cunich / Marc Chapon / Finn Rodowicz)     

List of Entries for the 2024 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship:

  • Andoo (Aust) John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton
  • Finport Finance (Aust) Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Phil Marshall
  • Yandoo (Aust) John Winning, Fang Warren, Lewis Brake
  • Rag & Famish Hotel (Aust) Harry Price, Josh McKnight, Finn Rodowicz
  • Lazarus (Aust) Tom Cunich, Marc Chapon, Tim Morishima
  • Balmain (Aust) Henry Larkings, Fynn Sprott, Flynn Twomey
  • Black Knight (Germany) Heinrich Von Bayern, Thomas Martin, Andy Martin
  • ASCC (NZ) Eli Liefting, Adam Mustill, Josh Schon
  • Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Aust) Emma Rankin, Cam McDonald, Tom Quigley
  • Vaikobi (Aust) Kirk Mitchell, Andrew Stephenson, Daniel Barnett
  • Big Foot Bags and Covers (Aust-Q) Dave Hayter, Ben Roxburgh, Elliott Mahar
  • Fisher & Paykel (Aust) Jordan Girdis, Josh Feldmann, Jacob Broome
  • The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aust) Jacob Marks, Alex Marinelli, Matt Doyle
  • Burrawang-Young Henrys (Aust) Simon Nearn, Cam Walker, Paddy Bannon
  • Marine Outlet (Aust) John Cooley, Cam Gundy, Charlie Gundy
  • Smeg (Aust) Nathan McNamara, Jed Cruikshank, Jack Taylor
  • Sixt (Aust) Nathan Edwards, Alex Leslie, Locky Pryor
  • C-tech (Aust-Q) Josh Sloman, George Morton, Angus Barker
  • The Kitchen Maker (Aust) Lachlan Steel, Jerome Watts, Ben Kirkby
  • Noakes (Aust) Bec Hancock, Lindsay Stead, Brandon Buyink
  • 18 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Aust) Hugo Stoner, Hugo Leeming, Hamish Vass
  • ASCC 2 (NZ) Craig Keenan, Sam Richardson, Gavin Ninnes
  • RAYC (NZ) Jack Frewin, Ollie Gilmour, Luc Gladwell
  • UK91 (UK) Luke Goble, Simon Toplak, Max Seydl
  • Bloody Dane (Denmark) Jesper Brondum, Tobias Hemdorf, Sebastian Byrsting
  • Hoefle Haus (Germany) Holger Hoefle, Camillo De Naris, Felix Gruse
  • Team Vic (Aust-Victoria) Scott Cunningham, Brody Riley, David Cunningham

Race dates for the championship are:

Saturday March 2, 2024 - Race 1, George Calligeros Trophy
Sunday March 3, 2024 - Race 2, Cliff Monkhouse Memorial Trophy
Tuesday March 5, 2024 - Races 3 & 3, Alan Cole Memorial Trophy
Wednesday March 6, 2024 - Races 5 & 6, A.J. Reynolds Trophy
Thursday March 7, 2024 - Race 7, Bill Miller Memorial Trophy
Saturday March 9, 2024 - Race 8, Big Kite Memorial Trophy
Sunday March 10, 2024 - Race 9, Ribbon and J.J. Giltinan Trophy

Racing on each day will start at 2:45 (on multiple race days, the second race will be as soon as practical after the completion of the previous race).

The Australian 18 Footers League's spectator ferry will follow each day's racing during the championship, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf at 2.15pm, and SailMedia will livestream all the racing.

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