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18ft Skiff Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship Day 1

by Frank Quealey 2 Mar 00:19 PST 1-10 March 2024

Race partner: Fisher & Paykel
George Calligeros Trophy

Race 1 of the Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship set the regatta off on the highest possible note on Sydney Harbour today with one of the best 18ft skiff races seen on the harbour for several seasons as four of the world's best 18ft skiff teams exchanged the lead several times throughout the entire course.

With 27 of the best skiffs teams from five countries and three Australian states vying to win the coveted JJ Giltinan World 18 Footer Trophy, the spectator fleet was treated to an incredible battle of tactics in continually changing wind conditions and directions.

The race can best be described as "it had everything you could ask for, and more".

After one hour 28mins 53secs. of racing over the long southerly course, the Yandoo team of Micah Lane, Fang Warren and Lewis Brake lost the lead just 500 metres from the finish, then snatched victory back by just 3s from the defending champion Andoo team of John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton.

Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta and Phil Marshall) finished a further 34s back in third place, ahead of Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price), Germany's Black Knight (Heinrich Von Bayern), Balmain (Henry Larkings) and The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Jacob Marks).

After a delay due to, firstly a lack of wind then two general recalls, the race finally began in very strange wind conditions which quickly divided the fleet as boats headed for the windward mark off Clark Island.

Finport Finance won the battle to grab a 15s lead over New Zealand's ASCC (Eli Liefting), with Andoo and Black Knight close behind and just ahead of The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines. Yandoo was in sixth place ahead of Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis), followed by Rag & Famish Hotel and Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Emma Rankin).

The first long spinnaker run to Obelisk tested the crews to the max and it was the young New Zealanders in ASCC, without Sydney Harbour experience, who outshone the locals to lead Black Knight by two boat lengths at Obelisk with Finport Finance a further 10s back in third place.

Yandoo gained on the run to move into fourth place ahead of The Oak, Andoo and The Rag which had also gained on the run.

The experienced crew on Andoo went hard left on the work back into Rose Bay and the tactic was a winner as Andoo had gone from sixth place at Obelisk to a 45s lead over Rag & Famish Hotel at the mark on the southern end of Shark Island. Yandoo was now up into third place ahead of a four-boat group of The Oak, ASCC, Back Knight and Finport Finance all battling for fourth place.

Just when it looked as if tAndoo's lead may be hard to peg back, The Rag put in a brilliant spinnaker run back to the Athol Bay East mark and suddenly Andoo's lead was dragged back to just 7s.

This race had everything. On the work back to Clark Island fro Athol Bay, The Rag not only took the lead off Andoo, she opened up a 25s break over the defending champion. Finport Finance had fought her way ahead of Yandoo which was now back into fourth place ahead of The Oak and ASCC.

The next long spinnaker run to Obelisk was far removed from the first. This time the fleet had more than enough breeze and the racing was sensational as the leading group arrived at the Obelisk mark with little between the four leaders.

The Rag was now only 4s ahead of Andoo, with Finport and Yandoo not far behind. ASCC arrived next but, unfortunately for the young crew, capsized just ahead of Black Knight and The Oak.

It was all about tactics as the leaders next headed for the next mark off the southern end of Shark Island. Again, the lead changed. This time it was finally Yandoo's turn, as the team set the spinnaker for the run to Athol Bay East with a 20s lead over Andoo and Finport.

At the final rounding mark as the leaders headed for home, Yandoo was now just 3s ahead of Andoo which, despite the lead change near the finish, was enough to give the Yandoo team a magnificent victory on a memorable day of 18ft skiff racing.

Race 1 Results:

PosBoat NameFinishElapsed
1Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Lewis Brake)16:48:5301:28:53
2Andoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)16:48:5601:28:56
3Finport Finance (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall)16:49:3001:29:30
4Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Simon Hoffman)16:49:5101:29:51
5Black Knight (Heinrich Van Bayern / Thomas Martin / Andy Martin)16:52:0201:32:02
6Balmain (Henry Larkings / Flynn Twomey / Fynn Sprott)16:52:2301:32:23
7The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Jacob Marks / Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle)16:52:4201:32:42
8ASCC Racing Team (Eli Liefting / Adam Mustill / Josh Schon)16:54:0901:34:09
9Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldmann)16:54:1301:34:13
10Shaw and Partners (Emma Rankin / Cam McDonald / Tom Quigley)16:54:5101:34:51
11smeg (Nathan McNamara / Jed Cruikshank / Jack Taylor)16:55:2901:35:29
12Vaikobi (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)16:55:3101:35:31
13Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliott Mahar)16:56:0101:36:01
14Marine Outlet (John Cooley / Cam Gundy / Charlie Gundy)16:56:3701:36:37
15Sixt (Nathan Edwards / Alex Leslie / Locky Pryor)16:56:5001:36:50
16C‑Tech QLD (Josh Sloman / George Morton / Angus Barker)16:57:2401:37:24
17Lazarus Capital Partners (Tom Cunich / Marc Chapon / Finn Rodowicz)16:57:5201:37:52
18Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)16:59:0501:39:05
19The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Ben Kirkby)17:00:4801:40:48
20VIC Racing Team (Scott Cunningham / Brody Riley / David Cunningham)17:02:2101:42:21
21RAYC Racing Team (Jack Frewin / Ollie Gilmour / Luc Gladwell)17:02:2601:42:26
2218 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Hamish Vass)17:02:2701:42:27
23Noakes (Bec Hancock / Lindsay Stead / Brandon Buyink)17:04:4501:44:45
24Bloody Dane Racing Team (Jesper Brondum / Tobias Hemdorf / Max Seydl)17:05:4701:45:47
25UK 91 Racing Team (Luke Goble / Simon Toplak / Max Seydl)17:06:2901:46:29
26ASCC 2 Racing Team (Craig Keenan / Sam Richardson / Gavin Ninnes)17:07:2101:47:21
27Hoefle Haus (Holger Hoefle / Cam De Nardis / Felix Gruse)17:15:0501:55:05

Further race dates for the championship are:

Sunday March 3, 2024 Race 2, Cliff Monkhouse Memorial Trophy
Tuesday March 5, 2024 Races 3 & 4, 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 JJ Giltinan Trophy

NOTE: Half-price ferry tickets on Thursday 7 March 2024

Racing on each day will start at 2:45pm (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.

Tomorrow's Race 2 will be embedded on the and homepages.

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