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18ft Skiff Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship Day 4

by Frank Quealey 6 Mar 00:28 PST 1-10 March 2024

Race partner: Vaikobi
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The outcome of the Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship is still wide open between the three leading teams with just three more races to be sailed, as the 27-boat fleet focuses on winning the coveted JJ Giltinan World 18 footer trophy currently being contested on Sydney Harbour.

With six races of the nine-race regatta now completed, each team's worst race result to date is excluded from the net score and reflects a truer position as the event moves closer to completion next Sunday.

After today's two races Yandoo (Micah Lane, Fang Warren and Lewis Brake) and Andoo (John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton) share the lead with net scores each of eight points, followed by Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price, Josh McKnight and Finn Rodowicz) on 13 points.

Finport Finance (Keagan York) is fourth on 27 points, followed by New Zealand's ASCC (Eli Liefting) on 31, Germany's Black Knight (Heinrich Von Bayern) on 33, Marine Outlet (John Cooley) 38, Queensland's Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter) 40, Balmain (Henry Larkings) 40 and Lazarus (Tom Cunich) on 42 points.

Following yesterday's racing, a protest by the Yandoo crew (which finished first over the finish line after sailing the entire course) for being declared OCS in Race 3, resulted in the skiff being reinstated as the winner and every other finishing skiff being placed one position further back than originally recorded.

All placings have now been adjusted accordingly and scores in this report and those on the below overall points table are correct.

Day four's two races were sailed in a 10-16-knot North-East breeze on Sydney Harbour today, with all teams electing to carry their smaller #2 rigs, and the honours were shared between the two series leaders who each scored wins.

Race 5 of the series (the first of today's two races) began dramatically when Andoo and Lazarus both believed they were over at the start and returned to re-start. Rag & Famish Hotel was also 'buried at the start' and had to fight her way through the fleet.

Yandoo took advantage and soon held the lead before rounding the first of three weather marks with a 13s margin over Andoo. The Rag had also recovered well to move up into third place ahead of Finport Finance, ASCC, Marine Outlet and The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Jacob Marks).

Yandoo held off the Andoo challenge downwind to round the bottom mark with a 9s advantage while Rag & Famish Hotel was a furth 11s back in third place.

Finport Finance headed the next group from ASCC, The Oak and Queensland's C-Tech (Josh Sloman).

Andoo got the upper hand on the next windward leg to grab a narrow lead over Yandoo at the weather mark but a spinnaker set problem allowed Yandoo to get back into the lead, a lead she held to the finish to defeat Andoo by 24s. The Rag was a further 7s back in third place.

Race 6, which was reduced from three laps to two, produced another dramatic incident shortly after the start when Yandoo capsized near Bradleys Head. This time Andoo took full advantage and opened up a 12s lead over Big Foot Bags and Covers, followed by Marine Outlet, Lazarus, Vaikobi (Kirk Mitchell), Yandoo, Black Knight, Rag & Famish and The Oak.

Andoo increased the lead over Big Foot to 20s at the bottom mark and out further to 30s at the second weather mark before going on to an all-the-way 33s victory.

Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter, Ben Roxburgh and Alliott Mahar) finished in second place, 23s ahead of Yandoo with Finport Finance came home fourth ahead of Black Knight and Lazarus.

Today's handicap section attached to the championship was won by Big Foot Bags and Covers with a win and second placing into the two races.

Tomorrow's full-course Race 7 will determine which of the two leaders is likely to go into the weekend's final two races with the lead and whether Rag & Famish Hotel can reduce the five-point margin.

Further race dates for the championship are:

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

Don't Forget: Half-price ferry tickets TOMORROW, Thursday 7 March 2024

Racing on each day starts at 2:45pm.

The Australian 18 Footers League's spectator ferry follows each day's racing, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf at 2.15pm, and SailMedia livestreams all the racing.

View Thursday's Race 7 of the Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship on the and homepages.

Results after Day 4:

1Andoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)2126218
2Yandoo (Micah Lane / Fang Warren / Lewis Brake)1312138
3Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Finn Rodowicz)42313713
4Finport Finance (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall)3135114427
5ASCC Racing Team (Eli Liefting / Adam Mustill / Josh Schon)858552831
6Black Knight (Heinrich Van Bayern / Thomas Martin / Andy Martin)5196710533
7Marine Outlet (John Cooley / Cam Gundy / Charlie Gundy)14411362038
8Balmain (Henry Larkings / Flynn Twomey / Fynn Sprott)6615891140
9Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliott Mahar)13712127240
10Lazarus Capital Partners (Tom Cunich / Marc Chapon / Tim Morishima)1728748642
11The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Jacob Marks / Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle)79913121047
12Vaikobi (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)121442711849
13Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldmann)912149141458
14Sixt (Nathan Edwards / Alex Leslie / Locky Pryor)15111016151263
15VIC Racing Team (Scott Cunningham / Brody Riley / David Cunningham)20101310161968
16smeg (Nathan McNamara / Jed Cruikshank / Jack Taylor)1115281918972
17Shaw and Partners (Emma Rankin / Cam McDonald / Tom Quigley)10281618171677
18C‑Tech QLD (Josh Sloman / George Morton / Angus Barker)1681723132877
19Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)18162014231583
20Bloody Dane Racing Team (Jesper Brondum / Tobias Hemdorf / Max Seydl)24172215192897
21The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Ben Kirkby)19182828201398
22Noakes (Bec Hancock / Lindsay Stead / Brandon Buyink)232018272122104
2318 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Hamish Vass)222228202218104
25Hoefle Haus (Holger Hoefle / Cam De Nardis / Felix Gruse)272324172523112
26UK 91 Racing Team (Luke Goble / Simon Toplak / Max Seydl)252128272421118

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