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18ft Skiff Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship Overall

by Frank Quealey 9 Mar 23:34 PDT 1-10 March 2024

Race partner: The Kitchen Maker

The Yandoo team of Micah Lane, Fang Warren and Lewis Brake became the Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan world 18ft skiff champions today on Sydney Harbour after scoring a brilliant win in the final race of what has been one of the best championship regattas in the events 86-year history.

Yandoo went into today's race with a two points lead over their nearest rival, Rag & Famish Hotel, needing to finish within the top two placings in the race to win the title.

In a 10-12knot North-East breeze, all leading teams elected to use their smaller #2 rigs for the long three-lap course, which was a perfect test to decide the best 18ft skiff team of 2024 in the world.

At the end of the race Yandoo took the honours by 1m4s from Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Phil Marshall), with Andoo (Joel Beashel, Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton) a further 13s back in third place.

Balmain (Henry Larkings) was fourth, followed by Germany's Black Knight (Heinrich Von Bayern), New Zealand's ASCC (Eli Liefting), Vaikobi (Kirk Mitchell), Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price), The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Jacob Marks) and Marine Outlet (John Cooley).

Yandoo finished the championship with a total of 14 points, ahead of Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price, Josh McKnight and Finn Rodowicz) on 22 points, Andoo (John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton) on 23, Finport Finance 39, Black Knight 52, ASCC 53, Balmain 61, Queensland's Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter) 64, Lazarus (Tom Cunich) 65, Marine Outlet 71, Vaikobi 71 and The Oak-Double By-4 Pines on 76.

The final race showdown between Yandoo and The Rag was quickly dashed when the Yandoo team opened up a break over The Rag shortly after the start.

The race to the Beashel Buoy weather mark was tight and less than 10s separated Balmain, Vaikobi, Andoo and The Oak as spinnakers were set for the run to the wind mark in Rose Bay, off the southern end of Shark Island.

Yandoo was close behind the four leaders, followed by Black Knight, ASCC, Finport Finance and Rag & Famish Hotel, which was back in ninth place.

When Yandoo powered her way to the lead in Rose Bay while Rag & Famish Hotel was back in the pack, it was apparent that it would take a big comeback from The Rag's team to have any hope of winning the championship.

Over the next lap of the course Yandoo's lead over The Rag extended from two minutes to more than three minutes, an advantage the Yandoo team maintained to the finish.

The championship produced some fantastic racing to thrill the spectator fleet and was highly successful thanks to the competition from the top German, New Zealand and Queensland teams, which all featured strongly throughout the regatta.

The handicap section of the championship, which is highly sought after by all competitors, was won by ASCC with a total of 41 points, from Rag & Famish Hotel on 51 and Lazarus on 57.

Next Sunday is Queen of the Harbour. Racing starts at 2:45pm.

The Australian 18 Footers League's spectator ferry will follow the race, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf at 2.15pm, and SailMedia will livestream all the action.

Overall Results:

1Yandoo (Micah Lane / Fang Warren / Lewis Brake)13121324114
2Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Finn Rodowicz)42313711822
3Andoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)212621613323
4Finport Finance (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall)3135114455239
5Black Knight (Heinrich Van Bayern / Thomas Martin / Andy Martin)5196710577552
6ASCC Racing Team (Eli Liefting / Adam Mustill / Josh Schon )8585528133653
7Balmain (Henry Larkings / Flynn Twomey / Fynn Sprott)6615891189461
8Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliott Mahar)137121272381464
9Lazarus Capital Partners (Tom Cunich / Marc Chapon / Tim Morishima)17287486421765
10Marine Outlet (John Cooley / Cam Gundy / Charlie Gundy)14411362012111071
11Vaikobi (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)121442711896771
12The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Jacob Marks / Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle)7991312101010976
13Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldmann)9121491414141416100
14smeg (Nathan McNamara / Jed Cruikshank / Jack Taylor)11152819189111813114
15Sixt (Nathan Edwards / Alex Leslie / Locky Pryor)151110161512191918116
16VIC Racing Team (Scott Cunningham / Brody Riley / David Cunningham)201013101619221228122
17C‑Tech QLD (Josh Sloman / George Morton / Angus Barker)16817231328162212127
18Shaw and Partners (Emma Rankin / Cam McDonald / Tom Quigley)102816181716152015127
19Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)181620142315201521139
20Bloody Dane Racing Team (Jesper Brondum / Tobias Hemdorf / Max Seydl)241722151928231711148
21The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Ben Kirkby)191828282013172819162
2218 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Hamish Vass)222224202218182520166
23Noakes (Bec Hancock / Lindsay Stead / Brandon Buyink)232018272122281622169
24RAYC Racing Team (Jack Frewin / Ollie Gilmour / Luc Gladwell)212823212817282123182
25UK 91 Racing Team (Luke Goble / Simon Toplak / Max Seydl)252124242421212328183
26Hoefle Haus (Holger Hoefle / Cam De Nardis / Felix Gruse)272324172523252624187
27ASCC 2 Racing Team (Craig Keenan / Sam Richardson / Gavin Ninnes)262821222628242428199

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