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First UK Event - SSC 2015

24 May, 2015 UK Class News

 

Perfect last minute race training prior to the Garda Worlds.

 

5 teams were met with a good forecast for a last minute event hosted by Stone Sailing Club.  The conditions provided teams with perfect conditions for boat preparation and training before all teams headed off for the Mark Foy Trophy in Torbole, Lake Garda (Club Area of Circolo Vela Torbole - northend of Lake Garda) starting on Friday, 29th May 2015.

 

2 new boats from Australia provided much interest in how boat speed would match up to the regular boats.  Steve McLean’s LED team recently purchased the very well finished ‘Appliances Online’ hull but would the spectacular paintwork match the looks? Graham Bridle and his Sail 4 Cancer team also recently purchased the ‘Fisher and Paykel’ boat to improve on his starter boat that also attended this weekend with it’s new team.

 

Saturday’s conditions made for tricky decisions on rig calls, with a fleet split on different rigs. The new boats showed their pace with the original 'Sail 4 Cancer teams' brand new small rig keeping up with an overpowered Pica in most races, only to find some boat handling let Pica run away with 3 bullets. The new team showed good promise managing the bigger rig in challenging conditions.

 

Sunday showed a much lighter forecast and all boats launched on the one rig in glamorous sunshine. Three races were held in a mixture of breeze strengths causing a lot of position changes. Pica dominated by getting their nose in front and being able to sail their own race. The Rutland Chandlery Team managed to post some good results, fending off LED and the huge single spreader rig of Sail 4 Cancer. The race committee did a good job of getting three fair races in on a constantly shifting breeze.

 

The boats were packed up after the weekend to make the long trip to Garda to face strong competition from teams travelling from all over the world.

 

Team Pica - 1st Team LED - 2nd
   
 
Team Sail 4 Cancer - 3rd  
   
   

by: Tom Hill / Stewart Mears

18ft Skiff Saisonauftakt in Dießen am Ammersee, 1st- 3rd May

04 May, 2015 German News

Die Winterpause ist beendet!
Am ersten Mai Wochenende kamen in Diessen acht 18 Footer aus ganz Europa zusammen, um drei Tage lang beim "Christian Fries Gedächtnispreis" gegeneinander anzutreten. Soweit der Plan.

Mangels Wind wurde an den ersten beiden Tagen leider nicht gesegelt, dafür aber Boote optimiert und Geschichten ausgetauscht. Am dritten und letzten Tag der Regatta konnten dann bei 3-4 Bft doch noch drei Wettfahrten ausgetragen werden.

Punktgleich mit dem zweitplatzierten Team Magic Marine (Norbert Peter, Finn Mrugalla & Max Lutz), sicherte sich das Team EuroLink mit neuem Boot (Friedl Renner, Christian (Latsi) Meissner & Tom Eggersdorfer) schließlich den ersten Platz und nahm zum zweiten Mal den Wanderpreis mit nach Hause.

Der DSC war, wie auch schon die letzten Jahre ein hervorragender Gastgeber und hat uns vorzüglich versorgt. Das schlechte Wetter tat der Stimmung keinen Abbruch, die neuen Teams hatten viel Zeit zu vergleichen und zu besprechen was denn die Boote noch schneller machen könnte. Abends wurde dann bei Freibier und köstlichem Essen zusammen gesessen und die tollsten Geschichten erzählt, denn da erlebt man doch so einiges, als Segler eines 18 footers. 

Die Teams freuen sich jetzt schon auf die nächste Station der Tour; am 29. Mai bis 03.Juni wird in Torbole die Weltmeisterschaft stattfinden. 

Wer die spektakulären Boote live sehen möchte, kann gerne vorbei schauen, die meisten der Segler beißen nicht und beantworten gerne die ein oder andere Frage. 

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18ft Skiff season opening in Dießen am Ammersee

The winter break has ended!
On the first weekend of May, eight 18’ Skiffs from all over Europe met in Dießen to compete in a three day regatta for the "Christian Fries Memorial Price". At least this was the plan. 

Due to the Bavarian lack of wind, there were no races on the first two days; instead the teams spent their time optimizing boats and exchanging stories. On the third and final day of the regatta, three races were held in a light breeze.

On par with the second-placed Team Magic Marine (Norbert Peter, Finn Mrugalla & Max Lutz), Team EuroLink with new boat (Friedl Renner, Christian (Latsi) Meissner & Tom Eggersdorfer)secured first place and took the trophy home for the second time. 

The Dießen yacht club was, just as it was in the past, an excellent host and treated us wonderfully. The bad weather did not spoil the mood and especially the new team took the chance to compare and discuss how to make the boats go even faster. In the evenings we enjoyed some free local beer, delicious food and the most amazing stories about skiff sailing. After all, 18’ sailors are never short of a good story.

The teams are now looking forward now to the next tour stop; the World Cup, that will be held in Torbole May 29th to June 3rd.

First European 18' Skiff Race

03 May, 2015 German News

First race of the 18' Skiffs in Europe

 

Knight Frank 18ft Skiff Nations - Auckland Sailing Club

14 Apr, 2015 New Zealand News

Knight Frank 18ft Skiff Nations – Knight Frank hold 2pt lead at the halfway mark

After the first weekend of the Knight Frank 18ft Skiff Nationals the Knight Frank skiff team (6pts) holds a slim lead over Yamaha (8pts) with ASCC (16pts) holding 3rd spot just ahead of Maersk Line (19pts).

 

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Knight Frank. 2015 NZ 18′ Skiff National Championship. Sunday 11 January. © Suellen Hurling | LiveSailDie.com Media

 

Conditions repeated for Day 2 with a variable South Westerly wind that ranged between 12-22 knots with an outgoing tide. With the start line positioned at North Head, racing comprised of two lap windward-leeward for the first two races followed by a triangle harbour course.

Aon Racing managed to get their small rig fitted to their new boat Saturday whilst the rest of the fleet were out sailing and joined the racing on Day 2.

 

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AON. 2015 NZ 18′ Skiff National Championship. Sunday 11 January. © Suellen Hurling | LiveSailDie.com Media

 

At the start of race 4 the whole fleet made a point of being on the shortened start line at the gun. It was Knight Frank and Yamaha who managed the better of the starts however to lead the fleet left. Yamaha did a great job of moving forward through the variable conditions to gain to a slim lead by the port layline ahead of Knight Frank, Aon Racing, ASCC and Line7.

At the top mark positions had not changed with Yamaha leading Knight Frank and Aon Racing gybe setting and heading out into the harbour. By North Head the fleet had compressed as the boats gybed on to starboard 100m above the bottom mark’s starboard layline. Aon Racing picked up a good shift to roll down and ahead of Knight Frank who were stuck in lighter pressure directly behind Yamaha. For Knight Frank however this was a blessing in disguise as the wind shifted right as the leading bunch, now including ASCC and Line7, gybed on to the short port layline into the bottom mark. This allowed Knight Frank to gybe on the inside and take the lead going around the bottom mark. For the final beat Knight Frank extended around North Head while Yamaha moved into second ahead of Aon Racing. At the finish Knight Frank claimed the win followed by Yamaha, ASCC, Maersk Line and Aon Racing.

 

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Mearsk Line (L) 2015 NZ 18′ Skiff National Championship. Sunday 11 January. © Suellen Hurling | LiveSailDie.com Media

 

The final windward/leeward race of the day started in a left hand pressure phase which combined with the outgoing tide played tricks on the fleet at the start. Yamaha, ASCC, Aon Racing and Knight Frank had to tack on to port as they under laid the starting pin. Maersk Line however nailed the start and sailed straight for the port layline while the others sailed toward North Head before heading left. By the top mark Maersk Line led ahead of Stoke Beer while Yamaha and Aon Racing were the best of the right hand boats.

Down the run Maersk Line extended while Yamaha broke free to move into an easy second place ahead of Aon Racing and Stoke Beer. Yamaha went right early up the next beat and slowly ate into Maersk Line’s lead and piled the pressure on. A good starboard layline at the top mark plus slick boat work allowed Yamaha to move into the lead for the run to the finish ahead of Maersk Line and Aon Racing. Stoke Beer unfortunately capsized at the top mark when in 4th place which let Knight Frank, ASCC and Line7 to sneak through.

 

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ASSC. 2015 NZ 18′ Skiff National Championship. Sunday 11 January. © Suellen Hurling | LiveSailDie.com Media

 

Race 6 was a modified triangle harbour course with the finish at the wing mark on the second lap. The top mark was in Mechanics Bay with Orakei Bouy being the wing mark and Rough Rock Yellow the bottom mark. The start was intense with a fishing boat forcing Knight Frank to dip down which caused them to loose critical windward gauge on Yamaha. As the starting gun approached Yamaha continued to luff which caused Knight Frank a multitude of problems as they tried and failed to keep clear.

At the gun Yamaha got a great start with Aon Racing to weather and Maersk Line to leeward. Aon Racing however was over the line at the gun which forced them back. Knight Frank tacked just after the start to get clear and complete their penalty turn with ASCC following them right into North Head. As the majority of the fleet continued to head left from the start Knight Frank and ASCC picked up a right hand pressure which allowed them to sail right back into contention. At the first cross Knight Frank had managed to gain a small lead over Yamaha with ASCC crossing the rest of the fleet.

 

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Yamaha. 2015 NZ 18′ Skiff National Championship. Sunday 11 January. © Suellen Hurling | LiveSailDie.com Media

 

By the top mark Knight Frank led with a slim lead over Yamaha with Aon Racing, Stoke Beer, Line7, Maersk Line and ASCC in hot pursuit. The two sail reach to Orakei Bouy was tricky as the pressure moved around which allowed Yamaha to close the gap and round the mark even with Knight Frank 3 boat lengths to windward. For the chasing pack however the wind went soft which allowed Aon Racing to move into a comfortable 3rd place. As the pressured filled back in Knight Frank got the pressure first to windward and managed to roll over the top of Yamaha and take the outright lead. At the bottom mark Knight Frank led Yamaha by 30m with Aon Racing a further 50m behind.

Line7 and Stoke Beer continued to show their improvement and rounded in a tight bunch with Maersk Line and ASCC. The last beat to the top mark was a ding-dong affair with Knight Frank and Yamaha engaged in a tacking duel from North Head all the way to the top mark. At the top mark Knight Frank rounded it reasonable pressure and two sail reached towards the finish with a clear lead over Yamaha. When Yamaha rounded however they hoisted their gennaker and accelerated away in a new pressure. Weighing up their options Knight Frank also hoisted and sailed through to claim the win 3 boat lengths Yamaha who two sailed back up to the finish. Aon Racing claimed a comfortable third place followed by ASCC, Maersk Line, Stoke Beer and Line7.

 

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Stoke. 2015 NZ 18′ Skiff National Championship. Sunday 11 January. © Suellen Hurling | LiveSailDie.com Media

 

So after the first weekend and at the half way mark it is the Knight Frank skiff team who lead that Knight Frank 18ft Skiff Nationals with four race wins so far. Yamaha however is right on their tail and have a better drop up their sleeve if needed. ASCC rounds out the podium with a three point lead over Maersk Line in fourth. Aon Racing rocketed up the leader board on Sunday after missing the first days racing while they fitted the small rig to their new boat. Line7 and Stoke Beer have been knocking on the door of some good results all weekend but small mistakes have let them down.

 

This coming weekend is the final weekend of the Knight Frank 18ft Skiff Nationals with all places up for grabs. Racing starts Saturday at 1pm off the Auckland Sailing Club.

Results to date:
1: Knight Frank 1, 1, 2, 1, (4), 1 – 6pts
2: Yamaha: 2, (3), 1, 2, 1, 2 – 8pts
3: ASCC: 3, 2, 4, 3, (5), 4 – 16pts
4: Maersk Line: 4, (5), 3, 4, 3, 5 – 19pts
5: Aon Racing: (DNC), DNC, DNC, 5, 2, 3 – 26pts
6: Line7: 6, 4, 5, 6, 6, (7) – 27pts
7: Stoke Beer: 5, 6, (DNF), 7, 7, 6 – 31pts

 

Europäische Grand Prix 2015 die Termine sind raus

03 Apr, 2015 German News
 
2015 wird eine tolle Saison in Europa, die keiner gern vermissen will. "Back to the roots" heisst zurück, wo die 18ft Skiffs in Europa zuerst das Wasser kennenlernten, Gardasee.
Die EU-GP-Saison beginnt  2015 am Ammersee, Deutschland zwischen 1. und 3.Mai, besonders gut für unsere deutschen Teilnehmer.
Aber das ist nur das Warm-Up für die Mark Foy Trophy und European Championship  in Torbole am Gardasee vom 29. Mai bis 3. Juni.
Danach gehts zum Schaufenster des Segelsports, für Kameras, Presse und Medien bei der Travemünder Woche zur German Open vom 18. - 20. Juli.
Der große show-down wird dann in Campione am Gardasee vom 25. - 27. September 2015 stattfinden, bereits im letzten Jahr ein großartiger Gastgeber für die European Championship.

Neue Regeln für das Grand Prix racing 2015
eine Änderung gegenüber früher, von 4 Events zählen 3 für die Wertung.

Prices:
Flemming ist mit North Sails im Kontakt für einen Gennaker als Preis !
Dieser wird verlost unter allen Teams, welche mindestens zwei der Rennen mitsegeln. Pro Teilnahme gibt es ein Los, je mehr Rennen man segelt, umso größer die Chance (bis zu vier Lose pro Team)
Auf dem gleichen Weg werden zwei Tillerextensions der Firma Carbon Profiles (Sören Clausen) mit "Fast-on-the-water-Repair-set verlost!


Training vor den Rennen:
Wie beim Dutch Grand Prix in Bruinisse  2014 wird versucht, vor jedem Grand Prix Rennen einen Tag Training zu organisieren.

Film und Sponsoring

Für 2015 werden wir mit  95% Wahrscheinlichkeit Filme vom Rennen und Videostream bekommen! Ausserdem 26 Minuten Zusammenfassung im Internet + Eurosport Nordic (26 Minuten/Grand Prix)
und einen kürzeren News-Clip im "Yacht club" (--> Eurosport news)

Geniesst die Rennen und denkt dran: 
Keelboats a fine for taking your girl friend out !!!.......skiffs are for racing……… Sail fast……..and have a nice day :-)

Season Preview - Start der diesjährigen Deutschland-Tour am 1.-3.Mai 2015

02 Mar, 2015 German News

Das warme Wetter läßt einen wieder früh ans Segeln, Vorbereiten und Trainieren denken. Damit es nicht nur beim Denken bleibt:
Der diesjährige Saisonstart beginnt bei der Deutschland-Tour in Diessen am Ammersee, beim Christian-Fries-Gedächtnis-Preis vom 1.-3.Mai 2015. Lasst uns dafür sorgen, dass wieder mehr als 10 Boote am Start sind, denn dies sind die schönsten und aufregendsten Boote zum Segeln und die sind nicht für die Garage gebaut. 

Es gibt andere, aber keine bessere Art, seine Zeit zu verbringen.
Just Do it! 

p.s. be

i Wunsch und Teilnahme von mindestens 3 weiteren Teams kann auch mal wieder ein Training über oder direkt nach Ostern am wunderschönen Lago di Como durchgeführt werden. Wie steht es bei Euch?
Norbert

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 7

22 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

18ft Skiffs

2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 7

Today’s race sponsored by The Kitchen Maker

Sunday, 22 February, 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

Gotta Love It 7’s team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage officially became the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff champions after the regatta concluded on Sydney Harbour today.

 

The team had already secured the title before today’s race and skipper Seve Jarvin had become the most capped skipper and competitor in the championship’s 76-year history.

 

Jarvin originally crewed with Euan McNicol on Club Marine in 2005 and has since skippered seven championship winning Gotta Love It 7 skiffs to victory.

 

His record surpasses Andrew Buckland for the most number of wins.

 

Buckland won five titles with Iain Murray on Color 7 then two more with Peter Sorensen on Tia Maria.

 

Fittingly, Buckland was on hand to present Jarvin and his team with the championship blue ribbon.

 

Although the win was already secured, Gotta Love It 7 showed her real championship quality as they dominated the latter half of the course to win by 2m15s.

 

New Zealand’s rookie AON team (Will Tiller, Harry Thurston, Tim Snedden) gave some indication of what may happen in future JJ Giltinan Championships when they gave a wonderful performance to finish in second place.

 

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) was a further 12s back in third place.

 

With the championship winner already decided, today’s race was vital for the next four placings in the regatta as only eight points separated the four teams involved.

 

Soon after the start Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) gained a substantial lead over her nearest rival Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) and the overall result for second place was soon established.

 

U.S. champion Howie Hamlin produced another good result today with a fifth place to finish third overall in the regatta.

 

Today’s result sheet, progressive pointscore and seven images are attached.

 

Club racing resumes next Sunday.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse at 2.15pm.

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to the Club’s new website:   www.18footers.com

The Twitter handle @18skiff  and Instagram @18skiff for pre/post & in-race commentary and banter hosted by Hayley Shaw-McGuinness www.herwhodreams.com

The Facebook site:    www.facebook.com/18footers

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

 

                             

 

                   

 

 

 

 

 

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 6

21 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

18ft Skiffs

2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 6

Today’s race sponsored by Boards & Benchtops

Saturday, 21 February, 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

United States 18ft Skiff champion Howie Hamlin turned the memory clock back 12 years when he skippered Harken to victory in Race 6 of the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

 

Hamlin, who won the Giltinan title in 2002 and 2003, teamed with Dan Phillips and Skip McCormack to score a 24s win over Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor).

 

New Zealand’s Yamaha (David McDiarmid, Andrew Archibald and Mark Overington) finished in third place, a further 50s behind Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.

 

Despite finishing a disappointing eight place today, the Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage< became the 2015 JJ Giltinan champions as a result of the brilliant start to the regatta with four consecutive race wins.

 

Gotta Love It 7 leads the series (after discards) on six points, followed by Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on 20, Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) on 21, Harken 25, Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) on 28 and Yamaha on 35.

 

A very light Easterly breeze saw two distinctive choices made by the fleet on the windward leg from the start at Robertson Point to Rose Bay.

 

Mojo Wine’s team elected to sail a course past Bradleys Head while Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Gotta Love It 7 went to the right off Clarke Island.

 

When the two groups met off the western side of Shark Island Mojo Wine was the leader with Harken close behind.

 

At the windward mark, Mojo Wine held a 20s margin over Harken, with Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York) in third place just ahead of Yamaha and Gotta Love It 7, which was 1m10s from the lead.

 

The downwind leg to the mark off Clarke Island, then to the bottom mark back near the start, provided some dramatic changes in the fleet.

 

Harken got through to the lead while Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was trailing by 10s.

 

Mojo Wine had dropped back to third ahead of Yamaha then a large bunch headed by Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), Asko Appliances, Knight Frank (Riley Dean) and The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny).

 

Gotta Love It 7 had a disasterous leg and was now back in 14th position.

 

Hamlin and his Harken team took a cenbtral line on the next windward leg and retained their lead while Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Yamaha settled into a good battle for the minor placings.

 

The trio held these positions over the rest of the course and now go into tomorrow’s final race in a great battle between four boats for second place overall.

 

Today’s result sheet, progressive pointscore are attached.

 

The championship concludes Sunday 22 February.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse.

Ferry details are:

There will be two spectator ferries which will depart at 2.30pm

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to the Club’s new website:   www.18footers.com

The Twitter handle @18skiff  and Instagram @18skiff for pre/post & in-race commentary and banter hosted by Hayley Shaw-McGuinness www.herwhodreams.com

The Facebook site:    www.facebook.com/18footers

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 5

19 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

18ft Skiffs

2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 5

Today’s race sponsored by De’Longhi

Thursday, 19 February, 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers broke the previous Gotta Love It 7 domination to win Race 5 of the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

 

Sailing a four lap windward-return course, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael coxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor) won the start at the pin end of the line and sailed brilliantly in the light ENE breeze to lead the bunched fleet behind her by 50s.

 

The lead got out to 2m10s at the halfway mark before a freshening breeze over the final lap of the course saw the margin reduced to 52s at the finish.

 

Defening champion Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage) crossed in second place, 1m20s ahead of the third placed USA skiff Harken (Howie Hamlin, Dan Phillips, Skip McCormack), and will retain the title if the team can finish in the first eleven placings in either of the weekend’s races

 

With two races still to be sailed, the current points table after each team discards their worst performance to date, is:

 

Gotta Love It 7 on four points, Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) 17, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers 18, Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) 23, Harken 24 and De’Longhi (Simon Nearn) 30.

 

After a series of #2 sail NE races, today saw all teams go with their big rigs.

 

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers held a big lead at the bottom mark the first time and things could have been disasterous when sheet hand Dave O’Connor went overboard as the skiff rounded the buoy.

 

Apart from this one incident, the Thurlow team were immaculate and were never in any serious doubt of victory.

 

For the previously unbeaten Gotta Love It 7 team it was a race they would prefer to forget.

 

They couldn’t match the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team’s boat speed up the first windward leg and were buried deep in the pack on the first spinnaker run.

 

Trailing in eighth palce at the bottom mark the first time, Team Seven were still more than 2m behind the leader after two laps.

 

As the breeze freshened, naturally the time margin decreased and Gotta Love It 7 got back to 52s behind the winner but Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was just too good on the day.

 

Today’s result sheet, progressive pointscore and nine images are attached.

 

The championship continues on Saturday with the last race on Sunday 22 February.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse.

 

Ferry details are:

Saturday 21 February, ferry will depart at 3.30pm

Sunday February 22, ferry will depart at 2.30pm

NOTE ALSO:  There will be two spectator Ferries on Sunday 22 February

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to the Club’s new website:   www.18footers.com

The Twitter handle @18skiff  and Instagram @18skiff for pre/post & in-race commentary and banter hosted by Hayley Shaw-McGuinness www.herwhodreams.com

The Facebook site:    www.facebook.com/18footers

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

 

                                       

 

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 4

18 Feb, 2015 Australian League News

18ft Skiffs

2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 4

Today’s race sponsored by Smeg

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

Sydney Harbour

 

Another awesome display by the defending champion Gotta Love It 7 crew has given the team a massive lead after Race 4 of the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

 

Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage again gave an immaculate exhibition of power sailing to virtually destroy a high quality fleet of 18 Footer competitors and boats.

 

The racing behind Gotta Love It 7 has been brilliant with close racing, top class action and exciting finishes, but the dominance of Team Seven has dominated the scene.

 

For the fourth consecutive race day, Gotta Love It 7 didn’t get the best of the start but the boat speed and boat handling of the crew is such that Gotta Love It 7 once again led at the first windward mark and was never headed from that point.

 

At the finish, 7’s winning margin was 1m6s from Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel, which came back strongly following a couple of unfortunate gear problems earlier in the regatta.

 

The Rag crew of Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Peter Harris were in fourth place at the Beashel Buoy on the first lap but put in a consistent performance to work their way into second place.

 

Another improved performer, De’Longhi (Simon Nearn, Grant Rollerson and Kieryn Cowan) also came back strongly to finish a further 1m16s behind Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel, and just 4s ahead of the leading New Zealand Yamaha team, led by David McDiarmid.

 

After the four races sailed to date (worst performance not discarded), Gotta Love It 7 has a perfect score of four points , followed by Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) on 27, US champion Howie Hamlin (Harken) and Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) on 30, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane) on 32.

 

Today’s 16-knot North East wind saw all teams elect to use the smaller #2 rigs.

 

New Zealand’s Alex Vallings (C-Tech) led shortly after the start with Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel and Gotta Love It 7 close behind off Taylor Bay.

 

Seven grabbed a 20s lead from C-Tech at the windward Beashel Buoy, followed by Smeg (David Witt), The Rag, New Zealand’s Maersk Line (Graham Catley), De’Longhi and Appliancesonline.

 

What followed was sensational viewing for the spectator fleet as boats raced at top speed to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island in Rose Bay.

 

Smeg was looking strong but lost several placings when the team had some difficulties then lost the breeze along Shark Island.

 

Today’s result sheet, progressive pointscore and eight images are attached.

 

The championship continues tomorrow (Thursday) with the following races on February 21 and concludes on Sunday 22 February.

The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse.

 

Ferry details are:

Saturday 21 February, ferry will depart at 3.30pm

February 19, 22, ferry will depart at 2.30pm

NOTE ALSO:  There will be two spectator Ferries on Sunday 22 February

 

For all the latest news, live stream TV action, race results and reports and more go to the Club’s new website:   www.18footers.com

The Twitter handle @18skiff  and Instagram @18skiff for pre/post & in-race commentary and banter hosted by Hayley Shaw-McGuinness www.herwhodreams.com

The Facebook site:    www.facebook.com/18footers

 

Frank Quealey

Australian 18 Footers League

www.18footers.com

 


                                       

 

 

                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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