The JJ Giltinan 18 Skiff Championship saw an unprecedented three back to back races sailed today, one more than was scheduled, in an effort to get a series completed in case the regatta was unable to continue due the ongoing concerns around the COVID-19 virus.
The kiwi team, Honda Marine (Dave McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins), Maersk Line (Peron Pearse, Eli Liefting, Harry Clark) and C-Tech (Alex Vallings, Sam Trethewey, Matt Coutts), have had a complicated season, with just a handful of races completed before the boats were shipped to Australia for the world championship event. Interruptions to their regular racing meant the teams had to train after work in an effort to get JJ’s ready, meaning that there were not a lot of opportunities to practice in the light airs with the number one rig.
However the team, across the board, are calm in high stress situations, and managed to keep themselves relevant in the championship, with C-Tech having a great first race finishing fifth. The youngsters on Maersk Line pulled out a top 10 result in the second race of the day finishing eighth, but it was Honda Marine who maintained consistency, with a third, second and third, putting them at the top of the leaderboard with 10 point, six clear of second place, The Winning Group, on 16.
The light and flukey conditions provided some intense racing with three race winners from three races. Shaw and Partners, Bird and Bear and The Winning Group took the guns in races three, four and five respectively.
Racing is set to continue on Wednesday 18th March as normal, with two additional races scheduled.
Check out the full report from Frank Quealey below…
(photos by Frank Quealey and Michael Michael Chittenden)
Three windward-return course races staged on Day 3 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today produced three different winners in the light SE breeze.
In the first race of the day (Race 3 of the championship) Shaw and Partners Financial Services (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Tim Westwood) led all the way over the two-lap course to cross the finish line 13s ahead of Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Angus Williams).
Defending champion and series leader Honda Marine (David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins) was a further 50s back in third place, followed by Winning Group (Seve Jarvin), C-Tech (Alex Vallings), URM (Marcus Ashley-Jones), Smeg (Micah Lane) and Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards).
Race 4 was sailed over three laps and again it produced an all the way winner, Bird & Bear (Tom Clout, John Walter, Cameron McDonald).
Bird & Bear dominated the first two laps of the course then hung on to defeat Honda Marine by 40s, with Yandoo (John Winning, Mike Kennedy, Fand Warren) a further 1m52s back in third place.
Race 3 winner Shaw & Partners Financial Services finished in fourth place, ahead of Winning Group and Sean Langman’s Noakesailing.
The final race of the day was sailed over another two-lap course and once again produced an all-the-way winner when Winning Group (Seve Jarvin Sam Newton, Scott Babbage) cruised home a 45s winner from Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards, Jacob Broome, Rory Cox).
Honda Marine was 16s back in third place, followed by Yandoo, Tech2 (Jack Macartney), The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis) and the previous winner Bird & Bear.
The top six point scores after five races, without a drop, are: Honda Marine 10, Winning Group 16, Yandoo 36, Shaw & Partners 37, Smeg 39 and Tech2 on 43.