March 5, 2019

JJ GILTINAN 2019 – SAILING INSTRUCTIONS AMENDMENT MARCH 5

JJ Giltinan 2019
Amendment # 5 to Sailing Instructions

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17 . TIME LIMIT

There will be a time limit of three (3) hours, with the exception that if one boat finishes within the three (3) hour time limit then a time limit extension of one (1) hour after the finishing time of the first boat is available to all other boats in which to finish, or the original time limit, whichever is later. If no boat finishes within the time limit the race may be abandoned or re-sailed.
Amends RRS 35, A4 and A5.

On Multi Race days the Race Committee can start the second race of the day within five (5) minutes of the finishing time of the first race winner.
The time limit for Multi Races will be one (1) hour except boats not finishing within fifteen (15) minutes of the first boat will be scored Did Not Finish without a hearing.
This amends RRS35.A4 and A5.

Becomes

17 . TIME LIMIT

There will be a time limit of three (3) hours, with the exception that if one boat finishes within the three (3) hour time limit then a time limit extension of one (1) hour after the finishing time of the first boat is available to all other boats in which to finish, or the original time limit, whichever is later. If no boat finishes within the time limit the race may be abandoned, re-sailed or shortened.
Amends RRS 35, A4 and A5.

On Multi Race days the Race Committee can start the second race of the day within five (5) minutes of the finishing time of the first race winner.
The time limit for Multi Races will be one (1) hour except boats not finishing within fifteen (15) minutes of the first boat will be scored Did Not Finish without a hearing.
This amends RRS35.A4 and A5.

March 5, 2019

Decision of the Protest Committee Protestor: ASKO and ASCC – Protestee: Race Committee – Race 1

2019 JJ Giltinan’s

Decision of the Protest Committee

Protestor: ASKO and ASCC

Protestee: Race Committee

Race 1 – 2nd March 2019

Facts Found
ASKO and ASCC were identified and scored as OCS by the Race Committee.
The Race Committee subsequently viewed video footage of the start, cross checked their data with that.
The Race Committee stated they believed an error had been made in scoring ASKO and ASCC as OCS and requested the Protest Committee award both boats redress.

Conclusion
The Race Committee made an improper action in scoring ASKO and ASCC as OCS.
ASKO and ASCC are entitled to redress under rule 62.1(a)

Decision
ASKO and ASCC shall be scored in Race 1 in their original finishing positions.

Protest Committee
Rob Ware IJ, David Tallis IJ, Gary Manuel IU, Simon Barrington NJ
4th March 2019

March 5, 2019

Decision of the Protest Committee – Protestor: Winning Group – Protestee: Honda Marine – Race 1

Decision of the Protest Committee
Protestor: Winning Group
Protestee: Honda Marine
Race 1 – 2nd March 2019

Facts Found
Honda rounded the leeward mark in race 1
Contact was made between the mark and Honda’s Stbd bowsprit support wire, and stbd wing.
Video evidence taken from a drone and a moving camera boat were submitted as evidence

Conclusion
It is not clear from the evidence presented that the mark was “attached to or shifted” as stated in SI 12.4
It is not possible to determine if the contact with the mark was deliberate as opposed to inadvertent.

Decision
Protest dismissed

Protest Committee
Rob Ware IJ, David Tallis IJ, Gary Manuel IU, Simon Barrington NJ
4th March 2019

March 5, 2019

Decision of the Protest Committee – Protestor: Winning Group Race 2 JJ Giltinan

2019 JJ Giltinan’s

Decision of the Protest Committee

Protestor: Winning Group – Request for Redress

Race 2 – 3rd March 2019

Facts Found
Winning Group was sailing on stbd tack downwind with three on the wire.
A yacht under propulsion engine and towing a large kayak, was travelling from North to South on a converging course with Winning Group.
Winning group adjusted course to pass astern of the yacht and hailed for the yacht to continue her course.
The yacht suddenly turned towards the North and attempted to cross in front of Winning Group.
Winning Group luffed to avoid the yacht and ragged their spinnaker.
A collision occurred between Winning Group’s spinnaker and rig with the yacht’s rig.
Winning Group sustained significant damage to her spinnaker and rig and retired from the race.
Winning Group checked and confirmed the safety of the crew aboard the yacht.

Conclusion
The yacht was a vessel required to keep out of the way of Winning Group under Colreg Rule 18a (iv)
Winning Group sustained damage due to the actions of a boat not racing that was required to keep clear. 62.1(b)

Decision
Winning group shall be scored points for Race 2 equal to here average of all races excluding race 2, any drop race and Race 9 on the final day.

Protest Committee
Rob Ware IJ, David Tallis IJ, Gary Manuel IU, Simon Barrington NJ
4th March 2019

March 4, 2019

Race 2, Winning Group J.J. Giltinan Championship

Defending champion Honda Marine won its second race of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship today, after another eventful day of racing on Sydney Harbour.

After trailing Winning Group (John Winning Jr.) for half the NE course, Honda Marine (David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins) grabbed the lead when the Winning Group spinnaker was torn, in an incident with a yacht, and the skiff had to retire from the race.

Once in the lead, Honda Marine held a handy lead over the fleet and looked set for a good win, but Appliancesonline.com.au (Brett Van Munster, Phil Marshall, Kurt Fatouris) put in a wonderful last lap of the course to finish just 10s behind Honda Marine in a great finish for the large spectator fleet.

After a dramatic pre-race incident, Smeg (Michael Coxon, Mike McKensey, Ricky Bridge) finished third, 1m20s behind Appliancesonline.

Australian champion Asko Appliances (James Dorron) came in fourth after being well back in the fleet on the first lap of the NE course.

Simon Nearn’s R Marine Pittwater produced another excellent performance to finish in fifth place, after being with the leading group throughout the race.

Bing Lee (Micah Lane) was sixth, followed by The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett), Finport Finance (Keagan York). Yandoo (John Winning) and New Zealand’s C-Tech (Alex Vallings).

With protests pending from Race 1 of the championship, and another one today by Winning Group requesting redress, the pointscore won’t become realistic until after tomorrow’s hearing.

Following Honda Marine’s impressive win in Race 1, there was an expectation that the team would again be hard to beat in relatively similar conditions, but it was the Winning Group which led the fleet from the start until the incident with the yacht.

Winning Group lead Honda Marine by 20s at the first windward mark, with Smeg, R Marine Pittwater, Bing Lee, Appliancesonline and ASCC following close behind.

At the bottom mark, Winning Group had opened up a break over the fleet while Honda Marine had dropped back to sixth place.

Honda Marine was still trailing Winning Group by 15s as the fleet had returned to the top mark, but just as the spectators were settling down to watch a great race between the two champion teams Winning Group was put out of the race.

Skipper John Winning Jr. said later; “There was a yacht under motor, we were on starboard and at the last moment the yacht turned at the last minute and we had to ‘flog’ our kite to avoid a collision. As we did that the spinnaker caught some of the rigging and it was badly torn’”

The top teams in the championship have had a dramatic start to the regatta in the first two races.

Smeg hit a moored boat on the way out to the start and hard to return to shore to make hasty repairs with the race start on 15 minutes away. With a 4-5ft piece of timber, a quick repair was made onshore and the team did remarkably well to come home in third place.

With so much depending on the protest hearings tomorrow, then Tuesday’s two races over windward-and return courses, there could be a dramatic change in the championship points.

The Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship

Race dates for the remainder of the championship are:

Tuesday March 5

Wednesday March 6

Thursday March 7

Saturday March 9

Sunday March 10

The club will have a spectator ferry following each days’ racing, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf at 2pm.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE TWO SPECTATOR FERRIES NEXT SUNDAY MARCH 10

For those who can’t make it onto the water:

Live streaming is available on 18FootersTV

March 3, 2019

Race 1 , Winning Group J.J. Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship

The defending champion Honda Marine team of Dave McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins showed that they will be hard to beat again this year when they scored an impressive win in Race 1 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

In a controversial start to the championship, two of the leading championship contenders, Asko Appliances (James Dorron) and ASCC (Josh Porebski) were recalled for an OCS start.

With protests lodged for various incidents, provisionally, Honda Marine defeated Winning Group (John Winning Jr., Sam Newton, Seve Jarvin) by 2m34s, with Smeg (Michael coxon, Ricky Bridge, Mike McKensey) a further 18s back in third place.

The new Birkenhead Point Marina team, headed by rookie skipper, Tom Anderson, finished in fourth place, ahead of Appliancesonline.com.au (Brett Van Munster), Yandoo (John Winning), Finport Finance (Keagan York) and The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis).

The race was sailed in a 10-15-knot NE breeze with all teams electing to use their bigger No. 1 rigs.

After a close race to the windward mark amongst the leading four or five teams, Winning Group held a narrow lead over Honda Marine as spinnakers were set for the run to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island.

There was little between the two skiffs for the entire downwind run and only 10s separated the pair at the bottom mark off Clark Island, where Honda Marine had gained the lead.

Smeg was in third place at the point, followed by Birkenhead Point Marina and R Marine Pittwater (Simon Nearn).

On the following windward leg back to the Beashel Buoy, Honda Marine and Winning Group elected to sail entirely different courses and Honda Marine had increased her lead to 32.

The New Zealanders increased the margin to 45s after the long spinnaker run back down the middle of Sydney Harbour to the Clark Island mark and from that point the result wasn’t really in doubt.

Encouraging performances came from the Birkenhead Point Marina team and the German team, Marinepool (Heinrich vonn Bayern), as well as R Marine Pittwater, which was in the top four placing until midway through the race.

The Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship

Race dates for the remainder of the championship are:

Sunday March 3

Tuesday March 5

Wednesday March 6

Thursday March 7

Saturday March 9

Sunday March 10

The club will have a spectator ferry following each days’ racing, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf at 2pm.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE TWO SPECTATOR FERRIES ON SUNDAY MARCH 3 & SUNDAY MARCH 10

For those who can’t make it onto the water:

Live streaming is available on 18FootersTV

March 2, 2019

WINNING WAY FOR THE 18ft SKIFFS

WINNING WAY FOR THE 18ft SKIFFS

The Winning Group sponsors 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship

The ongoing success of Australia’s iconic, 127-year-old sport of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour, owes so much to the incredible support of the Winning family and the Winning’s family business.

Now, as the Australian 18 Footers League prepares to host the 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship (from March 2-10), the Winning family’s influence on the sport’s success has never been more evident.

For the 13th consecutive year, the JJ Giltinan Championship has been sponsored by the Winning Group brands, but there is so much more to their participation at all levels of the sport.

The Winning Group is also one of the favourites to win the 2019 championship after the teams second place in the national titles..

John Winning Jr., the 2002 World 29er champion (Nathan Outteridge was runner-up), had a couple of successful seasons in the 18s, but has been missing from the fleet for several seasons due to time constraints with his role running the Winning Group.

As he did with his business life, John (known in the sailing community as ‘Herman’, a nick-name given to him by his father) was determined to make every effort possible to ensure his sailing life was done with the best people as part of his team.

Being an achiever, ‘Herman’ would certainly want to reach the high-point of the sport that his father did in 2000.

John ‘Woody’ Winning won the 2000 JJ Giltinan Championship in the AMP Centrepoint-sponsored skiff on Sydney Harbour.

For his 2018-2019 season campaign, ‘Herman’ spoke to his long-time friends Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton to join the team on Winning Group.

Despite their heavy commitments at various levels of international sailing, both gave John the assurance that they would support the campaign as often as they could throughout the season and would be a part of the 2019 JJ challenge to try and win back the coveted trophy from the 2018 championship-winning kiwis.

To win the 2019 title against the 25-boat fleet, comprising the best 18ft skiff teams from five nations, young John will have to beat the 2000 champion, his father, who will skipper his self-sponsored Yandoo skiff.

As well as the two Winning-sponsored teams, Winning Group and Yandoo, Appliances Online has sponsored a top class skiff for Brett Van Munster and his team.

The Winning family is not only interested in the present fleet. ‘Woody’ has always had a deep passion for the sport, but an even stronger passion to acknowledge the history of the sport and the men who gave so much to ensure its longevity.

Aside from his competition in the present high-tech fleet at the League, ‘Woody’ supports and competes every Saturday in the ‘Historical 18s’ fleet of 1950s-style boats at the Sydney Flying Squadron.

Many former 18 Footer sailors compete regularly in the ‘Historical 18s’ fleet, and several of the League’s elite sailors from the modern fleet also go out as ‘guest’ crew to compare the two dramatically different versions of the 18 footer class.

When the 25 boats line up for Race 1 of the championship on Saturday, there will be an incredible eight teams with a link to the Winning Group and the Winning family.

Companies such as Asko Appliances, whose skiff is the current Australian, NSW and Club champion, and Smeg, a multiple Giltinan champion, have been involved with the League for many years. Others such as Panasonic, Ilve and Vintec have also joined the fleet in more recent years.

In today’s Invitation Race on Sydney Harbour, the defending Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matthew Stevens and Brad Collins showed the speed and boat handling skills to suggest that they will be the ones to beat omce the championship-proper gets under way tomorrow.

The Honda Marine crew led the fleet around the first lap of the NE course, in a light breeze, before deciding to pull out of the race to avoid any damage to the boat or their gear before tomorrow’s big one.

Keagan York’s Finport Finance was the top Australian skiff over the first lap of the course and trailed Honda Marine by just 10s. When Honda Marine pulled out of the race Finport Finance led the fleet, but superstition took over and the team elected not to sail through the line, and so avoided being the winner of the Invitation Race.

The official result was a win for John Winning Jr and his Winning Group team of Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton, who took the honours by 49s from Asko Appliances (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Trent Barnabas), with Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys, Nathan Edwards) a further 59s back in third place.

The Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship

Race dates are:

Saturday March 2

Sunday March 3

Tuesday March 5

Wednesday March 6

Thursday March 7

Saturday March 9

Sunday March 10

The club will have a spectator ferry following each of the seven days’ racing, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf at 2pm.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE TWO SPECTATOR FERRIES ON SUNDAY MARCH 3 & SUNDAY MARCH 10

For those who can’t make it onto the water:

Live streaming is available on 18FootersTV

February 4, 2019

JJ Giltinan 2019 – Sailing Instructions Amendment

JJ Giltinan 2019
Amendment #1 to sailing instruction 20.2

Substitution of damaged or lost equipment will not be allowed unless approved by the Race Committee. Requests for substitution shall be made in writing to the Race Committee at least one hour prior to the scheduled race start time.
In the event of a damaged sail within the one hour prior to a race, a replacement sail may be used without consent of the race committee but both the signed in and replacement must be presented to the race committee with a written declaration within one (1) hour of the last boat finishing the last race of the day.

Amendment #2 to sailing instruction 25.

The organising Authority may commission an official television production.

As part of any official television production, camera boats will be on the race course each scheduled race day. Skiffs must be aware of the presence of the camera boats. The camera boat skippers have been instructed to keep clear . As these camera boats form part of the official television production, skiffs shall treat these camera boats as an obstruction with regard to Part 2 of RRs 2017-2020.

In each race at the discretion of the Organising authority , skiffs may be compulsorily equipped with cameras . The allocation of the cameras will be rotated in an equitable manner . These cameras are for the official television production. A breach of this sailing instruction shall not be grounds for protest by a competitor.

Amendment #3 A new sailing instruction 34 is added.

34. AREAS THAT ARE OBSTRUCTIONS

34.1 While racing, boats shall not sail:

a. Within the area of water between the registered moorings and the adjacent shoreline.
This includes Police or NSW Maritime moorings but excludes naval and shipping moorings.

b. Within the area bounded by the cardinal marks around Sow and Pigs reef

c. Between the cardinal mark(s) nearby and the shore of:
(I) Bradley’s Head; and
(II) Shark Island

d. Within the area of water between the yellow markers in the vicinity of:
(I) Garden Island; and
(II) Chowder Bay

34.2 These areas rank as obstructions. Penalty for breaking this SI shall be in accordance with SI 16.

Amendment #4 to sailing instruction 19.

19 PROTESTS

Protest forms are available at the race office and shall be lodged in writing at the race office. The protest time limit shall be two(2) hours after the last boat has finished the last race of the day.
An arbitration meeting in accordance with Appendix T may be held prior to a protest hearing for an incident resulting in a protest by a boat involving one or more rules of Part 2 or rule 31. This amends RRS T2.

Doug Cameron on behalf of The Race Committee