March 14, 2020

18ft Skiffs: JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 1

race one results

Defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins began their attempt to win their third consecutive JJ Giltinan Championship when they scored a come-from-behind win in Race i of the 2020 championship on Sydney Harbour today.

It wasn’t until the seventh leg of the nine leg course that Honda Marine finally reached the lead then go on to score a 39s victory over Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Tim Westwood), which had led for most of the first half of the course.

Current Australian champion Tech2 (Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt, Trent Barnabas) showed good downwind speed on the two long spinnaker runs from the Clark Island mark to Obelisk, but lost vital time while leading into Obelisk and eventually dropped back to come home a further 1m3s behind Shaw & Partners.

Winning Group (Seve Jarvin) struggled a touch with a reef mainsail as the expected strong southerly wind faded during the race, but still managed to finish in fourth place, ahead of Smeg (Micah Lane), URM (Marcus Ashley-Jones) and Finport Finance (Keagan York).

Vintec (Kirk Mitchell) continued to show a big improvement over the skiff’s early season form and finished in eighth place ahead of Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage) which sailed a great race throughout the long course.

The predicted conditions were 26-28-knot southerly winds and early in the day there was concern in the rigging area about the race going ahead, but when the race got underway there was no sign of the winds, which eased after the rain arrived.  By race-end the wind had faded even more and were extremely light.

Sean Langman’s Noakesailing team grabbed the lead at the first windward mark west of Clark Island, closely followed by Winning Group, Noakes Blue, Finport Finance, The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett), and Honda Marine.

Visibility was a problem for spectators but the downwind action was sensational.

Shaw & Partners Financial Services and Tech2 were fast on the long spinnaker leg of the course to Obelisk where Shaw & Partners now held the lead over Tech2, with Noakesailing back in third place and Honda Marine in fourth.

Working back from Obelisk to the buoy off Shark Island in Rose Bay, Tech2 applied the pressure to Shaw & Partners and was within 20s as the pair headed off on a 2-sail reach  back to Athol Bay East to complete the first lap of the two lap course.

Honda Marine had continued to move through the fleet and was now up to third, ahead of URM, Winning Group, Noakesailing and ‘The Oak’.

Over the next two legs of the course, the three leading teams had moved well ahead of the rest of the fleet and the second spinnaker run from Clark Island to Obelisk was spectacular as Tech2 grabbed a narrow lead over Shaw & Partners.

A small problem as Tech2 approached the mark proved costly and the team never recovered, leaving Shaw & Partners and Honda Marine to race for the win.

Honda Marine’s boat speed was excellent in the lighter air and the defending champion took the lead from Shaw & Partners as the two teams battled their way to the Shark Island mark.

There was no change over the final two legs of the course as the race finished in practically no wind at all.

Today’s Race Results and some images from the racing are attached.

Race 2 of the championship will be sailed tomorrow (Sunday, March 15).

 

Other race dates are:

Tuesday                               March 17                             Races 3 & 4

Wednesday                        March 18                             Races 5 & 6

Thursday                              March 19                             Race 7

Saturday                              March 21                             Race 8

Sunday                                 March 22                             Race 9

 

Spectators can see all the teams while they are rigging, then follow the racing on board the club’s spectator ferry, which leaves Double Bay Wharf, alongside the rigging area, at 2pm.

 

Book online through the club’s website www.18footers.com

 

AeroMedia Live Broadcast team will be out on Sydney Harbour to capture all the action.  For those who can’t make it onto the water, live streaming is available at www.18footers.com and clicking on the ’18 Footers TV’ link.

 

A pdf copy of the 32-page 2020 JJ Giltinan Championship programme is available at:

https://www.18footers.com.au/18-footers-sailing/documents/

Click on “2020 JJ GILTINAN PROGRAMME” button

 

JJ Giltinan Championship information, race results, race reports and photographic images are also available on the club website www.18footers.com and other news about the championship is available at:

 

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March 12, 2020

LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2020 JJ GILTINAN 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIP

When the world’s top twenty-four 18ft Skiffs line up to contest the 2020 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour, from 14-22 March, the AeroMedia Live Broadcast team will be alongside and above the fleet sending vision of the action to all parts of the world.

The team covers the Australian 18 Footers League’s weekly 18ft Skiff races on Sydney Harbour and is highly experienced in how to follow the fleet, communicate with the viewers, and how to avoid the incredible number of difficulties associated with the production on a busy harbour.

For the 2020 JJs, the team will use five 1080HD quality cameras, including one in the boat park for interviews, by Troy Tindall, and to show the boat set ups.

Seven-times JJ Giltinan world 18ft Skiff champion Andrew Buckland, along with Mark Healey and James Bury will provide expert commentary on the water.

Their efforts allow viewers around the world to be taken up close to the racing skiffs as they speed across the harbour, while managing to avoid the heavy commercial and private traffic.

Team members are also quick to point out: “Our coverage is absolutely live, as it happens, in the moment.”

“We are in the elements and not commentating from a comfortable studio.”

“If the sailors get wet, we get wet, too.”

According to the video team producer, Michael Chittenden, producing livestream video of the racing on Sydney Harbour is far from a simple matter.

“Our equipment is generally foolproof, but things, like the weather, are out of our hands.  Will we be able to keep our power cables and leads dry when it rains, or when we have to go through the wake of power boats?”

“We always wonder, is the equipment going to work, will the signal from the drone work, or will the interference, common on Sydney Harbour, cause problems?”

Chittenden added: “We also worry about how we will be able to get the camera boat into the right places, and at the right times, as we try to cover as much of the fleet and the racing as possible.”

“It’s a fine line between a good race and one that is not so good, but most times things work out.”

“There’s a lot which can go wrong.  We have three on-board cameras, a drone, live commentary, a boat park camera and graphics.

With three commentators, a driver/commentator, a ronin operator, a drone pilot and Michael Chittenden directing the show, there’s a lot going on as the small camera boat manoeuvres her way through the traffic to bring all the action to viewers around the world.

With so much ‘happening’ in a small area on board the camera cat, and at the speed necessary to cover the action of 18ft Skiff Racing, the team’s efforts are amazing so that we can enjoy the thrills associated with the flying machines.

Race dates are:

Saturday              March 14             Race 1

Sunday                 March 15             Race 2

Tuesday               March 17             Races 3 & 4

Wednesday        March 18             Races 5 & 6

Thursday              March 19             Race 7

Saturday              March 21             Race 8

Sunday                 March 22             Race 9

AeroMedia Live Broadcast team’s live streaming is available at www.18footers.com and clicking on the ’18 Footers TV’ link.

A pdf copy of the 32-page 2020 JJ Giltinan Championship programme is available at:

https://www.18footers.com.au/18-footers-sailing/documents/

Click on “2020 JJ GILTINAN PROGRAMME” button

JJ Giltinan Championship information, race results, race reports and photographic images is also available on the club website www.18footers.com and other news about the championship is available at

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