February 23, 2014

NSW Championship – Race 5 Club Championship – Race 9

18ft Skiffs
NSW Championship, Race 5
Sunday, 23 February 2014
Sydney Harbour

Gotta Love It 7 became 2013-2014 NSW 18ft Skiff champion today after finishing second today behind Rabbitohs-Kenwood in Race 5 of the championship.

In one of the closest finishes seen on the harbour for 2-3 seasons, Rabbitohs-Kenwood (Brett Van Munster, Joel Castle and Kurt Fatouris) came back in the final 100 metres to take the victory by just4s.

Sydney City Marine (David Witt, Tom Clout and Matt Wark) was 1m23s back in third place, ahead of Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane), Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Smeg (Nick Press).

Gotta Love It 7, with two replacement crew members, Dave Gilmour and Rhys Mara (for Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton), joining regular sheet hand Scott Babbage for the day, finished with a final total of five points to defeat Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas) who finished second overall with 14points.

Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips and Dave Ewings) also finished with a total of 14 points and was placed third behind Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on countback.

Sydney City Marine was fourth on 15 points, followed by Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) on 21 and Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson) on 25.

Today’s last race of the NSW Championship was sailed in a 10-15 knot SE wind which produced a close race and a wonderful finish which had the crowd on the spectator ferry cheering wildly.

The first windward leg across the harbour from Taylor Bay to Rose Bay saw the fleet split into two groups.

Most teams elected to sail the conventional (eastern) side of Shark Island while Rabbitohs-Kenwood led a small group which went to the western side.

When the two groups met in Rose Bay, Rabbitohs-Kenwood led Gotta Love It 7 by 35s, with The Kitchen Maker (Rob Bell) in third place ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Pure Blonde (Nick Daly), Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton), Sydney City Marine, Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) and Haier Appliances (John Sweeny).

The Rabbitohs-Kenwood crew set their spinnaker soon after rounding the mark while most of those behind them elected to two-sail reach before going for their spinnakers.

It was a winning move as it allowed Rabbitohs-Kenwood to open up a lead of 1½m at the bottom mark.

The breeze was a lot lighter at that part of the harbour and positions changed dramatically throughout the fleet.

Gotta Love It 7 showed far superior speed upwind and halved Rabbitohs-Kenwood’s lead at the Clarke Island buoy. Sydney City Marine was in third place, more than another minute behind ‘7’.

On the next leg to Chowder Bay, Gotta Love It 7 set a spinnaker soon after rounding Clarke Island buoy while Rabbitohs-Kenwood went for the two-sail reach until late in the leg.

This proved to be the best method again for Van Munster and his team as they increased their margin to more than one minute over Gotta Love It 7.

The two teams were having a great battle and things excited the crowd when ‘7’ got to within 10s with three legs of the course still to be sailed.

Rabbitohs-Kenwood created some breathing space at Rose Bay for the final time, but each team reversed their original decision on the first lap of the course for the run to the bottom mark.

It was the first mistake by the Rabbitohs-Kenwood team and allowed Gotta Love It 7 turn for home with a 4s lead.

All looked lost for Rabbitohs-Kenwood as the two boats sailed leg for leg up the final work to the finish and it wasn’t until the last 100 metres before Rabbitohs-Kenwood regained the lead.

The race had additional interest for local spectators as two of the visiting international teams (CST Composites USA and EuroLink Germany) took the opportunity of having a hit out prior to next week’s JJ Giltinan Championship.

NEXT WEEK IS THE BIG ONE, THE 2014 JJ GILTINAN 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIP

Race Dates

DAY MONTH RACE
Friday February 28, 2014 Invitation Race (no spectator ferry)
Saturday March 1, 2014 Race 1***
Sunday March 2, 2014 Race 2
Tuesday March 4, 2014 Race 3
Wednesday March 5, 2014 Race 4
Thursday March 6, 2014 Race 5
Saturday March 8, 2014 Race 6
Sunday March 9, 2014 Race 7

*** Race 1 will also be sailed for the George Calligeros Trophy

Races start at 3pm, with the exception of Races 1 and 6 (March 1 and 8), which will start at 4pm.

SPECTATOR FERRY

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Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League

February 16, 2014

NSW Championship – Race 4 Club Championship – Race 8 President’s Trophy

18ft Skiffs
NSW Championship, Race 4
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Sydney Harbour

Gotta Love It 7’s Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage gave another outstanding display in difficult conditions to easily take out Race 4 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) won the start and crossed 7 on the first two tacks but once Gotta Love It 7 grabbed the lead the crew continually drew away from the fleet to win by 4m.

Nick Press, Dan Phillips and Dave Ewings also gave a great display to take second place in Smeg, with Andrew Chapman Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge a further 22s back in Mojo Wine.

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish finished fourth, ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Sydney City Marine (David Witt).

Gotta Love It 7 heads the point total on 3, followed by Smeg on 8, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers 9, Sydney City Marine and Coopers 62-Rag & Famish on 12 and Mojo Wine on 16.

The race was sailed over the South course with all teams using their smaller #2 rigs.

Gotta Love It 7’s crew showed the skill that makes them so hard to beat as they grabbed a 30s lead on the shory windward leg from the start in Athol Bay to the windward mark off Clarke Island.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Smeg and Coopers-Rag were together with Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson), Mojo Wine, Sydney City Marine and Yandoo (John Winning) close behind.

The long spinnaker run to Obelisk Bay YA Buoy divided the thoughts of the fleet with some teams setting their extras immediately while others chose a 2-sail reach half way along the run before setting a spinnaker.

7 increased her lead to 1m over Smeg and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers then virtually put the race out of reach for her opposition as the margin was 1m45s after the next windward leg into Rose Bay.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Smeg were only 4s apart at this point with Yandoo now up to fourth ahead of Coopers-Rag & Famish and Mojo Wine.

The wind dropped away to almost nothing over the next two legs of the course and Team Seven were brilliant as she took the lead out to 3½m at Clarke Island.

Smeg also established her position in second place, with a break of another 1½m to Coopers 62-Rag & Famish.

The light wind persisted on the next spinnaker run to Obelisk then freshened for the beat back into Rose Bay.

Smeg reduced 7s lead to 2½m at Rose Bay, while Andrew Chapman, standing in for regular skipper Chris Nicholson, had Mojo Wine up to third.

These placings didn’t change over the final two legs of the course although Gotta Love It had increased her margin to 4m at the finish.

Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage left immediately after the race to fly to Singapore where they will sail Pindar in the Extreme Sailing series regatta.

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February 9, 2014

Australian Championship – Race 5 Club Championship – Race 7

18ft Skiffs
Australian Championship, Race 5
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Sydney Harbour

Gotta Love It 7 became the 2013-2014 Australian 18ft Skiff champion after another brilliant win in the final race of the championship on Sydney Harbour today.

Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Ed Smythe (replacing the regular for’ard hand Sam Newton, who was married yesterday) again proved their dominance with the #2 rig on the North-East course to win by 53s.

Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Harris) also sailed superbly as the team pushed the 7 crew all the way.

The gap back to third was 2m48s but the race for that position produced the highlight of the day as three boats crossed the finishing line just 9s apart.

Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson) and Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson) fought hard and looked to have that position between them until Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones, Jeronimo Harrison, James Dorron) flashed in on the port gybe to take third by 2s from Fisher & Paykel.

Five teams went into today’s final race with just four points separating them.

Mojo Wine and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) were equal leaders one point ahead of Gotta Love It 7, but 7’s win gave the team a final pointscore of nine points, one ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, with Mojo Wine finishing third on 12 points.

It was a great finish to a closely-fought championship and makes the upcoming 2014 JJ Giltinan Championship, supported by Sydney City Marine, a must see event.

It was Seve Jarvin’s fifth Australian 18ft Skiff Championship victory.

Today’s race was sailed in a moderate North East wind which didn’t reach the strength predicted earlier in the day.

After an even start it wasn’t long before Gotta Love It 7 had taken the lead narrowly from Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel.

Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane), De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn), Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Mojo Wine, Fisher & Paykel, Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) and Sydney City Marine (David Witt) were leading the next group.

Gotta Love It 7’s lead was 15s from Coopers 62-Rag & Famish at the Beashel (windward) Buoy, followed by Appliancesonline, Fisher & Paykel, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Mojo Wine, Asko Appliances and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs.

The downwind speed of the red machine is unmatched with the #2 rig and 7’s lead at the bottom mark off Clarke Island was out to 1m5s.

Thurlow Fisher’s chances of winning the title also vanished when she capsized as the crew were endeavouring to effect a penalty turn.

The second windward beat saw Coopers 62-Rag & Famish get to within a couple of boat lengths of Gotta Love It 7 and was only 12s behind the leader at the Beashel Buoy.

The 7 team gybed early and once again extended the lead over Coopers-Rag to 35s at the Clarke Island mark.

The final lap of the course saw the positions remained unchanged between the two leaders, while the group behind them were providing all the action.

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Race 4 of the NSW Championship will be sailed next Sunday.

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Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League

February 2, 2014

Australian Championship – Race 4 Club Championship – Race 6 Commodore Cup

18ft Skiffs
Australian Championship, Race 4
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Sydney Harbour

The Gotta Love It 7 crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage gave another brilliant exhibition in the 16-18-knot East wind to dominate Race 4 of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

The defending champion team grabbed the lead soon after the start and were relentless as they powered away from the fleet throughout the race.

Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey, Ricky Bridge) was 1m28s behind ‘7’, with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor, Trent Barnabas) another 36s back in third place.

Jack Macartney’s Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel finished fourth, ahead of Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) and Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson).

Today’s result has thrown the championship wide open, after each team has discarded the worst performance to date.

Mojo Wine and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers are equal on seven points, followed by Gotta Love It 7 on eight, Asko Appliances 10, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel 11 and Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) on 14.

The Australian champion is now likely to come from the winner of next Sunday’s race.

At the first windward mark today, the margin was just 10s for Gotta Love It 7 over Grant Rollerson’s Fisher & Paykel, Lumix and Sydney City Marine (David Witt).

7s downwind leg was awesome as the team extended the lead to 1m15s over Mojo Wine, Lumix and a group including Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel, Sydney City Marine and Fisher & Paykel.

The following windward beat saw the lead go to 1m30s but Gotta Love It 7 once again proved too good downwind as the margin was pushed out to 2m.

With the race well in hand, the Team Seven crew seemed content to sail conservatively over the finallap.

While 7s lead was unchallenged, the battle behind the red machine was extremely close.

Mojo Wine and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers held a terrific battle for second place and overall lead in the championship.

Lumix, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel and Fisher & Paykel were also locked in a race long battle, while Asko Appliances recovered from a start recall to join the group late in the race.

Sydney City Marine’s chances were destroyed with a badly torn spinnaker on the middle run.

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January 26, 2014

Australian Championship – Race 3 NSW Championship – Race 3 Club Championship – Race 5 Lord Mayor’s Trophy

18ft Skiffs
Australian Championship, Race 3
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Sydney Harbour

The Mojo Wine 18ft Skiff team returned to form after a disappointing race last Sunday to take out Race 3 of the Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge finished 1m2s ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas), with Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Peter Harris) just 6s further back in third place.

Early leader in today’s race, Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) finished fourth, ahead of Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) and Fishewr & Paykel (Grant Rollerson).

With two more races still to be sailed in the championship, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers leads on 7 points, followed by Asko Appliances on 12, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel 14, Lumix 16, Mojo Wine 17 and Appliancesonline.com.au on 22.

Today’s race was sailed, as part of the Australia Day Regatta, over a three-laps windward-return course in a 6-8 knot SE breeze.

In such conditions you would expect few problems yet two of the highly fancied skiffs were out at the start.

Defending champion Seve Jarvin’s Gotta Love It 7 was forced out in the lead up to the start with a broken boom.

Smeg (Nick Press) was another casualty after being hit by two other competitors at the start.

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January 12, 2014

Australian Championship – Race 1 Club Championship – Race 3

18ft Skiffs
Australian Championship, Race 1
Sunday, 12 January 2014
Sydney Harbour

The Asko Appliances team of Marcus Ashley-Jones, Jeronimo Harrison and Ash Rooklyn had to overcome a desperate battle with the Lumix team before taking out Race 1 of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

With no more than 15s separating the two teams for more than half the course, the two teams headed for home with only 2s between them.

Lumix (Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack and Aron Everett) tried desperately to force an error by putting in several tacks, but the Asko crew was up to the challenge and finally crossed the line as a 38s. winner.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, skippered by Hugh Stodart, who replaced an injured Michael Coxon, with Trent Barnabas and Dave O’Connor, finished a further 52s. back in third place.

Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson) was fourth, followed by Smeg (Dan Phillips), and the defending champion Seve Jarvin sixth in Gotta Love It 7.

Ironically, it was Jarvin’s 2012-2013 Australian champion skiff (now sailing as Asko) which won today’s race.

Once again this season, the fleet was faced with less than ideal conditions; light wind which shifted continually throughout the entire course.

From the start the fleet split into three separate groups and those electing to stay in the middle or go to the right hand side were best served.

Lumix was always near the lead in the middle group and held a 30s lead at the windward mark in Rose Bay.

Smeg was in second place, ahead of Asko, Appliancesonline (Micah Lane), Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Ilve (Ollie Hartas).

Lumix extended her lead to more than 40s after the long spinnaker run from Rose Bay to Robertson Point, but Asko was already starting to make her move as she went ahead of Smeg.

The gap between Lumix and Asko was down to just 12s at the following windward mark off Clarke Island and that’s where the battle began.

Smeg was still third but the shifting breeze saw positions change dramatically throughout the fleet.

Sydney City Marine (Dave Witt) had recovered from a distant position early to be fourth ahead of Mojo Wine, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Gotta Love It 7, Appliancesonline, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) and Viagogo (Alexandra South).

The leading four positions remained unchanged on the two-sail reach to Chowder Bay, but Asko finally grabbed an 11s lead from Lumix at Rose Bay.

On the ‘sausage’ leg across the harbour to Taylor Bay and return, the two leaders maintained their battle with just a few secs. separatin them at all times.

The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team were now starting to come to the fore and began to establish itself in a clear third place.

While the conditions were less than perfect, the racing was close and the uncertainty of the wind made sure spectator interest was retained right to the end.

The result has also thrown the championship wide open and next week’s race will be critical.

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December 15, 2013

NSW Championship – Race 2 Club Championship – Race 2 Syd. Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy

18ft Skiffs
NSW Championship, Race 2
Sunday, 15 December 2013
Sydney Harbour

A decision made by the Gotta Love It 7 team shortly after the start was a critical factor in the skiff’s easy victory in Race 2 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

The Gotta Love It 7 crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage sailed brilliantly in very testing conditions to win by 1m43s and establish a clear lead in the championship.

Dave Witt, Tom Clout and Keagan York finished second in Sydney City Marine, with Dan Phillips, Gary Phillips and Dave Ewings third in Smeg, a further 26s behind Sydney City Marine.

Gotta Love It 7 heads the pointscore on 2 points, followed by Sydney City Marine on 6, Smeg 6, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) 8, Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson) 11 and Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) on 14.

Today’s race was sailed in a fluky 7-knot ENE breeze over a four-lap windward-return course.

After an even start, although Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson) returned to restart when the skiff hadn’t been recalled, the ‘7’ crew made their successful move.

While most of the fleet sailed a middle course or went left, Jarvin and his team elected to go to the RHS of the course where they picked up the best breeze and quickly opened up a 30s break over Smeg at the windward mark.

Sydney City Marine was another 30s back with the rest of the fleet floundering in extremely light air off the buoy.

Once in front the polished crew on Gotta Love It 7 quickly extended the lead to 1m20s at the bottom mark, then to 3m20s at the following windward buoy.

Smeg’s margin over Sydney City Marine was now down to just 10s and the interest was obviously on that battle.

With the wind changing direction many times, the positions behind 7 were also changing regularly.

By the third windward mark, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers got to within 1m30s of 7, followed by Fisher & Paykel, Sydney City Marine, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) and Smeg.

With second place seemingly at her mercy down the final spinnaker run to the finish, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers took a ‘swim’ and the crew had to watch the fleet sail by before she could recover for a disappointing sixth place.

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Today’s race was the club’s final race before the break over Christmas and the New Year.

Racing will resume with Race 1 of the Australian Championship on Sunday 12 January.

The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow the race, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

Frank Quealey

December 8, 2013

3-Buoys Challenge 2013 – Race 8 Yandoo Trophy

18ft Skiffs
3-Buoys Challenge, Race 8
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Sydney Harbour

Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge won the Australian 18 Footers League’s 3-Buoys Challenge in Mojo Wine after finishing second in today’s final race of the series on Sydney Harbour.

It was a great effort by the trio who were consistent, from the back mark, throughout the entire series.

With the best racing conditions this season, the fleet gave a magnificent spectacle for the ferry patrons in the 15-20 knot North-Easterly wind.

Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and John Winning Jr.) finally took line honours by 1m45s from Mojo Wine, with last week’s winner Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Peter Harris) another 31s back in third place.

Pure Blonde (Nick Daly) was fourth, followed by Smeg (Nick Press) and Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson).

Final points in the series were: Mojo Wine 25, Yandoo (John Winning 31, Rabbitohs-Kenwood (Brett Van Munster) 33, Smeg 34, Fisher & Paykel 36 and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) 45.

Conditions took a toll on the fleet with only 10 of the 18 starters completing the course.

The race to the first windward mark was close with only a few secs. separating the leading six teams.

Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane) showed her best form so far to lead from Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel, with De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn) third.

The first spinnaker run was all action as Appliancesonline led the charge back to the bottom mark off Clarke Island with Gotta Love It 7, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Smeg, Fisher & Paykel, Coopers-Rag and Mojo Wine in hot pursuit.

Soon after turning for the second windward beat, the race took a dramatic turn as both Appliancesonline and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers were forced to retire with gear failures.

Gotta Love It 7 charged to the lead and it looked as though it may be all over for the challengers.

7 continued to hold a 25s margin over Smeg at the second set of windward marks with Sydney City Marine (David Witt) another 30s back in third place. Coopers-Rag & Famish was also close behind in fourth place.

Another spectacular spinnaker run followed as Smeg began to pressure Gotta Love It 7

A slight spinnaker mishap on 7 allowed Smeg to take a narrow lead for the first time.

With an advantage set to come at the final windward buoys, Smeg was in a particularly strong position to take the race honours.

An unexpected swim by the Smeg crew on the final windward leg allowed Gotta Love It 7 to regain the lead which the team held until the finish.

The red machine was driven hard by her crew down the final spinnaker run past the cheering crowd on the spectator ferry.

It was definitely the best race of the season and was a mouth watering glimpse into what we are likely to see during the championship end of the season.

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The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow next Sunday’s Race 2 of the NSW Championship, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.

It will be the club’s final race before the break over Christmas and the New Year.

Racing will resume with Race 1 of the Australian Championship on Sunday 12 January.

Frank Quealey