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:

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March 8, 2020

Club Championship Final 2020

The Tech2 team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Trent Barnabas became the Australian 18 Footers League Club champion after leading all the way to score a convincing win in Race 16 of the series on Sydney Harbour today.

Tech2 had all the answers for the challengers and, but for a few moments on the first lap of the course, was never in danger of losing as the skiff handled the light Southerly conditions which varied from 15-knots down to just barely a breeze.

Macartney’s team crossed the finish line 1m10s ahead of Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys and Nathan Edwards), with Winning Group (John Winning Jr., Sam Newton and Scott Babbage) a further 51s back in third place.

Smeg (Micah Lane) finished in fourth place, followed by Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards), Finport Finance (Keagan York), The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (David O’Connor), Bird & Bear (Tom Clout), The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis) and Yandoo (John Winning).

Tech2 went into today’s final race of the championship trailing The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines and Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron) by five points and need to defeat both teams by five placings to win the title.

Shaw & Partners was recalled at the start she lost her chance to retain the series lead while ‘The Oak’ could manage only a seventh placing, which was just not quite good enough to hold off Tech2.

Final points in the championship were: Tech2 81 points, followed by The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines on 82, Shaw & Partners Financial Services on 86, Smeg 108, Rag & Famish Hotel 117, and Appliancesonline.com.au on 120.

The race to the first windward mark off Clark Island was close with Tech2 leading from a close group which included ‘The Oak’, Smeg, Winning Group and Noakesailing, but Tech2’s speed off the wind on the long spinnaker run to Obelisk Bay was outstanding as the skiff quickly opened up a 40s break over her nearest challenger, which was Smeg.

The breeze faded on the work back to Rose Bay. Smeg revelled in the conditions and got to just 7s behind Tech2 at the mark, but once again, Tech2’s speed downwind was too much for her opposition as she again pushed her lead (over Noakesailing) back out to one minute.

Over the final lap of the course, Tech2 was unstoppable and extended her lead to 1m55s at the Shark Island mark before cruising home over the final two legs of the course to her 1m10s victory.

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

DON’T FORGET:
The 2020 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship starts next Saturday
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

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

February 23, 2020

Shaw & Partners Financial Services led all the way against a strong fleet to score a clear victory

The defending champion Shaw & Partners Financial Services team of James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite and Steve Thomas (replacing Tim Westwood on the day) led all the way against a strong fleet to score a clear victory in Race 8 of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on an incredibly busy Sydney Harbour today.

Shaw & Partners easily won the start and kept her chances alive to retain the title when the team scored a 1m13s win over a determined Finport Finance team (Keagan York, Angus Williams and Dan Phillips) which challenged for the entire length of the course.

Smeg (Micah Lane, Ricky Bridge, Peter Harris) was a further 3m44s further back in third place, followed by championship leader Tech2 (Jack Macartney), Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards) and Appliancesonline.com.au (Brett Van Munster).

With two short-course races scheduled for next Sunday’s final day of the Australian Championship, Tech2 (after each team discards her worst performance to date) leads the points table on 15 points, followed by Finport Finance and Shaw & Partners on 23, Smeg and Appliancesonline.com.au on 28 and The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines on 31.

After a short delay while a large cruise ship moored in the middle of Sydney Harbour, Shaw & Partners easily won the start from the pin end of the line and quickly opened up a break over the rest of the fleet, which was headed by Birkenhead Point Marina (Tom Anderson) and Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage).

While most of the fleet elected to sail a course towards the middle of the harbour on the long windward leg to the Beashel Buoy, the Shaw & Partners team stuck closely to the northern shore in the 5-10 knot NE breeze.

When the fleet reached the Beashel Buoy, Shaw & Partners held a 27s lead over Finport Finance with Rag & Famish Hotel another 13s back in third place.

Smeg and Birkenhead Point Marina were also in touch with the leading group but there was a break over most of the fleet headed by Vintec (Kirk Mitchell) and Noakes Blue.

The two leaders chose different tactics at the wing mark where Finport Finance gybed inside Shaw & Partners and gained slightly on the run between the islands to the bottom mark off Clark Island. The lead at that point was down to 15s.

The first four positions had remained unchanged on the run from the windward mark, but The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines improved her position as she moved up from 8th to be in a handy fifth place.

On the following windward leg back to the Beashel Buoy, an outgoing tanker played havoc with the fleet and allowed the two leaders to get away from the challengers.

Worst affected was Smeg which was unable to cross ahead of the tanker and lost valuable time, as well as any chance of reducing the lead.

It was now a two boat race over the remaining legs of the course. Shaw & Partners continued to hold the 15s advantage over Finport at the second windward mark then consolidated the lead with an outstanding spinnaker run down the middle of the harbour to Clark Island.

With a 45s break over Finport Finance and only one lap of the course to sail, the Shaw & Partners team were never troubled as the crew sailed faultlessly for their 1m13s victory.

Over the final lap of the course, spectators on the League’s spectator ferry were treated to a close up look at the GP50 boats as they practiced for next week’s event on Sydney Harbour.

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

The final two races of the Australian Championship will be sailed next Sunday.

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.

February 16, 2020

Tech2 COMES THROUGH

Two spectacular wins by Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Trent Barnabas on Tech2 in Races 6 and 7 of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today has given the team a nine points lead in the series with just two more races to be contested.

The Tech2 team had to come from behind in both races but showed outstanding crew work over the entire day and thoroughly deserved their victories and lead in the championship.

Pointscores to date have Tech2 on 16 points, followed by Finport Finance on 25, The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines on 34, Shaw & Partners Financial Services on 35, Noakesailing 37, and Appliancesonline.com.au on 41.

A steady SE wind provided good racing conditions on the harbour and spectators weren’t disappointed with the action and spectacular capsizes.

In Race 6, the first of the day’s two races, Tech2 scored a 44s victory over a fast finishing Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys, Nathan Edwards), with just a further 10s to Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Michael Coxon, James Dorron, Tim Westwood) which also finished strongly after being further back in the fleet in the early stages of the race.

The Marcus Ashley-Jones R Marine Pittwater team took an early lead and sailed well to lead the fleet to the halfway point before Tech2’s speed grabbed the lead. R Marine Pittwater was still in second place at the final windward mark but couldn’t hold off the Noakesailing and Shaw & Partners final downwind bursts and had to settle for a solid fourth place.

Smeg (Micah Lane) was near the lead throughout the race and finished fifth, ahead of another consistent performer, Appliancesonline.com.au (Brett Van Munster).

Finport Finance (Keagan York) went into the day as championship leader but a series of mishaps over the day’s racing saw the team lose the lead with placings of 10th and 4th in the two races.

In the latter race, the John Winning Jr. led Winning Group grabbed the early lead and dominated the race to the final windward mark where the team still held a 35s lead over Tech2 and a comfortable victory seemed certain before they capsized after a collision with another competitor.

Tech2 had worked her way back into second place after a slow start and grabbed the opportunity before going on to score a 31s win from The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett, Courtney Mahar, Charlie Gundy) with the much improved The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis, Lachlan Doyle, Tom Quigley) a further 21s back in third place.

Finport Finance was back to something like her true form to come home in fourth place, ahead of Tom Clout’s Bird & Bear, Yandoo (John Winning) and Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage).

Race 8 of the Australian Championship will be sailed next Sunday.

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

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.

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February 2, 2020

The Smeg team record a double victory

The Smeg team of Micah Lane, Ricky Bridge and Peter Harris recorded a double victory on Sydney Harbour today when they scored two come-from-behind wins in Races 3 and 4 of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship.

Trailing Tech2 in Race 3, Smeg showed exceptional downwind speed on the first lap of the course to grab the lead, then extended her lead throughout the rest of the course before going on to a 52s win over the defending champion Shaw & Partners Financial Services team of James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite and Tim Westwood.

Aron Everett, Courtney Mahar and Charlie Gundy continued their consistent form over the entire season when they finished third in The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines, a further 17s behind Shaw & Partners.

In the latter race, Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Greg Dixon), which won both Race 1 and Race 2 of the championship, held the lead over the first two laps of the three-lap course and looked likely to score another win, but the Smeg team relished the freshening SE breeze to grab the lead and go on to a 24s win.

Jack Macartney, Phil Harmer and Trent Barnabas were never far from the lead and finished in third place, 23s from Finport, and only 5s ahead of fast-finishing Appliancesonline.com.au (Brett Van Munster) and Noakesailing (Sean Langman).

With little between the top teams over the tight courses sailed so far in the championship, the points table reflects the openness of the series with five races still to be sailed.

Finport Finance has a total of 11 points from the four races so far, followed by Tech2 on 14 points, Appliancesonline.com.au on 16, Smeg on 20, Noakesailing 22, Shaw & Partners Financial Services and The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines on 24.

Next Sunday’s Race 5 of the championship will return to the traditional style course and could see a change in placings on the points table.

An unfortunate casualty in today’s racing was Yvette Heritage’s Noakes Blue team whci broke a mast just minutes before the start of the first race.

Although not finishing in the top six placings of either race today, the Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards), Birkenhead Point Marina (Tom Anderson) and Bird & Bear (Tom Clout) teams showed glimpses of good form for future improvement.

Today’s Result Sheets and images from the racing are attached

Race 5 of the Australian Championship will be sailed next Sunday.

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.

Also follow all the club’s racing throughout the entire 2019-2020 Racing Season: