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  • 2017 JJ Giltinan's: Visiting Kiwi's Threaten Home Town Domination




    New Zealand champion Yamaha came from behind to score a brilliant win in Race 1 of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sponsored by The winning Group, on Sydney Harbour today.

    No New Zealand 18ft Skiff team has ever won the coveted title on Sydney Harbour but David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins showed today that they have the ability to become the first.

    Yamaha defeated Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Harris) by 1m13s, with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor) just 8s further back in third place.










    Defending champion, Smeg (Lee Knapton) finish in fourth place, ahead of another New Zealander, C-Tech (Alex Vallings) and Noakes Youth (Ash Rooklyn).

    Thurlow Fisher Lawyers took the early lead at the first windward mark off Clark Island but Coopers 62-Rag & Famish showed exceptional downwind speed to grab a narrow lead on the run to Obelisk.

    An uncharacteristic capsize by the Thurlow crew allowed Coopers-Rag to open up a clear lead over a group of 8-9 boats as the fleet headed into Rose Bay.

    The Rag was one minute ahead of the pack at the Rose Bay mark followed by Yamaha, C-Tech, Thurlow Fisher, Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones), Harken (Howie Hamlin, USA), Smeg, Appliancesonline.com.au (David Witt) and Yandoo (John Winning).












    A change of wind direction prevented the fleet from setting spinnakers on the next leg, which became a two-sail reach back to the bottom mark.

    When the breeze lightened on the following work back to the Clark Island mark, Yamaha made her move and was closed in on Coopers 62-Rag & Famish.

    The two teams engaged in a gybing match on the second long spinnaker run to Obelisk.










    The New Zealanders came out ahead and were never in any real danger of defeat as the fleet completed the final three legs of the course.

    Racing throughout the fleet was extremely close and the championship should provide a variety of results.

    There are at least four or five real chances to win the title and many other teams with a good chance of a race win.

    The action will be good and the spectator ferries full.

    Today’s result sheet and 12 images from today’s race are attached.

    Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Championship will be sailed tomorrow, Sunday, 26 February, at 3pm.
    The Australian 18 Footers League Spectator Ferry will leave Double Bay Public Wharf at 2.30pm.

    Race Dates:
    Race 2 Sunday 26 February
    Race 3 Tuesday 28 February
    Race 4 Wednesday 1 March
    Race 5 Thursday 2 March
    Race 6 Saturday 4 March
    Race 7 Sunday 5 March

    A spectator ferry will follow each of the races in the championship, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf alongside the clubhouse, at 2.30pm on each race day.

    All races will be live streamed from the Camera Cat and the drone, a world's first. Head to 18footers.com to watch the race live or catch up later. You can also follow all the action on the International 18ft Skiff Facebook page and @18skiff on Twitter.

    Frank Quealey
    Australian 18 Footers League
    www.18footers.com
    " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"



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  • #2
    Yamaha Going Full Throttle





    2017 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 2


    New Zealand champion Yamaha team tightened the grip on the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sponsored by The Winning Group, with another stunning victory in today’s Race 2 of the championship on Sydney Harbour.

    With eyes set firmly on becoming the first New Zealand team to win the coveted crown on Sydney Harbour, David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins sailed another faultless race to win by 1m14s from the defending champion Smeg team (Lee Knapton, Ricky Bridge, Mike McKensey).

    Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) reproduced their form from Race 1 and finished just 7s back in third place.

    Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) was only another 9s back in fourth place, followed by Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) and Appliancesonline.com.au (David Witt).

    Yamaha leads the series on 2 points, followed by Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel on 5 points, Smeg on 6, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers 7, C-Tech (Alex Vallings, NZ) 12, with Asko Appliances and Appliancesonline.com equal on 13.




    The race was sailed in another southerly wind, which ranged between 19-24 knots.

    Most teams elected to go with the smaller #2 rig, however the Appliancesonline.com.au team went big in the hope the breeze wouldn’t freshen, and because there was a problem with the team’s smaller rig from yesterday.

    Yamaha’s crew quickly set the pace on the short windward leg to the Clark Island mark and led Smeg by 15s, with another New Zealand team, Knight Frank (Riley Dean) in third place just ahead of Coopers-Rag.

    Once again, the kiwi skiff showed her boat speed on the long downwind leg to Obelisk and Yamaha’s lead had extended to 1m over Coopers 62-Rag & Famish as the fleet headed back to the next mark in Rose Bay.

    Rag’s downwind speed was impressive as she moved ahead of Smeg.

    Appliancesonline gained from her bigger rig and was in fourth place ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.

    C-Tech, Peroni (Nick Daly), Asko Appliances and Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York) were in a tight battle for sixth place.

    Yamaha’s performance was impressive upwind and the team extended the lead marginally as Smeg and Coopers-Rag battled hard for second place.

    The leading positions remained relatively unchanged over the next two legs of the course but the racing was fast and exciting as all crews drove their skiffs to the limit.








    While Yamaha continued to show the way, Smeg continued to hold a narrow break over Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel at Clark Island.

    The pair continued to provide spectators with some exciting racing as they raced downwind with only a couple of seconds between the two skiffs.

    Coopers-Rag was again faster than Smeg on the long spinnaker run and she not only took over second place, but actually took out some time on the leader.

    The two local teams threw out strong challenges to Yamaha on the beat back to Rose Bay but Yamaha’s skipper, Dave McDiarmid, was confident enough to hold his nerve and didn’t bother to cover the challengers.








    He did the same thing on the final leg to the finish when the pressure was applied again by the two major challengers,

    “We were satisfied with our speed and ability to maintain the lead and decided to sail our own course,” McDiarmid commented later.

    Tomorrow (Monday) is a lay day then racing resumes on Tuesday with Race 3 of the 7-race championship.

    Can the locals come back from the two defeats so far, or will the Yamaha team make history?


    Race Dates:
    Race 3 Tuesday 28 February
    Race 4 Wednesday 1 March
    Race 5 Thursday 2 March
    Race 6 Saturday 4 March
    Race 7 Sunday 5 March

    Frank Quealey
    Australian 18 Footers League
    www.18footers.com
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    • #3
      " Well, That Was Interesting"



      "Well, That Was Interesting"

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      Australia finally broke the New Zealand dominance so far in the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sponsored by The Winning Group, when Appliancesonline.com won an incident packed Race 3 of the championship on Sydney Harbour today.

      The race began in a light East wind before a rain squall hit the fleet on the spinnaker run to the bottom mark off Kurraba Point.

      Visibility was non-existant for the spectators, and when the fleet finally emerged from the gloom several boats had capsized,

      Finally, after the squall passed, the fleet sailed the windward leg to Rose Bay, but the dramas weren’t over as the wind died completely as the fleet were on the next spinnaker run to Kurraba Point.

      With the wind now gone completely, race officials decided to shorten the course at Kurraba Point and Appliancesonline.com.au was declared the winner.

      It was a welcome change of luck for the Appliancesonline crew of David Witt, Tom Anderson and Tom Clout, who were plagued by gear problems in the first two races.

      Appliancesonline’s winning margin was 7m15 from Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor) with New Zealand’s Knight Frank (Riley Dean, Luke Stevenson, Tim Sneddon) a further 2m6s back in third place.

      The rest of the fleet were becalmed and it was another 27 minutes before the fourth boat crossed the finish line.

      Ironically there was only 5s between the fourth placed C-Tech (Alex Vallings) and Peroni (Nick Daly). Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York) finished sixth.

      Yamaha (David McDiarmid), winner of each of the first two races, retired with gear damage and is well back on points, but will still the championship once the result is discarded.

      There is also a protest on the race plus others pending from earlier races and all point are provisional only at this stage.

      Thurlow Fisher Lawyers is on 9 points, followed by Appliancesonline on 14, defending champion, Smeg (Lee Knapton) 16, C-Tech 16, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) 17 and Knight Frank on 22.

      Howie Hamlin (USA) grabbed the early lead at the Rose Bay windward mark when he took Harken to a 10s lead over Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.

      There was a group of close challengers including Line 7 (Jonathan Whitty), Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones), Peroni and Triple M (James Ward).

      Harken maintained the lead to the wing mark off Clark Island with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers in close contact.

      As the fleet set off from the wing mark for the tight run to Kurraba Point the rain squall hit and visibility was down to near zero for those watching the race.

      When the squall was gone and visibility cleared there were numerous skiffs capsized.

      Thurlow Fisher lawyers had taken the lead from Line 7 but Appliancesonline was revelling in the freshening breeze and rapidly closing on Thurlow Fisher.

      The only other skiffs in the lead group were Ilve (Ollie Hartas) and Knight Frank.

      As this group approached Rose Bay the wind became very light and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers came back to be just 15s behind Appliancesonline.

      When one of the Thurlow crew slipped and the skiff capsized, Appliances was left with a big lead which the team held in the dying wind.

      David Witt was happy with his team’s result and claimed: “It’s amazing how one day can change a championship.”

      “We had a problem in Race 1 when the mast didn’t fit the boat, then had to go with our #1 rig in Race 2 (while everyone else used the #2 rig) when our little rig broke.”

      Many teams suffered badly from the dying wind today as they dropped back from prominent positions to finish near the tail of the fleet.

      The overall position of the championship will be a little clearer after tomorrow’s protest hearings and Race 4.



      Race 4 of the JJ Giltinan Championship will be sailed tomorrow, Wednesday, 1 March, at 3pm.
      The Australian 18 Footers League Spectator Ferry will leave Double Bay Public Wharf at 2.30pm.

      Race Dates:
      Race 4 Wednesday 1 March
      Race 5 Thursday 2 March
      Race 6 Saturday 4 March
      Race 7 Sunday 5 March


      Frank Quealey
      Australian 18 Footers League
      www.18footers.com
      " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"



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      • #4
        Thurlow Fisher Stays On Top




        18ft Skiffs
        2017 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 5
        Sponsored by The Winning Group
        (Race Sponsor: Caesar Stone)
        Thursday, 2 March 2017
        Sydney Harbour

        The Asko Appliances team totally dominated the international fleet with a brilliant victory in Race 5 of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

        Sailing a four lap windward-return course in a 5-7knot Easterly wind, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Seve Jarvin and Jeronimo Harrison grabbed the lead at the second windward mark then raced away to win by 3m11s.

        Former JJ Giltinan champion Howie Hamlin (USA), Dan Phillips and Skipe McCormack finished second in Harken, with New Zealand’s C-Tech (Alex Vallings, Shayne Young, Scott Barnes) a further 2m8s back in third place.

        Peroni (Nick Daly) was a close fourth, just ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Noakes Youth (Ash Rooklyn).







        In a race which saw some disappointing performances by a few of the top teams, provisional series leader (after discards) is New Zealand’s Yamaha (David McDiarmid) on 9.33 points, followed by Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on 10, Smeg (Lee Knapton) on 16, Asko Appliances 18, C-Tech 19 and Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) on 20.

        The consistent Coopers-Rag team outworked their opposition and grabbed a 20s lead over Asko at the first windward mark, followed by Noakes Youth, Harken and New Zealand’s Knight Frank (Riley Dean).

        Coopers-Rag & Famish continued to maintain a clear lead at the bottom mark on the first lap from a tightly bunched group of challengers, led by Asko Appliances.

        On the second windward beat, Asko’s dominance came to the fore and the skiff opened up a break over the early leader Coopers-Rag & Famish, Noakes Youth, Harken, Smeg, Peroni, Knight Frank and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.











        Asko’s lead increased to 2minutes at the bottom mark on lap 2, then to a massive 3m15s at the bottom mark on the following lap.

        Harken had moved into second place at that point and was a further 2minutes ahead of Peroni, which led the rest of the fleet.

        Thurlow Fisher, C-Tech and Smeg improved their positions on this lap and the battle for points was going to produce some very tight racing in the pack.

        When the fleet turned for home, Asko was clear of Harken with Peroni in third place, but the New Zealand team on C-Tech was coming home fast and grabbed Peroni just short of the finishing line.

        With two more races to be sailed on the weekend, a protest and an appeal of a protest decision to be heard tomorrow (Friday) it is almost certain that the overall result won’t be decided until Sunday.



        Race 6 of the JJ Giltinan Championship will be sailed on Saturday 4 March, at 3pm.
        The Australian 18 Footers League Spectator Ferry will leave Double Bay Public Wharf at 2.30pm.

        Race Dates:
        Race 6 Saturday 4 March
        Race 7 Sunday 5 March




        Frank Quealey
        Australian 18 Footers League
        www.18footers.com


        " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"



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        • #5



          18ft Skiffs
          2017 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race
          Sponsored by The Winning Group
          (Race Sponsor: Smeg)
          Saturday, 4 March 2017
          Sydney Harbour

          New Zealand’s Yamaha 18ft Skiff team responded brilliantly to a dramatic week when they dominated the high class fleet in Race 6 of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

          Despite today’s domination by David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins on Yamaha, the 2017 title has been won by Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and Dave O’Connor on Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.

          Thurlow Fisher has a maximum total of 19, regardless of what might happen in tomorrow’s Race 7, and no other team can match their score.

          The only possibility of an alternative result depends on the protest the Yamaha team has against a ruling made during the week, which significantly changed the team’s final score.











          Progress points (after discard) are Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on 14, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) on 22, C-Tech (Alex Vallings) 24, Appliancesonline.com.au (David Witt, Tom Anderson, Tom Clout) 25, Smeg (Lee Knapton) 26 and Yamaha on 27.

          Yamaha returned to the form the team showed in the first two races of the championship and won by a massive 3m42s in today’s race.

          Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel continued their consistent form throughout the championship to take second place, 30s ahead of Appliancesonline.com.au.

          Right from the start, Yamaha showed great speed upwind to the windward mark off Clark Island, with Coopers 62-Rag & Famish, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and De’Longhi (Simon Nearn) in hot pursuit.

          The spinnaker run from the Clark Island to Obelisk produced some brilliant sailing and spectacular viewing for the spectator fleet but little change in the order at the head of the fleet..

          On the following leg back to Rose Bay, Yamaha was superb as the team opened up a 30s lead over Coopers-Rag, Thurlow Fisher, C-Tech, De’Longhi, Appliancesonline, Yandoo (John Winning), Knight Frank (Riley Dean) and The Kitchen Maker (Stephen Quigley).








          Yamaha’s superiority was total as the team continued to increase the lead on every leg of the southerly course.

          The race for second place became a three way battle between Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel, Appliancesonline and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers with only a few secs. separating the skiffs as they approached the Rose Bay mark on the second lap of the course.

          While the race for second place was close, Yamaha’s lead at that point was 3minutes.









          C-Tech, De’Longhi, Yandoo and Knight Frank all sailed well to fill the next four positions while Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) and compassmarkets.com (Keagan York) completed the top ten placings.

          With more good wind predicted for tomorrow the race to fill the placings behind Thurlow Fisher Lawyers should be sensational.

          After the race David McDiarmid said: “Going into the race we decided to become more aggressive, and smoked them.”

          “We’re obviously disappointed that the regatta is going to be decided in the protest room.”



          Race 7 (last race of the JJ Giltinan Championship) will be sailed tomorrow at 3pm.






          Frank Quealey
          Australian 18 Footers League
          www.18footers.com
          " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"



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          • #6
            Thurlow Fisher Takes 2017 JJ's





            18ft Skiffs
            2017 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 7
            Sponsored by The Winning Group
            (Race Sponsor: The Kitchen Maker)
            Sunday, 5 March 2017
            Sydney Harbour

            The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas were already declared 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff champions before today’s race but there was tremendous interest on the result as only five points separated the next six boats.

            With a SSW wind, ranging between 15 and 25-knots, meeting the 26-boat fleet it was going to be a real test for all teams over the long South course.

            Desperate to prove what might have been with a little more luck, the New Zealand Yamaha team (David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins) scored their fourth win of the regatta in brilliant style.

            Yamaha and the new champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers gave spectators a glimpse of power sailing in the fresh wind before Yamaha gained the upper hand to win by 1m44.










            Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) continued their consistently good form to finish 21s behind Thurlow Fisher, and this was enough to give the team second place overall in the championship with 25 points.

            Thurlow Fisher’s winning score was 16 points.

            Yamaha’s win today gave the team a total of 28 points, which was enough to finish third ahead after beating fellow New Zealander C-Tech (Alex Vallings) on count back.

            Fifth place was Appliancesonline.com.au, skippered by David Witt, who retired from the skiffs today, on his 46th birthday.

            U.S champion Howie Hamlin (Harken) grabbed the early lead from Yamaha at the windward mark, followed by Triple M (James Ward) and defending champion Smeg, Lee Knapton.

            What followed was an unbelievable spinnaker run to Obelisk which produced many spectacular rides and wild capsizes.












            It was carnage and chaos and became survival for several teams.

            Once the race settled down on the work back to the Rose Bay mark Yamaha took a narrow lead from Thurlow Fisher, Coopers-Rag, C-Tech and Harken with the rest of the fleet well back.

            Thurlow manager to head Yamaha at the bottom mark but Yamaha was unstoppable on the following windward leg and was never headed over the rest of the course.









            Club racing resumes next Sunday at the Australian 18 Footers League when the club hosts the annual Queen of the Harbour, Alice Burton Trophy race.

            The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow the race, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf at 2.30pm.


            Frank Quealey
            Australian 18 Footers League
            www.18footers.com
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