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2020 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Races 8 & 9

by Frank Quealey 19 Mar 08:24 GMT 14-22 March 2020

Today's racing sponsored by Smeg & The Kitchen Maker

Defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins took out the third consecutive JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship after another impressive performance in the final two races of the regatta on Sydney Harbour today.

Going into today's final two races, Honda Marine held a four point lead over Winning Group and the scene was set for a spectacular finish between the two champion teams.

Conditions were perfect for the day's racing on Sydney Harbour. A warm sunny day with a 10-15 knots North East wind, perfect for the teams to use their big #1 rigs.

Honda Marine, as she had done so often during the series, came from behind with brilliant boat speed to take out the first race (Race8) by 33s, which was enough to take the title before going into the final race (Race 9).

In Race 9, Winning Group led all the way to defeat Honda Marine by 22s, with Tech2 finally producing somewhere near her best form to finish in third place, a further 19s behind Honda Marine.

The final pointscores for the championship are: Honda Marine 14, Winning Group 18, Smeg (Micah Lane, Ricky Bridge, Peter Harris) 41, Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Tim Tim Westwood) 43, Tech2 (Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt, Trent Barnabas) 44, Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Angus Williams) 61.

In the day's first race, Winning Group, with a 4-times JJ winning crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage, sailed a great race but couldn't hold out against the speed of Honda Marine over the final lap of the two-lap course.

Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Nathan Edwards, Ed Powys) was 36s behind Winning Group in third place, followed by Bird & Bear (Tom Clout), URM (Marcus Ashley-Jones) and Australian champion Tech2 (Jack Macartney).

Determined to reverse the result of the earlier race, the Winning Group team were quick to get into a strong position ahead of Honda Group and, after trailing the early leader Shaw & Partners Financial Services, were 12s ahead of Finport Finance at the top mark, ahead of a tightly bunched group of Smeg, Shaw & Partners and Honda Marine.

Winning Group increased the margin to 30s at the bottom mark and this time were able to retain the lead over the final lap of the course to defeat Honda Marine by 22s, with Tech2 coming home ion third place, a further 19s behind Honda Marine.

Smeg finished in fourth place, ahead of Finport Finance and Shaw & Partners Financial Services. Smeg's fourth place in Race 9 enabled the team to finish third overall in the championship, just two points ahead of Shaw & Partners.

Overall Results:

PosTeamR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1Honda Marine (David McDiarmid / Matt Steven / Brad Collins)11323141214
2Winning Group (Seve Jarvin / Scott Babbage / Sam Newton)42451312118
3Smeg (Micah Lane / Ricky Bridge / Peter Harris)547158238441
4Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron / Harry Bethwaite / Tim Westwood)271423599643
5Tech2 (Jack Macartney / Charlie Wyatt / Trent Barnabas)391795726344
6Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York / Mat Stenta / Angus Williams)711225106713561
7Bird and Bear (Tom Clout / John Walton / Cameron MacDonald)1020141781041771
8Noakesailing (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Nathan Edwards)226166151853776
9URM (Marcus Ashley Jones / Cam Gundy / Lewis Brake)6136101925851178
10C‑Tech (Alex Vallings / Sam Trethewey / Matt Coutts)171651894127878
11Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Mike Kennedy / Jasper Warren)11315341714161379
12Maersk Line (Peron Pearse / Eli Liefting / Harry Clark )13141281891310988
13thekitchenmaker.com.au (Jordan Girdis / Lachlan Doyle / Tom Quigley)1889761622121490
14Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage / Rory Hunter / Oliver Scott‑Mackie )921131212126141896
15AppliancesOnline.com.au (Brett Van Munster / Phil Marshall / Peter Mackie )14101113131315111297
16Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards / Jacob Broom / Rory Cox)161582521411171598
17The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett / Courtney Mahar / Charlie Gundy)12518141410172410100
18Vintec (Kirk Mitchell / Pete Nicholson / Matt Wark )81721111111232525127
19Birkenhead Point Marina (Tom Anderson / Elliot Scali / Tom Arkens)191810191619181516131
20Queenslander (David Hayter / Nathaniel Dutton / Elliott Mahar )251223162215162120145
21Ilve (Pedro Vozone / Matt Doyle / Jerome Watts)151919172121201819148
22Dal Zotto (Jack Sprague / Josh Feldman / Marc Chapon)222222252020191921165
23Lumix (Alex Watson / Cooper Richmond / Ben Roxburgh)252320201722242022168
24QMC (Matt Rogers / Darren Rogers / Steve Wilson)252524212423212423185

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