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Winning Group 73rd JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Day 5

by Frank Quealey 9 Mar 09:51 GMT 4-12 March 2023

Today's Sponsor: Vaikobi

Defending champion Andoo team of John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton held off a final challenge over the last downwind leg of the course to win an exciting, incident packed Race 7 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

Andoo grabbed the lead, from Smeg, for the first time shortly after rounding the last weather mark and defeated a gallant Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price, Josh McKnight and Harry Hall) by just 7s.

Finport Finance (Keagan York, Angus Williams and Phil Marshall) finished a further 1m27s back in third place, ahead of Lazarus (Marcus Ashley Jones), Yandoo (John Winning), Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings), Smeg (Michael Coxon), Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Dave O'Connor), Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich) and Black Knight (Heinrich Bayern).

With protests pending, the net progress points, with two more races to be sailed in the championship, are: Andoo leading on 17, Smeg 22, Finport Finance 23, then three teams Big Pete (Sean Langman), Yandoo and Rag & Famish Hotel all equal on 27 points.

Today's race was sailed in a 10 knot Easterly breeze and produced an exciting event for spectators as the leading four teams fought hard over the final lap of the course.

Smeg led narrowly from Andoo at the first weather mark in Rose Bay and opened up a good lead over Yandoo, Rag & Famish Hotel, Lazarus, Finport Finance and Andoo on the downwind leg back to the bottom mark off Kurraba Point.

The second beat back to Rose Bay belonged to the Smeg team as it extended the lead to one minute over Lazarus, Finport Finance, Rag & Famish Hotel, Andoo, Yandoo and Noakes Youth.

Smeg still held the lead at the bottom mark on the second lap but the chasers were starting to make a move and as the leaders approached Bradley Head there was little between Smeg, Andoo and Rag & Famish Hotel.

The three teams then produced a great battle as they approached the final weather mark with Smeg narrowly leading from Andoo, which was applying the pressure, and Rag & Famish Hotel just a few more metres behind the leaders.

Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis, Jacob Broom and Josh Feldmann) won the handicap section of today's race from The Kitchen Maker (Lachlan Steel) and Lazarus Development (Hugo Stoner).

Germany's Black Knight team of Heinrich Bayern, Thomas Martin and Andy Martin lead the handicap overall points from Yandoo and Birkenhead Point Marina (Kirk Mitchell).

With little between the top teams vying for the championship, the weekend's racing will be a no-holds-barred contest between the leading six teams and the club's spectator ferry is expected to be filled to capacity.

The remaining race dates for the Winning Group 73rd JJ Giltinan World 18 footer Championship are:

  • Saturday - March 11 - Race 8
  • Sunday - March 12 - Race 9

The Australian 18 Footers League spectator ferry will follow each day's racing, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf, alongside the clubhouse, at 2pm.

Results after Race 7:

1Andoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)616351117
2Smeg (Michael Coxon / James Dorron / Tom Anderson)251635722
3Finport Finance (Keagan York / Angus Williams / Phil Marshall)12411103323
4Noakesailing/ Big Pete (Sean Langman / Ed Powys / Rhys Mara)74212131127
5Yandoo (John Winning Snr / Fang Warren / Josh Porebski)578514527
6Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Harry Hall)887442227
7Shaw & Partners Financial Services (Dave OConnor / Trent Barnabas / Tom Quigley)31032722833
8Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley Jones / Rob Bell / Jeronimo Harrison )43101269436
9Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings / Miles Davey / Flynn Twomey)109148137653
10Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich / Fynn Sprott / Aiden Mansley)221359118955
11Black Knight (Heinrich Van Bayern / Thomas Martin / Andy Martin)16611101461057
12Birkenhead Point Marina (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)14119149101366
13Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliott Mahar)181225719121583
14The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle / Darcy McCracken)1314121316171985
15Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldmann)915181817211289
16Marine Outlet (Cam Gundy / John Walton / Markus Sampson)1925131512141891
17Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Dan Phillips / Cam McDonald)251917168191499
18The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Finn Rodowicz)21181517152316102
19Noakes Blue (Nathan McNamara / Peter McLeod / Jack Taylor)12201619211621104
20C‑Tech QLD (Josh Sloman / George Morton / Angus Barker)17252120181517108
2118 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Pedro Vozone / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)15162525251122114
22Lazarus Development (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Hamish Vass)20251921201820118
23Japan Team (Nobu Ono / Takuyou Arita / Brandon Buyink)25172023252023128
24Hoefle Haus (Holger Hoefle / Cam De Nardis / Eike Dietrich)23212222222424134

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