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18ft Skiff Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship Day 3

by Frank Quealey 5 Mar 08:39 GMT 1-10 March 2024

Races 3 and 4
Race partner: Vakaros/Harken
Alan Cole Memorial Trophy

Following two days of brilliant 18ft skiff racing action, Day 3 of the Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship was sailed in 8-12knots North Eastwind conditions over two, three-lap, short-course races (Races 3 and 4), which were conducted by the Australian 18 Footers League on a sunny Sydney Harbour today.

With two more short-course races scheduled for Day 4 (tomorrow), Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price, Josh McKnight and Finn Rodowicz) holds a one point lead over defending champion Andoo (John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton), with New Zealand's ASCC (Eli Liefting, Adam Mustill and Josh Schon) in third place.

The top-10 provisional placings on total points to date are: Rag & Famish Hotel on nine points, Andoo on 10, ASCC on 25, Marine Outlet (John Cooley) 31, Finport Finance (Keagan York) 31, Yandoo (Micah Lane) 34, Balmain (Henry Larkings) 34, Black Knight (Heinrich Von Bayern) 36, The Oak Double By-4 Pines 37 (Jacob Marks), and jointly Big Foot Bags & Covers (Dave Hayter) and Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis) on 43. points.

There are protests pending after the day's racing and the current progress points table could alter significantly if any are upheld.

The scores all include every race for each team and discards after tomorrow's two races are likely to also change several positions in the top half of the fleet.

In the first of today's races (Race 3) defending champion Andoo led all the way to score a 1m24s win over Rag & Famish Hotel, with Vaikobi (Kirk Mitchell, Andrew Stephenson and Daniel Barnett) a further 12s back in third place. Finport Finance was fourth followed by Germany's Black Knight and Lazarus.

In the later race, Rag & Famish Hotel came back over the final lap of the course to defeat Yandoo by 27s with Marine Outlet (John Cooley, Cam Gundy and Charlie Gundy) a further 38s back in third place. After leading for much of the race, Lazarus finished fourth ahead of ASCC and Andoo, which had gear problems over the final lap of the course.

Yandoo was called 'OCS' in Race 3 but continued to sail the course and actually sailed the course at the head of the fleet, even though (at present) it was a non-starter - pending a protest.

Andoo, officially, dominated Race 3 from the beginning and established a lead of 30s over The Rag at the first weather mark.

Vaikobi was a further 20s back in third place, ahead of Sixt (Nathan Edwards), Finport Finance, Black Knight, Lazarus, Big Foot Bags & Covers and Burrawang-Young Henrys (Simon Nearn).

The Rag made a move on the first downwind leg and reduced Andoo's lead to just 12s, but once the skiffs 'turned the corner' it was all Andoo as the defending champion Andoo raced to a 1m5s lead at the weather mark on lap two.

Most interest then centred on the battle for the rest of the podium positions between Rag & Famish Hotel, Vaikobi, Finport Finance and Black Knight., and positions further back remained relatively unchanged. Two exceptions were Lazarus and ASCC which both improved to finish sixth and seventh respectively.

After finishing in third place in Race 3, Vaikobi was forced out of the following race with a broken boom before the start of the following race.

Unlike the earlier race, the battle for the lead was close with Lazarus (Tom Cunich) holding a 7s lead over ASCC, followed by Yandoo, Balmain, Smeg (Nathan McNamara) Denmark's Bloody Dane (Jesper Brondum) and The Rag,

Lazarus continued to hold her lead over the next lap of the course but was under pressure from Andoo, which was only 3s back at the second weather mark.

At the bottom mark Lazarus had extended her lead slightly over Yandoo which had moved in to second place just ahead of Andoo and Rag & Famish.

When the breeze freshened a touch over the concluding lap of the course, The Rag began to make a move and by the time the fleet had reached the last weather mark she was 25s ahead of Yandoo and headed for victory on the spinnaker run to the finish line.

Lazarus won the overall handicap section of today's racing from the consistent Team Vic (Scott Cunningham).

Results after 4 Races:

PosTeamR1R2R3R4Pts
1Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Simon Hoffman)42219
2Andoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)211610
3ASCC Racing Team (Eli Liefting / Adam Mustill / Josh Schon )857525
4Finport Finance (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall)31341131
5Marine Outlet (John Cooley / Cam Gundy / Charlie Gundy)14410331
6Balmain (Henry Larkings / Flynn Twomey / Fynn Sprott)6614834
7Yandoo (Micah Lane / Fang Warren / Lewis Brake)1328234
8Black Knight (Heinrich Van Bayern / Thomas Martin / Andy Martin)5195736
9The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Jacob Marks / Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle)7981337
10Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldmann)91213943
11Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliott Mahar)137111243
12Sixt (Nathan Edwards / Alex Leslie / Locky Pryor)151191651
13VIC Racing Team (Scott Cunningham / Brody Riley / David Cunningham)2010121052
14Lazarus Capital Partners (Tom Cunich / Marc Chapon / Finn Rodowicz)17286455
15Vaikobi (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)121432756
16C‑Tech QLD (Josh Sloman / George Morton / Angus Barker)168162363
17smeg (Nathan McNamara / Jed Cruikshank / Jack Taylor)1115181963
18Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)1816191467
19Shaw and Partners (Emma Rankin / Cam McDonald / Tom Quigley)1028151871
20Bloody Dane Racing Team (Jesper Brondum / Tobias Hemdorf / Max Seydl)2417211577
21Noakes (Bec Hancock / Lindsay Stead / Brandon Buyink)2320172787
22Hoefle Haus (Holger Hoefle / Cam De Nardis / Felix Gruse)2723231790
23RAYC Racing Team (Jack Frewin / Ollie Gilmour / Luc Gladwell)2128222192
2418 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Hamish Vass)2222282092
25The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Ben Kirkby)1918282893
26ASCC 2 Racing Team (Craig Keenan / Sam Richardson / Gavin Ninnes)2628202296
27UK 91 Racing Team (Luke Goble / Simon Toplak / Max Seydl)25212827101

Further race dates for the championship are:

Wednesday March 6, 2024 Races 5 & 6, A.J. Reynolds Trophy
Thursday March 7, 2024 Race 7, Bill Miller Memorial Trophy
Saturday March 9, 2024 Race 8, Big Kite Memorial Trophy
Sunday March 10, 2024 Race 9, Ribbon and JJ Giltinan Trophy

NOTE: Half-price ferry tickets on Thursday 7 March 2024

Racing on each day will start at 2:45pm (on multiple race days, the second race will be as soon as practical after the completion of the previous race).

The Australian 18 Footers League's spectator ferry follows each day's racing during the championship, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf at 2.15pm, and SailMedia livestreams all the racing.

View Wednesday's Races 5 and 6 of the Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship on the Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com homepages.

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