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18ft Skiff Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship Day 5

by Frank Quealey 7 Mar 08:18 GMT 1-10 March 2024

An outstanding all-the-way victory to the Rag & Famish Hotel 18ft Skiff team in today's Race 7 on Sydney Harbour has set up an exciting prospect for the weekend's final two races of the Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship with only four points separating the three leaders in the regatta.

The Rag & Famish Hotel team of Harry Price, Josh McKnight and Finn Rodowicz went hard left out of the start in Athol Bay to grab an 8s lead over the fleet at the windward mark off Clark and were never in any real danger of defeat as they powered around the southerly course to score a 3m21s win over the series leader Yandoo (Micah Lane, Fang Warren and Lewis Brake).

Queensland's Big Foot Bags and Covers team (Dave Hayter, Ben Roxburgh and Elliott Mahar) produced its second great performance in two days to come home in third place, 28s behind Yandoo, after racing in second place for almost the entire course.

Lazarus (Tom Cunich) had been in the top three for two-thirds of the journey before finishing a close fourth, followed by the fast-finishing Finport Finance (Keagan York) and defending champion Andoo (John Winning Jr).

With just two more races to be sailed on the weekend (Race 8 on Saturday and Race 9 on Sunday) Yandoo, with a net score of 10 points, holds a four-point advantage over the equal second-placed Andoo and Rag & Famish Hotel.

Finport Finance is is in fourth place on 32 points, followed by Germany's Black Knight (Heinrich Von Bayern) on 40, Big Foot Bags and Covers on 43, New Zealand's ASCC (Eli Liefting) 44, Lazarus 46, Balmain 48, Marine Outlet (John Cooley) 50, The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Jacob Marks) 57 and Vaikobi (Kirk Mitchell) on 58.

After rounding the first weather mark off Clark Island, The Rag, Lazarus and Big Foot opened up a big break over fourth-placed Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Emma Rankin), on the spinnaker run to Obelisk, followed by Black Knight, The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines, Queensland's C-Tech (Josh Sloman), Finport Finance and Andoo, in ninth place.

At the Obelisk mark Yandoo was back in 14th place, three and a half minutes behind Rag & Famish Hotel with seemingly no hope of getting anywhere near the leaders.

On the beat back into the Rose Bay mark at the southern end of Shark Island, Lazarus and Big Foot pressured The Rag but The Rag answered the challenge with some great sailing to lead Big Foot by 30s as the leaders set off on the two-sail reach across the harbour, before setting a spinnaker, to the bottom mark in Athol Bay East.

Yandoo's time deficit and 14th place at the previous mark had evaporated and the series leader had moved up into a much closer fifth place behind Shaw and Partners.

The Rag's lead increased to 1m25s over Big Foot, Lazarus, Yandoo, Black Knight, Balmain (Henry Larkings) and The Oak at Athol Bay and from that point increased her lead over the second half of the long southerly course.

The leading four positions remained the same after the short work to Clark Island but Yandoo was closing in on the third-placed Lazarus as the fleet set their spinnakers for the second run to Obelisk Bay.

Yandoo finally grabbed third place from Lazarus at the Rose Bay mark and then took over second place from Big Foot Bags and Covers at the bottom mark in Athol Bay East to finish second behind The Rag and go into the weekend with the four points lead.

The Rag's performance was so emphatic that the team also took out today's handicap section attached to the championship.

Further race dates for the championship are:

Saturday - March 9, 2024 - Race 8, Big Kite Memorial Trophy
Sunday - March 10, 2024 - Race 9, Ribbon and JJ Giltinan Trophy

Racing on each day starts at 2:45pm.

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

View Saturday's Race 8 of the Winnings 2024 JJ Giltinan Championship on the Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com homepages.

Results after 7 Races:

PosTeamR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1Yandoo (Micah Lane / Fang Warren / Lewis Brake)131213210
2Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price / Josh McKnight / Finn Rodowicz)423137114
3Andoo (John Winning Jnr / Seve Jarvin / Sam Newton)212621614
4Finport Finance (Keagan York / Matt Stenta / Phil Marshall)31351144532
5Black Knight (Heinrich Van Bayern / Thomas Martin / Andy Martin)51967105740
6Big Foot Bags and Covers (Dave Hayter / Ben Roxburgh / Elliott Mahar)137121272343
7ASCC Racing Team (Eli Liefting / Adam Mustill / Josh Schon )85855281344
8Lazarus Capital Partners (Tom Cunich / Marc Chapon / Tim Morishima)17287486446
9Balmain (Henry Larkings / Flynn Twomey / Fynn Sprott)66158911848
10Marine Outlet (John Cooley / Cam Gundy / Charlie Gundy)1441136201250
11The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Jacob Marks / Alex Marinelli / Matt Doyle)7991312101057
12Vaikobi (Kirk Mitchell / Andrew Stephenson / Daniel Barnett)1214427118958
13Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis / Jacob Broome / Josh Feldmann)91214914141472
14Sixt (Nathan Edwards / Alex Leslie / Locky Pryor)1511101615121979
15smeg (Nathan McNamara / Jed Cruikshank / Jack Taylor)111528191891183
16VIC Racing Team (Scott Cunningham / Brody Riley / David Cunningham)2010131016192288
17Shaw and Partners (Emma Rankin / Cam McDonald / Tom Quigley)1028161817161592
18C‑Tech QLD (Josh Sloman / George Morton / Angus Barker)168172313281693
19Burrawang‑Young Henrys (Simon Nearn / Cam Walker / Paddy Bannon)18162014231520103
20The Kitchen Maker/ Ceasarstone (Lachlan Steel / Jerome Watts / Ben Kirkby)19182828201317115
21Bloody Dane Racing Team (Jesper Brondum / Tobias Hemdorf / Max Seydl)24172215192823120
2218 Footers Bar and Restaurant (Hugo Stoner / Hugo Leeming / Hamish Vass)22222820221818122
23Noakes (Bec Hancock / Lindsay Stead / Brandon Buyink)23201827212228131
24Hoefle Haus (Holger Hoefle / Cam De Nardis / Felix Gruse)27232417252325137
25RAYC Racing Team (Jack Frewin / Ollie Gilmour / Luc Gladwell)21282321281728138
26UK 91 Racing Team (Luke Goble / Simon Toplak / Max Seydl)25212827242121139
27ASCC 2 Racing Team (Craig Keenan / Sam Richardson / Gavin Ninnes)26282122282824149

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