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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

18ft Skiffs, 2014 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 4 - Sydney Harbour

18ft Skiffs, 2014 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 4
Wednesday, 5 March 2014, Sydney Harbour, Australia
Photo: Frank Quealey
The Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage grabbed the lead back in the  2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, proudly presented by Sydney City Marine, with a marvelous win in Race 4 on Sydney Harbour today.
Photo: Frank Quealey
After being buried deep in the pack at the start, the champion team were soon in contention and challenging the leaders half way up the windward beat.
Photo: Frank Quealey
Gotta Love It 7 took the lead on the following windward leg and edged away to take the honours by one minute and 37seconds from a gallant Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey, Ricky Bridge), with Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings) a further 1m9s back in third place.
Photo: Frank Quealey
Race 3 winner C-Tech (Alex Vallings, NZ) was always in the leading group and came home in fourth place, ahead of fellow New Zealander Yamaha (David McDiarmid), Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane), Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson) and former series leader Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) in 8th place.
Photo: Frank Quealey
Points leader Gotta Love It 7 has a total of 15 points, followed by Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on 17, C-Tech on 22, Mojo Wine 26, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) on28 and The Kitchen Maker (Will Phillips) on 32.
Photo: Frank Quealey
Following some disappointing wind conditions over the earlier days, today’s race was sailed in a #2 rig North-East breeze.Mojo Wine, C-Tech and Smeg were all well placed at the start and soon were vying for the lead, along with Fisher & Paykel.
Photo: Frank Quealey
At the Beashel Buoy, Mojo Wine held a narrow lead over C-Tech and Gotta Love It 7, with Fisher & Paykel, Smeg, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Yamaha close behind. In the 18-knot wind, the 34-boat fleet made a magnificent spectacle as the skiffs raced downwind at great speed.
Photo: Frank Quealey
Mojo Wine still held the lead at the bottom mark but couldn’t hold off the Gotta Love It 7 challenge when the pair crossed off Clifton Gardens. As the cloud built, the wind may have dropped a little but it made no difference as Team Seven continued to lead the fleet over the final lap of the course.

Frank Quealey

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