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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Racing Abandoned JJ Giltinan Championship - Day One

18ft Skiffs, 2014 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 1
Saturday, 1 March 2014, Sydney Harbour
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Day one of the 2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, proudly presented by Sydney City Marine, produced a first in the 75 years history of the championship since it was first sailed on Sydney Harbour in 1938.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The end result being an abandonment of racing for the day with a re-sail likely on the first available lay day (Monday). This probably won’t be confirmed until tomorrow (Sunday).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
What made today a first was the fact that two races of a JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship were abandoned on the one day and the championship is still to begin. The first attempt was set for a windward-return course of four laps and after two laps was abandoned due to a wind shift.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Smeg (Nick Pres, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings) held a 30s lead at the time from THurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor, Trent Barnabas), The Kitchen Maker (Will Phillips, Malcolm Page, Cameron McDonald) and Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
A delay followed before the fleet was sent over a North-East course in a fading wind. Once again Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was strongly in contention and led at the end of the first of three scheduled laps.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
This time, Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey, Ricky Bridge) was in second place with New Zealanders Yamaha (David McDiarmid, Andrew Archibald, Mark Overington) and C-Tech (Alex Vallings, Chris Kitchen, Joshua McCormack) close behind Mojo Wine when this race was abandoned for the day.

Frank Quealey

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