Sunday, October 19, 2014

Victory for Gotta Love It 7 - 18 Foot Skiffs - Sydney Harbour

18ft Skiffs Major A. Frizelle Trophy
Sunday, 19 October 2014, Sydney Harbour

The brilliant conditions of last week’s opening race of the season were duplicated today when the Australian 18 Footers League’s Major A. Frizelle Trophy race was sailed in a 20–knot north east wind on Sydney Harbour.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Current JJ Giltinan champion Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage showed why they are the world’s best team when they dominated the fleet to score a 3m4s victory.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Backmarker Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Dave Ewings) also showed their skill to finish second, with Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Calligeros) a further 21s back in third place.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Yandoo (Nick Press) was fourth, followed by Mojo Wine Lee Knapton) and Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane). De’Longhi (Simon Nearn) looked certain to finish fourth but a capsize just 50 metres from the finish sent the skiff back into 10thplace.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Smeg (David Witt) also suffered a heavy loss of placings when spinnaker halyard problems forced the team back from second position to finish nineth. Gotta Love It 7 was in the lead from the start and led the fleet down the first spinnaker run from Smeg and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
David Witt and his Smeg team were superb on the run between Shark and Clarke islands and grabbed a narrow lead over ‘7’at the bottom mark.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Back on the wind, Gotta Love It 7 again grabbed the lead from Smeg and gradually eased away continually over the following two laps of the course. Smeg and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers staged their own personal match race and there was little between the two teams before Smeg lost the halyard.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The next group also produced some close racing and spectacular action. Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel, De’Longhi, Yandoo, Lumix (Kevin Nixon) Appliancesonline and Mojo Wine were the most prominent of this group.

Frank Quealey

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