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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gotta Love It 7 Crowned 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Champions

18ft Skiffs 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, Race 7
Sunday, 22 February, 2015, Sydney Harbour
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Gotta Love It 7’s team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage officially became the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff champions after the regatta concluded on Sydney Harbour today. The team had already secured the title before today’s race and skipper Seve Jarvin had become the most capped skipper and competitor in the championship’s 76-year history.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Jarvin originally crewed with Euan McNicol on Club Marine in 2005 and has since skippered seven championship winning Gotta Love It 7 skiffs to victory. His record surpasses Andrew Buckland for the most number of wins.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Buckland won five titles with Iain Murray on Colour 7 then two more with Peter Sorensen on Tia Maria.Fittingly, Buckland was on hand to present Jarvin and his team with the championship blue ribbon. 
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Although the win was already secured, Gotta Love It 7 showed her real championship quality as they dominated the latter half of the course to win by two minutes and 15 seconds.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
New Zealand’s rookie AON team (Will Tiller, Harry Thurston, Tim Snedden) gave some indication of what may happen in future JJ Giltinan Championships when they gave a wonderful performance to finish in second place.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) was a further 12s back in third place. With the championship winner already decided, today’s race was vital for the next four placings in the regatta as only eight points separated the four teams involved.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Soon after the start Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) gained a substantial lead over her nearest rival Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) and the overall result for second place was soon established. American champion Howie Hamlin produced another good result today with a fifth place to finish third overall in the regatta.

Frank Quealey

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