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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Witty Pulls One Out Of The Hat - JJ Giltinan Championship, Sydney Harbour - Race 2

After a lengthy delay to the start, Race 2 of the 2016 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today provided spectators with some great action and a wonderful exhibition of heavy weather sailing by the winning crew on Appliancesonline.com.au.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
David Witt, Tom Clout and Tom Anderson are renowned for their ability in strong winds and with 20+knots and big rigs aloft the team showed why they have that tag.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
While the appliancesonline team were brilliant, they had a lot of trouble trying to shake off the challenge of the Smeg team (Lee Knapton, Ricky Bridge, Mike McKensey), who stayed in the challenge until the very end.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
At the finish, appliancesonline.com.au took the race by 1m2s from Smeg, with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor) a further one minute and 35 seconds back in third place. Sean Langman’s Noakesailing finished fourth, followed by New Zealand’s Yamaha (David McDiarmid) and Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Today’s results have tightened up the points at the top of the list and, pending two protests to be held on Tuesday morning, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers holds a one point lead. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers has five points, followed by appliancesonline.com.au on six and Smeg on six.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Defending champion Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin) was back in seventh place today after a rare capsize and holds fourth place overall on eight points. New Zealand’s C-Tech (Alex Vallings) is fifth on 12 points, along with Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
When the race finally got under way today, the fleet split into two distinctive groups with Smeg leading the group on the eastern side of Shark Island while John Winning’s Yandoo led the group on the west.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Smeg and Yandoo were only secs. apart at the windward mark in Rose Bay. Smeg’s team elected to two-sail reach with their big #1 rig while Yandoo’s team set a spinnaker. Applianceonline’s crew were also two-sail reaching but later went for the big spinnaker before Smeg followed suit.

Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The move allowed Appliancesonline to grab a narrow lead, and despite a race long challenge by Smeg, were able to extend their lead with some hard charging action. Winds of more than 20knots are way above the range of the big rigs and any team which managed to complete the course earned the appreciation of the large spectator fleet.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Even previous JJ winners Seve Jarvin and John Winning couldn’t escape the elements and capsized in Rose Bay on the sixth leg of the course.
Frank Quealey

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