JJ Giltinan 18ft Trophy: Double Bay boatpark decision decides Race 5

Race for fourth - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 5

A rig choice in the park at Double Bay was critical to the Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel’s victory in Race 5 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sailed on Sydney Harbour on Wednesday afternoon.

With the ESE breeze on the edge of the #1 and #2 rigs, the teams electing to go for the bigger rigs won the day, filling four of the top five placings.

Jack Macartney, David Witt and Mark Kennedy took the honours in Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel by just 18s from Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings).

The Rag shows winning style - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 5
John Winning, Andrew Hay and Jim Beck had their best result of the championship when they brought Yandoo home in third place, 1m16s behind Smeg.

Allowing for each skiff discarding her worst performance in the regatta, Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel joins Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin), which was placed fourth today using the smaller #2 rig.

Top visitor in today’s race was New Zealand’s Yamaha (David McDiarmid) in fifth place, followed by Sydney boat, Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane).

Gotta Love It 7 and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel each have a total of 8 points after discard, followed by Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) on 14, Smeg 17 and New Zealand’s C-Tech (Alex Vallings), also on 17. C-Tech was forced out of today's race after a collision on the first beat.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers got a ‘flyer’ at the start and was 22s ahead of Coopers-Rag & Famish at the windward mark.

Brisbane 18 Footers (Daniel Jack) was in third spot, at Mark 1, ahead of Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), ASCC (Murray England, New Zealand) and Appliancesonline.com.au.

After a bad start Gotta Love It 7 was well back in the fleet.

Thurlow Fisher and ‘The Rag’ had a great battle downwind, then on the work back to Clarke Island, where Thurlow Fisher had increased her lead to 30s.

Appliancesonline was now third but Smeg was beginning to move up ahead of Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones), Gotta Love It 7, Yandoo and Pica (James Mears, UK).

The Rag’s bigger sail again came to the fore on the reach into Chowder Bay where the two boats rounded together for the beat across the harbour into Rose Bay.

With Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel holding a narrow lead over Thurlow Fisher Lawyers as the pair set spinnakers for the run back across the harbour to Taylor Bay, Thurlow’s race fell apart when skipper Michael Coxon fell overboard.

The incident is a massive setback to the team, which was previously only two points from the lead going into today’s race.

Over the final legs of the course, Smeg put out a strong challenge to The Rag but the experience on board the Rag covered Smeg’s every move in a great finish.

The Rag’s for’ard hand David Witt, who is one of the sport’s great characters, wasn’t short of a comment after the race.

'Did you notice how the top three teams were all the older guys in the fleet'.

'The younger generation will have to toughen up', he quipped tongue in cheek.

Race 6 on Saturday starts at 4pm and Race 7 on Sunday at 3pm.

The spectator ferry leaves Double Bay Wharf 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each race. There will also be two ferries for Race 7 on Sunday.

Live Tracking: http://www.tractrac.com/index.php?page=eventpage&id=274!click_here

Video Coverage and ‘Pick-the-Podium’: www.jj18footerstv.com!click_here

For the official leaderboard: http://www.18skiff.com/skiff-results!click_here

Coverage is also available at www.18skiff.com

Today’s race sponsored by Smeg.

Results Race 5:
FinishPlacings Recall# BoatNameFinishTimeElapsedTime HandicapCorrectedTimeHandicapPosition
19Coopers-Rag&FamishHotel15:23:051:16:0511:15:054
24Smeg15:23:231:16:2301:16:237
35Yandoo15:24:391:17:3961:11:391
41GottaLoveIt715:25:271:18:2701:18:2715
517Yamaha15:25:571:18:5741:14:573
63Appliancesonline.Com.Au15:25:591:18:5921:16:599
712TheBlackDog15:26:191:19:1921:17:1911
82ThurlowFisherLawyers15:27:281:20:2801:20:2821
98Pica15:27:371:20:3751:15:376
1010MojoWine15:28:351:21:3531:18:3517
1115De’longhi-Rabbitohs15:29:081:22:0871:15:085
1219Lumix15:30:181:23:1851:18:1814
137CstComposites15:30:221:23:2231:20:2220
1426Brisbane18Footers15:30:481:23:4891:14:482
1523TeamDaly15:31:101:24:1061:18:1013
1620Rabbitohs-Kenwood15:31:151:24:1571:17:1510
1713AskoAppliances15:31:351:24:3561:18:3516
1825MaerskLine15:33:291:26:2991:17:2912
1930EventsClothing15:33:371:26:3781:18:3718
2029Ascc15:33:461:26:46101:16:468
2118Fisher&Paykel15:33:561:26:5661:20:5622
2211PureBlonde15:34:131:27:1331:24:1324
2332Yamaha215:36:441:29:44101:19:4419
2422LomaxFinancialGroup15:38:261:31:26101:21:2623
2521HaierAppliances15:41:541:34:54101:24:5425
2628SouthernEngineeringServic15:44:301:37:30101:27:3026
2731BridgeMarinaTravelift15:46:561:39:56101:29:5627
2824SouthernCross15:48:391:41:39101:31:3928
 NonStarters NonFinishers
WinningAppliancesC-Tech,TheKitchenMaker
  
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Pointscores after Race 5
NameNationCrewR1R2R3R4R5TotalHighestDroppedPOS
GottaLoveIt7AustSeveJarvin, Scott Babbage, Peter Harris1214412121
Coopers-Rag&FamishHotelAustJackMacartney, DavidWitt, MarkKennedy2326114142
SmegAustNickPress, DanPhillips, DaveEwings9483226263
Appliancesonline.Com.AuAustMicahLane, PaulMontague, TomAnderson78310634344
ThurlowFisherLawyersAustMichael Coxon, DaveO’Connor, Trent Barnabas41321846465
CstCompositesUSAHowieHamlin, Matt McKinlay, DaveGibson871371348486
YamahaNZDavidMcDiarmid, AndrewArchibald, MarkOverington111598548487
C-TechNZAlexVallings, JoshMcCormack, Peter Burling65423249498
PureBlondeAustTomClout, MatthewWark, RobBell391152250509
PicaUKJamesMears, Stewart Mears, TristanHutt10165159555510
YandooAustJohnWinning, AndrewHay, JimBeck141310173575711
LumixAustJonathanWhitty, JamesHozack, AronEverett161761612676712
TheBlackDogUKJarrodSimpson, EuanMcNicol, Geoff Bauchop1532797707013
De’longhi-RabbitohsAustSimonNearn, KeeganYork, JamesSmithers1312162211747414
MojoWineAustJamesDorron, RickyBridges, MikeMcKensey532141310747415
Rabbitohs-KenwoodAustBrett VanMunster, KierynCowan, JoelCastle2110122016797916
AskoAppliancesAustMarcusAshley-Jones, AshRooklyn, JeronimoHarrison1819181417868617
EventsClothingNZRileyDean, JohnLittle, Scott Randell206231919878718
Fisher&PaykelAustAndrewChapman, TimBaraclough, EwanDuckworth2411211221898919
TheKitchenMakerAustMalcolmPage, DarrenMcKavanagh, CameronMcDonald1214151832919120
TeamDalyAustNickDaly, JohnWalton, Peter Nicholson1719321115949421
MaerskLineNZGrahamCatley, ChrisDawson, BradCollins1920172318979722
Brisbane18FootersAustDanielJack, TristanHamilton, BarryFlanagan2221192114979723
AsccNZMurrayEngland, RowanSwanson, Matt Randell251824282011511524
WinningAppliancesAustShaneSmith, JakeRestall,  ShaneDickson232220243212112125
Yamaha2NZSamMarshall, TomPeet, BenGladwell252725262312612626
HaierAppliancesAustPedroVozone, SamEllis, JamesSlee272422292512712727
LomaxFinancialGroupAustAlexandraSouth, LizziRountree, SaskiaTidey282327252412712728
BridgeMarinaTraveliftNZKezCameron, AdrianFrance, StephenJones262826312713813829
SouthernEngineeringServicesUSAKatieLove, ChristineNeville, C.C. Childers322528272613813830
SouthernCrossAustOliver Hartas, BradGreenrod, OllyJones282629302814114131
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Thurlow Fisher’s day is over as the Rag sails away - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 5

Spinnakers on the first run - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 5

Another close finish at the Giltinan - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 5

Two leaders down the Final Run - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 5

Race for fourth - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 5

Passenger ship backgrounds the 18s Fleet - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 5