JJ Giltinan 18fter Trophy: End to end win for Gotta Love It 7 - Race 3

Spinnakers on the first run - - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 3

The defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team gave a faultless display in the 10knot North-East wind to take out Race 3 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris crossed the fleet off Bradleys Head shortly after the start and from that point were never headed to record a 1m24s win over Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel.

Gotta Love It 7 a winner all the way - - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 3
Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel’s crew of Jack Macartney, David Witt and Mark Kennedy chased the leader all the way and were within 20s for most of the course but just didn’t have the boat speed to close the gap.

Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson) were back to their best form to finish just 22s further back in third place.

New Zealand’s C-Tech (Alex Vallings) was fourth, followed by UK’s Pica (James Mears) and the wing-masted Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) in sixth place.

Gotta Love It 7, with 2 wins and a second placing from the three races so far, holds a thiree points lead in the championship.

7’s total is four points, followed by Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel on 7, C-Tech 15, Appliancesonline.com.au 18, Smeg (Nick Press) 21 and Pure Blonde (Tom Clout) on 23 points.

Race 2 winner Thurlow Fisher Lawyers had a day Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and Dave O’Connor would prefer to forget.

They were 'buried' at the start then, after fighting their way through the fleet to the wing mark off Shark Island, broke their bobstay and were forced out of the race.

Obviously using this as their discard keeps the team in contention but puts more pressure on for the next four races.

The race behind the two leaders created most interest as Appliancesonline.com.au, C-Tech, Lumix, Pica and Smeg continually exchanged positions throughout the race.

The first windward beat was tight as Gotta Love It 7’s lead was just 8s from Appliancesonline.com.au., with Coopers-Rag &Famish Hotel, C-Tech, Lumix and Pica close behind.

7’s crew opened up their 20s lead on the spinnaker leg into Rose Bay as Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel moved into second place just ahead of Appliancesonline, C-Tech and Lumix.

The start - - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 3
Follow the racing:

Spectator ferries will follow each of the races in the championship, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.30pm, with the exception of Race 6 (Saturday 23 February), when the ferry will leave at 3.30pm.

Race 4 will be sailed tomorrow with further races on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 24 February.

For those who can’t make it onto the spectator ferry, there are many ways to follow the championship:

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

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

For Overall Results http://www.18skiff.com/skiff-results!click_here

Thurlow Fisher chases Smeg to the wing mark - - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 3

The Rag spinnaker comes down as C-Tech and appliancesonline close in - - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 3

The ferry and the fleet shortly after the start - - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 3

Close racing down the first run-1 - - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 3

Three leaders - - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 3


Full Results - Race 3:
FinishPlacings Recall# BoatNameFinishTimeElapsedTime HandicapCorrectedTimeHandicapPosition
11GottaLoveIt716:41:201:27:2001:27:209
29Coopers-Rag&FamishHotel16:42:441:28:4411:27:4410
33Appliancesonline.Com.Au16:43:061:29:0641:25:063
46C-Tech16:44:031:30:0311:29:0316
58Pica16:44:141:30:1451:25:144
619Lumix16:44:261:30:2661:24:261
712TheBlackDog16:44:271:30:2761:24:272
84Smeg16:44:481:30:4831:27:4811
917Yamaha16:45:251:31:2561:25:255
105Yandoo16:45:561:31:5651:26:568
1111PureBlonde16:46:011:32:0131:29:0115
1220Rabbitohs-Kenwood16:46:421:32:4271:25:426
137CstComposites16:47:031:33:0331:30:0320
1410MojoWine16:47:371:33:3731:30:3721
1514TheKitchenMaker16:49:001:35:0051:30:0019
1615De’longhi-Rabbitohs16:49:131:35:1361:29:1318
1725MaerskLine16:49:241:35:2491:26:247
1813AskoAppliances16:49:581:35:5871:28:5814
1926Brisbane18Footers16:50:531:36:5391:27:5312
2016WinningAppliances16:50:541:36:5481:28:5413
2118Fisher&Paykel16:51:491:37:4961:31:4922
2221HaierAppliances16:53:041:39:04101:29:0417
2330EventsClothing16:53:351:39:3571:32:3524
2429Ascc16:54:011:40:0181:32:0123
2532Yamaha216:56:401:42:40101:32:4025
2631BridgeMarinaTravelift16:57:481:43:48101:33:4826
2722LomaxFinancialGroup16:57:531:43:53101:33:5327
2828SouthernEngineeringServices16:59:271:45:27101:35:2728
2924SouthernCross17:07:311:53:31101:43:3129
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