Gotta Love It 7 takes invitation race leading into JJ Giltinan

The 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship got under way today when the 24-boat fleet lined up on Sydney Harbour for the traditional Invitation Race to welcome the visiting competitors.

The defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage, revelled in the light ESE breeze, around 8 knots, to lead throughout the race and win by 1m7s from the NSW champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and  Dave O’Connor.

Lumix (Jonathan Whitty, Aron Everett and Daniel Nixon) came back strongly to finish a further 1m20s back in third place. New Zealand’s AON (William Tiller) was fourth overall, followed by Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) and Yamaha (David McDiarmin) also from New Zealand.

The championship racing begins tomorrow and concludes on Sunday 22 February. The club’s regular ferry will follow the racing, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse.

Ferry details are:

Saturdays 14 and 21 February, ferry will depart at 3.30pm

February 15, 17, 18, 18, 22, ferry will depart at 2.30pm

NOTE ALSO:  There will be two spectator Ferries on Sundays 15 and 22 February

– Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League

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