With the 2015 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship less than one week away, today’s Presidents Trophy race on Sydney Harbour took on added importance as the final lead up to the world’s biggest 18ft skiff championship.
A light north east breeze proved just the right conditions for the veteran Yandoo team of John Winning, Andrew Hay and Cameron McDonald when they scored a 1m6s victory over a determined The Kitchen Maker team. Yandoo trailed the early leader De’Longhi over the first lap of the course but once in front on the second beat to windward was never headed before taking the race. The win wasn’t quite as easy as the margin suggests as The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny, Rob Bell and Pete Nicholson) were in strong contention until the final leg of the course
The new Appliancesonline.com.au skiff (Micah Lane, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson) gave their best performance to date and finished third, a further 43s behind The Kitchen Maker
De’Longhi grabbed the early lead when the crew elected to sail to the right hand side of the course and benefitted from the easterly slant in the breeze. Team De’Longhi continued to lead at the wing mark and the bottom mark on the spinnaker legs but Yandoo had reduced her lead from 40s to 15s.
At the end of the first lap, The Kitchen Maker had moved into third place, ahead of Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), Appliancesonline.com.au, Asko Appliances (Murray Press), Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton), Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York), NSW champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Pure Blonde (Nick Daly).
Yandoo’s team went to the right of the course on the second beat while De’Longhi surprisingly went to the left after doing so well on the right on the first lap. With a slightly fading breeze the final lap became more a one course follow the leader style race and Yandoo’s crew used all their experience to hold off the challengers.
– Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League
THE J.J. GILTINAN 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE SAILED FROM 14-22 FEBRUARY 2015. 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.