First win for 7

Gotta Love It 7 took victory in the first race of the Winning Appliances Australian 18ft Skiff Championship

Monday January 8th 2007, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: United Kingdom
Rookie skipper Seve Jarvin and his young crewmen Sam Newton and Robert Bell outsailed the 24-boat fleet to bring Gotta Love It 7 home a clear winner of the Winning Appliances Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour yesterday, Sunday.

The young trio led for almost the entire westerly course before crossing the finish line 3 minutes 17 seconds ahead of second placed Ssangyong Yandoo, skippered by John Winning, with Club Marine (Euan Mc Nicol) just four seconds further back in third place.
A very testing westerly wind which varied in strength from eight to 20 knots at times caught the fleet out with almost every team electing to use their big number one rigs. Only 13 skiffs managed to complete the course with numerous breakages taking a heavy toll.

The race started sensationally with several near collisions and a few capsizes occurring within a few hundred metres of the start line. Jarvin and his team won the start and soon held a handy lead over the defending champion Asko Appliances team, led by Hugh Stodart. Grant Rollerson’s Delonghi was third with Club Marine and Ssangyong Yandoo close behind.

Asko grabbed the lead just before the mark and led Gotta Love It 7 by ten seconds as they turned for the spinnaker run back to Rose Bay. Ssangyong Yandoo was another 30 seconds back, followed by Delonghi, Active Air-2UE, Club Marine, Rag & Famish Hotel, AAPT and Fiat, which was two minutes from the lead.

When Asko Appliances broke her mast off Point Piper, Gotta Love It 7 regained the lead and sailed faultlessly for the rest of the race to score the team’s first 18ft skiff victory.

Most interest then centred on the battle for the minor placings with Ssangyong Yandoo, Club Marine, Rag & Famish Hotel, Delonghi and Active Air-2UE all staging a close contest.

The six race championship, which also acts as the selection series for next month’s Giltinan Championship, will continued on Sydney Harbour next Sunday.

Results:

1-Gotta Love It 7
2-Ssangyong Yandoo
3-Club Marine
4-Rag & Famish Hotel
5-Delonghi
6-Active Air-2UE
7-AAPT
8-Fiat
9-CST Composites
10-appliancesonline.com.au
11-Southern Cross Constructions
12-Fisher & Paykel
13-Noakes Youth

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