Gotta Love IT 7 shows their pace
Jarvin, Sam Newton and Rob Bell had to battle hard against the very experienced Club Marine crew, headed by America’s Cup helmsman Adam Beashel before going on for their win.
The win also gave Gotta Love It 7 a share of the three-way lead (with Asko Appliances and Rag & Famish Hotel) after two races of the Selection Series for the 2008 Giltinan Championship.
Today’s margin in favour of Gotta Love It 7 was 21 seconds with Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris) a further one minute back in third place.
Asko, which won race one of the Selection Series, finished fourth just ahead of Kinder Caring Home Nursing (Brett Van Munster) with defending champion John Winning ( Ssangyong Yandoo) sixth.
After two races of the 13-race Selection Series, Gotta Love It 7, Asko Appliances and Rag & Famish Hotel are together on five points, followed by Ssangyong Yandoo on 13 and Club Marine and Kinder Caring Home Nursing on 14 points.
A moderate 12 knot north east wind prevailed today with enough east to give skippers a choice of course on the windward legs.
Pure Blonde (James Francis), Gotta Love It 7 and Asko appeared to win the start but 7 soon showed her superior speed to open up a lead.
The fleet was split with half the fleet electing to go to the north shore while the rest went to the right of the course looking for the easterly slant in the breeze.
A change came over the lead just before the windward mark when Beashel came off the north shore to round the mark with a ten second margin over Jarvin.
Gotta Love It 7 had their spinnaker set first and regained the lead but this was short lived as Club Marine had taken over once more at the wing mark. The stage was set for an exciting race and the two talented crews didn’t disappoint spectators.
Another battle for minor placings between Rag & Famish, Asko, Kinder Caring, Southern Cross Constructions (Chris Pomfret) and Ssangyong Yandoo also provided spectators with plenty of interest.
Club Marine held a narrow margin over Gotta Love It 7 as the pair went tack for tack up the second windward leg with the lead changing a couple of times.
Gotta Love It 7 held a ten second lead over Club Marine but showed tremendous speed on the spinnaker run back to complete the second lap of the course.
From that point her victory was never in doubt as the young crew were faultless to extend their lead to 35 seconds at the final windward mark.
Club Marine reduced the margin a little on the run home and showed that there are big things to come from Beashel and his crewmen Cameron Mc Donald and Phil Hebden.
Giltinan champions Fiat finished in tenth place, more than five minutes behind the winner, but were sporting an entirely new rig concept for the first time.
Race two of the NSW Championship and race three of the Selection Series will be sailed next Sunday.