JJ Giltanan preview

32 teams to contest unofficial 18ft world championship this year and a look back at the last 60 years of the event
The 2009 J.J. Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship represents the 60th anniversary of the contest for the world’s most sought after 18ft Skiff trophy – the symbol of world 18ft Skiff supremacy. Since the first regatta on Sydney Harbour in 1938, the championship has produced many internationally famous winners and designers and has always remained a popular event for large spectator fleets at all venues. This year’s contest is certain to live up to previous standards with a fleet of 32 competing teams representing Australia (NSW, Western Australia and Queensland) as well as UK, USA, New Zealand and Canada. Defending champion Seve Jarvin ( Gotta Love It 7) along with past champions John Harris ( Rag & Famish Hotel), Euan Mc Nicol ( Southern Cross Constructions), John Winning ( Yandoo) and Howie Hamlin ( USA 1) will again figure prominently in the regatta, but will need to be at their best to withstand the challenges from several talented young teams. Racing takes place from Friday 13 Feburary until Sunday 22 February with lay days on 16 and 20 February. The line-up Recall No. Boat Skipper 1 Rag & Famish Hotel John Harris (Aust) 2 Gotta Love It 7 Seve Jarvin (Aust) 3 Yandoo John Winning (Aust) 4 Southern Cross Constructions Euan Mc Nicol (Aust) 5 Pure Blonde James Francis (Aust) 6 Active Air-2UE Matthew Searle (Aust) 7 appliancesonline.com.au John Winning Jr. (Aust) 8 Macquarie Real Estate Micah Lane (Aust) 9 Smeg Daniel Phillips (Aust) 10 Fisher & Paykel Andrew Cuddihy (Aust) 11 Asko Appliances Evan Walker (Aust) 12 Thurlow Fisher Bruce Savage (Aust) 13 Kinder Caring Home Nursing Brett Van Munster (Aust) 14 CST Composites David O’Connor (Aust) 15 Club Marine Cameron Mc Donald (Aust) 16 Project Racing Andy Budgen (UK) 17 USA 1 Howie Hamlin (USA) 18 Obama-Nation Chad Freitas (USA) 19 Team Canada Andrew Mc Quarkendale (Can) 20 SLAM Grant Rollerson (Aust) 21 Quantum Sails NZ Chris Skinner (New Zealand) 22 Yamaha Scott Kennedy (New Zealand) 23 Maersk Line Chris Hirst