Greenhalgh in the chocolates
Former Giltinan 18ft Skiff champion Rob Greenhalgh produced his best race form of the Giltinan 2010 Championship when he steered Team PSP/Aust-Asia/Benny to an exciting all the way win in Race 6 on Sydney Harbour today. Greenhalgh and his crew Phil Harmer and Dan Johnson grabbed the lead at the Beashel Buoy windward mark the first time and held it for the remainder of the race.
While some disappointing results earlier in the championship have ruled PSP/Aust-Asia out of contention for the championship, the regatta is wide open with three boats still in contention.
Australian champion Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Tom Clout) raced home to finish second just 3s behind the winner. Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris, Scott Babbage, Peter Harris) was a further 22s back in third place, ahead of Project Racing (Andy Budgen, James Barker, Matt Mc Govern), Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Aaron Links, Trent Barnabas) and Appliancesonline.com.au (John Winning Jr., David Ewings, Tim Austin).
Tomorrow’s final race of the championship will now come down to a three-way battle between Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on 13, Project Racing 14 and Gotta Love It 7 on 15 points.
Following a week of unsettled conditions, today’s race was sailed in a 15-knot northeasterly wind and provided a great spectacle for the large spectator fleet.
While Team PSP/Aust-Asia/Benny led all the way, the battle behind was intense a placings changed throughout.
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was second on the initial spinnaker run back to Clarke Island, but fell back later and had to settle for fifth place, although still retaining the overall championship lead.
On the second lap, Rag & Famish Hotel made a move into second place then Gotta Love It 7 came from the pack to stage a dramatic finish with Team PSP/Aust-Asia/Benny.