Photos: Frank Quealey

Gotta Love It 7 seals it

Seve Jarvin's 18ft skiff team takes last race of the JJ Giltinan Championship

Sunday February 26th 2012, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australia

The Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage concluded their brilliant performance in successfully defending their title in the Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. Gotta Love It 7 dominated the regatta with six wins from the seven races to finish with an overall score of six points.

Second overall was Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas) on 22 points, followed by (Micah Lane, Paul Montague and Tom Anderson) on 23. Mojo Wine (Archie Massey) was fourth on 26, then Smeg (Nick Press) 30 and Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) on 34.

Today’s final race was sailed in a 15 knot northeast breeze with most crews electing to go with their big #1 rigs.

Gotta Love It 7 took the honours again, this time by 2m14s from Thurlow Fisher, with Mojo Wine a further 14 seconds back in third place. Appliancesonline, Smeg and Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) completed the top six placings

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers won the start at the pin end of the line and led for most of the windward beat to the Beashel Buoy.

The crew work on Thurlow Fisher was faultless, but the skiff couldn’t match the speed and height Gotta Love It 7 was producing and trailed 7 by 10s as spinnakers were set for the run to the wing mark off Shark Island.

Appliancesonline was third, followed by Mojo Wine, Pure Blonde (Tom Clout), Kenwood-Rabbitohs (Brett Van Munster), Maersk Line (Graham Catley), Asko and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn).

The first four placings were unchanged at the bottom mark, but Yandoo (John Winning) had moved up to be fifth ahead of Pure Blonde, Asko and C-Tech (Alex Vallings).

As 7 powered to a 1½m lead at the second windward mark the battle for second in the race and overall in the championship was on in ernest between Thurlow Fisher and Appliancesonline. Only 10s separated the pair over the next two legs of the course, before Thurlow won the battle.

Gotta Love It 7 was 2½ minutes in front as she set sail for the finish and cruised home an easy winner again.

Full results here

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