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Gotta Love It 7 18ft skiff ace, Seve Jarvin on the Extreme Sailing Series and being Team Australia's first signing
Aussie 18ft skiff star Seve Jarvin was on a 24 hour fly-by trip to London from Sydney yesterday for the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series announcement. At 27, the new GAC Pindar skipper, who will be the youngest on the Extreme Sailing Series this season, is better known as helmsman on Gotta Love It 7, currently the most successful in the Sydney Harbour 18ft skiff fleet. Son of America’s Cup sailor and Etchells World Champion Steve Jarvin, Seve began sailing on Sydney Harbour in Sabots, Flying 11s and 29ers. Enlisting in the CYCA’s Youth Sailing Academy program, he got on the Aussie match racing circuit and over the 2002-3 season was crowned Youth Match Racing Champion, the same year as he was also 29er National Champion. While his contemporaries such as Torvar Mirsky and Keith Swinton continued match racing, Jarvin jumped on board the 18s. During his first two years he crewed on the Euan McNicol-steered Club Marine, winning the JJ Giltanan, the 18ft skiff’s effective World Championship, in 2005, before being bumped up to helm Gotta Love It 7 for the 2006-7 season with Sam Newton on bow and Robert Bell in the middle (since replaced by leading Moth sailor, Scott Babbage). Despite his tender age, Jarvin is into his ninth season in the 18s, and, during his tenure, Gotta Love It 7 has won the JJ Giltinan Championship as helmsman five times (2008, 2010-13). Team Australia Importantly Jarvin and his crew come to the Extreme Sailing Series as the first signings for Team Australia, the Oatley family’s Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup. Integral to this process has been Oatley son-in-law Troy Tindill, a match racer turned AC45 crew, who at one stage during his formative years worked on the shore crew for Mike Sanderson’s Pindar-backed IMOCA 60 campaign (hence the Pindar link). Another

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