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19 boat line-up

Gotta Love It 7 leads the field into the start of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship

Friday January 10th 2014, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australia

Defending champion Seve Jarvin and his Gotta Love It 7 team go into Sunday’s first race of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour as favourite to retain the title, but it won’t be easy against a strong 19-boat fleet.

Following a late start to the season, the Gotta Love It 7 team has built up steadily with a string of good performances before the three weeks break over the Christmas-New Year period.

Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Sam Newton, who returns to the team after success in the 34th America's Cup with Oracle Team USA, will be put to the test by a number of strong teams with plenty of experience.

Two stars of the 1990s, Chris Nicholson (Mojo Wine) and David Witt (Sydney City Marine), along with Michael Coxon (Thurlow Fisher Lawyers), Jack Macartney (Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel) and Nick Press (Smeg) pose the greatest threat to Team Seven.

The championship will be sailed over five races (on five consecutive Sundays) from 12 January-9 February, and is the main lead up to the JJ Giltinan Championship, which begins on Sydney Harbour on 1 March.

Hopefully, the poor racing conditions experienced during the first half of the season have gone and the fleet can get down to good sailing in the traditional summer northeast winds.

Team line-up


Team Helm
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers                             Michael Coxon    
Yandoo John Winning     
Asko Appliances                Marcus Ashley-Jones      
De’Longhi-Rabbitohs       Simon Nearn Micah Lane    
Coopers 61-Rag & Famish Hotel  Jack Macartney
Gotta Love It 7 Seve Jarvin
Smeg  Nick Press 
Pure Blonde Nick Daly
Fisher & Paykel Grant Rollerson
Mojo Wine  Chris Nicholson 
Lumix  Jonathan Whitty
Rabbitohs-Kenwood Brett Van Munster    
The Kitchen Maker  Malcolm Page
Haier Appliances Rick Peacock     
Sydney City Marine  David Witt Pedro Vozone      
Viagogo Alexandra South  
Ilve  Ollie Hartas

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