In the absence of an official World Championship, the JJ Giltinan Championship is the highest honor for the 18-foot single scull class. The 2022 edition from March 5-13 will bring 25 teams to Sydney Harbor to mark the 84-year history of the first 18ft World Championship.
Sydney, Australia (9 March 2022) – Strong winds sweeping across Sydney Harbor have forced race officials to reduce today’s racing schedule in the 2022 JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 3Championship of the two scheduled races, to a race, sailed a specially designed storm course.
After strong winds held up the race yesterday, the strength of the winds eased today allowing the race to head away in 20 knot SSW winds with non-stop action throughout.
Once again it was the strong Andoo team of Seve Jarvin, Matt Stenta and Sam Newton who proved to be the masters of the conditions to record their third consecutive victory in the three races contested so far and lead the championship. with a perfect score of three points.
Tech2 (Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake) also continued their consistency with three consecutive second places behind Andoo, and trail just three points overall.
In today’s race Andoo took the lead after the early leaders capsized and broke away to win by 3m15s from Tech2 with Rag & Famish Hotel (Harry Price, Josh McKnight and Harry Hall) a further 3m5s to third place.
Fisher & Paykel (Jordan Girdis) finished strong on the last two legs of the course to move up to fourth place, ahead of Yandoo (John Winning) and C-Tech of Queensland (Dave Hayter).
Andoo has 3 points, followed by Tech2 on 6 points, Rag & Famish Hotel on 12, Yandoo and Lazarus Capital Partners (Marcus Ashley-Jones) both on 23 and The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett) and Fisher & Paykel both on 28 points.
Sean Langman’s Noakesailing led the fleet to the windward buoy of Rushcutters Bay followed closely by Andoo, Tech2 and Smeg (Michael Coxon).
Noakesailing and Tech2 showed great speed and opened a breakaway on the fleet but both capsized jibing into Chowder Bay leaving Andoo in the lead, a lead the team maintained throughout the course.
Andoo quickly opened a break on Rag & Famish Hotel and Finport Finance (Keagan York) on the windward leg across the harbor to Rose Bay, then went further after both sails returned from Rose Bay to the lower mark at Athol Bay.
The Rag and Finport Finance continued their battle behind the leader as Yandoo and Tech2 began to close in.
A bunch of skiffs including Balmain Slake (Henry Larkings), Fisher & Paykel, Black Swan (Luke Parkinson), The Oak, Noakes Youth (Tom Cunich), C-Tech and German team Black Knight (Heinrich Von Bayern).
Andoo continued to dominate the second lap of the course and took a clear victory, but it could have been a very interesting race for victory had Tech2 not capsized at the Chowder Bay mark.
The good performance of the Fisher & Paykel team allowed them to win the handicap part of the race.
Race 3 results – Cumulative results – Facebook – YouTube
The 2022 JJ Giltinan has a series of 9 races scheduled for May 5-13 with the races scheduled and the resumption of all races abandoned to run on March 10, 11, 12 and 13.
Source: Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League Ltd.