• Honda Retains Lead After Light Air Races 6 And 7

    18ft Skiffs

    2019 JJ Giltinan Championship, Races 6 & 7

    Sponsored by The Winning Group

    Thursday, 7 March 2019

    Sydney Harbour

    Today’s racing sponsored by Asko Appliances

    ASCC and Smeg clearly win the start in Race 7

    The New Zealand 18ft Skiff teams ASCC and Honda Marine shared the honours with comfortable wins in Races 6 and 7 on Day 5 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

    ASCC (Josh Porebski, Jack Simpson, Dave Hazard), the current NZ champion, easily won the first race of the day, then defending JJ Giltinan champion Honda Marine (David McDiarmid, Matthew Steven, Brad Collins) won the latter race.

    With just two more races to be sailed in the championship over the weekend, Honda Marine has a net score of 10 points, and a discard of only 4 points, and holds a strong grip on the title.

    Conditions were far from perfect as a light, shifting SE breeze, which faded a little over the day, made things difficult for all teams.

    In today’s first race, ASCC dominated the latter half of the race to go on to a 2m13s win over the early race leader Asko Appliances (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Trent Barnabas), with Winning Group (John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton) just 12s further back in third place.

    Asko Appliances leads the fleet down the first spinnaker run in Race 6

    Brisbane 18s on the first lap of Race 7

    Close racing to the top mark in Race 7

    Honda Marine tightened the grip on the trophy in Race 7 when the team produced an unbelievable recovery to defeat ASCC by 17s, with the consistent Winning Group another 1m19s back in third place.

    Progress Net points with only two more races left in the regatta show Honda Marine on 10 points, Winning Group on 18 points, Smeg 19, Asko Appliances 27, ASCC on 30, and Bing Lee (Micah Lane) on 47 points.

    The day started well enough for the Australians as Asko Appliances held the lead over the first half of Race 6, but was unable to hold off the ASCC challenge when the two teams chose to go opposite ways (around Shark Island) to reach the top mark on lap two of the course.

    Germany's Marinepool leads Honda Marine and Yandoo in Race 7

    Honda Marine came back from deep in the pack to win Race 7

    Honda Marine trails Asko and The Rag downwind in Race 6

    There was a great (and welcomed) surprise in the latter race when Heinrich von Bayern’s German Marinepool team led the 25-boat fleet to the top mark with a 30s break over ASCC and Smeg.

    Smeg was too fast downwind but the German team remained competitive to be in the top three to round the bottom mark.

    The Smeg team went to the left of Shark Island on the beat back into the top mark in Rose Bay but the move didn’t pay off as the two New Zealand teams went to the right and grabbed the leading two spots, which they maintained on the run back to the finish.

    It was an impressive day’s sailing by the Kiwis, who proved far too good for their Australian opponents.

    Racing continues on Saturday with Race 8 and concludes on Sunday afternoon when the blue ribbon will be presented to the championship winner after Race 9.

    Ilve shares Sydney Harbour with a local sea plane

    Smeg held the lead on the first lap of Race 7

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