PUBLISHED 24 JANUARY 2013 10:45
up for grabs
Spectacular skiffs race for
the top prize in 18ft Skiff racing.
The 30 teams vying for the 2013 Giltinan title, to be raced from February 15-24, form an illustrious group of the world’s best 18ft Skiff sailors over the past 10 years (or more), a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, a youth Americas Cup team and two all-girl crews.
Since the first Giltinan regatta in 1938 over 20 countries have competed for the world’s most prized 18 foot Skiff Racing Championships – the JJ. Giltinan trophy.
Throughout the 63 Giltinan Trophys held so far, only four nations have been good enough to win – and they’re all back in 2013 to do their best to add one more win to their record.
Defending champion Gotta Love It 7 has a crew change in the bow with Peter Harris replacing Sam Newton, but skipper Seve Jarvin and sheet hand Scott Babbage are back again and the team is favoured to give Jarvin his fifth victory as a skipper.
The hot local teams include past Giltinan champions Michael Coxon (Thurlow Fisher Lawyers) and John “Woody” Winning (Yandoo), as well as former national champion Micah Lane in Appliancesonline.com.au.
Heading the international challengers is previous Giltinan champion Howie Hamlin of the U.S., skippering CST Composites. Also competing is 2012 San Francisco International champion Alex Vallings (NZ) in C-Tech, as well as British team Pica (Jamie Meares) which is the reigning European champion.
The 2013 championship will see Olympic 470 Gold Medalist and Australian Flag Bearer Malcolm Page return to the 18 footers with The Kitchen Maker team. Malcolm is no rookie in the 18 footers and is a serious contender considering the experience and talent of his crew.
Mike Radziejowski heads a young team on the locally-chartered Southern Engineering Services skiff. This team represents the ‘American Youth Sailing Force’, which was officially selected by Oracle Team USA to represent the City of San Francisco in the 2013 Youth Americas Cup.
19-year-old Alexandra South has won numerous Laser Radial national titles and is the daughter of two-time Giltinan champion Adam South. She leads the ‘Skiff Chicks’ team sailing Lomax Financial Group and will be in a head-to-head battle with Katie Love’s US all-girl team aboard Chad’s Angels.
The many national and international senior and youth champions spread across the entire fleet ensures there will be plenty of fierce racing for the spectacular 18 ft Skiffs. Considering the big names taking part, this Giltinan will be as difficult to win as any previous championship.
Three times Inter-dominion 12ft Skiff champion Nick Press will skipper Smeg and have the services of 2000 Australian Olympic representative Daniel Phillips working the sheet. This team is another serious challenger for the title, particularly if there are strong breezes prevailing during the championship.
Although Australian 16-footer champion James Dorron is in his rookie 18ft Skiff season he and his crew have already shown their credentials with several good performances in Mojo Wine during the first part of the current local 18 ft season.