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Tuesday at the JJ Giltinan

A blustery southerly wind produced tricky for the 18 foot Skiffs on <br> Sydney Harbour on Tuesday.

JJ Giltinan 18 Foot Skiff International Championship

Heat Three

A blustery southerly wind produced tricky for the 18 foot Skiffs on
Sydney Harbour on Tuesday. Right at the start, a significant
windshift left many boats below the line on starboard tack, and it was Howie
Hamlin, Mike Martin and Andy Zinn on 'General Electric/US Challenge' who got
away best from the pin end.

'Microsoft Visio 2000', sailed by Matt Felton, Ben Felton and Tristan
Hamilton, had a good first beat and rounded the windward mark with a handy
lead that they held throughout most of the race until they capsized on the
penultimate leg of the course. Trevor Barnabas, Trent Barnabas and
Daniel Phillips on 'Omega Smeg' then went through in to the lead.

'Omega Smeg' went on to win by 17 seconds from 'Great Britain', who nearly
lost their second place when they had to bear away behind the Manly ferry,
and only just scraped in two seconds ahead of 'Microsoft Visio 2000'.

Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Jonny Meers on 'RMW Marine' finished fourth,
having made good gains on the first beat and subsequent tight reach to close
right up on the leading three boats, only to lose a handful of places with a
difficult spinnaker drop. They too had to avoid the Manly ferry towards the
end of the race, putting their fourth place in danger, but they had just
enough in hand.

'Omega Smeg' now leads overall from 'RMW Marine', but there is still a long way to go
before the series concludes on Sunday.

Heat 3 results

1 'Omega Smeg' Trevor Barnabas Trent Barnabas and Daniel Phillips AUS
2 'Great Britain' Tim Robinson Simon Hiscocks and Peter Greenhalgh GBR
3 'Microsoft Visio 2000' Matt Felton Ben Felton and Tristan Hamilton AUS
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