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7 January 2003, 11:56 am
Skiff Fleet Take a Battering
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2002 Action© Peter Danby

JJ Giltinan 18 Foot Skiff Trophy
NSW

After light easterly winds in each of the first 2 heats of the Championship, the 28 boat fleet was battered by 28-30 knot north easterly wind on a choppy Sydney Harbour in the 3rd heat of the 2003 J.J. Giltinan Trophy.

In a major upset, Aristocrat (Gary Phillips) survived the conditions to defeat series leader RMW Marine (Rob Greenhalgh) by just 1 second, an amazing result in such conditions.

Third placing went to NSW Championships, Total Recall (Tony Hannan) which finished 2.28 behind RMW marine.

Heat 2 winners Omega Smeg (Trevor Barnabas) looked to have the race won with a big lead on the spinnaker run to the final rounding mark but capsized on the gybe and came home 4th, ahead of G.E. (Howie Hamlin) and Computer Associates (Jack Young).

Heat 1 winner, Yandoo (John. Winning) struggled in the stronger conditions and could manage only 10th place - more than 20 minutes behind the winner.

With 4 heats still to be sailed, the series is poised for a close result with at least 5 boats still having strong winning chances. RMW Marine currently leads the series by 6 points from Omega Smeg.

Heat Three Results

1. Aristocrat, Gary Phillips, AUS
2. RMW Marine, Rob Greenhalgh, GBR
3. Total Recall, Tony Hannan, AUS
4. Omega Smeg, Trevor Barnabas, AUS
5. G.E., Howie Hamlin, USA
6. Computer Associates, Jack Young, AUS

Overall (after 3 Races)

1. RMW Marine (GBR)
2. Omega Smeg (AUS)
3. Total Recall (AUS)
4. Aristocrat (AUS), Express Post (AUS)
5. Yandoo (AUS)
6. General Electric (USA)

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