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Gotta love the Giltinan: a few capsizes and plenty of flying 18 footers ensured the 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship was one to remember.

Gotta Love It 7's Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris became the 2013 champions when they took out Race 7 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour.

It all came down to the final race in a strong north-east wind with Gotta Love It 7 and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel level on eight points.

Allowing for discards being introduced. Coopers-Rag 8c Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney. David Witt and Mark Kennedy) had to finish within the first three placings and ahead of Gotta Love It 7 to win the title.

A great start by the '7' crew saw the red flying machine quickly take the lead from The Rag as the fleet sped towards Bradleys Head.

Gotta Love It 7 maintained her advantage over Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel, and when the latter team capsized near the Beashel Buoy the title was as good as won by '7'.

With their main challenger out of contention, the '7' crew appeared to sail more conservatively, as Thurlow Fisher Lawyers led the fleet down the spinnaker legs back to Clarke Island.

Spectators aboard the two club-controlled ferries and others in a variety of vessels following the race were treated to some spectacular action.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas. Dave O'Connor) led until the final rounding mark at Rose Bay but put on a performance to be remembered.

They had capsized on the second windward leg but came back to lead the fleet home, before a spectacular capsize on a gybe as the crew went at it a bit too hard.

Gotta Love It 7's crew saw the capsize and quickly pulled their kite down for the run between the islands to the finish.

New Zealand's C-Tech (Alex Vallings, Josh McCormack and Peter Burling) finished 34 seconds behind Gotta Love It 7, with Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel coming home over 3 minutes back in third place.

The final placings in the championship had Gotta Love It 7 on nine points, a two-point victory over Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel, with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers third on 19 points.

C-Tech also finished the series on nine points but lost to Thurlow Fisher on a countback.

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Publication:Offshore Yachting
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Date:Apr 1, 2013
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