Despite an all the way win from scratch in Race 5 of the 3 Buoy Handicap Series, the Gotta Love It 7 skiff scored an OCS for being over at the start.
The team continued to race while the individual recall flag stayed up on the committee boat.
The 3 Buoy series continues for the next 3 weeks.
The new Gotta Love It 7 hit the water today for its first race of the 2013/2014 season – and came away with a big win.
Skipper Seve Jarvin got the team off the line with a great start in the gusty 15-20 knot South-Easterly. A few good shifts on the first beat saw Michael Coxon’s Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Micah Lane’s Appliances Online lead around the first mark in Rose Bay.
Gotta Love It 7 managed to stretch their legs on the second beat and took the lead with a right hand shift near Clarke Island.
After a close cross with the Manly Ferry on the tight two-sail reach down to Chowder Bay, the 7 skiff extended away from the fleet.
Over the next two laps, the red boat kept motoring, with the final delta just shy of three minutes – showing the team have lost nothing over the winter.
The NSW Championship continues with Race 2 on the 15th of December, with the 3 buoy handicap series filling the next few weeks.
25 photos from today’s race are available, as well as the full results sheet.
Gotta Love It 7 Skiff sheethand Scott Babbage finished another Moth Worlds on the podium with a 3rd place at the recent event in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
With painfully light winds, only 3 of the scheduled 6 days of racing were completed. 2009 World Champion Bora Gulari (USA) won his second Moth Worlds, with 2011 World Champion, 2012 Olympic 49er Gold Medallist and Artemis Racing America’s Cup skipper Nathan Outteridge (AUS) in 2nd.
Despite the variable winds, Gulari and Outteridge maintained consistent scores to stay ahead of a star studded field. Many of the pre-event favourites, including Red Bull Youth AC winner Peter Burling and 2012 World Champion Josh McKnight were caught out by the lighter than expected conditions.
Scott’s 3rd in 2013 sits alongside his 2nd in 2012, 3rd in 2011 and 2nd in 2007.
The next worlds in Hayling Island, UK are only 9 months away, with another event in Sorrento, Australia in early 2015.
Photo: Thierry Martinez, thmartinez.com
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The Gotta Love It 7 Skiff Team is back for the 2013/2014 Australian 18′ Skiff Season.
This time around, Sam Newton returns to the bow after a year away sailing with Oracle Team USA. Seve Jarvin & Scott Babbage continue on in a new boat, with the goal of taking our 6th JJ Giltinan 18′ Skiff Championship in March 2014.
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