Defending champion Rob Greenhalgh (RMW Marine) and his crew of Dan Johnson and Peter Greenhalgh won the Invitation race of the Ssangyong Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour today
Defending champion Rob Greenhalgh (RMW Marine) and his crew of Dan Johnson and Peter Greenhalgh gave an awesome display of power sailing to easily take out the Invitation race of the Ssangyong Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour today.
Greenhalgh and his team grabbed the lead early in the race and totally mastered the 20knots north-easterly wind to score a 2mins 48secs win over SX Projects (Matt Felton) with Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris) a further 13secs back in third place.
The ease of the win must surely have sent shivers down the backs of the other competitors as the RMW team took up where they left off last year.
For the SX team of Matt and Ben Felton and Chris Caldecoat it was an outstanding hit out for the series as they were never worse than second place throughout the race.
The Felton brothers had previously finished third in the Giltinan three years ago and this is their first season back together in the class.
The conditions took a heavy toll on the fleet with broken masts, capsizes and retirements being the order of the day.
All crews will be looking for just a touch less wind tomorrow and some will be hoping for a different rig to give them more time to effect repairs to their No. 2 rigging.
1 RMW Marine
2 SX Projects
3 Rag & Famish Hotel
4 Ssangyong Yandoo
6 Omega Smeg
8 Asko Appliances
9 Belle Property
11 Adtec Communications
12 Casio Seapathfinder
13 Barron & Smithers-Henri Lloyd
14 Fisher & Paykel Non-finisher
15 Computer Associates Non-finisher
16 Avaya Non-finisher
17 Panasonic Non-finisher
18 CT Sail Battens Non-finisher
19 Team Pegasus Non-finisher
20 Pegasus Racing Non-finisher
21 CST Composites Non-finisher
22 Club Marine Non-finisher
23 Team Mc Lean Non-finisher
24 Churchills Sports Bar Non-starter
25 Fat Face Non-starter
26 Team Morrison Non-starter
27 CST Switzerland Non-starter
28 GP Covers Non-starter