I have spent almost all of the past week and a bit out on the water taking photos, helping rig and more at the 18′ Skiff JJ Giltinan Championships. Another JJ’s is over with 7 taking the win. We were there every day to support the teams we Sponsor and those who use our products. With our suppliers Allen Sailboat Performance Hardware along with Liros Ropes also sponsoring several boats from the UK and Europe there were plenty of teams we were following. What a tough series in some tricky conditions, well done to those who made the podium.
We are very proud to support the 18’s where we can and it is always funny when asked on the ferry which boat am I following. Such a tricky answer that always ends in a few laughs. Of course the main one we follow is our good friends onboard The Kitchen Maker. Having known Mal Page for longer than I would like to let on, as well as Cam McDonald who is a friend and customer it is great to be able to support them and cheer them on. This time around Darren stepped aside with a bad back and they got Will Philips a member of the Australian Sailing Squad to steer the boat. Will is someone I have known of for a while through work and sponsorship commitments so it was great to be able to get to know Will better over the week.
Between friends and boats sponsored by DeckHardware and our suppliers we couldn’t count on one hand the boats that we were following and hoping would do well. Always good for the heart rate! With the UK boys on Haier finishing in 10th place which was a fantastic achievement after moving to Sydney for several months. The Kitchen Maker had their moments during the regatta with their best result a 2nd place finishing just behind Haier, a brilliant result for a team who had not sailed together. Thanks to Kim Wilmot for joining me on the back of the ferry to celebrate that 2nd place which was so close to a race win. A definite highlight of the week!
There are plenty of photos if you head over to the DeckHardware facebook page.
Now to spend the week in the office before heading out on the water once more this weekend to do some umpiring.