Just at Press Deadline this morning UTC, the first race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy, the unofficial World Championship of the 18-Footer Class, has been finished on Sydney Harbour. After a bad start, the defending champion Honda Marine with David Mcdiarmid/Matthew Steven/Brad Collins NZL came strongly from behind, winning the race with a 40 second lead on Shaw & Partners of James Dorron AUS. Tech2 of Brett Van Munster AUS followed as 3rd. —– Rain and unconstant winds between 12 and 20kn made the race thrilling with many position changes and …. capsizes. Enjoy the video replay on www.sailing-news.com. —– The event website, to be updated shortly with a report and results.