Following on from the outstanding success of young Sydney sailors Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Rob Bell aboard Gotta Love It 7, launched by the Seven Network in 2006, the new skiff has hit the water in good time for the coming 18ft skiff racing season which starts on Sydney Harbour on 12 October.
Seven’s Chief Executive Officer, Broadcast Television, David Leckie felt it was time to move into a new phase, so commissioned a new skiff, which like its predecessor, is emblazoned with Seven’s distinct red livery.
At the time of launching Seven’s first Gotta Love it Seven, Leckie had remarked: ‘We can’t wait to see that big red Seven back on Sydney Harbour.’
Commenting, Seven’s Head of Sport, Saul Shtein said: ‘Seven is so much a part of Sydney and the Harbour, with our skiff and our coverage of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race. Iain and I have been mates for years and all of us here at Seven are proud to be involved in such a great part of summer in Sydney; the skiffs on the Harbour.’
The 18′ skiffs race each Sunday and the season starts in October. For those wanting to follow these exhilarating skiffs racing on Sydney Harbour, a ferry departs from home of the 18 foot skiff, the Australian 18 Footers League Club at Double Bay, prior to race commencement each week, where the public can watch crews rig their boats in the park before departing. Those preferring to watch from shoreside, can do so from Shark Island, Bradley’s Head on the North side of the Harbour, Nielsen Park at Vaucluse, Camp Cove and its headland at Watsons Bay and many other vantage points around the Harbour.