In 1937. Mr. James J. Giltinan, Secretary of the Australian 18 Footers League, planned a world's championship for 18 foot open boats and the League presented a trophy (popularly known as the JJ Giltinan Trophy) to celebrate the event.
Since the first regatta on Sydney Harbour in 1938, the championship has always been regarded as the world's premier 18 Footer championship and many of its competitors have become world, Olympic and national champions in a variety of yachting classes
Of course in Rugby League, the premiers of the competition, and now the minor premiers, would play for the JJ Giltinan Shield, named after the same man who was also one of the founding fathers of Rugby League in Australia.
18 Footer racing on Sydney Harbour has been a part of Australia's heritage since the 1890s.
These Flying 18s are the fastest monohulled boats in the world and the most spectacular to watch.
The best of Australia's sailing talent are on show each week in the Australian summer as they wrestle these machines around the harbour in all wind conditions.
Both Delonghi and Kenwood are represented each week on the Harbour, as both crews proudly display the Rabbitohs logo on their vessels and sails.
For more information about the season's racing program, the club's spectator ferry, this year's teams, the sport's history or just to look at some action photographs, click here.