Please select your home edition
Edition
Lancer Lasts Longer

Gemmell Sails takes race 1 at the 12ft Skiff Interdominions

by Richard Billett on 7 Jan 2013
Big rigs on the front of a wind/rain squall - 12ft Skiff Interdominions - Invitation Race Sue Debrosses
The Harsco Infrastructure 53rd 12ft Skiff Interdominion Championship 2013 is being sailed 4th to 12th January 2013 on Waterloo Bay, from the Darling Point Sailing Squadron at Manly, Brisbane .

The forecast was ominous with 10-15kts and a few showers for the 12ft Skiff Interdominions Day 1. The first race start was hot with a light Easterly breeze. Queensland locals PB Towage did the ballsy port hand bandit and crossed the fleet!!


The breeze was super fickle and the lead swapped a few times up the first work. There was a rain squall to the South and as it had been doing all morning, it brought the wind. Thank goodness it did because word has it, the race was about to be shortened or abandoned! Those on the starboard side of the course got to it first and came storming in to the top mark. It was CTech who rounded first followed by the wise men on Vantage. PB were next and Allwood Sails who missed the start by six minutes were fourth.

Vantage and CTech headed north but as the breeze was filling in quickly PB and Allwood did a gybe set. The breeze kept filling in and The lead boats were towed well below the bottom mark. PB dropped the kite first and had a quick two sail to the bottom. They rounded first followed closely by Allwood Sails and CTech. Gemmell Sails were now in the mix and as the breeze was still kicking harder. Gemmell and CTech went left and PB went up the middle. The two rivals went toe to toe and had a nice little lead on the fleet by the next top mark. PB rounded in third and Absolute CnC were now in fourth. There was a little gap forming now and the breeze was settling in. Was second the right rig choice for the day?

The downwind was fast, with Gemmell and CTech locked in a tight dogfight. PB and CNC were sending it hard to try and catch up, but the two favourites with their second rigs were on a mission.

The third lap saw few changes up the pointy end of the fleet, with the same four flying high and praying for the nose to stay out of the water. The fourth lap had the breeze die a bit, and Garde made their move. Lumping around big rig all day was taking its toll on PB and CNC and Garde sure made some serious gains.

Gemmell sails took the gun with CTech close behind. PB were able to cover CNC on the final downwind to the finish third, but fourth was much tighter than Russell would have liked. Garde threw a big last effort at them with a gybe set at the top mark. CNC got there in the end, with Garde a few seconds behind them.

What a sensational start to the regatta with a tough rig choice and some sensational rides!!




Race 1 Interdominions
Scratch Race Time to Time to
Placings Time Previous Winner
1 Gemmell Sails 1:18:15
2 C-Tech Little Bus 1:18:18 0:00:03 0:00:03
3 P.B. Towage 1:22:27 0:04:09 0:04:12
4 Absolute Cnc 1:22:50 0:00:23 0:04:35
5 Garde 1:23:11 0:00:21 0:04:56
6 As Good As It Gets 1:24:18 0:01:07 0:06:03
7 Giddy Up 1:26:23 0:02:05 0:08:08
8 Frankenskiff 1:26:54 0:00:31 0:08:39
9 Variety 1:27:28 0:00:34 0:09:13
10 Skoll 1:28:23 0:00:55 0:10:08
11 Squid 1:28:29 0:00:06 0:10:14
12 Harsco Infrastrcture 1:30:46 0:02:17 0:12:31
13 C-Tech Performance 1:31:20 0:00:34 0:13:05
14 Vanatage Real Estate 1:32:09 0:00:49 0:13:54
15 Barfoot and Thompson 1:32:20 0:00:11 0:14:05
16 Team Architecture 1:32:26 0:00:06 0:14:11
17 KaRoShi 1:36:40 0:04:14 0:18:25
18 Madonna 1:38:33 0:01:53 0:20:18
19 www.skiff.org.au 1:38:48 0:00:15 0:20:33
20 Gizmo 1:39:32 0:00:44 0:21:17
21 Hey Charger 1:40:37 0:01:05 0:22:22
22 www.skiff.org.nz 1:47:40 0:07:03 0:29:25

Did Not Finish
Allwood Sails
CST Composites
Did not start
Challenge
out of start time limit

Teams Trophy:
Australia 78 pts
New Zealand 74 pts


Mackay BoatsPredictWind.com 2014Helm Events 660x82

Related Articles

Sir Peter Blake Regatta - Light airs for Day 1 at Torbay
The annual Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta got off to a slow start this morning with fleets forced to stay ashore The annual Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta got off to a slow start this morning with fleets forced to stay ashore as they waited for the sea breeze to kick in. It was a perfect summers day at Torbay Sailing Club on Auckland's East Coast Bays.
Posted today at 9:27 am
Hotting up at the Star Sailors League Finals
Three light airs races were held for the penultimate day of the Qualifying Rounds in Montagu Bay Nassau. Three light airs races were held for the penultimate day of the Qualifying Rounds in Montagu Bay Nassau. Getting a good start and having the boat speed to hold a lane was paramount today.
Posted on 2 Dec
MS Amlin International Moth Regatta attracts podium finishers
A fleet of 52 sailors, including two of the top three from last regatta, is set to contest the second annual regatta. Last year Rob Greenhalgh and Paul Goodison made British sailing proud when they finished first and third. Greenhalgh trailed by one point heading into the final day and then went out and won all three races in dominant fashion to stamp an eight-point victory. Goodison, a member of Artemis Racing for the America’s Cup, placed third.
Posted on 1 Dec
Sailing World Cup Final brings the best to St Kilda
Thirty-six nations have registered sailors across a combined 22 Olympic and Invited classes for next week’s World Cup Competitor numbers are predicted to reach 800 across the two competitions - the final stage of the international body World Sailing’s six-part Olympic class international circuit that will come to a head at St Kilda for the 11 classes, and the 11 Invited classes.
Posted on 1 Dec
Bid process reopened for new venue for the 2017 Youth Worlds
The Bid process has been reopened after the Israel Sailing Assoc withdrew from hosting the 2017 Youth Sailing World The Bid process has been reopened after the Israel Sailing Association (ISA) withdrew from hosting the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships which were due to take place in Akko, Israel in July 2017. World Sailing will accept bids from MNAs interested in hosting the event in July or December of 2017.
Posted on 30 Nov
Battle commences at Star Sailors League Finals
The early exchanges confirmed the amazing quality and depth in fleet, which contains no less than 16 Olympic medallist The early exchanges confirmed the amazing quality and depth in the fleet, which contains no less than 16 Olympic medallist among the skippers alone.
Posted on 30 Nov
Boat owners - a good insurance policy and broker can be your savior
Neil Bailey gives some sound advice from both a broker's and boatie's perspective. Too frequently boat-owners only find out how good their insurance policy is, and their insurer, after they make a claim. Neil Bailey is the principal of an Insurance Brokerage that bears his name. He is also a boat owner and life-long sailor and boat-owner. Here he gives some sound advice from both a broker's and boatie's perspective.
Posted on 30 Nov
World Sailing lead the conversation at the Yacht Racing Forum
Sailing - sport, technology and nature in perfect harmony was the message delivered by World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt Sailing - sport, technology and nature in perfect harmony. This was the message delivered by World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt at the opening session of the Yacht Racing Forum in Valletta, Malta that provided the backbone to much of the day's conversations and presentations.
Posted on 29 Nov
Star Sailors League Finals – Opening ceremony at Bahamas
The curtains are about to be unveiled, with the grand Opening Ceremony at Government House of the Bahamas in Nassau The curtains are about to be unveiled, with the grand Opening Ceremony at Government House of the Bahamas in Nassau at the presence of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Matilda Pindling
Posted on 28 Nov
RAYC Members Shine at YNZ Awards
The 2016 Yachting NZ Awards was held on Friday 25th November, and Royal Akarana Yacht Club members were featured The 2016 Yachting New Zealand Awards was held on Friday 25th November, and Royal Akarana Yacht Club members were featured throughout the categories. Eli Liefting and Rose Dickson, who won a Youth Performance Award for their achievements in the RS Feva class locally and international, were also named as the Aon Emerging Talent winners.
Posted on 28 Nov