sail-world.com -- Vintage sailors in historical battle
Vintage sailors in historical battle
Sat, 2 Feb 2013
On 31 January, sailing rivals for over 30 years battled it out in replicas of century old 18’ historical skiffs in the first race of their Australian Championships.
Nine gaff rigged replicas with crews of up to 10 faced the starter at the Sydney Flying Squadron, including Jenny 7 from Queensland and some NZ visitors.
A north easterly of 20-25 knots running against the tide took an early casualty with a swim by the prior week’s winner Mistake. Mistake is being skippered by former America’s Cup sailor Harold Cudmore and has a crew including seven times modern 18’s World Champion Andrew Buckland.
The leader at every mark except the last was the defending champion Yendys, skippered by Bob Killick, with his team including John 'Steamer' Stanley.
However, on the tight reach up to Shark Island, in treacherous conditions, Rob Brown’s Australia IV and John Winning’s much older Aberdare went for broke with spinnakers and they raced past Yendys and with successful gybes they drove their boats flat out in a battle to the finish. Brown’s team won narrowly from Winning’s followed by Yendys, Jenny 7, and Brittania. Fearless sailing won the day.
The final winner will be determined by a rating which takes into account historical authenticity and boat age. The 1st February race was cancelled and the final two races are on Saturday 2 February 2013. A spectator ferry leaves the Sydney Flying Squadron at 1:45 pm. With more strong winds forecast, there will be plenty of thrills and spills!
Onesails.com - Workforce
OneSails is the culmination of over 35 years of experience accumulated by our team in design and technology applied to sail-making. [More info]
GME Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Leaders in communications and navigation. Their goal has always been to make products whose innovation, convenience and peace of mind can help improve the lives of their customers. [More info]
Performance Sailcraft Australia (Asia Pacific)
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS Sailboat range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region. [More info]
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is an annual four-day event which attracts buyers and marine industry representatives from across Australia and around the globe. [More info]
Sydney Rigging Specialists
Sydney Rigging Specialists is a leading company in the supply of yacht rigging, cordage, marine fittings and accessories. We are based in Sydney and work from our specially fitted out rigging shop. [More info]