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18ft Skiffs- 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 1 - Strong winds on day 1

by Frank Quealey on 13 Oct 2013
mojo wine power sailing exhibition Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League http://www.18footers.com.au
Today, strong North-Westerly winds played havoc with the Australian 18 Footers League’s fleet for the opening 18ft Skiff race of the 2013-2014 Season on Sydney Harbour.

25-knot winds gusting to more than 30 knots, saw only four boats attempt to start the race, which was sailed over a three-lap windward-return course.

A long delay to the original starting time made little difference with most teams electing to stay on shore rather than risk early season damage.

With only two teams being declared official starters it was a credit to both that they completed the course.


Today’s winner was the ever-reliable Smeg, sailed by Nick Press, Dan Phillips and Dave Ewings.

The winning margin being 18m16s

This team has long been one of the best heavy weather combinations and it was no surprise when they mastered the conditions.


Brett Van Munster, Harry Bethwaite and Joel Castle also completed the course in Rabbitohs-Kenwood Create More.

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Mojo Wine’s crew spent quite some time on the harbour before deciding to return to shore during the long delay before the start.

While not recorded as a starter, the team gave a wonderful exhibition as the raced across the harbour in an awesome display of seamanship.

It’s not hard to see that Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge will be among the leading contenders for all the major titles this season.

After the race, winning skipper Nick Press said that conditions on the first lap were the worst as they moderated a little towards the finish.

'The hardest part was actually getting off the beach and out to the start'.

'As a team, we all agree that the best way to learn how to sail the 18s in big winds is to get out there and do it'.

When asked did it remind him of his recent 18ft Skiff regatta in San Francisco, Nick said 'yes it did – only warmer'.

The club’s regular spectator ferry will follow the 2013-2014 Season racing each Sunday, leaving Double Bay Public Wharf at 2.15pm.

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