News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : 2014 12 foot Skiff Interdominion Regatta blasts off
2014 12 foot Skiff Interdominion Regatta blasts off

'12ft Skiff Interdominions 2014 - Worser Bay, Wellington'    Garrick Cameron    Click Here to view large photo

The 12 foot Skiff Interdominions began in Wellington today, NZ, Saturday. True to form, Worser Bay put on a show of ‘fresh to frightening conditions’. And the fleet responded with a customary display of fearlessness in the white water.

18 boats from across New Zealand and Australia kicked the competition off with the traditional Invitation Race. But a 30 knot northerly building with lumpy wind-against tide conditions saw Race Officer Brett Linton replace the scheduled harbour race with lesser known but perhaps more crowd-pleasing speed trials A single non-gybing downwind run from start line to finish line.

And today’s drag race did not disappoint. Many amongst the fleet were wishing the class had a fifth and sixth rig. But it was fourth rigs all round today for those who chose valour over discretion and hit the water.

12ft Skiff Interdominions 2014 - Worser Bay, Wellington -  Garrick Cameron   Click Here to view large photo

Winners of the speed trials, local Wellingtonian husband and wife combo Melanie and Jason Parkin, described the blast as 'simply the fastest we’ve ever been in a 12'. They did well to retain the Norman G Booth ‘Rothman’ Trophy they won a year prior for the same event in Brisbane.

Second place getter was Australian top seed, Nick Press, coming in just 2 seconds behind across the ¾ nautical mile run. Press is looking to take out a record-breaking fifth consecutive Interdominion championship this year.

Experienced Kiwi campaigners, and 18 foot champion Alex ‘Ginge’ Vallings of C-Tech where tough contenders for the ‘underall champions’ however it was Ben Guymer, ‘Tank Girl’ won the day’s notorious ‘Miner’s award’ … a category he is not particularly used to success in. A ‘mine’ in skifffing requires some explanation, but becomes obvious while watching, and even more obvious when you are in the middle of one. The award goes to the person who executes the most spectacular transition from a full speed downwind plane to nose diving towards the seafloor. Generally, someone ends up on the wrong side of the forestay … a place no sensible trapezing sailor wants to spend much time.

12ft Skiff Interdominions 2014 - Worser Bay, Wellington -  Garrick Cameron   Click Here to view large photo

The past few days have seen the sailors spending more time in the bar than on the water. As 50-60 knot blasts tore through Wellington this week, there were no feasible shake down sails; but true to their reputation of ‘sail hard play hard’, the rum made the time off the water bearable.


1.Jason Parkin
2. Nick Press

The 12 Foot skiff Interdominions have been held between New Zealand and Australian squads since 1956. The regatta runs at Worser Bay Boating Club in Wellington, New Zealand from fourth – 11th January, 2014.

Practice Race Action - 2014 12ft Skiff Interdominions, Worser Bay - Image by George Bax -     Click Here to view large photo

Practice Race Action - 2014 12ft Skiff Interdominions, Worser Bay - Image by George Bax -     Click Here to view large photo

Practice Race 2014 12ft Skiff Interdominions, Worser Bay - Image by George Bax -     Click Here to view large photo

Practice Race 2014 12ft Skiff Interdominions, Worser Bay - Image by George Bax -     Click Here to view large photo

by Melanie Parkin


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

10:16 AM Sat 4 Jan 2014GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Related News Stories:

03 Jan 2014  'The Needle' on what makes a winning team and winning performance
03 Jan 2014  Gladwell's Line: 2013 - A year to celebrate
29 Dec 2013  Manly Sailing Club Boxing Day Regatta - back to reality
29 Dec 2013  Optimist Nationals: Toyota continues support for grass roots sailing
22 Dec 2013  NZ Sailors of the Year are Hobart bound
22 Dec 2013  $10,000 bonus for Youth winners at 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland
21 Dec 2013  2014 A-Class Worlds: Glenn Ashby to lead ETNZ team at Worlds
12 Dec 2013  Stoke Beer 12 & 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs.. This weekend!
11 Dec 2013  Increased entry period for yachts visiting NZ bonus for marine sector
09 Dec 2013  Hall retains Auckland Finn Champs at Takapuna

News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature by Richard Gladwell,

NYYC Race Week - Yachting history on display
Rescued sailors reach shore after dramatic ocean rescue
Half Ton Classics Cup: Swuzzlebubble out front on Day 1 + Video
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Yachting history on display
Volvo Cork Week - Thrilling conditions welcome international fleet
Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri
America's Cup: 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities
Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall
49er and 49erFX Europeans: Pitfalls aplenty on day 1 + Video
ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos
18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top   
Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2   
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base   
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!   
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur   
World Match Racing Tour: See the Finals replay at the Stena Match Cup   
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - First blood to Hansen over Canfield + Video   
Star World Championship - Americans claim race win in Malcesine   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Weather halts action on day 4   
Clipper Race - Henri Lloyd wins OneDLL Cup into Den Helder   
Clipper Race - Close match racing in closing stages of the OneDLL Cup   
Volvo Ocean Race: Spanish play catch-up with under 100 days to go   
World Match Racing Tour: Catch the live action at the Stena Match Cup   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT