Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Australian 18ft Skiff Championships 2013 - Light wind drama

by Frank Quealey on 27 Jan 2013
Gotta Love It 7 leads the fleet down the run Frank Quealey /Australian 18 Footers League http://www.18footers.com.au
The Australian 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 suddenly turned wide open and the outcome will likely come down to next Sunday’s final race of the series following an incredible Race Four on Sydney Harbour on Sunday.

After one hour, 15 minutes and 58 seconds of sailing, Race Officer Garry Linacre shortened the course when the fleet was practically becalmed after only one lap of the three-lap North East course.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]

Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings) crossed the line 24 seconds ahead of Gotta Love It 7, John Stanley (replacing Seve Jarvin), Scott Babbage and Peter Harris.

Team Daly (Nick Daly, John Walton, Peter Nicholson) was a further one minute 15 seconds back in third place, ahead of Appliancesonline.com (Micah Lane), Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) and defending champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon).



Allowing for discards, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers leads the championship with a total of five points, followed by Gotta Love It 7 on six and Smeg on seven.

To complicate the situation, if teams finish on equal points after next Sunday’s race, Thurlow Fisher and Smeg both have two wins so far, while Gotta Love It 7’s points have been accumulated with three second places.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]

After yesterday’s strong winds, and predicted 15-25 knots winds again this afternoon, all teams elected to go with their smaller no.2 rigs.

It was an interesting race to the windward mark at Beashel Buoy with the fleet split into two distinct groups by an outgoing container ship.

Those on the south side of the ship fare better and Gotta Love It 7 held a 25 seconds lead from Appliancesonline.com when spinnakers were set for the run back to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island.



Yandoo (John Winning) was a further 15 seconds back, then Lumix headed a group including Coopers-Rag and Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney), Smeg and Team Daly.

Gotta Love It 7 was impressive downwind and opened up a big break over her challengers on the run into the wing mark.

But that’s where it all ended as the fleet ‘parked’ after the skiffs cleared the wing mark.



Smeg picked up some private air and took a narrow lead from Gotta Love It 7 and, although it took another 40 minutes or so, held the lead to win as the course was shortened.

The Australian 18 Footers League had changed the previous rule which did not permit the ‘shortening of course’ in its races, and so today created history as the first 18ft Skiff race where the course was officially shortened.

Race 4 of 18ft Skiff Nationals 2013 (Top-5 finishers)

1.) Smeg (15:55:58)
2.) Gotta Love It (7 15:56:22)
3.) Team Daly (15:57:37)
4.) Appliancesonline.com.au (15:59:02)
5.) Lumix (15:59:38) 18ft Skiff Nationals 2013

Mackay BoatsPredictWind.com 2014Protector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

Cornish and Pic open the scoring in World Cup Series Hyeres
Ramshaw took the left track downwind and passed Cornish, who later admitted he had not seen the Oscar flag flying. Race one got started in a pleasant 9-11 knots with Oscar flag flying for free pumping. After a route up the middle right, Cornish squeezed round the top mark in the lead from Italy’s Filippo Baldassari and Henry Wetherall of Great Britain.
Posted on 25 Apr
Sailing World Cup Hyères – Laying down a marker
Over 500 sailors from 52 nations opened their quest for World Cup honours, personal best performances and bragging right In the 38 strong Women's Windsurfer fleet, Israel's Noga Geller came out flying with superb starts and speed. Feeling comfortable in the conditions, she snapped up the first two race wins.
Posted on 25 Apr
A Few Rays - When you think of sunscreen as a filter....
If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? Where the skin is exposed and a sunscreen is working for you, it is filtering UV rays. Some of those rays always get through. The percentage of the high energy UVB rays (said to cause sunburn) that get through to cells in the skin can be determined by the claimed SPF of the product you are using.
Posted on 25 Apr
Charleston Race Week - Overall report
Charleston Race Week 2017 took place in April 20-23 2017. ORC rule was implemented as the principal handicap rule Charleston Race Week 2017 took place in April 20-23 2017. ORC rule was implemented as the principal handicap rule for the Charleston Race Week 2017, it was the first time this system was used in a major North American regatta. Thirty boats raced in four separate ORC Classes at this event.
Posted on 25 Apr
World Cup Series in Hyères – Racing needs to be fast, not the food
Spanish sisters, Carla and Marta Munté Carrasco, sail together in the 49erFX and know they have a problem. Many sailors will be brimming with confidence after browsing the weather forecast and will be striving for gold in Hyères. But it is a team small in stature that know exactly where they stand in terms of performance that intrigues.
Posted on 24 Apr
New addition to North Sail for Volvo Ocean 65 racing machines
Their sails have powered eight out of nine Volvo Ocean Race winners since 1989-90, with Steinlager 2. Instead of assembling cloth panels into a particular sail shape, the Volvo Ocean Race sails are composites. This means that 3Di material 'tapes' are laid in a specific arrangement, offering stable structure to the sail where it is needed most.
Posted on 24 Apr
Experience is key as Team Oman Air prepare for Extreme Sailing Series
Team Oman Air skipper Phil Robertson says his crew's unrivalled experience could prove vital to victory in second round Known worldwide for hosting sailing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Qingdao is notorious for its ability to catch crews off guard with a fickle breeze that can go from next to nothing to gale force in a matter of minutes.
Posted on 24 Apr
35th Lake Garda Optimist Meeting – Highlights and short analysis
One week after the world’s largest regatta of a single class, it is time for a short analysis of the event The USA, led by Stephan Baker, stood out in the gold fleet and in the junior top 30 with Peter Foley (16th) and Daven Subbiah (23rd); in the cadet division great fourth place for Freddie Parkin - a long, challenging, but surely unprecedentedly successful sailing trip.
Posted on 24 Apr
FAST40+ Spring Regatta - Preview
The second event in a busy FAST40+ season will be the FAST40+ Spring Regatta, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. The second event in a busy FAST40+ season will be the FAST40+ Spring Regatta, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. FAST40+ Race Director, Stuart Childerley, sets the scene for the event.
Posted on 24 Apr
Meet the Clipper 2017-18 Race crew Zuzana Vybiralova
A first for Clipper Race, Zuzana Vybiralova will make history this year as first Czech Republican to take part in race A first for the Clipper Race, crew member Zuzana Vybiralova will make history this year as the first Czech Republican to take part in the race in eleven editions.
Posted on 24 Apr