Please select your home edition
Edition
PredictWind.com 2014

Top Volvo Ocean Race skipper joins the Australian 18 Footer League

by Frank Quealey on 11 Oct 2013
Mojo Wine’s speed with her #1 rig - NSW 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 - Race 5 Frank Quealey /Australian 18 Footers League http://www.18footers.com.au
An outstanding ‘newcomer’ to the Australian 18 Footer League’s fleet is the highly credentialed Chris Nicholson, who will skipper Mojo Wine during the 2013-2014 Season, which begins on Sydney Harbour this Sunday.

Nicholson has been a Volvo Ocean Race sailor since 2001 and it’s been more than ten years since he sailed an 18ft Skiff with the Grand Prix Sailing circuit in the 1990s but his previous experience in an 18 will see a competitive campaign from the outset.

His successes extend to a number of classes at the highest level. He is an Olympic sailor and world champion in both the 49er and 5o5 classes.

Chris is fortunate to retain the experienced crew from the 2012-2013 Season campaign; long standing 18ft Skiff sailor Mike McKensey and twice (incl. current) Australian 16ft Skiff champion Ricky Bridge.

'We have never sailed together as a crew before, but I saw potential when Ricky and I sailed ‘Brydens’ to victory in last year’s Australian 16ft Skiff Sprint Championship', Nicholson said.

Securing Nicholson as skipper has been a real coup for the Mojo Wine campaign.

Ricky said one of the motivators for asking Nicholson to join the Mojo Wine team this year was the opportunity to sail with his long-time friend and sailing mentor.

'Nico, Mike and I all grew up on Lake Macquarie where we progressed through the junior fleet at the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club. Nico has had such a great influence on my sailing career'.

'Talking to Nico about my ambitions to win an 18ft Skiff title, I sensed his appetite for a return to high performance skiff racing', Ricky added.

Obviously, the 2014 JJ Giltinan Championship is a title Nicholson would like to add to his already impressive record.

'I’ve always followed the JJs but never had the opportunity or time to compete in one', he said.

'I’ve very much missed small boats and the chance to have a summer on Sydney Harbour racing 18s is too good to pass up'.

'Last year I followed the JJ results whilst racing in the Southern Ocean from Auckland to Brazil. Things will be warmer and more enjoyable this year', he added.

The Mojo Wine skiff showed great potential last season and, with the addition of three new sails and new masts this team is sure to be one of the 'gun teams' for the major 18ft Skiff titles this Australian summer.

Zhik ZKG 660x82North Technology - Southern SparsAncasta Ker 40+ 660x82

Related Articles

Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar - Back to business
It was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar regatta. From a funky first day of racing when the promising solid morning breeze evaporated to become difficult, shifty and unsettled and then disappeared, it was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at the 48th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar regatta.
Posted today at 3:18 am
2017 Nanny Cay Cup - Winners in light breezes
A tauntingly light breeze of five - seven knots out of the south was enough to get 50+ boats starting in Nanny Cay Cup A tauntingly light breeze of five - seven knots out of the south was enough to get 50+ boats starting in the Nanny Cay Cup, the first event of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Rather than the usual Round Tortola race, conditions favoured a 16 NM course starting in the channel off Nanny Cay and taking the fleet around Pelican and Flanagan Islands.
Posted today at 1:43 am
It’s all about time at the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta
Several classes were too close to call going into the final day of racing at the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta Several classes were too close to call going into the final day of racing at the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), held March 24 to 26 out of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The reason? A mix of STIR-signature round-the-island courses combined with conditions that ranged from near breathless calm to blustery gusts over three days of racing that kept competitors on their toes
Posted on 28 Mar
Starting Chicago's racing season the right way
The city of Chicago will be kicking off its racing season with the Skyway Yacht Works COLORS Regatta The city of Chicago will be kicking off its racing season with the Skyway Yacht Works COLORS Regatta June 3-4, 2017 at Columbia Yacht Club. Not only is Columbia’s one level offshore racing series regatta the first major event of the season on lower Lake Michigan, but it is also one of the largest with its sights set on breaking 100 entries in a time when racing is perceived
Posted on 28 Mar
Seattle returns as host and partner in Clipper Round the World Race
The announcement that the Seattle will feature on the global route and enter a team, was made by Official Tourism Board Making its debut in the 2015-16 edition of the race, which saw the city’s name and iconic skyline emblazoned on one of the race’s twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts, Visit Seattle promoted the city as a destination for leisure, tourism and business during its eleven month, 40,000 nautical mile journey around the globe.
Posted on 28 Mar
The America's Cup Superyacht Program – A true highlight
The 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda will feature the fastest yachts in the 166 year history of the competition Superyachts are a very important part of the America’s Cup and, reflecting the high value of their role in the events that will take place in Bermuda in May and June, a dedicated America’s Cup Superyacht Program was created by the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), in conjunction with BWA Yachting.
Posted on 28 Mar
Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Tristan Brooks
Tristan Brooks first took to the water at the age of ten, spending his childhood fine tuning his dinghy skills Tristan Brooks first took to the water at the age of ten, spending his childhood fine tuning his dinghy skills on the Menai Strait in North Wales, and has spent the past 13 years working as a professional skipper, mate and engineer.
Posted on 28 Mar
An Int’l fleet race ready for BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival
Many of this year's participants in the BVI Spring Regattamade their way ashore today to register for a racing Many of this year's participants in the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival made their way ashore today to register for a week of world-class racing out of Nanny Cay, Tortola. The Marina is alive with activity - old friends catching up and first-timers partaking of the infamous Mount Gay rum drinks at the beach bar. With the breeze looking light for Tuesday's annual Round Tortola Race
Posted on 28 Mar
Single-handed Sailing Society Corinthian images by pressure-drop.us
Single-handed Sailing Society Corinthian Race images Single-handed Sailing Society Corinthian Race images
Posted on 27 Mar
Single Handed Sailing Society Corinthian Race – Great day on the bay
With the remnants of the the early flood, most boats mad short work of the downhill ride to Blossom from starting area Greg Nelsen, fresh off a Double Handed Farallones race win, adds another pickle dish to his collection, winning Singlehanded Sportboat Division with an elapsed time of 03:20:37 on his Azzura 1000 Outsider. A pending protest should render that the fastest monohull around the track.
Posted on 27 Mar