Alex Vallings & Jeremy Smith (Nuplex - NZL) convincingly won the 12 Foot Skiff Interdominions on Wellington harbour over the weekend, winning seven of the ten races sailed.
Vallings said there was no single aspect to his and Smiths campaign that led to their dominance of this year’s regatta, but a culmination of a number. “We sailed using simple tactics, had no breakages and were fortunate to make the right rig calls. Over the winter I made some changes to the boat (a bit wider under the water) which has made us faster and given us a ‘low and fast’ option. Jeremy also spent time in the gym bulking up, that extra power combined with the changes to the boat has really helped our pace.”
New Zealand trounced Australia in the team’s competition 1041 to 642 points. The teams consisted of the top nine skiffs from each country
New Zealand team captain Steve Hogg put the victory down to technology. “The development of technologies that have filtered through the Kiwi team is well ahead of what I see on the Australian skiffs, which has given us a real edge and a depth to our team the Australians haven’t been able to match.”
The racing throughout the regatta was very close with many placings only decided in the final race. One of those mini battles was for ‘local bragging rights’ which was hotly contested between Romulus (Steve Hogg and Roger Barnes) and Inspire Group (Shaun Sheldrake and Craig Anderson). Romulus taking the honours finishing eighth with Inspire Group ninth.
The Interdominions will next be sailed in Brisbane early in 2009. Results
1st, Nuplex, NZL, Alex Vallings & Jeremy Smith, 10
2nd, Garde, AUS, Brett Hobson & Alex Johnson, 20
3rd, Martin Hughes, NZL, Chris Skinner & David Healy, 28
4th, Gobsmacked Dwarves, AUS, Paul O'Malley Jones & Richard Billet, 38
5th, Gizmo, AUS, Michael Bochner & Tim Barraclough, 44
6th, Dimension Polyant, NZL, Simon Ganley & Rod Chave, 45
7th, MGS, NZL, Russel Davis & Tim Christenson, 50
8th, Romulus, NZL, Stephen Hogg & Roger Barnes, 53
9th, Inspire Group, NZL, Shaun Sheldrake & Craig Anderson, 55
10th, Nice Action Too, NZL, Hamish Hey & Mike Candy, 70
11th, As Good As it Gets, NZL, Glen Armstrong & Tim Faulkner, 79
12th, Design Source NZ, NZL, Paul Macintosh & Ken Fyfe, 87
13th, The Diamond, NZL, Jason Parkin & Mel Hargreaves, 90
14th, Thistle Hill Wines, AUS, Matthew Killoran & Richard Jones, 91
15th, Carbon Sequestration, NZL, Te Guru & Dan Leach, 98
16th, Dipolar Software, AUS, Ed Blackman & Paul Carpenter, 120
17th, Maersk Line, AUS, Edward Cox & Peter Bevis, 122
18th, AtCall Powered by Bainbridge Internation, AUS, Andrew Stevenson & Brad Greenrod, 125
19th, AMI, NZL, James Gordon & Julian Payne, 162
20th, Pink Bits, AUS, Nicholas Bernard & Andrew Obrien, 169
21st, Design Source UK, GBR, Bob Clements & Alan Atterbury, 178
22nd, Bulley Hayes, NZL, Dan Falter & Stuart Tinner, 181
23rd, This Way Up, NZL, Graham Roberts & Josh Bahlman, 185
24th, CRC / Lost in Supermarket, NZL, Billy Wright & William Wright, 189
25th, The Wing Man, AUS, James Fleming & Daniel Hayes, 200
For a full list of results and photos go to www.skiff.org.nz About the Twelve Foot Skiff
The 12 Foot Skiff is a high performance skiff sailed in New Zealand and Australia with an emerging fleet in England.
The major regatta is the Interdominion Championships which alternates between Australia and New Zealand. Previous regattas have been close and tightly fought contests with last year’s regatta having seven different winners over the eight races sailed.
There are minimal hull measurement rules basically restricting length, width and weight giving freedom for people to design and build their own boats. Hulls are made from carbon fibre and foam sandwich to achieve the minimum weight of only 45kgs.
The majority of skiffs have two or three carbon masts to choose from with a combination of sails giving up to five rig combinations. This allows the skiffs to race in 5 - 35 knots of wind.