Please select your home edition
Cyclops 2020 - SmartlinkNano - LEADERBOARD

12ft Skiff Interdominion Championship at Sydney Flying Squadron - Day 5

by Di Pearson, 12ft Skiff Media 11 Jan 2019 03:52 PST

Queensland's Richard Billet and Ben Cross (Carbon Chandlery) have notched up their first victory on the penultimate day of the Your Move Conveyancing 12Ft Skiff Interdominion, hosted by the Sydney Flying Squadron on Sydney Harbour.

Carbon Chandlery won the first won the first race of the day, Race 8, after nailing the start and not looking back. No easy feat given the stellar fleet boasting sailing champions from the 12 footers and other classes.

The Terms & Conditions crew of Brad Phillips/Harry Bethwaite (NSW) were second, and the Kiwi pairing of Chris Skinner/Chris Holland (Jackson Electrical) third. Six-time Interdominion winner, Tim Bartlett, steered Frankenskiff (NZL) to fourth place, crewed by Matt Hix.

Phillips/Bethwaite paired up especially for the Interdominion and have produced some classy performances, while Jackson Electrical is the best performed of the New Zealanders, who are mainly representing Royal Akarana Yacht Club. It is unbeatable for third place overall. Not even club mate and defending champion, Alex Vallings, with new crew Sam Tretheway, (C-Tech) can get to them from fourth overall.

And despite the fact that Interdominion leaders and runners-up, Sydney Sailmakers and Geotherm respectively finished fifth and seventh in that race, Race 9 confirmed the two cannot be ousted from those places with just one race remaining.

"We got a terrible start, got buried in the first one," Press confirmed. The Carbon guys got a nice clean start and sailed away from the fleet to win comfortably. We fought our way back to fifth, which was OK, given we were stone motherless last off the start."

However, Sydney Sailmakers and Geotherm made good in Race 9, placing first and second respectively, with Jackson Electrical third, C-Tech fourth and the improving Carbon Chandlery in fifth.

"We didn't get the best start in that race either, but were up with top bunch and chipped away," Press, from Gladesville said.

Brett (Geotherm) was leading, and we ran him down on the second run. We sneaked in front and kept ourselves between him and the top mark the whole time and sneaked home first," Press explained.

Off the water, Press and Hobson are the best of mates with huge respect for each other. Press said of Hobson: "He's sailed really well this season. Jeremy (new crew) has added something to the team this season and I think he brings out the best in Brett. They're giving us a run for our money at this Interdominion; they have really stepped it up."

The 'Handful' crew of John Mulquiney/Duncan Gerdes (NSW) won Race 8 on handicap, while Red Energy's Peter Nicholson/Mark Muirhead (NSW) took those honours in Race 9.

Conditions were relatively soft compared to the rest of the event, mainly east-nor-east at 10-12 knots: "Most had our second rigs on, and in retrospect, could have used the big rig."

Organisers sent the 35 boats on the north-east course for Race 8, and a windward/leeward course for Race 9, because the breeze was flicking all over the place and more in the east, not suitable for the north-east course. For some of the time, the breeze went from nothing to big gusts, keeping all on their toes.

The Your Move Conveyancing 12ft Skiff Interdominion, supported by Brentnalls NSW, finishes tomorrow with one final race, starting from 2.30pm.

A spectator ferry will follow the final day of racing tomorrow, leaving the Sydney Flying Squadron at 2pm. Tickets for the ferry can be purchased via the Club's website: Drinks can be purchase on board, but we recommend having lunch at the club (restaurant or cafe) prior to heading out on the ferry.

For full results and all other information visit

Related Articles

New South Wales 12 Foot Skiff State Titles
Nick Press and Andrew Hay dominate the series A good rollup of 12 Foot Skiffs faced that starter at the Sydney Flying Squadron & Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club over consecutive weekends in early December. Posted on 18 Dec 2020
12ft Skiff Interdoms: Photo Gallery Race 10
Another breezy day on Wellington Harbour to see out the regatta The regatta wrapped up with some wild rides for the Kiwi and Aussie crews competing out on Wellington Harbour in the 60th edition of the competition. Posted on 28 Feb 2020
12ft Skiff Interdoms: Image Gallery Race 4 & 5
More action from Worser Bay as the Kiwis and Aussies duke it out. Wellington turned on the sunshine for the 12-foot skiffs competing in Races 4 & 5 for the Silasec Trophy in the 60th running of the event. Posted on 26 Feb 2020
12ft Skiff Interdoms: Day 3 - Kiwis lead
‘The Worser the Bay, the Better the Sailing' - First three days of action and images The 60th edition of the 12ft Skiff Interdominion Championships is underway on Wellington Harbour, hosted by the Worser Bay Yacht Club. Garrick Cameron was on hand to capture the action from Days 2 & 3. Posted on 25 Feb 2020
Image gallery: 12ft Skiff 60th Interdominion title
Windy Wellington dishes up some exciting conditions for the opening of the regatta. The 60th edition of the 12ft Skiff Interdominion Championships is underway in the capital with some fresh conditions out on the course, hosted by Wellington's Worser Bay Yacht Club. Posted on 24 Feb 2020
Lane Cove rebuilds club & spirit stronger
Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club experienced the most devastating event in its history a year ago Just about one year ago, the Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club experienced the most devastating event in its history, when a fire tore down its major boat storage shed and decimated a number of prized boats. Posted on 6 Sep 2019
84th Australian 12ft Skiff Championship
Epic wind conditions over Easter at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Waterloo Bay turned up the volume for the 12ft skiffs, who enjoyed epic wind conditions at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron for the 4-day event, despite the odd rain squall. Posted on 24 Apr 2019
2019 12ft Skiff Port Jackson Championship
Sailed on an unusually empty Sydney harbour The NSW 12ft Skiff Fleet contested the Port Jackson Championship yesterday in 14-18 knots Westerly on an unusually empty Sydney harbour. The event marks the last interclub of the season and a final tune up before next month's Australian Championship Posted on 18 Mar 2019
12ft Skiff Interdominion Championship overall
NSW's Press and Hay are undisputed champions The Geotherm crew of Brett Hobson/Jeremy Jones were the undisputed winners of the final race, but NSW sailors Nick Press/Andrew 'Noddy' Hay (Sydney Sailmakers) have decisively won the Your Move Conveyancing 12ft Skiff Interdominions. Posted on 12 Jan 2019
12ft Skiff Interdominion Championship day 4
Press and Hay all the way From the Sydney Flying Squadron, host of the event, you can't see what is happening on the Harbour weatherwise, so crews were choosing their rigs based on a predicted 15-18 knot southerly Posted on 9 Jan 2019
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERETNZShop-TEAMSHOP-728x90 HR BottomSOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 Bottom