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Posts Tagged ‘18 foot skiff’

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We love the attitude on this nearly crushed spectator boat as the five-boat SOLAS Big Boat Challenge gets rolling; listen closely for best effect.  For full, stable, HD video of the race, check out the 18 footers guys over here. The Sailor Girl did her own live thang over here.

December 13th, 2016 by admin

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With Northern sailing pretty much over for the season, beautiful Sydney beckons, and nothing says Sydney better than the 18 Foot Skiffs!  Killo and the boys are back on the Camera Cat to bring you live action for the entire 18 footers’ season; catch up with news and photos here on the League’s site, and remember: Before football, Formula 1, and everything else you watch on Sunday, the 18 Footers are there for ya.

 

October 30th, 2016 by admin

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It’s a little mindboggling to realize that it’s been 35 years since the beginning of the “Asymmetric Era.”  The fact that people are still sailing the most beastly of all symmetric pole dinghies is even more amazing. Photo from Hawaiian Anarchist “Eric!” in the thread he started to get some help sailing her.

March 28th, 2016 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.17.43 AMWe’ve been following the Hong Kong Ocean Racing facebook page for months now, waiting to see whether it’s vaporware or something more, and an observant anarchist may have discovered the truth during the 18-foot skiff Worlds broadcast in Sydney last week.  According to a live interview after the racing, 3rd place JJ skipper (and longtime Ragamuffin 100 crew boss) David Witt has been contracted to skipper the team out of HK, which is also likely to get a stopover – meaning mainland China is probably out.  While it sounds as though there’s still money to be found and it ain’t a done deal, it’s more information about the next VOR fleet (or the next CEO, or COO, or…) than we’ve seen in a year.

What’s more, Witty is the kind of character desperately needed by a Volvo Ocean Race that’s seen more than its share of  quiet, restrained (on camera, at least) skippers lately.

 

February 23rd, 2016 by admin

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Seve and team on Gotta Love It 7 may have clinched their record-setting 8th JJ championship, but the fight for the podium is still on during this final day of broadcasting for the 2015 18 footer Worlds.  Will Howie Hamlin get the first US podium in more than a decade after winning race 6 on Saturday?  Clicky play and tune in live above.  Nic Douglass did some killer interviews with Howie and most of the boat park yesterday – click here for that noise.

 

February 21st, 2015 by admin

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Day 2 of the JJ’s from Sydney Harbour. Live.

February 14th, 2015 by admin

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Every February means the 18 Footer Worlds, and for the second year in a row, it’s all being streamed live on Youtube.  Head over to Nic Douglass’ Youtube page for some great interviews with the teams earlier in the day and her Facebook Page for content throughout the week, and click the player above to see if Seve Jarvin and the Gotta Love It 7 boys can break the all-time record and take their 8th JJ Giltinan title.

You’ll have an hour or two of great live HD racing action every night for the next week, all anchored by fun commentary from our ultra-knowledgeable friends Killo and Heeley.  Full entry list here.

 

February 13th, 2015 by admin

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How many out of 10 for Michael Coxon's ariel display on Thurlow

Now that Formula 1 is over, thank god the 18 Foot Skiffs are back!  And even better, the live streaming they started during last year’s JJ Giltinan Championship is now a thing; this week’s archived episode features a whole bunch of footage of the Comanche training on the Harbour, typically great commentary from a couple of old salts, and massive amounts of 18 foot carnage.  Not unlike Michael Coxon’s swan dive into the piss, executed in style, while leading the race.  Check it all out here.

December 7th, 2014 by admin

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Sydney Historic 18 Foot Skiffs

Here’s a good look at historic 18-footer Yendys on her way to a 2014 season championship win in the Sydney Flying Squadron with far too little mainsail on…Look at that boom!  Congrats to our good friend, sailing cheerleader, camera cat owner and all-around lover of sailing Bob Killick on the victory, and here’s a report from the Squaddie.  Bob Ross photo and full results here.

Race 27 (the final race) of the 2013-14 Season and Heat 7 of the Autumn Point score. The forecast for the day was anything but encouraging with the influence of an east coast low expected to produce extreme weather conditions. Consequently, skippers and crews rigged for the worst whilst hoping for the best as they prepared their skiffs amidst showers of rain. 8 skiffs under their smallest no.4 rigs and 1 GP18 set off for the start in Athol Bay. Whilst the breeze was quite fresh earlier in the day by the time the race got underway conditions had moderated significantly, with the prospect of more bursts of strong wind under the approaching banks of rain clouds on the southern horizon.

The race got underway from a handicap start on the #5 westerly course, with the breeze in the south to south-western sector. This is the shortest of the SFS courses and in comparison to the other courses is sailed in a confined section of the harbour. The limit markers all got away to a good start and soon settled in for a close race as they worked towards the Kirribilli mark. Alruth was first to round followed by Top Weight, Scot, Britannia and Tangalooma, for a tight reach down to Point Piper. Meanwhile there was a long gap before the back markers were on their way.

When the skiffs turned at Point Piper for the reach back to Kirribilli, it appeared that Top Weight was just ahead of Alruth with Britannia 3rd, then Scot and a break back to Tangalooma, then The Mistake, Aberdare and Yendys. At this stage we should point out that the rounding mark for the SFS course is the YA mark off Point Piper (a faded yellow and robust steel cylinder), and that the Double Bay S.C. was running a Laser class race with their start-line nearby (ie 200 metres to the west) that used a very bright yellow and skinny inflatable cylinder mark. In addition, it has been quite a long time since the SFS last ran a race on the #5 course.

When the skiffs turned at Kirribilli for the leg to Clark Island, Top Weight was just ahead of Alruth as they continued their 2-boat dual, followed by Britannia and Scot. The back markers had made up some time on the lead group but on such a short course the lead group would never be challenged with only the final leg to sail to the finish off Kirribilli.

Top Weight continued to lead down the final reach to cross the finish line just 4 secs ahead of Alruth, then a few minutes back to Britannia, another 3 mins to Scot, 2 mins to Tangalooma, then The Mistake, Aberdare and Yendys. However, Tangalooma was declared the race winner. It appears the first 4 skiffs did not round the YA mark off Point Piper, they used another mark nearby, sailed a shorter course and hence did not sail the course as prescribed in the Sailing Instructions. Aberdare took fastest time, completing the course in less than 1 hour.

It’s on again next season; we look forward to seeing you down at the Squaddie, and thanks for your ongoing support.

 

April 16th, 2014 by admin

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1905. Photographer: William J Hall. ANMM Collection

William Hall Photo, 1905. ANMM Collection.

Sydneysider Russell Debney stumbled across this lyrical explanation of the enduring, historical rivalry between the man at the bow and the bloke holding the tiller, and we knew we had to share it with you.  Meanwwhile, the massively dominant JJ winner Gotta Love It 7 could only manage a 7th in last weekend’s race, won by Rag & Famish with Cocko (Thurlow Fisher) a minute behind.  Full race videos are here.

 

“Let go that Jib” e’ yells. Now I should know

The way an eighteen footer ought to go.

“W’y don’t you ease ‘er ‘ead in them ‘ard squals?

W’y don’t you this? W’y don’t you that?” ‘e bawls.

 

Now I been in the eighteens sind a lad

I follerd in the footsteps of me Dad,

Who sailed with Ellis, Robbo and Chris Webb

I know the ‘arbour, both in flood and ebb.

 

I work the eighteen right in the breeze

By knowin’ w’en to ‘old and w’en to ease,

While that mug lair, our skipper, squats down aft,

Just frozen still at every fluky draught.

 

“You’ll ‘ave us in the drink!” he bellyaches

But ‘e’s just coverin’ ‘is own mistakes.

A catspaw snaking down of Bradley’s ‘Ead,

Strikes terror in ‘is ‘eart, til it’s like lead.

 

To sail our boat you’ve got to know just ‘ow

She likes ‘er ‘eadsail pinnin’ down the bow.

If I go payin’ out the bloody sheet,

She gripes – and shivers in the wind a treat.

 

I’ve got to nail ‘e down, or she won’t sail,

But all I gets from Muggins is a wail:

“You’d think you got a grey nurse on that line.

You’ll swim the mob and think you’re doin’ fine!”

 

But whats the use of tryin’ to explain?

E would’nt understand, though its quite plain

That is ‘e simply steers, and ‘olds his bib,

We’re in the money with me on this jib.”

 

March 18th, 2014 by admin

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