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Mark Foy

The birth of 18ft Skiff Racing as we know it today occurred on Sydney Harbour on 26 January 1892. The father was Mark Foy.

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James Joseph Giltinan, another entrepeneurial Sydney businessman, created a new 18ft skiff club following the banning Aberdare.

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6 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix Rankings 2016

 Rankings after the EU / UK Grand Prix held at Sandbanks, Poole.  Hosted by Parkstone Yacht Club and Watersports Academy      
4 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 4

  "Heads or Tails" - rig decisions for the final day pay off The final day of the European 18 foot skiff Grand Prix at Sandbanks saw a split in rig choices...
4 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 3

  Day three of the 18 foot skiff European Grand Prix in Sandbanks proved to be as eventful as the forecast indicated with a building breeze and sea state testing all...
3 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 2

  Day 2 dawned on Sandbanks beach, the complete antithesis of day one with grey clouds dominating the skyline and rain on and off throughout the three races. With two rig options,...
2 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 1

  The 18ft Skiff fleet return for their 6th year to Sandbanks, but this year European crews have joined to make for a great sized fleet. Not much wind was forecast...
20 Jul, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff UK National Championship at Paignton Sailing Club - Final Day

  Everyone is currently searching for Pikachu in the Pokémon Go App - well, she was found on the race course in Paignton this weekend! Illusive for many and fast around...
18 Jul, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff UK National Championship at Paignton Sailing Club - Day 2

  Cheeky bullet for Rutland Chandlery and Pica continues to dominate overall The International 18ft UK Skiffs woke to a lighter breeze on Day Two of their Nationals with determination to get...
17 Jul, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff UK National Championship at Paignton Sailing Club - Day 1

Stunning conditions welcomed the nine boat fleet at Paignton on Day One of the 18ft Skiff UK National Championship 2016. As a steady 10-12 knot gradient wind established, the English...

18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix Rankings 2016

6 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill 39


 Rankings after the EU / UK Grand Prix held at Sandbanks, Poole.  Hosted by Parkstone Yacht Club and Watersports Academy

 

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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 4

4 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill 34

 

"Heads or Tails" - rig decisions for the final day pay off

The final day of the European 18 foot skiff Grand Prix at Sandbanks saw a split in rig choices as some teams opted to rig for the dropping breeze forecast while others rigged for the stronger gusts. Ultimately, there was a slight upwind advantage with the smaller rigs however the huge big rig sail plan allowed for heavier teams to sail deeper downwind.

The fight for first was between team Pica and team Be Light. Both teams pushed each other hard however Pica had the best score sheet with a 1,5,1 securing them the event win with Be Light in second. The race for the final podium spot was hotly contested between Chameleon I and Original Chia. Experience in overpowered big rig conditions paid ultimately with the Danes holding off a strong charge from Chameleon I to secure third.

The event has also been a great opportunity for newcomers to the class two of which added the following. "Fergus Kelley and Samuel Curtis would like to thank and highly recommend every sailor to try an 18ft skiff at some point in their sailing careers. Great racing and fantastic socials. Looking forward to coming along again".

The UK 18 foot skiff class is very lucky to be able to hold an event from Sandbanks beach and ultimately its thanks to both the Watersport's Academy in Poole for providing the venue and Parkstone Yacht Club for providing all of the on water event management. The UK class would also like to thank title sponsors Chameleon I and support sponsors VRsport.tv, Zhik, C-Tech and English Braids.

 

 

 

18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 4

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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 3

4 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill 23
 

Day three of the 18 foot skiff European Grand Prix in Sandbanks proved to be as eventful as the forecast indicated with a building breeze and sea state testing all of the teams.

The day dawned with moody grey skies and every team opting for their smaller, No2 rigs which when powered up provide the spectacles 18 footers are so well known for with boats jumping fully out of the water on a regular basis.

The first two races were held in 16 - 20 knot wind but the large waves made for a very tricky racetrack with many boats visiting the mine as they got to grips with the conditions. Team Pica were casing Chia for the first lap after a strong start from the Danes. Pica gained the overlap just before the windward mark and held the lead for the rest of the race with Chia in second.

The second race saw a strong return of Be Light to the front of the fleet with Pica leading until a nosedive on the first downwind leg. Be Light, Chia and Union Rose lead the charge for the rest of the race however Pica did sail back into third in the end. With Be Light winning another race positions at the top remained tight.

The final race of the day proved the most challenging with gusts occasionally hitting the high twenties and the biggest waves of the day. Quite often downwind the sea would simply open up as boats tried to maintain control in the top end conditions. For most the conditions proved too much however team Pica sailed conservatively to take the win with Chameleon I in a strong second.

After the final discard kicks in tomorrow, Be Light will still be within two points of Pica ensuring close racing between the teams. Likewise the fight for third will also be very tight between Original Chia and Chameleon I.

 

 

18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 3

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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 2

3 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill 21
 

Day 2 dawned on Sandbanks beach, the complete antithesis of day one with grey clouds dominating the skyline and rain on and off throughout the three races.

With two rig options, the 18 footers have a great advantage over many high performance dinghies with the ability to tailor the sail plan for the prevailing conditions. While this provides another tactical element to racing it also gives the skiffs enormous range in both light and winda conditions. Today the fleet split with half racing on the small (No2) rig and the rest using the larger (No1), ultimately it was the big rigs that saw the best results.

The fleet was treated to a 13-17 knot south westerly wind that provided great racing. Team Pica didn't have it all there own way today with the Hungarian team Be Light showing brilliant pace in the testing conditions securing three bullets. With that, team Be Light and Pica are tied on points going into the third day with strong 2 rig conditions forecast.

The fight for the final podium spot is tight with Original Chia and Chameleon I both scoring strongly today. Chameleon currently holds third with the Danes just behind. The Danes suffered a kite tear at the end of race one but recovered quickly between races taking what seemed like seconds to sail in and rig a new kite. Chameleon runs one of the biggest No1 rigs in the fleet and so showed exceptional boat handling today to muscle their skiff round the track in gusty conditions.

 

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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 2

 

 

Results after Day 2:

PosBoat NameSail NoR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st Belight HUN 18 ‑3 2 2 1 1 1 7
2nd PICA 92 1 1 1 2 ‑5 2 7
3rd Chameleon i   2 3 3 4 2 (RET) 14
4th CHIA   4 4 ‑5 3 4 3 18
5th Rutland 118 5 5 4 ‑6 3 5 22
6th AOL / LED 43 8 (RET) DNC 5 6 4 34
7th Team O marine 122 6 6 6 (DNC) DNC DNC 40
8th Union Rose 115 7 (RET) DNC 7 RET DNC 47
9th Talullah 55 (RET) 7 RET RET DNC DNC 51
10th Young & reckless BERG 29 (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 55

 

 

 

 

 

18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 1

2 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill 24
 

The 18ft Skiff fleet return for their 6th year to Sandbanks, but this year European crews have joined to make for a great sized fleet. Not much wind was forecast for Thursday, but what greeted the sailors on the water was a good surprise.

Three races were held in an increasing breeze that led to a few sailors asking if they were going to end up on the wrong rig. The first race got off in a lighter breeze, allowing some of the newer crews to get settled. Pica led the fleet to the first bullet of the event challenged by ChameleonI, Be Light and Original Chia.

The second race was similar to the first, with the Danish boat of Original Chia catching a mark, making it hard for them to challenge Pica at the front.

The final race was something a little different. The fleet tried a trapezoid course to mix up the fleet with a couple of reaching legs. The building breeze made handling the boats off the wind a tricky exercise with boats not used to racing on these legs outside of Australia. Pica rounded off their day with a trio of bullets, followed by the Hungarian boat of Be Light.

The wind is forever increasing this weekend so tomorrow may see a switch to the smaller rigs for some of the crews.

 

 

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Results after Day 1:

PosBoatSail NoR1R2R3Pts
1st PICA 92 1 1 1 3
2nd Belight HUN 18 3 2 2 7
3rd Chameleon i   2 3 3 8
4th CHIA   4 4 5 13
5th Rutland 118 5 5 4 14
6th Team O marine 122 6 6 6 18
7th Talullah 55 RET 7 RET 29
8th Union Rose 115 7 RET DNC 29
9th AOL / LED 43 8 RET DNC 30
10th Young & reckless BERG 29 DNC DNC DNC 33

 

 

 

 

18ft Skiff UK National Championship at Paignton Sailing Club - Final Day

20 Jul, 2016 Tom Hill 97
 

Everyone is currently searching for Pikachu in the Pokémon Go App - well, she was found on the race course in Paignton this weekend! Illusive for many and fast around the water ensured first place overall for Stewart Mears, George Hand and Tristan Hutt.

After the fleet was held on the beach for a delay to allow the breeze to come in, the skiffs got clean off the start with only Chameleon-i over the line having to return. Union Rose trailed Pica throughout the race to the finish in their bid to get their feet on the second step of the podium.

The second race was a clear start in a very steady but light breeze. McLean's LED came out smelling of roses at the top mark, but ran over the buoy and let the fleet through whilst also fouling Jarrod Simpson. Chameleon-i sailed on to take the race win securing their second place overall, beating Union Rose by only two points. The Rutland Chandlery also picked up two thirds on the final day to bring them back in the bronze medal position.

After a quick pack up, prize giving was held in the club bar. English Braids kindly sponsored prizes for the top three teams and the 'Furthest Travelled' trophy went to Dave Jobson for coming all the way down from Bolton.

The fleet would like to thank Paignton Sailing Club for being so welcoming and the amazing shore crew for helping get the boats in the water. Ian Bullock was a great Race Officer and got the fleet off to a full series of races with some very tricky conditions. The fleet would also like to thank VRsport.tv for putting on some stunning footage of the boats throughout the weekend.

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The next event for the skiffs is back to Stone Sailing Club on the 20th and 21st August as the run up to the last event of the season two weeks later in Poole, Sandbanks. All details of the rest of the season and what the class is about can be found at uk18footer.org VRsport.tv were onsite for the full event with daily videos - quayside interviews with National Champions and Tom Hill with a round up of what is so special about sailing an 18 foot skiff.

 

 

 

Final Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st GBR 92 Stewart Mears Tristan Hutt & George Hand Burnham ‑3 1 1 1 1 ‑3 1 1 2 8
2nd GBR 91 Graham Bridle Ed Bridle & Ed Gibbons Brightlingsea 2 ‑4 2 3 4 2 3 ‑5 1 17
3rd GBR 115 Jarrod Simpson Nick Murray & Matt Barker RYA 1 3 3 4 2 ‑5 ‑5 2 4 19
4th GBR 43 Steve McLean Finn Mrugalla & Rob Gullan Hayling Island SC ‑4 2 4 2 3 4 2 4 (DNF) 21
5th GBR 118 Tommela 'TWITCHY' Hill Mark Kudlinski & Mike Andres Rutland 5 5 5 5 ‑6 1 ‑6 3 3 27
6th GBR 122 Tom Kiddle Matthew Kiddle & Oscar Mead RYA (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC 5 6 4 6 5 45
7th GBR 40 Richard Allen Pete Shaw & Roger Malkin Carsington SC 6 6 6 ‑7 7 7 7 (DNC) (DNC) 46
8th GBR 55 Sam Knight Dave Jobson & Sam Pickering RDNBYC (DNC) 7 7 6 8 8 ‑9 8 7 51
9th GBR 52 Scott Bonner Alasdair York & Jon Bradbery Calshot 7 8 8 (DNF) (DNC) DNC 8 7 6 54

 

 

 

18ft Skiff UK National Championship at Paignton Sailing Club - Day 2

18 Jul, 2016 Tom Hill 71
 

Cheeky bullet for Rutland Chandlery and Pica continues to dominate overall

The International 18ft UK Skiffs woke to a lighter breeze on Day Two of their Nationals with determination to get at least three races competed before beer o'clock!

First race was the windiest race of the day with a very shy fleet on the start line. The skiffs enjoyed powered up conditions around the course with Pica once again taking the win, followed by Union Rose and Steve McLean's LED in third.

Shyness had worn off for the start of the second race with a few altercations leaving Mears and McLean to go around each end. The Rutland Chandlery, helmed by Tom Hill with crew Mark Kudlinski and Mark Andres secured a cheeky bullet after showing fantastic downwind tactics and boat speed throughout the race.

The PRO shortened the final race course of Day Two to complete a swift windward/leeward in time for the opening of the Paignton Sailing Club bar. Pica sealed their fifth pole position of the regatta followed by LED and Chameleon-i.

Stewart Mears, Tristan Hutt and George Hand are in a dominating lead overall with the final two spots on the podium still up for grabs with only two points splitting the next three places. Who is going to pick up the dreaded "leather medal".. So as the pundits would say "All to play for on the final day!" VRsport.tv are onsite for the full event with daily videos - quayside interviews with the LED team and Nick Ripley - Paignton SC Commodore gives an update on the success of the club on Day Two.

 

 

 

 

Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st GBR 92 Stewart Mears Tristan Hutt & George Hand Burnham ‑3 1 1 1 1 3 1 8
2nd GBR 91 Graham Bridle Ed Bridle & Ed Gibbons Brigtlingsea 2 ‑4 2 3 4 2 3 16
3rd GBR 43 Steve Mclean Finn Mrugalla & Rob B? Hayling Island SC ‑4 2 4 2 3 4 2 17
4th GBR 115 Jarrod Simpson Nick Murray & Matt Barker RYA 1 3 3 4 2 ‑5 5 18
5th GBR 118 Tommela 'TWITCHY' Hill Mark Kudlinski & Mike Andres Rutland 5 5 5 5 ‑6 1 6 27
6th GBR 40 Richard Alllen Pete Shaw & Rogr Malkin Carsington SC 6 6 6 ‑7 7 7 7 39
7th GBR 122 Tom Kiddle Matthew Kiddle & Oscar Mead RYA (DNC) DNC DNC DNC 5 6 4 45
8th GBR 55 Sam Knight Dave Jobson & Sam Pickering RDNBYC (DNC) 7 7 6 8 8 9 45
9th GBR 52 Scott Bonner Alasdair York & Jon Bradbery Calshot 7 8 8 (DNF) DNC DNC 8

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18ft Skiff UK National Championship at Paignton Sailing Club - Day 1

17 Jul, 2016 Tom Hill 79

Stunning conditions welcomed the nine boat fleet at Paignton on Day One of the 18ft Skiff UK National Championship 2016. As a steady 10-12 knot gradient wind established, the English Riviera was on top form with temperatures hitting the mid 20's and four back to back races.

With several new boats and returning teams it was always going to be interesting to see who would find form early. Nick Murray's English Rose team, helmed by Jarrod Simpson and Matt Barker in the front, weathered the shifty conditions to find their way to an unassailable lead in Race One holding off Graham Bridle in Chameleon finishing a strong second with a late charge from Stewart Mears on Pica in third.

Jarrod, Nick and Matt again showed good pace at the start of Race Two leading round the windward mark followed by Pica and Steve McLean on LED. Smart downwind tactics saw Pica pick up more pressure and take the lead to the end of the race with LED and English Rose close behind.

The third race saw a drop in pressure and teams working hard to keep everyone on the wire, Mears held a strong lead throughout, however, places were hotly contested for 2nd and 3rd with Chameleon just gaining the advantage over English Rose.

Final race of the day was set off in a forever decreasing breeze. The last leg proved tricky with two boats being left in a hole of no breeze at the bottom mark, finishing much later than the top boats.

The skiffs headed back in with what was left of the breeze and were welcomed into Paignton Sailing Club for a restock of pasta and beer after a long days racing. Forecast for Day Two is even lighter but the PRO is hopeful to get racing off at 1pm. VRsport.tv are onsite for the full event with daily videos - quayside interviews with the teams from Pica and Chameleon on Day One.

 

 

 

 

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st GBR 92 Stewart Mears Tristan Hutt & George Hutt Burnham ‑3 1 1 1 3
2nd GBR 115 Jarrod Simpson Nick Murray & Matt Barker RYA 1 3 3 ‑4 7
3rd GBR 91 Graham Bridle Ed Bridle & Ed Gibbons Brigtlingsea 2 ‑4 2 3 7
4th GBR 43 Steve Mclean Finn Mrugalla & Rob B? Hayling Island SC ‑4 2 4 2 8
5th GBR 118 Tommela 'TWITCHY' Hill Mark Kudlinski & Mike Andres Rutland ‑5 5 5 5 15
6th GBR 40 Richard Alllen Pete Shaw & Rogr Malkin Carsington SC 6 6 6 ‑7 18
7th GBR 55 Sam Knight Dave Jobson & Sam Pickering RDNBYC (DNC) 7 7 6 20
8th GBR 52 Scott Bonner Alasdair York & Jon Bradbery Calshot 7 8 8 (DNF) 23
9th GBR 122 Tom Kiddle Matthew Kiddle & Oscar Mead RYA (DNC) DNC DNC DNC 30

 

 

 

 

 

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