Australian 2022 and 2023 13ft and 16ft Skiff Australian Championships – Rotation of Venue

March 20, 2021Announcement

 

In conjunction with ASSA, Belmont 16ft Skiff Club and Manly 16ft Skiff Club have mutually agreed to change the rotation of the 2022 and 2023 13ft and 16ft Skiff Australian Championships.

The 2022 Australian Championships will now be hosted by Belmont 16s and the 2023 Australian Championships will be hosted by Manly 16s. It is expected that each regattas will run in January of its respective year with exact dates to be confirmed.

This change was agreed by the Clubs and ASSA due to the timing of redevelopment activities each Club is undergoing over the next 22 months. Manly 16s has commenced construction on a significant redevelopment of St George Sailing Club and Belmont 16s is planning to commence an extensive clubhouse refurbishment in mid-2022.  Given the timing of each Club’s building activities a change of rotation was considered appropriate to ensure the success of each regatta without over-burdening each clubs’ operations and resources.

ASSA acknowledges the collaborative and supportive relationship the two Clubs have demonstrated in agreeing this course of action as well as their ongoing broad assistance to ASSA and the 13ft and 16ft Skiff classes.

The exact dates for the 2022 and 2023 Australian Championships will be confirmed shortly.

 

In conjunction with ASSA, Belmont 16ft Skiff Club and Manly 16ft Skiff Club have mutually agreed to change the rotation of the 2022 and 2023 13ft and 16ft Skiff Australian Championships.

The 2022 Australian Championships will now be hosted by Belmont 16s and the 2023 Australian Championships will be hosted by Manly 16s. It is expected that each regattas will run in January of its respective year with exact dates to be confirmed.

This change was agreed by the Clubs and ASSA due to the timing of redevelopment activities each Club is undergoing over the next 22 months. Manly 16s has commenced construction on a significant redevelopment of St George Sailing Club and Belmont 16s is planning to commence an extensive clubhouse refurbishment in mid-2022.  Given the timing of each Club’s building activities a change of rotation was considered appropriate to ensure the success of each regatta without over-burdening each clubs’ operations and resources.

ASSA acknowledges the collaborative and supportive relationship the two Clubs have demonstrated in agreeing this course of action as well as their ongoing broad assistance to ASSA and the 13ft and 16ft Skiff classes.

The exact dates for the 2022 and 2023 Australian Championships will be confirmed shortly.

2021 Australian Championships – Easter Update

March 8, 2021Announcement, News, Skiff Notices

The Red Pumps 2021 Australian Skiff Championships are fast approaching, so it’s time to get into gear and register. The regattas are being held as a condensed event from April 2nd-5th at Gosford Sailing Club. Boats who have already entered will have their entry carry over to Easter. If you are now unable to participate in the event, please contact the association to make the changes to your registration. 

We have published a new version of the Notice of Race which has the updated schedule and changes to series scoring. The sailing instructions for the event will be available at least a day prior to the start of the regatta. 

ASSA and GSC would like to thank our sponsors for supporting the changes to the event and hope that our sailors will show the same gratitude through-out the event in Easter. 

If anyone has any questions about the event, please get in contact with us through our email ua.gr1634823804o.sff1634823804iks@o1634823804fni1634823804 and we will reply as soon as we can. 

Regards, 

Nathan Edwards 

Commodore | Australian Skiff Sailing Association 

NSW States – Port Hunter Update

November 19, 2020Announcement, Skiff Notices

Hi All,

Note that the Club will be using round pink buoys with “PHSSC” in black for rounding marks, and the start/finish pin has a red and white quartered flag with black “16” (the old class flag).

Please bear in mind that the earliest warning signal may be as early as 1:25pm on both days.  The likely warning signal for each of the days will depend on predicted shipping movements and also wind conditions.  Where possible, text messaging will be used to keep sailors informed of arrangements for each day.

There will be a limitation on the number of people allowed in the Clubhouse at the one time.  There will be a requirement to sign in and out of the building.  The Club will be providing the usual lunch and bar arrangements.  Seating will also be provided outside the Club building.

Please ensure that you maintain appropriate COVID social distancing while you are at and around the Clubhouse over the weekend.

A reminder that one of our regular monthly NSW 16ft Skiff Association General Meetings will be held on Sunday morning at 11:00am.  Sailors, as well as club delegates, are always welcome to attend, however, at the present time, the number of people able to attend will have some limitations due to the space available in the Club.  The minutes from the last meeting are also attached for your information.

Regards,

Michael McMahon

 

Secretary  | NSW 16ft Skiff Association

Update – 2020 Australian 13ft & 16ft Skiff Championships

September 15, 2020Announcement, News, Skiff Notices

Dear Sailors,

Whilst we are still aiming to conduct the National Championships from the 3rd to the 9th of January 2021 at Gosford Sailing Club, there are factors beyond our control that will impact the likelihood of this occurring. Sailors will be informed by the 1st of November 2020 whether the Nationals Championships will proceed as planned, be cancelled or postponed to the secondary date. If between the 1st of November and the regatta there is a change of regulations that prevent us from holding the regatta, we will have no option but to postpone to the secondary date or cancel the regatta.

If the regatta is postponed to the secondary date:

  1. that date is likely to fall in mid-February (subject to final agreement by GSC and the other skiff clubs, noting this may impact their calendars, as well as potentially the Australian 16ft Skiff Sprint Championships at Belmont); and
  2. the regatta will have a shortened schedule of racing over most likely 4 days.

We understand that COVID restrictions may prevent skiff sailors from states other than NSW from participating in the regatta on either date. If this occurs, the regatta may still proceed, but will not be considered an Australian Championships. Due to the commitments in place our priority is to run the regatta as planned whether deemed an Australian Championship or otherwise, before considering cancelling or postponing the regatta.

We sincerely hope that we can run the National Championships as planned and will continue to communicate with our sailing community around this issue.

 We would like to thank Gosford Sailing Club for working with us and remaining flexible during these times, as well as all of our skiff sailors and club for their flexibility and understanding.

Cheers,

Nathan Edwards
Commodore | Australian Skiff Sailing Association

13′ Skiff Pre-Season Training & Development EOI

June 2, 2020Announcement, Skiff Notices
13 Pre-Season Training EOI

13 Pre-Season Training EOI

We are looking at doing a weekly Sat/Sun intensive 13 training program prior to the start of this season. The plan is for 4 days worth of training with an experienced coach to get you in good shape for the season. This will be carried out at either a single central location, or multiple locations (as determined by preference on this form.
If you are interested, can you please fill out the details below so we can keep you updated on its progress. We will send out an official invite once details have been set.

Day Preference *
Can select one or both.

2020 Aussie Skiff Survey

March 17, 2020Announcement, Skiff Notices

Please provide feedback

We have recieved feedback through our yearly carnival conference, and devised a survey designed to provide us with information regarding any changes that have been requested by sailors.

Click the link below.

Smooth sailing by ‘Roughie’ brings long-awaited title

January 11, 2020Announcement

Sutech Musto Racing is the new Australian 16ft skiff champion, winning by the narrowest margin in an enthralling game of snakes-and-ladders on the final day at Port Stephens NSW.

The Manly skiff, helmed by Daniel Turner with Angus Williams and Matt Stenta, crossed fourth in the final and deciding race to finish on equal points with St George’s Brydens Lawyers (Lee Knapton). It was enough – just – to give them victory on countback, via an additional race win.

After a solid week of racing, ultimately it came down to two boat lengths and fewer than 10 seconds, with Tooheys Extra Dry hot on Sutech Musto’s tail during the run to the finish.

They call him “Roughie”, but Turner showed some smooth sailing under intense pressure to bring home the title.

“It didn’t look quite so smooth from our angle,” Turner later admitted. “We were a bit in-and-out of the groove, our rig decision was a tough one, but what can you say … we got there.

“We’re pretty comfortable in the range between top-end of the big rig, and lower-end of the little rig, so it didn’t faze us that much.”

Sutech Musto started three points clear of both Brydens and Koreman Marine Composites, which meant it couldn’t cover both boats. At one stage they drifted back to 8th, while Brydens led handsomely.

“That’s standard,” Turner joked. “But this bay has delivered give-and-take all week long, so you just have to make sure you’re on the ‘take’ side as much as possible. It was probably one of the hotter races of the week but we just worked on our own roles and tried to grind away.”

Sheethand and tactician Angus Williams said the last 100 metres were as nerve-wracking as it gets: “It was all on the line. We set up, hoping for the best, and once we crossed the line there was just elation. It paid off.”

Decisive moment when Sutech Musto crosses the line

The win meant everything to Turner, a third-generation skiff sailor whose brother, Joe, had also secured a national title. Sutech Musto had also been on the wrong side of the countback at the NSW titles.

“I’ve been sailing these things for over 10 years and had plenty of podium finishes. This year, a lot of things had to align to make it possible. It’s massive,” Turner added.

“There are some impressive names on that trophy, and it goes back a very long time. It’s a monkey off my back, absolutely. In fact, I said to the boys that I can retire now, but when you look at Lee Knapton’s resume I still have about 20 years left in me.”

Knapton, Peter Mackie and Ricky Bridge turned on a masterclass aboard Brydens Lawyers to take the championship right to the wire, winning by 3 mins 38 seconds over second-placed Imei on the day.

“It took us to the last race to do it, but that’ll do,” Knapton said. “We also left it to the last minute to decide on the big rig, and it was absolutely the right call.

“Before the start there was plenty on, but once we settled into race mode we were comfortable. Most of our gains came on the top part of the course where we hit the flatter water and it was a bit lighter.”

Brydens crosses 3m38s ahead of the pack in Race 9

Knapton showed commendable sportsmanship when he learned that Sutech Musto had eclipsed them on countback: “Good on them,” he said. “It’s been close racing for the past couple of seasons, which is great for the class.”

Ryan Wilmot piloted Growthbuilt into third place in the race, and also overall, after sitting fifth overnight.

“We had a decent start to come around the top mark in the top 12, then clawed our way through the fleet,” Wilmot said. “I got nervous at the end that we’d spoiled the party for Sutech Musto but I’m glad we didn’t. It’s good to bring the trophy back to Manly again.”

Growthbuilt finished 7th at the recent NSW titles and 4th at last year’s nationals, so Wilmot was rapt with the improvement: “We’re happy in all conditions really and nice to see that we’re climbing the ladder.”

Growthbuilt climbed into the top 3

Ryan’s cousin, Nathan Wilmot, finished 6th despite the 2nd placing in the final race, highlighting the remarkable depth of talent among the class’s top contenders.

Handicap honours went to BANG! (Flynn Twomey) from Holmes Marine (Sam Holmes) and XXXX GOLD (Neale Jones).

In the 13ft skiff championships, young Manly skipper Harry Parker, on AWOL, also pulled off a Houdini by coming from 2 points adrift to beat James Downey’s Bigfoot Bags and Covers. AWOL’s race 9 victory proved the difference, as Bigfoot could only manage 4th.

Lara Quigley from St George was the handicap victor on One2Three.

The 2020 nationals will go down as one of the best in recent history, as the holiday destination of Port Stephens turned on a raft of challenging conditions for the fleet of fifty-one 16ft skiffs and seven 13s. Race Officer Hugh Lester and his team showed considerable expertise in setting courses and managing the on-water aspects.

Manly 16s won club bragging rights with four of the top 6 finishers, while Belmont boats rounded out the top 10.

The event was hosted by Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club and generously supported by Allen, Barnabas Building, Belmont 16s, BigFoot, CST Marine, Liros Ropes, Manly 16s, NHS, Vacuuwash and Vaikobi. Additional thanks to Deck Hardware for providing the media vessel.

Results: https://skiffs.org.au/results/

FINAL RESULTS:

Skiff Skipper Club Pts
SUTECH MUSTO RACING Daniel Turner Manly 26
BRYDENS LAWYERS Lee Knapton St George 26
GROWTHBUILT Ryan Wilmot Manly 33
KOREMAN MARINE COMPOSITES Felix Grech Manly 36
TOOHEYS EXTRA DRY Henry Makin Belmont 38
IMEI Nathan Wilmot Manly 39
NEWCASTLE FINANCIAL PLANNING GROUP Ben Bruniges Belmont 40
EAST COAST MARINE and SAIL Matthew Rhys-Jones Belmont 61
BURGER BRO’S Will Howard Belmont 62
SKE ELECTRICAL Danny Anderson Belmont 80

13ft Skiffs

Skiff Skipper Pts
AWOL Harry Parker 13
BIGFOOT BAGS & COVERS James Downey 14
EBIX Nathan Lilley 20
EMPLOYMENT HERO Niall Powers 21
BRUCE Will Divola 26
ONE2THREE Lara Quigley 27

Presentation Night Coach Details

January 11, 2020Announcement

Bus details are as follows:

 

PORT STEPHENS COACHES -AFTER HOURS – 0400 822 947 OR DAY TIME 02 4982 2940

 

SAT. JAN 20 – BUS WILL HAVE ASSA LOGO – inside window – 16 seater bus used for these journeys

 

5:00 PM – 6:15PM BETWEEN BIG 4 CARAVAN PARK BUS STOP, THOU WALLA BUS STOP TO NELSON BAY GOLF CLUB.

8:30PM UNTIL 11:00 PM RETURN SHUTTLE FROM NELSON BAY GOLF CLUB VIA THOU WALLA AND BIG 4

 

Bus runs shuttles to / from at the following times:

 

5:00 PM –  BIG 4 CARAVAN PARK FIRST PICK UP

5:05 PM – THOU WALL BUS STOP

onto Nelson Bay Golf Club

 

Shuttle will run continuously between 5:00 pm until 6:15 pm

 

RETURN SHUTTLE

 

Shuttle bus runs continuously from  Nelson Bay Golf Club at the following times:

 

8:30 PM – NELSON BAY GOLF CLUB TO THOU WALLA BUS STOP TO BIG 4 CARAVAN PARK BUS STOP

11:00 PM – LAST SHUTTLE BUS FROM NELSON BAY GOLF CLUB

Sutech Musto breezes back into lead on a good ol’ day

January 10, 2020Announcement

With a contingent of snowy-haired ol’ boys watching intently from the club veranda, the young guns of the 16ft skiff class gave a sublime exhibition of power sailing in heat 8 of the 2020 Australian 16ft and 13ft Skiff Championships at Port Stephens today.

Boats were regularly getting airborne as they clocked speeds of 20 knots downwind, and over 10 knots upwind, after the long-awaited seabreeze finally arrived to greet an outgoing tide.

The heavy-air specialists couldn’t have been happier, the light-air brigade having made their charge over the past three days.

Both Manly and Belmont skiff clubs had organised coaches to bring the older sailors to Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club, and with beers in hand they marvelled at how far the 16s have come in design and performance.

On the point-score there was plenty to play for, and Sutech Musto Racing roared back into contention with a powerful win that restored their overall lead and confidence levels. Indeed, if there’s a fine line between pleasure and pain – as the song maintains – skipper Daniel Turner and his crew of Angus Williams and Matt Stenta crossed it today.

“The moment the breeze came in today, we just became completely relaxed,” Turner said. “You just go back to everything you know, everything you train for, and you can just sail these boats how they’re designed to sail – that’s fast and fun.

“There were still plenty of calculations to be made out there and we made good gains upwind and down.”

It elevated the Manly crew to three points clear of Koreman Marine Composites and Brydens Lawyers, who scored an 11th and 3rd placing respectively today.

“After yesterday we were a little frightened to do the sums, but this win puts us back up there and hopefully tomorrow we can take it away,” Turner added.

East Coast Marine and Sail

Second home in the big breeze was Matt Rhys-Jones, Joel Castle and Corey Hamilton on East Coast Marine and Sail, however they’re currently lying 9th overall and wondering “what if?”. They’d also led in the heavy-air race one, only to slip back after a trapeze harness broke.

“We finally got the nor’easter that we wanted all series, and no breakages to go with it,” a smiling Rhys-Jones said. “We came around the first top mark in fifth or sixth but we tweaked a few things and the boat just got faster and faster with each lap.

“There weren’t many passing lanes but we got Brydens on the last bottom mark. Sutech was just too far in front though.”

Fourth today were the Will and Richard Howard, along with Jamie Woods, in Burger Bros. The Howard brothers had both contested the recent Rolex Sydney-Hobart aboard the TP52 Celeste but transitioned easily back to the 16. They’re currently lying 8th overall.

Burger Bros

A southerly change is predicted to hit tomorrow at around 20 knots, making rig selection for the final race an intriguing decision. Three other skiffs – Newcastle Financial Planning Group, Growthbuilt and Tooheys Extra Dry – could all come into calculation if any of the leading three fall foul of the 51-strong pack.

Race 9 is set to start at 1pm.

Results: https://skiffs.org.au/results/

STANDINGS AFTER RACE 8

SUTECH MUSTO RACING Daniel Turner 22
KOREMAN MARINE COMPOSITES Felix Grech 25
BRYDENS LAWYERS Lee Knapton 25
NEWCASTLE FINANCIAL PLANNING GROUP Ben Bruniges 30
GROWTHBUILT Ryan Wilmot 30
TOOHEYS EXTRA DRY Henry Makin 33
IMEI Nathan Wilmot 37
BURGER BRO’S Will Howard 53
EAST COAST MARINE and SAIL Matthew Rhys-Jones 55
SUTECH BUILDING CONSULTANTS Michael Koerner 67

13ft Skiffs

BIGFOOT BAGS & COVERS James Downey 10
AWOL Harry Parker 12
EBIX Nathan Lilley 15
EMPLOYMENT HERO Niall Powers 19
BRUCE Will Divola 21
ONE2THREE Lara Quigley 24