Great Skiff weekend at Hunters Hill Sailing Club

September 5, 2018General
Photographer: Michael Chittenden

Well, what a great weekend that was!! Sorry we couldn’t put a few more knots of breeze on for Sunday’s racing but we thought you all performed terrifically well in a great positive attitude for such an event -thank you!! So many members of the public who walked down along the Point over the weekend have commented on how wonderful it was to see the spinnakers filling the bay with the Bridge Backdrop!

You may not know but on Saturday one of our HHSC OptiDads, Tim Robinson walked around the boat park with his young son, absolutely delighted to see so many fast boats on the grass. Tim was the 2009 18’ skiff JJ Giltinan Trophy winner skipper and represented GBR at the 2000 Olympics in the 49er, and his eyes were lighting up at seeing so many teams enjoying their fast boat sailing.

If you would like to check out the results, they are here … … and there is a copy of the sign of the sign on sheet attached so you can match up sail numbers to skippers!!!

A few thank you’s for the weekend :

  • to our event sponsors BoatCrewGear and BoatRopes – these two businesses put a huge amount of time and effort into supporting youth sailing, and sailing in general, and are great friends of the HHSC – please do reach out to Andrew & Blake respectively for your equipment and clothing needs!
  • to our Race Management Team – Steve Hay, Jon Byrne (who also kindly let us use his magnificent launch as the start boat), Darani Brown, Dereck Quinlan (who did the scoring and took some awesome shots from the start boat), Mike Giffney and, especially, young Sam Davis, whom as I mentioned yesterday, gave up his sailing to set marks and drive a rib, and was joined by young Nathan Byrne, who at 6’2″ and growing has to be a priority draft pick for crew for a fearless midget 29er skipper!! Thanks all!!
  • Our shore support team, especially our President Maria Quinlan on the BBQ on Sunday, Treasurer James Davis who came down to check if extra hands were required, Commodore Andrew Livermore and his son Nic who launched our RIBS, helped with the BBQ on Saturday and arranged for our RIBS to be stored overnight at the Woolwich Marina berth (thanks Idy and the team at Woolwich Marina!!);
  • The Skiff crew, led by Nathan Edwards – Nathan and the team have been fantastic to deal with this past couple of months, and we were thrilled when he first emailed to say the 13’s were coming, and there was just a chance a 16 or two might be happening along!! Its not a world in which HHSC traditionally is engaged, and we loved the energy and enthusiasm, and complete generosity of the Skiff crew – you may not have noticed but there was a fully rigged 13 available for use yesterday – next year we will ensure that we have more kids racing around and jumping in and out of boats – but thank you all for making it “West of the Bridge” and really lighting up our Club and Sailing area generally;
  • The 9er brigade – we’ve enjoyed working hard with the NSW 9er Association over the past several years getting kids into 9ers via the Association courses, and it was an absolute thrill to see three crews sail their first ever race series yesterday, along with many crews who have been through the Association training program over the past couple of years. Well done Mike and the hard working 9er committee – just brilliant. And it was great to see Dylan and Conor get the big 49er there and moving so well.
  • To the Flying Ant team of Joel and Lanee Beashel, with Mitch Kruse crewing in the racing – well done all!! The new rig looks just sensational, and we can’t wait to see the new hulls come out of the PSA moulds this coming week!! We think the Ant has an exciting time ahead in its new configuration, and they all be out in force up the NSW Youths at the end of next month!
  • To the Vics who made the power drive up on Friday, and went home Sunday with the prizes!!!! Great work Zac and Ethyn, and well done Pete getting them up and back safely!! We look forward to many more Vics making it north next year, and for the 9er events circuit generally over the next 12 months!
  • And a huge thank you to the coaches who worked so hard over the weekend supporting, cajoling and shaping our sailors – great stuff!!

There are some superb photos floating around on social media – check out , Michael Chittenden’s facebook page (and his business website ) , the NSW&ACT 9ers FB page and of course, the HHSC FB page. If anyone has some shots they’d like to share – please post them and send a link!!!

All the very best for the season ahead in your respective classes – I know I will be keeping an eye out for results and action in even more classes than I normally look out for after seeing the 13’s and 16’s in action – and all of us at Hunters Hill Sailing Club look forward to welcoming you (and more of your ASSY mates) in 2019 – pencil in 24/25 August 2019!!!!! We might even be able to nudge the Cherubs, 12s and 14’s out to play, and an 18 or two?? And maybe a Musto skiff??

By Chris Stannage

raceHub // Online Skiff Registrations

August 11, 2018General, Newsletter

We would like to announce that Online Registration through our new system raceHub is now live! Register your boat for every event during the season. This includes your club registration, association registration and event/regatta registrations.

Get the owner of your boat to signup to raceHub, and register your boat for the rest of the season.

Survey results out now!

June 21, 2018General

Post-Carnival survey results are out now! See the link below for the full report. Thank-you again for everyone who completed the survey - it helps us develop the class in the best way we can.

Post-Carnival Survey Report

Calendar Subscription

June 20, 2018General

Want to stay in-the-loop with all the years worth of skiffs events? Subscribe to our calendar below to see all of our upcoming events for the class. This will have both state and national events, as well as class relevant regattas and social events that will occur. If there is any event you would like published, message us and we'll put it up!

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Hunters Hill Sprints | 26th Aug

June 11, 2018General

The sailors at Hunters Hill Sailing Club have invited us for a pre-season sprint series on Sunday 26th August. This will be a fantastic opportunity to get the pre-season cobwebs off before club racing starts. The Hunters Hill Junior sailors are keen to check out our 13ft skiff fleet, and it will be a great opportunity to meet keen sailors looking to step up into a skiff!

The volunteers at Hunters Hill will bang away as many races as they can, to make sure you stay warm. There will be heaps of buzz, barbeques and all. If any of the 13 sailors are interested in some training, there is a training day on Saturday 25th which you are more than welcome to join. If you’re interested, please get in contact with us and we’ll help arrange it!

If you would like more information, please contact us! Otherwise, the NOR and entry form is below!


Entry Fee: $20 (Sunday Racing)
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Post-Carnival Competitor Survey

May 17, 2018General

After a fantastic event held at Middle Harbour 16ft Skiff Club, the ASSA has moved to distribute a survey touching on points raised at the post-carnival meeting during the championships. This is an opportunity for everyone (sailors or class supporters) to share their view on topics relating to the organisation and execution of racing 16ft Skiffs. Please follow the link bellow to fill out the survey. This will be open until the 13th of June.

Link: Post-Carnival Survey

If you have any trouble filling out the survey, please contact us so we can assist you.


Nathan Edwards
ASSA Vice Commodore

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16ft Skiff Keg Run | Sail Port Stephens

April 4, 2018General

16ft Skiff Keg Run | Sail Port Stephens

Feel like going for a post season sail without missing out on the seasons celebratory drinks? Murray’s Brewery are keeping the beers flowing up at Sail Port Stephens on the 21st & 22nd April for the 16ft Skiff ‘Keg Run’. Although the sound of 6 KEGS is appealing to most, think of the best mates you’ll make by shouting everyone drinks around the bar for two days!

The host club Port Stephens Aquatic Club would love it for everyone to come up for the weekend and enjoy their beautiful location and club.


Documents & Links:

Sail Port Stephens Article | 16 Footers to Enjoy First Sail Ale


Notice of Race

Youth’s hijacking the Skiffs on Sydney Harbour

March 25, 2018General

Saturday saw Sydney’s upcoming youth taking over the 16’s and 13’s at Manly 16ft Skiff Club and Middle Harbour 16ft Skiff Club. Laughs and smiles filled up the harbour with many thrills and spills on the classic Nor’Easter course.

Middle Harbour 16’s also gave the opportunity to the wives and girlfriends (for those who are game enough), to show why we spend our Saturdays having a few drinks and sailing on Sydney Harbour.

We all can’t wait to see these junior soon-to-be skiff sailors come through the ranks into the class!