You may be aware that the NSW 16ft Skiff Association Annual General Meeting was scheduled to be held on Saturday 8th August 2020 at Drummoyne Sailing Club to commence at 2:00pm.
In view of the re-emergence of the COVID-19 situation and the uncertainty of planning and holding indoor meetings and get-togethers, it has been decided that we will cancel the face to face meeting at Drummoyne and hold our AGM via a virtual meeting utilising the Zoom software on the same date and at the same scheduled time.
By utilising Zoom, it provides certainty that the meeting will be able to be held as scheduled and reduces any potential health risks that might be associated with holding a face to face meeting.
All skiff sailors who belong to an affiliated club are entitled to attend the meeting and the numbers who can attend the meeting will not be limited.
If you are in a position to log in and would like to attend the virtual meeting via Zoom on Saturday 8th August at 2:00pm, could you please advise me by return email (or phone 0407 242 221) by Wednesday 5th August 2020 and our President Mark Graham will email you a link to enable you to join the meeting. A meeting agenda, a copy of the 2019-20 Association Annual Report and any other relevant information will also be emailed out prior to the meeting.
We’ve listened! raceHub has now been integrated into the main body of the website to streamline usability for sailors managing their boat and registrations.
Rather than a separate section to the website, you will now be able to login and access all the required information in what should be ‘intuitive locations’.
Want to register for a regatta? Simply go to events, find it in the calendar, and if you’re logged in you will be able to register on the page. We have streamlined the amount of information required upfront, making this process even faster than before.
To ensure information is up to date, it is the responsibility of the Boat Owner, that any changes to crew be changed within your boat’s profile and respectively updated in any regatta or event registrations. This is to ensure that the organisers know who is on what boat in case of an emergency.
To make sure those who got used to the old system don’t struggle with the new layout, the raceHub top menu on the website will provide all the links in the same format as previously available.
If anyone needs any further assistance, please contact Nathan through the contact form.
Registrations for this season will be open once dates are confirmed, and will be announced over the various communication channels.
Not long now until the 2020 Championships up at Port Stephens. Some points of information for sailors and boat owners before this year’s regatta.
The NOR’s have been published, and you can view them on the Nationals website. The SI’s will be made available in the coming weeks.
All boats can register for the Nationals through raceHub. Whilst currently sail numbers are not required fields, these are expected to be confirmed 24 hours before the first race of the regatta.
If you are unable to select your race sails in your registration, please contact your club measurer so they can upload your sail registrations to raceHub.
As per the Notice of Race, the regatta will be held between the 4th-11th January, with the 4th being a Measurement / Registration Day. Note that the ASSA AGM will be held on this day at 1630hrs.
All boats will be required to book a time to measure their boat. To book and find out more details regarding how everything will be measured, click here.
The annual pre-regatta conference will be held at 1630hrs on Saturday the 4th. The agenda for this meeting has been sent out but can also be found here. If there is an item that you would like to be discussed, can you please fill in this form so that we can include it within our agenda and ensure the discussions can be effective. This will allow ASSA to gather documents together relevant to each topic to assist with a more meaningful discussion.
Awards night is being held at the Nelson Bay Golf Club, with a shuttle running to assist sailors in getting to and from the venue. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased here.
Look forward to seeing everyone up at Port Stephens. More information will be posted, and everyone notified as it becomes available.
Talk of NSW entrants dominating the Australian 16ft Skiff Championships at Port Stephens from January 4 has a quietly confident Queensland contingent relishing the prospect of taking underdog status into the state-of-origin battle.
Fresh from winning the recent Queensland State Championships aboard Fire Stopping, the crew of Trevor Koreman, Frazer Smith and Daniel Jack believe they’ll feel right at home on the waters of Port Stephens, which has parallels with Darling Point Sailing Squadron’s race track on Moreton Bay.
It’s where a fresh nor’easter and tricky swells tested their crewing skills and boat speed in the final heat of the QLD States. They prevailed over the well-sailed Data 3 and RW Retail respectively, both of whom are also making the trip south for the nationals.
“We haven’t done a great deal of sailing lately but we’re definitely picking up our boat speed again,” said 21-year-old skipper Koreman. “We finished seventh last year at the Australian titles so we’re hoping to go as well, if not better, at Port Stephens if it blows above 15 knots.”
Thrills and spills are certainly predicted for Port Stephens if and when the seasonal nor’east seabreeze meets a run-out tide on Salamander Bay. That said, the NSW Championships were also no walk in the park.
The cream largely rose to the top, though, led by Nathan Wilmot on IMEI in a countback against Manly clubmate Sutech Musto Racing skippered by Daniel Turner. Brydens Lawyers, with Lee Knapton helming, filled the minor placing, holding out Belmont skiff Southern Beaches Rugby.
They, along with Koreman Marine Composites (Felix Grech) and Tooheys Extra Dry (Henry Makin) are tipped to be leading contenders for nationals.
Rod Carter, a school teacher and sailmaker who steers Southern Beaches Rugby (SBR), is eyeing another top-5 finish after a consistent performance in the States held at both Belmont and Drummoyne.
“We were one of just two crews who only had top-10 finishes,” Carter said. “I’ve got Adam Gilson on sheet, who’s been with me for a number of years, and we’ve added Andrew Stone to the bow – he has provided the X-factor.”
While SBR is a 15-year-old Munster design that Carter has campaigned for eight seasons, it remains cutting-edge in terms of rig evolution.
“We’ve designed all our own rigs and they’re a bit different from the conventional set-up,” Carter adds. “We’re the only boat running a forward-facing prodder and were one of the first boats to go with a square-topped jib.”
“There are times when we feel like we’re the fastest boat on the water, and I reckon Port Stephens will suit our crew work and hull shape. It’s a bit finer in the bow, which might give us an edge over the newer Chinese-built, ASSA-supplied black boats.”
Asked to name his main rivals, Carter lists IMEI, Sutech and Brydens but admits the Queenslanders could be dark horses.
“They don’t have the fleet size to get the quality of racing week-to-week, but Fire Stopping and RW Retail are the form boats. They’ll be quick, given the right conditions, and more than capable of getting a few good results.
“Also, our sheethand is the Vice-President of the Association and the President is a Queenslander, so it will be good to get one up on them. But it’s all good rivalry, mateship and competition at the end of the day.”
To celebrate the class’s proud history of comradery, an “old boys” day will be held on Friday, 10 January, where ex-skiffies can watch the afternoon racing, pick every shift from the balcony, reminisce and tell the new breed how they could improve.
Young guns will also be out in force as the national titles also includes the 13ft skiff class, a feeder for the 16ft skiff fleet. A step up from the 29er, the boat is truly a youth’s weapon capable of up to 20 knots downwind and sometimes even matching the 16ft skiff.
The Australian 16ft Skiff Association is expecting a fleet of fifty 16ft Skiffs and fifteen 13ft Skiffs to compete from 4-11 January 2020. Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club will host nine races with two drops, up from a 7-race series with one drop as in previous years.
All boats racing with a club affiliated with the NSW 16ft Skiff Association (“the Association”) must register each season with the Association, regardless of whether you will be sailing in any interclub regattas or events during the season.
This season, registrations must again be completed online through the skiff website by logging on through the RaceHub tab (https://skiffs.org.au/racehub/ ). For a new boat you will need to logon through RaceHub and complete all the necessary details. If you still have the same boat as last season (2018/19) all you will need to do is logon, select your boat name and tick the “2019/20 season” box, then make any updates, where necessary, to the information that you entered last season, then simply click on “Update”. The registration fee will be invoiced to your club during the season, however, if you prefer you can pay the fee directly to the Association by contacting me through the contact form and I can provide you with the Association’s bank account details and the amount that is payable for boats registered with your club.
Registration and membership requirements for the club where you normally sail will depend on that club, however, clubs will be encouraged by the Association to utilise the data that has been provided on the registration form as it can be made available to them, if requested.
State Championship and Interclub Regatta Entries
If you are registering a skiff in NSW and wish to enter one or more of the various interclub events run by the NSW 16ft Skiff Association during the 2019/20 season, you will need to complete the online regatta entry form via the skiff website and the “MyState” – “NSW Inter-club Event Registration” tab (https://skiffs.org.au/racehub/ ). Once your boat has been registered, any information required on the regatta entry form that was previously provided on the registration form will be pre-populated, so you will only have to click on the event(s) that you wish to enter and then make any changes to the pre-populated information that may be relevant for a particular event(s). The regatta entry form will indicate the relevant fee payable for the regatta(s) that you are entering. If your club does not normally pay your regatta entry fees, the Association now has PayPal as a method of payment, so you can now pay for your regatta entry fees online with most major credit cards.
Also for your reference, in a separate option to finding crew, ASSA has been engaged by SailConnect (a phone application) to support their crew finding app. To learn more click on the following links.
Boat Sponsors are now able to be promoted on the Association Website
A functionality has now been enabled within the Association website to allow boat owners the opportunity to advertise their boat sponsors on the skiff website. Not only does this assist with marketing our class to others by showing the huge support by businesses, it also provides skiff owners a benefit that could potentially assist with gaining sponsors for their own boat. This functionality is available for all boat owners through the RaceHub link on the skiff website.
You can now register your boat for the 2019/20 NSW Inter-Club Series. go to Manage->MyState->NSW Inter-Club Event Registration. Make sure you are logged in to access the form.
Also make sure you support your sponsor and post your sponsors logo and details with the mySponsor Form to show their logo on our site home page.
The first round of the NSW State Championships will be held at Drummoyne, with a trial format of up to 3 races over the two days. The following round will be at Belmont 16’s. NOR and SI’s will be made available once finalised.
The Hunters Hill Asymmetric Weekend will be held August 24-25. Another great weekend of sailing to put in the calendar. It’s on again!!!
After a fantastic weekend in 2018 where Flying Ants raced 49ers, 16’s, 13’s and 29er’s around the Inner West Harbour, we are lining up again bigger and better in 2019!!! Will the Cherubs turn up?? Will a Nacra15 or two pop along? Will we see a Musto Skiff (has anyone ever seen a Musto Skiff?)?? Will some RS dinghies come along, or an MG?
This weekend is all about dusting off your fast off the beach asymmetric rigged weapon of choice, and heading out in the late Winter weather to kick off your 2019/20 campaign!!! And there is a strong rumour the Queensland and Victorian Assy sailors might be coming too ….
Is it serious?? Sort of – we’d love everyone to enjoy the coaching day and learn from some terrific coaches … but we’d also just love seeing fast boats out in the Bay blasting around with folks having an awesome time!!! And who knows, the people you meet might just be your next crew or skipper some time down the track!!!
What this is not … a grimly serious, overly briefed yawnfest … lets get out and sail!!!!