Get ready to send it up on Moreton Bay! Sunny QLD looks like they’re putting on the good weather for this years Skiff Championships.
16’s Skiffs will be rigging on the lawn at DPSS, and 13’s will be rigging at RQYS. The gate code for the RQYS rigging area has been sent out to 13 sailors via SMS.
The Lady Brisbane will be available on Monday 31 December and Saturday 5 January. Tickets available for the Lady Brisbane through online booking which will depart from the Willian Gunn Jetty near Darling Point Sailing Squadron 30 minutes prior to the start of the first race of the day. Children under 13 years of age are free.
Onboard drinks and dry snacks available during the race. Get Tickets
The 16ft and 13ft Skiff Nationals will be held at DPSS 29 December 2018 until 5 January 2019.
Saturday 29th Dec – Boat drop off and registration
Saturday 5th Jan – Heat 7 (13:00) ‘Old Skiffies Day’ & Presentation Night
Social – after racing
Saturday 29th Dec – Welcome BBQ 6:30pm at DPSS
Sunday 30th Dec – Food truck and drinks at DPSS
Monday 31st Dec – New Year’s Eve Beach Party with live band next door at MBTBC
Wednesday 2 Jan – DPSS BBQ and drinks at DPSS
Thursday 3 Jan – Food truck and drinks at DPSS
Friday 4 Jan – Food truck and drinks at DPSS
Sat 5 Jan – ‘Old Skiffies Day’; Presentation night at MBTBC with live band
Regatta T-shirts can be pre ordered for $20 and picked up at registration. Shirts can also be purchased online and posted by GMD. https://www.gmdirect.com.au/collections/australian-16-13ft-skiff-championships/
Any support boats or coach boats will need to be registered please email email@example.com marina berths have been made available out the front of DPSS for support boats. Must have current insurance
Ignorance is bliss as far as Sutech Building Consultants skipper Daniel Turner is concerned as he prepares for the 2018/19 NSW 16ft Skiff Championships.
Turner has done his best to resign last year’s campaign to the history books after Sutech finished a disappointing 13th overall following just the solitary top 10 placing across four heats.
And the skipper is not too keen to dissect the form of his main rivals ahead of the final two heats at Gosford on December 1-2.
Turner believes it’s all about what Sutech needs to get right, not so much what other boats are up to.
“We’ve just tried to make it about us and not get too caught up in what the others are doing,” he explained.
“It’s always a quality fleet for the States and any one of about 10 boats are genuine contenders, so the more you think about the competition, the more sleep you lose.
“We have kicked off with a fair bit of momentum and are in a lot better position than in previous seasons.
“After sailing together for so long you start to think what else is there to learn, but we’ve been developing new things, increasing communications, refining things on the boat.
“We have had no issues or breakages. Things could not have gone much better.
“I’ve got a really good feeling based on what we’ve learnt in just a few races.
“Now it’s time to get out of comfort zone and bump up our goals and start to win some trophies.”
Sutech’s Manly stablemates Surf n Slide (Dave O’Connor), Lancelin Ropes (Sarah Lee) and Koreman Marine (Felix Grech)) are among the main contenders, with Brydens Lawyers (Lee Knapton) from St George and Newcastle’s Southern Beaches Rugby (Rod Carter), Starr Facility Services (Henry Makin) and Fire Stopping (Will Howard).
O’Connor has a rich history in the 49er and 18ft classes but is fulltime at the helm of a 16ft for the first time.
He has big shoes to fill, replacing reigning Australian champion Joe Turner.
“My job is being made easy by having two blokes like Trent (Barnabas) and Rob (Napper) in the boat…just look at how many titles those blokes have won between them.
“We are cutting out the mistakes and getting better with each race.”
After an almost unbeatable position, winning both races during the first heat at Port Hunter. O’Connor has to carry on the work of Nathan Wilmont, who steered the Surf’n Slide to victory in the first two heats.
Lancelin Ropes skipper Sarah Lee heads the female charge at the States and is aiming high.
“Lately we’ve been getting some great results in the heavier breeze.
“We have really broadened what we consider our ideal conditions and have been consistent across various wind ranges this season.
“We’ve always been known as light wind specialists but not anymore.
“But we know it will be tough.”
Just ask Lee Knapton.
He has piloted Bryden Lawyers to the last four NSW Championships and reckons they are tougher to win than an Australian 16ft crown.
“It’s harder to win than the nationals because they’re not held at the same location,” Knapton explained.
“You don’t build up any momentum because you race two heats and then have a weekend off and then race another two heats at a different location.
“This year will be very interesting. We have been a bit slow getting on the water due to work commitments but we think we can pick it up quickly.
“The fleet just builds in strength each year and the young blokes are coming to sort us out, but we will be alright on the day.”
Bryden’s experience in all conditions will be invaluable over the State Championships. Emerging out of Port Hunter with a 3rd place, puts them in good stead for Gosford.
You would expect local knowledge to be a big advantage, but Belmont sailor Adam Gillson is not sure
He’s on the sheet aboard Southern Beaches Rugby (Rod Carter) and found Port Hunter to be a challenge.
“Port Hunter can be crazy place to sail. You can get a ship taking up half the riverway,” Gillson said with a laugh.
“You can be leading and might have to stop the boat and have the fleet catch up to you.
“And with all the high-rise buildings, gusts come from nowhere. You’ve really got to be on guard the whole time.
“If you get a podium finish you’ve really earned it.
“Any one of 10-15 boats could win it.”
The 16’s are seeing an emerging youth talent streak, with Cunninghams breaking out to place top 5 in both heats to place 2nd overall and Koreman Marine Composites sitting in a notable 5th place behind Fire Stopping.
13ft Skiffs are also competing as part of the NSW Skiff State Championships, showing the logical skiff progression for youth sailors. After seeing the Flying Ant fleet sailing out of Port Hunter, the 13’s presence was certainly admired.
Bartley Construction (Daniel Heyworth and Daniel Bromelow), The Kitchen Maker (Zac and Jake Barnabas) and Bruce (Will Divola and Alastair Hunter) battled it out for the top 3 places at Port Hunter, with Bruce & The Kitchen Maker both sitting in first place.
Promoting the class is something the Divola family know too well. Andrew Divola has been a fantastic supporter of the class, creating enthusiasm within the sailors in the class, including his son Will.
The Barnabas boys come off a famous production line of sailors, with grandfather Trevor and father Trent successful and well-known figures in the skiffs ranks.
The family is a big supporter of the 13ft class.
“This class needs plenty of love because it’s a great stepping stone to the 16s and beyond,” Trent said.
“We need to build the numbers and the States are the perfect way to promote the class.
“You don’t get to see too much of the boats from other clubs, so this is a great opportunity to see what’s out there and how the class is developing.”
With such a close scorecard in both fleets, the next round at Gosford will prove to be a test of consistency and determination. Gosford provides a course that will keep the fleet on their toes, with Surf’n Slide keeping one eye backwards and the next contenders hot in pursuit.
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.
If you have entered the regatta and registered your mobile phone number, the tech geniuses at Middle Harbour 16’s will be sending you a message with a link to the regatta website.
We plan to utilise this service in the lead up and throughout the event to communicate with competitors and keep you all appraised of what is going on and any important stuff that might come up including notices directly related to the racing.
Please utilise the link so you stay connected and don’t miss out on any important updates or event parties and get togethers!
Whilst it has been a long time coming with lots of work going on in the background I am delighted to announce that we have secured Peroni as the naming rights sponsor of the 2017-2018 Australian 16’ & 13’ Skiff Championship.
Having a major sponsor, the calibre of Peroni, will make for a fantastic event for all involved.
In addition, we have secured additional daily event sponsorships from the following organisations:
Organisers from Middle Harbour have created a website with all the information you will need for the 2017-18 National Championships, including rigging areas, parking information, club facilities, documents and contact information.
The website will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Keep an eye out for the FAQ section and volunteers page that will be coming soon
NOTICE OF RACE
Follow the below link to the 2017-18 National Championship Notice of Race.
Registration forms are now online. Follow the below link to register your Skiff. The forms need to be filled out on or before Monday 11 December 2017. Entries received after this date will incur a late fee.
The Measurement form is a new ASSA initiative. Due to there being three rigging sites, measurement prior to the championship will ensure that there is minimum disruption to competitors. The form is to be filled out by all Skiff teams registering for the Nationals. A copy of each form will be emailed to the measurer who weighed your skiff. Please note that a photo of your skiff and a photo of the weight correctors is required when filling out the form. Measurement forms need to be completed on or before Saturday 23 December 2017.
Hi to all you 13 and 16 Ft Skiff Sailors and welcome to the first of what we expect will be many “newsletters” updating you on all the good “stuff” leading up to the running of the 2017-2018 Australian 13’ & 16’ Skiff Championship between 1st and 7th January 2018.
Middle Harbour 16’s would like to take this opportunity to invite all and every skiff to attend the regatta where we are certain everyone will have a great time with some very competitive racing and, just as importantly, a really social atmosphere!
We understand that the Notice of Race will be posted in the not too distant future and in the meantime, we have been in touch with one of our Club sponsors with respect to accommodation in the area around the time of the Championship.
The Apartment Service, who are located in Cremorne, are committed to offering the best in serviced and holiday accommodation and offer an array of apartments and houses across Sydney’s north shore. If you are looking for somewhere to stay please feel free to contact The Apartment Service on (02) 9953 7288 or visit their website www.apartmentservice.com.au and we are sure they will be able to help.
The Club is working closely with both Mosman and Northern Beaches Councils with respect to car and trailer parking so please stay tuned to the Association website for further updates over the next few months and again, we look forward to welcoming you all to Middle Harbour 16’s for what will be a fantastic regatta series.