Please select your home edition
Edition
MS Amlin 2019 - 728x90

New 18ft Skiff teams wanted for 2020 - Apply Now

by Frank Quealey 21 Jun 06:41 BST

The Australian 18 Footers League has long had a policy of introducing new and young teams into its fleet to ensure the continued growth and quality of the club's 85-year-old tradition of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour.

It comes as no surprise that the League's administrators have launched an initiative to entice a new group into the class as it moves into the new decade, and they are taking applications now for the 2020 season.

Over the past 20 years, the club's racing has produced numerous world, Olympic and several international champions as well as crew members for winning America's Cup teams.

The experience gained from sailing the high-performance 18ft Skiffs has also given many sailors the opportunity of competing on the best international ocean racing yachts.

Australian 18 Footers League Director Stephen Quigley, is the 1996 Giltinan world 18ft Skiff champion, a crew member of the Sydney-Hobart super yacht Wild Oats XI team, and recently one of the most successful junior sailing coaches for young sailors joining the 18s fleet.

Steve says: "we see our 2020 program as one that will be beneficial to the ongoing strength of the League as well as being a wonderful opportunity for many new individuals and teams to enjoy the thrills of sailing the flying 18s."

"Where else can you get the keys to a F1 boat to sail every Sunday on Sydney Harbour for FREE."

"We are specifically looking for two, or possibly even three, new teams for our 2020 fleet and are calling for expressions of interest from three-person teams to take on a fully sponsored boat."

"It's a wonderful opportunity for 29er or 13ft skiff youth teams or 49er Olympic aspirants, to develop their skills as they experience the unbridled thrill of racing an 18 on Sydney Harbour, and become a part of the sport's rich history."

David Witt, who has competed in multiple Volvo Ocean Races, sailed in the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race, appeared in over 20 Sydney-Hobart Yacht Races, skippered the 100ft super maxi Scallywag, and is the skipper of Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, is a huge supporter.

According to David, "no matter what size or class of boat I sail, I will always be an 18ft skiff sailor. It's the best class, best yacht club, and best harbour racing in the world."

One of the most recent newcomers to the 18s is Yvette Heritage, who joined the Australian 18 Footers League fleet in the 2018-2019 Season and showed her ability with some excellent results in the 2019-2020 Season. She has also fitted perfectly into the competitor group, and is enjoying her experience in the 18s.

"For me, the 18s community has been a very welcoming and supportive experience. From the day I asked Woody (John Winning) for a boat to see if we could do it, to boat setup and coaching assistance, to competing in Lake Garda, our first season in the 18s was an amazing experience."

"With the continued support of the 18s club, and sponsor Noakes, my second season with a new boat and crew was an even greater learning experience, where we finished with a couple of top 10s in the JJs."

"The 18s has been an amazing opportunity to sail with, and learn from, some of the best sailors around. I highly recommend anyone thinking about joining the 18s to grab this opportunity, because they only exist if you take them."

The club's racing is covered through the various areas of yachting media. Live video streaming to the world, also offers individuals or teams the potential to promote their talents.

All prospective teams should apply to Lisa Gilbert, , with a sailing resume, details of the team, and why the club should choose the team.

The club will favourably view video entries, so anyone wanting to join the glamour and excitement of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour should contact Lisa now.

Related Articles

Mark Foy - Father of the 18 Footers
Keen sailor, successful businessman with an acute eye for promotion The man responsible for the birth of 18-Footer racing some 128 years ago (January 1892) was a leading Sydney retailer named Mark Foy, who was a keen sailor as well as being a very successful businessman with an acute eye for promotion. Posted on 2 Aug
18ft Skiffs: Queensland's golden days
Queensland 18 Footer designers, boat builders and sailors won more Australian Championships than NSW With the Brisbane 18 Footers' SC celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2020, it's a good time to reflect on the 'golden days' of Queensland's 18 Footer racing when they made such a significant contribution to the development and achievements in the sport Posted on 26 Jul
Bill Barnett, an incredible designer & competitor
From 18ft Skiffs to international 12 metre class yachts The late Bill Barnett was a famous sailing identity who designed, built and raced world champion boats from 18ft Skiffs to international 12 metre class yachts to challenge for The America's Cup. Posted on 18 Jul
Hugh Treharne, a great Australian sailing talent
Renowned 16ft and 18ft Skiff sailor, tactician on Australia II in 1983 Hugh Treharne is one of Australia's greatest sailors. He was tactician on The America's Cup-winning Australia II in 1983, a renowned 16ft and 18ft Skiff sailor, a widely recognised sailmaker and a world champion blue water yachtsman. Posted on 12 Jul
18ft Skiffs: Dave Porter, the unluckiest champion
Fortune didn't always smile on the great sailor David Porter became the 1975 JJ Giltinan world 18ft Skiff champion when he skippered KB to a brilliant victory on the Brisbane River, but fortune didn't always smile on the great sailor. Posted on 4 Jul
In Conversation with Tristan Walker-Hutt
New projects during lockdown for the East Coast sailor Back in January 2019 we published the 'Budget Ultra-High Performance Sailing' article about the International 14 Fawkes, which Tristan Walker-Hutt and Tom Clayton had renovated on a very tight budget. Posted on 2 Jul
TraveLodge's 18ft Skiff sponsorship
A world championship-winning association with Bob Holmes A sponsor who came to the 18 Footers in 1964 was the TraveLodge company which decided to sponsor Bob Holmes, who was a new, young competitor to the class. Posted on 28 Jun
How Len Heffernan changed the Sydney 18ft Skiffs
Taking up the challenge to transition to three-handers in the 1960s Brisbane led the way in the transition from the four-handed 18ft Skiffs to the three-handers in the late 1950s, but it was the late Len Heffernan who took up the challenge to introduce the new style boats to Sydney. Posted on 25 Jun
Sailing is freedom
We can all mess about in or on any type of boat or board It seems 'The Great Grass Roots Revival?' and 'Messing about in boats' had quite an impact. With my own eyes I see what is happening on my doorstep with more activity on the water than I've seen in years, but this was just the microcosm that I live in. Posted on 22 Jun
New Zealand's 18ft Skiff Racing Record
Three consecutive victories just the latest chapter of an 82-year-old story Three consecutive victories by the Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Brad Collins and Matt Steven in the world's premier JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship over the past three seasons, gives New Zealanders every right to boast at the moment. Posted on 18 Jun