History

1900 The 12ft Skiff originated on Sydney Harbour in the late 19th Century, although the exact origins are unknown. Lane Cove
Lane Cove Sailing Club
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1910 Early records date back to 1916 when the Lane Cove Sailing Club first recorded an open boat which set the parameters for future 12 footers.
1920 By 1924, the class was sailing on a regular basis in Sydney at Greenwich, Lane Cove, Middle Harbour & Vaucluse. At the time, the 12footers carried more than 28sq units of working sails, as well as a spinnaker and ballooner, and were crewed by up to 5 hands.
1930 After the Second World War, the crew was reduced to three, and later down to two, which is as it remains today.
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1950 The 1950- 60s saw sailing technology allow the skiff to right itself more easily after a capsize, with growing popularity throughout NSW, QLD & New Zealand, providing many opportunities to establish both interstate and
trans-Tasman racing regattas.
1960 The inaugural Inter-dominion Championships were held in 1957, where an Australian and New Zealand team competed for the ‘Silasec Trophy’. The prize has become one of the most recognised in the sailing community in the southern hemisphere, having been won over the years by some of the world’s top sailors such as Iain Murray, Bruce Farr & Russell Bowler.
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2000 The 12ft Skiff Class was introduced into the UK for the first time in 2006, and has since generated a significant following
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