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2013 Port Jackson Championship – Results

2013 Port Jackson Championship – Results

Lincoln Crowne sailed by Jonathon Temple and Richard Jones won yesterday’s Port Jackson Championship, putting on a great display of sailing in the shifting East South East breeze to win from start to finish.

Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Mitch Deane) picked up 2nd with Variety (Adam Forbes and Richard Johns) 3rd.

Lincoln got the best of the start, aside from Variety who were a little too eager and where recalled, to lead the fleet up the first work into Rose Bay ahead of Garde (Brett Hobson & Macca Paton).

Gemmell rounded the top mark in 3rd place, and showed good pace down hill rolling past Garde.

Garde pulled back into second at the bottom mark, two seconds ahead of Gemmell and 1 minute behind Lincoln.

The Next pack to round were Variety making gains through the fleet after their recall rounding in between Hood (Dave Lusty and Glenn Farquhar), At Call (John Williams & Billy Lusty) with Vantage Real Estate (Andrew Obrien & Brett Phillips) snapping on their heels. Variety and Vantage made the most of a puffy breeze to pull away from Hood and At call at the bottom mark.

On the work back to Shark Island, Gemmell sailed past Garde again, while Lincoln extended their lead. Vantage and Variety crossed bows a number of times before variety pulled away just before the Shark Island rounding.

While the front 3 remained the same for the next run into Taylor Bay, Variety had a glamour downwind leg aided by a big puff making huge gains on the front 3 and putting daylight between them and Vantage.

Gemmell Sails and Garde headed to the south of Shark Island on the work back to Rose Bay, while Lincoln went to the north.

Gemmell made substantial gains, and were a mere 50m in arrears at the rounding mark.

Lincoln covered Gemmell on the next run to Chowder Bay enough to hold them out.

A spanner was thrown into the works on the final run, and the following beat, when a fuel ship tried to dock along side the container ship moored in the middle of the harbour.

Gemmell, Garde and Variety all had to sail behind the ship, while Lincoln just crossed in front, but were then forced to give way to a ferry. Lincoln managed to remain composed during this episode and held their lead on Gemmell.

At the final windward mark, the top two positions were sewn up, however Variety were hot on the heels of Garde, only 5 seconds separating the two.

An early jibe on Variety put them in prime position for the next gust, and on the short run to the finish they picked up 3rd place, 20 seconds ahead of Garde in 4th.

Hood Sails won the handicap.

The Australian Championships are the next event on the 12ft Skiff Calendar, which will be hosted by Abbotsford over the Easter long weekend.

Brisbane Water Championship 2013 Results

The 12ft Skiffs made their annual trip to Saratoga for the Brisbane Water Championship on Sunday.

The forecast southerly breeze kicked in at just the right time to make an easy  rig choice.

3rd rigs all round and the flat water had the boats blasting down wind in 20 knots of breeze.

Lincoln Crowne won the championship, virtually lead from start to finished. After getting a good start, they held a slender lead up the first work from Gemmell Sails (Andrew Stevenson and Scott Lanham), and Garde in 3rd, most skiffs hitting the right hand side of the course.

Garde snuck in for 2nd place at the top mark rounding, and closed the gap to 1st place at the wind mark. Gemmell sails had a swim at this point during the jibe to put them back and allow Hood into 3rd place, who had a stellar first work.

Garde nearly gained an overlap on Lincoln at the bottom mark approach, but were held out by a boat length.

Variety had a little more success with this manoeuvre to put them into 3rd ahead of Hood.

Skoll dropped a rig early on in the downwind leg after being well placed at the top mark. Reports are that a lower broke and the mast shifted off the step.

Lincoln continued to hold a slender leader up the 2nd work, and Variety moved into a clear 3rd.

On the 2nd downwind leg, Garde jibed off early and rolled past Lincoln.Lincoln continued to the west side of the course and when Garde came back early, found them selves in less pressure and back in 2nd place once more.

Lincoln was never again headed over the next two laps of the course, and went on to a comfortable win. Variety picked up 3rd and vantage came home 4th ahead of Hood.

1st- Lincoln Crowne – (handicap – 2nd)

2nd – Garde (5th)

3rd – Variety (3th)

4th – Vantage really estate (4th)

5th – Hood sails (1st)

6th – Gemmell sails (8th)

7th – Arrogant Frog (6th)

8th – The Movement (7th)



Jack Dempsey

The NSW 12ft Skiff Association would like to offer their sympathies to the Dempsey family following the passing of Jack Dempsey.

Jack was a former skiff sailor, president of this Association for 3 years  and patron of the class in NSW but will best be remembered for his commitment to the Abbotsford 12 Ft Flying Squadron.

Jack was President at Abbotsford for 24 years and gave so much of his time and skill to the club and the class.

There is no doubt that Jack’s efforts throughout the years have enriched the Abbotsford club and the 12ft class immeasurably. Jack will certainly be missed.

Harsco Infrastructure 2013 Interdominions – Final Results

Gemmell Sails, sailed by Nick Press and Andrew Stevenson, have won their second inter dominion championship after completing a very consistent regatta over the last week and with a race to spare.

The win is Nick’s 4th title in a row, and 5th overall.

Garde (Brett Hobson and Brad Phillips) finished second, with kiwi skiff C-Tech Performance (Alex Vallings and Frazer Brown) finishing 3rd.

Australian skiff Madonna sailed by David Winning and Peter Bevis won the  overall Handicap.



2012 Lincoln Crowne State Championships – Heat 5 & 6

Provisional Results


Garde (Brett Hobson & Brad Phillips) took out the State championships on Sunday, winning heat 5 and not needing to sail heat 6.

Heat 5 was delayed on shore for 40 minutes to let the 30-40knot southerly settle in.

Garde lead up the first work and mark rounding, closely followed by Lincoln Crowne (Jono Temple & Richard Jones) and Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Scott Lanham).

Both the latter skiffs came to grief on the downwind leg, allowing Garde to get away, and Geotherm to come through to second place.

Arrogant Frog sailed a great race to finish 3rd, pressuring for 2nd place midway around the track.

Lincoln Crowne chased hard on the last leg and gained on Arrogant Frog, but remained in 4th place.

Gemmell Sails retired after breaking both tiller extensions and both crew members.

Only 5 boats made it to the start of heat 6, with the breeze kicking in again.  Lincoln Crowne led the charge up the first work, from Gemmell Sail with stand in Skipper and Crew (Nick Press and Dan Phillips). Most skiffs capsized once or twice on the work in the strong gusts.

Variety (Adam Forbes and Richie Johns) were running in third place before coming unstuck on a jibe leading out of the bay.

Geotherm and Hey Charger were both forced to down spinnakers to get around Cabaritta Marine and lost time on the leaders.

The course was shortened at the next mark, with instructions to proceed to the finish.

Gemmell Sails snuck thru Lincoln Crowne on the leg to the finish to steel the victory.

Geotherm picked up a third to cap off a great series (and won the handicap), Hey Charger 4th and Variety 5th.


Heat 4 2012 Lincoln Crowne State Championships

Results after 4 heats

With a forecast building nor’easter, all bar a few skiffs elected for the 3rd rigs.

It would turn out the right call as the breeze got in and was gusty, reminiscent of a few heats of the interdominions 2 years ago at Lane Cove.

Right from the start two skiff in Gemmell Sails (Murray Press with stand in crew, and son, Nick) and Geotherm (Scott Hobson and Mitch Deane) got a small jump on the fleet.

Lincoln Crowne (Jono Temple and Richard Jones) and Variety (Adam Forbes and Richard Johns) not far behind them, the former skiff lagging slightly after an altercation with Garde (Brett Hobson and Brad Phillips) soon after the start.

The rest of the pack were all mixed together heading down the river, consisting of Vantage Real Estate (Brett Phillips and Jack Winning), Hey Charger (Nick Bernard and Robbie Polec) and Vintage (Cam Gundy and Cam McDonald).

Once out of the river, Gemmell and Geotherm extended their lead on the fleet.

Vantage Real Estate had an early capsize on a strong gust, Vintage and Garde gained on Variety after they were forced to drop their kite to round Clarkes point.

At the bottom mark, the top three remained unchanged, Gemmell, Geotherm and LCC, and Garde getting past Variety.

By the top mark at Manns Point, Gemmell still held the lead, but LCC had now overtaken Geotherm, Garde holding 4th.

Down to the bottom mark again, and Garde overtakes Geotherm. The breeze starting to get very wind at times and many skiffs retiring due to damage. Vantage with a broken rudder fitting and Hey Charge breaking a mast in 4 places and current 5th place Variety also retiring.

The next leg of the race was a hairy two sail across Cockatoo Island from Valentia Street Wharf to Cove Street. Garde had just got by LCC, both skiffs electing to use their spinnakers early on to gain some time on Gemmell. Both were forced to pull the spinnakers back down again to pass the island.

The top 4 positions remained the same for the next lap.

Arrogant Frog (Peter and Steve Hill) and Madonna (Dave Winning and Pete Bevis) where making there way through the fleet, and damage boats, after both having bad starts. Now holding positions 5th and 6th respectively.

Garde gained more time on Gemmell on the next downwind, bring more breeze with them that Gemmell missed.

Up the next work, Garde overtook Gemmell and held a lead at the final top mark.

The breeze continued to freshen and clock to the North.

This forced Garde to down spinnaker around Cockatoo island, Gemmell were able to hold, pass Garde and again lead the fleet.

LCC were a comfortable 3rd, 3min back, and Geotherm a few minutes further back in 4th.

Gemmell led Garde back into the river for the finish, only 10 seconds separating the two. A thrilling finish was on the cards until a rushed tack on board Gemmell caused a capsize, handing the victory to Garde.

2012 Lincoln Crowne State Championships Weekend 1 Report



Garde (Brett Hobson and Brad Phillips) currently lead the 2012 Lincoln Crowne State Championships after winning all 3 heats at the weekend.

Heat 1 was sailed in a light Northly breeze. All skiffs electing the big rigs for the later afternoons long race.
Geotherm (Scott Hobson and Mitch Deane), (Ben Faulkner and Renn Holland) and Variety (Adam Forbes and Richard Johns) all got great starts and looked to lead the fleet early on. 
Garde and LCC (Jonathon Temple and Richard Jones) hit the right side of the course and found some Northly pressure to get right in the mix, and round the top mark in that order. 
Variety and Geotherm dropped off the pace nearer the top mark, allowing Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Scott Lanham) to round ahead. 

Rounding Shark Island was a little tighter than expected, with a slight shift to the east, and caused the top 3 boats to bunch right up.
Up the next work, LCC picked a better shift to get ahead of Garde, however both skiffs rounded the top mark simultaneously. Gemmell Sails held 3
rd place though had lost some time to the leaders.
An outgoing ship split the two leaders, with Garde going west and LCC going east favouring Garde, to reach the bottom mark (and shortened course finish) first.
Geotherm recovered well to pick up 4
th place, with Variety 5th and 6th.

A mid to top end 2nd rig southerly blessed the race course for heats 2 and 3.
Geotherm blitzed the start and the first work to lead the fleet early on, from Garde, Gemmell and LCC.
Garde hit the lead down the run, LCC rounded the bottom mark just inside Geotherm, before breaking their tiller and capsizing.
Geotherm caught Garde and threatened the lead before a Port Starboard altercation between the two saw them slip back to the clutches of Gemmell Sails.

On the final work into Rose Bay, Geotherm went to the south of Shark Island to put time on Gemmell who went to the north.
Garde maintained their lead to cross the line first, Geotherm second, Gemmell Sails third.

Just behind the leading pack a battle emerged with Vantage Real Estate (Jack Winning and Brett Phillips) leading a group of boats including Hey Charger (Nick Bernard and Robbie Polec), Madonna (Dave Winning and Peter Bevis), Skiff.Org and Hood Sails (Dave Lusty and Glenn Farquar). Shark Island split this group up the last work too but Vantage Real Estate had the speed to take a deserved 4th place.

Garde got a jump on the fleet off the start line in heat 3 despite Hood Sails crossing the fleet with a brave port tack start. Garde stretched their advantage down the first run to establish a commanding lead. It was a group of Lane Cove boats that lead the chase for Garde with Gemmell Sails leading from David Winning in Madonna and Jack Winning in Vantage Real Estate.
The breeze had eased a little but harbour traffic played a part as the skiffs criss-crossed the harbour. A few skiffs chose to risk the shallows around Shark Island on the run down to Taylor’s Bay but no one would get close to Brett Hobson and Brad Phillips in Garde. Gemmell Sails would take second again in front of David Winning in Madonna. 

Hood Sails blitzed the handicap series over the weekend with good sailing especially in the fresher breeze on day 2

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Heat 1 – 2012 Lincoln Crowne State Championships

Heat 1 Results (Top 10)

1st – Garde

2nd – Linclon Crowne & Co

3rd – Gemmell Sails

4th – Geotherm

5th – Variety

6th –

7th – Vantage Real Estate

8th – Madonna

9th – Hood

10th – Arrogant Frog



1st – Hood

2nd –

3rd – Vantage Real Estate

4th – Geotherm

5th – Lincoln Crowne

6th – Variety

7th – Gemmell Sails

8th – Garde

9th – Arrogant Frog

10th – Datacall

2012 Lincoln Crowne State Championships

12’ skiffs will be competing in the NSW State titles over the next two weekends.

The series, sponsored by “Lincoln Crowne & Co”, will be held at Woollahra Saliing Club this Saturday and Sunday; and Lane Cove and Abbotsford Sailing clubs the following weekend.

The NSW State championships also act as the selection series for the Australian team to compete againsed New Zealand, in the 12’ Skiff Interdominion Championship which is to be held in Brisbane in January 2013.

The Lane Cove, Woollahra and Abbotsford clubs are expecting to have up to 25 boats competing and leading the charge for glory will be “Gemmell Sails” (Murray Press), “Lincoln Crowne & Co” (Jonothan Temple), “Yabba Dabba” (Nick Press) and “Garde” (Brett Hobson)

The notice of race is available here.

Parramatta River Championship

Race Results

Lincoln Crowne sailed by Jonathon Temple and Richard Jones convincingly won the Parramatta Championship at the weekend.

The pair virtually led from start to finish and managed the win despite some late drama caused by gear failure. The win maintains what has been a great start to the season for the veteran crew.

A building North East breeze was forecast and had filter up the river to Abbotsford early, with all boats going for the 2nd rig option.

Garde (Brett Hobson and Damien Vlotman) managed a blinder of a start to lead the fleet early on in the first work. A few tacks later, Lincoln Crowne hit the lead, with Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Scott Lanham) pulling into 2nd ahead of Garde.  Skoll (Peter Polec and Alan Jackson) and (Ben Faulkner & Renn Holland).

On the tricky river course, Lincoln Crowne had extended their lead by the top mark with Garde just ahead of Gemmell Sails.

Gemmell Sails and Garde traded places on the downwind run, while Lincoln Crowne were able to extend their lead.

The breeze shifted as it built and this allowed Variety (Adam Forbes & Andrew Stevenson) to briefly catch Garde and Gemmell Sails midway down the run. It look like they were going to take second place before the next crucial gust of wind eluded them.

A scrap was emerging behind the leaders with Vantage Real Estate, Skoll, Variety, and  Arrogant Frog trading gybes down wind.

Garde extended the gap to Gemmell Sails at the bottom mark but some clever tactical decisions up the next work saw Gemmell Sails move to second.  Garde made emends on the downwind to jump away from Gemmell Sails again.

Mid race, Lincoln broke their side stay. The rig stayed up thanks to the top stays and lowers, and the crew having to hit the trap at just at the right time. This did allow Garde to close the gap to 1st place , but Lincoln had enough of a lead to stay at the head of the fleet at the finish. had a great day out, maintaining 4th place for most of the race, but unfortunately losing 3 places on the last couple of legs as the breeze continued to build.  They picked up the Lenore Dempsey Memorial trophy for 1st on handicap.

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Boat Name Gizmo
Skipper James Birdsall
Crew Ewan Duckworth
Club Lane Cover 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Seasons with current team 3
Hull Shape Woof
Best results


Boat Name Karoshi
Crew Dave Cleworth
Club Lane Cover 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Seasons with current team
Hull Shape Woof
Best results 1998 & 99 Interdominon Champion1998 & 99 National Champion1984 NSW State Champion



Stay connected electrical

Boat Name Stay connected electrical
Skipper Jakub Ronowicz
Crew Craig Nicholson
Club Sydney Flying Squadron
Seasons with current team 6
Hull Shape Woof
Sponsor Stay connected electrical

Best results 2015 Interdominon Invitation Race

Sydney Sailmakers

Boat Name Sydney Sailmakers
Skipper Nick Press
Crew Andrew Hay
Club LC12’SSC
Seasons with current team 4
Hull Shape Woof

Best results 

Maersk Line

Boat Name

Maersk Line
Skipper Adam Forbes
Crew Ollie Scott-Mackie
Club Sydney Flying Squadron
Seasons with current team 1
Hull Shape Woof MK2
Sponsor Maersk Line
Best results 2012 Interdominon Handicap Champion

2015 Interdominon underall Champion

Slippery When Wet

Boat Name Slippery When Wet
Skipper John Williams
Club Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Seasons with current team 1
Hull Shape Woof
Best results


Boat Name
Skipper Joel Aynscough
Crew Goura Whitehurst
Club Brisbane 18 Footers sailing club
Seasons with current team 2
Hull Shape MK1
Best results


Citadel Magnus

Boat Name Citadel Magnus
Skipper Martin Debelle
Crew Ian Terley
Club Sydney Flying Squadron
Seasons with current team 6
Hull Shape Woof
Sponsor Citadel Magnus
Best results 2016 Australian Champions (Handicap)


Chapman High Performance Sailing

Boat Name Chapman High Performance Sailing
Skipper Jack Winning
Crew Brett Phillips
Club Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Seasons with current team 10
Hull Shape Woof
Sponsor Chapman High Performance Sailing

Best results 2006 Interdominon Underall champion

2009 Australian Handicap champion

2015 NSW State Handicap Champion


Boat Name Skoll
Skipper Peter Polec
Crew Mark Muirhead
Club Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Seasons with current team  0
Hull Shape Woof
Best results 3rd 2011 NSW State Championships


Rip, Rack, Roar & Rumble

Boat Name Rip, Rack, Roar & Rumble
Skipper Ken Williams
Crew Bob Paton
Club Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Seasons with current team 5
Hull Shape McConaghy
Best results 2016 – 17 NSW Sprint Series Handicap Champion

Rip, Rack, Roar & Rumble

Your Move Conveyancing

Boat Name Your Move Conveyancing
Skipper Dave Winning
Crew Joe Bourne
Club Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Seasons with current team 3
Hull Shape Woof
Sponsor Your Move Conveyancing

Best results 2013 Interdominon handicap Champion

The Bird

Boat Name The Bird
Skipper Jamie McCrudden
Crew Glen Farquar
Club Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Seasons with current team  4
Hull Shape Woof
1993 Australian Champion

1996 Interdominon Underall Champion

2 x NSW State Champion

2 x NSW Handicap Champion

Hey Charger

Boat Name Hey Charger
Skipper Nick Bernard
Club Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Seasons with current team 3
Hull Shape Woof
Best results 2016 NSW Handicap Champion

2005 Australian Handicap Champion

Southport Sailmakers

Boat Name Southport Sailmakers
Skipper Murray Press
Crew Mark Muirhead
Club Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club
Seasons with current team 1
Hull Shape Woof
Best results 2009 Australian Champion2015 Interdominon Handicap Champion

5 x Interdominon Veterans Champion

7 x NSW State Veteran Champion

5 x Australian Veterans Champion

Arrogant Frog

Boat Name Arrogant Frog
Skipper Peter Hill
Crew Steve Hill
Club Abbotsford 12ft Flying Squadron
Seasons with current team 10+
Hull Shape Woof
Best results 1997 NSW Junior Champion

1998 Australian Handicap Champion

2011 Interdominon Underall Champion

2018 NSW Handicap Champion

2012 Vantage Real Estate Upper Harbour Championship


First inter-club race of the 2012-13 season, light easterly breeze forecast to strengthen & turn to the North-East, saw the fleet pondering the big-rigs, but leaning to the conservative option of the second rig: a choice virtually the whole fleet followed.

The Upper Harbour Championship also marked the launch day for the newly sponsored Variety sponsored skiff, and the first coming together of the whole fleet of 12‘s, so a race to look forward to. As well, famous offshore navigator Adrienne Cahalan making her return to the class that initiated her sailing career, stepping in as guest skipper on Hood.

Light wind at the start, with a run-out tide, start-line tight to cross on starboard. No-one was brave enough to chance a port tack. This saw Gemmell Sails, Garde (with guest crew Nick Press, making a skipper/crew combination of multiple interdominion winners) and Lincoln Crowne & Co. off the line well & just ahead of the main fleet. A tight work out of the river, looking for puffs of wind, the new Variety skiff working into the lead bunch.
At the notorious Humbug, beginning the tricky spinnaker ride into the Parramatta River, it was Garde with a small gap to Gemmell Sails then Lincoln Crowne & Co. and Variety, who discovered problems with their new carbon rigging & subsequently having to withdraw.
This was the order on the work to Manns Point, & the start of the long & difficult run to Drummoyne, through the reach along Cockatoo Island and the spectator mayhem of the Red Bull circus on the island. On this run Garde made its first break on the fleet, getting through the traffic better than the following skiffs. Gemmell Sails also slightly gapped Lincoln Crowne on the run, with LCC closing the gap again at the bottom mark. The older skiff, Rip Rack Roar and Rumble, who was the only boat to choose big-rig, were making a fantastic showing at the upper end of the fleet at this stage of the race.

Working back up to Manns point, chasing the now extending Garde, Gemmell Sails second, Lincoln Crowne & Co. 3rd with a slight gap to Geotherm in 4th.

The breeze was freshening & getting gusty, making the second rig choice clearly the correct option. A tight spinnaker reach from Manns Point to the Valentia Street gybe mark in the increasing breeze saw the skiffs unable to reach the mark under spinnaker, having to drop and 2-sail to the mark: Gemmell Sails capsizing in this manouver, allowing Lincoln Crowne & Co. through to second, following Garde around the gybe mark, dodging the Red Bull traffic and re-setting the spinnaker for the remainder of the run to Spectacle Island.

Long work back to Manns Point, Garde well ahead, Lincoln Crowne just holding out Gemmell Sails and Geotherm, around Manns Point then a tight, very windy spinnaker ride to the last mark at Birchgrove, with a 2 -sail into the Lane Cove River to head for the finish.

At Valentia Street the spinnaker on Lincoln Crowne washed out of the kite bin & into the water, dragging the skiff to a halt, allowing Gemmell Sails to pull ahead by 40m. This was the finishing order, Garde a commanding win, Gemmell Sails & then Lincoln Crowne a further minute back, with a long gap to the 4th placed Arrogant Frog (Peter and Steve Hill).
Handicap results was Arrogant Frog 1st, Garde 2nd and Gemmels

A great day, thanks to Vantage Real Estate for sponsoring the event, Variety and Lincoln Crowne & Company for their ongoing support of the 12 Foot Skiff class and to Rotary for hosting the BBQ for the day

77th Australian Championships

2012 Australian Championships – Notice of Race

Race Results          Race Results – Handicap

Forecast was for SW big sail breeze, at rig choice time it was still exceeding big-rig range, but the fleet decided that it would fail in-line with the forecast.

At the later stage, the Queenslanders with the skinny boats opted to make a rapid rig-change. The locals with the wider boats felt they were still in the right position, and kept the big-rigs in the boats. The PRO called a high-wind forecast, and like a mouse in the elephant enclosure, this caused a stampeded the rest.

Murray first to go, called a change to second. All the others rushed to follow, then when they were fully committed Murray confessed to the “dummy”, and he had stayed with big-sail. Out on the course, his grit was rewarded, a sick breeze seemingly guaranteeing him the day, and with it second overall.

Fleet got away in 10knot S-West with strong run-out tide, working shifts up to the top mark at Clarke Is. Just short of the island the breeze built rapidly to 15 knots, sending the front-runners, Gemmell Sails (“twinkle-toes” & Ben Gemmell) Garde (already having the series won convincingly, (Brett Hobson & Alex Johnson) Lincoln Crowne & Company (Jonathan Temple & Richard Jones) and PB Towing (James “skinny” Flemming & Tristram Hamilton) down the harbour toward the bottom mark near Eastern Pile Light in Watsons Bay, all frenetically gybing to stay in the narrow columns of breeze.

This 4 bunched Final Raceat the bottom mark, and spread the rest of the fleet out between Clark Island and Eastern Channel.

The breeze went really fickle on the work back, with Gemmell Sails pulling out, and Hey Charger (Nicholas Barnard & Robbie “Bruno” Polec) moving up on a westerly slant to take the lead, as Gemmell Sails worked further west to consolidate in the breeze.

Garde in the east fell into a personal hole and parked, only metres from boats with pressure. Gemmell Sails & Hey-Charger got stranded in the channel off Bradleys as the breeze deserted them, allowing LCC and PB Towing to pass them in westerly pressure. Gemmell Sails re-took the lead at the top mark, and drove deep to the East in the pressure, followed by LCC and Garde, and this group followed the breeze down the east shore.

The breeze then shifted back to the west, causing the eastern 3 boats to underlay the mark, and bringing Hey-Charger charging down over them in the west; Gemmell Sails & LCC held them off and were overlapped rounding the bottom mark.

The breeze fell out again and allowed Gemmell Sails with the big-rig to extend again. Garde found another hole on this work and got dropped again. Breeze held steady for the rest of the race, allowing Gemmell Sails a comfortable victory, from Lincoln Crowne, then Hey Charger ahead of Garde.

Regatta already won by Garde, todays result gave Gemmell Sails second overall, tied with LCC but got there on a count bck.

Thanks to all Woollahra Sailing Club for hosting the event, especially to all the volunteers that gave up their long weekend.

Heats 4 & 5: Australian 12ft Skiff Titles second days racing saw the ever consistent Garde (Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson) seal the overall regatta victory with a first and second, giving them the Championship with a race to spare.

It also saw the first heat winner other than Garde, with Gemmell Sails, sailed by Murray ‘twinkle-toes Press and Ben Gemmell taking victory in a closely contested race five.

The forecast 10-15 knot saw the usual rigging park anxiety, with the customary sledging in the anxious time when the rig choice is decided. All the fleet finally chose big-sail. Format was a laid-mark 2 lap windward-return, followed by a shortened North-East course, to Beashel Buoy twice.

Start of race four saw a swing left in the last 30 seconds before the gun, leaving the fleet just crossing the line on Starboard and bunched on the pin. The front runners headed to the western shore, with the bulk of the fleet going east into Nielsen Park, keeping the whole fleet tight when they re-bunched half way up the work.

Into the top mark it was Garde, followed by Gemmell Sails, then Lincoln Crowne and Company (Jonathan Temple and Richard Jones) then PB Towing (the first of the Queenslanders, sailed by James ‘skinny’ Flemming and Tristram Hamilton). Down the square run, the whole fleet gybing back and forth across the harbour seeking pressure.

At the bottom mark it was Garde ahead of Gemmell Sails ahead of LCC then PB Towing. Up the last work these places maintained, with Garde extending slightly. On the final run PB Towing pulled deeper and passed LCC into third, with Skol in fifth, this being the order of the finish.

Race 6 was the longer course to Beashel Buoy, a little fresher than the first race. From the start, most went left to the western-shore, where a Manly ferry pushed Garde back to the right, with Gemmell Sails crossing the ferry to take the western shore. ½ way up the work it had settled in to a tussle between Garde, Gemmell Sails and Lincoln Crowne, with Giddy-up (Queensland, Paul O’Malley Jones and John Cole) right on their heels, with less than 50m between these 4 at the top mark.

Down the square run, Garde and Gemmell Sails went to the West, LCC stayed in the east and found some pressure keeping them in the running.

This group was closely followed by PB Towing, all the fleet getting good depth with the big spinnakers in the building breeze. ‘Twinkle-toes’ Press made his move on this run, eating into the small lead that Garde held, gaining a small lead at the bottom mark.

Up the final work, with the breeze kicking in to 14 knots getting the big-rigs right to the top end of their wind-range. Garde struggled in the increased pressure more than Gemmell Sails, letting ‘Twinkle-toes’ stretch their lead to a comfortable margin, with 50 m between second and fourth.

The finish saw Gemmell take the win, from Garde, then LCC then PB Towing then Giddy-up then Skol. Final race tomorrow with the regatta decided, with Gemmell Sails looking comfortable for second overall. by Jonathon Temple

Heats 2 and 3: The forecast 20-30 knot with the suggestion that it would ease through the afternoon to 20 knots saw the fleet nervously deciding rig-combinations on the beach, and watching the wind-strength readings up to 30 knots at the airport. This saw the choice being predominantly 4th rigs, with smaller mains and jibs setup and a smaller spinnaker rigged.

Out to the start of race 2, lots of upturned skiffs between the club and the start-line as people became used to the conditions.

The 2 races were both taken out convincingly by Garde, sailed by Brett Hobson & Alex Johnson, stamping their imprimatur on the series with 3 wins from 3 starts. Race 2, 3 laps windward-leeward Rose Bay to Taylor Bay got away cleanly, with Garde leading around the top mark, followed closely by Skol, (Peter Polec and Jamie McCrudden) then Giddy up (Paul O’Malley Jones and John Cole), then Lincoln Crowne & Company (Jonathan Temple & Richard Jones).

Very fast and wild ride across the bumpy harbour reach to Taylor Bay, places unchanged for the start of the second work. The conditions were beginning to take their toll on the fleet, spread out across the harbour, with a number of upturned hulls indicating stories to be told, and both Geotherm (Scott Hobson and Damian Vlotman) and D-Unit (Adam Forbes and Richard Johns) destroying their rudder outriggers taking them out of the race.

The final run to Taylor saw Garde with a commanding lead over LCC with Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Ben Gemmell), and Skol hot on the heels. Gemmell Sails and twinkle-toes Press outsmarted LCC on the finish, to take 2nd by 3 seconds from LCC, with Skol 4th.

Race 3 followed directly after race 2, a shorter 2 lap windward Leeward with a shortened work. Away clean in pressure, with the usual crowd leading up the work, with only Brett on Garde having the nous to have noted the severely shortened leg and the relocated top mark, giving them a clean rounding and the bulk of the fleet having to reach down to the mark, and commence the long chase to catch the now-distant Garde.

Some bedlam down the run saw a number of the frontrunners down the mine, leaving Skol and LCC to round together, having telescoped the massive lead that Garde had begun the run with.

The second work followed the form of the first, Skol dropping off the pace a little, allowing LCC through to 2nd, and this was the order of the finish. The starters boat had a spread of wind readings from 16 to 35 knots over the afternoon, and noted that Garde completed the one mile plus run in under 4 minutes.

Race 4 & 5 tomorrow forecast massively different, big-rig looking like the call for the day.

Heat 1: Forecast 12-14 knot, fleet on the beach, marginal big and second rig. The scene on the water persuaded all to go with big rig; 35 minutes from the start a gust came through and a welter of big-rigs were pulled out for a mad rig-change. Only Commodore Ben and Nick Barnyard had had the foresight for 2nd sail from the beginning.

Start saw the fleet line up with marginal 2nd rig pressure, away up the starboard beat to the west shore saw the few big-rig boats looking good, led by Fungus and Clewie on Kiroshi. The fleet was lead by the usual suspects, Gemmell Sails & Garde path-finding, with Lincoln Crowne & Company yapping at their heels.

In the final approach to the Beashel bouy the top order was interrupted with Arrogant Frog, having a blinder of a work with the big-rig, Geotherm finding breeze in the East and pushing into the order along with Nick Barnyard on Hey Charger. The crowd at the mark-rounding, Gemmell Sails first by a whisker, with Geotherm , Lincoln Crowne, Garde, PB Towing and Kiroshi all overlapped.

Murray & Ben bolted down the run, clearing out to a tidy lead, leaving the pack to get all over each other. Through to the Shark Is gybe-mark, all overheated and pressed, closing on Gemmell, who bolted again after the gybe. Bottom mark, Gemmell Sails again a good gap, followed by Garde then LCC.

After the rounding, Gemmell broke their trapeze strop, dumping them in the water, and causing twinkle-toes Press to break the tiller-extension in the process. This handed the lead to Garde, Kiroshi coming into 2nd as LCC snarled their halyard in the drop.

Up the work, in this order, patchy breeze coming in and out of 2nd rig pressure. Hey-Charger and Kiroshi fell off the twig, with the fleet starting to spread out.

On the square-run, Garde had a 200m gap, using this margin to gybe several times to cover PB Towing & LCC.

At the bottom mark for the last time, Garde leads by 30 seconds, LCC 5 seconds ahead of PB Towing, with Geotherm a further margin back, just ahead of D-Unit then the limping Gemmell Sails.

This was the order of the finish for the first heat, with 2 heats tomorrow and a forecast breeze of over 20 knots


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Variety Port Jackson Championship

Race Results         Race Results – Handicap

Gemmell Sails are the 2012 Variety Port Jackson Sprint Champions after an exhilarating day of actioned packed racing on Sydney Harbour.

Gemmell Sails (Murray Press & Ben Gemmell) started the day with high hopes for their new big rig, an investment that did not disappoint winning 3 of the 4 short races. Their speed and experience in the shifty big sail East North East breeze was enough to beat consistent performer Garde (Brett Hobson & Alex Johnson) who had 1 win and 3 podiums.

Race one was not a clean start with Variety (Adam Forbes & Richie Johns) a tad too keen jumping the gun by 1 second, having to return and restart. All other skiff got away cleanly, with Gemmell Sails looking the goods straight off the start line, building a solid lead up the first work. Their top mark rounding was one of only a few blemishes on an otherwise faultless day as they let Garde sneak ahead. Garde extended her lead down the kite run, and left Gemmell to fend off Lincoln Crowne and Geotherm.

Gemmell Sails displayed true speed up the next work, reeling Garde in before blasting past them on the final run This was a great come from behind win separating the two by a few seconds. Lincoln Crowne picking up 3rd and Geotherm 4th.

This set the scene for the next race. In race two Gemmell Sails had another flawless start and first work, leading at the first mark, this time with no mistake in their rounding. They were untouchable in this race and went on to record another win. The minor placing’s were again close, with LCC coming home 2nd, Garde 3rd and Variety in 4th.

There were some changes in the order of things for race three, just to keep it interesting. Garde snuck around the first mark just ahead of the chasing pack They defended their position gallantly just managing to hang on to first place from a final downwind run challenge from Vantage Real Estate (Jack Winning and Brett Phillips). Vantage had a stellar race to score a 2nd place. Gemmell finished 3rd keeping them at the top of the leader board and needing a solid result  in the final race to stay there, Lincoln Crowne finished 4th.

Going into the fourth and final race, Gemmell Sails only needed to beat Garde to take out the Inaugural Variety Port Jackson Championship. Right from the start they were focused and looking strong. They continued to do all the right things, once again leading at the first mark with Garde buried back in the pack. Lincoln Crowne were looking comfortable in second place with Pennyliss (Will Oxby & Ian Goodman) in third.

Garde made a charge on the last lap, but were too late to catch Gemmell Sails, they instead picked up another 2nd place, Lincoln Crowne hanging onto 3rd, and Pennyliss having a great race coming home 4th.

Final podium results for the day were first Gemmell Sails, Second Grade and third Lincoln Crowne. Handicap podium results were first Vantage Real Estate, Second Penny Liss and third Variety. A sensational day was had by all fifteen skiffs and crew, enjoying the seemingly rare sunshine that beamed down on Sydney harbour. The actioned packed short race format of the Variety Port Jackson Championship was unanimously deemed a stunning success by all competitors, who were excited by the tight racing on the harbour and delighted to be doing it whilst raising the awareness of Alopecia Areata.

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2013 Interdominions Information Released

Hosted by Brisbane 18ft Skiff Sailing Club

4th – 12th January 2013 (TBC)

The Queensland 12ft Skiff Association (on behalf of the Brisbane 18ft Sailing Club) propose to host the 2013 12ft Skiff Interdominion Championship on Brisbane’s Waterloo Bay.

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QLD 12ft skiff Interdominion Regatta Page.


The proposed dates for the regatta will be (TBC):-

  • Unpack boats & Welcome BBQ – Thursday 3rd January 2013
  • Invitation Race – Friday 4th
  • Race 1 – Saturday 5th
  • Race 2 & 3 – Sunday 6th (Dinner function)
  • Lay Day – Monday 7th
  • Race 4 & 5 – Tuesday 8th
  • Race 6 & 7 – Wednesday 9th (Dinner function)
  • Lay Day – Thursday 10th
  • Heat 8 & 9 Friday 11th
  • Heat 10 & Presentation Dinner – Saturday 12th
  • Pack up boats – Sunday 13th

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Brisbane Water Championship

Race Results

Garde secured a comfortable win after several battles throughout the early part of the race.

There was some confusion as to the location of the top mark up the first work as the breeze continued to oscillate from East to North East.

Eventually all crews found it soon after the start, in a light big rig breeze.

All skiffs remained closely bunched in the early parts of the first work. Geotherm and Skoll looked to be creeping ahead till Geotherm nearly capsized backwards. They managed to stay upright, but in doing so took out Skoll. This let Garde sneak through to lead at the top mark, ahead of Skoll (who recovered from their tangle), D-unit and Panadol.

A slow and tangled spinnaker set on board Garde nearly caused a capsize and let Skoll and Panadol roll past, while Geotherm elected to sail high before setting the spinnaker. The move would pay off, allowing them to pass all but Skoll to be 2nd at the wing mark.

At the bottom mark, Skoll still led, but all were closely bunched. D-unit and Geotherm rounding 2nd and 3rd, and Garde just sneaking inside Panadol.

Geotherm had another near capsize backwards up the next work, allowing Garde to pass.

At the top mark, Skoll, D-unit and Garde opened up a nice lead on the pack, but the three skiffs remained close over the next lap of the race.

Garde passed D-unit early on in the 3rd work, and then Skoll in the latter parts to hold a slender leader around the top mark.

Skoll closed the gap right up at the wing mark, before Garde got away again, and then closed it again at the bottom mark.

D-unit had spinnaker issues on the way to the wing mark which allowed Geotherm to pass.

Garde covered Skoll the entire next work, and remained in front to the finish.

D-unit had a stellar last work to close the gap to Geotherm to within seconds at the final top mark, however Geotherm managed to hold them out to claim 3rd place by 3 seconds.

Panadol picked up 5th and with that won the handicap.

52nd Interdominion Championship

Race Results          Race Results – Handicap

Gemmell Sailmakers – Interdominion Champions

Nick Press and Andrew Stevenson sailed Gemmell Sailmakers to victory in the 12ft Skiff Interdominion championships over the new year period.

The win brings up a hat-trick of victories for Nick, who won the last two events aboard his normal boat Dimension Polyant.

To make the win even more impressive, it is the first time that Nick and Andrew have teamed up, the first time Andrew has crewed at a regatta, and all in a borrowed boat.

A smaller than usual contingent of 12’s contended the event, but there was no shortage of top boats with 6 time champion Tim Bartlett in the mix, along with recent Auckland champion’s C-tech (Chris Reid and Ben De Fluiter), Australian crews of Garde (Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson) and the renamed skiff of JJ Robertson (Adam Forbes and Richard Johns).

The regatta started off well for Gemmell Sailmakers, taking out the invitation race and heat 1, all sailed in a 25-30knot north east breeze with large waves caused by wind against tide. The breeze took its toll on most crews for heat 3, and when Gemmell had a capsize they finish 5th. Garde finished 1st with C-Tech 2nd.

The breeze swung to the south west for heats 3 and 4, but remained fresh. The first race of the day was postponed on shore for 2 hours as the wind was gusting above 35knots. When the breeze dropped and the racing got underway, it was the C-Tech crew who got the jump on the fleet and went on to record their only win of the series. Gemmell were not far off the pace to pick up a 3rd place. In heat 4 it was another kiwi crew that blasted up the first work, that of Tim Bartlett in Frankinskiff, to put a good lead on the fleet at the first mark, and go on to take a comfortable win. Gemmell Sails had a swim at the bottom mark rounding during the race to put them back in 5th place.

For heats 5 & 6 the breeze went back into the North East, and was a bit lighter than the previous days, with most crews opting for 2nd rig. Gemmell Sails got a bullet in heat 5 from Frankinskiff in 2nd. Tragedy struck the kiwi crew of Absolute CNC (the eyelet pulled out of the head of their spinnaker) in heat 6 whilst they were clear leaders and heading to the finish. This left Garde in the lead down the final run, with Gemmell picking up a 2nd place.

Heats 7 & 8 were sailed in a similar breeze, however the morning started off lighter and meant most skiffs went with their big rig. Tim Bartlett showed exceptional speed to lead both races before having a capsize and losing their spinnaker meaning they were soon back in the pack. In heat 7, Gemmell would pick up another win, followed by C-Tech, and JJ Robertson having a stellar race finished in 3rd. All skiffs sailing exceptionally well to get their big rigs around the course.

In heat 8 it was the Ugly Stick crew of Simon Ganly and Rod Shave’s time to shine, and pick up their first heat win in an interdominion. After having gear failure in heat 7 and forced retirement, they came out for heat 8 with their 2nd rig and showed true speed. C-Tech finished 2nd, just holding out Gemmell in 3rd and Garde in 4th who had also changed down to 2nd rig.

Heat 9 was sailed in a very light and shifty Northerly breeze, and meant the fleet was working into a heavy tide. C-Tech lead for most of the day before falling in a hole on the way to the wing mark for the final time. This allowed Gemmell to overtake and grab another bullet.

In the final race, Gemmell Sails just needed to stay within two places of C-Tech to finish off the regatta, and they looked to be doing all the right things off the start, to hold a lead at the top mark.

They were never headed from there and went on to record their 5th win of the regatta, enough to claim victory overall from C-Tech by 5 points with Garde a further 4 points back.

New Zealand won back the team’s trophy, but not after a strong fight back from the Aussie team after a slow start.

JJ Robertson won the Jack Winnng Trophy for handicap champion.

All race results and daily videos from the event are available from the Auckland Sailing Club website, plus there is information on the regatta face book page.

Thank you to Maersk Line and JJ Robertson for their continued support of the event, along with regatta sponsors Harken, North Sails, Fine Line and ARG Marine Media.

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Lincoln Crowne State Championships

Race Results          Race Results – Handicap

Heat 6: Dimension were back in the game after some repairs and held a lead up the first work of heat 6. Garde were forced to do a penalty turn after a run in with Dimension which saw them lose time on the leader. Dimension rounded the top mark first, followed by Skoll, LCC, Garde and Gemmell all close, with Geotherm in 6th.

Down the run, Dimension opened a nice lead while LCC capsized at the bottom mark. Garde briefly crossed Skoll before over shooting the bottom mark allowing Skoll back in, and then capsizing whilst trying to round it.

Gemmell and Geotherm rounded next.

Dimenion and Skoll were comfortably 1st and 2nd respectively up the next work, LCC made a charge to pull back in front of Garde and hold 3rd place. The two skiffs were neck and neck down the second spinnaker run to Chowder. LCC were forced to jibe early to give Garde room for water as the shore line was fast approaching, they capsized during their rushed jibe. This allowed Garde some breathing space to hold 3rd place to the finish, with Skoll remaining 2nd and Dimension 1st.

The final results saw Dimension win their 3rd consecutive State Championship, with Garde 2nd , and Skoll 3rd.

Geotherm picked up the Handciap from Skoll, both for their consistent improvements through the first half of the season.

The full list of the final standings can be downloaded here.

Many thanks to Lincoln Crowne for their support of the event, and all the volunteers at Lane Cove, Abbotsford and Woollahra Sailing Clubs for their help and all they had to endure through 4 days of intense racing.

Heat 5: A fresh southerly wind blasted across the harbour, and all skiffs went with their smallest rigs.

Garde, Gemmell and Skoll tussled it out at the front of the fleet up the first work, while championship leader Dimension were seen on their side back off the start line affecting some repairs. It was later revealed that the jib down haul had broken.

Garde got the jump at the top mark rounding, and took off down the long spinnaker run to chowder bay. Second around the top mark was Skoll, then Gemmell and closely followed by Geotherm.

Geotherm had a great run to the bottom mark to round in second place just ahead of Skoll. Skoll would get back to 2nd after a quick swim by Geotherm up the next work.

Garde held a comfortable lead for the next lap and a half of the race and went on for the win with Skoll picking up 2nd and Gemmell sneaking in front of Geotherm for 3rd.

Heat 4: There was some debate on the rig choice with the breeze seeming to bend around to the NE, with an easterly forecast of 15 knots. Most skiffs opted for 2nd rig with some going with big. Dimension Polyant were one such skiff and sailed an exceptional race with the big gear up to take victory by 4 seconds from Garde.

Gemmell Sails finished 3rd with Skoll picking up 4th.

Off the start line all skiffs remained close and headed to the left side of the course, Dimension holding a slender lead from PB Towage (on tour with some other crews from QLD) and Skoll and LCC.

Dimension rounded the top mark first by a few seconds to PB, LCC and Garde, the latter sneaking inside LCC for the kite set, and soon passed PB who had some spinnaker issues.

Dimension pulled away around Shark Island under their big spinnaker, while Garde, LCC and Skoll rounded simultaneously. Garde held the inside line to hold second place, with all 3 skiffs making up time on Dimension who, being first, had the joy of finding the bottom mark in the setting sun.

The breeze kicked a little and allowed Garde to gain on Dimension, they would get their noses in front for a brief moment, with both skiffs ducking transoms for several tacks.

Gemmell Sails made a charge up the fleet to move into third place, but it was Dimension who round the top mark first again. And again they pulled away down the square run, while Gemmell fought with Garde, crossing them momentarily for 2nd place.

Up the final work, Garde went right while Dimension went left initially, and gained some time to first place, and down the final run Garde closed the gap right up to only finish 4 seconds in arrears.

Geotherm won the handicap for their stellar effort of 6th place and only 1 min behind.

Heat 3: D-Unit (Adam Forbes and Richard Johns) got the best of the Start tacking onto port early and working the Northern shore whilst the majority of the fleet headed to far south into limited pressure and pushing against a strong run out tide.

Dimension Polyant (Nick Press and Brad Yabsley) and Gemmell Sails (Murray Press and Ben Faulkner) were the best of the rest despite Gemmell sails attempting to board the Start boat.

At the top mark D-Unit held a small lead after showing some great boat speed in the softening breeze. Dimension Polyant was around next with the pack including Gemmell Sails, Garde (Brett Hobson & Alex Johnson), Vantage Real Estate (Jack Winning and Brett Phillips) and Lincoln Crowne (Jonathon Temple and Richard Jones) in hot pursuit. With building pressure Dimension managed to sneak past D-Unit by the bottom mark and hold a 20m lead heading on the long work to Putney. In the fading breeze D-Unit closed in on and overtook Dimension to take 50m lead at the top mark only to see Dimension Polyant slide back through under spinnaker. By this stage the two leading boats had opened up a huge margin over Gemmell Sails who was comfortably positioned in 3rd ahead of the chasing bunch.

On the short work and run to the finish the margin and positions remained the same with Dimension Polyant picking up the victory, D-Unit taking home a well deserved 2nd and Gemmell Sails home in 3rd

Heat 2: Dimension Polyant jumped to the top of the leader board on Sunday, with two wins from two starts.

It was another testing day for all crews with the breeze oscillating from North West to South West, and strength ranging from 5-18knots.

Dimension got out to an early lead in heat 2 closly followed by Garde. Lincoln Crown made a charge through the fleet, passing both Garde and Dimension to hit the lead up the second work.

LCC extended their lead down the next kite run and looked set to record a great come from behind victory, until gear failure saw them capsize near the final bottom mark. The breakage was related to their spinnaker system and meant they couldnt reset.

They were forced to limp home down the last kite run, leave Dimension to take line honurs.

However LCC managed to hold onto second place by a few seconds from Garde who ran out of time to run down LCC.

Heat 1: Skoll (Peter Polec & Jamie McCruden) sailed a steady and consistent race to take heat 1 of the Lincoln Crown State Championships at Lane Cove.

It was a tough day for all as the breeze continued to build soon after the start. Gemmell Sails held a good lead for the majority of the race, only surrendering it breifly to Garde who would capsize soon after getting their nose in front. Gemmell appear to be untouchable from there, however their lead was perminently taken away when their mast broke with only half a lap of the race to go.

Lincoln Crowne found themselves at the head of the fleet and would go on to cross the finish line first, but would later be ruled OCS.

Garde were running behind Lincoln for most of the race, though Skoll got in front of them breifly in the middle of the race, before being over taken again. Dimension Polyant were charging through the fleet after restarting, but had a few swims and some rigging issues which kept them behind Skoll.

Down the final run into the river, it was looking like Garde would get there over Skoll, however Garde got a little too close to the moored yachts, got blown in on a heavy gust and capsize amoungst them. This allowed Skoll to sneak past again to take the win.

It is a great win for Peter as it was in this same event and location almost a year ago to the day that his old boat was tragically run over by a tall ship. Peter and Jamie worked hard to ge their new boat on the water, and they received their reward today.

1st – Skoll
2nd – Garde
3rd – Dimension


1st – Hood
2nd – Skoll
3rd – Garde

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Inter-club Championships – Parramatta River

Garde Wins Parramatta River Championship

Race Results

Garde won the Parramatta River Championship at the weekend, held by Abbotsford 12ft Flying Squadron.

The northeast breeze seemed to have settled in about 1hr before the start, only to become shifty and inconsistent soon after the gun.

A tight knit group of boats made there way up the first work, to be lead at the first mark by D-unit, with Skoll in second and Garde in 3rd.

Garde got the jump on Skoll during the first down wind leg, and just held second place at the bottom mark rounding.

D-unit and Garde fought it out for the lead over the next lap and half of the race, each taking turns at leading, to only be overhauled time and again.

The battle was also on for 3rd to 6th between Lincoln Crowne, Vantage Real Estate, Skoll and Pennyliss.

D-unit found themselves on the wrong side of luck and unfortunately got stuck in a large hole in the breeze near the final top mark rounding. This allowed Garde to sneak away for the victory.

Sadly for D-unit, a majority of the fleet would also pass them, moving them back to 6th place.

Vantage Real Estate picked up the handicap.


Vantage Real Estate Inter-club Championships

Gemmell Sails Takes Opening Inter-club

Race Results

Gemmell Sails, skippered by Murray Press and guest crewed by Cameron McDonald, won the Upper Harbour Championship at the weekend, held at Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Club.

Gemmell Sails took to the lead soon after the start and kept their nose in front all the way to the finish, despite close challenges from multiple skiffs, in a light and shifty south easterly breeze.

All skiffs went with the big rig option with not a lot of breeze forecast.

While Gemmell Sails jumped to the lead, there was a tussle for the minor places throughout the race, initially lead by Maersk Line and Garde, followed up by Linclon Crowne and Dimension Polyant. Garde had a capsize at the bottom mark to loose touch with the leaders.

Gemmell Sails continued to lead whilst Lincoln, Maersk and Dimension traded places right up to the entrance to the river for the finish.

With anything possible between there and the finish, Gemmell Sails held their nerve to take the win, while Garde caught the gust of the day to be back neck and neck with the others in 2nd place. Their luck continued and carried them through the narrows of the river to steel 2nd place.

Dimension picked up 3rd, with Maersk 4th.

Gemmell Sails also picked up the handicap for their stellar effort, with Maersk Line getting 2nd and Vantage Real Estate 3rd.

51st Interdominion 12′ Skiff Championships

6th – 14th January 2011

Overall Results          Teams Points

Day 1 (Heat 1 & 2) Report
Kiwis sail C-Tech to lead SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion

Chris Reid and Ben de Fluiter sailed C-Tech Ltd to a solid second and a win to take the lead of the Slam 2011 12ft Skiff Interdominion on upper Sydney Harbour this afternoon, but the New Zealanders know they have a big job ahead of them if they are to maintain and take out the annual Australia versus New Zealand Championship. But it was the defending champions, Nick Press/Brad Yabsley on Dimension Polyant (AUS), who won the opening race convincingly after jumping out right on the gun at the pin end of the line. The race committee set up two short races starting from 2.30pm on the north-easterly course, which the leaders completed in just over 45 minutes. Press and Yabsley showed great speed in the puffy medium breezes, especially on the downwind legs. They were fairly untroubled until the final work, when C-Tech caught them up on a shift and chased them round the mark and home downwind towards the finish. While Dimension Polyant was well set up to cross the line, C-Tech’s crew felt they wouldn’t make it, and stalled while gybing the kite, hardly holding their boat upright, allowing Press/Yablsley the win. “It was all on,” said C-Tech’s skipper Chris Reid. “I was surprised the fleet let us go,” said Yabsley, who was further surprised when he and Press port-tacked the fleet after sailing left off the line. “We had plenty between us and the next boats,” he said. According to the Lane Cove sailor, it wasn’t as simple as it looked. “Every time we got to the top mark, we’d almost be becalmed, but we’d take off again downwind. Alex Vaillings on Nuplex (NZL) gave us a bit of a hard time too. Press said the two were “pretty happy,” with their performance, but had to concentrate on getting the small things right. Behind the top two, positions changed up until the second half of the race, when the top 10 got away from the rest of the 34-boat fleet and then the rest split into a further two distinct groups. In Race 2, the lead changed a few times between three boats, but C-Tech stayed solid to score the bullet from a second New Zealand entry, Alex Vaillings/Cameron McDonald (Nuplex), with Dimension Polyant third, giving C-Tech (Reid/de Fluiter the overall lead, while Dimension Polyant is second overall. “It was a difficult race, we had Nick Press off our hip and Murray Press (Gemmell Sails) too,” Reid said. “We just kept chipping away until we got the lead. There was lots of puff at the top mark and our main was inside out a couple of times, it was pressure sailing. “There were times I thought we’d be better off with our second rig, but then we would’ve been murdered in the lulls. It was great to start the regatta with two good results,” said Reid, who confided he was staying with Nick Press: “I’d better be careful, there could be a bit of a chat on tonight,” he laughed. The nor’east gusts wreaked havoc on the fleet; Tim Bartlett’s Frankenskiff had a rig altercation with another boat and damaged her carbon rigging, forcing Bartlett to miss Race 2. The record six-time Interdominion veteran champion from New Zealand will have to pull a rabbit out of a hat to overcome this setback. In a second Kiwi incident, W2’s crew, Sam Trethewey, limped ashore with a suspected sprained ankle, but vowed: “It will get better tonight and I’ll be back on the boat tomorrow.” Elsewhere on the course, several were caught out in gusts and were seen “lying down” on the job down the runs, the most spectacular capsize came from Nick Bernard/Robbie Polec (AUS) who buried Hey Charger off Cockatoo Island, making them the first crew in contention for the Miner’s trophy. There were a few retirements too. The SLAM 12ft skiff Interdominion opening day was enjoyed up close and personal by spectators too. Clarke’s Point at Hunters Hill was the perfect vantage point for the large crowd that gathered. They weren’t disappointed by the action either. Hosted by Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club, with the cooperation of Hunters Hill Sailing Club, Race 3 of the 10 race 51st Interdominion will be held tomorrow, starting from 2.30pm, weather dependent. Further information and results will be posted at: Di Pearson, SLAM 12ft skiff media

Heat 1 Results          Heat 2 Results

Day 2 (Heat 3) Report
Aussies win but Kiwis strong at SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion

Nick Press and Brad Yabsley have sailed Dimension Polyant to its second win to reclaim the lead in the SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion on upper Sydney Harbour today. Locals from the Lane Cove 12s, host of the 51st Interdominion, Press/Yabsley won the first race yesterday on a short course, and backed up again today on a long east-nor-easterly course, claiming the win from NZ entry Nuplex, skippered by five-time Interdominion champion Alex Vallings and crewed by Australian Cameron McDonald, with Garde from Woollahra SC third. “We led from the start and made no mistakes today,” said Brad Yabsley “We got off the start midline and had C-Tech and Nuplex (both from New Zealander) hanging on to us till the top mark, but we rounded and did not look back,” he said. “C-Tech’s ninth place today gives us a bit of a buffer. Bring on more of the top end big rig stuff,” Yabsley said. Nuplex’s crew were happy with their day’s work. “This is our first race together, I’ve just come back from competing at the I14 nationals,” said crew Cameron McDonald, who finished third at that event. ”We never got close to Yabba (Press/Yabsley), but we had a good tussle early on with four boats including Garde (Brett Hobson/Alex Johnson),” admitted McDonald who was struggling with the fact that his skipper was playing the main and not him. “I find it hard to get used to,” he said. Although content with second place today, Vallings commented: “It’s hard to beat Yabba Dabba (Brad Yabsley) in this breeze, which was pretty fresh at times.” After a troublesome first day, one of the SLAM Interdominion favourites, Garde finally came good today with third place. “Everything went wrong yesterday,” Hobson said. “We got caught up in a capsized boat on the start line and it just went downhill from there,” he said. “The boat was quick, but I don’t know where our heads were; things just went from bad to worse. Today we had our heads screwed on right. We got a good start close to the pin, the ducked one or two boats on our first tack and then we went head-to-head with Ginger,” Hobson said, referring to Vallings on Nuplex. “We kept exchanging second and third places, then we had a bad last work, but that’s OK, we’re just taking one race at a time and to finish the regatta top five would be good.” It was a bit of a Kiwi slaying today – Aussie boats were first and third, but everyone else up to and including seventh place were New Zealand boats. Perhaps it is because of a Twitter message sent over the airwaves to the Kiwis. It appears the SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion is being followed even by those at sea. Alex Vallings former 12 crew, Andy Meiklejohn, who is crewing on Hugo Boss in the double-handed around the world Barcelona Race, took time out to send a Twitter message overnight: “A little more breeze would be nice but we are still hoping for gains. Go the Kiwi skiff team at the 12ft Interdominions in Sydney!” New Zealander, Meiklejohn, is awaiting the return of his skipper, Alex Thomson, who is recovering from an emergency appendix operation. He and last-minute replacement skipper, Wouter Verbraak, are currently at the back end of the field. We wish them all the best. The fleet got away in an east-north-easterly, but not before a general recall and then some OCS’s at the 2.40pm start. Disappointment for a few on what was otherwise a beautiful day out with 12-15 east-nor-easterly wind under sunny blue skies. First out after crossing the start too early were Alison Chapman/Tim Barraclough (CST Composites) and Martin Debelle/Ian Turley (Barking Mad) both from Woollahra Sailing Club. A third Woollahra boat, D-Unit (Adam Forbes/Richard Johns) thought they were over too, so returned and re-started, losing them valuable time. Conditions took their toll on others; Arrogant Frog, sailed by father and son Peter and Steve Hill, was first out after the jib cleat let go on their brand new carbon/foam boat. Easily fixed, but not in time for the Abbotsford sailors to get back in the race. Next ashore were cousins Heidi and David Winning, who ripped their brand new black kite, then it was the turn of another father and son combination, New Zealanders Billy and Will Wright sailing W2, whose prod broke off the front of the boat when a power boat sped in front of the 12. This on top of Will doing a ligament injury to his ankle yesterday, which will keep him ashore for a couple of days. Late in the race, Martin Hughes design’s mast snapped, leaving Sam Marshal/Sam Trethewey from Auckland floundering. Hosted by Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club, with the cooperation of Hunters Hill Sailing Club, Race 4 of the 10 race 51st Interdominion will be held tomorrow, starting from 2.30pm, weather dependent.

Heat 3 Results

Day 3 (Heat 4) Report
Dimension Polyant wins thriller at SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion

Today’s Race 4 of the SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion on Sydney’s upper Harbour was a thriller to the end, Lane Cove’s Dimension Polyant taking the lead from New Zealand’s Frankenskiff down the last run of the easterly course and fighting off challenges from the Kiwis for the rest of the race to consolidate their series lead. Nick Press and Brad Yabsley representing Lane Cove 12s, came ashore exhausted but happy with their third win from four races. They are on six points, 13 clear of nearest rival C-Tech (Chris Reid/Ben de Fluiter, NZL), after beating 59 year-old Tim Bartlett, the record-holding winner of six Interdominions and his crew Adam Miller (Frankenskiff) over the line by seven seconds. Press said this afternoon “It was good tight racing. We didn’t get a good start and rounded the top mark in sixth place. We started to pick them off one by one. We got Frankenskiff on the last run when they screwed up a gybe and we sailed straight through them in good pressure. Yabsley takes up the story: “After that, they got a good lift off Greenwich and we got the headsail twisted around the forestay and they caught us up,” he said. Press continued: “From there, it was tack for tack. It was very stressful. They were smoking downhill – they’re very quick. At the top mark for the last time, there was only a millimetre between us, and we gybed just in time to beat them over the line.” Frankenskiff’s Adam Miller responded: “It’s hard for us old boys to keep up with the younger guys. It’s really hard work sailing against Dimension Polyant, they’re really good sailors and we don’t get out every week and sail like a lot of these guys do.” Third place today went to Michael Spies/Damian Vlotman on Andrew Short Marine from Lane Cove, but not before a challenge from Woollahra Sailing Club’s Brett Hobson/Alex Johnson on Garde. “It’s the first time we had the second rig in – so it was great to lead the fleet early on, we’re not as fast as some of the others,” Spies, from Lane Cove, said ashore this afternoon. “I think that’s my best result as a skipper in the Interdominion,” said Spies. “I think Garde let us off the hook a bit,” he said, referring to the last run when Hobson/Johnson overtook them momentarily but allowed back in. Gemmell Sails (Murray Press/Ben Gemmell) from Lane Cove are third overall on 21 points after their sixth place today, with Andrew Short Marine just one point adrift of them, with Garde holding down fifth spot, a further point away. The oldest team in the fleet, Jack Winning (62) and Brett Phillips (53) also had a great day, their seventh place overall handing them the handicap win. There was less carnage today as the gusts were fewer and far between in a predominantly easterly breeze that veered east-north-east at times, on a hot and humid day. Early disappointment for five-time Interdominion champion Alex Vallings (NZL), who broke a side stay on Nuplex before the race started, and that was the end of the boat race for he and Cameron McDonald. After returning to the start line yesterday, convinced they were over early, Adam Forbes/Richard Johns on D Unit should have considered that move for today, as they were pinged for being over the start early and having no idea, the Woollahra Sailing Club pair continued to race. At Call Powered by Bainbridge International Ed Blackman/Brad Greenrod (Lane Cove) and ASCC crewed by Nick Catley/Joshua McCormack (NZL) also retired. Hosted by Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club, with the cooperation of Hunters Hill Sailing Club, tomorrow is a layday. Races 5 and 6 of the 10 race 51st Interdominion will be held on Tuesday, starting from 2.30pm, weather dependent. Once six races are completed, a race drop will come into play and is certain to change the results up, with some of the top contenders already scoring DNF’s over the last three days.

Heat 4 results

Day 4 (Heat 5 & 6) Report
12ft Skiff Interdominion - Father and son battle

There is a number of father and son combinations sailing at the SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion being sailed on upper Sydney Harbour this week, but today a father and son thrashed it out from opposing boats and both came up with the goods. At the helm of Dimension Polyant (Aus) is Nick Press and at the helm of Gemmell Sails is his father, Murray Press; both sail for Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club, host of the Interdominion. Racking up a third and a win in Races 5 and 6 today, Nick and his crew Brad ‘Yabba’ Yabsley have a commanding 13 point lead in the series. And following the two races, sailed in a tricky breeze that clocked between east-nor-east and nor-east, with the pressure anywhere between 10 and 20 knots, Gemmell Sails, has moved up to third place overall after scoring third and second places in some of the most exciting racing of the Championship so far. Murray Press and his crew Ben Gemmell missed out on winning Race 6 by just one second to consistently well-sailed Garde, crewed by Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson from Woollahra Sailing Club, who move into second place overall now that the first drop of the series has come into play. Murray Press was more than happy with second place – he beat his son home by one place and nearly two minutes. ‘It happens rarely, so it’s good to beat him,’ Murray said with a big smile. ‘I’m looking forward to giving him a bit of curry around the dinner table tonight. ‘Our good results have kept us in the mix. It was a funny sort of day; too much breeze some of the time and not enough some of the time, but the No.2 rig was the right way to go. There was a lot of debate amongst the guys as to whether to go out with the No. 1 or 2. It was a bit hard to pick,’ he said. Nick Press and Yabsley were happy with their day’s work. ‘We can keep this up if we continue doing the little things right. We just have to keep it ticking along and stay out of trouble,’ Yabsley said. He described the day as: ‘Full pressure one minute, under pressure the next. Racing was a lot closer in Race 6, the front pack got away from the rest.’ Others were not so lucky today, none more so than veterans Jack Winning and Brett Phillips on Vantage Real Estate (Lane Cove). They broke their rudder pin towards the end of Race 5, but found a replacement in time to hit the course for Race 6, but it was not to be. ‘We got hit by a rain squall just before the start (Race 6) and went for a swim. We decided to stay in the water until we were ready to start, but BT Towage came along and wiped out our backstay. Just not our day,’ Winning commented. Many others found themselves back on the beach at Hunters Hill SC too. Among them, Maersk Line (Jakub Ronowizc/Craig Nicholson) from Lane Cove had Barking Mad (Martin Debelle/Ian Terley) from Woollahra SC round up into them. Both came ashore minus a fair bit of their rigs. ‘It was pretty ugly and it happened so quickly,’ Ronowizc said. One sailor who came ashore smiling was Alison Chapman, who is new to the class. Sailing with various partners this week, she has finished four of the six races sailed, exceptional for a first-timer, and even more so because she only weighs 48 kilos, a big ask in these hard to handle boats. A champion sailor in the Cherub, Flying 11 and 29er classes, the WSC skipper is taking it in her stride. ‘I’ve never steered from the wire (trapeze) before, but we’re getting better every day. We had a few kite problems today. We were a bit unlucky, but at least we finished,’ Chapman said. ‘It’s a fun boat, but it’s a bit heart-stopping going downhill in a bit of breeze,’ she said, adding she would continue in the class. Hosted by Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club, with the cooperation of Hunters Hill Sailing Club, the 51st SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion continues with two further races tomorrow and finishes on Friday, 14 January. by Di Pearson

Heat 5 Results          Heat 6 Results

Day 5 (Heat 7 & 8) Report
SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion cockatoo carnage captured by cats

SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion was a day of carnage as a big gusty east-nor-easter picked off one boat after another in Race 7 at Hunters Hill today – and not even the top starters were immune – startled river cat passengers saw all off Cockatoo Island as the out-of-control skiffs barrelled downwind under kite. Some survived, some did not. It was a day of ‘no guts, no glory – and when the going got tough – the tough kept going. It was day that belonged to 2009 Interdominion champion and reigning national champion, Garde, crewed by Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson from Woollahra Sailing Club who came home with two wins and big grins. ‘It was pretty gusty – pretty gnarly,’ Johnson said of the winds that peaked at 30 knots. ‘You had to pay attention the whole time or you’d find yourself in the drink. You had to keep an eye on the traffic, the gusts and the shifts, but we had a big win in Race 7,’ he said. Skipper Brett Hobson commented on their day. ‘We’ve got a day to go and we have to remember that, but it feels great to come ashore with two wins. We tried to keep our noses clean and tried to sail a bit safely; we took it one mark at a time,’ he said. ‘That was one of the hardest days I’ve sailed. The sea was short and sharp,’ Hobson admitted. Chris Reid, the skipper of Kiwi entry C-Tech agreed: ‘I have to admit I’ve struggled with the venue a bit; the traffic and the shiftiness, but everyone’s had to deal with the same stuff. There were a few ferries on the course today and a few of the skiffs got taken out in the lull behind a ferry. It was tough but fun at the same time,’ he said. His crew, Ben de Fluiter commented: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever sailed in a place that’s as hard as this one.’ Maybe that’s why the next two best boats did so well. Series leader, Dimension Polyant (Aus), sailed by Nick Press and Brad Yabsley and Gemmell Sails crewed by Nick’s dad Murray Press and Ben Gemmell both sail for the SLAM Interdominion organisers, Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club. Press/Yabsley scored third and second places today, while Press/Gemmell came home with a pair of fourths. ‘We had a great day really – no swims – so that was a bonus. We tried to say conservatively, but that was impossible in those conditions. I reckon we were doing 20 knots in 30 knots of breeze at times,’ Murray Press said. ‘The Garde and Dimension Polyant guys know how to drive a boat hard in that sort of weather and it makes for great viewing. You can do that when you’re young!’ In what is now a close series, the reigning Interdominion champions Dimension Polyant (AUS) leads Garde by three points, with Gemmell Sails third on 20 points with two race drops in place. So the SLAM Interdominion and the Silasec trophy will go to one of the top two. While the day belonged to the top boats, spare a thought for others. The crew of Arrogant Frog, Steve Hill, did a swan dive through the headsail, which tore right down the seam, ending their day. Maersk Line broke the top section of their mast, her skipper Jakub Ronowicz is still wondering how it happened. The Lane Cove skipper told, ‘We’d just rounded the top mark and put our spinnaker up, but it didn’t feel right. I didn’t hear anything, but I looked up and the top section was missing.’ CST Composites from Woollahra pulled out of the race, but her crew made quick repairs in time to make Race 8, Panadol Rapid (Lane Cove) came ashore with a big headache, Vantage Real Estate (Lane Cove) was unlucky for a second day running and the lone Queensland entry, Squid, also pulled out. More followed. Opposite the Hunters Hill Sailing Club, Rip, Rack, Roar & Rumble (Lane Cove) nearly ended up on the bricks, Ken Williams and Bob Paton’s boat had to be towed ashore, missing Race 8. Back out on the water, there were more lying down than there were standing. Second overall going into today’s two races, Garde’s crew, Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson (Woollahra SC) sailed down the first run conservatively, not even attempting to hoist a kite. It was to their advantage in the long run. Behind them, the SLAM 12ft Interdominion leaders, Dimension Polyant, went the kite, but quickly hit the drink in the shifty and puffy airs. Many followed behind them, including C-Tech, Gemmell Sails, Frankenskiff, unable to hold up, yet still some behind them chose to hoist – to their disadvantage. A few left their rig choice till the very last and by the time the start gun went just after 2.35pm and it was apparent by then that the small rig was the only way to go. Those with medium really struggled and came ashore before Race 8 to change down. The carnage continued into Race 8 and even the top guys had their moments. Dimension Polyant (AUS) nearly put it in on the second upwind leg and struggled to get back in the race. Behind them, Kiwi boat Frankenskiff, skippered by six-time Interdominion champion, Tim Bartlett, was not so lucky, capsizing just off Hunters Hill SC as the wind continued to fluctuate and shift. Cousins Heidi and David Winning were first out of the race, followed shortly after by Dipolar Software from Lane Cove and Martin Hughes from Auckland. Then Craig Ganley and Craig Anderson brought Dimension Polyant (NZ) ashore with a broken mast. Hosted by Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club, with the cooperation of Hunters Hill Sailing Club, the 51st SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion has layday tomorrow and concludes with two races tomorrow and finishes on Friday, 14 January.

Heat 7 Results          Heat 8 Results

Day 6 (Heats 9 & 10) Report
Dimension Polyant wins consecutive 12ft Skiff Interdominions

Nick Press and Brad Yabsley from Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club have successfully defended their 2010 Interdominion title, sailing Dimension Polyant to a convincing win in the final race win at the 2011 SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion hosted by Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club this afternoon. It was all over at the end of Race 9, when Dimension Polyant came home second behind New Zealand entry Frankenskiff (Tim Bartlett/Adam) Miller in Race 9 this afternoon, with their nemesis, Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson on Garde, third. Press and ‘Yabba’, who have led the series since day one, knew their finish in front of Garde guaranteed them their second title in succession. They were then able to leave the pressure of winning behind them to enjoy the final Race 10, which they won by a massive 2 minutes 20 seconds from Frankenskiff, which had a cracker of a day. Five-time Interdominion champion Alex Vallings (NZL) with Fraser Brown and Cameron McDonald filling in variously as crew, finished the series third overall. “It’s a really good feeling,” a smiling Nick Press commented this afternoon. In the second race (Race 10) we really let go, because it was already all over,” he said. Press could not differentiate as to which was more difficult to win, the 2010 title, or this year. “Both were as hard as each other. We worked really hard. Dimension Polyant gave us new spinnakers and were really supportive,” said Press, who is thrilled to see his and Yabsley’s name engraved on the Silasec trophy for a second time. Of second placed Garde, the current national champion, Press said: Brett (Hobson) is always hard to beat – and Dad too (Murray, skipper of Gemmell Sails which finished fourth on countback to Kiwi entry Nuplex). Murray, in turn, is very proud of his son’s win. “They deserved it, they sailed well all week,” he said of Nick and Yabba. Yabsley was especially pleased with their big win in Race 10. “It’s amazing what you can do when you’re not feeling the pressure anymore,” he said, adding: “Hanging onto the title is a feeling more than anyone would ever believe – I can’t explain it.” Like one or two others in the fleet, Press will now move to 18ft skiff sailing this Sunday. “I usually race 12s on Saturday and the 18 on Sunday.”The 12 is like a sports car and the 18 is more like driving a bus,” he reckoned. Of their second place overall, skipper Brett Hobson was pragmatic. “Obviously we would have preferred to win, but we had a great regatta. We always new it would be hard to come back from our first day results (10th and sixth places),” he said. “We preferred the big breeze of Wednesday though,” said Hobson, who took out both races that day in a big eas-nor-easter. Today’s conditions did not live up to the forecast of up to 30 knots from the north-east, instead the fleet raced in an up to 20 knot nor’ easter, which most others preferred to the carnage-causing Wednesday conditions. “We’ve got a new boat and we spent months and months building it, so it’s good to know it all works,” said Hobson who explained: “We were well-placed in the last race, but we got the gust from hell on the last run; it drove us right off the course and we couldn’t get back,” he said. However, the Silasec trophy hasn’t completely left Hobson’s hands – it will stay in the family, as his younger brother Scott is to marry Nick Press’ sister, Emma, this year. Best placed of the Kiwi entries, Alex Vallings’ fourth and third places today was enough to knock Gemmell Sails out of third place on countback, the two finishing on 29 points each. Vallings cited “lack of preparation and maybe I’m too experimental,” as to why he did not finish in the top spot. I haven’t used my number 2 rig and I’ve only sailed with my big rig twice – but I haven’t used it for racing yet. I might have been better using my old rig.” But the fact he did not come with a regular crew and sailed with two different crew members he would never usually sail with, says a lot for Vallings’ sailing ability. “I need to do more sailing and with a regular crew,” he said. On the venue, Sydney’s Parramatta River on the upper Harbour, Vallings mused: “Conditions were super tough.” To win, he said, “You have to have a good crew Like most the other Aussie entries, Hobson and Johnson will next contest the Garde Sprint Series in February and the Port Jackson Championship in March. Competitors were told to expect a big nor-easter, but in its place was a lovely nor-east of up to 20 knots, described by competitors as “the best day of the regatta.” Today’s racing was close in Race 9. The top 10 changed places, particularly on the works where most hit the corners, zig-zagging their way up past the start area in the narrow body of water near the Hunters Hill Sailing Club. In Race 10, down the run the first time, Dimension Poylant led by a country mile from Nuplex, Frankenskiff, Gemmell Sails, As Good As It Gets, Garde, C-Tech and Andrew Short Marine, which constantly swapped places throughout the race. On the second downwind, which took the fleet the other side of Cockatoo Island, Dimension Polyant’s lead was around one minute 40 seconds from Nuplex with a second Kiwi entry, Frankenskiff, hot on her tail. Andrew Short Marine (Michael Spies/Damian Vlotman) from Lane Cove 12s won the handicap event from Gemmell Sails (Murray Press/Ben Gemmell) also from Lane Cove 12s, with the Lachie Paramor/Morgan White sailed Cunning Stunts (Woollahra Sailing Club) third. Australia won the Teams Event for the John Brooke Trophy. Other winners will be announced at the prize giving at Hunters Hill Sailing Club this evening. Thirty-four skiffs from Australia and New Zealand contested the SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion, hosted by Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club, with the cooperation of Hunters Hill Sailing Club. The 51st edition of the annual Australia versus New Zealand competition, finished this afternoon.

Heat 9 Results         Heat 10 Results

50th Interdominion 12′ Skiff Championships

9th – 17th January 2010

17th January 2010 - Heat 10
Dimension Polyant (Aust) won the 50th Interdominions today. They placed 3rd in heat 10, three places ahead of rival Frankinskiff, which was just enough to capture the title. The New Zealand Team convincingly won the John Brooke Teams trophy.

The Little Bus won the days heat, again taking advantage of the light conditions. Nuplex placed 2nd, with Dimension Polyant 3rd and Garde 4th.

The racing was delayed for several hours to allow the breeze to settle into the North East. The first lap was very light before the breeze built a little from the North. Dimension took advantage of the building breeze to make there way thru the fleet after an ordinary first down wind leg. Frankinskiff struggled in the lighter air and were unable to fully recover from mid fleet.

The win breaks a 20 year aussie drought on New Zealand waters.

16th January 2010 - Heat 8 & 9

14th January 2010 - Heat 7
Tim Bartlett sailing Frankinskiff hit the top of the leader board today, after they won heat 7 from Nuplex, with Garde 3rd.

Nuplex got out to an early lead from Frankinskiff, the two boats continued to tussle for the lead and jumped away from the rest of the fleet. Up the final work the breeze dropped out and looked to shift from the North to the West. This closed the fleet up before the Northerly filtered back in. Frankinskiff proved to fast and held out Nuplex to record another victory.

1st – Frankinskiff
2nd – Nuplex
3rd – Garde
4th – Dimension Polyant (Aust)

13th January 2010 - Heat 5 & 6
New Zealand skiff Frankinskiff became the first boat to win multiple heats of the series, taking out both heats today.

Heat 5 this morning was sailed in a 20knot South Westerly. Frankinskiff hit the lead from Dimension Polyant (Aust) up the 2nd work and defended her position till the finish.

The Southerly increased to 25knots for the afternoon race, which saw Davie Norris Boats lead for the majority of the race, before Frankinskiff robbed them close to the finish.

The points table is still very close between the top few boats. Dimension Polyant holds a slender lead from Frankinskiff and Gemmell Sails.

12th January 2010 - Heat 4
Gemmell Sails won a tight fought race from Nuplex and Davie Norris Boats in a fresh Big Rig breeze.

Dimension Polyant (Aust) picked up a 4th place to hold a slender overall lead from Gemmell Sails.

10th January 2010 - Heat 2 and 3
New Zealand boat Nuplex won a light and shifty heat 2, from Garde and Gemmell Sails

Heat 3 was taken out by The Little Bus, with Design Source 2nd and Gemmell Sails third, in a Big Rig Northerly.

9th January 2010 - Heat 1
Dimension Polyant (Nick Press) took out heat 1, leading almost from start to finish, in a 18knots SouthWesterly.

Nice Action Too (Hamish Hey) got out to an early lead at the first mark rounding, before capsizing down the spinnaker run. Dimension Polyant took over the lead and held off another late charge from Nice Action Too, who finished 2nd, Frankinskiff (Tim Bartlett) finished 3rd.
The New Zealand team won the day, 110pts to 180pts.

1st – Dimension Polyant (Aust)
2nd – Nice Action Too
3rd – Frankinskiff
4th – As Good As It Gets
5th – Demension Polyant (NZ)
6th – Garde
7th – Design Source
8th – Nuplex
9th – Gemmell Sails
10th – Little Bus
11th – Exonet
12th – Thistle Hill
13th – Andrew Short Marine

The 2010 interdominion marks the 50th Anniversary of the event.