Celebrating One Hundred Years of Eighteens

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Celebrating One Hundred Years of Eighteens

by Crosbie Lorimer on 11 Mar 2007

Reproduced with the kind permission of Sail-World and Crosbie Lorimer

Yendys flies downwind – Historic 18 Foot Skiff Centenary Championship Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

18 Foot Skiffs have been racing on Sydney Harbour for 100 years this year, which makes the 75 year old Harbour Bridge seem something of a newcomer on the scene.

While none of the original Historic 18 Foot Skiffs that raced on the harbour between the 1900s and the 1950s is still sailing (the original Britannia and Yendys are museum exhibits these days), the revival of the first replica craft in the early 1990s kicked off what is now a steadily burgeoning fleet which races each weekend during the summer from their home at the Sydney Flying Squadron in Careening Cove.

10 boats, including the not-yet-officially-launched Yendys and Australia 4, took to the water today to compete in the first of three races in the Centenary Championships.

Conditions were ideal with a steadily building 12-14 knot southwest to southerly and clear blue skies making for some eyecatching sailing and dramatic downwind action.

Crosbie Lorimer was out on the water capturing the colour and movement. He will be racing on one of the boats later in the month, so watch out for a first hand account of what it’s like to sail at water level.

Crossing tacks – Historic 18 Foot Skiff Centenary Championships © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

Australia crew – Historic 18 Foot Skiffs Centenary Championship © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

Australia 4 first beat – Historic 18 Foot Skiffs Centenary Championship © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

Alruth on the work – Historic 18 Foot Skiffs Centenary Championship © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

Alruth heads upwind – Historic 18 Foot Skiffs Centenary Championship © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

Aberdare and Yendys – Historic 18 Foot Skiffs Centenary Championship © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

The fleet prepares – Historic 18 Foot Skiff Centenary Championships © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

Britannia Yendys and Australia 4 – Historic 18 Foot Skiffs Centenary Championship © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

Britannia leaves – Historic 18 Foot Skiffs Centenary Championship © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

All eyes on the kite – Historic 18 Foot Skiffs Centenary Championship © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

The Mistake on the first beat – Historic 18 Foot Skiff Centenary Championships © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

New and old – Historic 18 Foot Skiff Centenary Championships © Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com