Nov 16, 2006, 2:56 AM
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Great Point as the A Scows are a magic beast
Re: [Surfer] Aussie 18 Footers -- Timber Skiffs
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A bit of history circa late 1980s ... The modern A Class Scow, "Our Town of Newcastle",
was based at Lake Maquarie ,approx 100 miles north of Sydney.
A Challange was made to race against the 18`s to see who was the fastest and after 2
races in different conditions + the addition of trapeze on the scow ,the 18 was declared the winner downwind & the A Class Scow upwind.
I imagine a 1920s scow would be faster against a similar vintage 18 like "Britannia"circa 1919,in fresher conditions, however in lighter conditions i think the horsepower of the 18 would prove faster .
The AHSSA skiffs are highly mobile and only require modest sums of money,compared to many of the current "Sailing Circus Events", to airfreight plus with crews who have a resonable "rider" and will begrudingly travel in Business Class longhaul..any takers ???
Another interesting challenge would be to introduce a British "Thames 'A' Rater " ,one of my most treasured qurky sailing adventures in a Race, anywhere,while visiting a few years ago,as they have the scow hull and also the tall rigged appeal of a skiff.
See also .. http://www.thamessailingclub.co.uk/