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Aussie 18 Footers -- Timber Skiffs
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Oct 7, 2006, 5:36 PM

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While your US season slows down with the onset of winter we are just starting ours.
The Sydney Flying Squadron Races Replica Skiffs built and owned by Members of the
Australian Historical Sailing Skiff Association Inc (est 1988- inc 1991)

Please excuse the shakey vid as 1, the ferry is a bit bumpy & 2 i am commentating
and have to move around watching what else is happening (no video volunteers yet
sadly ,so i have to compromise vid & mike chat ! )

7th Oct 2006 Heat 3 Spring Pointscore.
John "Woody " Winning steered "The Mistake" to a great win. The fresh conditions lead to only 3 skiffs finishing after gear failure ,capsizes and a trailer sailor destroying a heritage replica ! One design plastic boat kids do not understand that when you "touch" while racing it is not a scratch like their own structure would suffer but a major structural disaster for a carvel planked boat .
They were in the wrong and twice acknowledged they were the windward boat however failed to build sufficient gauge before tacking and their stern collected our Australia, luckily not injuring any of the crew hiking off that gunnel !

Australia Damage ( aftermath in the park )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fibh6cERKTc

Woodies Ride Of the Day !!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5QkZbGfO24




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Oct 18, 2006, 3:14 PM

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NIIICE!!!!

So fine to see the vintages out for a tear...and you blokes certainly have it good on that harbour!


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Oct 21, 2006, 6:29 PM

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Club Championship Race 21 Oct 06

Hard blustery conditions takes toll on Fleet .
Winner John Winning "The Mistake"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-ZDcMvCkFs

Runners Up ,Abadare , Britannia (Race Report)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzMbHSQG86M

Race Leader seen in background a mile in front.

Meanwhile in "Carbonland"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rce70JGLX5I
Michael "Flipper" Carter with Synergy at speed.




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Nov 3, 2006, 5:41 AM

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The Windy city gave a welcome back to Australia last wekend with some guest winged 18 crew onboard who discovered Gaff Rigs can devellop some power in fresh conditions.

http://rapidshare.com/...aSendsiT_1_.avi.html

Abadare won Heat 5 Spring Point Score,..but only by just 2 seconds as a fast moving Alruth closes in.
http://rapidshare.com/...1103-010_1_.avi.html

You Tube
Australia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nONGkjyFfGY

Abadare Win
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1bhC8y_iKk




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Nov 5, 2006, 1:21 AM

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Heat 6 saw milder conditions however a great kite ride to the finish for the winner Alruth.

You Tube
Grabbing the lead in a gust
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxegO_vJGvg
Run to the Finish line.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG3MtRjaPJo

NOTE: about 50 years before the trapeze ,crew used to ride the jockey pole !!

Rapidshare versions

http://rapidshare.com/files/2032118/uvs061105-001alruthGainLead_1_.avi.html

http://rapidshare.com/files/2036615/uvs061105-003AlruthWin4nov06Ht6SPS_1_.avi.html




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Nov 11, 2006, 4:27 PM

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Heat 7 was convincingly won by The Topweight ,aided by guest Helm "Adrian Dunphy"

Unusual South Easterly wind was soft and therefore not much video action sadly.
2nd Alruth & Third Tangalooma

Topweight 2 ( attachement at the bottom of this post) is a pic by David,
Great Granson of the Original boats skipper "Bish Boulton" whos Wife Daphne has been a
keen supporter each week since the replica was launched by The Late Grant Tayor ,in 2001!




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Nov 15, 2006, 2:47 PM

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Clearly the term BOOM VANG had not been heard of the first day those boats hit the water.

And didja check out the cut of the kite. Looks like bed sheets with ropes tied on!

Great footage...now where's the 1920 footage of A Scows in a blow?

-Surfer


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Nov 16, 2006, 2:56 AM

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Great Point as the A Scows are a magic beast Cool
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/
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