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18 Feet of WTF

We had Practise Session Number Two on the weekend and I think we’ve nearly got it. Darryl says it’s just a matter of keeping the bottom of the mast under the top of the mast. That way, the top of the mast can’t touch the water. Makes sense. Not sure what’s wrong with our mast, […]

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Sunday Racing 17 October – potential abandonment

Brisbane CityCat Timetable Cancelled After Rain. With the current releases from the Wivenhoe Dam set to impact the Bulimba Point race area over the weekend, the amount of debris and run in the River could increase.  The safety of crew and skiffs alike is paramount and a decision is likely to be made on Sunday […]

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How to set and retrieve a Historical Skiff spinnaker

It’s more of a challenge than you may believe.  Let’s look at the scenario and why it’s a little different to hoisting the spinnaker on a modern boat. The Spinnaker Pole For starters, the spinnaker pole comes in 3 or 4 pieces, so you are assembling it as you pole out.  Also, there’s no topping […]

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Virtually the same

Nothing can beat the real experience of sailing a skiff, any skiff, be it a modern or Classic 18, or one of the Historical 10s.  Squeezing into a wetsuit that has mysteriously shrunk over the winter months (no, honestly!); gingerly dipping your feet into still cool waters; jumping on board and falling over one too […]

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First 18 Footer Kite Run with Darryl and Michael. Woo Hoo!

18s Back Again in 2010

Firstly, congratulations to Laurie on a brilliant job in starting this blog. It has documented the fun and games of learning to sail a winged 18. Laurie has since moved on and Queenslander, one of Brisbane’s two winged boats has sat dormant in the sheds for a season along with his blog … until now. […]

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HYC Humpy Bash

The Fire Truck is back again for another season of punishment from the 18’s. We must be crazy.

Our first race was the Bias Boating Warehouse Humpy Bash, hosted by the Humpybong Yacht Club over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of September. Six races were held over the weekend.

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The old and the newish skiffs

We’re back! 2008-09 Season Kicks Off

Well, we’re back and sailing from a new venue! The two winged 18s and our fleet of Classic 18s will be sailing from Darling Point at Manly this coming season, with a handful of races only being staged from Bulimba (Brisbane River Championship).  The first race will be held on Saturday 13th September from Manly.  […]

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