18 Footers Back on the Bay

18s Race Report – 17th Sept 2011

The Brisbane 18 footers set a spectacular seen on Moreton Bay on the weekend.  The blue skies and steady 10 knot breeze was a far cry from the 30 – 40 knot westerly from the previous week. The starters were Dashco Builders, Sailtech Sails, Panasonic QLD and Queenslander.

The four boats started evenly, Laurie’s Panasonic went hard left while the rest of the fleet sailed up the centre of the first windward beat.

Panasonic, sporting their new Sailtech Sails and a lightweight crew, lead from the first mark to the finish. The skiff looked great on the water and was fast all around the course. (Someone’s been practicing!)

Second home was Sailtech Sails, the current state champions and third home was Darryl’s Dashco Builders who were never far behind. Although both crews sailed well, the boys could not match the pace of the leader.

Fourth across the line went to Queenslander with a new (and now permanent) crewmember on board. Unfortunately, their race was lost on the rigging lawn when the brains trust rigged the spinnaker backwards. (Someone hasn’t been practicing!)

All boats looked spectacular on the water and are gearing up for a HUGE season. The Queensland fleet will also soon have David Witt returning from Maxi Yacht racing in Europe plus Shane Smith from the Southport Yacht Club will be campaigning the second Gold Coast team on Asko. The Bulimba Fire Truck will also be back to racing as soon as Matt returns from overseas.

The Queensland fleet now have 7 boats, making it the strongest modern 18 footers fleet so far. Guaranteed, you will be hearing of a lot more excitement this season as the boats race in a variety of venues across S.E. Queensland and further afield.

If you are interested in sailing, spectating or sponsoring the Brisbane 18 Footers please contact us below.

Adam Young
0437 180 561
Brisbane 18 Footers Rep