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18 Apr, 2017 Tom Hill
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UK 18ft Skiff - Calshot 2017

  The Solent was the location for the first round of the 2017 UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix and it delivered two days of exciting racing to get the fleet up...
6 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix Rankings 2016

 Rankings after the EU / UK Grand Prix held at Sandbanks, Poole.  Hosted by Parkstone Yacht Club and Watersports Academy      
4 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 4

  "Heads or Tails" - rig decisions for the final day pay off The final day of the European 18 foot skiff Grand Prix at Sandbanks saw a split in rig choices...
4 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 3

  Day three of the 18 foot skiff European Grand Prix in Sandbanks proved to be as eventful as the forecast indicated with a building breeze and sea state testing all...
3 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 2

  Day 2 dawned on Sandbanks beach, the complete antithesis of day one with grey clouds dominating the skyline and rain on and off throughout the three races. With two rig options,...
2 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill
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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 1

  The 18ft Skiff fleet return for their 6th year to Sandbanks, but this year European crews have joined to make for a great sized fleet. Not much wind was forecast...
2 May, 2016 Editor
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EURO GP1 - Lake Ammersee kicks off the European season

Two British boats travelled to Lake Ammersee this weekend to take part in the first round of the 18ft Skiff European Grand Prix. ChameleonI and The Rutland Chandlery joined the...
1 Apr, 2016 Editor
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Try an 18 Day at Grafham

This weekend saw a couple of skiffs travel to Grafham Sailing Club for our 'Try an 18' Day. The weather couldn't have been better to get new sailors out and...

UK 18ft Skiff - Calshot 2017

18 Apr, 2017 Tom Hill 1
 

The Solent was the location for the first round of the 2017 UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix and it delivered two days of exciting racing to get the fleet up to speed after a winter off the racetrack.

 

Day 1

The reported 12 knots on the course made a couple of the teams question their early season ability in the possible top end No1 conditions, so two boats plugged in the No2 rig and the rest of the fleet launched on their No1 rigs.

The start of the first race was made interesting by Steve McLean’s team on LED bearing away along the line in the last 10 seconds before the gun. Stewart Mears and his team on Pica kept out of the pre-start mess to lead the fleet around the top mark in first, followed by Graham Bridle in ChameleonI. The final positions were settled by the final lap with Pica coming first, LED powering through the fleet to come second and ChameleonI taking third.

The second race had a clean start with a drag race off the line lead by Tom Kiddle’s GBR122. The fleet found their form in the strengthening breeze leading to some close crosses. Tom Hill and the team on Rutland pushed the starboard layline as far as they dared in by the shore, to round amongst the pack. Pica eventually came out on top, followed again by LED and ChameleonI.

The last race started in fresh conditions that continued up to the top mark leaving some boats shuffling an extra few steps back before the bearaway. GBR122 were getting stuck in challenging ChameleonI for the second spot on the first downwind leg, before a kite overboard in the drop sent them swimming. The podium places were the same as the first two races of the day. Alex Lewin’s Union Rose showed determination right until the end of the day, especially impressive with their first day racing in their new boat.

 

Day 2

The overnight forecast had the sailors expecting a lively day on the small rigs. However, the fleet were greeted with a light breeze and a mix of forecasts that suggested wind speeds either side of the rig changeover, so it was another day of split rigs.

The ebbing tide on one side of the course made it look like tactics were all sewn up, but ChameleonI bucked the trend and found breeze out in the tide to see them lead the fleet by quite a margin at the first windward mark. The lead was maintained for two laps for them to sail to their first bullet of the season. Union Rose also got their highest finish of the regatta in this race, stealing a 4th place from LED on the last kite leg.

The second race saw the breeze soften even more and a painful race for the small rigs of LED and Union Rose struggling to keep up. ChameleonI once again got ahead of Pica in the first leg, but couldn’t keep them at bay for the duration, eventually letting Pica through to another win.

The final race was the closest race of the day. Rutland lead the fleet around the top mark with all boats rounding within 20 seconds. The busy kite hoists lead to Pica and Rutland tustling and letting the rest of the fleet through. However, the back was the place to be as a new band of breeze got to these boats first and saw them sail around the rest of the fleet who were parked in very little wind. Rutland rounded first for the second upwind leg and covered the fleet for the final lap to also take their first bullet of the season.

After six races over the weekend, Pica took the title for the first round of the UK Grand Prix 2017, with ChameleonI taking a deserved second place and LED holding onto third place. Pica had some disruption from their usual dominance which will make the rest of the season interesting with some of the talent coming through.

The event was a little different to normal, being run entirely by the Class Association. It was only possible due to a long list of helpers who are owed thanks; Calshot Actvities Centre for excellent launching facilities, ChameleonI for supplying RIBs, Forward Sailing for lending race marks, the Mead family for providing an excellent committee boat and Ian Bullock and the army of Race volunteers that set a great course and quick races.

The UK fleet are now competing at 3 European events over the next couple of months. The first Euro Grand Prix will be raced in Ammersee, Germany, followed by Balaton, Hungary and Lake Garda, Italy. The UK fleet will host final round of the Euro GP in September at Sandbanks, Poole.


 

 

 

18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix Rankings 2016

6 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill 193


 Rankings after the EU / UK Grand Prix held at Sandbanks, Poole.  Hosted by Parkstone Yacht Club and Watersports Academy

 

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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 4

4 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill 186

 

"Heads or Tails" - rig decisions for the final day pay off

The final day of the European 18 foot skiff Grand Prix at Sandbanks saw a split in rig choices as some teams opted to rig for the dropping breeze forecast while others rigged for the stronger gusts. Ultimately, there was a slight upwind advantage with the smaller rigs however the huge big rig sail plan allowed for heavier teams to sail deeper downwind.

The fight for first was between team Pica and team Be Light. Both teams pushed each other hard however Pica had the best score sheet with a 1,5,1 securing them the event win with Be Light in second. The race for the final podium spot was hotly contested between Chameleon I and Original Chia. Experience in overpowered big rig conditions paid ultimately with the Danes holding off a strong charge from Chameleon I to secure third.

The event has also been a great opportunity for newcomers to the class two of which added the following. "Fergus Kelley and Samuel Curtis would like to thank and highly recommend every sailor to try an 18ft skiff at some point in their sailing careers. Great racing and fantastic socials. Looking forward to coming along again".

The UK 18 foot skiff class is very lucky to be able to hold an event from Sandbanks beach and ultimately its thanks to both the Watersport's Academy in Poole for providing the venue and Parkstone Yacht Club for providing all of the on water event management. The UK class would also like to thank title sponsors Chameleon I and support sponsors VRsport.tv, Zhik, C-Tech and English Braids.

 

 

 

18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 4

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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 3

4 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill 171
 

Day three of the 18 foot skiff European Grand Prix in Sandbanks proved to be as eventful as the forecast indicated with a building breeze and sea state testing all of the teams.

The day dawned with moody grey skies and every team opting for their smaller, No2 rigs which when powered up provide the spectacles 18 footers are so well known for with boats jumping fully out of the water on a regular basis.

The first two races were held in 16 - 20 knot wind but the large waves made for a very tricky racetrack with many boats visiting the mine as they got to grips with the conditions. Team Pica were casing Chia for the first lap after a strong start from the Danes. Pica gained the overlap just before the windward mark and held the lead for the rest of the race with Chia in second.

The second race saw a strong return of Be Light to the front of the fleet with Pica leading until a nosedive on the first downwind leg. Be Light, Chia and Union Rose lead the charge for the rest of the race however Pica did sail back into third in the end. With Be Light winning another race positions at the top remained tight.

The final race of the day proved the most challenging with gusts occasionally hitting the high twenties and the biggest waves of the day. Quite often downwind the sea would simply open up as boats tried to maintain control in the top end conditions. For most the conditions proved too much however team Pica sailed conservatively to take the win with Chameleon I in a strong second.

After the final discard kicks in tomorrow, Be Light will still be within two points of Pica ensuring close racing between the teams. Likewise the fight for third will also be very tight between Original Chia and Chameleon I.

 

 

18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 3

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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 3

 

 

 

 

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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 2

3 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill 155
 

Day 2 dawned on Sandbanks beach, the complete antithesis of day one with grey clouds dominating the skyline and rain on and off throughout the three races.

With two rig options, the 18 footers have a great advantage over many high performance dinghies with the ability to tailor the sail plan for the prevailing conditions. While this provides another tactical element to racing it also gives the skiffs enormous range in both light and winda conditions. Today the fleet split with half racing on the small (No2) rig and the rest using the larger (No1), ultimately it was the big rigs that saw the best results.

The fleet was treated to a 13-17 knot south westerly wind that provided great racing. Team Pica didn't have it all there own way today with the Hungarian team Be Light showing brilliant pace in the testing conditions securing three bullets. With that, team Be Light and Pica are tied on points going into the third day with strong 2 rig conditions forecast.

The fight for the final podium spot is tight with Original Chia and Chameleon I both scoring strongly today. Chameleon currently holds third with the Danes just behind. The Danes suffered a kite tear at the end of race one but recovered quickly between races taking what seemed like seconds to sail in and rig a new kite. Chameleon runs one of the biggest No1 rigs in the fleet and so showed exceptional boat handling today to muscle their skiff round the track in gusty conditions.

 

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18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 2

 

 

Results after Day 2:

PosBoat NameSail NoR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st Belight HUN 18 ‑3 2 2 1 1 1 7
2nd PICA 92 1 1 1 2 ‑5 2 7
3rd Chameleon i   2 3 3 4 2 (RET) 14
4th CHIA   4 4 ‑5 3 4 3 18
5th Rutland 118 5 5 4 ‑6 3 5 22
6th AOL / LED 43 8 (RET) DNC 5 6 4 34
7th Team O marine 122 6 6 6 (DNC) DNC DNC 40
8th Union Rose 115 7 (RET) DNC 7 RET DNC 47
9th Talullah 55 (RET) 7 RET RET DNC DNC 51
10th Young & reckless BERG 29 (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 55

 

 

 

 

 

18ft Skiff Euro Grand Prix at Sandbanks, Poole - Day 1

2 Sep, 2016 Tom Hill 151
 

The 18ft Skiff fleet return for their 6th year to Sandbanks, but this year European crews have joined to make for a great sized fleet. Not much wind was forecast for Thursday, but what greeted the sailors on the water was a good surprise.

Three races were held in an increasing breeze that led to a few sailors asking if they were going to end up on the wrong rig. The first race got off in a lighter breeze, allowing some of the newer crews to get settled. Pica led the fleet to the first bullet of the event challenged by ChameleonI, Be Light and Original Chia.

The second race was similar to the first, with the Danish boat of Original Chia catching a mark, making it hard for them to challenge Pica at the front.

The final race was something a little different. The fleet tried a trapezoid course to mix up the fleet with a couple of reaching legs. The building breeze made handling the boats off the wind a tricky exercise with boats not used to racing on these legs outside of Australia. Pica rounded off their day with a trio of bullets, followed by the Hungarian boat of Be Light.

The wind is forever increasing this weekend so tomorrow may see a switch to the smaller rigs for some of the crews.

 

 

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Results after Day 1:

PosBoatSail NoR1R2R3Pts
1st PICA 92 1 1 1 3
2nd Belight HUN 18 3 2 2 7
3rd Chameleon i   2 3 3 8
4th CHIA   4 4 5 13
5th Rutland 118 5 5 4 14
6th Team O marine 122 6 6 6 18
7th Talullah 55 RET 7 RET 29
8th Union Rose 115 7 RET DNC 29
9th AOL / LED 43 8 RET DNC 30
10th Young & reckless BERG 29 DNC DNC DNC 33

 

 

 

 

EURO GP1 - Lake Ammersee kicks off the European season

2 May, 2016 Editor 115

Two British boats travelled to Lake Ammersee this weekend to take part in the first round of the 18ft Skiff European Grand Prix. ChameleonI and The Rutland Chandlery joined the 9 boat fleet on the huge race area the lake had to offer, set in dramatic surroundings at the foot of the Alps. The event was 3 days of racing in definite No1 rig conditions.

The first day started with a wait for the breeze to fill in, but when it did, the wind was as straight as an arrow, making the starts crucial. ChameleonI had a good first day and The Rutland Chandlery struggled to make inroads to the front runners.

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The second day also started with a wait ashore for the wind to fill in. When the wind finally came in, a slight change in direction meant massive variations in wind strength and direction across the course. Both British boats managed to pull through to get a second place each. The wind did heat up to some fresh conditions in the third race which caught a few boats off guard and resulted in some swims in the 'refreshing' 6 degree water.

The final day's breeze came from a third direction, meaning all teams were fresh to the course for the one race of the day. A few gusts landing off shore at the top mark allowed a lot of snakes and ladders in the leaderboard, with the British teams maintaining their overall positions on the leaderboard.

ChamleonI were first British boat in 5th and The Rutland Chandlery finished 8th with both boats learning about their big rigs in low range conditions. A look across the results showed all boats had their flashes of brilliance, but the German boat of Magic Marine managed to string enough of them together to receive the first place prize. The event was incredibly welcoming and friendly and the British boats would like to thank The German 18ft Skiff class for running such a fantastic event.

The next event for the European fleet is Campione, Garda (13th to 16th May). Follow 'UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix' on Facebook for updates of how the fleet get on.

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Try an 18 Day at Grafham

1 Apr, 2016 Editor 122

This weekend saw a couple of skiffs travel to Grafham Sailing Club for our 'Try an 18' Day. The weather couldn't have been better to get new sailors out and enjoying what these boats have to offer.

All the sailors got on really well with having a go and quickly managed to get the most out of the skiffs. There were even a few occasions where normal helms found themselves having to put some effort in at the front!

Here's what a few of the sailors had to say;

"The fleet was very welcoming and happy to talk about skiff sailing in the UK and beyond, and the boats themselves are just incredible! So much power and speed, yet easier to handle than you might think, it's really showed that owning and racing these machines isn't as difficult as it might seem!"

Sam Knight

"It's not everyday you get to sail an 18ft skiff, let alone at the age of 15. The guys from the association are awesome, friendly, and happy to give advice. I came off the water smiling from ear to ear, and now I'm working on the bank of dad"

Dan Patten

"My wife and I had the chance to try middleman on Awl Grip with her No1 rig on and settled right into it. I also had the chance to drive and found it to be a challenging but forgiving boat. Most fun was sailing in a three. Something new to us, but the teamwork and communication needed gives a rewarding sense of achievement. With a positive, determined attitude, it can be achievable."

Joe Bird

 

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The day has definitely given a few sailors something to think about and we're sure we're going to see a few new faces in the fleet very shortly. We have had a great turnout for this event and may organise another this season. If you missed out this time, please email to show your interest.

 

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