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12-29-2011, 07:00 PM

The Mark Foy Trophy AKA the 18 World Championships begins in earnest January 2nd in Auckland New Zealand. The Aussie 18's have certainly be the forefront of extreme sailingfor decades, and none can claim the longevity of John "Woody" Winning who has been active in the fleet for seemingly ever.

Woody and crew at 2009 StFYC International 18 event ©www.h2oshots.com

John and his crew aboard Yandoo have been instrumental in getting the 18's from OZ to SF for the annual StFYC event for 10 years and has not missed a single event, however, due to a mishap in Sydney a couple weeks back, John will sadly miss the Mark Foy Trophy in Auckland. We hope that he recovers fast and fully and look forward to seeing him and crew back here in SF In August!!!

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Woody's Ribs, a bit on the unwell done side ©Frank Quealy


John ‘Woody’ Winning has been racing 18ft Skiffs since 1976 (with a short break in the 1990s) and has rarely missed a race, but a recent injury looks like keeping him off the water until the Giltinan Championship in February.

Obviously, it has to be serious to cause him to miss racing his ‘Yandoo’ skiff for such a lengthy period.

It is.

©Frank Quealy

‘Woody’ was competing in Race 3 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship in December when ‘Yandoo’ capsized on the bear away just after rounding the Shark Island mark in a 25-knot-plus Southerly wind.

He was thrown onto the mast with crewman David Gibson also falling on top in the violent capsize.

©Frank Quealy

‘Woody’ was knocked unconscious (although he denies he was) and broke four ribs, plus “a couple of small ones” in his back, then was hospitalized for four days.

The race also took a toll on the fleet with several teams forced to retire while others showed how difficult conditions were as they tried to keep all hands on board.

Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League