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Photoboy
08-29-2013, 01:51 PM
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The Mark Foy Trophy heads to San Francisco for the 1st time, beginning September 7th and running through September 8th. The event is the International Traveling Championship* of the International 18' Skiff fleet, which originated in Sydney Australia and has gained popularity world wide in past decades and has strong holds in Europe, New Zealand and San Francisco.

* The JJ Giltinan's are the "Unofficial World Championships," but because they are not I.S.A.F. Sanctioned you can't use the word "World Championship"...and don't you try mister!


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The International 18's (aka Aussie 18's) will celebrate 12 consecutive years on San Francisco Bay this summer, all due to the efforts and drive of Howie Hamlin who gambled on the events success back in 2002, and has seen great returns and many satisfied customers in the 12 years since. The images accompanying this piece from the original 2002 event, to present some perspective.


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The 2013 event will be the largest event in 18' Skiff's on SF Bay history with currently 19 boats registered and 1 or two more expected to register before the start. In that group will be 8 Kiwi teams, which will be the biggest turn out for New Zealand at the Mark Foy for an event not held in Zew Zealand in some time. When asked about the large turn out, Howie Hamlin alludes to the rapid ascension of Kiwi's in the 18's circuit,
and growing popularity in Auckland in particular. The Kiwi teams to watch are C-Tech, skippered by Alex Vallings, David McDiarmid's Yamaha and the godfather of the Kiwi fleet, Graham Catley and his boat Maersk, whic provides shipping containers to get the boats from point A to point B...Important shizzle in this international racing thingy!



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Also new to the event, the Euro teams, 2 from Germany, 1 from Denmark and 1 from Great Britain. "These are all talented teams", Says Howie, who helped recruit them.
"Most teams from Europe have wanted to come to San Francisco for some time, but it's right in the middle of their sailing season in Europe, so it's a tough sell."



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The racing will happen off the Marina Green, where a large ramp has built to launch and retrieve boats. The mark shall be set by ACRM, so expect a similar layout a tad further east than you might have seen in the 11 years previously. Will there be wind limits for the event you ask? "We don't have no steenking wind limits" Laughs race director Robbie Dean, who's club the StFYC is hosting the event in cooperation with the ACRM and the AC Open. So If you are in the Marina for the AC Finals from the 7th through the 15th, stick around, the after party might just be more entertaining than
the Main Event!

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7. PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
DATE TIME EVENT
Saturday, September 7 1000-1200 Registration
1300 Skipper’s Meeting
1445 Practice Racing
Sunday, September 8 1445 First Warning Signal
Monday, September 9 RESERVE DAY
Tuesday, September 10 1445 First Warning Signal
Wednesday, September 11 RESERVE DAY
Thursday, September 12 1445 First Warning Signal
Friday, September 13 RESERVE DAY
Saturday, September 14 1445 First Warning Signal
Sunday, September 15 1445 First Warning Signal
September 15 After Racing Awards

Buzz Light Beer
08-29-2013, 02:57 PM
Nice stuff, PD was around in 2002?

Photoboy
09-03-2013, 09:59 PM
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Check out this restoration on one of the old Skiff Sailing Foundation boats!

Patrick Lewis and crew has put some major effort into this one!

New Boat name: "Sparkle Motion."

Say Patrick:

"Used to be the white skiff sailing hull. Before, you'd have to ask Chad or JV.

Driving, Dan Roberts aka Sid Vicious
Trim, James Clappier, the hippie
Bow, patrick Lewis, stinky

Ian Andrews might be driving sat and Sunday, and Andy Goodman might make a guest appearance later on.

Wasn't sure it was going to come together!"

Photoboy
09-09-2013, 06:24 PM
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Excellent condtions abound for day of Nespresso International 18's on SB Bay. A boisterous conmbinations of sun fog, wind and more wind and a building ebb gave races all they could handle and more!

Additional Images (http://h2oshots.smugmug.com/Sailing/2013-International-18s-Day-1/31773054_sLcqkF)


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After 3 races completed, Kiwis Alex Vallings, Josh MacCormack and Chris Kitchen on C-Tech Lead the pack with a Duece and a pair of aces for 4 points. Yahmaha, another Kiwi boat lead by David McDiarmid with Andrew Archibald and Mark Overington are in 2nd with 8 points followed by Grant Rollerson, Glenn Raphael and Pistol Nicholson on the Ozzie entry Fisher & Paykel with 10 points. Hamlin Noble and Allen are top US residing in 4th with a total of 12 .

Full Results (http://sailwave.com/results/stfyc/nespressointernational18skiff.htm)


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Prince of Whales
09-09-2013, 08:07 PM
Makes those AC72's look like over priced nancy boy toys!

familysailor
09-09-2013, 09:54 PM
Where's Polish?

Go MIKEY!

Photoboy
09-09-2013, 10:00 PM
Where's Polish?

Go MIKEY!

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WERD!

Big Brass Balls
09-10-2013, 08:20 PM
Back in action tomorrow at noon! 3 races!

Photoboy
09-11-2013, 04:15 PM
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Light wind day, Kiwi's continue to dominate.

Photoboy
09-11-2013, 06:02 PM
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Two grins and a scowl...c'mon Jody, this skiff sailing is supposed to be FUN!!!

Photoboy
09-11-2013, 10:01 PM
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THAT'S more like it! Team Stoked, Stoked to be "Fizzing in San Fran"

Sam Marshall, Tom Peet and Ben Gladwell, Kiwi's on their 1st SF visit!

The Flash
09-12-2013, 08:37 AM
I love how the background almost always has a boat on it's side.

Photoboy
09-14-2013, 09:40 AM
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James was right, "Sparkle Motion" is one sweet looking ride!

Photoboy
09-18-2013, 03:24 PM
Full Gallery (http://h2oshots.smugmug.com/Sailing/2013-International-18/31955891_DP3hdk#!i=2773755747&k=j4xWNhD) From Day 1 posted!
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