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    The Kiwi's Are Coming! 2015 Int 18's on SF Bay!

    As we sit upon August waning days, we are just but 1 week roved from the 2015 International 18' Regatta at the StFYC!

    The Kiwi's have become a staple in this annual balls to the wall gathering of the fastest skiffs on the planet, and certainly the
    mots entertaining, capped off with the legendary Ronstan Bridge to Bridge regatta, smack dab in the middle of the action!

    New Zealands' Live, Sail, Die have just published a love note to the event, a nicely penned piece previewing the autumn high performance classic from a kiwi perspective:

    New Zealand send strong contingent to the San Francisco International 18ft skiff Regatta

    Six New Zealand 18ft Skiff teams are heading to this year’s San Francisco International Regatta held between the 31st of August to 4th of September. Thanks to Maersk Line the boats are just about to arrive at the venue.

    San Francisco is a favourite of the New Zealand teams, with teams attending every year for the past eight years. The regatta is hosted by the St Francis Yacht Club with racing taking place in the same patch of water recently made famous by the 2013 Americas Cup. The series will comprise of three races a day with the formidable Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge race taking place on the evening of the 3rd of September.

    Yamaha is the odds on favourite NZ boat after a strong finish to the 2014-15 season. Alex Valling’s C-Tech, who is a double champion in San Francisco, will also be in contention as he continues to experiment with four man crew combination. Aon Racing has known success in San Francisco after finishing runner up there at the 2013 Youth America’s Cup, while mainsheet Harry Thurston won last year’s 18s regatta with an Aussie team.

    Maersk Line returns for another crack at the trophy with Graham Catley competing for the 6th time since the NZ fleet re-joined the world circuit. When asked what attracts him to keep returning he passionately explains that ‘San Francisco is without a doubt one of the most challenging and rewarding places to compete. Not only is it a tactical battle between competing boats, but also a battle within the boat to just get around the course with crew and boat in one piece’.

    San Francisco can be especially brutal for new combinations to the class where team work, fitness and skill are all key elements to keeping it together, let alone for up to three in one day. Stoke Beer and Events Clothing will be learning this baptism by fire as they look to develop as a team and keep the mast pointing to heavens and not completing impromptu tour of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    A three boat Aussie contingent will also be competing along with the 5-6 American based teams. Howie Hamlin (USA) is the pick of the international teams having won this particular regatta a number of times and also placing 3rd at this year’s JJ Giltinans in Australia.

    To follow the racing keep an eye on the Auckland Skiff league facebook page.

    New Zealand teams:

    David McDiarmid, Matt Stevens, Josh McCormack.

    Alex Vallings, Andrew Clarke, George Brasell, Scott Barnes.

    Will Tiller, Harry Thurston, Tim Sneddon.

    Graham Catley, Murray England, Brad Collins.

    Glen Sowery, Stephen Jones, Geoff England.

    Tim Parsons, Sam Roil, Russell Wilson.
    Last edited by Photoboy; 09-03-2015 at 10:35 AM.
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