Congratulations to Chris Skinner and Chris Holland who have finished third overall in the 59th 12′ Skiff Interdominions hosted by the Sydney Flying Squadron.
It was an exceptional result given Skinner broke his neck in Spain after a fall in September and is lucky to be alive, let alone back sailing an unruly skiff. He does not have a lot of movement in his neck, so can’t look around to see what is going on with his rivals, but refused to make it an excuse.
“We haven’t raced all season. This was our first time. We’re happy – we have a one-off boat and it’s quick. We do a lot of development and got new sails and they made a lot of difference.”
Skinner, who represents Royal Akarana Club in Auckland where a lot of champions are bred, including Jim Delegat, winner of the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart and Skinner’s Interdominion teammate Alex Vallings, among others, said “We’ve really enjoyed the regatta.
“The quality is the best we’ve seen. It’s good to see so many new people and different winners through the week. We were last here in 2005 and finished 10th – now we’re third in much hotter competition.”
This year, defending champion Vallings arrived with new crew, Sam Tretheway, but the pair had little preparation time, so their performances were up and down. They still finished fourth overall and showed moments of brilliance, including a win in Race 5 and third in Race 7.
Akarana Results at the 12′ Skiff Interdominions
3rd – Chris Skinner / Chris Holland
4th – Alex Vallings / Sam Trethewey
6th – Simon Ganley / Oliver Scott-Mackie
14th – Tim Bartlett (V) / Matt Hix
16th – Greg Roake (V) / James Fleet
18th – Paul Macintosh (V) / Steve Macintosh