The New Zealand 12ft Skiff Trials are to be sailed over two Sunday’s out of Royal Akarana Yacht Club. Sunday the 18th and Sunday the 25th of November. Two windward/leeward races were scheduled on the 18th and with a 5-10 Knott westerly forecast the fleet put their big rigs on and headed out.
Tim Bartlett in Frankenskiff made a flying start and was first around the top mark at the Resolution but with the bottom mark at Orakei quite shy on port gybe he didn’t have the crew weight to stay high enough and the crews of Ugly Stick, As Good As It Gets and ASKO managed to slip past to windward. Coming down to the finish line was much of the same. Simon Ganley in the Ugly Stick had the lead but after dropping his kite to lay the finish line only just managed to hold off Glen Armstrong (As Good As It Gets) who took second. Greg Roake in ASKO was looking good for third but couldn’t quite lay the finish line and had a spectacular capsize right in front of the committee boat. This gave third place to Frankenskiff who was just in front of Mr Scruff who took fourth and DE Group who finished fifth.
Ugly Stick, As Good As It Gets and ASKO were all looking good up the first beat but at the top of the course As Good As It Gets was seen spinning circles after infringing on the Ugly Stick. This left the Ugly Stick and ASKO to battle it out but ASKO sailed a good second beat to run away with the win. The Ugly Stick took second, As Good As It Gets third, Frankenskiff fourth and Mr Scruff fifth. De Group unfortunately ripped their kite in Race 1 so didn’t compete in Race 2.
Results after two heats
1st Ugly Stick 3pts
2nd As Good As It Gets 5pts
3rd ASKO 6ts
4th Frankenskiff 8pts
5th Mr Scruff 9pts
6th DE Group 12ptd
Four more races to be held this coming Sunday out of Royal Akarana Yacht Club and will determine who represents New Zealand at the Interdominions being hosted by the Sydney Flying Squadron in January 2019.