Yamaha, skippered by Dave McDairmid with Matt Steven and Brad Collins have won the 18′ Skiff European Championship on Lake Garda in Italy.
Yamaha had the most successful regatta of anyone who has ever attended this event, dropping a DNF and a 1st. They won all of the other races.
“Our DNF was due to a broken kite halyard, so apart from that we are pretty stocked with the result.
“The guys sailed an awesome regatta and it was great to come away with the win. Pretty good to have the C-Tech guys come in second as well.”
Dave McDiarmid Yamaha Skipper.
12 races were scheduled but with a day to spare, the fleet unanimously decided to sail on another two races and take advantage of the perfect conditions on Lake Garda. After their two drops, Yamaha finished on 12 points.
“We will definitely be coming back to Garda. Most amazing place to sail in the world.”
Matt Steven Yamaha Crew
C-Tech, skippered by Alex Vallings with Eike Ehring and Grant Rollerson finished second on 33 points after with their drops being two DSQs.
“Its been a great event and a fantastic place to sail, 14 races 5 days with 2nd rig the whole regatta, how much better can you get! We are very happy to get 2nd as we had not sailed together before. Congats to Yamaha they sailed very well.”
Alex Vallings C-Tech Skipper
Events Clothing, Aaron Robertson, Stephen Jones and Dave Hazard were 15th overall with their best result being a fourth in race 14.
“After a very tough first day where we had some teething issues with the boat. We were happy to improve every day and get some good races under our belt. We will definitely be back!”
Aaron Robertson Events Clothing Skipper
Graham Catley, John Little and Peron Pearse of Maersk Line had an unfortunate start to their regatta with Catley suffers from broken ribs and a suspected collapsed lung.
“It wasn’t the best regatta for us, but I’m delighted about the dominance of Yamaha. It is the first time a boat has won a regatta on Garda dropping a first place. Also pleased for C-Tech to be on the podium. It goes to show that these teams are a force to be reckoned with. Bring on the 2018 JJ’s, the Kiwis are coming!”
Graham Catley Maersk Line Skipper.
The Europeans was a great chance for the Kiwi 18′ Skiff sailors to gauge where they are in the world and the boats will now return to Auckland where extensive training will continue. The fleet will take part in the Royal Akarana Yacht Club summer series, with their Nationals and Auckland Championship thrown in the mix post Christmas. The fleet will then pack up and head back to Sydney where the goal is be the first Kiwi boat to win the JJ’s in 43 years.
For more information on the 18′ Skiffs, visit www.rayc.co.nz/18footers