Mark Foy Sailing Report - Day 5

03 Jun, 2015 All News


The final day of the Mark Foy was held on an incredibly hot day, with most teams taking in the last of the warm conditions.

Delonghi made the bold decision to launch on their big rig, being the only boat to do so. After some congestion getting off the beach, little prep was allowed before the first race was started. As the breeze built, the bigger rig of Delonghi started to slow upwind compared the efficient smaller rigs on the rest of the fleet.

However, with a huge sail area downwind, they were able to sail a much deeper course. Pica and Black Dog both had to retire in the first race due to kit failure, setting Delonghi up for a possible jump into second place. Howie Hamlin managed to seal his 7th bullet of the week giving Harken the championship.

The final race saw the rest of the podium decided, with the podium boats only being tied by a few points. Delonghi stuck to the lighter side of the course providing lifts and relief from the building breeze. Even with the monstrous power downwind, Delonghi couldn't pass Black Dog who finished 3rd to seal an overall second place in the regatta. Pica couldn't keep in front of Delonghi and surrendered their podium place to leave Delonghi finishing in 3rd place overall.

The fleet will return to Torbole next year for their European championships with many teams eager to come back and make the most of the guaranteed sun and wind that Lake Garda has to offer.



Mark Foy Sailing Report - Day 4

02 Jun, 2015 All News

Gains and Losses:
Lake Garda is a great test for every boat! If you and your gear stand one week of sailing here you can go where ever you want, without having damage or breakage in mind. Today, another Spinnaker and a boom exploded. Another punctual breeze picked up at 12 o'clock and the fleet began to launch their boats for another guaranteed day of champagne sailing!

Pica fell back to third and team Black Dog jumped to second. Howie Hamlin with Scott Babbage and Peter Harris seem to be unbeatable. Only Stewart Mears (GBR 92), Jarrod Simpson (GBR 47), Lee Knapton (AUS, Mojo Wines) and Grant Rollerson (AUS, Delonghi) with their Crews have beaten him this week.
Soon it is time to say "Good Bye" to Torbole ...only one more day sailing left!


Please find the results of day 4 in the todays pictures:



Mark Foy Sailing Report - Day 3

01 Jun, 2015 All News

"nightly build . . . "

Summary of day 3:

- one snapped genaker

- two broken poles

- three strings, as usual

- four races in phantastic sailing conditions

2 more days sailing left


Mark Foy Sailing Report - Day 2

31 May, 2015 All News


The second day was much lighter with only one race being held in dying breeze. Many place changes happened up the beat with spots of pressure appearing and disappearing. The fleet was very mixed up with some new boats taking their turn on the front. Pica sailed through to a victory after a close upwind battle with Howie Hamlin.

3 more days are left of the world championships, with many boats in with a chance of being on the podium.


Tom Hill



Mark Foy Sailing Report - Day 1

30 May, 2015 All News


The first  day of the Mark Foy Championships have taken place in Torbole, Lake Garda. 15 teams travelled from all over the world with sailors coming from the UK, Australia, America, Germany, Hungary and Denmark.

On the first day, the fleet launched into a building breeze up to 23 knots for all 3 races. Howie Hamlin of the USA took 3 bullets throughout the day. Black Dog, Pica and Delonghi shared the other podium places and all close on points at the end of the first day. The rest of the fleet coped well with testing conditions after a wake up call on the practice race the day before.

4 more days are left of the world championships, with many boats in with a chance of being on the podium.



Mark Foy Sailing Report - Day 0 - Practice

29 May, 2015 All News

Practice Day


Perfect last minute race training prior to the Garda Worlds

26 May, 2015 All News


Perfect last minute race training prior to the Garda Worlds.


5 teams were met with a good forecast for a last minute event hosted by Stone Sailing Club.  The conditions provided teams with perfect conditions for boat preparation and training before all teams headed off for the Mark Foy Trophy in Torbole, Lake Garda (Club Area of Circolo Vela Torbole - northend of Lake Garda) starting on Friday, 29th May 2015.

2 new boats from Australia provided much interest in how boat speed would match up to the regular boats.  Steve McLean’s LED team recently purchased the very well finished ‘Appliances Online’ hull but would the spectacular paintwork match the looks? Graham Bridle and his Sail 4 Cancer team also recently purchased the ‘Fisher and Paykel’ boat to improve on his starter boat that also attended this weekend with it’s new team.

Saturday’s conditions made for tricky decisions on rig calls, with a fleet split on different rigs. The new boats showed their pace with the original 'Sail 4 Cancer teams' brand new small rig keeping up with an overpowered Pica in most races, only to find some boat handling let Pica run away with 3 bullets. The new team showed good promise managing the bigger rig in challenging conditions.

Sunday showed a much lighter forecast and all boats launched on the one rig in glamorous sunshine. Three races were held in a mixture of breeze strengths causing a lot of position changes. Pica dominated by getting their nose in front and being able to sail their own race. The Rutland Chandlery Team managed to post some good results, fending off LED and the huge single spreader rig of Sail 4 Cancer. The race committee did a good job of getting three fair races in on a constantly shifting breeze.

The boats were packed up after the weekend to make the long trip to Garda to face strong competition from teams travelling from all over the world.



by: Tom Hill / Stewart Mears

18ft Skiff Saisonauftakt in Dießen am Ammersee, 1st- 3rd May

04 May, 2015 All News

Die Winterpause ist beendet!
Am ersten Mai Wochenende kamen in Diessen acht 18 Footer aus ganz Europa zusammen, um drei Tage lang beim "Christian Fries Gedächtnispreis" gegeneinander anzutreten. Soweit der Plan.

Mangels Wind wurde an den ersten beiden Tagen leider nicht gesegelt, dafür aber Boote optimiert und Geschichten ausgetauscht. Am dritten und letzten Tag der Regatta konnten dann bei 3-4 Bft doch noch drei Wettfahrten ausgetragen werden.

Punktgleich mit dem zweitplatzierten Team Magic Marine (Norbert Peter, Finn Mrugalla & Max Lutz), sicherte sich das Team EuroLink mit neuem Boot (Friedl Renner, Christian (Latsi) Meissner & Tom Eggersdorfer) schließlich den ersten Platz und nahm zum zweiten Mal den Wanderpreis mit nach Hause.

Der DSC war, wie auch schon die letzten Jahre ein hervorragender Gastgeber und hat uns vorzüglich versorgt. Das schlechte Wetter tat der Stimmung keinen Abbruch, die neuen Teams hatten viel Zeit zu vergleichen und zu besprechen was denn die Boote noch schneller machen könnte. Abends wurde dann bei Freibier und köstlichem Essen zusammen gesessen und die tollsten Geschichten erzählt, denn da erlebt man doch so einiges, als Segler eines 18 footers. 

Die Teams freuen sich jetzt schon auf die nächste Station der Tour; am 29. Mai bis 03.Juni wird in Torbole die Weltmeisterschaft stattfinden. 

Wer die spektakulären Boote live sehen möchte, kann gerne vorbei schauen, die meisten der Segler beißen nicht und beantworten gerne die ein oder andere Frage. 


18ft Skiff season opening in Dießen am Ammersee

The winter break has ended!
On the first weekend of May, eight 18’ Skiffs from all over Europe met in Dießen to compete in a three day regatta for the "Christian Fries Memorial Price". At least this was the plan. 

Due to the Bavarian lack of wind, there were no races on the first two days; instead the teams spent their time optimizing boats and exchanging stories. On the third and final day of the regatta, three races were held in a light breeze.

On par with the second-placed Team Magic Marine (Norbert Peter, Finn Mrugalla & Max Lutz), Team EuroLink with new boat (Friedl Renner, Christian (Latsi) Meissner & Tom Eggersdorfer)secured first place and took the trophy home for the second time. 

The Dießen yacht club was, just as it was in the past, an excellent host and treated us wonderfully. The bad weather did not spoil the mood and especially the new team took the chance to compare and discuss how to make the boats go even faster. In the evenings we enjoyed some free local beer, delicious food and the most amazing stories about skiff sailing. After all, 18’ sailors are never short of a good story.

The teams are now looking forward now to the next tour stop; the World Cup, that will be held in Torbole May 29th to June 3rd.


06 Feb, 2015 All News




Since the first regatta in 1938, the quality of competition at the J.J. Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship has been so strong that there have been only eleven multiple championship-winning skippers in the event’s 75 year history.


Only three of those have won more than two championship regattas.


Trevor Barnabas was successful five times in skiffs sponsored by Bonds (Chesty Bond), Smeg and Radio 2UE and ranks third overall behind two skippers, Seve Jarvin and Iain Murray, who are equal with six wins each.


What makes the achievements of Jarvin and Murray even more remarkable; they were both sponsored by Television’s Channel Seven Network more than 20 years apart.


Murray’s victories, 1977-1982 inclusive, were achieved in COLOR 7, while Jarvin’s successes have been in GOTTA LOVE IT 7 in 2008, then 2010-2014 inclusive.


(Seve is already a seven-time champion at the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship as he crewed to victory with skipper Euan McNicol on CLUB MARINE in 2005).


Even if Murray’s record is surpassed this year, Iain will still have a great claim to the title as he is the team manager and mastermind behind the present Team Seven campaigns.


Sam Newton, who has been with Seve for five of the six wins in GOTTA LOVE IT 7, and Scott Babbage, four wins, present a formidable team of skill and experience and will be strongly favoured to make it seven for seven.


Over the period of the GOTTA LOVE IT 7 wins we mustn’t forget the efforts of Rob Bell, Tom Clout and Peter Harris, who were all integral parts of the championship-winning team in 2008, 2010 and 2013 respectively.


Despite the previous successes and current form of the Gotta Love It 7 team, the challengers will present a formidable group of highly talented sailors in state-of-the-art skiffs and the end result is likely to go down to the last race on Sunday 22 February before the overall winner is determined.


On the form displayed by the fleet in lead up races over the first half of the season, the greatest challenge to ‘7’ is likely to come from recently crowned NSW champion Michael Coxon’s Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Lee Knapton’s Mojo Wine and Jack Macartney’s Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel.


The 2006 and 2007 JJ Giltinan champion Michael Coxon also comes to the regatta with a strong crew combination (Dave O’Connor, Trent Barnabas) which was runner-up in the 2014 event.  Consistency and a little bad luck at times has hampered the chances of the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team in

recent seasons, but it has the proven ability to win and will be at or near the top of the leader board to the end.


Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel has been on the podium for each club championship race during the early part of the current season.  The consistency, experience and strength of the crew (Macartney, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) will ensure ‘The Rag’ is one of the top contenders and will be near the lead throughout the championship.


Australian 16 Footer champion Lee Knapton joins Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge on Mojo Wine and has already shown why he is a multiple national champion by steering Mojo Wine to victory in two championship races over the past two months and was narrowly beaten for the NSW Championship, which concluded on Sydney Harbour last week.  This team is a big challenger.


Alex Vallings (C-Tech) and David McDiarmid (Yamaha) will once again lead the strong New Zealand five-boat contingent in the quest to take the first Kiwi title since Terry McDell’s Travelodge New Zealand in 1974.


Both have been right up to the challenge and only consistency has been the enemy of both teams.  A lack of local knowledge has probably been the major factor in the lack of consistence but they showed in2014 that they are bridging the knowledge gap as they finished 1-2 in Race 3 of the 2014 regatta and were placed 4th and 5th in the overall standings.


U.S. champion Howie Hamlin is looking to regain the JJ Giltinan title he won in 2002 and 2003 and will  contest the 2015 regatta with new rigs specially developed for the challenge.  He was recently in Australia to rig the boat and is certain to have a top line crew for the effort.


There are many other local teams which will figure prominently throughout the championship and race wins for any would not be a surprise.


Two of the most likely teams in this group are Smeg and Asko Appliances.


David Witt, Tom Clout and Matt Wark are heavy wind specialists and will be extremely hard to beat if the prevailing conditions favour them in Smeg.  This team only last week showed that they cannot be discarded in lighter winds by taking out Race 5 of the NSW Championship.


Marcus Ashley-Jones, James Dorron and Jeronimo Harrison won Race 7 of the 2014 regatta and finished 6th overall.  This season has seen the team put a new hull on the water and it should benefit from the lead up races by the time this regatta in under way.


2000 JJ Giltinan champion John Winning is back with Andrew Hay and Jim Beck in Yandoo while two new skippers are showing their skill already amongst the top end of the fleet.


After crewing in the 18s for the past few seasons, Keagan York takes over the tiller and will skipper, which he also sponsors.  His skill was soon apparent and his team has featured prominently in all races of the club championship this season where it is presently placed fifth. (Micah Lane) has brand new hull for the regatta but only recently took delivery.  The challenge of getting it up to top speed with such little preparation will be a huge test for this talented combination.


Other teams which have shown the potential to win races are Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), De’Longhi (Simon Nearn) and The Kitchen Maker (John Sweeny) and all will be consistent performers during the regatta.







1              Gotta Love It 7                                  Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage

2              Thurlow Fisher Lawyers                Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor, Trent Barnabas

3              Mojo Wine                                         Lee Knapton, Mike McKensey, Ricky Bridge

4              C-Tech                                                  Alex Vallings, Scott Barnes, Cameron McDonald

5              Yamaha                                                                David McDiarmid, Andrew Archibald, Mark Overington

6              Asko Appliances                               Marcus Ashley-Jones, James Dorron, Jeronimo Harrison

7              Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Harris

8              Smeg                                                     David Witt, Tom Clout, Matt Wark

9              Lumix                                                    Jonathan Whitty, Aron Everett, Daniel Nixon

10                    Keagan York, Greg Dixon, Matt Stenta

11              Micah Lane, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson

12           tba                                                         Howie Hamlin, Daniel Phillips, tba

13           Yandoo                                                 John Winning, Andrew Hay, Jim Beck

14           The Kitchen Maker                          John Sweeny, Rob Bell, Peter Nicholson

15          De’Longhi                                             Simon Nearn, Kieryn Cowan, Grant Rollerson

16           Knight Frank                                       Riley Dean, Matthew Coutts, John Little

17           Noakesailing                                      Sean Langman, Peter Langman, Gerard Smith

18           Fisher & Paykel                                 Rob Flanagan, Will Mueller, Dallas Dawson

19           Maersk Line                                       Graham Catley, Murray England, Brad Collins

20           Pure Blonde                                       Nick Daly, John Walton, Nick Murray

21           Haier Appliances                              Pedro Vozone, Daniel Watson, Fabio Mueller

22           Ilve                                                         Oliver Hartas, Mark Muirhead, Iain Wood

23           tba                                                         Stephen Quigley, Thomas Quigley, Sam Ellis

24           AON                                                      William Tiller, Harry Thurston, Tim Snedden

25           PJ Towage                                           Josh Franklin, Tristan Hamilton, Dan Smith

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