Monday, September 26, 2011

Australian Classic 10 Foot Skiffs; What about the other view?

Pete from the New South Wales 10 footer fleet emailed to say that he noticed that I only posted photos of the 10 footers going upwind. To rectify my omission, he supplied some photos of the 10 footers running offwind with their (ahem!) normal day-to-day spinnakers.

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Andrew said...

Remarkable little boats. Almost worth emigrating for. Brought a smile to my face on a misty Dutch morning.

Romain BERARD said...

Amazing that the gaff doesn't break with such load

Yankee-Whisky-Papa said...

Where is the chute's spar stored while underway?

Anonymous said...

Fair questions.

*The Spinnaker pole is stored in the hull, generally in 3 pieces.

*The gaff has a backstay pulled on like you wouldn't believe, but it is still possible to see 1 or two gaffs bust during a season.

*This backstay also makes gybes interesting, which according to the rules have to be done by dropping the jib and swinging the pole through, then reattaching the backstay on the new side.

Glad you are all enjoying these great little boats.

Pete (nswtens)

free sailing game said...

Beautiful little boats, could you please post your experience on sailing them, nice photo coverage though!

Anonymous said...

More information can be found at (the tens website.

Basically they are a lot of fun because they are a real challenge to sail. They certainly draw together a certain type of sailor and the after-sail sessions are something worth savouring.

Some people call them crazy, some say they shouldn't float, but that's all part of the challenge of sailing these beautiful little boats.

Other words to describe them are: twitchy, challenging, something no-one else does and good fun. The challenge in keeping these boats afloat in a blow has to be experienced to be believed.