Crew: 3 man crew.
Dimensions: 5.49 meters in length and ±82kg (hull).
Sail Area: Rig1 Setup - Main: 23,94, Jib: 9,11, Gennaker: 73,83 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: The ultimate three-man, winged & trapeze flying machine.
Difficulty Level: Experienced
The birth of 18ft Skiff Racing as we know it today occurred on Sydney Harbour on 26 January 1892. The father was Mark Foy.
While true 18' skiffs have no sail area or mast height limitations, the limit that the 18 footer League has specified for their one-design sub class is a maximum mast height of 33 ft (10 m), truly powerful on an 18' hull. The entire rig, which supports sails with unlimited area, is controlled by three trapezing crew members.
The boat will plane upwind starting at a true windspeed of about 8 knots, and off the wind can reach speeds that doubles the true windspeed. The high speed requires extremely fast reflexes and a broad awareness of your surroundings in order to anticipate changes.
The 18 ft skiff is currently one of the fastest monohulls on earth. With its massive sail-plan and three crew members on trapeze it can outperform nearly every monohull on the water. It combines extreme speeds with an element of danger and is thought by many to be one of the biggest spectacles in sailing.