Aberdare show their winning form during the Historical 18ft Skiff Australian Championship

John “Woody” Winning and his six crew aboard Aberdare show their winning form during the Historical 18ft Skiff Australian Championship...
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John “Woody” Winning and his six crew aboard Aberdare show their winning form during the Historical 18ft Skiff Australian Championship this past January. They bested a fleet of 11—including defending 2012 champion Bob “Killo” Killick and his crew aboard Yendys. Conditions through the three-race series off Sydney were perfect. There was a solid 25-28 knots blowing in the final race, which made for some exciting sailing and left several crews swimming. “A lot of people look at us and think ‘silly old farts,’ but a lot of sailors couldn’t sail these old boats—it’s hard. They wouldn’t even be able to rig them,” Winning said afterward. “The fact is, it’d be easier going to windward in a square rigger.”

Photos courtesy of Bruce Kerridge/Sydney Flying Squadron 

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