The 8th Annual "Classic"provided an informal opportunity for boats of all different sizes and designs to compete together in a low-key race against other wooden vessels. The event has grown each year, with boats ranging in size from 8-feet to 65-feet. Typically traveling from as far away as Canada to participate, this record was broken during this 2017 event, when sailors from the Sydney Flying Squadron, Australia's oldest open boat sailing club, visited Annapolis to participate using their own fleet of historical 18-foot skiffs, which they shipped here from Australia specifically for this event.
18-foot skiffs, called "Aussie 18s" by their owners, are considered by many to be the fastest class of sailing skiffs, began racing on Australia's Sydney Harbor in 1892 and later in New Zealand.
Australian Historical 18-Foot Skiff AUSTRALIA IV - photo by Bruce Kerridge
All other photos by Kate Gahs
8TH ANNUAL (2017) RACE RESULTS:
|SPIRIT OF TRADITION DIVISION|
|SYDNEY HISTORICAL 18-FOOT SKIFF DIVISION|