What is an 18ft Skiff?
The 18ft Skiff is considered the fastest class of sailing skiffs. 18ft Skiffs originate from Australia as early as 1892. Mark Foy was determined to popularise sailing as an exciting spectator sport and the 18 footer was born. An open centreboard boat with a very light hull these skiffs carried a crew of 14 and had a huge amount of sail which gave them fast downwind speeds.
The 18 footer continues today to be a popular racing yacht. The World Championships are held in Sydney and the sport has developed to an International level. Because of the need for strength, agility and skill, the class is considered to be the top level of small boat sailing.