The Moonen Yachts Racing team has taken the second spot in the 2022-23 16ft Skiff Australian Championships. After a dramatic week of closely fought racing in Sydney Harbour, Moonen Yachts is thrilled with the racing team’s well-deserved place on the podium.
As a Dutch superyacht builder with Australian owners, Moonen Yachts is proud to support the team in the Australian 16ft skiff league. Moonen Yachts Commercial Director Victor Caminada, who was among the shipyard team following the races from the otherside of the world, congratulated skipper Daniel Turner, sheet hand Gus Williams and bowman Matt Stenta.
“Competitive sailing connects us around the world,” Victor says. “Many of us here at the shipyard in Holland are sailors, so it’s exciting to see the Moonen brand supporting such a talented sail team at the top of their game.”
He also thanked the Manly 16ft Skiff Club and all the volunteers who organised this year’s event, hosting 47 boats and their teams. The fast Australian skiffs are not only thrilling for spectators, but the beautiful summer setting on Manly Cove combined with the fun and friendly atmosphere make the regatta a world-class sporting event.
“Consistency is key with racing in these big number fleets and also such long events,” says skipper Daniel Turner. “We had every weather system possible from 25 knot winds to some really light air races. We even had the pleasure of a few Sydney-based Moonen yachts passing by the race track and stopping briefly for a bit of viewing!”
The high performance 16ft skiff is a unique Australian class with a fiercely competitive fleet. The extremely high sail area-to-weight ratio requires no small amount of skill and experience to sail, reaching speeds up to 25 knots with 67m2 (720 sq ft) total sail area.
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