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Tourism 18 Foot Racing Ready To Start

The eighteen foot skiff racing regatta that will be held at Denarau is ready to go. The boats arrived in Fiji on Monday and were unloaded and taken to the
25 Jun 2016 08:00
Tourism 18 Foot Racing Ready To Start
The boats arrived here on Monday and were unloaded and taken to the launch venue together with the containers of masts, sails and other gear needed for these incredibly fast racing skiffs.

The eighteen foot skiff racing regatta that will be held at Denarau is ready to go.

The boats arrived in Fiji on Monday and were unloaded and taken to the launch venue together with the containers of masts, sails and other gear needed for these incredibly fast racing skiffs.

The logistics of getting twenty of the boats here was complicated but all has turned out well.

Most of the boats are expected to be rigged and ready to sail on Sunday and they will almost certainly be out getting a feel for the conditions.

The first race, a chance for the crews to get to know the course under real racing conditions, will be held on Monday afternoon.

The course will be set close inshore so that all the action will be easily seen by spectators on the beach.

A special launch area has been prepared where the boat can be rigged on dry land and easily put into the water.

This is at the Denarau Private Beach area and it will be open to the public to watch the rigging process and the launch of the boats. Entry will be along the Denarau Golf Course Road which is reached by turning left immediately after crossing Denarau Bridge.

Each boat has a crew of three and the public will be able to talk to them about the racing. Entry to the launch area will be free.

 

What is it

Eighteen foot skiffs are the fastest mono hull boats in the world and the racing is famous for the excitement and aggression of the event.

It is amazing to watch these apparently frail craft speed across the water, sometimes capsizing, even tumbling end for end, while the crews sit out on the wings that extend twenty foot out to the side of the hull.

Any slight misjudgement of the wind strength of direction can cause problems for the crew.

The best eighteen foot crews in the world will be racing in the week long regatta and a large number of spectators are expected to be on the course or the surrounding beach areas.

The races will be held each day, starting around 12.30pm, but the actual start depends on the wind being strong enough.

The best land based vantage points will be on the beach stretching from the Sheraton to the Private Beach and along Denarau Waters.
John Ross is a Nadi-based marketing and advertising specialist with a long background in tourism. For feedback on this article, please email him: johnrossfiji@gmail.com

 

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