The competitors racing the 18ft skiffs each weekend in the Australian 18 Footers League’s fleet on Sydney Harbour are very talented and prepared to go ten-tenths to claim the big prize, but sometimes things don’t go the way they intend and the boats show their flighty nature. 

Occasionally the competitors get thrown off their out-of-control beasts, sometimes they go down with the ship, and sometimes they get the rides of their lives. 

This is a random selection of rides, capsizes and other incidents from Sydney Harbour which left the crews with smiles, a look of fear or just puzzled.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Australian 18 Footers League 

Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League Ltd.