Spectator ferry promotion

When A young lady decided to go for a paddle in her kayak on Sydney Harbour last Sunday afternoon she got a little more excitement than she could have expected.

Her quiet little world got a rude shock when she found herself directly in the path of two 18ft Skiffs racing each other under spinnaker to the finish line off Double Bay.

Marcus Ashley-Jones (Asko Appliances) was in the windward position and able to quickly avoid the young lady, but The Kitchen Maker was under a lot more pressure to avoid a nasty collision.

Fortunately for the startled kayaker, The Kitchen Maker was in the very experienced hands of Olympic Gold Medalist Malcolm Page and his crew of Cameron McDonald and Darren McKavanagh.

Despite Cameron being forced up into the spinnaker of Asko Appliances in a sudden manouvre, The Kitchen Maker crew managed to avoid the collision leaving the young lady with a tale to tell her friends later.

Cameron McDonald had praise for her after the race: “She was caught in a very difficult situation but handled it really well”.

“She didn’t panic and we were able to go past her without too much worry”.

The Australian 18 Footers League has a spectator ferry following each race and it may be a safer and much more pleasant way for her to watch future races.

Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League
http://www.18footers.com.au

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GongRide warm up before 18 foot skiff racing

The Kitchen Maker 18 footer team and many other 18 footer sailors rode together to Wollongong helping to raise over $4000 for MS Australia to help people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system affecting more young adult Australians than any other neurological condition.

Darren at The Kitchen Maker organised a team of riders for the third year running and together with other sponsors of the The Kitchen Maker 18 foot skiff provided team cycling shirts to the riders.  Thanks a lot to all the sponsors who donated money to MS Australia.  Well done to Katie O’Donnell in attracting so many donations for her ride to the Gong.

Then we went sailing.  Good first race together for the TKM skiff team.  New mast, new sails and new skipper all worked well with the tired crew in nice fresh conditions.

Here is Frank Quealey’s 18 skiff race press release.

TKM take an early lead around the ‘first’ top mark. Thanks to Frank Quealey for the photo.