Our all women's 18' skiff team has returned from Australia. The angels joined Aussie team Skiff Chicks Racing as the first all female teams to compete in the event. Read more about their experience at 33 boat JJ Giltinan Regatta !More...
The American Youth Sailing Force has been selected for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup to be held next summer in AC45 Catamarans. They will be representing San Francisco bay against teams from all over the world! Click More to check out their homepage: americanyouthsailingforce.comMore...
The 29er Skiff is a scaled down version of the larger skiffs. It is perfect for youth sailors and those just getting into high performance sailing. The 29er World Championships draw over 200 boats annually, and this skiff is sailed in the Youth World Championships. The Skiff Sailing Foundation has a small fleet of 29ers which are chartered to new teams.
The 49er Skiff was designed for Olympic competition. For the first time in Rio, there will be Men's and Women's divisions. Competitive teams emerge strong every four years to qualify. The amount of time and preparation involved is immense. The amount of money involved to compete at your best is not small. The Skiff Sailing Foundation has supported 49er teams since 2002. Generous donations from individuals have allowed our teams to compete at the highest level internationally. The knowledge they come home with has poured into our other skiff fleets and inspires others to be the best they can
The Australian 18 Foot Skiff has a rich history of over 150 years. Developed without rules, the 18 represents pure sailing evolution. The result is a machine that can be sailed fast in all conditions. The Australian 18 Footer's League is one of the most successful sailing organizations in existence by many measures. 18 Foot Skiffs are raced on Sydney harbor over 40 times per year with extremely skilled crews, all homegrown. For ten years, the 18 foot skiffs have visited San Francisco. The Skiff Sailing Foundation has accumulated seven of these craft which are made available for racing, training and introduction to the 18's. Simply put, these boats are spectacular to sail. No one is prepared for what they are capable of until they find out underway.
Who is Chad and why does he get angels?
The most asked question during the JJ Giltinan 18 Foot Skiff World Championship was: who is Chad and why does he get angels? Chad is the founder of the Skiff Sailing Foundation and the ‘ring leader’ of the 18 Footers in San Francisco. Chad was the one who got me involved with 18 sailing; he provides me with a boat to use; and he has been coaching me for the past four years. Why does Chad get angels? Chad gets angels because of his symbolic resemblance to Charlie and his angels. In a nutshell, Charlie would send his three angels out to fight treacherous battles and take care of business that others could not fathom. When the angels get in trouble Charlie would save them. Chad sends his angels out on an 18 on the treacherous city front of San Francisco, in a boat that other girls could not fathom, and from time to time saves us... get it?
Chad has obtained a plethora of angels in the past few years, including: Mallory McCollum-Bozina, Yvonne Galvez, Christine Neville, Emma Shaw, CC Childers, and me- Katie Love. In 2009 I put together the first all-women’s team to sail an 18 foot skiff in the U.S., as well as at the annual St. Francis Yacht Club 18 Foot Skiff International regatta. The only event that could trump this historic milestone was to make it to the JJ Giltinan Championship with the first all female team. The JJ Giltinan is the pinnacle regatta for the 18 Foot Class which had never had an all female team. Due to circumstances beyond my control, this would be the first time I would be able to make it to Sydney in the past four years. I knew to fulfill this long time dream that I had to find the right girls for the job. For the past year I trained with Emma Shaw and Christine Neville in the bay area.
The team was decided, plane tickets were purchased, training was going well, charter boat arranged, and a good grasp on accommodations… life was good. Everything was in order until I received an urgent call from Emma explaining that she broke her leg and would not be able to attend the JJ’s. Luckily, CC Childers was available to replace Emma for the regatta.
CC and I arrived in Australia early with aspirations to get on the water and practice. CC and I were at the 18 Footers League the Sunday before the JJ’s to attend the 18 footers weekly race. Unfortunately we did not get to go sailing, but we did get on the ferry to get the lay of the land. It was fantastic to see the race course, watch the competition, and to see so many people excited to watch 18 racing. There is gambling and a bar on the ferry, but without a doubt the sailing is the most exciting part for everyone aboard. Riding the ferry just made me more anxious to get my hands on the boat and go for a sail.
The American Youth Sailing Force Team has been selected to compete in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup to be held in AC45's in August. Visit their site americanyouthsailingforce.com to stay updated on their campaign.
A fun regatta for a great cause! The Pink Boat Regatta was hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club on October 14, 2012. This regatta is unique because it is a “sail-a-thon,” you sail around a set course of three buoys for three hours. The person who sails around the buoys the most times in three hours wins. However, there is a twist in this regatta; the twist is that you can buy points, or buoys by donating to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation on www.thepinkboat.org . Not only was the race focused on sailing around buoys it was encouraged to wear pink, decorate the boat pink, and have a great time!
The morning started fairly early at Richmond Yacht Club with Chad Freitas and J.V. Gilmour to rig the Love Machine. We had to rig up and be on the water before 9:00 a.m. to sail over to Corinthian Yacht Club. Unfortunately, there is no practical place to launch in Sausalito or Tiburon. When we left RYC there was no wind and we were drifting with the ebb towards Tiburon. Luckily a nice family heading to Sausalito gave us a tow! We made it just in time to cruise by CYC and check in. As we sailed by we saw nothing but pink on the white decks of the club: it was so cool!
The race started at 12:00 between the CYC race deck and a temporary buoy. There were 19 boats on the line ready to start the three hour lap race.
The Skiff Sailing Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to the promotion of high performance sailing incorporated in 2001 by Chad Freitas and Daniel Malpas, Directors. Over the years a good many sailors have been helped onto the water by the SSF and many have passed on their skills to the upcoming generation. Through grants and the provision of equipment our nonprofit makes competition possible for those who might not reach the starting line.
Competitive boat. Everything works. Grey color. All hardware recently rebedded. Seitech dolly and small trailer. 2 Spinnakers. Carbon tiller. Contact skiffsailingfoundation at g m a i l dot c om