16ft Skiff

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A 16ft skiff is a class of three-person sailing dinghy with a twin trapeze and a large asymmetrical spinnaker. The class is unique to Australia, where it is one of the most popular boats sailing with 135 boats registered in 12 clubs.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The class has been around for over a century and has changed significantly since its beginnings:

1901

Class founded in Balmain

1908
Class expands to Queensland
1922
Class spreads to Western Australia
1976
Rules change to allow any material for hull
1986
Three man crew introduced
1997-98
Stick class rules were introduced

Class specifications[edit]

  • Overall length—4.88 metres (16.0 ft)
  • Min beam—1.52 metres (5.0 ft)
  • Max beam—1.78 metres (5.8 ft)
  • Min weight—70 kilograms (154 lb)
  • Working sail area—22 square metres (240 sq ft)
  • Spinnaker sail area—45 square metres (480 sq ft)
  • Racing crew—Three

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