18ft skiffs heading for Europe

Aussie 18ft to take part at the Mark Foy Trophy to be held in Denmark this year

Saturday April 2nd 2011, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Australia

The Sydney 18 Footer season finished only one week ago, but already administrators at the Australian 18 Footers League are starting to look ahead towards the 2011-2012 Season.

As well as their plans for 2011-2012, the League has also just organised to ship five of their skiffs to compete at the Mark Foy Trophy due to take place in Sonderborg, Denmark, over 6-12 June and/or the International Regatta in San Francisco over 21-26 August.

The club's boats in the container are Asko Appliances, Panasonic, Smeg, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Yandoo.

Encouraged by the LIVE tracking at the 2011 Giltinan plus the increased media coverage and video, the League now believe they have a stronger package to offer sponsors. The LIVE tracking attracted nearly 12,000 viewers in 29 countries (with no pre-publicity), and League officials believe that with more time to organise and promote this fantastic new development in the Australian 18s, the potential to attract more corporates in the future cannot be overlooked.

With a solid base of boat sponsors already for the club-owned fleet, this new opportunity could be a major boost for income and ensure the continued growth of the Sydney Harbour based skiffs.

In 2011-2012, Sydney's 18ft Skiffs can virtually occupy a full week between races.

A guaranteed preview is the 'Pick the Podium' contest. Accessed here, players can select the three skiffs (in order) which will finish first-to-third in the upcoming race and can win various prizes. It is free to enter and is available to players anywhere in the world.

Each race is now receiving excellent coverage through various areas of the media. Obviously LIVE tracking makes the racing available to anyone with a computer anywhere in the world, and is just like being on the harbour.

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