Positions are available for people who would like to experience the thrill of sailing from days gone by. As the 10 Foot is very twitchy, being small boats carrying large sail areas, experience is necessary and skippers like to have their crew worked out ahead of the race. The crew consists of skipper, mainsheet and for’ard hand.
However, everyone is always made welcome in the rigging area and they will always find someone to talk to them about these great little skiffs at Drummoyne Sailing on one Sunday each month (check the calendar).
The 18 Footers are able to take on newcomers as crew, as they are a much bigger skiff and are often in need of “moveable” ballast, though everyone gets a job on board. All that is needed is a sense of humour, a willingness to help rig and unrig, some swimming ability and a preparedness to get wet. To get a start, be at the SFS at 10.30 or so and ask in the rigging area if any berths are available. Wet boots or sandshoes are required due to the ramp for launching, also wetsuits or warm when wet clothing is essential. Be aware that this is not a yacht and there is no room for a bag, a water bottle maybe, as you will get wet. Also, these boats when they tip over do not come up, be prepared for some long stints in the water
Sailing on a replica skiff is free but when your crew in more than three races you need to become a sailing member of the Sydney Flying Squadron ($115) and a member of Yachting Australia ($75) each year.
If you can’t get a berth, the SFS runs a ferry each Saturday.The ferry departs at 2 pm from the wharf in front of the club and follows the 18s around the harbour. Ferry tickets and drinks coupons are purchased at the Sydney Flying Squadron bar and can be booked ahead of time.
Spectators can expect to return to the squadron at around 4:30 pm.