Note – The Skeetas and Nikkis are heading to the Bayview Yacht Racing Association, on Pittwater in NSW starting on March 23rd.
The Skeeta class has already seen its first International action in 2024, starting in South America, going up against the Waszp at Chile’s Lake Vichuquén from 12-14 January.
The new foilers demonstrated excellent speed and versatility around the racecourse – especially in the hands of Matias Del Solar, who won one race on his way to securing second place overall in the joint Chilean Waszp Nationals and Skeeta Cup.
With just eight months’ experience of foiling on his Skeeta, Matias was able to take on the top Waszp sailors from Chile and Argentina.
“The Skeeta Cup in Chile was such a blast!” said Matias.
“Racing on a Skeeta was an unforgettable experience, especially since this was the first version of the event. We sailed alongside the Waszps, and with 18 boats at the starting line, it was quite a spectacle!
“I was amazed at how easy it was to get on board and foil right away – it’s a true testament to the Skeeta’s design.
“Even in light winds, the Skeeta held its own, with a slight edge in upwind speed and a faster, deeper downwind pace. And when the conditions picked up, the Skeeta seemed to fly – it was faster in all conditions!
“This advantage definitely helped me out, especially since I’m not as experienced with tacks and gybes. Despite these challenges, I still managed to secure second place. With more practise and consistency, I’m confident that the Skeetas will reign supreme over the Waszps!”
Skeeta has seen huge growth in Chile since the first boats landed in February 2023. There are now 30 boats on the ground and regularly sailing in training sessions and clinics around the country. 2024 is shaping up for another big year in South America, with more growth into neighbouring countries Peru and Argentina and more events on for the summer.
The next main event is in Australia, where Skeetas and Nikkis are heading to the Bayview Yacht Racing Association, on Pittwater in NSW starting on March 23rd.
For more information about the Australian-designed Skeeta and Nikki foilers, visit https://skeetawatersports.com/
Written by David French