Skandia chooses Ullman SailsWed, 8th Apr 2009
By Chuck Skewes
The 2008 Sydney Hobart was slated as a walk in the park for the new Mega Maxi Wild Oats. That is before they knew how fast the new Ullman Sails were on the smaller older Skandia. The race started in Medium breeze and waterline was working for the newer Wild Oats. As the race progressed and the two boats got their spinnakers up, the A1 spinnaker on Skandia proved to be a giant slayer. Skandia not only caught up but passed and put several miles on the Wild Oats. The asymmetrical spinnakers on Skandia were based off of the 18 Skiff sails that Ullman Sails has been developing for years. With a much flatter foot section and straighter luff designed for easy flow and fast speed.
Skandia unfortunately fell in a hole close to Tasmania and was caught but this opened the eyes of many in the fleet since they were not expected to be close to Wild Oats for the first across the line. Skandia is sure to continue this type of performance and we will keep you informed as she sets the pace. Owner Grant Wharrington was also leading the previous year when he broke his mast.
This article was posted on Wed, 8th Apr 2009