By the end of the 1980s the Sydney Harbour skiffs had become ‘spectacularly extreme’ as budgets headed through the roof and entries tumbled in the opposite direction. It was time for a change, as class historian Frank Quealey explains
1990 – A whole new concept
When just 16 teams contested the 1989 JJ Giltinan World Championship on Sydney Harbour the 18 Footers League administrators decided that immediate action was necessary if the future of a then 97-yearold iconic discipline was to be secured.
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