Setting the record

Beginning at the very beginning, Frank Quealey kicks off a new multiple-part Seahorse series chronicling the complete history of the Sydney Harbour 18ft Skiff

Part 1
The genius of Mark Foy
High-technology, state-of-the-art equipment, live streaming of the racing and incredible speeds as the 18ft Skiffs race across Sydney Harbour every Australian summer are a far cry from the beginning of a truly iconic Australian sport back in the 1890s.

Sometimes when we look back at the beginning of now famous institutions around the world there can be disputes as to the real inventor, or driving force, who was responsible for creating the pheno - menon. With the birth of 18-Footer racing some 127 years ago there is absolutely no question that a Sydney retailer named Mark Foy is the individual responsible for the birth of the sport as a unique spectacle, one that the spectator following it still enjoys today.

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