15-year-old American sailor Samuel ‘Shark’ Khan will become the youngest person ever to skipper an 18ft Skiff when he lines up on Saturday in the first heat of the JJ Giltinan (world) Championship on Sydney Harbour.

‘Shark’ will skipper ‘Pegasus Racing’ against the world’s best skiff sailors.

Although new to the flying 18-footer machines, he has a great sailing record already and will add a new dimension to the class.

‘Shark’ says he learned how to sail on a Hawaiian outrigger canoe, and besides sailing does a lot of snowboarding and windsurfing as well as playing a lot of hockey.

He is the youngest person ever to do a Transpac (Los Angeles to Honolulu), winning in both 2001 and 2003.

A spectator ferry will follow each heat, leaving Double Bay Wharf. Costs are:
Adults – $15
Children – Free

Race dates are:
Heat 1 – Saturday, 19 February
Heat 2 – Sunday, 20 February
Heat 3 – Tuesday, 22 February
Heat 4 – Wednesday, 23 February
Heat 5 – Thursday, 24 February
Heat 6 – Saturday, 26 February
Heat 7 – Sunday, 27 February

All enquiries can be directed to the Australian 18 Footers League (phone: 9363 2995) or Frank Quealey on 0417 421 952.

Frank Quealey
Media Officer
Australian 18 Footers League