getting the best out of the old girl.

A mix of the old and new has the crew aboard Korman Marine Composites confident of making a major noise at all levels during the 2017/18 16ft skiff club season.

The old part is the boat – it's pushing 12 years and counting.

The young is the crew – skipper Felix Grech and regular crew Tom Potter and Paul Darmanin are 24 or younger.

But the young blokes are getting the best out of the old girl.

"The boat is 10-12 years but still holding up really well," Grech said.

"It's built to last and we love sailing on it."

Also proving sturdy is Grech and his crew.

They finished top 10 at the Australian 16ft Championships in January and want to push towards a podium finish at this year's nationals on Middle Harbour.

"We just want to try and do as many races as we can and then have a good go at the nationals," Grech said.

"The lead-up will be the most important thing. The competition at Manly is always so good that you couldn’t ask for any better in terms of preparation.

"Race day is the best training of all."

That was the case last Saturday when 20 boats faced the starter's gun for the first pointscore race of the season.

In a highly competitive race, KMC fell behind early before clawing its way through the fleet.

With George Stent filling in for Darmanin on the bow, KMC took the lead the second time around the bottom mark and sprinted clear to record a 71-second win over Shebang (Anthony King) and Sydney Shade Sails (Michael Koerner).

"We hadn't really raced against anyone (in pre-season training) so we weren't sure if we'd be fast or slow," Grech said.

"It was a really good race.

"We got to test out some new sails we got over winter and blow away a bit of rust.

"It' nice to be back on the boat and the boys did a really good job of keeping it going fast."

Sydney Shade Sails took out handicap honours from Chapman High Performance (Evan Darmanin) and Growthbuilt (Ryan Wilmot).

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