All shapes and sizes in weather over the first month of our season have started this year with a bang , with those pesky westerlies recently giving our Flyers some tricky days out on the water lately. Let's hope they move on soon and revert to a regular seabreeze, but you know - they have been a bit of fun at times with some great rides for those who have given the big days a go.
It is great to see so many new faces in the class, and good number of new boats have been built to cater for the increased demand in the class this season - it appears everyone wants to have some real fun and have jumped onto any F11 they could get their hands on - hot potatoes! Great to see.
Basin F11 Training Camp 12-14 Oct
So, here's your chance to do something with your new boat. We have organised a 3 day live-in training camp running from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th Oct, camping over at the Basin in Pittwater. Avalon Sailing Club will be our host club and all details are on the web.
It is catered for and you also get to race in Avalon's Sunday race at the end and prove you actually learnt something during the camp, or at least put some of what you did learn into practice. Cheap, heaps of fun and something not to be missed.
All details are on the web news menu or follow the quick reference to the information and application link over on the left here. Be quick for this one as it is up in the next 2 weeks.
2007-2008 Nick Scali Furniture NSW F11 Sprints 22-23rd September
If you didn't make the effort this year to race in the Sprints, you missed some really great racing. The sprints are always a terrific way to start the season off and this year, it was on the first day of competition where dogs were blown off their chains not dissimilar to last year's last day where racing had to be cancelled. But - we went out in it this time and the crews indulged in 5 fast and furious races on Saturday. HHSC put on a great host's performance in handling such varied conditions and are looking forward to continuing next year.
There were some funny moments where the leaders forgot their way around the different sprint course layout, with some capsizing practice and plenty of tired bodies and salty eyes by the end of day 1. By race 5, there had been quite a few retirees but all were smiling back on the HHSC club grounds
Day 2 was much gentler with an ever increasing seabreeze which put all crews' skills to the test after a grueling physical first day of competition. Over the weekend, we got in 8 races with all conditions from 8kts to 25kts+, warm and cold winds, and lolads of fun on and off the water.
Congratulations to the last year's 1251 Scooter crew, now 1350 IT'S CRUNCH TIME'S Scotty Cotton and Max Vos for showing consistency both in heavy and light conditions to take out the series. Handicap winners were local LC12'SSC crew Claire Lunsmann and Melinda Smith in 1293 RELENTLESS; First All Girl crew were Avalon's Gemma Rasdall and Bella Wells in 1349 OUTRAGEOUS. The Teams Trophy this year went northerly once again, but to the Avalon Sailing Club's crews this time around - many happy faces in the photos!
Take a look at the web news article where you will find othe links to the photos taken over the weekend. There are also a couple of links on the left which go to various sprints items of interest too. Enjoy.
McGrath Upper Harbour Championships Sat 3rd Nov Hosted By LC12'SSC
We have now posted all the race docs to the calendar menu of our website, including course maps and a race preamble, which explains the deal with the Dash For Cash prior to the main event. You can access the preamble directly on the links on the left too.
The sailing Instructions will be posted a little closer to the event time so keep checking back to the item on the web and calendar for updates.
Club News & F11 National Journal Publication
It's now time for your club to submit their last season's report article for the F11 yearly journal. Please nudge your club delegate to forward these to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so we can produce the timepiece that will make you live forever in theyes of all present and future Flyers.
The Journal is due for publication in December so get them to us by end November together with a few local news photos if you have some.
Look forward to catching you at the Basin Training Camp,
Sail on - Pricey