NICK SCALI FURNITURE NSW F11 SPRINTS
Plenty on for the first day of the 2007-2008 NICK SCAL FURNITURE SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPS incorporating the NSW Flying Eleven Sprints at Hunters Hill Sailing Club with a swinging 18kts SE/S breeze clocking 15deg at times with bullets coming though at 25-30kts .........
The upper harbour turned it on once again with some very busy crews finding their feet in a rush of gusts and shifts on the Parramatta River, with a run-in tide playing a big role in the sprint to the first mark in each of 5 races held yesterday off Clarkes Point toward the Balmain shore. With this event being the first of the BIG 4 F11 association events for the new season, a few cobwebs were still evident for all crews with a number of erroneous maneuvers on the water causing "in the water" occurrences and many crews battling with the different sprint courses which differed from the usual triangle - windward - leeward courses, producing some very bewildered looks from the front runners pulling-up after their supposed finishes and watching as many of the following crews continue past them on the correct courses to take the lead from them.
By the end of day 1, most crews were worn out but joyful that they were back on the water with their friends once again and the job was left for the race committee to face the task of determining which boats had completed the proper courses in each race and then produce a true set of results.
Day 2 turned out to be a complete opposite to the robust conditions of the first day, with virtually no breeze around briefing after 9am, and the sun was out too. Many of the crews, and some of the parents from the day before were looking slightly relieved to not have to rig up in the gusty 20-30kts as the day before, and many took up the opportunity to some socialising amongst the number of classes at the regatta. The footy came out and so did the coloured face paint (zinc) with Manly (16ftSSC) leading the fashion stakes with matching rashies again exhibiting the Hawaiian theme of many years past.
By 12:30pm, the gentle seabreeze started to poke it's head around the 3 islands and the ap came down and all boats headed out to the course just north of Cockatoo.
With a flicky but gradually increasing breeze, the committee were able to get three more races in by the closeout time of 3pm, with some very close and tenacious racing amongst the F11 crews, with Scott Cotton and Max Vos from ASC reconfirming their overnight lead to take out the F11 series with another two wins and a second place in Scott's new boat 1350 IT'S CRUNCH TIME.
Alex McFadyen and Matthew Stocks from M16'SSC were secondin the series in another new boat 1352 TBA. Whilst reaching the top mark first most of the time on day 1, they could not capitalise on the advantage due to a human GPS malfunction (self course identification error - sailing the wrong course a number of times). They did however lead a number of other following boats astray on many occassions so the results became a mixed bag with opportunities for all to be in the running.
Local boat from HHSC 1337 SHAKE YOUR BOOTIES sailed by Toby Dind and Felix Grech took third place. This is the start of their second year in Flying Elevens and they head a strong upcoming F11 fleet from HHSC and show great form for the rest of the season to come.
The winners of the NSW F11 Sprints Handicap trophy went to GSC girls crew Jessica McIntosh and Caqitlyin McIntosh in 1270 SWEET DREAMS, the NSW F11 Sprints All Girls Trophy was won by ASC's Gemma Rasdall and Bella Wells in 1349 OUTRAGEOUS and the NSW F11 Sprints Teams Trophy went this year to the crews from Avalon Sailing Club.
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2007-8 Nick Scali NSW F11 Sprints