C21 NSW F11 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS REPORT RACE 7 AND SERIES
Tension was showing on the leaders' faces as it had come down to the wire........
The final race 7 of the Century 21 NSW F11 State Championships took place with an unusually bright object high in the sky, namely the sun, together with a decent 15-20kts southerly breeze and a run out tide with swell around 2-3m.
Tension was showing on the leaders' faces as it had come down to the wire to decide who would be the new NSW F11 State Champions for 2007/2008, with 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME
It had been a closely contested battle over the entire series, with 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME having a 1st and 2nd place the day before, and 1336 CRUNCHIE a 1st and 3rd place, making it either crews series on the final day of racing. The series had been very diverse, spread out over two weekends at two very different venues, smooth lake sailing at
The start of the final race got underway at with equal numbers choosing the left side to seaward and the others hugging the rocks off Cronulla and using the breakers to an advantage whilst out of the tide.
With equal pressure, it was looking an each way bet however the leaders from the left made their way to the middle half way up the work and looked clearly ahead of the right handers by two thirds of the way up to the top mark.
Rounding the top mark first was 1352 BORIS
By the bottom mark, 1352 BORIS and 1336 CRUNCHIE had stretched out a comfortable lead from the following fleet, with 1339 WHITEWASH, 1345 BAMBINO, 1351 PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES and 1353 FLYING HELLFISH ahead of 1350 ITS CRUNCHTIME who was striving to reduce the number of boats between themselves and 1336 CRUNCHIE to retain the series lead.
Shortly after the bottom rounding, 1345 BAMBINO took a swim with 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME passing somewhat a little relieved but not stopping to chat in any way whatsoever, the focus clearly on reeling in the boat placements between 1336 CRUNCHIE, who was gaining even more ahead along with 1352 BORIS working up the middle to the top mark for the second time.
There was still plenty of race left, although all onlookers on the headlands and in the many support vessels were holding their breath, observing the building tension of what was being played out in front of their eyes on this last day.
More and more the first two boats pulled away from the remainder of the fleet, 1352 BORIS being able to increase the distance between 1336 CRUNCHIE to about 50m by the second rounding of the top mark. Behind, 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME was conscientiously trying to keep a cool head and methodically maintain a minimum number of other boats between their rival contenders up ahead. 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME rounded 5th to commence the downwind leg and immediately gybed off on to port, viewing ahead the others had all gone right.
1345 BAMBINO had been in front of 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME at the start of the last reaches but had failed to get their spinnaker up for some time, leaving 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME to gather another place in the pursuit of retaining the required 5 places between them 1336 CRUNCHIE.
By the final work of the series, 1336 CRUNCHIE had closed the gap on 1352 BORIS to within 3-4 boat lengths, again both increasing the lead over the rest of the fleet. 1336 CRUNCHIE appeared to pull out everything they had and by half way up the work, they had just eked out a minuscule lead on starboard over 1352 BORIS who immediately lee-bowing them to say it wasn't over yet (cousin!). The quick manoeuvre resulted in 1352 BORIS rolling to windward heavily, catching both sailors off guard with crew Matthew falling overboard but still holding onto the boat nonetheless. A very quick recovery later, 1336 CRUNCHIE was 6 boat lengths ahead and starting to count the number of boats between their rivals 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME and themselves, realising they were in there with a real chance of snatching the series.
1350 BORIS was not done yet though and duelled with 1336 CRUNCHIE all the way to the finish line with 1336 CRUNCHIE winning out eventually over 1352 BORIS by half a boat length, the closest of all races in this series. Now the wait to see where things would end up! Being about a reaching leg distance ahead of the remainder of the fleet, it was difficult to gauge how many places split the two contenders for the series. Much chatter was heard on the various support and spectator vessels on what was about to transpire. Would 1336 CRUNCHIE Olivia Price and Kasha Wojcik M16'SSC have actually snatched victory from the grasp of 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME
Third to cross the finish line was 1351 PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES closely followed by 1353 FLYING HELLFISH. 1345 BAMBINO had not recovered their position from the reach and 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME crossed in 5th place.
This left a 4 point deficit against the leaders at the start of the final day, resulting in "equal points" of 12 each for the two boats 1336 CRUNCHIE and 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME at the completion of the final race.
Both crews had amassed three first places during the series so as stated in the Notice of Race, the count-back system required a look at the next best placings between the two boats to attempt to break the tie.
With two seconds over one, 1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME was declared the winner of the Century 21 NSW F11 State Championships for 2007-2008 in what was the closest F11 race series in over 10 years.
Race 7 Results: 1st 1336 CRUNCHIE Olivia Price and Kasha Wojcik M16'SSC, 2nd BORIS
1350 ITS CRUNCH TIME
1336 CRUNCHIE Olivia Price and Kasha Wojcik M16'SSC 12pts CB
1341 FLYING THE