2008 F11 Nationals - Race 3


Ferry Cutoff
Ferry Cutoff
David Price, Manly, Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Drama unfolded quite soon after the fleet started the first reach, with the Sydney Ferry Narrabeen not taking the usual diversion seaward of the fleet.....

Tuesday 15th January 2008 -   

After the change of sailing instructions the day before, no racing was to commence before the first warning signal at 1300hrs. The PRO, Peter Moor raised the AP flag at 12:30pm and awaited a number of up-to-date weather reports before getting the race underway just after 2pm.


Race 3 was held in a 10-14kt NE breeze peppered with many holes and a raging current, making for some quite varied results at the first few marks.


The fleet was very spread out playing the many shifts, and it was very interesting at the completion of the first work, first blood going to 1329 River Rat ASC Penny Kendall and Jessica Russel and 1294 K Jordan Girdis and Patrick Gilbert M16'SSC round second. The next batch of contenders were all bunched together, the congestion being quite a show to the many spectator fleet gathered in the far less swell and seaway of the past few days of racing at the mouth of Sydney Harbour.


Drama unfolded quite soon after the fleet started the first reach, with the Sydney Ferry Narrabeen not taking the usual diversion seaward of the fleet, but deciding to plough straight through the unbroken line of reaching kites head down to the wing mark off Washaway Beach. Narrabeen sounded 5 blasts of it's horn and continued into the line of traffic, our support and rescue craft busily redirecting all in its path. There had been a complaint made to the NSW Ferries, who were given prior knowledge of our courses. All's well that ends well and no-one was upturned or injured, although some parents and crews complained to our PRO about why their boat was stopped or diverted from the path of the ferry. Obviously, the safety of our fleet was of paramount importance and our race management protocols were appropriately exercised in line with our Race Management Plan.


By the bottom mark, 1294 K had rounded first, with many cheers from all who thought it was terrific to have some slightly less experienced crews leading the pack. But nature took a more consistent turn as the day progressed and by the top mark on the second rounding, 1350 Its Crunch Time ASC Scott Cotton and Max Vos had come out in front, with 1352 Boris M16'SSC Alex McFadyen and Matthew Stocks breaking through the pack.


By the finish, it was Scott and Max in 1350 Its Crunch Time in first place, a newcomer to the F11s fleet 1215 Action Stations Declan Reilly and George Stent from VA12'SC over in second and last years winning crew member Kris Fay with Emma Knighton in 1227 Secret Weapon B16'SC taking third place.


Overall results after 3 races has 1350 Its Crunch Time ASC 1st, 1352 Boris M16'SSC 2nd, 1345 Bambino LC12'SSC 3rd, 1336 Crunchie M16'SSC 4th, 1318 Heroes and Villains RPAYC 5th.


David Price

National President


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