2018 Gill Flying 11 National Championships
Manly 16' Skiff Club
Dates: 13th - 19th January 2018
Day 1 of the main event got underway in a drizzly overcast 17-22kts of SSE breeze.....
By the second work, 1352 Boris had overtaken 1350 Its Crunch Time by only the narrowest of margins. 1341 Flying The Coop followed 90 seconds later, with 1318 Heroes and Villains RPAYC Robert and Matthew Crawford, and 1336 Crunchie M16'SSC Olivia Price and Kasha Wojcik separated by 3 seconds, each in hot pursuit.
With the 18kts of breeze and an increasing swell of 2-3 meters, the fleet was now spread out. 1351 Personal Responsibilities M16'SSC Simon Leicester and Paul Darmanin rounded next with 1292 Insight RPAYC Paul Dargaville and Brodie Crossman putting in another good effort, just in front of Lane Cove girls 1345 Bambino LC12'SSC
A loose cover strategy extended 1352 Boris' lead over 1350 Its Crunch Time up the third work,
1352 Boris maintained their lead up the final work to the finish off Middle Head and crossed the line first. Some shifting of the breeze gave opportunity for 1318 Heroes and Villains to claw at third place, snatching it at the line from 1350 Its Crunch Time over in 4th position.
As per the forecast, the breeze abated a little for the start of Race 2 just after . The 14kts of breeze was flicking from 75-140deg at the start and similar swings to 145deg at the top mark so it was not surprising that the first start attempt brought about a general recall of the fleet. No problems with the second start of Race 2 with much of the fleet jammed in at the boat end and causing some minor altercations as they strove to get clear air on their way up the first work.
Local boat 1353 Flying Hellfish M16'SSC Josh McKnight and James Lawira-Fernandez took the lead early, closely followed by 1352 Boris, 1350 Its Crunch Time, and 1345 Bambino. Same positions around the top mark for these boats with an increasing lead downwind by 1353 Flying Hellfish and 1352 Boris, leaving the remainder of the fleet some 200 meters astern by the bottom mark.
A fierce tacking duel ensued with the leading two boats up the second work, with 1353 Flying Hellfish competently defending their lead from a tenacious 1352 Boris who was throwing everything they had at them. At the start of the square run leg, the first four boats remained in position, with 1318 Heroes and Villains around in fifth spot, 1336 Crunchie making some gains next ahead of 1338 Intergalactic Cookie Monster M16'SSC Natalie Greentree and Matthew Stenta, 1347 Miss Elevation M16'SSC Lisa Leicester and Pia Doyle, 1293 Relentless LC12'SSC Claire Lunsmann and Melinda Smith all right on each others tails.
By the final reaches, 1353 Flying Hellfish maintained their first position some 30m ahead of 1352 Boris, 1345 Bambino now in third position followed by 1350 Its Crunch Time and 1336 Crunchie.
Tension was on the boil as the leaders worked their way up to the finish in a varying 5-14kts of oscillating S/SE wind, with 1353 Flying Hellfish and 1352 Boris continuing their tacking duel under the cliffs off Middle Head whilst the following fleet spread out wide on the left attempting to grab a better advantage with the fickle breezes.
It was only at 200 meters to go that it was clear the leaders appeared safe, and 1353 Flying Hellfish crossed the line ahead of 1352 Boris, third going to 1345 Bambino, forth 1350 Its Crunch Time and fifth was 1336 Crunchie.
After 2 races, the top position is held by Manly's 1352 Boris -