INVITATION RACE BRINGS CHALLENGING CONDITIONS TO ALL 2008 CREWS
Sunday 13th January 2008 - With the forcast for a fresh nor-easter up to 30kts, the 2008 F11 Nationals Fleet headed out to the sound off Middle Head for the start of another fun filled F11s regatta.
This year's fleet consisted of 74 boats from all over the country, including 3 crews from Tasmania....
Some crews opted for their old sails due to the forcast which was allowed by the race committee, and with the out going tide, there was plenty of chop to contend with in the 18-22kts of fresh breeze, with a dark horizon over land suggesting an electrical storm was imminent, just to jazz things up a bit.
This year's fleet consisted of 74 boats from all over the country, including 3 crews from Tasmania. Peter Moor, the PRO, got them off to a clean start with a number of the local boats taking the lead, along with Belmont's James and Kyle Walters 1341 Flying The Coop and the Crawford brothers in 1318 Heores & Villains also vying for a lead around the first mark. 1336 Crunchie girls Olivia Price and Kasha Wojcik from Manly took the top mark ahead of cousin Alex McFadyen and Matthew Stokes in 1352 Boris also from Manly, with The Walters boys following a little further back.
Some spectacular reaching ensued amongst the sloppy conditions and 1352 Boris took the lead from 1336 Crunchie by the bottom mark after some equipment malfunction. By now, the weather had turned rather dark and all crews had to really hold on and stay upright in the washing machine between the heads of Sydney.
By the second rounding of the top mark, the committee was anxious to get the crews back to the club and beach infront of the approaching thunderstorm, and drastically shortened the race, with 1352 Boris Alex McFadyen and Matthew Stokes over in first place, second going to 1353 Flying Hellfish Josh McKnight and James Lawira-Fernandez and 1318 Heroes & Villains Robert and Matthew Crawford taking third place.
All crews had a terrific time in good strong conditions and there were smiles all 'round by the Welcome Night celebration at the club after the event, despite the thunderstorm working against the party.
Forcatsed strong southerly winds are expected for the first race of the series tomorrow.
Last Modified on 14/01/2008 13:19