In this issue:
- 2007 McGrath Upper Harbour Championships & Dash For Cash
- Basin F11 Training Camp Report
- 2007-2008 Century 21 NSW Flying Eleven State Championships
- Measurement Issues
- Manly F11 Training Camp 14th -16th December
- Club Affiliation & Boat Registration
- 2008 National Titles Updates
2007 McGrath Upper Harbour Championships & Dash For Cash
Saturday 3rd November 2007 - The McGrath Flying Eleven Upper Harbour Championships was again hosted by LC12'SSC with a light SE breeze testing the fleet's knowledge of river sailing skills to the utmost. Many early leaders were subdued with "at the moment pressure and tide" conditions only to be left with big holes to get through were others chose a meandering pathway up to the first mark to take the lead.
Local girls Ali Champman and Alex Paton in 1345 BAMBINO from LC12'SSC led the fleet low and out of the tide to the first mark off Goat Island, with Scott Cotton and Max Vos from ASC in 1350 IT'S CRUNCH TIME gaining a handful of places and closing the gap for second after winning the lottery up the center off Longnose Pt, with Manly boat 1353 FLYING HELLFISH Josh McKnight and James Lawira-Fernandez chasing in 3rd boat around.
Fickle shifts and some bullets helped change the fleet around and IT'S CRUNCH TIME assumed the lead by the next work to the top mark from BAMBINO, with some mixed positions following on mid fleet.
With the breeze dying off, BAMBINO pushed hard but could not overcome the cover IT'S CRUNCH TIME were offering and after a fairly long race, Cotton and Vos assumed the Upper Harbour Champion's title for 2007.
Preceding the Championship was the fun event - The Dash For Cash - which started off the LC12'SSC at 1:30pm and was a start-out sprint to the starting line for the UHCs. Returning to the fleet on this occasion was the brothers Crawford from RPAYC in 1318 HEROES & VILLANS who managed to fend off a number of competitors to make it over the line first. There were some fancy moves at the corner in very little breeze which brought all the fleet together, made some crews look famous and others went from rooster to feather duster.
All in all, it was another fun and competitive day conducted by Lane Cove, with all crews now loading up for the first round of the NSW State Titles at Belmont on the 1st & 2nd December.
Basin F11 Training Camp Report
WHAT A GREAT CAMP! We had it all - literally rain hail & shine, big and little southerlies and a finish with a beautiful nor-easter. The coaches were fantastic and we all learned heaps whilst having a ball. Camping at the Basin with access by water was an interesting experience too as the conditions went from bad and worse to picturesque and thoroughly pleasant. There were some funny moments and some sad ones mixed in to give this camp a sense of reality that our kids handled most admirably and they all embraced the challenges and grew from the experience.
I watched Seabreeze all Thursday night prior to our departure, in fact, I hit this site all week watching the latest weather details wanting the encroaching southerly to suddenly disappear so we could start this Training Camp off with some sort of easy lead-in. But it doesn't always work like that, does it! When I left for a fly-by of the Basin Campgrounds in the RIB at 7am, the southerly was due in by mid-morning. The weather at the time was just serene with gentle ripples creasing the water and the sun booming through to give us a false sense of calm - before the storm! We assembled at Clareville Beach, with cradles and camping gear stacked up for collection by the tender boats supplied by Avalon Sailing Club and parents.
With the southerly approaching, we bolted across to the Basin in a hurry, leaving a little later than expected. By the time the southerly hit hard, most were around the corner and in the lea, with only one of the coaches boats having to be towed as it had engine problems which ruled this vessel out for the duration of the camp (no problem - ASC gave us another one). But after a brief sail around following the leader exercises, the rain and lightening appeared and everyone was ordered to the campground shore. A number of parents were on hand to move all the ferried gear to shelter. Meanwhile, most of the crews were able to get close to the shore before the tempest was upon us. Big squalls and the first batch of hail hit the fleet and it was difficult to see 50m in front and even locate the beach at moments. The kids were very impressive in the manner in which they handled the hard start, and I recall only seeing smiling faces of boat crews such as 1354 THE ARTFUL DODGER's crew Karina Curry-Hyde and Annick Cappuyns through the hail storm on the way to the beach. No one was fazed by it all - even I had to laugh although I knew that now we had to set-up tents etc in a campsite that was now sodden with puddles. The weather broke and we all found some high spots and we were set-up once the weather came back in with some more hail to keep the joke start alive. Again - none of the kids were fazed and they had lunch served to them by our wonderful "catering officers" and then went out to have an afternoon session in more southerly breezes around the corner in Pittwater. A couple of the crews hurt knees meant one boat retired from the camp at this stage (an old injury revisited by one crew), but everyone else was left standing and eager for more. Josh McKnight spent the whole day sailing single handed and by the afternoon, was putting in some very fancy gybes in the 20kt southerly, with Anna Kendall also managing extremely well sailing single handed during the afternoon too.
This was about the time I was voicing that we had our "stories for the weekend" episodes now out of the way, and the weather was looking a whole lot more endurable for our happy campers. I booked the campsites fire pit for the night and gathered the firewood from the stack they had told me was covered (it wasn't) and set-up a camp fire for after dinner so we could all warm-up together, given there are not hot showers at the grounds.
Dinner was a wonderful selection of home made kebabs which were gobbled up joyfully by the kids and a number of parents who had volunteered to assist. I was having a better time by now as it all looked good from here, but no sooner had thought this when it started to rain again and my camp fire programme looked in jeopardy. Being a firebug from way back, I managed to kick-start the fire without using accellerant (this was a back-up if it all went pear-shaped) and we all settled around the firepit giggling with chinese whispers and other campfire games and many funny stories. Coaches David O'Connor and Paul Mackenzie carried the fun and games on until many crews realised how tired they were and snuck off to their respective tents. Some crews seemed to have more energy than others and joined up together in various tents for sing-a-longs and much frivolity and laughing was heard around the campgrounds. Eventually, everyone settled into their own tents and went to sleep, but only after the ranger appeared to just remind us curfew was at 10 o'clock, it now being 11 something. The first night went peacefully excepting a short burst of sleep talking from a number of tents and one small group having a sing-a-long just before dawn, which was quickly and quietly extinguished without much ado. A pretty good result for first night syndrome!
We awoke to sparkling blue skies and good breeze albeit a little chillier than the week before, when the Rural Firefighters had fought off bushfires right down to the campsite itself. Big breaky of bacon and egg rolls and off for more training. Lunch of bbq'd sausages and back out for the afternoon session. This is where the more sad than sore knee bit entered the otherwise wiz bang time each and everyone were having when an out-of-control lunatic from the RMYC's Trimaran Race collided over our starting line with 1339 WHITEWASH where Tom Koerner and Joshua Ponton were thrown from their vessel. These two champions were very lucky to escape with only some bruising and an incident report has been made by both the RMYC and Tom's parents. I was concerned they might have some residual problems over the incident, but I was informed they went into the Sunday afternoon Race at ASC in an old borrowed boat and almost won the first race, coming 2nd though and a tremendous 5th in the second race, leaving no doubt that there were no problems with these two crew whatsoever due to the drama experienced the day before. The news is that the hull is not damaged but will be tested for stress fractures etc, but the rigging has been zeroed.
As Manly crews had to leave a day early because of a re-scheduled championship race from the week before on Sunday, this left 11 boats in the programme for the last days training which culminated in the two afternoon races from Avalon. All in all a big three days and all stated they were keen to do it all again next year.
I just wonder how much influence our coaches had over some of our crew members in many wanting to come back and do it all again, as I could have sworn I saw some twinkling eyes and some beating hearts from some of the girl crews over the coaching staff, who excelled themselves once again with total professionalism and commitment during the three days we lived, worked and played together.
All this would not have been possible without the support of a number of parents who kicked in to feed, supervise and transport the crews, and of course Avalon Sailing Club and their generous assistance with support vessels. Speacial thanks to Kerrie Cotton and Andrew kendall for making it a huge success.
The F11 Association will be conducting another 3 day training camp (not live-in this time) just prior to the Nationals at Manly in mid-December. We expect a lot of crews will want to be in attendance as it is a perfect opportunity to become accustom to the waters of the up-coming Nationals. An on-line form will be forthcoming shortly so keep your eyes out for this opportunity.
Check out some photos on the F11 web site link. - Pricey
2007-2008 Century 21 NSW Flying Eleven State Championships
The first 4 heats of Round 1 get underway on the 1st & 2nd of December 2007 hosted by Belmont 16ft Sailing Club on beautiful Lake Macquarie.
Round 2's final 3 heats will be held on the 9th & 10th February 2008 held and Hosted by Cronulla Sailing Club.
The Notice of Race and the on-line Entry Form and hard copy Entry Forms are now available via our website. On-Line entries are the preferred and the system is now updated and easy to use. Please follow these links or download via our website.
Entries for the two weekends are only $90. Late Fees apply after the 24th November deadline for Belmont and the 2nd February if you only choose to enter Round 2. Late fees are $20 if paid after these cut-off dates.
For the Round #1ers, we have organised a Saturday Night BBQ at the B16's club for $5 a head and we ask that you put this event on the agenda and support the association who are underwriting the food provisions. Be social and have some fun and what the sun go down over the water - it's very pleasant and the crews can have some fun together after sailing.
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Don't forget to have your club measurer go over any new items you are intending to use at any of the association run events coming up.
Our State Measurer is Jeff Saunders, and Jeff will be at the first round of the states where he will conduct random checks so we all get on and sail fairly against each other.
All items such as new boat hulls, sails, masts and spars, centerboards and rudders must comply with the measurement rules, otherwise you could be open to a protest from your fellow competitors after a race or even a regatta. Noses get out of joint and kids can become upset when such action is sometimes taken, so let's avoid any issues of this nature and come prepared and in the knowledge that your boat fully complies with the class rules.
If you do not have a club measurer, please contact Jeff Saunders Jeff.Saunders@wintonassociates.com.au prior to the regatta and Jeff will assist where possible to help with the issues at hand.
It is also worth noting here that the F11 Associations have made an ammended inclusion to the NoR's for the each of the State's and upcoming National Championships in respect of altering rigging whilst racing - see below.
In the interest of managing this training class to remain as simple as possible, there will be measures put in place to monitor the various "new" devices which are now appearing on some boats that can alter the boat's rigging tensions etc whilst on the water. It is a ruling fair to all, and it does not stop alterations between races, as in the past.
Class Rule 5.3 (Rigging). Rigging (forestay and shrouds) shall not be adjusted while racing.
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Manly F11 Training Camp 14th -16th December
Stay tuned to the website for the program and application form for our next 3 day F11 Training Camp at Manly.
We will shortly post these and the details for you to download and join us at the home of the upcoming 2008 National Titles where you can experience the conditions and tune up your skills for the big event.
Joe Turner and David O'Connor will head up the team of coaches and the 3 day program, and we expect this camp to be very popular, so make room for it in your sailing calendar.
Full details will of course be included in our December Newsletter.
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Club Affiliation & Boat Registration
If your club has not completed the 2007 F11 Affliation Form and paid the $30 fee and/or your boat has not been registered - another fee of $30 per boat - please go to the website and dowload the forms otherwise you can not participate in the Association run events such as the Sates and the Nationals as you are not covered by our insurance policy.
The forms are under the main menu ORGANISATION on our website.
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2008 National Titles Updates
The Nationals are right on track and details are being posted in increasing frequency to the Nationals 2008 website link.
We are also very happy to announce that the company - 1824 - Australia's Premium Beef Company have secured the naming rights to the 2008 Flying Eleven Nationals at Manly.
If you haven't tried their beef yet, you haven't lived! Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club have their products available now and you will be very impressed when you visit during the Nationals.
Our other major sponsor is once again Bell Potter Securities who have sponsored and donated perhaps more than any other company in history to the Flying Eleven class.
Please take some time to visit their websites by clicking on their logos and we suggest we do what ever we can to compliment their generous support of our wonderful class.
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Sail on - Pricey