New National Champs Crowned for 2008


1352 Boris 2008 National Champions
1352 Boris 2008 National Champions
David Price, Manly, Saturday, 19 January 2008

After heat 7 of the 2008 Flying Eleven National Championships was cancelled due to lack of wind, from 6 races,..........

Saturday 19th January 2008 -

After heat 7 of the 2008 Flying Eleven National Championships was cancelled due to lack of wind, from 6 races, 1352 Boris M16'SSC Alex McFadyen and Matthew Stocks were crowned the 2008 Flying Eleven National Champions.  


Team mates 1353 Flying Hellfish M16'SSC Josh McKnight and James Lawira-Fernandez took second place and 1350 Its Crunch Time ASC Scott Cotton and Max Vos claimed the third place in what turned out to be one of the tightest national F11 regattas for many years.


The Junior Skipper prize was won by Manly's Jonathan Roel and Ira Dubery in 1355 Eugene, showing tremendous promise for the future. The All Girl Crew was again taken out by last year's winners 1345 Bambino Ali Chapman and Alex Paton from Lane Cove. The Teams Trophy was won by Manly 16 Foot Skiff Sailing Club. In a wonderful display of new blood in this year's fleet, Tom Koerner and Joshua Ponton from Avalon won the Handicap prize in 1339 Whitewash.


The last day's forecast was for 25kts from the NE in the afternoon, befitting a tough weather sailing regatta with such a close finish between the top placings. All the top positions were at risk leading into the final race of the series. As such, the nerves were showing on many faces throughout the morning awaiting the proposed start of play not to begin before 2pm. The NE breeze was in early and looked like building as expected. At around 1130am, all wind action stopped! A quizzical look at Seabreeze up and down the coast showed the breeze had dropped out everywhere. No readings at all. This persisted for the remainder of the lead up to the first warning advice given by the PRO Peter Moor from the day before.


The committee boat left to investigate the "non-action" out in the sound, with the AP flag being hoisted at 1pm. Nervous nellies and jitters everywhere as discussion raged on wether a race could be held in such light conditions. When all seemed done and dusted, the shotgun blasted a call to proceed to the starting line at around 3pm.


All took it in their stride and rolled their boats back and forth to get some forward movement going and reach the start boat positioned at the heads of Sydney Harbour. Realising the breeze was not going to show, the fleet were not trying too hard to make the line, and hence leave the option open for a race to be commenced.


With the start boat bobbing up and down in the middle of the sound, the gun was blasted for the final time in this years F11 National Championships, with the flags AP/N instructing the fleet that racing was finished for the day. All boats let out a sigh of relief and then scampered for any lift back to the clubhouse with one of the support and spectator boats.


So ended the competition side of an extraordinary regatta, the fleet experiencing something they probably will never have opportunity to do again, sailing a small dinghy in swell of 3m+, winds up to 33kts and a vista only Sydney can produce. All crews lifted to the challenging conditions, and left the 2008 F11 Nationals with tremendous memories to cherish for a lifetime.


Overall placings : 1st 1352 BorisM16'SSC, 2nd 1353 Flying Hellfish M16'SSC, 3rd 1350 Its Crunch Time ASC, 4th 1345 Bambino LC12'SSC, 5th Heroes and Villains RPAYC, 6th 1336 Crunchie M16'SSC, 7th 1341 Flying The Coop B16'SC, 8th 1355 Eugene M16'SSC, 9th 1351 Personal Responsibilities M16'SSC, 10th 1305 Lethal B16'SC.


David Price

National President



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