F11 SAILOR PROFILE - 2009 F11 National Champions Josh McKnight & Ira Dubery

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Josh McKnight & Ira Dubery
Josh McKnight & Ira Dubery
David Price, Sunday, 1 March 2009

F11s are just right and they are fun to sail when itaEUR(TM)s really windy and also relatively stable and easy to gybe the people who sail them are really good which creates a good social scene.......

 F11 SAILOR PROFILE 2009


Name:
Josh McKnight
Date Of Birth: 07/05/1991
Current F11 Boat And Who Is Your Crewmate: 1353 Flying Hellfish Ira Dubery
Current Club: MANLY 16SSC
How Long Have You Been Sailing F11s: Since the 2005 nationals where I was at almost the back of the fleet in every race
Tell Your Sailing History In Brief [100 words]: I have been sailing for about 12 years on anything I can get my hands on.
I started sailing a long time ago at different sailing schools then finally went to
Northside Sailing School in 2000 and sailed there until about 2004 where I got an old club boat from middle harbour -  1164 "Peekaboo".  I sailed this every weekend until I went around to Manly one day and saw what they were racing and how good they were.
This lead onto me and my dad deciding that we needed to buy a newer boat and sail from manly so we bought 1308 "Snowstorm", which I sailed until the Perth nationals where we saw how well Justin Sharrock’s boat 1344 "Panther"  went in all conditions.
We sold Snowstorm and decided to get Mark Thorpe to build our new boat 1353 Flying Hellfish but this boat was different to others at the time. This boat was built to be like Panther but an evolution of Panther
We worked with Mark Thorpe who was building the boat and fitting it out because we wanted to make all of the problems that we had with the old boat become non-existent with this new boat and so every area of the boat was re-thought to try and see if we could do it better.
This boat to date has had no breakages and no gear failure because we spent so much time working on the boat to make sure we wouldn't have to deal with stuff like that.
School sailing was done every year except this one just for a bit of fun. 
What Other Boats/Classes Do You Currently Sail/Skipper/Crew: Flying Eleven (skipper), 13 foot skiff (crew), foiler moth (skipper)
What’s Your Most Memorable Sailing Achievement: 2nd at last years national championships - we had our kicker break in race one so that put us on the back foot in terms of points to the other competitors but this was a result of bad boat preparation. Winning this year’s nationals at
Twofold Bay, Eden, was because our boat preparation was the best we have ever had.
What’s Your Most Favourite Sailing Memory [50 words]: Sailing the foiler downwind on Sydney Harbour in about 15-18knots of breeze doing 21 knots of boat speed with Bora Gulari, Hans Hanken and Charlie Mckee, trying to get a good photo of the moths for the Mazda Speed Challenge, and crossing the finish line of the 2009 Flying Eleven National Championships after being the hardest race of the series with
Scott Cotton and Olivia Price and realizing that I had not only won my first race of the regatta but the entire series.
Who Would Be Your Sailing Mentor: Baz Atkins
What Do You Like about the F11s [50 words]: They are just right and they are fun to sail when it’s really windy and they are also relatively stable and easy to gybe; the people that sail them are really good which creates a good social scene.
What Are Your Future Sailing Goals: Olympics, World Championships, round the world campaign, Sydney to Hobart and make a living from sailing
What Would You Like To See Happen In F11s: Bigger fleets, and lighter and faster boats


 F11 SAILOR PROFILE 2009

  

Name: Ira Dubery
Date Of Birth:
27/7/94
Current F11 Boat And Who Is Your Crewmate: I sail in, 1353 "Flying Hellfish"
with my skipper Josh McKnight
Current Club: Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club
How Long Have You Been Sailing F11s: I have been sailing Flying 11s for two seasons now.
Tell Your Sailing History In Brief [100 words]: I started sailing in the 2004 season with Jono Roel. I was pulled in to sailing by a friend called Paul Darmanin. Soon though I loved it. In my first season in MJs Jono and I came 2nd in the nationals and second in stated. The following season in MJs jono and I won the states and came second in the nationals again. The following MJ season my new skipper Ashley and I won the nationals on handicap. Last season I started skippering an MJ and won the nationals on handicap I also crewed for jono in flying 11s and we won the state and national junior titles. This season I came 6th on scratch and handicap in the nationals in MJs and won the flying 11 nationals as a crew.
What Other Boats/Classes Do You Currently Sail/Skipper/Crew: I also skipper an MJ called 'cool beans' with my crew Gemma
What’s Your Most Memorable Sailing Achievement: My most memorable sailing achievement was winning the nationals as a crew in a flying 11. Which I did this in my second year crewing.
What’s Your Most Favourite Sailing Memory [50 words]: my favourite sailing moment was when I sailed with a friend called Ashley in an MJ in the season of 2006. One night at twilight sailing it was really light I was board and decided to jump out of the boat. About 2 minutes later a 25 knot wind blew in I scrambled back to the boat and made it just in time. As we were sailing in a huge gust came in and we broke our mast.
Who Would Be Your Sailing
Mentor: I have two sailing mentors;
josh McKnight. Josh is my skipper in flying he is always at training early and willing to do extra work. My second mentor is my coach Baz, Baz is always there to help us and always giving to tips to people
What Do You Like about the F11s [50 words]: I love the speed that these boats can do my skipper josh bought a gps so we can see how fast we were going and I top speed so far is like 22 knots.
What Are Your Future Sailing Goals: I one day hope to sail the Sydney to Hobart and represent Australia in the worlds
What Would You Like To See Happen In F11s: I would like to see the more competitors join. I mean 72 boats at this years nationals that's a lot but how about 100 boats at nationals.



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