2008-2009 NSW F11 State Championships - Race 3/Round 1 Report
Following the conclusion of the first race day 2 of the 2008-2009 NSW Flying Eleven State Championships at a little after 1pm, with race 2 seeming to have had more starts than Elvis had hits, the opportunity for a quick lead into race 3 back to back looked a rather simple exercise for the PRO Peter Moor and his team of weather gurus......
Sunday 7th December 2008 - Gosford Sailing Club
Following the conclusion of the first race day 2 of the 2008-2009 NSW Flying Eleven State Championships at a little after 1pm, with race 2 seeming to have had more starts than Elvis had hits, the opportunity for a quick lead into race 3 back to back looked a rather simple exercise for the PRO Peter Moor and his team of weather gurus.
Lunch was distributed on water amongst the 76 crews in the dying norwester, with a weak southerly change the committee had been expecting due within the hour. It appeared the fleet might still be able to catch up the lost race from day one with a bit of luck.
Sure enough, it arrived after ample time for lunch and the fleet noticeably lifted their spirits in anticipation of a good strong go at each other after the rather frustratingly stop/start situation since commencement of the championships. All was in place for a start for race 3 when a nasty cell forming slightly to the west of Brisbane Waters brought with it a tumultuous downpour during the start sequence, and some scattered lightening just to make it fun! Visibility dropped to only 50m and so the PRO raised the AP over H to return to shore as a precaution, even though the duration of the onslaught was expected to be quite brief.
During the return to the club, the fleet was told not to unrig as there would most likely be a restart instruction issued, this advice being met with much "amusement" from sailors and parents alike. As indicated, the AP came down once the squall had abated as a moderate southerly of 10-12kts had settled in, so racing got underway once again at 4:25pm.
On this occasion, the breeze had shifted left. Most of the fleet were out to the previously favoured right expecting more of the same as dealt out in the previous races, only to watch 1362 Boris Alex McFadyen and Bradley Leicester M16'SSC hop on the magic carpet out to the left and arrive at the top mark half a leg in front with only 1363 Crunchie Olivia Price with Maddie Clancy M16'SSC taking a shot up the middle with a loose cover over the fleet being anywhere near them.
Clubmates Robert and Kasha Wojcik from Manly 16ft SSC 1361 Do Geese See God [NB-read the same backwards] had also kept an eye on the left and hooked into the advantage halfway up the first work, leading 1306 Fatty & Skinny Sam Ellis and Caitlyn McIntosh B16'SC, 1243 Maggot Death Ashley Heyworth and Toby Hardyman M16'SSC, 1351 Personal Responsibilities Tim Dey and Brad May B16'SSC and the remainder of the fleet around the mark in pursuit of the two leaders who were well on the way to the wing mark.
With the breeze still settled at 10kts, an early and unrelenting battle commenced from the bottom mark with 1362 Boris ahead of 1363 Crunchie going tack for tack up the second work. The "family feud" between cousins Alex McFadyen and Olivia Price had created a tense spectacle for the multitude of spectator craft assembled to watch the final twilight race, the 1362 Boris boys still maintaining their lead by the run to the bottom mark but the girls of 1363 Crunchie closing the gap ever so gradually. 1361 Do Geese See God were also able to keep their good separation from the remainder of the fleet sailing in third spot.
With the breeze now settled to the left, the committee boat had signalled a change of mark for the run to leeward. It was 1363 Crunchie who gained the most from this situation with 1363 Boris having to shy reach to the mark from two thirds of the way down the leg, nonetheless still maintaining a healthy 4 boat lengths ahead of the girls!
Everyone was now focused on the leaders who continued the unrelenting tacking duel up the course on the third work. No quarter was given by either crews. Within 50 meters of the last top mark rounding, the tenacious 1363 Crunchie crew had scored a king hit and coming in from the left assumed the lead at the last tack around the mark.
Frantic crew work by both boats to get spinnakers up ensued with 1363 Crunchie just to leeward of 1362 Boris. The reach was as expected very tough competition with many moments of nervous opportunity won and lost between the two. 1361 Do Geese See God were around in third and still holding out the amassed followers by a good 70m with 1368 Cotton On Scott Cotton and Max Voss ASC having worked their way through now to fourth spot. 1363 Crunchie led around the wing mark and by the bottom mark were just ahead of 1362 Boris.
One minor mistake could mean ruin for the two leaders in the final work to finish. Coverage was the game, who would be the name? Both boats went for speed initially over to the left hand side, with 1363 Crunchie making the first play and tacking off to port. 1362 Boris delayed their tack and by the next crossing on port had slipped past 1363 Crunchie. The hushed chatter from crowd could be heard all over the water, eyes firmly glued to these two making their last plays to claw victory from each other in the final moments of the race.
1363 Crunchie held fast on starboard and were obviously off to grab a knock to come back at them, with 1362 Boris tacking back over to cover. It seemed an indeterminable amount of time before 1363 Crunchie made their move and tacked back toward the finish line with everyone holding their breath; who would cross ahead and secure the lane to the finish line?
As it turned out, their judgement had paid off and 1363 Crunchie were able to take line honours ahead of 1362 Boris. Brother and sister crew 1361 Do Geese See God steadfastly sailed their way to a commendable third place, able to fend off the only other boat near them 1368 Cotton On.
At the conclusion to Round 1 of the State titles, the girls from Manly - Olivia Price and Maddie Clancy in 1363 Crunchie have claimed the lead over Scott Cotton and Max Vos 1368 Cotton On ASC, and 1362 Boris Alex McFadyen and Bradley Leicester M16'SSC in third place. NB: there is still one protest from race 1 to be heard between 3rd 1368 Cotton On and 4th 1353 Flying Hellfish.
Results Race 3
- 1363 Crunchie Olivia Price and Maddie Clancy M16'SSC
- 1362 Boris Alex McFadyen and Bradley Leicester M16'SSC
- 1361 Do Geese See God Robert and Kasha Wojcik M16'SSC
- 1368 Cotton On Scott Cotton and Max Vos ASC
- 1306 Fatty & Skinny Sam Ellis and Caitlyn McIntosh B16'SSC
- 1366 Protagonist Declan Reilly and James Lawira-Fernandez M16'SSC
- 1340 Xlr8 James Vandervoort and Mitchell Webb B16'SSC
- 1360 The Kracken Angus and Finneas Buick M16'SSC
- 1331 Bring It On Again Paddy Bannon and Josh Tasker CSC
- 1337 Shake Your Booties II Toby Dind and Finn Alexander HHSC
|Photo Album Race 1|
|Photo Album Race 2|
|Photo Album Race 3|