2018 Gill Flying 11 National Championships
Manly 16' Skiff Club
Dates: 13th - 19th January 2018
Best Memories - at Eden in one of the 35 knot squall came through, we had our kite up and we were absolutely honking.
Name: Matthew Stenta
Date Of Birth: 11/10/93
Current F11 Boat And Who Is Your Crewmate: 1336 SAM HOLMES
Current Club: MANLY
How Long Have You Been Sailing F11s: two years crewing and 1st year skippering
Tell Your Sailing History In Brief [100 words]: I started sailing when I was about 5yr old down at middle harbour on sky righter and sailed with dad on 16 foot skiff's every now and again. I did that for two years then had a 3 year break. I went back and started to sail MJs. then baz told me to come down to manly sail fyling 11's. I was crewing with Alex McFadyen then Nat Greentree. But at the same time I was sailing 13 foot skiff's with my dad at middle habour but there was not much of a class there so we move to manly to sail in a better class of boats. now in
What Other Boats/Classes Do You Currently Sail/Skipper/Crew: skipper a flying 11 and skipper a 13 foot skiff
What’s Your Most Memorable Sailing Achievement:
What’s Your Most Favourite Sailing Memory [50 words]: sailing a 16 foot skiff for the first time and won the race
Who Would Be Your Sailing Mentor: my dad
What Do You Like about the F11s [50 words]: the amount of boats
What Are Your Future Sailing Goals: to win a national regatta
What Would You Like To See Happen In F11s: more boats
Name: Sam Holmes
Date Of Birth: 31 3 1997
Current F11 Boat And Who Is Your Crewmate: My current boat is 1336 Hydromattic and I sail with Matt Stenta.
Current Club: Manly 16ft s.s.c
How Long Have You Been Sailing F11s: This is my first year in Flying Elevens.
Tell Your Sailing History In Brief [100 words]: I have been sailing since 2005 with Billy Ditmarsch, at Perth we came 8th overall and last year at the nationals held at Middle Harbour 16s we came 3rd. Billy this year came 2nd with new crew Trista Bongolan and he won the states.I now steer my own boat 2691 wild with my cousin Alecia. Me and Matt Stenta in the 11s we came 23 at Eden in our first year which I was fairly happy with.
What Other Boats/Classes Do You Currently Sail/Skipper/Crew: Every Sunday morning I am sailing my MJ against all the manly guys.
What’s Your Most Memorable Sailing Achievement: Coming 3rd with Billy Ditmarsch.
What’s Your Most Favourite Sailing Memory [50 words]: Me and Matt at Eden in one of the 35 knot squall came through we had our kite up and we were absolutely honking.
Who Would Be Your Sailing Mentor: My grandad Bob Holmes my uncle Michael Holmes my dad Dave Holmes and Baz Atkins (sailing coaches).
What Do You Like about the F11s [50 words]: Well they are simple but very fun and very fast and good for all ages.
What Are Your Future Sailing Goals: Win a national championship and win a gold medal at the Olympics.
What Would You Like To See Happen In F11s: I think they are good as they are but maybe more boats maybe like 100 and lighter boats.