Newsletter January 2009 - Eden Nationals Preview


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David Price, Eden, Friday, 2 January 2009

Pre-Nationals news and tips for Eden.........

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"I have again come to realise that there is nothing anywhere in the world as suitable for 10 to 18 year olds as the F11's. "

"Fantastic boats in a breeze, incomparable on reaches, physically testing at times, tolerant of a wide range of weights, light skippers can match up with heavier crews, heavier and rapidly growing skippers can remain competitive by using smaller younger crews, thereby introducing the younger ones to the class. "

"Sensible class rules allow minor developments and the opportunity for some individualisation - important if our young sailors are to fully develop knowledge and skills. M
ore than competitive with any other boat of similar size in any conditions, and despite its relatively long history, still "state of the art"?"  

"This boat has some history but has also stood the test of time....  If you were going to redesign it for the next 20 years there is little that you would want to change."

 Peter Moore 2008
Volvo 70s & F11 PRO

In this issue:

  • Nationals News and Tips
  • Pre-Nationals Training Camp Report
  • Editors Ramble


Nationals News and Tips


  • The Sailing Instructions are now available to download from the website from the F11 Nationals Feature Box on the home page, or by the Calendar or Nationals 2009 menus.
  • The Course Map Areas can be views here, or see the Nationals 2009 menu.
  • The AGM will be held at the TBYC Clubhouse on the morning of the 16th January. At this stage, the meeting is scheduled for 9am, but is subject to change according to the sailing programme and any early variation to the warning signal.
  • The Welcome Ceremony will be held after the Invitation Race at the TBYC Clubhouse. We invite everyone to join us for a BBQ dinner including soft drinks at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Thank you to Avalon SC which has kindly taken on the roll of co-ordinating this event.
  • The Association will be providing the competitors a sausage sizzle each subsequent day after racing at the TBYC, even on the last day as we know how "STARVING" the crews get when they get off the water. All our clubs will be sequestered onto a sizzle roster to look after our little darlings and we appreciate your help in advance with this pleasant chore.
  • The number of entries received so far is 67, with still some mail to open, so a big turn out is on for our 2009 Nationals at Eden. I have spoken to Eden today and while it has been blowing dogs off chains for over a week up and down the coast, we would still have got a series in they say. So, here's looking forward to a fun filled regatta.
  • We have managed to measure the sails of a number of boats already during the training camp prior to Xmas which will speed up the measuring process a little when down there on day 1. We at the association have done this to ensure all competitors have an opportunity to comply before heading south and it has always been our intention to have our crews stress free and in sync with our constitution before a final check at the nationals each year. It is in our constitution (Part A 2.2) that "the Association shall seek to achieve its objects by fostering participation in organised training and competition where success will be achieved by the skill of the helmsman and crew, and never by intentional variations of design or construction of the boat." Please ensure you comply prior to departure.
  • Anyone who has some involvement with the nationals will be required to have completed a Prohibited Employment Declaration Form, and lodged same with your club or association prior to the start of the regatta. Forms (see attachment #4) can be downloaded from our website here.
  • Lunches from TBYC will need to be pre-ordered each day. All lunch order forms and information are available from the nationals 2009 menu on our website.
  • The hosing of boats after racing can be done at the clubhouse, with 2 hoses being provided. Keep in mind that the rescue craft will be there hosing down each day so only limited space will be available most of the time. There is room for approx 6 boats at a time when clear, so I suggest you take a watering can or bucket with you to rinse of down at the beach.
  • All spectator and support boats can use the tap at the ramp, but you will need to bring with you your own hose and tap fittings.
  • There will be no boat security at the club itself so it will be left up to you to decide if you leave your boats there overnight. Whilst it should be fine, keep in mind it is peak holiday season.
  • Mobile reception at the clubhouse is limited. I am advised only Vodafone really works at the club itself. Good for some I suppose but I can still be reached.............
  • Most people I have spoken to suggest the road trip down is best via Cooma. This is a relatively fast 110km dual highway route but it is a little longer in distance; 540kms v 480kms. The trip is supposed to take 6.5 hours from Sydney. The coast road will be nostalgic but slow as there will be a lot of holiday traffic to endure. Take care.
  • Our Presentation Night extravaganza will be held at the majestic Seahore Inn. A wonderful venue to finish a spectacular regatta. We suggest the night could lend itself to a "Beach Party" atmosphere, so if you have some energy left to become a Gidget or an Elvis, go for it! Ukulele's are optional.... Presentation Night tickets will be on sale at registration time at $50 for adults and $15 for kids, and the menu will be a buffet of a number of succulent roast meats, lamb and chicken curries and rice, lasagne, fresh and roasted vegetables, pasta and green salads. Competitors are free. Of course, numbers for catering will need to be established early so please let us know at registration how many extras are coming.


Pre-Nationals Training Camp Report

Our training camp out of Middle Harbour last month included 22 crews and many of our young sailors continuing with their Instructor courses, combined with two YNSW Senior Coaches Richard and Jenni making it the biggest training camp so far. Three days of great conditions and the fantastic help from our friends at MHYC and MH16's Peter Tinworth, Phil West and a special thanks to his daughter Georgia for making it a huge success.

On behalf of the Association, I thank all that were involved including chief coordinator/coach Andrew Chapman and our very own "nothing is a problem" Andrew Kendall.

Our training camps are second to none and the results show for themselves in the skill and number of strong crews amongst our fleet.

Editors Ramble

I would like to know who may be bringing a spectator/support boat down to the nationals. If you are, would you mind forwarding a reply email to me at as I would like a register of who will be on the water if any drama with weather occurs where we might be able to help each other.

Fuel for boats will only be available from the local servos I am told.

Any crew problems/availability should be directed to me also via email and I will seek to find a solution to the problem/situation on your behalf.

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