2009 Flying Eleven Australian Championships Races 5 and 6 Reports


1353 Flying Hellfish Josh McKnight & Ira Dubrey M16'SSC
1353 Flying Hellfish Josh McKnight & Ira Dubrey M16'SSC
David Price, Twofold Bay, Eden, Saturday, 17 January 2009

All boats were out on the water by 8:30am today after the heavy southerly yesterday forced the abandonment of race 5......

 Friday 16th January 2009


All boats were out on the water by 8:30am today after the heavy southerly yesterday forced the abandonment of race 5 and the eventual abandonment for the day, of the 1824(TM) Flying Eleven 2009 Australian Championships at Twofold Bay, Eden.


The weather was predicted to be in very early, with a gale warning issued for the area with two southerly fronts to pass through by lunchtime. This left no other option for the race committee but to attempt today's racing the earlier the better, wishing to catch up the lost race 5 of yesterday.


By 9:30am, the racing was underway in a quite wobbly S/SW 5-12kts with a welcomed clear start from the fleet of 73 boats.


The majority of the fleet worked the left hand side of the first beat, but there were some great advantages for those that chose the right hand side as the breeze was full of holes and oscillating 20+deg to the right frequently.


The all girl crew of 1338 Intergalactic Cookie Monster Natalie Greentree and Chloe White M16'SSC revelled the smooth water conditions to beat the fleet to the top mark in first position 30secs ahead of team mates 1353 Flying Hellfish Josh McKnight and Ira Dubery M16'SSC and 1363 Crunchie Olivia Price & Maddie Clancy M16'SSC followed by 1355 Eugene Tim Forbes Smith and Wil Dargaville ASC and junior crew 1335 Spiked Up Paul and Lisa Darmanin M16'SSC.


The three leaders stretched their lead from the following fleet to the wing mark and by the bottom mark, they had earned a comfortable separation to advance back up the course in the ever increasing but spasmodic breeze.


With many squalls now darting across Twofold Bay, timing was quite critical, particularly for the mid-fleet who found themselves pressured up at the wing mark, a number ending up capsized through mistiming their gybes.


Meanwhile, three leading boats gave each other a pretty hard time on the second beat to windward, changing positions at almost every cross and by the top mark for the second time, the boys of 1353 Flying Hellfish were just ahead of the two all girl crews 1338 Intergalactic Cookie Monster and 1363 Crunchie, now 80 secs ahead of 1355 Eugene and 1334 Ace Penny Kendall and Lucy Murray ASC.


At the bottom of the square run, it was 1353 Crunchie in the lead but the other two were very closely hunting the front line position throwing many tacks in to unsettle each other.


1363 Crunchie maintained the lead from 1353 Flying Hellfish who had narrowly overtaken 1338 Intergalactic Cookie Monster to the top of the course for the final reaches of race 5 now a minute ahead of the following fleet. New blood entered the fray for the next two positions with 1369 Tom Tom - Tom Koerner and Joshua Ponton ASC just in front of 1368 Cotton On Scott Cotton and Max Vos ASC.


By the final stages of race 5, the lead had changed innumerable times between the front three crews. With 300m to the line it was judged 1363 Crunchie was a boat length ahead of the other two who continued to changed positions after each cross.


By the finish line, 1363 Crunchie had claimed her second bullet of the regatta to overcome her competitors by 17 secs to win race 5. With the next two boats attacking the line from either side of the course, nobody could tell who would grab second place by 100m out and at the line, only 1sec separated 1338 Intergalactic Cookie Monster claiming a victory over 1353 Flying Hellfish.


Race 6


Once again, the weather predicted had not gone to plan and conditions were varying still between 15-25kts so the fleet was instructed to rack up again for a back to back race.


The breeze was still shifty and the start boat had to up anchor once before getting underway once again.


The start for the first race 6 commenced at 12 noon with the start boat end being heavily favoured with all the fleet bunched up running down the line. Within 10 seconds of the start, the wind had shifted so much that half the fleet toward the pin end were now having difficulties getting over the line so the PRO and pin end race committee instructed the race to be abandoned, obviously upsetting those crews who had already gained a 100m advantage over their competitors less fortunate down the line. Many parents of the favoured viewing from the headland also felt very disappointed not realising the rapidly changing conditions had taken its' toll on the fleet.


Nonetheless, the race committee did all they could to get the fleet to return for a restart of race 6 before the expected blow-out arrived, and racing recommenced half an hour later with a relatively clean start in the now building 20kt+ conditions.


Big shifts still predominated the moment but the race committee accepted the conditions were as good as could be expected given the circumstance and the race was up and running.


By four minutes into the race, 1368 Cotton On was clearly leading with the remainder of the fleet leeward hoping to get a shift and close the early gap. Those on the right had moments of joy and by the top mark it was still 1368 Cotton On 15secs ahead of team mate 1355 Eugene and 30secs back to 1305 Lethal Blonde Kris Fay and Emma Knighton B16'SC and 1353 Flying Hellfish.


1368 Cotton On extended their lead over the next three legs of the course to arrive at the top mark for the second time 70secs ahead of the fleet. The breeze had now began to gust to 27kts as 1363 Crunchie led the remainder of the fleet in second position down the leeward leg, closely followed by 1353 Flying Hellfish, 1370 Checkmate Anna Kendall and Monica Hyde ASC and 1358 Decoy Declan Rohr and Alex Paton HHSC.


The race committee made the call for a shortened race so the fleet made the last beat to windward with some big black bowling balls cascading down the course, taking out any boat caught in their paths as they went. 1363 Crunchie was in the lead when one of these wipe them out and into the drink, leaving the lead up for grabs to 1368 Cotton On and 1353 Flying Hellfish with 1370 Checkmate also in the running.


By the 100m mark to go, 1353 Flying Hellfish had out manoeuvred the others to cross the line and claim their first bullet for the regatta, but more importantly having had a podium finish in every race, also becoming the 2009 Flying Eleven National Champions. Second place went to 1358 Cotton On and third to the girls of 1370 Checkmate.


With one day to go, the last day of racing will be a battle for second and third, with current second place holders 1363 Crunchie with two bullets on 15 points, 1362 Guccii with two bullets on 17 points, and 1368 Cotton On with 18 points.









Other Links
 Results Race 5
 Results Race 6
 Overall After 6 Races
 Handicap After 6 Races
 Photos Race 5
 Photos Race 6


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