F11 Newsletter October 2009


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David Price, Monday, 2 November 2009

Upper Harbour Champs are on this weekend, the NSW F11 Champs NoR is now posted, containers to Tassie are all sorted, Tamar YC are on fire with the Nationals organisation - it's all go now.................


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F11 Newsletter - October 2009


In this Pre-NSW States issue:
  • 2009-2010 NSW Flying Eleven State Championships - 28th & 29th November
  • 2010 Flying Eleven Nationals & Tamara YC Update
  • Spirit Of Tasmania Bookings - FORMS NOW AVAILABLE
  • F11 Training Camp 21st - 23rd December - Middle Harbour 16'SC
  • F11 Sailor Profiles
  •  Editors Ramble

2009-2010 NSW Flying Eleven State Championships - 28th & 29th November 

Be excited – from many of your Sailor Profiles, you all wanted BIGGER FLEETS! Well, here it is Flyers - your chance to be apart of the biggest fleet many of you will ever sail in, especially a one design youth regatta here in Australia. We have made a number of calls around the clubs and are now looking at achieving over one hundred Flying Elevens to this season’s Round 1 of the NSW F11 State Champs.

We encourage everyone to be a part of this milestone event of “modern” times in the Flying 11 class. You guys are all now the biggest and I say, the best fleet out there – go the Flyers!!!

All the Race Documents are now posted on our website under our F11 Calendar for you to join in. You can also find information in the feature box on the home page OR check out the YA Events menu, the click on the event in their calendar to follow the List of Entries as they pile up. Get your boat on the list early!

Housekeeping - Please have your boat registration done through your club delegates and your boats measured by your club measurer prior to arriving at the states; we will be doing spot checks this time to assist your preparation for the nationals. Let’s have our boats in order so everyone is compliant and there are no last minute distractions to attend to on day 1.

Late fees for the states apply after the 16th November, in just a fortnight or so; now is a good time to do your entry. Also, our good sponsors Gill will be supplying the individual race prizes and they have produced a regatta t-shirt available for you to order when entering on-line; note their close off date for t-shirts to be available for collection at the first round is the 18th November. This quality regatta t-shirt (click here for a sneak look) is an optional extra offered by Gill at $18 each. You’ll most likely want to wear it everywhere as this will be a momentous occasion for the class and a wonderful experience for you to remember. It’s now a fact other sailors regard the Flying 11 sailors with a high degree of skill and respect. It’s a “must have” to show off a little around the waterfront.



2010 Flying Eleven Nationals & Tamara YC Update

One of the important things to remember for our approaching nationals in January down in Tassie is that the conditions can get a little chilly sometimes. Plan for some cold conditions and you will not go wrong. Take some good wetsuits, spray jackets and a thermal top if you have one as there is nothing worse than sailing whilst shivering until you can get to the showers. It will probably be stinking hot nonetheless but you won’t be sorry taking extra warm gear.

Hugh Leicester our Race Officer and I went to the Tamar (a big river) to meet the Tamar Yacht Club team running this event during October. We were treated to a whirlwind tour of the Tamar YC facilities and personnel, the local area from Launceston to Beauty Point and even Hughie managed to find a nearby hunting ground for his favourite past-time, trout fishing.

We are in for a treat this year when the F11 go “on tour” to Beauty Point. They have an abundance of experienced and enthusiastic volunteers who are guaranteeing we are all in for a fantastic regatta.

The Welcome Night function and Presentation Dinner are all designed to show off their Northern Tasmanian produce in its most delicious light, and we will be continually adding to the Nationals 2010 menu with more and more information on the event and Tamar Valley as we approach our time to head off on the F11 adventures south.

In short, the race documents are all but finalised, the on-line entry system is set to go, all the volunteer teams are in place and we will be posting the Notice of Race to the web during this coming week. Here’s a little of what you will find on our website this week.

      Racing (first warning signal) will not start before 1330hrs on race days as the breeze will have settled by then. This frees up the mornings a little for all of us to have an enjoyable holiday with the family, e.g. trout fishing (Hughie)

      There is plenty of water moving around on the Tamar River with its 3m tides. The wind and tide though are expected to be favourable during our race week. The racing area is also set in the middle of the river where the flow is fairly consistent.

      We’ve set up the purchase of non-competitor Presentation tickets (competitor’s are already included in entry fee) when you enter on-line as the orchestration of having up to 8 local restaurants present their Tassie fare to their visitors needs a bit of early coordination; please have a think about this before you come to do your entry.

      There are plenty of great vantage points from the hill just behind the club and from the shoreline nearby; also a nice deck next door attached to the local Hotel. A few photos in the TYC and Beauty Pt Presentation show some idea of the vistas you will find when you arrive.

      The whole experience will be akin to a visit to the countryside of Northern Tasmania; very picturesque and you’ll find it’s like a small town atmosphere where everyone knows that we are coming. They really are setting up for a great welcome of the Flying Elevens community and are going out of their way to make it an unforgettable visit.

      With another huge year of new boats hitting the water, measurement for all will be done from 9am to noon on the 10th Jan with boat numbers from 1348 and above requiring to be weighed. Please make sure your club measurer gets on to this now. Information on compliance is all in our constitution under the F11 Documentation menu.

      Check out this link for the latest updated information on available accommodation - Tassie Accommodation Update




The Spirit of Tasmania administration has drawn up a booking form and fare sheet specific to our Flying Eleven Associations for our 2010 National Championships.
Click for these documents-

It is up to participants to complete it and forward it to special.events@spiritoftasmania.com.au  to process a booking.  As travel is likely to be over a spread of days, bookings will be subject to availability at the time of receiving the forms.

The day sailings that have been scheduled so far include January 3rd, 4th and 10th January and there will be a day sailing from Devonport to Melbourne on 17th Jan 2010.



Further Information from the Spirit of Tasmania


****Ocean View Recliners are allocated airline style seats****

*****A Day Ticket is a non-allocated seat that allows passengers to make use of all public facilities on board*****

*Pension fares apply to holders of Australian Pension Cards.  Limited availability and appropriate ID required.

*Children prices available upon application

*Senior fares apply to passengers 60 years and over.  Appropriate ID required.

*Sole Use charge is for passengers travelling alone who wish to have a cabin to themselves, and is in addition to the twin cabin fare.

NB: All fares given in this quotation are GST inclusive, are also subject to alteration without notice and do not include meals.


When dealing with events of this size, The Spirit of Tasmania have created a special Booking Form and Fare sheet especially designed for this event.  When delegates are ready to confirm a reservation, they can then complete this form and send directly to special.events@spiritoftasmania.com.au  together with a deposit of $40.00.  They will then confirm all details and advise when final payment is due.   

Cancellation of bookings within 30 days prior to departure will incur a $20.00 each way, per booking cancellation fee.

Please note that Tasmania has a pest and disease free status, which it must maintain.  Your groups’ vehicles (as with every other vehicle) will be checked upon arrival into Tasmania.  Prior to boarding the Spirit of Tasmania in Melbourne each vehicle driver must ensure the following: a) that the vehicle is clean of any soil and b) no fruit and vegetables are being held in the vehicle or in any luggage at all.

Vehicle and Trailer Guide

NB: Vehicles towing trailers (under 2m wide): 7.1 – 8m (combined length of vehicle and trailer)                              $383.00 each way. Each additional metre $  77.00 each way.


F11 Training Camp 21st - 23rd December - Middle Harbour 16'SC 

Just an early reminder that our pre-nationals F11 Training camp will be on again at Middle Harbour 16’SC for three days starting Monday 21st December. We will be inviting other pathway classes to join us on this occasion and it promises to be a real bonus for crews to polish up on skill and tactics in preparation for their respective National Championships. It will also be a social gathering of all invited youth class sailors – sort of like a Xmas Party for our young sailors. Plenty of fun to be had with some hard work thrown in.

Application will again be done via our on-line system. Click here later on in the week to apply to enter this training camp, and to view further details of the programme.



Latest F11 Sailor Profiles Girls Rule Famous

Have a look at all the F11 SAILOR PROFILES published over the last few months on the front page of our website.

If your name does not appear there, you are not famous yet!

Want to be famous?  Then click on the main menu About F11s and then click on Sailor Profile - Submit  to join up like the others.

You'll be so glad you did! Grad '09 Big Smile

 Editors Ramble

No great ramble for this month other than there are heaps of ideas in the pipeline and much work going on behind the scenes with the class and where we see the future being. 

I want to thank Bill and Penny Cromarty, and all the Tasmanian Team for being superb hosts to both Hugh and myself when we visited last month for our on-site tours and meetings. We were treated like kings and they really could not have been more gracious hosts. I might add we are all in for a great nationals regatta and I'm eagerly awaiting the next few months to flit by speedily as I trawl ebay searching for some fly fishing gear and snake repellant typs shoes - other than my usual (seaboots) thongs.

Stay tuned to the Nationals menu from now on for regular postings on How To Have A Great Time in the F11 scene.....................

 Eyes see our News item below for more......    


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