David Price, GRSC, Sunday, 4 October 2009

The Flying Elevens again entered en-force with 32 boats surpassing all other class numbers.......


Saturday 3rd Sep – Georges River Sailing Club

After  the dust storms of the preceding two weeks which made Sydney look more like a fringe city of the Gobi Desert, the cold and wet southerly weather stream greeting the NSW youth fleet on day one was a bit of a shock to the system.

The Flying Elevens again entered en-force with 32 boats surpassing all other class numbers of Lasers (mixed fleet) 28, Opti’s 17, Sabots (mixed fleet) 14, 420’s 13, Manly Junior’s 11, 29ers 8, Sailboards 5, Flying Ants 4, 2 Spirals and a Cherub (the Cherub class was not invited by YA this year).

The NSW Youth’s is kind of like our Nick Scali Furniture Sprint Championships or perhaps a more serious type CHS regatta for the Flying Eleven fleet each year where many young sailors from an assortment of YA pathway classes all meet up after the winter break. The Flying Eleven sailors feature prominently amongst all the fleets and it is regarded as another great opportunity for our Flyers to thoroughly enjoy the sport of sailing outside our association events sailing their preferred F11 boats or trying out one of the other classes for some fun and experience.

Over the past couple of years, the Yachting Australia organisation has “adopted” our class and included the Flying Elevens in their pathway structure, inviting us to compete in their event. This may all be about to change as YA have recently discussed sidelining our Flying Eleven class on the assumption that if the F11s were out of their system, it would attract more sailors to their “chosen” pathway classes of Opti’s to Laser to 420 and 29er classes. With over 100 Flying Elevens rolling up to our next round of the NSW State Championships, and a record number or 32 boats in this year’s event, we may yet be sailing our last NSW Youths in 2009 (note Cherubs un-invitation) – go figure!

Back on the beach, the hardest part of the day was getting off the beach with the southerly blasting all competitors on the nose. Many of the support crews (parents) were up to their necks in water holding fast the young sailing fleet until all crew were aboard and able to urgently tack away from the lee shore.

The RC set a rather long race – the inner and outer course’s first work seeming to take forever for some classes, especially running against a very strong river current which caught many by surprise when they arrived at the top mark. The new F11 generation leaders 1364 A Little Psycho Angela Bates and Simon Boardman CSC, 1370 Checkmate Anna Kendall and Hannah Lanz ASC, 1373 Hammer Time Sam Ellis and Chris Fay B16’SC and 1337 Shake Your Booties II Toby Dind and Finn Alexander HHSC put in some very strong performances with top three results on yardstick in a number of the three races held on day one.  Also in the single digits on yardstick were 1340 XLR8 Murray Jones and Harry Morton B16’SC, who led the third race to the leeward mark on lap one race three, 1390 Intrepid Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland M16’SSC, 1387 (no name) Paddy Bannon and Luke Brady CSC, 1355 Ninja Nina and Owen Long B16SC, 1388 Zephry Angus Buick and  and Daniel Nugent M16'SSC, 1301 Frozen With Fear Harvey Bates and Ben Bannon CSC and 1345 Bambino Oliver Hartas and Holly Dixon LC12’SSC.

After the rather cold and tiring conditions on day one, the Flying Elevens are leading the scoreboard in the Intermediate Double Fleet, with 1364 A Little Psycho and 1370 Checkmate in first and second place over their 36 boat division.

In the other classes, our Flying Eleven sailors and past graduates also demonstrated their prowess and skill.

Matt Ivshenko M16’SSC is the present leader of the Sailboard Fleet with two bullets to his name. In the Lasers, Grace Armstrong RSYS is sitting in seventh place and Keats Thompson CSC took a bullet in race three after a DNC and eighth place to currently reside in 13th position on yardstick. In the Junior Double Fleet, young Flyers Nick Connor and his brother Sean sailing their Manly Juniors are presently in first and third place respectively on yardstick, with Nick scoring two bullets and a second on day one.

In the Senior Double Fleet, F11 graduates and Flyer Champions Olivia Price and Josh McKnight M16’SSC sailing a 29er had top ten finishes in all three races winning the first race and second in race two to leave them first place in the 29ers and second place overall on yardstick. Declan Reilly teamed up with Ash Rooklyn WSC sailing a 29er scored a fifth in race two and are second in the 29ers and currently seventh on the division scoreboard, with past champion Flyer Byron White sailing with Tom Koerner WSC wearing a DNC in the first race coupled with a third and a fifth places subsequently to be sitting in ninth spot.

Monday 5th Sep – Georges River Sailing Club

As Sunday came and went without any breeze resulting in an aborted attempt of one start for the senior double fleet and a huge fleet towing exercise back to the clubhouse, all crews were eager to hit the water on the third and last day of the regatta.

Monday looked ominously like the day before with little to no wind wafting in from the south-west. Daylight saving was another factor working against an early start at 1030hrs, but the PRO Mark Pryke had to act and send the fleet out and attempt the re-start of the remaining races.

Inevitably, the wind died out to nothing and once again the fleet was towed back against the strong runout tide to the beach to await the weather to improve.

By 1230hrs, a gentle breeze from the NE enabled to fleet to move independently on the water and racing commenced soon afterwards in a very light NE 5-8kts. They managed to squeeze in two more rather docile races by the last warning signal at 3pm and this allowed for a drop of one race in the now five race event, relieving many of the young sailors who had battled strong tides and a full range of conditions over the long weekend.

There were quite a few inconsistencies, especially in race four when the results were published and a number of appeals were made to correct same, but the RC stood fast on their determination of the results and the presentation took place a little over an hour after all boats had finished packing up to go home. This obviously caused a few problems for some crews and detracted from their usual enjoyment and enthusiasm of the event.

In race four, the Flyers achieved all the podium placings on yardstick in the Intermediate Double Fleet with 1345 Bambino Oliver Hartas and Holly Dixon LC12’SSC first, followed by 1301 Frozen With Fear Harvey Bates and Ben Bannon CSC and 1276 Hurricane Paddy Gilbert and Nicola Elliot.

The last race five saw sister and brother team from Belmont 1355 Nina and Owen Long command a very healthy lead from the rest of the fleet the entire race to claim first place on yardstick. Our second Flyer over the line was 1364 A Little Psycho Angela Bates and Simon Boardman from Cronulla with a third on yardstick and third flyers 1340 XLR8 Murray Jones and Harry Morton with a fourth place on yardstick.

Ever confirming success came to 1364 A Little Psycho claiming the second prize overall in the Intermediate Double Fleet, and winning first place in the Flying Eleven Class, followed by 1340 XLR8, Shake Your Booties II, 1301 Frozen With Fear and 1370 Checkmate comprising the top handful in the Flying Eleven class.

Results for our F11 sailors in other classes were a first place in the 4.7 Lasers for Keats Thompson of CSC, closely followed in second place by her last year’s crew Tim Narborough and Grace Armstrong in sixth place.

The Manly Juniors were won by Nicholas Connor followed by brother Shaun Connor and Angus Tinworth earning fourth place. Harry Price had a rather hard but memorable regatta this year in the MJs when he broke off both his two front top teeth when his centreboard sprang back up after being caught on the anchor line of the pin boat – teeth -2, centreboard yet to be fixed!

Ravi Raj from HHSC scored a third place in his Sabot in the Junior Single fleet, with Caitlin Tames of DJSC in sixth place overall.

In the 29ers, current Flyers Declan Reilly M16’SSC & WSC managed to claim third place just ahead of James Vandervoot B16’SC in fourth spot. F11 graduates Byron White and Tom Koerner WSC took out the class winning ahead of Olivia Price and Josh McKnight of Manly 16’SSC in second place.





















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