2017-18 NSW State Championships
Date 4th/5th November 2017
Location Port Kembla Sailing Club (PKSC)
Date 17th/18th February 2018
Location Belmont 16ft Sailing Club (B16'SC)
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The fleet of 76 Flying Elevens endured the wintry conditions of heavy rain and strong southerlies over the weekend to conclude the final round 2......
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February 2009 - Belmont - Round 2 of the 1824(TM) NSW Flying Eleven State Championships 2008-2009.
The fleet of 76 Flying Elevens endured the wintry conditions of heavy rain and strong southerlies over the weekend to conclude the final round 2 of the 1824(TM) NSW Flying Eleven State Championships 2008-2009 hosted by Belmont 16'SC on Lake Macquarie.
Race 4 - With the remaining 4 races of the series left to be contested, and the race leaders lying on equal points, race 4 got underway at 11:30 in a gusty east/south-east 15-20kts with the chop building rapidly with many rain squalls and fluctuating pressure dropping in from Nobby's Head.
Unlike the initial round of 3 races held at Gosford last December, the fleet got off to a clean start with a choice of pressure from both sides, 1362 Guccii Alex McFadyen and Bradley Leicester M16'SSC looking the fastest over the water taking the left to the shore and arriving at the top mark 30secs ahead to lead 1368 Cotton On Scott Cotton and Max Vos ASC, all girl crew 1338 Intergalactic Cookie Monster Natalie Greentree and Chloe White M16'SSC, 1355 Eugene Tim Forbes-Smith and Wil Dargaville ASC and 1363 Crunchie Olivia Price and Maddie Clancy M16'SSC on a tight reach towards the club house. Two new contenders joined the front pack from Cronulla 1331 Bring It On Again Paddy - Bannon and Josh Tasker CSC and 1291 Predator - Jacob Broom and Isabelle Quigley CSC followed in hot pursuit.
By the wing mark, 1368 Cotton On had snatched the lead and extended away to the leeward in ever increasing bursts in the last of a dying breeze rounding comfortably ahead of the remaining fleet. By the top mark for the leeward leg, they had established a 50sec buffer to 1362 Guccii, 1338 Intergalactic Cookie Monster, 1363 Crunchie and 1331 Bring It On Again.
Last year's NSW State Champions were never headed, and 1368 Cotton On took broke the ice in round 2 with line honours ahead of 1362 Guccii and 1363 Crunchie.
Race 5 - After lunch, the fleet returned to the water a bit shivery as the weather had not improved and race 5 started cleanly once again in similar conditions to the morning race.
The fleet rounded the top mark in a close knit bunch this time, with 1368 Cotton On tasting the fast reach to the wing mark first, followed by 1355 Eugene, 1362 Guccii, 1363 Crunchie and all girl crew 1370 Checkmate Anna Kendall and Monica Hyde ASC all chomping at each other's heels.
Once again the breeze did not really stay in for the second work, with emotional highs and lows experienced across the board, crews ever seeking a burst from left or right to get back ground lost.
Whilst most crews took the opportunity to swap places a number of times, 1368 Cotton On only consolidated their early lead during the entire race and won their second race for the day. Their team mates 1369 Tom Tom Tom Koerner and Joshua Ponton ASC made the most of the irregular right handers to cross in second place with 1363 Crunchie remaining in very close contention in the series with a third place for race 5.
Flying Eleven history was now being written with 1368 Cotton On and 1363 Crunchie. It was extraordinarily tight racing at its peak in what was about to unfold in the Flying Eleven class over the final weekend of racing.
Scott Cotton had ended last year's season with an equal points finish with Olivia Price at the conclusion of the series; Scott and Max winning the 2007-2008 NSW State Titles on countback from Olivia and her crew Kasha Wojcik. By the end of Round 1 concluded earlier in December of this season's series, it was equal points once again between these two, however the lead switching to Olivia with her new crew Maddie.
At the end of day 1 Round 2 of the 1824(TM) NSW Flying Eleven State Championships 2008-2009, the leaders position was still on equal points held by the same two skippers 1368 Cotton On and 1363 Crunchie - story book stuff! Day 2 was yet to be played out with now two races planned back to back to decide who would become the 2008-2009 NSW Flying Eleven Champions.
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