2018 Gill Flying 11 National Championships
Manly 16' Skiff Club
Dates: 13th - 19th January 2018
Rhys & Warwick sailed consistently well, particularly in lighter conditions to take the title from Clare Cromarty & Natalie Maslin in Beyond the Edge (1307), who took out the Handicap Title.....
2009 Tasmanian Flying 11 Championship Report
Rhys Griffiths and Warwick McLean in Stress Point (1132) are the Tasmanian Flying 11 State Champions after a hard-fought series over two weekends in February and March.
Rhys & Warwick sailed consistently well, particularly in lighter conditions to take the title from Clare Cromarty & Natalie Maslin in Beyond the Edge (1307), who took out the Handicap Title.
Round 1 consisted of 8 races, conducted as part of the Crown Series Regatta in Hobart, the state's largest regatta. Conditions ranged from a first race drifter to a couple of challenging Derwent southerly squalls.
Race 1 was clearly won by Stress Point, making the most of the light conditions, from Midway Point crew Briony van Galen and Matt Kiel in Pink Panther (1082). Unfortunately for Briony, that was to be her only race for the weekend, after suffering from the ill-effects of a car accident earlier in the week.
Race 2 resulted in a win for Beyond the Edge from Stress Point, with the tables turned again between these two in the next two races.
The next race proved pivotal as the PRO hoisted the black flag immediately after the first attempted start, and despite a general recall at the second attempt ,Beyond the Edge was pinged and sent home, resulting in an easy win to Stress Point.
Nonetheless, the girls bounced back as the breeze freshened, to take two bullets from the final two races. First-year crew Josh Coles and Michael Healy in Vengeance (1258) were improving rapidly, being second on handicap in each of these two races.
Racing then moved north to Beauty Point, with a plan for two more days of racing. Day 1 provided moderate 12-15 knot breezes, which were ideal particularly for the lesser experienced crews, and a great day was had by all.
Chris Maslin and Seb King in Hard Drive (1252) took out their first heat win in a state title, after pouncing on a momentary lapse in concentration by the two leaders Beyond the Edge and Stress Point, who initially started out on another lap before realizing the error of their ways. This also allowed Pink Panther through to second place, and a handicap win.
Stress Point then picked up the next two races, the first after Beyond the Edge pushed too hard at the start, resulting in an individual recall, and the second after some very good sailing in the final half leg to just pip Beyond the Edge on the line.
With the sea breeze building nicely, the girls in Beyond the Edge took off to a big lead in the last race, only to hook a spinnaker sheet around the boom while dropping at the bottom mark, resulting in an extended swim. Stress Point took the win, giving them an almost unbeatable lead going into the last day. Hard Drive and Pink Panther had a fantastic duel on the day, with a total of 22 seconds between them over 4 races, including two knife edge finishes where they were separated by 1 second in each of two successive races.
First year crews Michael Meyer and Jack Melton in Flying Colours (1019) and Alex McLean/Nick Bennett in Goin' Like The Wind (1044) were improving with every race, and each took out a handicap heat win.
Unfortunately the wind disappeared totally on day 2, and despite several attempts to get on the water, racing was eventually abandoned for the day. Placings stayed as they were ,with a very well deserved title to Stress Point.
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