Flying Eleven Sailors Dominate the 2009 CHS Regatta
The Flying 11 class once again out-numbered the other classes by over two-to-one with a fleet of thirty one Flying 11 crews competing......
The Flyers had another great regatta at the 2009 Combined High Schools Championships, experiencing arguably the best of conditions for a "CHS" over the past 5 years. There were no real drifters or 20+kt southerlies to contend with this time around. This regatta has already been Facebooked as the "most fun regatta" of the entire year for both sailors and parents alike, with plenty of socialising over the four days both on and off the water for everyone.
The Flying 11 class once again out-numbered the other classes by over two-to-one with a fleet of thirty one Flying 11 crews competing during the week of April 14-18 on Lake Macquarie, once more hosted by the Belmont 16ftSC. The 29er and Cherub classes were the next largest in fleet sizes with 12 and 13 boats respectively, most of which were crewed by this season's Flying 11 sailors traditionally trialing up a class as is the norm for this social end of season event.
As mentioned above, the weather and conditions were ideal. The invitation race was held in a light SE 10kts, with all classes doing either two or three laps of the triangular course, with four divisions each starting five minutes apart. Division 1 totalling 41 boats, comprised the 13's, 29ers, Cherubs, MGs, VS, and a foiler and skiff Moth, plus a 16fter, with our F11ers Sammy Nugent and Josh McKnight sailing a 13fter Entranced a minute ahead of the next two 13s, also sailed by our F11ers. In fact, on yardstick, the top 6 boats in division 1 comprised all but one crew from our F11 fleet this season.
Division 4, the largest division with 51 boats, included our Flying 11s along with the Ants, Pacers, Sabots, a Leader, a Feva, sailboard, MJ and a Heron. Ryan Wilmot and Harry Price, the MJ and "trainee F11" sailors from Manly took line honours 2 minutes ahead of our keen first season F11 sailors from Hornsby, an all-girl crew Siobhan Hayes and Laura Fletcher in second place just ahead of the hot shots from Hunters Hill sailors Adam Bloomfield and George Stent in third place.
The wind for the following four race days ranged from 10-18kts; race 1 with a variable NW 10kts, race 2 starting from a glass-out to a relatively stable 10-12kts ESE breeze, race 3 being the strongest, a moderate SW of 15-18kts and Saturday's race 4 a rain squally SW 12-14kts.
In the CHS Australian Championships – a yardstick event – skipper Sammy Nugent and Josh McKnight (2009 F11 National Champ) took out the series on the 13fter Entranced with three wins and a second ahead of Olivia Price (2008-2009 F11 NSW State Champ) and Alex McFadyen 2008 F11 National Champ) sailing the 29er Crunchie in second place, Scott Cotton (2007-2008 F11 NSW State Champ) and crew sailing the 16fter Immigrant achieving third place overall. Our F11 sailors also dominated the remainder of the top ten places with only two crews having not been apart of the F11 fleet this season. The class also dominated the overall fleet with five of the top 10 place getters in this year's CHS Australian Championships sailing a Flying 11 boat at the regatta.
Our sailors took out the top 3 places in the Australian Div 1, second place in Div 2 and eight of the top ten places in Div 4.
Class competition wise, we claimed:
- first to forth places in the 13fters,
- first place in the 16fters,
- first place and third to sixth places in the 29ers,
- first, second and third places in the Cherubs,
- first in the Laser 4.7s and second in the Radials,
- and of course our current F11 sailors dominated the Flying 11 class.
Tim Dey and his crew sailing his Personal Responsibilities won a very tight competition In the Flying 11 class on countback against young guns Ryan Wilmot and Harry Price in Joker, with Robert Wojcik and James Lawira-Fernandez sailing Do Geese See God placing third. An excited Sam Ellis trialed his brand new boat 1373 actually just out of the mould at the regatta and managed to fine tune it throughout the regatta to finish the last race in first place and fouth overall in the class.
The very competitive Australian Girls event (overall and yardstick) was also won by two of our F11 sailors Nina Long and Annalise Gilbert sailing their Flying 11 Pik Up, with Siobhan Hayes and Laura Fletcher in F11 Whip It With Style claiming second and Aimee Moretti and Caitlin Cooper sailing F11 Aquaholic taking the third place.
Our Flyers were scattered on many craft throughout the fleet, all demonstrating their high level of skill in sailing any type of boat. Clearly, the class proved it has the cream of Australia's young sailors sailing a great boat!
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