CHS - Combined High Schools Regatta
Hot on the heels of Easter this year is the mighty 44th Annual CHS Regatta hosted by Belmont 16ft Sailing Club from 6th – 10th April. The Flying Elevens have outdone themselves this year with a record number of entries already received with 34 crews old and new, beach and late entries still to add to the massive appearance of Flyers. The class will again outnumber the other classes by two-fold or more.
If you haven’t entered yet, you can enter here on line http://www.topyachtsoftware.com/db/chs/entry_menu.php?EventID=1 or at the venue up to the 10th April.
Junior Instructor Course
We’ve already received 14 applicants to the Junior Instructor Course incorporating the Power Boat Handling Certificate being held at Woollahra SC from Mon 12th – Fri 16th April for 16 – 21 year olds (min. year 10).
Become an instructor for your club, earn some bucks teaching what you love to do and learn even more about your own sailing along the way. You know they say you learn more teaching than those being taught. Here is your opportunity to lift your game, become involved in all sorts of projects, promotions and programmes in the sailing world.
See below for full details and enrolment to this course.
Tasmanian F11 Report
The F11s in Tasmania have been busy since the Nationals party came to town with their last round of the Tasmanian State Championships held at Midway Point Yacht Club, the development of a Strategic Plan drafted to continue the momentum from our most successful regatta in January, and the introduction of the Tas F11 website piggy-backing the Tamar Yacht Club website as hosts. You can view the Tas F11 site via our main page menus.
The F11 National Association will be working in concert with the F11 Tas Association during winter to promote their training programmes once the draft plan has evolved to the next level. We envisage a number of our F11 Junior Instructors to be heading down there to further the good work past F11 champ Josh McKnight introduced back in December last year.
For more on the end of the Tasmanian F11 season wrap-up, see the article below of the nail-biter finish between three crews in early March.
Australian Midwinter Youth Championships
Well, winter just doesn’t exist in Queensland. Where better to spend a week sailing in July than at the RQYS at Manly, Bisbane (Qld).
Flying 11s are now an official class listed and we already have sent two of our association boats up there to blood the Queenslanders at Southport Yacht Club; they will be entered in these championships and we are looking at least another 8 boats to make up the division numbers required for our own division.
Last year they attracted 164 entries and are hoping to smash that record.
Go to http://www.qldyouthweek.com/ for more information.
The F11 Association has been primarily focused on participation levels in both our class and youth sailing as a whole over the past 18 months.
We as a class have grown considerably in that time, both in numbers, expertise and subsequently in stature amongst the sailing community by involving ourselves with various projects and pursuits in the fundamental aspects and levels of sailing activities for young sailors. Concentrating on maintaining and increasing the level of participation in the sport has presented the association with a worthwhile challenge, one we feel we are in a good position to undertake for the good of the whole sailing community.
The introduction of year-round sail training for all skill levels involving many of our youth classes, and not just our own class is one such programme that has now been incorporated into the Big Picture project you will be hearing about with resounding success. These programmes are now run in association with YNSW who have adopted the F11 philosophy and have also agreed to handle the admin side of the programmes - see Winter Training Programme and the enrollment details below. With YNSW support and growing sponsorship tenaciously driven by Andrew (Cribby) Cribb their Development Officer, this programme has now expanded to many new areas in Sydney and further north at Lake Macquarie. It has also provided a number of ancillary benefits to the participants whilst pegging the cost to a very acceptable level. We're all in it and working together now!
The Green Fleet project was a little constrained by nature during its inaugural event at the second round of the NSW State Championships with just too much wind on day one, but the trial was a success the following day and will now feature in our state events to come. Again, the focus was in supporting the level of participation rather than catering to the more elite end of town which tends to already be well looked after.
For the past few years, our class has been enthusiastically involved with the Youth Sailing Academy at the CYCA, specifically with their programmes such as the Introductory/Intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced Courses incorporating the Elliott 6 metre yachts. Our class sailors have predominated many of their programmes in recent years at each level and the F11s have been afforded a number of part scholarships by the YSA to participate in the Talented Youth Squad, Development Match Race Squad and Advanced Squad. We also have many of our girls involved with their Women’s Squad which runs during the daylight saving period on Friday nights. During this coming winter we will have more F11 sailors involved than ever before experiencing small yacht sailing at a world class level.
Our latest venture has been to confront the quandary of a somewhat regrettable attrition rate of our young sailors dropping out of the sport once they leave our rather boisterous F11 community. There are various reasons why some discontinue with sailing after the F11s, be it thinking they’re too big for the F11 before their time, not wanting to leave sailing with their friends, not interested in the next graduate classes sailed in their area or recognising they may be not being skilled enough to handle the move forward to a bigger and faster class of boat and so on.
The F11 class continue to encouraged a number of new projects to be undertaken from our expansive experience and talented ex-F11 sailors and parent volunteers within our community. One such project being looked at presently is a more powerful rig trialing as an option for some of our heavier crews to use and still be able to train and sail with their friends in the F11 class. The concept is derived from a desire to keep our young but perhaps bigger crews sailing within a "trainer type skiff" whilst they grow into being young adults and further develop their skills before progressing to the graduate classes such as the 13fters, 29ers, Cherubs and the like. We have some kids of 12 and 13 years old around 65kgs and approaching 2m who do not feel ready or keen to play hard-ball in the graduate classes past the F11s pathway. With the Flying 11s organisation and race management presently second to none, we have undertaken to challenge those attrition numbers with the hope of benefiting all in the process.
Importantly, this rig project's outcome if successful, and in reality useful will not replace the current class configuration and will not be a new class of boat. It would have restrictions, one a minimum weight restriction by the way so the F11 class as it is can and will be protected and so remain the most successful youth training class in Australia – “It ain’t broke so doesn’t need fixing”. However it may in time be considered as a division within the Flying 11 class – who knows. We are looking outside the box for ways to tackle this type of issue. There is of course a great deal of further consultation to be done on this project amongst the designers Iain Murray and Michael Coxon together with our revered F11 stalwart Robert “Baz” Atkins, other stakeholders and our class association committee members. It is a fairly complex topic of debate, more so than some of our other project interests of course. There have been no far reaching decisions made at this experimental stage and we will be pleased to engage our kids and their input in due course.
The rig prototype will be on show at the CHS – 1334 ACE being sailed by our test pilots Anna Kendall and Lucy Murray.
Fundamentaly, as part of the Big Picture project, we continue to be involved in establishing "nice homes" for you all to move on to when you are ready. In the very near future we expect a majority of the sailors in these graduate classes to be comprised of our F11 graduates where you continue to sail amongst your friends from the F11s. We actively support everyone of you continuing to sail past your time with the F11s through involvement with the next pathway classes, associations and committees. Strong and welcoming homes to progress to will ensure all the work we do through the F11 class guarantees more than worthwhile outcomes for all young sailors and the sport.
I'd like to invite you F11 sailors to become involved with our creative department, specifically in the IT area where you all live and breath. One of our clan from Manly 16s has already created a Facebook Flying Eleven sailors group which has attracted 77 fans and building every day, we have a Twitter feature box on our website's main page which informs us all instantly of Tweets on "happening nows", and sms's sent to our mobiles will be a regular feature in the near future to keep us all in the loop. Remember the logo for the last nationals - F11 Heaven! Two of our young sailors designed this and we made it our signature for the event. They both received their work in large format banners with autographs to keep as a gift. They weren't expecting anything but were overjoyed when they were acknowledged for their efforts.
What about you sailors having a go at some new banners and logo's we could use for our media such as newsletter headers, website banners, regatta promos etc? Bringing out your creativeness in video to be posted to Youtube for instance. I'm open for all your content and input in raw format, no matter how small it is. I see you as an untapped but integral source of talent who we in the committees are keen to utilise and promote for the benefit of our great class. Please put your mind on it for us and forward your work to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm off to Belmont, NSW to the CHS Regatta this week and look forward to watching you all having a fun regatta in the various boats you have found, borrowed and begged for - whatever method you were able to get your hands on them and here's hoping the weather is kind this year. It's always a terrific time to see you all play around with another class, usually a bit bigger than the F11. Its also THE social event of the year where you get to sign off from the sailing season and enter the winter season with training and other activities until our F11 NSW Sprints next September.
It's your End-Of-Season Party with all your friends from the sailing scene, I hope you have a ball.