INVITATION DAY A PERFECT START FOR THE 2010 F11 NATIONALS
The injection of five hundred visitors to the aptly named township certainly had the locals putting on their finest to welcome the fleet........
Sunday 10th January 2010 – Tamar Yacht Club, Beauty Point, Tasmania
The sport of Sailing is alive and well in the Flying Eleven class with 71 strong nationals fleet now comfortably settled in at Tamar Yacht Club’s Beauty Point Clubhouse for the 2010 Flying 11 National Championships.
The lower reaches of the mighty Tamar River valley was abuzz on day 1 with the arrival of over one hundred and forty young Flying 11 sailors and their families to excitedly contest the 2010 nationals.
The injection of five hundred visitors to the aptly named township certainly had the locals putting on their finest to welcome the majority of the fleet from the mainland. A number of local dignitaries enjoyed the atmosphere of the feverish pace of the measurement and registration process, with the action captured by television crews both on and off the water, including a handful of interviews from a number of young skippers.
Many hands made light work of the enormous task of the of weighing boats and the measurement of all spars, foils and sails prior to the commencement of the Invitation Race at 1500 hours.
The breeze (or rather the lack of same) had tormented the crews all morning with a moderate cloud cover stifling the arrival of the “promised” sea breeze. As if by some magical signal, and true to the word of the local sailing fraternity, the breeze kicked in right on time around 1230 hours and built steadily throughout the now sunny afternoon to the increasing smiles of the fleet and volunteer officials alike.
Race Officer Hugh Leicester started on the dot of 1500 hours as expected, albeit having to recall the first start as nearly all were a little too anxious first time to get underway in their campaign for 2010. Hugh with his renowned “sense of humour” tossed up the black flag for his second attempt to begin the regatta and his message was perfectly understood by all crews on this occasion.
The breeze was in the nor-west (their seas breeze) at 10-12kts with a very low tide turning at 1530 hours creating a fair amount of short chop with the fleet splitting equally to both sides of the course up the initial beat to the top mark.
Both sides appeared to have their good and not-so-good moments with the fleet all arriving together for the first rounding, with young rookie Flying 11 skipper Paddy Gilbert and his crew Nicola Elliott from Hunters Hill SC in 1276 Predator showing the others the way to the wing mark, 1378 Slick Nick Williams and Chris Holmes Manly 16’SSC, 1352 Boris Felix Grech and Adam Bloomfield HHSC, 1288 Onya Mark Nick (2010 MJ Champ) and Sean Connor M16’SSC separated by just a handful of boat lengths ahead of the rest on their way out south.
At the wing mark, 1276 Predator approached from the inside lane with 1378 Slick ducking through a small gap to squirrel the lead away from them on the second reach to the leeward mark.
1378 Slick had stretched their lead up the second beat to round comfortably for the leeward leg of the course with 1352 Boris and 1276 Predator bunched together next around and 1288 Onya Mark another ten boat gap behind, with 1348 SS Squill Will Coxon and Oliver Bell ASC and 1305 Lethal Blonde Chris Fay and Emma Knighton B16SC now duelling for fifth and sixth position.
As this was an invitation race, the crews experimented with each side of the course at various stages of the race, noting the precious advantages across the course area producing varied results in position throughout the race.
Nonetheless, 1378 Slick maintained their stronghold over the fleet to the finish in first place crossing ahead of 1352 Boris, 1276 Predator, 1288 Onya Mark, 1305 Lethal Blonde and 1374 Fired Up Nat Greentree and Harry Price M16’SSC stealthily slipping up to sixth spot over the line up the last work.
A wonderful Salmon Steak BBQ wrapped up a perfect day 1 at the Welcome BBQ function immediately after the race.
What a great start! The full fleet will be on the starting line for Race 1 at 1330 hours Monday 11th January.
|Photos of Measurement Day & Rego|
|Photos of Invitation Day|
|Invitation Race Results|