F11 SAILOR PROFILE - Scott Cotton ASC
Personally I think flying 11s are the best boat a person could sail.......
Name: Scott Cotton
Date Of Birth: 6/12/1991
Current F11 Boat And Who Is Your Crewmate: 1368 Cotton On with Max Vos
Current Club: Avalon Sailing Club
How Long Have You Been Sailing F11s: I first sailed a flying 11 when my parents bought 1117 (Jaws) to sail with my sister and my mum took me out on it once. I didn't enjoy this because at the time i was very scared of sailing. After that i didn't sail for a number of years until i bought my own boat in 2005 I think and i have been sailing them since then
Tell Your Sailing History In Brief [100 words]: My whole life has been built around being on the water but i didn't really start sailing properly until I bought Scooter. Before that i hadn't done any competitions.
What Other Boats/Classes Do You Currently Sail/Skipper/Crew: 13ft skiff Sydney Swans which i skipper and a 470 which i also skipper
What's Your Most Memorable Sailing Achievement: This would have to be a mix between the Perth nationals when i performed way above my expectations and winning the state titles last season
What's Your Most Favourite Sailing Memory [50 words]: probably all the times when i was out with Richard and the Avalon group in the strong breezes throughout this summer. The training was really hard work but there were some amazing reaches =]
Who Would Be Your Sailing Mentor: Iain Murray, Michael Coxon and Malcolm Page
What Do You Like about the F11s [50 words]: personally i think flying 11s are the best boat a person could sail. It is a shame that not everyone thinks that and that they are not as wide spread as they should be. The flying 11 is technical but only to a point where anyone can sail them fast. They are easy to tack and gybe which makes for some very exciting sailing around the course
What Are Your Future Sailing Goals: My goal short term goal is to make the Australian Sailing Team and my long term goal is to make my living from sailing
What Would You Like To See Happen In F11s: I don't think there should be any radical changes to the flying 11s as they are great the way they are. I would love to see the fleet continue to grow and become recognised by Yachting Australia for what they're worth and even maybe for an international fleet to start. But that may be difficult so I'll leave it up to Pricey