F11 Newsletter - December 2009


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David Price, Friday, 4 December 2009

MH Training, Instructor Courses NSW States wrap, 2010 Nationals NoR & Entry live now and a bit of ramble on too........



In this issue:

  • F11 Training Camp 21st - 23rd December - Middle Harbour 16'SC
  • F11 NATIONALS 10th-16th JANUARY 2010
  • F11 Sailor Profiles
  • Editors Ramble

F11 Training Camp 21st - 23rd December - Middle Harbour 16'SC 

Our Pre-Nationals F11 & MJ Training camp at Middle Harbour 16’SC for three days starting Monday 21st December link is now active. Polish up on skill and tactics in preparation for your respective National Championships. It will also be a social gathering – sort of like a Xmas Party for our young sailors. Plenty of fun to be had with some hard work thrown in.

Applications are done via our on-line system. Start times will be the same for each day. Middle Harbour 16'SC (near Middle Harbour YC) will host this event. Arrive at 8am for 9am start, and the day training will end at 4pm. A light lunch will be provided as part of your entry fee for both skipper and crew. Entry fees ($240) are for a crew of two per boat, i.e. skipper and crew  

Click here  to apply to enter this training camp, and to view further details of the programme.

Our Training Camp Coordinator is once again Andrew Kendall 0418 651 766.

Andrew has been busy rounding up all our Instructors from the first two intakes to work at this camp under the YA mentors so they can become fully accredited after turning 18yrs and doing the required hours, First Aid and Power Boat courses. These Instructors will be of great benefit to their clubs in the future once accredited by having the necessary skills and insurance cover under YA to fully support their local training programmes. They will also be able to earn income from helping our young sailors and clubs around Australia – a great way to travel about and get paid on the way too.  

Andrew and his team are looking to run another series of Instructor Courses in the near future, intending to reach over the 100 mark for participants over the next 12 months, and we are seeking your Expression of  Interest by forwarding your inquiry to become an Instructor to  flyingelevens@gmail.com

You must be at least 16 years old to start your training to become an Instructor. Click here to link up to further information on the Instructor Courses and the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS).

If you have any questions after viewing the information on either the MH16’s Training Camp or Instructor Courses posted on the web, please send us an email at flyingelevens@gmail.com

2010 F11 Nationals 10th-16th January

We are continually posting new information to our website’s 2010 - Nationals menu. You will find all Race Documents, information on location and site plans, race areas, on-shore events etc under this menu.

The Notice of Race and on-line entry are posted and ready for downloading and completion. Jump to it now as it will only get busier the closer we get to Christmas and New Years.


WELCOME to the 2010 Australian Flying 11 Nationals hosted by the Tamar Yacht Club, Beauty Point, Tasmania to be held from the 10th - 16th January 2010.

The entry fee for all competitors is for your boat’s Skipper and Crew.  It includes:

·         entry to this event,

·         the Event Welcome Pack for 2 competitors,

·         both the Welcome Night Gourmet BBQ and the "Taste of the Tamar" Presentation Night dinner and function for skippers and crews.

The Welcome Night Gourmet BBQ and the “Tastes of the Tamar” Presentation Night tickets for your family and extra guests are also ordered during the on-line entry to this event. Further tickets may be purchased at the event – please check at registration time for the cut-off date.

Entries are requested to be made On-Line preferably and will close at 1159hrs 31st December 2009. Late entries will be considered with the applicable Late Entry fee as set out in the Notice of Race.

For those of you sending your boats to Tasmania and back via the containers, the final arrangements have been completed (yesterday). You will be sent an information email over the next few days including your invoice for payment. Thanks for your patience; we always have a hard time coordinating the transport with up to six different bodies/companies…………. In short, collection and drop-off will be at Hunters Hill Sailing Club on Tuesday 29th December and 20th January return arrival.

 Latest F11 Sailor Profiles   Girls Rule Famous

Have a look at all the F11 SAILOR PROFILES published over the last few months on the front page of our website.

If your name does not appear there, you are not famous yet!

Want to be famous?  Then click on the main menu About F11s and then click on Sailor Profile - Submit  to join up like the others.

You'll be so glad you did! Grad '09 Big Smile


Editors Ramble


Well, the first round of the NSW States has come and gone with 91 entrants (if only Greenwich had been there – 100+ maybe). I had bet a beverage with my “colleague” AK we would get over 100 boats with his original (phone around) estimate of 97 – maybe I was suckered in on that one? Nonetheless it was an enormous result for the class and just after a fairly large graduation year last season too. Congratulations to Hunters Hill Sailing Club and all the volunteers who pulled this momentous event off in sometimes difficult conditions.


Poor old Mark Thorpe’s (F11 Master Chef) parking lot is crammed with repairs this week, some quite major from collisions during last weekend, which brings me to offer some advice.


It is worthwhile checking with your insurance company if you are covered for sometimes substantial repairs if ever required, even if you are not at fault. It costs a fair bit to re-rig, repair substantial hull damage and the like. Just insuring your boat for what you would sell it for is often leaving you short if a “nasty one” occurs. I’ve had a few calls informing me of this situation during the week; always wiser after the drama has happened unfortunately. In my dealings with my insurer, I noted it was very little extra on the premium to cover my boats for everything should things turn ugly, at fault or not by the way. Better to check it out I say………..


A funny story worth telling this week was when a “colleague” of mine asked if I could do something about changing the aspect of the overall results pages posted on the web using a browser. It brought to mind a terrific image of him lying sideways on his computer desk trying to read these results! I almost, almost, almost, didn’t inform him if you click the right mouse button, then Rotate Clockwise, all things become a little bit ok. Oh, he’s had a big week as he now has his email facility on his blackberry up and running – his pigeons have now all been put to sleep. I’m afraid you’ll have to guess whom I’m talking about but I’ve left a “clue” in my Ramble.


Sometimes, I do have a nice tale to tell and this is just one occasion I do – inspiring stuff.


A great story emerged from the NSW Champs this week - a brother and sister story with a happy ending. After a recent bale-out by the brother’s crew just before his first away regatta, his sister who had not sailed before stepped up to the plate. I had worked with the novice skipper all season in training, but only once with his sister, a week before the states. As we recall, the conditions were rather full on with westerlies and tide; as difficult at times as you would get. I watched these two finish the last race, after numerous capsizes, in last place and well outside the 30 minutes allotted for “finishers” without scoring a DNF. They received a hero’s welcome across the line from all the remaining spectator boats and they were given a complimentary horn blast from the committee boat too.


They were asked many times if they wished to retire. I am informed the crew would not stand for it, instructing her brother she was there to support him through thick and thin, drowned and exhausted she was not giving up. He should not too!


They of course did score a DNF and were somewhat crushed (severely disappointed was how it was put) that they had not scored a finish for race 4. I spent a bit of time explaining clause 14.2 of the Sis and I believe all is now understood and spirits are back on a high.


It is important that crews realise when it is time to throw in the towel, a safety issue always outweighs the rest. But obviously the support vessels monitored the situation, witnessing a sheer determination that only confirms these two young junior sailors have the right stuff. They are placed overall in the early 70’s at the moment.


I look forward to the not to distant future when they cross the line with the horn in first place!




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