F11 Newsletter January 2010
Last minute updates for Tassie Nationals.....
In this issue:
- F11 NATIONALS Last Minute Updates
- F11 Training Camp - Middle Harbour Report
- Helping Hand Programme & Green Fleet
- F11 Sailor Profiles
- Editors Ramble
F11 NATIONALS Last Minute Updates
Here we go. In a week, we'll be savouring the magnificent F11 Tasmanian hospitality at Beauty Point. The team down there have been doing a superlative job preparing for a terrific 2010 F11 Nationals with a fleet of 69 boats as of New Year's Day.
Everything has been done to ensure we all have a most memorable holiday and regatta visiting the oldest yacht club in Australia - Tamar Yacht Club (Launceston) and the somewhat newer clubhouse at Beauty Point and beautiful Tamar River valley. Take a look at the information on our website as there have been a few additions and updates in the recent past. The pdf Presentation of the area is very helpful in recognising where you will be arriving.
Perhaps most importantly for our sailors, is to bring warm sailing gear with you to this regatta. If you notice on the globe, the next stop south is Antarctica. It's always better to be warmer on the water (and in it perhaps) so plan ahead as the water is still chilly once you get a little deeper into it.
Life Jackets are a MUST in Tasmania if you are on the water. The Nationals menu has a link to the MAST website where all boaties requirements are laid out in full.
The Sailing Instructions are there for you to download, and there will be an amendment posted when you arrive at registration [some typo's to correct after we published ].
Registration and measurement will "officially start" at 9am on Sunday 10th January followed by a briefing at noon at the Beauty Point clubhouse of Tamar Yacht Club. There will be a Support Vessels briefing just prior to the Competitors briefing.
Our F11 Nationals AGM will be held on Friday 15th January at 9am at TYC Beauty Point and we extend a friendly welcome to everyone to attend (on the basis you are friendly back ).
The containers will be arriving at the clubhouse at Beauty Point some time on the 7th January. "Container Boy" Andrew Kendall 0418 651 766 and Pricey 0409 884 380 have a set of keys each, and AK will be there on the 8th; Pricey the 9th. It will be a coordinated approach to remove the boats from the two containers - not just a turn-up and receive sort of thing so many hands making light work scenario will be the go. I expect the unpacking will occur on saturday afternoon at the earliest unless you've beaten me to it! The frames are numbered; remember they are used to bring the boats back too. Many thanks for the wonderful team we had on packing day at Hunters Hill - you made us look good!
Although most have already complied, those of you who have not organised and paid for tickets to the Welcome BBQ or the Presentation Dinner, please see the Rego Team upon arrival. Final arrangements and payments will be done then as this volunteer team will be then busy elsewhere - we multi-task well to a point - once the regatta commences as you would appreciate.
F11 Training Camp - Middle Harbour Report
The Middle Harbour Training Camp held prior to Christmas was a huge success, with 36 boats from F11s and MJs in attendance.
Our coaching team consisted of our finest young F11 sailors and champions - Josh McKnight, Penny Kendall, Scott Cotton and Olivia Price with YNSW coaches Larry Cargill and Head Coach and 1979 F11 Champion Craig Ferris. If you are interested in becoming an instructor just like our young guns above, we will be running Instructor Courses at the end of this season and will advise on this more in the next few newsletters. Andrew Kendall is our Training and Development officer who will be able to inform you on the details in the meantime.
Special thanks to Sausage Kings Peter Dind and Andrew Kendall for their exceptional catering skills and Tinny for his tireless work as host of the Middle Harbour facilities. And of course, it would not be possible to have achieved such success without the unbridled support from YNSW's Andrew Cribb - Cribby - who has worked with us in association to help fund and contribute to these camps with us over the past few years. Cribby is a godsend to us and to YNSW and we look forward to bigger and better things for Australian sailing to come from this top fella.
From all accounts, the assimilation with other classes continues to produce great results for all young sailors and we expect to increase the opportunity for other classes to join our training camps in the future.
For those that joined us this time at Middle Harbour, we'd like to hear from you and have a short survey that you could complete - it's helpful and anonymous too. Click HERE to go to the survey or see the Twitter link on our home page.
Helping Hand Programme & Green Fleet
One of our ongoing activities you might not be aware of is the Helping Hand Programme where we provide new clubs with assistance from our association to foster the class and their young sailors by way of introduction to the Flying Eleven boat and to our coaching programmes.
In December, we visited Northbrige Sailing Club with three boats and crews for a try sailing a F11 experience. It was a fairly light day and was perfectly suited to their junior sailors graduating from Optis and Sabots before they jump into their senior NS class. As you can see by the NSW President's Report below, it was a big success. They already have two F11s on the water!
Helping Hand Report by James Ellis
- We have lined up some experienced F11 parents to attend each venue to coordinate the sessions and to speak with kids and parents about all things F11
- We would like some flying 11 skippers with their boats to come and take out potential F11 sailors.
- The F11 Skipper should remain onboard their own boat at all times, but hopefully will offer the tiller over if conditions are suitable.
- The aim is to have fun and show them how good an F11 can be.
- Currently it is intended to run the sessions across the midday period for 3 or 4 hours.
- a fee of $75 for the day will be payable to the skippers who volunteer their time to offset costs
- preference will be given to those F11 skippers that have done, or are involved in, the Instructors program but please make contact if you can help.
- the green fleet will start after the main fleet and sail around the same course
- the intention is to encourage sailors who have not experienced regatta sailing to join in the fun and develop their skills
- we hope this will also encourage parents of young sailors in the back half of their club fleets to mobilise and travel to regattas
- a modification to the NOR and SIs will be published soon with more details but for now, we would love you to start encouraging some of you more inexperienced clubmates to think about joining us at Georges River
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!
I have just so much praise for the Tasmanian F11 team of volunteers who have put what will be a magnificent nationals regatta together.
Despite the adverse effects of little support from their state sailing association in helping stage one of their states biggest youth regattas, certainly the biggest participation level of youth sailors anyway, they have shouldered the load and have everything now in place to ensure we will have a most successful nationals for 2010. I can't wait................