F11 NEWSLETTER - February 2010


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David Price, Sydney, Tuesday, 2 February 2010

F11s Go Green and more..........






In this issue:

  • NSW F11 STATES R2 Update & Green Fleet Introduction
  • F11 Nationals Re-Cap 2010
  • F11 Nationals 2011 @ Belmont 2011
  • Instructor and Club Coach Courses
  • Follow Us On Twitter
  • Qld Youth Week 7-10th July 2010
  • Editors Ramble


More on the sensational Nationals in Tasmania following………..

NSW F11 STATES R2 Update & Green Fleet Introduction

 We’re going GRREEEEN for the first time at Round 2 of the NSW State Champs at Georges River SC in a weeks time, 6/7th February.

No, its not an environmental push – we are talking a new Green Division introduced to our NSW State Championships to encourage our new, not-so-new and otherwise “no pressure wanted” sailors to join in the fun of our rather social outings (aka regattas).

Here’s how it works.

·         Anyone can be a competitor in the Green (Fleet) Division.

·         Round 1 Main fleet (Open Division) competitors can switch to be in the Green fleet for Round 2 at no extra charge – see our Rego Desk; new competitors can enter R2 Green Division for $50.

·         New Entries should be made on-line up to midnight Friday 5th Feb or at the Rego Desk Saturday morning 6th Feb.

·         The Green fleet are awarded handicap prizes only; no scratch awards and will be scored (placed) as finishing after the last boat in the main fleet (presently after 91).

·         The Green fleet will sail shorter courses but on the same track, starting 5mins after the Main fleet have started.

·         The Green Division flag will be a green flag with a white F11 Class emblem.

·         Further information is available via Amendments To NoR No.1 and Changes To Sailing Instructions No.1

Our measurer will be doing his job circulating around at random checking your boats. Please ensure you are all squeaky clean and compliant, including sails (SIs clause 20.2). This means you should read the SIs again perhaps……………..

 If you will have a spectator boat on the water during the regatta, we would be most grateful if you could see the Rego Desk and register your details with us. We always strive to ensure the utmost safety of the fleet to the best of our ability and should it be deemed necessary for example in extreme weather circumstances, we may wish to avail ourselves of some outside assistance in this regard. Your assistance will be very much appreciated.

We remind any adults who may be volunteering their time during an association event that it is a prerequisite under the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 to have completed a Prohibited Employers Declaration (valid for 2 years and applying to any paid or unpaid positions) and lodged it either with our NSW F11 Association or your local club. We recommend all parents consider completing one of these to as simply helping kids in and out of the water may be regarded as volunteering your work etc. Who knows where this legislation starts and finishes.

And whilst on the subject of the NSW State Champs, any club may put forward an Expression of Interest to be considered for the hosting of a Flying Eleven regatta. We have a number of processes to determine the appropriateness of each venue, approved waters etc and invite you to also view the guidelines for host clubs to hold a F11 event on our website.

Upon the completion of Round 2, we will hold the presentation of the series upstairs in the clubhouse. We will be awarding various sponsors prizes amongst the two fleets, so you would do rather well to all stay around and congratulate your fellow place-getters. Its also most likely for many a decent  break from seeing all your friends until next season is upon us.

F11 Nationals Re-Cap 2010 

Again, a big congratulations to all our National’s champions; outright F11 Champions Declan Reilly and Ira Dubrey in 1366 Protagonist from Manly 16’SSC, our All-Girl Crew Champions Sammy Nugent and Maddie Clancy in 1327 Cheeky from Manly 16’SSC,  our *Junior Champions Harvey Bates and Ben Bannon in 1301 Frozen With Fear from Cronulla Sailing Club and our Handicap winners Emma and Thomas Willson from Middle Harbour 16’SSC in 1296 Miss Behavin.  The Teams Trophy this year was won by the sailors of manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club, accumulating the lowest score total from their 3 best crew’s race results.
(*Original presentation of the Junior Trophy went to the young dynamic brothers Nick and Sean Connor by mistake on the night – Pricey’s error. They were great sports and we will make special mention of them at the presentation of the NSW States).

From our Tasmanian contingent of 8 crews, Clare Cromarty and Natalie Maslin sailing 1307 Beyond The Edge from Tamar YC were the best placed on scratch with Michael Meyer and Jack Melton in 1258 Flying Colours best on handicap.

 The 61 volunteers from Tamar Yacht Club can be very proud of their efforts in producing one of the best national regattas we could have ever hoped for.

Their hospitality was second to none, the organisation exemplary in every way, and it received such great reviews from the sailing community at large, and greatly impressed the local Tamar Valley community and commerce sector. So much so in fact the West Tamar Council requested the President of Tasmanian Flying Eleven Sailing Association, Bill Cromarty be one of their guest speakers at their recent Australia Day Breakfast.

They also managed to meet with Yachting Tasmania during the event to discuss that the idea of working in with the Flying Elevens is good for all young sailors, YTas accepting our class for inclusion to future youth events. All big pluses brought about by the determined membership of the TYC and the F11 committee, leaving the class with a healthy platform to which to grow.

Their next round of the Tasmanian State Championships will be held on the 6/7th March at Midway Point Yacht Club in Hobart, where 3 more crews from the local club will join the first round fleet making it a ten boat finale. Good luck to Clare Cromarty and Natalie Maslin in 1307 Beyond The Edge defending their lead after round 1.

F11 Nationals 2011 @ Belmont 2011

For those of you who missed the AGM, or have not caught up with the announcement of where the 2011 Nationals will be held………… the winner isssss………. BELMONT 16’SC!

Also note it will be a week later than in recent years starting on Sunday 16th January through to Saturday 22nd January. This suits a number of other regatta opportunities for our fleet, as well as the host club’s events calendar.

Longy has blasted off the starting line and is already sprinting down the first straight and has secured 30 cabins of various shapes and sizes just 2 mins from the club at the Belmont Bayview Park. All we have to do is mention Flying Elevens and they will sort it out from there! It would probably be a good idea to contact them sooner rather than later if this sparks your interest.

Instructor and Club Coach Courses

ReadingAndrew K has in conjunction with YNSW’s Andrew “Cribby” Cribb have arranged the next round of Instructor Course where you can become one of the pool of instructors assisting with your club and association coaches, learning perhaps more about sailing yourself than you teach at times. We are always looking for more instructors to help out with our own training camps. Our clubs are also seeking regular instructors to further the skills of the up-and-comers within their fleets – you have fun, learn a lot and get paid for doing it too. What more could you want?

The Instructor Course dates are from the 12th-16th April, commencing at 8:30am through to 4:30pm each day. There are a some pre-requisites to be eligible to do this course though as it is part of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme administered by YNSW and YA.

·         You must be at least in year 10 at school.

·         You must already be able to operate a power boat.

The training and mentoring will continue until you reach the age of 18 and  have completed a current senior 1st aid, CPR and powerboat handling courses, when you will be eligible to become an accredited Instructor.

From this level, you can continue with the Club Coach Course. YNSW will be running this course next on the 7th-9th April starting at 6:30pm to 9pm on the first day, then 9am to 4pm on the remaining two days.

Both these next courses will be hosted by the Woollahra Sailing Club, Vickery Ave, Rose Bay.

Expressions of Interest at present are being sought at present and anyone interested in learning more should respond to Cribby at Andrew.Cribb@nsw.yachting.org.au ; tel 02 8116 9800.

Follow Us On Twitter

 Have you noticed we are on Twitter - we have a Twitter feature box on our home page bringing you all the latest Tweets.

For more information, view the mobile link and text link from Twitter to be able to follow us on your mobile too (Telstra customers).

Editors Ramble

It’s already a big newsletter – it’s been a big month and more to come.


So, I’ll be reporting in our next newsletter about the F11 heading back into Queensland, starting with the Qld Youth Week incorporating the Australian Mid-Winter Youth Championships on the 7th-10th July 2010.


We will also be awarding a number the CYCA’s Youth Sailing Academy part scholarships after the NSW State Championships.


See you next week at Georges River SC for Round 2.




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