2018 Gill Flying 11 National Championships
Manly 16' Skiff Club
Dates: 13th - 19th January 2018
We had an amazing 38 F11 entries in the event this year, mostly crews stepping up from our feeder classes....
The 2010 Combined High Schools Regatta (CHS) contained all the expected elements of a “normal” CHS, plenty of mixed crews sailing boats not normally sailed and mostly up a notch or two, and the Easter time glass-outs where the only real action on water was the noise from everyone’s mouths booming across the lake.
The weather varied to both extremes, starting out a very comfortable 8-10kts for the Invitation Race, day 1 producing some wind at the start only to die off throughout the race to below 5kts, the following day a mighty 25kts+ moderating to 20kts for the start and dropping later to 12kts, the penultimate day a mixture around 10-12kts then the inevitable glass-out from start to finish on the final day of play.
The Flying Elevens had a record 38 entries this year with most crews of foreign order from the feeder classes such as Sabots, Manly Juniors and the like stepping up to the class on this occasion. In turn, most of our seasoned Flyers did the same and sailed up a level in the 29er, 49er, 13fter, Cherub, 16fter classes just to mention a few. It was a great result for the Flying Eleven class to well outnumber the next highest class tally of 13 crews in the 29ers, a testament to the strength of the class and it’s future.
As far as results were concerned, the big banana went to the 29ers this year in the Australian Championships, Josh Marks and Iain Wood sailing Grinna. But hot on their heels were the F11s in second place with light-weights Jim Colley of MJs fame with Oliver Parker in 1295 Sparta showing real class throughout the regatta.
Jim and Oliver won the F11 class division with a 1st, 2nd and 4th followed in second place by current flyers Harvey Bates and Ben Bannon in 1364 A Little Psycho with a 1st, 2nd and 8th and current crew flyer Kurt Hansen and Henry Makin claiming third place with a 3rd, 5th and 8th.
We also scored the Australian Girls Trophy, winning the first three places for all-girl crews and achieving six of the top ten positions in this category. Congratulations go to flyer Caitlyn McIntosh and her crew Emma Mckenzie-Low in 1277 Adrenalin in 1st place, 2nd place going to flyer Tiarne Hayes and Rebecca Glendenning in 1281 Madness and in 3rd place Sarah Parker and Alicia Watt sailing 1316 Jynx. Very commendable results for the girls in the F11s I say.
The presentation went off without a hitch and we all left the club with a farewell ‘till next time.
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