Belmont F11 Nationals Badge
Belmont F11 Nationals Badge
David Price, Belmont NSW, Friday, 14 January 2011

NOW IT'S UP TO 102 CREWS AND COUNTING AND STILL 2 DAYS TO GO !!! OMG - We are now officially more popular than Justin Bieber!





 Gill® 2011 Australian Flying 11 Nationals 16th - 22th January 2011. 


OMG - We are now officially more popular than Justin Bieber!

Over 200 competitors:

  •  102 boats,
  •   80 girls and 124 boys,
  •   28 All Girl crews – half of these All Girl juniors,
  •   45 open division crews
  •   42 junior crews

Here’s a little bit of what’s in store during your nationals regatta. Much of this information is contained on the F11 website in the Nationals 2011 feature box on the home page, under the YA Events and the Nationals 2011 menus and you can always check these pages for specific information as you need.

Measurement & Registration Procedure

You will find the MEASUREMENT CHECKLIST which you must download and take with you to measurement day on Sunday which runs from 8am to 12pm.

Sails for everyone will be measured inside and upstairs in the club and accessed via the fire escape doors which are located at the corner on the left hand side of the main entrance. There will be a traffic monitor coordinating the flow at this entrance so it does not become too crowded etc.

Weighing of hulls is only required for boat numbers 1348 and up. The weigh-in area will be located just inside the main boat shed on the left hand side of the registration and notice board area.

Other measurement teams and stations will be located around the boat park where you can complete your Measurement Checklist before your registration is confirmed. You will note that there will be bow numbers (see Amendment to SIs #1) at these nationals, these to be applied last of all during measurment and registration together with GILL® hull stickers to be affixed by our volunteers. Please make sure your boat is cleaned prior to the team arriving to do the job – no salty residue left on the bow and mid hull chain plate areas under the gunnels.


Our registration desk will be adjacent to the boat park to the west, undercover and in front of the main notice boards.

Registration will be conducted between 8am and 11am, excepting those that still have to confirm their Measurement Checklist (see above).

Our registration team will coordinate all our social and formal functions and it is here that you can affirm numbers and payment for the Welcome BBQ (6pm Sun - B16s), FX Party (6pm Tue - Lake Macquarie YC) and Presentation Night (Sat 6:30pm – B16s) functions (see further details below).

Upon confirmation of your registration, you will receive a Welcome Pack of goodies from our major sponsors Gill® and our other supporters. We request you wear the 2011 Gill® Flying 11 Australian Nationals vests for the Invitation Race on Sunday so we can shoot fleet photos and video illustrating our major sponsors for promotional purposes. They help us out; it’s the right thing to do in return please.

Gill® Merchandise

Our major sponsors will have their Gill® merchandise marquee set up on Registration Day and on our final day of the regatta. This is a great opportunity to grab some essential sailing gear at great prices so definitely head over to the shop for a keen look. Add to your Gill® collection from the Welcome Pack so you match head-to-toe!!

AGM Change

Longey has suggested we move the National F11 AGM to Thursday (was Friday) after sailing at 5:30pm in the Belmont Room which is located upstairs in the club.

I promise it won’t be a drawn out affair (if you know me it won’t be) and I ask that everyone join in to hear what we plan for 2011 and beyond. If you just even glance at the numbers of this year’s fleet, the huge number of juniors within, you can see the F11s have a very bright future over the next few years.

We will be discussing the next year’s venue options, national progress around Australia and a bit on planning and strategy with more combined youth events and training which just keeps getting better and better.

Have a look at the sail champions of Australia in almost any class, and the current list of World Champions from Australia and you will note that a major number of these came from the Flying 11s. It’s also a time where your kids establish their independence, a time where both parents and their children can socialise together at the same regattas, have fun as a community and a time which passes all too quickly. Be a part of it before it whizzes by and you are left with a “you’re not required at MY regatta thanks” comment from your teenagers.

See you Thursday arvo.

NSW Child Protection Requirement

If you haven’t done so already, jump on line and complete the declaration and forward a copy (scan/email) to so we are compliant with the current legislation. Follow this link here.


We will be conducting interviews throughout the regatta from competitors, parents, volunteers, supporters and promoting/publishing in all types of media and platforms.

We even plan on running a live coverage on the internet, able to be contributed by almost anyone either on or off the water (competitors whilst on water excluded of course). We trust many will enjoy the feed if we can pull it off.


Welcome BBQ – Sunday 6pm on the lawn of the boat park (wet weather provision - will be moved to the upper deck area of the B16s) Competitors are included in entry – extras Kids and Adults $15.

FX Party – Tuesday 6pm at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club (just east of B16s about a km away)

Wind Warrior  model yacht sailing / racing from the northern jetty   …… 6 pm

SALTWATER  GRILL  Bistro  -  Self order meals for adults   All club area (Deck / Lawn / Auditorium) available for our group

Bar-B-Q    Packs   can be purchased from the Saltwater Grill  for self cooking on club  Barbeque.

Nautical  Trivia  from  7:00  with  Captain Rossco …… whilst  meals are being  done.

Movie upstairs in the  “Bridgedeck Room”  for little kids.

Bring your iPod and be a  DJ  out on the  Northern Lawn ….>>>> 10:30pm Entertainment will be “Dock’n’Dance” (bring an ipod if you have one)

Presentation Night – Saturday 6:30pm in the B16s auditorium. The theme this year “F11 All Stars” – dress in bright green and silver. Competitors are included in entry – extras Kids $15 and Adults $25.

2010 F11 Champions Message

Winning the 2009/2010 F11 National Titles with Ira Dubery was an achievement that didn’t come without excessive training and determination.  There were many times when it seemed that the title would be un-winnable from our position, and it was ultimately out of determination and the support that was provided for us that we were able to come through with the win.  As such, one of the things that makes competitive sailing so appealing is the constant challenge that is provided through the racing format, as positions are very flexible, and in mixed conditions, like last year’s Nationals the importance of sailing consistently is paramount.

Someone who played a crucial role in both our training and boat maintenance was Robert ‘Baz’ Atkins, who, from the start of the season drove us to win both State and National titles.  Baz provided us with the opportunity to sail/train outside of the usual Sunday – Wednesday training scheme that Manly 16’ Skiff Club provided. He also tuned our boat and consequently provided us with the fastest boat possible under the given circumstances and without his help we certainly wouldn’t have been able to sail the way we did.  Something that no coach can teach you is the importance of time on the water, this was one of the key foundations of the training that Ira and I undertook over the course of the season, often going sailing without support boats or others to train against, simply to help us develop and refine out boat handling skills.

However sailing isn’t always about winning, and clichéd though it sounds the notion that something is only worth doing if you enjoy it largely rings true in relation to sailing.  This is the key reason that I chose to sail Flying Elevens, as I knew that they were a class that was built around fun.  Whilst they also provide the largest youth fleet in Australia, it is the flourishing social scene that can ultimately take credit for this situation.  As such, I would urge all of the sailors out there to meet as many people as is possible through the sport, as friendships that are developed through sailing are often the strongest.  Additionally, it is only those who want to sail because they enjoy it that are able to really develop as sailors and progress through to other classes, whilst kids who are forced into sailing by their parents rarely experience the desire to keep sailing and often quit as a consequence.

I hope you enjoy your sailing over the 2010-11 season and I wish you good luck in your Nationals this year...

Declan Reilly





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