2018 Gill Flying 11 National Championships
Manly 16' Skiff Club
Dates: 13th - 19th January 2018
The sprints enticed 35 crews of all shapes and sizes to savour the Nick Scali Sprints breakfast on the banks of the Parramatta River....
Saturday 25th September Hunters Hill SC
With plenty of dew on the boats, cars and grass, and a beautiful clear sky greeting our sprints day out at Hunters Hill SC, we were all excited that this year’s event was looking like a winner.
With numbers down a bit this year as we chose to run it in the first week of the school holidays on this occasion, and despite all the great efforts from regatta chairman Chris Jones,
the sprints still enticed 35 crews of all shapes and sizes to savour the Nick Scali Sprints breakfast on the banks of the Parramatta River, sailors jumping out of cars to greet their friends after a winter break whilst mums and dads tried to adjust to another season of days spent regattering after their kids once again.
Happy faces, much laughter and a wonderful wafting of crisp morning BBQ aroma smoothed all the rough edges to get the show on the road and take the sting out of boats with flat batteries and rigging memory glitches. Wow - how some young sailors had grown during the off season; everyone looking over the new season’s boats and chatter about who was doing what and with whom. Oh yeah, there was a bit of sailing ahead too and it looked like it was going to be a gem of a day on the water.
PRO Col Chidgey ran his now well exercises briefing on the format of his multi-fleet sprints racing with excited anticipation from the crews just oozing out of their skins.
The weather was now becoming a little indecisive with some high cloud showing up to spoil the eagerly anticipated (wish list) nor’easter we had hoped for as the crews hit the water in a light fickle SW breeze, the start line now set up just off the Greenwich ferry wharf.
The intended eight races were looking like a big call now as the fleet began their first race in 5kts. Many crews struggled to remember the course configurations with some ‘U-turns’ by the leaders of some fleets but they all managed to learn on the way with their second race starting immediately once all had made it back to the finish.
Then the rot set in, the cloud stifled the heat required to drag the seabreeze into the harbour and the crews were sent back to shore to have some lunch awaiting a better breeze pattern to emerge.
The RO called them back out around 2pm as there was a slightly better breeze building still from the land and we managed one race in a dying W/SW mess as the seabreeze showed up down at Goat Is. The course was completely revamped to suit the encroaching breeze and we managed to add one more race to the day before stumps. The day was again a huge amount of social fun and the crews benefited greatly from all that practice only the sprints can offer.
Winners of the day were brothers Nick and Shaun Connor in their new boat 1394 Whomp M16’SSC sailing their second season in the F11, Kanya Raj and Sarah Jones in 1380 Missleading HHSC slipping in to second place, new F11 crew Harry Price and Simon Boardman M16’SSC snapping up third place with an equal fourth placing to 1386 Wet Willy Wil Dargaville and Sean Watt ASC and 1374 Fired Up girls Maddie Clancy and Chelsea Connor M16’SSC.
The Handicap results were:
1st 1291 Predator from Cronulla Sailing Club - Skipper: Phoebe Fordham Crew: Tayla Linnegar
2nd 1344 Panther from Drummoyne Sailing Club - Skipper: Toma McQuillan Crew: Tara Blanc-Ramos
3rd 1337 Shake Your Booties from Belmont 16ft Skiffs – Skipper: Caitlyn McIntosh Crew: Sophie McIntosh
The first scratch all Girls boat was:
1380 Missleading from Hunters Hill Sailing Club – Skipper: Kanya Raj Crew: Sarah Jones
The Manly crews collectively scored a back to back win of the Teams Trophy in this year’s Nick Scali Furniture NSW F11 Sprint Championship.