2018 Gill Flying 11 National Championships
Manly 16' Skiff Club
Dates: 13th - 19th January 2018
Out of the eight medallists from the last day of racing at the 2010 Sail for Gold regatta, six of these world beating sailors have come from the Flying 11 class....
Rather cheeky of the Flying Elevens perhaps, but we’ve lodged a significant claim upon the aussie “gold rush” played out in Weymouth over the past week in the UK.
And guess where most of the aussie sailors with the gold came from in the first place – we say! You guessed right if you picked the home grown aussie-made Flying 11 dinghy, the present high performance trainer class of choice with over 300 young sailors aged between 12 to 18years old honing their skills each sailing season in Australia, with the potential to one day represent the country just as these latest sailing heroes have done.
It was like a Flying 11 reunion! Out of the eight medallists from the last day of racing at the 2010 Sail for Gold regatta, six of these world beating sailors, Nathan Outteridge, Iain Jensen, Malcolm Page, Nicky Souter, Nina Curtis and Olivia Price have come from the Flying 11 class; amongst them were three past Flying 11 national champions and three NSW State champions.
How good was it to take it to the world though, especially the Brits who perhaps rightly expected to come away from the 2010 Sail for Gold Regatta with a majority share of the silverware (read – goldware) on offer. We certainly were a significant speed-hump in their campaign towards London 2012 with the Aussies taking up the challenge and basically knocked off half of the gold medals on offer at this year’s world Olympic classes sailing regatta. It was also the venue for the Women’s Match Racing World Cup finals, where our three past Flying 11 girls, Nicky, Nina and Olivia beat the multi-world champion French Team Leroy in a thriller final day’s racing to home the gold medals.
A fantastic and outstanding achievement from all our medal winners and congratulations to Yachting Australia’s High Performance program which is only just one of their key strategic focuses our national association is working on to bring sailing as a main stream sport to the masses back here at home.
One of Yachting Australia’s other central strategic initiatives is that of increasing the levels of participation within the sport of sailing in Australia and that is where the Flying 11s have been conscientiously supportive of their endeavours and have recently combined resources to ensure success in this most important pursuit.
Over winter, Yachting NSW Development Manager Andrew (Cribby) Cribb in union with the Flying Eleven Associations have run a weekly Winter Training Program at three recognised training venues in NSW for numerous youth classes with the number of enthusiastic young participants ranging from 50 – 70 sailors on each occasion. This program has also included many of our Yachting NSW junior and senior instructors continuing with their accreditation under the guidance and supervision from the Yachting NSW mentor coaching staff.
As we approach the start of yet another sailing season, the Flying Eleven Sailing Association, Yachting Australia and Yachting NSW look well placed to be able to continue their successes in promoting and supporting the sport of sailing across the globe.