2018 Gill Flying 11 National Championships
Manly 16' Skiff Club
Dates: 13th - 19th January 2018
Well, the weather is in sync with the new Flying 11 race format! The expected building soueaster took a long time to start up, and never really reached any significance. All part of the decaying low pressure cell that was forecast to threaten eastern NSW.
Well, the weather is in sync with the new Flying 11 race format! The expected building sou’easter took a long time to start up, and never really reached any significance. All part of the decaying low pressure cell that was forecast to threaten eastern NSW.
The most perfect NE winds on the Planet gave way to a 3 – 6 knot oscillating SE breeze in the western half of Salamander Bay for race 6 to complete the Qualifying Series of a maximum of six races before the split into gold / silver fleets for the Finals Series. The big decision facing the young Flyers was whether to head left towards a fractionally building ESE pressure line, or stay out of the flood tide and favour the Soldiers Point shore.
Yellow/Green Group: Yet another personal best result for a new team, with 1340 XLR8 Matt Burke and Ben Carruthers starting clear at the leeward end of the start line and sailing hard left of the fleet. By the first mark XLR8 had a 1 minute 40 second lead from 1363 Party Trap Annie Wilmot and Demi Gilbert in second. Regatta leader 1373 Hammer Time Jack Buchan and Emma Jones were back in fifth position.
XLR8 was never headed from there, but 1396 Slick Owen Long and Sarah Jones moved into second on the first downwind and held this to the end of a shortened course later at the wing mark.
Hammer Time wasn’t able to recover and remained in her fifth place.
Blue/Red Group: Once again the left side of the course paid with more pressure, from where 1393 Waverunner Sarah and Harry Parker and 1263 Oscar sailed by Kurt Hansen and Lindsay Pike stepping into the lead positions by the first windward mark, but with Waverunner holding a commanding 90sec advantage. By the first leeward mark, all places from second to thirteenth were closely packed within to 100 meters.
Second place on the regatta leader board 1365 Whatever Angus Williams and Jesse Lilley were buried in twelfth place but smartly they moved into third position by half way up her second beat. Places held until the finish.
The Race Committee’s decision to return to shore finally proved the best option as the wind slowly faded and attempted to establish itself from the ocean, very late in the day.
At the midway point of the regatta. We have joint leaders in Hammer Time and Whatever both with 9pts followed by Oscar on 13pts, 1382 MWD Ash & Dan Heyworth on 17pts. Then we have a three way tie with 1357 Smoke & Mirrors Andrew Isles and Daniel Bromelow, 1396 Slick Owen Long and Sarah Jones, and 1391 Bolt Nicola Forbes-Smith and Natasha Bryant all on 20pts.
It is expected that the winds will stay from the SE and slowly increase over the next three days of sailing for the Finals Series of remaining six races. The new split fleet methods to aid fleet control have been warmly accepted by the Flying Eleven sailors after being introduced for the first time this season.
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