2018 Gill Flying 11 National Championships
Manly 16' Skiff Club
Dates: 13th - 19th January 2018
Upper Harbour F11 Champs, R2 F11 NSW Champs, 2012 F11 Nationals information on the go....
Regatta 2 will be hosted by Avalon SC in two weeks time 12th & 13th February and it will include the reintroduction of the Green Division on the same lines as last year's final round of the NSW States at Georges River SC - let's hope the weather is a bit kinder to them this time around and they get to sail in less than 25kts.
IMPORTANT - This event will be run out of Sand Point in Pittwater - NOT from the Avalon Sailing Club clubhouse. The sheer volume of the F11 fleet has necessitated the move further up to Pittwater where we have the lovely sandy beach and plenty of reserve in Iluka Park behind the beachfront housing for rigging and boat storage overnight. This is the same area where the Pittwater beach catamarans race from each week. We will provide further specific information over the next week on other detail of this final round of the NSW States.
DISTINCT TRAILER & BOAT RIGGING AREAS
With 90 boats entered from the first regatta last December out of Middle Harbour 16'SSC, we stand a very good chance that we will exceed the 103 boats entered at the nationals and make this a new record for the F11 class.
This should have Mr Kendall shaking in his boots haha with another duly framed $100 up for grabs!
As announced at the AGM, we will be travelling to Soldiers Point, Port Stephens for our next F11 National Championship in 2012 within the same time frames as per our previous three years.
The regatta series will be conducted from Sunday 15th Jan to Saturday 21st January and we will be utilising the Pt Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club as our regatta centre with racing out on Salamander Bay - the view is hard to take...........
What a fantastic F11 Nationals 2011 with our 103 strong fleet achieving the greatest number of youth sailors in one class in one regatta. Pat yourselves on the back as you all represented the class in a most commendable manner.
Not only did the 206 competitors demonstrate such worthy sailing skill and ability to the masses of spectators and followers both in Australia and around the world, the boat park was full of fun and good cheer amongst all young sailors, the respect and camaraderie across all sailors and clubs unsurpassed in my opinion from my experiences to date.
The volunteerism was exceptional once again; a credit to all who donated their time to make this event as remarked by many as the best they have experienced. I felt privileged to be part of the team.
Congratulations to all, especially the new Flying 11 Champions Felix and Adam who maintained their cool throughout the ten races and triumphed despite fairly ordinary conditions. They now live on the Honour Board with all the previous F11 Champions of the past, many who have since conquered the world quite literally in the sport of sailing.
There are plenty of stories attached below in case you have not already discovered these on our website; I trust you will enjoy reliving the experience and of course plenty of my photographs to sit down and view on your computer when you have time.
Photographer Rob Armstrong spent a day during the nationals out with me on the boat - click on this link to see some great shots he has kindly uploaded for our viewing pleasure too.
See you all this weekend and next weekend to polish off a very full sailing season, full of great memories and stories to savour in the years ahead.