Upper Harhour Flying Eleven Interclub Series Report - Races 3 & 4


2010 Nick Scali Sprints
2010 Nick Scali Sprints
Will Chapman, HHSC, Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Most encouraging about the two races were that all crews showed signs of great sailing skills. The competition between the crews was in great spirit....

Upper Harhour F11 Interclub Series
Sunday the 24th of October HHSC
Today we had a fleet of 22 boats from all clubs which was great to see!

Race one-  We had a southerly which fluctuated in strength between 5 and 15knots, the start was strongly contested and all boats showed good boat handling.

The first leg of the course was a good test of the sailors ability to see the wind bias and make tactical decisions, where the wind lanes where narrow resulting in small tacking lanes. Some of the boats who were placed well around the top mark were hit by larger gust causing them to capsize! 

From a coaching stand point I feel that all crews need to focus on the wind pressure on the water to predict what will happen instead of reacting to changes in the wind.
Race two- The southerly by this point had eased where the boats were less spread out over the race course especially the first windward work. Again due to gusty conditions crews needed to have their heads out of the boat looking for the new wind coming down the course. As the race continued the wind eased substantially which enabled some closer attention to some of the finer details of racing for the front runners and time to assist the boats who found the gusty southerly difficult to manage.

Most encouraging about the two races were that all crews showed signs of great sailing skills. The competion between the crews was in great spirit and racing was close which provided a feel for slighlt bigger fleets than they would be used to in their club racing.

This sort of racing will give the crew great experience which they will be able to use during the bigger reggatas!

Although the weather was bleek it was very successful day on all fronts!

Will Chapman

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