F11 Newsletter - AUGUST 2010


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David Price, Thursday, 19 August 2010

Season kick-off just over the hill......

 AUGUST 2010


In this issue:

  • F11 Website Makeover and Social Media Platforms
  • Season 2010 Preview
  • Editors Ramble

F11 Website Makeover and Social Media Platforms (Don't be afraid)

It's frequently remarked that the Flying 11s have one of the most active class websites in the sailing community, not only in Australia but around the world.

Around the globe in the past 12 months, the IT (Information & Technology) world has just boomed in areas of social media platforms. Social Media is not a fad, it's a fundamental shift in the way we communicate, and its being embraced at an extraordinary rate. Facebook, a popular social networking facility our Flyers just live on, alone is presently growing in users by 50 million people every two to three months; its the next generation email newsletter! It started up in 2008!

Here in the F11 Association, we have expanded our communication activity to incorporate these advances in such technology and will now reach our audiences at lightening speed with media rich content on the fly. The old days of maintaining a relatively static website are long-gone, and the utilisation of these kinds of Social Media platforms will ensure an exciting and increasingly interactive network of communication on all aspects of our Flying 11 life.

It's a huge leap forward for such sports as sailing as we will now be able to receive live news at the touch of a button. Live blogs (media rich news-feeds), instant messaging via our Twitter feeds, social interaction via our Flying 11 Facebook page and even live streaming (to come) are all at our fingertips to follow events as it happens from the sailing club, your office, even your smart phones. We also have our own F11Tube Channel to present video footage of the Flying 11 sailing action at our events.

And all these tools can be accessed from our website with the add-on platforms automatically directing any updates back to our website as it happens.

Take some time to have a look at our evolving site at/ and you will notice a few changes already - a fresh face-lift is always nice, some new buttons to play with, and we have incorporated a F11 Library (its a work in progress) to allow you to savour the Flying 11 delicacies on offer in an ebook format as we load up the shelves.

Become involved with the class like never before - it's all good!

More on how to play next time :)


 Season 2010 Preview

Welcome back, welcome back to this wired world of F11 sport! - only a couple of weeks away and the season starts all over again; 'seems like we never really left................ boom boom

A fantastic Winter Training Program has kept many of us together over the past few months, plenty of social and just a bit of sailing haha. No really, we turned out in force at the three venues Cribby and YNSW ran this great initiative from over winter and I'm sure the effort made will be more than obvious once you all re-connect with your friends again at your local club for the start of what will be a very exciting season ahead.

F11s are bubbling now in three states, NSW, Tasmania and a "welcome back" to Queensland who had our flyers visit en-mass during the Qld Youth Week's AUS Midwinter Youth Championships in July. Get ready for an increased amount of "road-trips :))" to exotic locations such as Brisbane's Darling Point Sailing Club, Beauty Point's Tamar Yacht Club and hopefully a visit or two to Hobart perhaps. Fiji is also looking promising for a sail too and in the not too distant future, we might be ready to play in the UK - boom tishhh. Gaaaawd we're busy bees!

F11s Tas is first off the blocks with a 3 day F11 Tas Training Camp Readingfrom 16th-18th September with 2009's F11 National Champ Josh McKnight flying in to train the Tas F11 crews at Beauty Point's Tamar yacht Club - the magnificent venue of the 2010 F11 Nationals. Details will be able to be found shortly under the F11 Tas menu. This camp includes an in-water acclimatisation session at the (heated) Australian Maritime College pool as well as the sailing sessions conducted by Josh.

Kicking the NSW F11 season off with a bang will be the new F11 Upper Harbour Regatta Series starting 19th September incorporating 12 races at three venues from September through to April 2011 - what a buzz! You can find information on our web's "world of entertainment" links or sneak a brief look here if you're a facebooker.

Jumping back into the saddle will be very social once again with the F11s, Sabots, MJs, 29ers, Cherubs and 13fters all invited to the 2010 Nick Scali Furniture NSW Flying 11 & Hunters Hill SC Print Championships hosted by Hunters Hill SC on Saturday 25th September. Again, facebookers can preview the event here and for the "not-up-to-it-just-yet" dwellers some basic information is also available on our website's F11 Calendar menu.

Spearing off south of the border (aka Harbour Bridge) we have the OAMPS YNSW Youth Championships lined up for the long weekend 2nd -4th October at Georges River SC. We have outgunned the opposition over the past few years and expect we will do so once again this season. F11 are cool, they make great house guests and are a heap of fun to sail in amongst all variety of classes invited to this rather popular event. Make sure you get organised early for this one - you can get a great t-shirt if entered on time! All the info to register is soon to be located here.

By now it will be time to hone up a little with a refresher Reading3 day school holiday F11 Training Camp from the 8th-10th October at Lane Cove 12'SSC, this camp replacing the previous Basin venue in Pittwater. The club will advise shortly of whether they are able to have our out of towners campat the club itself and we are seeking our flying families assistance to billet some sailors whilst they attend. Again, facebookers can find some more information here and also leave a comment if you can provide a billet bed for our visitors; likewise the same goes for those that need a place to stay. If facebook is too challenging, send an email to flyingelevens@gmail.com and we will coordinate the stream of communication from there.

Show Me The MONEY! Yep - the McGrath Dash-For-Cash and F11 Upper Harbour Championships comes up trumps on Saturday 6th November at Lane Cove 12'SSC where the fleet chase the dollars out of Humbug to the start of the UH Champs on the Parramatta River. A lot of fun in the dash, good competition in the main event and some pretty good trophies, prizes and giveaways to entice the flyers on a Saturday! Their NoR will be available shortly - we'll let you know.

Middle Harbour 16'SSC will be hosting round 1 of the 2010-2011 NSW Flying 11 State Championships on the weekend of 27th & 28th November. With a modern day record set last year for the event with 100 entries we are spruiking to beat that number at this year's event and will be welcoming the Green Fleeters to the event for the first time. Green Fleeters - you will have an absolute ball and will then be sold on just how good the Flying 11 way of life really is!

We then begin to centre on the work in front of us leading up to the 2011 Flying 11 Nationals at Belmont with a 3 day F11 Nationals Training Camp Readingbeing held from 20th-22nd December at Middle Harbour 16'SSC including our F11 Christmas Beach Party to cap off the first halves entertainment for the season. This is your time to complete your preparation for your upcoming nationals campaign and Capt'n Sandy Craks will be on hand doing his usual best to ensure you come away well fed, thoroughly in tip-top peak condition and ready for a well earned little break before the main event at Belmont.

Our 2011 F11 Nationals hosted by Belmont 16'SC commences on the 16th January and runs all week up to Saturday 22nd January where we celebrate the turning point of the season with a big Presentation Night and disco afterwards.Famous We are expecting to see a number of our Tasmanian F11s heading up the hill after the F11 circus of 70 odd boats visited them last January for the 2010 Nationals at Tamar Yacht Club, Beauty Point. What a great regatta that was and the F11 community will long hold fond memories of our time down there. With some luck, we will also have some visitors from Fiji down to visit, an initiative brought about largely by our newly crowned YNSW President and Flying 11 dad Howard Elliott. And of course, we will be inviting all our newbies from Queensland to visit and come sailing on one of the best waters around (I hope I haven't put the curse on it oopps), and where the parents get to view the regatta from the club balconies in comfort, well fed and catered for and in true B16s style ;p  

Mopping up round 2 of the 2010-2011 NSW Flying 11 State Champs will be carried out on Pittwater on the 12th-13th February and hosted by our friends from the Avalon SC.

There will still be three more days of racing (6 more races) to finish up the F11 Upper Harbour Interclub Regatta Series from end of February to first week in April, and of course the end-of-season hoot back at Belmont with the 2011 CHS Regatta winding up an enormous heap of Flying 11 fun!Girls Rule

 Editors Ramble

 Probably have said enough in the leading stories above so will be carrying a few items of interest over into our next newsletter.

Suffice to say that we are on fire at No-Bodies™ Headquarters with some great gains made in areas of participation in the sport of sailing, especially youth sailing. The Flying 11 have struggled somewhat in the recent past to illuminate the fact we have been so successful as an integral step in the recognised pathways within Australia, but the latest results from the worlds biggest and most important Olympic class regattas last weekend confirms our prowess. It was an aussie led bloodbath in Weymouth by our Flying 11 champions at the Sail for Gold Regatta and the finals of the Women's Match Racing World Cup - we left all other nations feeling very sore and sorry - read the first article below for a little more on the matter haha.

On F11 business, the Flying 11s will soon be circulating a new national constitution, one which will be in the ISAF's ERS format which is in keeping with all the more progressive sailing classes around the world today as a uniform method of governing our set of class rules and guidlines, and one which will enable our future committees to use for many years to come.

In NSW, we have farewelled Past President James Ellis and welcomed their new President Phil West in May, a bitter sweet moment for us as James was instrumental in many of the successes in F11 life throughout his short tenure with us. However, we are in good hands again with Phil arriving from many fruitful years with the Manly Juniors, Peter Tinworth aka Tinny also by his side this year as Vice President to carry the F11 even bigger heights.

One last thing on the fly, we are organising some merchandising for the Flying 11s and will be looking for your choice of product and designs to live the dream and look fantastic amongst the rabble. Send in to flyingelevens@gmail.comand/or post up on facebook your suggestions so we can get the gear out for the start of the season. All ideas are welcome.

Keep an eye on F11 Tweets on the home page to be on the money with all that is happening NOW in Flying 11s.



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