2010-2011 NSW F11 State Championship - Races 5 & 6
The second round of the 2010-2011 NSW Flying 11 State Championship series were hosted by Avalon Sailing Club on Pittwater and included the reintroduction of the Green fleet, swelling entry numbers to 96, just a smidgen off the recent success at the nationals with 103 entries....
Saturday 12th February – Pittwater, NSW.
The second round of the 2010-2011 NSW Flying 11 State Championship series were hosted by Avalon Sailing Club on Pittwater and included the reintroduction of the Green fleet, swelling entry numbers to 96, just a smidgen off the recent success at the nationals with 103 entries. The first round had consisted of four races in late November 2010 on Sydney Harbour with 1397 The Big Apple Matt Stenta and Simon Murnaghan M16’SSC on top of the leader board entering the final weekend of racing and the final three races to determine the new F11 champions of NSW.
The crews were all looking forward to the strong southerly breezes forecasted and a definite change from the conditions experienced during the nationals in January where light and fickle easterlies had dominated the series on Lake Macquarie.
START OF RACE 5
The start of race 5 got underway cleanly at 1216hrs in moderate but unsettled winds of 12-22kts from the south and light showers and fairly choppy conditions off Barrenjoey headland. The start line length was over 400m with the heavyweights dominating the pin end to get the jump on the huge fleet.
Locals 1397 The Big Apple had hit the line with plenty of speed and tacked off early to port tack the bulk of the fleet from the left with other local sailors 1386 Wet Willy, Will Dargaville and Sean Watt ASC following soon after. So too did the hot junior contenders 1394 Whomp Nick and Shaun Connor M16’SSC and 1365 Whatever Angus Williams and Jesse Lilley M16’SSC as the pressure concentrated over on the western shore up the first work.
APPROACHING FIRST ROUNDING OF THE TOP MARK
1397 The Big Apple arrived at the top mark ahead of the pack rounding 15secs in front of 1355 Ninja Nina Long and Caleb Agostino-Morrow B16’SSC, 10sec further astern was 1394 Whomp and 1388 Zephyr Finn Buick and Alicia Holmes M16’SSC doing the cowboy round the outside over 1352 Boris Felix Grech and Adam Bloomfield M16’SSC.
The wing mark had been set just inside Barrenjoey headland and 1397 The Big Apple had increased their lead despite the softening breeze turning the corner 30secs ahead of 1355 Ninja and another 45secs back to the remainder of the fleet led by 1394 Whomp as they reached down to the leeward mark off West Head.
1397 THE BIG APPLE AHEAD OF THE FLEET
The breeze was certainly stronger down at the bottom mark and 1397 The Big Apple led the fleet over to the right side of the course and up the second work in very different conditions to the almost gentle scenario under Barrenjoey. The pressure on the right together with plenty of fetch from Mona Vale formed a significant amount of chop on the surface as the series leaders 1397 The Big Apple extended their lead to the top once again rounding with a more than comfortable near 2mins up their sleeves followed by 1355 Ninja now duelling it out with 1394 Whomp who had separated themselves from the pack by 45secs with 1386 Wet Willy next to round and head down on the square run.
The wind was starting to play games by now and the typical Pittwater bullet program began to unfold with many of the Green fleet copping a beating at the top end of the course with varying gusts up to 25kts making their presence more than felt at times. Nonetheless the majority of the first timers to a F11 regatta stood up to the test with smiles beaming as the sped down to the bottom of the course.
Arriving at the top mark for the last time in race 5, 1397 The Big Apple still held their lead however it had been wound back to 1min with 1394 Whomp gnawing away at the big margin.
CLOSE DUEL BETWEEN THE BIG APPLE AND WHOMP
By the turn for home, the comfortable lead had diminished considerably and 1397 The Big Apple found themselves having to cover their suitors 1394 Whomp with the latter almost heading them at one stage over on the far right before these two traversed back across to the inner Palm Beach on starboard where 1397 The Big Apple reconfirmed their dominance, tacking once more toward the finish where they crossed the line in front of 1374 Whomp by five boat lengths with 1355 Ninja bouncing back to take third place.
A short beach stop on the shore of Palm Beach golf course for lunch enabled a popular social for the fleet before the start of the next race 6. The conditions were becoming more confused as the day wore on so the RO announced the next start would be down off Lion Island with the leeward mark from race 5 becoming the new top mark.
Race 6 commenced at 1534hrs in a more consistent south-easterly breeze of 15-18kts with plenty of Hawkesbury River flowing fast and significantly influencing the course.
PIN END START OF RACE 6
The pin end saw 1362 Guccii bounding out of the box with plenty of speed and they began to separate from the pack early and well ahead of their port cover about a minute into the race to bank their gain on the left side only to find there had been a big right-hander up for grabs at the boat end off the start where 1310 Twisted Harry Morton and Anita McCallum B16’SSC had lapped the offering up and now stood proud from the fleet over to the right.
The encroaching rain clouds played their part in destroying the steady breeze and by the top mark 1365 Whatever had flexed their muscles to lead ahead of 1310 Twisted, 1333 Sudden Impact Mitchell Webb and Simon Hoffman B16’SC, 1397 The Big Apple and all girl crew 1391 Bolt, Nicola Forbes-Smith and Alicia Watt ASC.
Commencing the next work back up the course, 1365 Whatever had established a 1min lead from the rest of the fleet with 1397 The Big Apple now in second spot and 1391 Bolt both having overtaken 1310 Twisted only just at the bottom turn.
The second rounding at the top of the course still had 1365 Whatever a minute ahead of 1397 The Big Apple with 1383 Swift and Shift Josh Tasker and Lachlan Atkins CSC entering the front runners group followed by 1391 Bolt and 1396 Voodoo Matt Ivshenko and Chris Stenta M16’SSC making up the leading handful.
The conditions now had dropped back to an eerie calm with more rain falling and upsetting the field of play so the decision was made to shorten the course by removing the final triangle and finish the fleet at the top mark.
1397 The Big Apple had chomped their way to lead once again, crossing the line in dominant fashion to not only take the win for race 6 but also the series. 1356 Whatever were next over the line in second place followed by 1383 Swift and Shift as the clouds moved in low and dumped down upon the slowly drifting fleet to conclude the penultimate day of competition.
1397 The Big Apple concluded the day presenting an unassailable scorecard with one race up their sleeve entering the final day of the 2010-2011 Flying 11 NSW State Championship.
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