2018 Gill Flying 11 National Championships
Manly 16' Skiff Club
Dates: 13th - 19th January 2018
Winter has just about passed and we have seen a heap of activity by our vibrant F11 clubs once again including the YNSW Class Development Programs and the ETS doing their thing too to make NSW sailors the envy of all other states. The somewhat hidden and passive benefits of all this activity, participation and training are only just now presenting itself....
Winter has just about passed and we have seen a heap of activity by our vibrant F11 clubs once again including the YNSW Class Development Programs and the ETS doing their thing too to make NSW sailors the envy of all other states. The somewhat hidden and passive benefits of all this activity, participation and training are only just now presenting itself!
HOW is it only now presenting itself you ask?
It's not always easily identifiable in the short term. Our young crews grow up and move to their next classes which hide an easy analysis of the end results of all this activity. BUT - you only have to look at the wonderfully successful NSW Youth presence with plenty of F11 sailors past and present at the Aus Mid-Winter Youth Championships just past in Queensland where all our NSW sailors including our 15 x F11s produced an outstanding achievement by winning the State Teams category.
Anybody from NSW would have been very proud to be a part of this accomplishment which was unmistakably a direct result of the past 3 years of investment and support from our many YNSW Development Programs, our F11 class and clubs' programs and our unique NSW pathway choices. It is only now that these investments have begun to deliver. The impressive sailing participation levels from NSW were represented by 80 boats out of a record total 238 boats. At the conclusion of the event, all the other states readily acknowledged how successful our programs had been and recognised that NSW sailors had truly benefited from the investment and support from all the stakeholders - it was not what they were saying upon arrival I can assure you.
It was the first time NSW figured in the results as the overall winning team in the events history - how good was that!
So, here we go once again with a glimpse of what's to come from the F11 Associations. We'd like to get going now so that we can sort out all you have to do before you hit the water. It takes a bit of coordinating keeping in mind you also will be doing the same thing with your club activities over the next few weeks too.
Looking ahead, here is what we have got in store:
Follow these links above to prepare for yet another fun filled season just around the corner.
Also during the past few months the National F11 Executive have been finalising an up-to-date redraft of the F11 National Constitution which will be in effect for this coming season. It consists of two parts - Part A containing the objects and administration structure of the Australian Flying Eleven Sailing Association and Part B the Measurement Rules for F11s. We will cover this subject in more detail in an exclusive F11 Information Email in the near future.
As all clubs will be conducting the new season's registration of their fleets shortly, it would be a good time to canvas the F11 boats for sale and upgrade now to enable you to hit the season start with all guns blazing.
One of our F11 stalwart volunteers Andrew Kendall has developed a unique program to help all youth sailing classes by fostering a youth mentor program derived from predominantly F11 personnel both past and present. The primary goal is to implement a relevant "value adding" resource into the administration of all youth sailing and participation around Australia. The Flying 11 Associations have been quick off the mark to identify the merits for our class, embracing the passion and vision of such a program and have invited these young sailors to work with our F11 Taskforce led by Mark "Longey" Long to re-populate the Flying 11 class throughout Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland. Why should NSW have all the fun and accomplishment of recent times:)
It's a no-brainer that the F11s have produced and continue to produce some of the best sailors in the world today - just look at the past F11 members of Australian Sailing Team and their world prominence leading up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. Sailing at the Olympic Test Event two weeks ago outshone all Australian sports including swimming as potential gold medallists!
If you would like to be a part or know more of the Youth Leadership Program, send Andrew an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2011 Australian Yachting Awards nominations will be closing on 5th September. Anyone may submit a nomination provided the criteria and conditions are met. Full details and the nomination forms can be downloaded from the YA website.
The award categories are:
* These awards will recognise outstanding achievements in the sport during the period 16 Aug 2010 to 31st Aug 2011and the others will focus on longer term contributions.
The Flying Elevens have a great chance to present their case after such outstanding success in recent times as a class and its contribution to sailing in general - so go for it! It doesn't always have to go to the "International Classes" minorities.