2018 Gill Flying 11 National Championships
Manly 16' Skiff Club
Dates: 13th - 19th January 2018
It actually turned out to be the most consistent race conditions of the championship so far...
The penultimate day of racing at the 2011 AUS Mid-Winter Youth Championship was slated to be a drifter as the week long south/SE breeze was forecasted to turn to the west on Morton Bay resulting in a competing gradient wind with the Brisbane seabreeze. But it actually turned out to be the most consistent race conditions of the championship so far, with day 3 delivering a soft 6-8 knots throughout the entire day's play.
The previous day was interrupted by a complete drop-out in breeze resulting in the series program postponement of one race with only 3 races completed after two days of racing. However, with a cold but glorious day affording the race committee the opportunity to knock off three fair races for day 3, the series has become alive once again for the 234 crews entered in this year’s event
The F11 fleet is well represented with 30 young sailors are reveling in the sunny Queensland conditions mid-winter with Gosford SC’s 1263 Oscar Kurt Hansen and Lindsay Pike showing an exemplary scorecard after six races on 6 points, 1381 Slippery Little Sucker Harry Morton and Anita McCallum second overall with 17 points and 1373 Hammer Time Jack Buchan and Emma Jones in third with 26 points.
Our Queensland representative crews have also demonstrated a commendable level of skill after only being introduced to the F11 at this regatta. 1207 Havin Fun Oliver Burgess and Thomas College from Darling Point SC lead the charge from Queensland with all but one top 10 finishes and are currently placed 9th on 52 points heading into the last day of racing.
The conditions for today are forecasted for a robust westerly up to 30kts. The race program has been altered to allow for 3 races so there is still plenty of regatta left for the crews to battle out the last day of the 2011 Qld Youth Week event.
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