QLD YOUTH WEEK 2011 REGATTA A HUGE SUCCESS FOR THE F11S
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It was a fiery end to what turned out to be an ideal regatta for the 2011 Queensland Youth Week’s AUS Mid-Winter Youth Championships hosted by RQYS, Manly, Brisbane.
Plenty On For Last Race Day
All favourable wind conditions were present during the successful five day regatta held right smack in the middle of winter in sunny Queensland which ensured perhaps one of the fairest competitions for all 235 crews who took advantage of the off-season extravaganza.
The invitation race was conducted in a mid-strength breeze which resulted in a perfect opportunity to allow the visiting sailors a chance to sample the Morton Bay tides and seaways created by such a shallow yet broad expansive waterway. For the next few days, the conditions weakened yet remained quite consistent nonetheless, allowing the skill of the crews to predominate the proceedings rather than a serve of the “pot-luck” factor that has often skewed a winter regatta. The final day’s racing dealt a punch to the regatta with some blustery cold winds from the west, albeit the forecasted 30kts didn’t quite eventuate. Over the regatta, one race was abandoned due to a glass-out and the final race dropped due to excessive conditions, with the crews sailing in all conditions in between.
The Flying 11s fleet this year comprised fifteen crews, three more than our inaugural visit during last year’s event, and this time included four local crews, most of whom were sailing the F11 for their first time.
It was the young crew from Gosford, NSW – 1263 Oscar Kurt Hansen and Lindsay Pike who dominated right from the outset with straight wins in the first six races followed by two thirds on the last (heavy) day affording them the title of Flying Eleven Australian Mid-Winter Youth Champions for 2011.
The runners up from Belmont, NSW 1381 Slippery Little Sucker crew Harry Morton and Anita McCallum also demonstrated consistent results throughout the regatta with all second places after the first day’s racing. Our third placed crew also came up from Belmont, 1373 Hammer Time Jack Buchan and Emma Jones sailed a great regatta and won the last two races of the regatta in the strong conditions.
Our best placed Queensland crew were 1207 Havin Fun Oliver Burgess and Thomas Colledge from Darling Pt. Sailing Squadron ending up 9th overall with a consistent 6th-10th placing’s throughout the eight race series – a very commendable effort for the new F11 skipper and crew.
The Flying 11 class were in their element on the waters of Morton Bay, clearly demonstrating how valuable the boat is to the budding youth sailors of Queensland and a worthy pathway inclusion between the Optis and the 420/29ers progression. Many of the leaders of the other classes represented at this regatta were from the Flying 11 fleet of sailors such as fourth placed Bic Techno sailor Gus Williams, second placed Nick Connor and fourth placed Max Vos in the 4.7 Lasers, second placed Gracie Triglone in the O’pen Bic class and first placed crew Harry Price and Nathan Edwards, sixth placed Sam Ellis, seventh placed and current F11 National Champions Felix Gretch, and ninth placed Nina Long in the blue ribbon 29er class fleet.
The regatta was an absolute success for all who participated and surely must be viewed as a “must do” for the Flying 11 sailors of the future with expected record numbers expected for next year’s event.
All Flying 11 crews were a credit to their class and showcased the boat in most commendable and spectacular fashion. The Queenslander by all accounts loved sailing the boat and we expect their fleet of F11s will profit from the wonderful times experienced during this year’s event. We can’t wait for next year!
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