NSW Flying 11 State Championships 2004/05
NSW FLYING 11 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2004/05
by Trish Kenney
by Trish Kenney
On December 4th and 5th, the Cronulla Sailing Club hosted Heats 1 - 4 of the Flying 11 State Championships. There was great interest shown this year with competitors from the following clubs, Avalon, Abbotsford, Hunter's Hill, Lane Cove, Manly 16', RPAYC, Vaucluse 12', Teralba, Greenwich, Belmont 16', Coffs Harbour, Woollahra, BYRA, Drummoyne, RMYC, Gosford, and for the first time Canberra. The races were held off Bundeena Beach in the Port Hastings Estuary, where 81 entrants on the start line made a great spectacle.
On Saturday the breeze was from the NE and around 10 - 15 knots. Heat 1 saw The Rat (Will Mackenzie / Georgia Clancy) lead to the top mark, and then a great tussle took place between Ace (James Dorron / Holly Johnston) and The Rat with Ace securing line honours, River Rat (Andrew Chapman / Alison Chapman) taking third place. Heat 2 and the breeze strengthened a little, giving the heavier crews a slight advantage. Ace (Dorron / Johnston) was out in front from the start and retained the lead all the way. Once under spinnaker, he left all in his wake taking his second win of the day, a good 3 minutes ahead of The Rat (Mackenzie / Clancy) who tried in vain to catch him, with River Rat (Chapman / Chapman) again taking third position.
On Sunday the conditions definitely favoured the lighter crews who revelled in the ENE breeze, at a very light 5 - 9 knots. Heat 3 got under way with Flying Fish (Lakshmi Baratha Raj / Toby Dind) leading confidently for the first two legs until she was overtaken by Lethal Blonde (Jenna Christian / Ashlee Holford) who retained that position for the final leg and finished well, with Mischief (Lachlan Doyle / George Bryan) in third place.
The sailors enjoyed a brief lunch break on Bundeena Beach and seemed happy to stretch their legs on the sand. Heat 4 was run in beautiful sunny but light conditions. The heavier crews struggled for the top positions but Heroes and Villains (Robert Crawford / Mathew Crawford) had no such trouble. He led from the starter's gun and worked hard all the way to take line honours from Do or Die (Byron White / Joel Morgan) by 1 minute 22 seconds, with Lethal Blonde (Christian / Holford) in third position.
It was great to see many of the less experienced crews enjoying the estuary conditions. With the remaining 3 Heats to take place at BYRA (Bayview ) on February 12th and 13th 2005, there will be many boats well in contention to take the title.
Heats 5-7 by Trish Kenney
by Trish Kenney
On the weekend of 12th and 13th February, BYRA (Bayview) hosted the last three heats of the NSW Flying Eleven State Championships, with a strong fleet of 79 boats taking to the water. The weather was conducive to all levels of sailing, and it was great to see some less experienced sailors having their first 'taste' at state level sailing.
Heats 5 and 6 were run back to back on Saturday as the forecast was for strong breezes and a possible storm, however, they never eventuated. Heat 5 was run in a 8-12 knot breeze. Ace (J.Dorron/H.Johnson) took the lead early and maintained it till the last work when River Rat (A.Chapman/A.Chapman) overtook them to finish 9 secs ahead, and 3rd position was taken by Lethal Blonde (J.Christian/A.Holford). After two general recalls, Heat 6 got under way in about 15 knots of breeze. Several boats jostled for top positions but Ace came through strongly and held the lead all the way to the finish. With some large keel boats racing in the vicinity of the finish line, it made for some close calls as Trademark (M.Atkins/T.Schultz) took 2nd place and River Rat finished 3rd.
Heat 7 on Sunday, and the clouds had rolled in early. By the time the race got under way the breeze was around 10-12 knots, and the day had brightened. It was once again a tussle between the top three boats but some good sailing was seen throughout the race by all competitors, as the wind dropped away on the final leg, and positions changed as sailors sort out the breeze. River Rat came from 3rd place to take the win by 13 secs from Lethal Blonde and Ace was 3rd.
James Dorron sailing Ace took out the State Championship overall with River Rat 2nd and Lethal Blonde 3rd. Following the final race the trophies were presented by BYRA Life Member John Gordon. We acknowledge Graeme Patterson for the beautiful hand crafted timber trophies which will no doubt be treasured by the recipients.
Overall Results (88 boats):
Scratch: 1. Ace - J.Dorron/H.Johnson (12 points), 2. River Rat - A.Chapman/A.Chapman (17), 3. Lethal Blonde - J.Christian/A.Holford (21), 4. Do or Die - B.White/J.Morgan (32), 5. Trademark - M.Akins/T.Schultz (35), 6. The Rat - W.Mackenzie/G.Clancy (44), 7. Predator - J.Rose/C.Woods (49), 8. Whitewash - M.White/J.Finch (51), 9. Lucky - E.Darmanin/N.Brunning (66), 10. Skye High - S.McFadyen/L.Darmanin (81).