Flying 11 NSW Youth Championships Report
28 Flying 11’s contested the 2016 NSW Youth Championships this past long weekend at Georges River 16FSSC: Manly 9, Belmont 6, Hunters Hill 3, Gosford 3, Avalon 2 and one each from Lane Cove, Vaucluse, Middle Harbour, Tasmania and Queensland.
Congratulations to Thomas Steenson and Cameron Burt (Belmont 16FSSC) who narrowly defeated Brendan Crisp/Daniel Maree (TAS) and Tom Larkings/Tony Harrison (Manly 16FSSC) for the Title of 2016 NSW Youth Champion.
On Saturday morning, Robert “Baz” Atkins and Trevor Barnabas held all the sailors and most of the parents enthralled as they set to work on “Mayhem” with tape measure, rig tension gauge and angle grinder to set the rig up correctly. They then continued into a presentation about race management which was aimed at helping the new sailors get a handle on the priorities they need to know to get improved race results. It received a lot of positive feedback from sailors and parents alike.
Although Saturday was a washout with nil wind, there was a lot of positive energy in the dinghy park as many sailors tweaked their rigs and asked lots of questions and generally mingled really nicely.
Sunday morning eventually saw a very light and shifty North Easterly breeze and Brendan Crisp/Daniel Maree put on their own masterclass to lead everyone around the course, although Rebecca Hancock/Eve Peel almost ran them down on the final run to the finish.
The breeze increased for the next three races which suited Thomas and Cameron in Silly Gallah with Tom Larkings winning a race and so too Alex Hart/James Hopkins in Fanging, the brand new boat 1406. Willpower (Will Divola/George Thompson) had a great second race with a 5th place and Playbouy (Will Horin/Angus Matthews Lane Cove) had their best placing with a 6th in Race 4 as the breeze increased to 15-17 knots. Other notable results were the Hunters Hill boats Rock Lobster (Sam Davis/Joseph Curtin) and Bambino (Seb Majarian/ /Max Troughton) having their best placings in 9th place for Races 2 and 3 respectively.
Monday morning was a different kettle of fish with strong, blusterly Northerly wind 20-25 knots and choppy seas described as “fresh to frightening”. For the most part, the Flying 11’s got around the course in good shape with a few capsizes, especially on the square run, resulting in only 14 finishers. Well done to all the sailors who got out on the water. You may not realise it but you each learned something in the strong wind and each of you showed great seamanship to get your boats safely back to shore once the rest of the racing was abandoned, without needing any assistance.
This is a GREAT regatta to participate in as all the pathway classes attend in large numbers and it’s good to display the obvious talent and class numbers we have in the Flying 11’s. Once again, Flying 11’s made up the largest double-handed class by far, as we have done for the last at least ten years.
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