Club Purchases 2x Flying 11's
MMYC has purchased two Flying 11s to provide a transition boat between training classes of Optis, Bics and Minnows, and Youth classes like the 420, Laser 4.7 and 29er.
For the average junior sailor the jump between Training and Youth classes is too large and it’s difficult for them to handle the larger boats, which means they don’t get the fun that they should out of sailing.
Have a look at this video to get an understanding of what they offer, The Flying11 - The Best Youth Sailing Boat in the World! and the check out the number of girls sailing them too.
The Flying 11 is an Australian designed skiff first sailed in Sydney in 1964. It was intended as a trainer for 12 to 16 year olds before heading into the 12ft, 16ft and 18ft skiffs. It has gained itself as a solid foundation boat for sailors moving on to any class with many sailors stepping straight into 470s, 49ers, Moths, Nacras etc.
An inexpensive (the MMYC boats cost $2500 each), one-design boat that is perfect for friends or siblings to sail together, but can also fit mum or dad in the back to help kids learn the basics. They offer great sailing for those who are not interested in racing but can also provide plenty of excitement for those looking for some thrills.
Head to the website www.flying11.com.au for heaps more information.
We’ll have at least one of them rigged at the AGM and can be taken for a sail, weather permitting.
For further information please contact David Andrew 0439 493 358
The list of sailors who have come through the F11s is very impressive, including:
In recent years: Olivia Price (Olympic Silver), Byron White (Youth Worlds), Andrew Chapman (18fters, sailmaker), Josh McKnight (Moth World Champ), Jacqui Bonnitcha (29er World Champ), Joe Turner (2nd Moth Worlds + 3rd 29er Worlds), James Dorron (Dual 16 ft Skiff National Champion), John Winning, Kylie Mara, Nathan Outteridge ( Olympic Gold + America’s Cup) Iain Jensen (49er World Champ, Olympic Bronze + America’s Cup), Lisa Darmanin (Olympic Silver) Nicky Souter (Women's Match World, Gold),
Over the years: Adam Beashel, Craig Ferris, James Spithill (America’s Cup), Jonathan Bonnitcha, Malcolm Page (Olympic Gold), Michael Coxon (sailmaker), Nathan Wilmot, Stephen McConaghy.