Tassie crew break National Championship hoodoo
by Oliver Burnell
The Tasmanian Flying 11 crew of Brendan Crisp and Daniel Maree became the first Tasmanians to win the Nationals. The Championships were held over the past week from the crews home club of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.
The 2017 Australian Flying 11 Championships saw 44 crews racing it out on the River Derwent. While 41 of the boats were from NSW, all three of Tasmania's crews were very competitive and represented their state marvelously.
Helter Skelter (Crisp/Maree) were dominate throughout the series, leading from race one till the end. The crew had one race outside the top 4, which was DNS (did not start) after wrapping up the series with a race to spare the previous race.
National Champions: Brendan Crisp (L) and Danial Maree (R) after winning the 2017 Australian Flying 11 Championship.
River Rat (Oliver and Oscar Pritchard) finished 17th, in their first nationals. The brother crew finished the regatta with their best race for the series, crossing the line in 8th place. They also stayed very consistant, with only one race outside of the top 20.
Hard Drive (Lara Racape and Lucia Gasperini) finished 39th, also in their first nationals. The crew also had their best result in the last race, showing how much improvement was made.
All of the three boats finished every race that they started, which is an achievement in itself in the conditions that was experienced over the regatta, particularly the final race day on Sunday.
The full results can be found at the following link: http://www.sailingresults.com.au/ScoreItV2/Public/Templates/Default/class-results.php?class_id=1477#scratch