Flying Elevens

2019-2020 Club Champion "Wild Thing" in action on the harbour.

The Flying Eleven Class

The Flying 11 is an Australian designed high-performance skiff suitable for adolescent sailors. The Flying 11 is two-handed with a skipper and crew (“forehead hand”) who is often lighter and younger. Sailors are generally in the age group 12 to 18 years, although crew have been known to start as young as 9. The skipper steers the boat and adjusts the mainsail sheet and spinnaker while the crew adjusts the jib, sets the spinnaker pole and may also adjust spinnaker trim.

Flying Elevens are Fun

The Flying 11 is fast and exciting and will plane in wind above 10 knots. When the breeze tops 20 knots they are both a handful and an excitement machine, leading to kids coming ashore with grins from ear to ear and tales of “flying”. Skippers tend to have come from the junior classes such as Sabots or Manly Juniors while crew may be new to sailing or have some experience in the juniors.

A Flying Eleven getting some "Air".

Racing at the Club

Each weekend during the season at Lane Cove sees a fleet of a dozen boats fighting it out for points and to see who can have the most fun. Races start at 2:00 PM and boats are back and being washed down around 4:00 PM. The class is well known for commeraderie and pitching in to help each other. Parents help out as well and enjoy the company on the deck of the club.


During the course of the season many boats head off to various regattas both in the local area, across the state and occasionally interstate. Key regattas and dates will be posted as they come to hand. Sign up to the TeamApp Lane Cove Flyers to keep up-to-date.

  • NSW Youth Championships: Wednesday 30 September to Monday 5 October 2020 Point Wollstonecraft, - CANCELLED

  • Port Jackson Challenge Round 1 TBA

  • Port Jackson Challenge Round 2 TBA

  • NSW State Championships Round 1: Bayview Yacht Racing Association – 7 & 8 November 2020 - FREE ENTRY - NSW States Homepage
    Results: Scratch

  • Sail Sydney 2020: 12 TBA Woollahra Sailing Club,
    No Flying 11s: "Due to COVID-19 Sail Sydney is unable to offer racing to our long time supporters in the junior and invited classes this year, we hope in 2021 we can return to a full program."

  • Nationals: Sunday – Saturday 10 - 16 January 2021, Belmont 16ft Skiff Club, Belmont NSW
    2021 F11 Nationals

  • NSW State Championships Round 2: Port Kembla Sailing Club – 20 & 21 February 2021
    NSW States Homepage

  • Dates for the 2020 CHS sailing regatta TBA April, Belmont 16s.

"Luff Me Knot" mixes it up with Wild Oats at Sail Sydney 2018.

For more information please contact the Flying Eleven Class Secretary Jeff Armitstead at:

Lane Cove Flyers Training Tips