The Wild Bunch !

The Wild Bunch !
2013 Worlds in Marina di Grosseto

Friday, 24 October 2014

ZHIK F18 US Nationals 2014: Roll the dices

On Thursday the F18 sailors had ‘a day off’. After five though races on Wednesday with 18+ knots they had had to deal with 4-6 knots conditions today. The first race was held in a dying breeze going from about 8 knots to 4 by the end. The PRO, Mark Foster, held off on the second race for about an hour and a half until the breeze just nudged over 5 knots. The breeze lighted towards the end of the race and the PRO put in another half hour hold until finally the sea breeze filled in giving the sailors a fun final race. Easton/Burd (USA) maintained their lead, Smith/Heuser (Argentina) hold on to second while Casey/Page (USA) hold a solid third.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

ZHIK US F18 Nationals 2014 on fire!

Tuesday races F18 US Nationals 21-10-2014-1606On Tuesday the weather was totally different compared to Monday. Sun, 15+ knots of breeze… perfect for a day of Formula 18 sailing! The Race Committee managed to pull off four races. At the end of the day the wind was building and peaked to 18 knots. Michael Easton and Tripp Burd are still leading the pack. There are two ties in points: Casey/Page and the Argies Smith/Heuser are three points behind the leaders. Tomko/Atwood and the F18 World Champions Larsen/Van West are 9 points behind.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

F18 Raid Noir - The hunt for Red October‏

This weekend the Swedish F18 sailors had their final race for the season - Raid Noir. This years’ edition was the best ever from a sailing perspective, but what everyone will remember is the presence of the Swedish Navy in hunt for the presumed Russian submarine.

ZHIK US Nationals 2014 starts with a blow

On Monday 20th October the Zhik F18 US Nationals 2014 officially started. Corpus Christi is where the best national and international Formula 18 sailors showed their skills. Michael Easton/Tripp Burd did a good job and got their first. Only one race could be held on Monday. An ugly depression coming from the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico forced the sailors to go back to the beach. At 2pm the race comittee deciced to cancel the rest of the races for Monday.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Ballyholme Yacht Club wins 'Best Tourism Event/Activity 2014' with F18 Wordls 2014

After the Ballyholme Yacht Club organization did an awesome job as host for the F18 Worlds 2014, they know received the North Down Business Award for 'Best Tourism Event or Activity'. It's good to notice that the added value, by hosting a F18 event, is recognized by the Local Authorities.

On behalf of all F18 sailors we congratulate the BYC with this well deserved prize and again 'thanks' for a wonderful event!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Texas ready for F18 US Nationals 2014

Only 1,5 week left before the F18 US Nationals in Corpus Christi will start. Already 44 Formula 18s from various countries signed up for this event and the entry list is getting longer almost every day. If you haven't signed up yet, make sure you'll do.

The F18 US Nationals Facebook page is also up & running. Like the page and you'll be fully informed during the event. All additional info about the Zhik 2014 US F18 Nationals can be found on the website.

Monday, 29 September 2014

UK F18 Nationals 2014 champs Rupert White & Tom Phipps steal the show

Rupert White & Tom Phipps in action (Photo credit: David White)

The UK F18 Nationals had their nationals last weekend at the Brightlingsea RegFest. The leaving Chair (William Sunnucks) and new Chair (Simon Flack) created a nice report of their event.

Day 1 - Friday
A keen fleet of F18s, Tornados and a multitude of handicap cats went on to the water just after lunch with and light variable breeze from the NW. Bright and clear conditions broke late on in the afternoon as race one got underway - nip and tuck and some near protest snapped through the fleet at breeze was in short supply and the pack broke left and right up the first beat. The F18 fleet battles are never exclusively at the front and day one was no exception with four ties for position through the ranks.