The Wild Bunch !

The Wild Bunch !
2013 Worlds in Marina di Grosseto

Monday, 25 August 2014

Long Distance Racing 2.0: New England 100 (United States)

Two weeks ago the 22nd edition of the New England 100 was held. Two days of sailing with a minimum of 17 hours (!!!) it took to define who was the winner of this edition. The US-guys know what 'long distance' sailing means. Pete Giuliano (USA 94) wrote a report about the event.

Click here to read the full report.

Top 3:
  1. John Giuliano/Peter Giuliano (USA 94)
  2. Sandra Tartaglino/Max Kramers (USA 1719)
  3. Mike Easton/Tripp Burd (USA 11)

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Auction, place your bets!!! Goodall C2 charter @ F18 US Nationals

The Corpus Christi Yacht Club is happy to announce that Fun in the Sun, Red Gear Racing and Goodall Design will be providing a Goodall Design C2 for charter during the US F18 Nationals in Corpus Christi, Oct 20-24th 2014. The use of the charter will be auctioned to the highest bidder and the proceeds will be used by the CCYC for F18 Nationals. The auction is now open and will run until 5 pm (central time US) on September 19th. A minimum opening bid of $1,800 is required – the charter is valued at $3,600! You may submit your bid to Martha Avery, the regatta chair, at The most current bids will be posted on the event F18 US facebook page.

The charter includes insurance, however, the highest bidder will be required to provide a 1,000.00 damage deposit. In addition, they will need to sign a charter agreement. The charter will be available October 17th -24th.

The CCYC wishes to thank Fun in the Sun, Red Gear Racing and Goodall Design for providing the charter and donating the proceeds to the club for use in putting on the F18 Nationals! For more information on the US Nationals, please see

Great conditions at F18 Nordics - Vallensbæk (Denmark‏)

This year winners of the Nordic F18 Champions 2014 are Hans Ulrik Grunert and Eirik Gravdal. A very consistent serie of top results paid out and gave them the golden medal. They were closely followed by their fellow-Norwegian Tim Sandberg & Pål Kirkeby who chased the winners with a equal consistent row of results. The bronze medal was won by the 2013 Nordic Champions champions, Fredrik Karlsson & Nicklas Nordblom from Sweden.

Even the winners had to admit, that the fastest boat on the water was the Swedes Olof Berensson & Oscar Wersall, who was first in 4 of the 7 races overall. But "life is tough" the Swedes learned, as one heavy position from the first racing day in light winds, and a DNF (due to help from a rescue RIB), kicked them out of top 3 overall.

The regatta was attended by a 36 boats from 9 (impressive nine!) different countries. DEN, GER, POL, SWE, NOR, FIN, AUT, FRA and EST. "We are proud to attract such a strong and diverse fleet. This adds prosperity to the F18 class in the Nordic countries", states Jan Jensen (DEN) who ended somewhat down the listbecause of 4 DNS's caused by a broken gen-pole in first race Saturday.

Friday offered light and shifty winds, and the race committee managed to get 2 fair races through, before the wind gave up. Luckily the arranging club Vallensbæk Sejlklub lined up a relaxing lounge atmosphere and free beer in the sun to 'kill time' in the best thinkable way.

Saturday the fleet went out in strong westerly winds gusting up to 30 kn. "It was massive fun, but also a nerve breaking bow down manoeuvre at the top mark. You need technic, balls and a little bit of luck to get it upright down to the gate in 30 knots" said Peter Torngaard (DEN1788) who attended a larger F18 regatta for the first time.

Sunday offered equal conditions, but as the wind increased slightly, the race management understandably decided to send the (remaining) fleet to the harbour and call it a day.

Vallensbæk Sejlklub, just south of Copenhagen, arranged a great championship, supported by a group of motivated of volunteers, who provided solid race management on international level, and a great ambient for socializing and relaxing.

Top 5 results:
  1. Hans Ulrik Grünert/Eirik Gravdal
  2. Tim Sandberg/Pål Kirkebø
  3. Fredrik Karlsson/Niklas Nordblom
  4. Olof Berensson/Oscar Wersäll
  5. Jens Uwe Tonne/Maximilian Said
Full results can be found here.

The 2015 Nordic Championship will be in held Norway, still pending decision on exactly when and where.

Photos: F18 Nordics  (Anders Liebst)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Battle of the Titans at the Eneco Luchterduinen 2014 (Netherlands)

Saturday 16th August the 'Eneco Luchterduinen Race' started in Zandvoort (The Netherlands). This event is open for all catamarans, but is also an official class event for Formule 16, Formule-18 and Carbon 20. All races on Sunday 17th August were cancelled because of 7-8 bft of wind.

Saturday there was a lot of breeze and big waves (maybe the last influence of tropical storm Bertha lwho hit the western part of Europe). 35 of the total of 65 boats have started the long distance race of around 51 km. Only 7 boats made till Noordwijk where the fleet had to turn around and go downwind towards the finish in Zandvoort. Only 4 boats made it to the finish line. Some boats were crashed in the surf on their way in or out and lost their main sail. Others broke their mast when they tipped over during the race or broke some boards. One boat was very unfortune, their hull delaminated/was sliced during the race.

Jorden Veenman and Frank de Waard showed their skills on their Nacra Infusion in these heavy conditions and were unbeatable. From the start till the finish they were leading the fleet and never gave it away. For a long time Rik Duinmeijer/Corstiaan Alessie were in 2nd position, but a broken spinakerpole ended their race. Father and daughter Den Houting (yellow Hobie Wild Cat) took over 2nd position and managed to keep last standing boats behind them till the finishline. Especially when you keep in mind that Babette den Houting is pretty light and these conditions were heavy for even the most experienced catsailors. But she and her father had a good 'training' at the F18 Worlds last month in Ireland.

1. Jorden Veenman/Frank de Waard
2. Jacob den Houting/Babette den Houting
3. Marthijn Elshorst/Peter Schouten
4. Gerard Loos/Pieter Ruitenburg
5 - 65: DNF

Photo: Ronald Brakel -

Facebook of the event:

Official website of the Eneco Luchterduinen Race:

A nice video compilation of the F18 Worlds 2014 - Ireland

Ballyholme YC member Mark Johnston from local media company Two Tin Cans has put together a complilation Youtube video from footage of the 2014 F18 World Championship.

One of the main objectives of the event was to showcase Ballyholme Yacht Club and Bangor as a hub for future major sailing events - both on the water and afterwards - and we believe that Mark’s video highlights this perfectly as well as shows how much the competitors, spectators and the 160 volunteers enjoyed the event.

Ballyholme Yacht Club has a number of bids and experessions of interest for local, National, European and World Championships over the next 5 years within different sailing classes. If any class would like to host an event at Ballyholme Yacht Club, please contact us at or our office at 028 9127 1467.

Ballyholme Yacht Club will host the Zhik Irish Laser National Championships from 28-31st August 2014, and the RYANI Youth Championships from 27-28th September 2014.

Friday, 15 August 2014

F18 Nordic Championship started

Friday 15 August at the Vallensbæk Sailing Club (Denmark) the F18 Nordic Championship has started. A fleet of 36 F18's are at the start and during this 3-days sailing event.

We are wating for the first reports of the event. Results can already be viewed here and of course follow the event website.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Robert Schütz & Rea Kühl win F18 German Nationals 2014

41 boats participated at the F18 German Nationals 2014 this year. Robert Schütz and Rea Kühl had a hard time to keep Jörg Gosche and Hannes Pegel away from the first place. In the final race it was decided who's going to be the German champion 2014. With only 1 point difference between number 1 and 2 it was was a thrill till the end. Sven Lindstädt and Maren Odefey ended on the podium as well with only 7 points behind the number 1.

Next year the F18 Worlds will be held in Kiel (Germany) as well. It's good to see such large numbers of German F18's already. This should me a big F18 event next year, registrations will start soon. The website is already launged after last Worlds in Ireland. New website for the F18 Worlds 2015 (Kiel - Germany):

Nils Bergmann took some nice photos taken at the event. Please have a look on his Facebook photoalbum or visit his website.