The Wild Bunch !

The Wild Bunch !
2013 Worlds in Marina di Grosseto

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.

William Sunnucks hands over Chair UK F18 Class Association

Last weekend William Sunnucks completed his three year period as Chair of the UK F18 Class Association. In line with the UK Constitution he has to complete his service which over the last few years has been outstanding. William has two outstanding characteristics which have been appreciated by all who know him!

Firstly he is a first class sailor both “round the cans” (second in UK Nationals 2014) but more importantly making his mark in long distance racing. The Swedish Archipelago, the UK Three Piers, the UK Forts Race, Round Texel, the Worral 1000 and many French Raids. He has made a considerable contribution along with the late Nick Dewhirst, in the technical developments of SCHRS. Also William has designed his own high speed foiling catamaran.

Secondly he has used his experience and skills as a manager, working in the City of London for many years, supporting the IF18CA, where he has influenced many other F18 nations with his clear thinking and firm opinions.

William has made a considerable contribution and we all thank him for his work. Chair has been handed over ot Simon Flack and a capable new committee, including Duncan Haynes (Treasurer), Matt Young (Website), David White (Events), training event organiser (Cath Haynes) and Ghislain Melaine (PR).

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Leff Dahl & Johan Fischer win F18 Swedish Championship 2014

Last weekend the F18 Swedish Championships 2014 were held in Nynäshamn, Stockholm. 18 boats were at the start for three days of Formula 18 racing.

On the first day (Friday) of the regatta the weather conditions were very light. Only two races could be completed. On Saturday the weather conditions were just perfect. The race committee managed to push it to six races that day! During the day there were three teams (Dahl/Fischer, Berensson/Wersäll and Karlsson/Nordblom) in an ongoing fight for the highest postition on the podium. On Sunday a long distance raid of 25 nautical miles was planned. This raid took the sailors around nice islands, skerries and lighthouses. The sailing conditions were perfect again with a good breeze and sunshine.  The first 10 teams finished below 2 hours with an average speed of almost 15 knots.

Till the end of this raid is was not decided who would be crowned as the new Swedish Champions. When Leff Dahl and Johan Fischer finshed this raid in 1st position they knew they won this years Championship.

  1. Leff Dahl & Johan Fischer
  2. Olof Berensson & Oscar Wersäll
  3. Fredrik Karlsson & Nikals Nordblom
  4. Arvid Claeson & Oscar Claeson
  5. Magnus Lövdén & Erik Geijer
  6. Lasrs Linder & Erik Brunnberg
  7. John Bäck & Calle Jr Johansson
  8. Harls Blom-Bakke & Tim Sandberg
  9. Ola Persson & Tommy Selin
  10. Johan Bengtsson & Ola Degerfors
  11. Arne Sjöberg & Malcolm Hanes
  12. Gregory Simmons & Erik Gustafsson
  13. Joakim Wiklund & Ulf Norberg
  14. Mats Johansson & Niklas Ljungkvist
  15. Petter Barreng & Anton Barreng
  16. Jonas Berntsson & Magnus Lundberg
  17. Magnus Larsson & Patrik Nilsson
  18. Nikals Hjelm & Oscar Wettering
All results can be fould here.

If you also want to experience the fantastic sailing experience... you should grab your agenda now. After the Worlds in Kiel (Germany) you can join the Open Nordic Championship in Oslo (Norway) mid August 2015 and at the end of August you can join the Stockholm Archipelago Raid (3-4 day raid).

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Olympic duel on the island: John Casey vs Billy Besson

In fewer than two months, Saint Barthélémy will host the seventh edition of the St. Barth Cata Cup, which will take place from November 19 to 23 in St. Jean bay. A keen fan of regatta, John Casey will be participating for the 6th time and hopes to use the opportunity to perfect his skills for the Olympics.

Casey is one in a long list of high-level racers who registered for the St. Barth Cata Cup in just a few days. “Our event sparks wild enthusiasm among racers all over the world. Obviously, John’s participation raises the level of competition. Although our event is intended to be a friendly competition, the fact remains that the sailors like to take part in a high-calibre race,” explained Vincent Jordil, creator of the St. Barth Cata Cup.

John Casey, who recently placed 35th at the ISAF Worlds in the Nacra 17 with teammate Sarah Newberry, hopes to take advantage of St. Barth Cata Cup to have fun and to work on his racing technique with a view to the Olympics. This time, he will be racing with Colin Page.

“The St. Barth regatta is the one event I need. It isn't just the perfect sailing and surroundings, it's all the friends that I've made over the years. It's a high-level competition but relaxed and easy. Olympic training and racing is very structured and in a word, 'work.' But the CataCup is a place to put your training to the test in a very fluid manner because there are many obstacles to endure and angles to sail to win. Nothing about the CataCup is straightforward on and off the water. You never know what is going to happen next!” It will also be an opportunity for Casey to pit himself against new world champion Billy Besson, who will be taking part in the regatta for the first time.

For this edition of the regatta, organizers are promising the usual festive atmosphere along with some new features. The seventh edition of the St. Barth Cata Cup will feature Hobie Wild Cats, Nacra Infusion MKIIs, Cirrus Rs, Phantoms and C2s.

The ST. BARTH CATA CUP is a high-calibre sporting event where catamaran enthusiasts come together under the Caribbean sun. After three editions in 1992, 1993 and 1994, the St. Barth Cata Cup was relaunched in 2008 by Vincent Jordil, Jeff Ledee and Thierry Linares. The Cata Cup brings together competitors of various nationalities, from world champions to Saint Barth residents.

For more information visit the website of the race

Photos: © Pierrick Contin 

Interview with F18 Youth Champion Sailors – Taylor Reiss and Matthew Whitehead

After the F18 Worlds in Ireland the F18 Youth Team Taylor Reiss and Matthew Whitehead had an interview with Panama City Living. They were asked to explain more as 'Panama City locals' about their history and goals in catsailing.

The full article can be read here.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Stockholm Arcipelago- The perfect playground for a F18 raid

This year's edition of the F18 raid in the Stockholm Archipelago was held in the last weekend of August. Nineteen F18's were on the starting line in this three-day raid event that was run for the 5th year since it replaced the more extreme Archipelago Raid. The concept of raid sailing fit perfectly in the high-speed catscene and the Stockholm Archipelago became the ideal playground where courageous route choices often are rewarded at the finish line. Teams that do not succeed in the upwind-downwind course can still win a raid.

The concept is to find about 10 check points per day divided into two legs. The first leg took the fleet from the start in Stockholm to a nice lunch stop in the outer archipelago. The second leg went to the island Finnhamn where sailors had their base during the two evenings and nights. Sauna, dinner at a restaurant and real beds are part of the concept: allowing this raid to be both comfortable and yet adventurous for many teams.

Monday, 1 September 2014

F18 Americas 2014 Buenos Aires - Argentina

Photo: Fabian Haiek
The 2nd edition of the F18 Americas will this year take place in Argentina. The Yacht Club Argentino (Buenos Aires) will be the host for this spectaculair event for 17th till 21th december 2014. Make sure you'll be there and register before 15th december 2014. The registration fee is only 950 ARG peso (= ~$120 US dollar) for 4 days of racing.

The NOR is already available here.

More info will be available soon at and