The Wild Bunch !

The Wild Bunch !
2013 Worlds in Marina di Grosseto

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

BBC coverage of the F18 Worlds 2014

We had a visit from the BBC on Monday. Their coverage was broadcasted twice. We are very happy to see the enormous interest for F18 sailing and all reports by the BBC, national and local newspapers during the whole event.

Go and have a look at the BBC report:

Westpoint Regatta- San Francisco F18

Fifty-four boats signed up for the Westpoint Regatta, and four of them didn’t have keels. Our local F18 fleet decided to splash our boats at Treasure Island and participate in the race around Alcatraz, down the Bay to finish at Redwood City. F18s were the smallest and fastest boats in the fleet.

The conditions were bumpy, but manageable and the wind was switched on in the slot. There was a little bit of everything sailing on Saturday: ebb tide, confused seas, raging flood, brisk wind, big holes and a capsize. Tactics played a huge part, but after three hours of racing and 40 miles of sailing, the entire F18 fleet finished within 15 minutes of each other.

“That was some great racing,” said Nick Grebe who crewed on Water Bison. “There were some slow pockets,” but we spent the vast majority of the race doing over 15-knots on long trapped out legs.”
Grebe was grateful that skipper Alex van Brunt took the time to teach him ‘the ropes.’
“I put us in the drink hard on the first leg due to a little trip around the forestay,” said Grebe. “Proving that yes, it is entirely possibly to pitch-pole upwind.” After they capsized, they popped back up and started sailing fast.

“All four boats had a shot at the win,” said skipper Rich Vilvens.
The lead switched at times, but in the end Phillip Meredith and Erwan Griziaux were the first-to-finish and the fastest boat in the entire fleet aboard Aurora. Rich Vilvens and Jake Sailer put in a strong performance on Capricorn and took 2nd place, while Cherie Sogsti and Greg Retkowski sailed into 3rd place on This Side Up. Only four minutes separated 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place.

“This was our first distance race, and we were happy with our performance, especially considering we gybed down the Bay for over two hours with a torn spinnaker,” said Greg Retkwoski.
Sequoia Yacht Club hosted a rocking after-party with two bands and plenty of libations to quench the thirsty sailors.
Special thanks to our F18 fleet chase boat photographers Dustin Fox and Heather Ouellette.

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Openingceremony F18 Worlds 2014 Ireland

F18 Worlds: Show Time in Ireland!

Today it's showtime for the F18 class. Weather is looking good, the sun is there already and everybody is busy preparing their boats. After a nice practice day the organization did 3 startprocedures and tried to do a practicerace. Unfortunately the wind shifted too much so race was cancelled.

Some teams stayed on the water, further on the lough there was more shifty breeze: ideal for checking their F18s. Some teams were ready to show their (swimming) skills and have been caught in a photoshoot. Go to the F18 Facebook page and check the gallery to stay informed.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

America’s Cup sailor heads BYC Points series

Glenn Ashby from Emirates Team New Zealand swapped San Francisco Bay for Ballyholme Bay this evening as part of the build up to the F18 World Championship next week. Borrowing Adrian Allen’s catamaran with Barry Swanston as crew, they streaked ahead of the two other BYC catamarans on show tonight leading by a leg after only 20 minutes.

It was a beautiful night more reminiscent of Glenn’s native Bendigo Bay in Australia. It was also his first sail in a double handed catamaran in several years having concentrated recently on the single handed A-Cat in which he won the European Championship last week and the AC72 of course.
We have yet to find out what new skills Barry has learnt this evening and whether he can transfer them to next week. We’ll find out soon.

Photo: Chris Cameron

Friday, 20 June 2014

John Tomko & Ian Billings win Great Texas 300

The Great Texas Catamaran Race is one of the premier long distance beach cat races in the country. This is distance racing at its best. In four stages a distance of 300 miles will be sailed from South Padre to Galveston.

This year team 2WIRESAILING with John Tomko and Ian Billings were the overall winners. For a full detailed report, please check the website of the Great Texas 300.

"Step aside folks....the F18's are coming!"

Young "Pirates", Emily Magee (9) and brother Rowan (11), enjoy a bit of fun, at Ballyholme Yacht Club, the hosts for this fast Catamaran event, from 4th until 11th July. Also included is local competitor Adrian Allen.

The world championship is one of the largest in Ireland this year and has attracted over 60 boats from across the world and closer to home. Ballyholme Yacht Club is highly experienced in hosting events of this magnitude and will have Olympian and club member Bill O'Hara as principl race officer.

Picture Stanley Matchett Photography.