The Wild Bunch !

The Wild Bunch !
2014 Worlds in Bangor (Ireland)

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

PRE-REGISTRATION F18 Worlds 2015 - Early entry fee just only 200 euro!

Germany is already very busy with their preparations for hosting the Formula 18 Worlds 2015 in Kiel. Today we can already reveal something from the preliminary Notice of Race. The dates & prices are confirmed and registration will start on 18th December 2014!

From 18th December 2014 12:00 (C.E.T.) you can enter for the PRE-registration on the F18 Worlds 2015 website. Untill 15th January 2015 you can have an extra financial benefit and enter for the 'Early Entry Fee'. So... now you can use the X-Mas holidays to pre-register and save money!

NOTE: This is a PRE-registration! After the 31th December 2014 the final slots per country (according to the 2014 membership fees) will be broadcasted. This will be done at the next F18 Winter meeting, held on the 24th of January in Paris.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

In memoriam - Todd Christensen

It is with heavy hearts, and great sadness, we report the loss of a super sailor, husband, son, and friend to all of us. Todd Christensen passed away November 20th 2014, at his parents home while recovering from major surgery. Starting at the age of 13, Todd was a big part of the Hobie Cat family, over time joining the International F18 Class Catamarans, and keel boat fleets as a member of the Shrek team.

Todd could do it all, from foredeck to skipper, on a large monohull, a fast F18 or master of the Hobie 16. As an engineer and master craftsman, Todd helped our sailing community immeasurably. From storing and transporting race gear, to modifying trailers for hauling as many boats as possible to events. In his spare time, he volunteered to man chase boats, help with youth programs, organize regattas, and hold various officer positions in our Division and Local Fleets.

You are welcome to join us in a celebration of his life on Saturday, December 13th at 2 pm at:
John Knox Presbyterian Church
109 SW Normandy Rd
Seattle WA, 98166

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

F18 Australian Nationals - 23-26 January 2015

At the Humpybong Yacht Club  the Australian Formula 18 Catamaran Nationals 2015 will be hosted from 23-26 January 2015. In conjunction with their club sponsor, the Belvedere Hotel, they plan on delivering a regatta they will remember for years to come!

Registration will commence on Thursday 22nd January 2015, with approximately 25-30 boats expected, with some travelling from as far away as Tasmania, and Hong Kong. With 12 races planned across 4 days over the Australia Day long weekend this promises to be an exciting event.

More info about the event, check, bookmark and like the event website and the F18 Australian Facebook page.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Smith & Heuser crowned as F18 Argentina National Champions 2014

From 22th till 24th November the Argentina Nationals 2014 were held. After 8 races it was decided that Cruz Gonzalez Smith and Mariano Heuser are the new Argentina Champions 2014. The last day had to be cancelled because of stormy weather & lightnings. Just only one month ago they were showing their skills at the Zhik F18 U.S. Nationals 2014 and became 2nd overall. We all know that wasn't a coincidence. Argentina has a super competative, active and growing Formula 18 fleet and seems to do everything to win their home match in 2016 as host of the Formula 18 Worlds (Buenos Aires).

Israel prepairs to start Formula 18 Nat. Class Association

Recently the F18 International board received a message from Israel with questions about starting their own National Class Association. In Isreal there are already around fifteen Formula 18 catamarans and numbers are still growing.

In 2014 they organized their Achziv Regatta for the 13th time. Have a look at the video wrap-up of this event. About 50 catamarans participating each year!

Lagraviere/Jarlegan win 7th edition St. Barth Cata Cup 2014

The 7th edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup has their new champions. Morgan Lagraviere and Arnaud Jarlegan won this edition with a near-perfect regatta. There were only two points between the mand the previous winners Franck Cammas/Matthieu Vandame. Billy Besson and Marie Riou have been in the top 5 all week and ended in 3rd place overal.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Capsizing makes the difference - Day 3 St. Barth Cata Cup 2014

The race on Saturday at the St-Barth Cata Cup was much more difficult then the previous days. The first and only race of the day, from St-Jean Bay with a race around the Toc-Verts and Bonhomme islands, was postponed till 2 p.m. due to 30 knots of breeze. During the whole race there has been a fight between Morgan Lagraviere/Arnaud Jarlegan and Franck Cammas/Matthieu Vandame. At the end of the race a capsize by Cammas/Vandame gave Lagraviere/Jarlegan a free passage to the finishline. Frédéric Duthil/Frédéric Moreau finished in 3rd place.