Olin, Elisabeth, Ian: new blood in the Formula 18 Class

Pictures by Anna Suslova

Rather reassuring to see new talents joining the class, which confirms F18 status of meeting point and antechamber to Olympism between youth classes such as Nacra 15, SL 16 or Hobie 16, Sunday club sailors, former Olympians and future champions.

No doubt we will see again youngsters below at the front of the fleet in the near future.


Olin Guck

Olin Guck receives Pierre Sicouri Perpetual Trophy from the hands of Taylor Reiss, four-time award winner
Picture by Anna Suslova

Olin Guck of Rhode Island received the Pierre Sicouri Perpetual Trophy at the 2022 F18 World Championship.
Olin, who crews with his father Lars, placed 6th overall, and won race 8 in the 2022 F18 Worlds.

Ian IlesElisabeth Frost
Ian Iles started sailing dinghies, but felt those were not fast enough, for not say boring:
“I started up sailing optis by the age of twelve and then I moved to lasers, 420s, but they were slow.. and not fun!… Then I met Robbie at a regatta and I say Hey, I want to sail this things!
I started sailing F18s two years ago and now I am here…”
Elizabeth Frost was the youngest female competitor in the 2022 Immunolin F18 World Championship sailed in Clearwater Beach, Florida, and she was awarded the Sandra Tartaglino – Top woman competitor Perpetual trophy.
Similar to Ian, she clearly aims to start a Nacra 17 campaign in the near future.
Pictures by Anna Suslova

Watch Ian Iles & Elisabeth Frost interview