2018 F18 States - March long weekend

2017/18 F18 Catamaran Western Australian State Championships
Hosted by
Geographe Bay Yacht Club

The 2018 F18 Catamaran West Australian State Championship will be organized by the Australian Formula 18 Catamaran Association with Geographe Bay Yacht Club (GBYC) the conducting authority, under the authority of Sailing Australia and World Sailing.

6.1 There will be up to 7 races over 2 days
6.2 Sunday 4th March 8am – 9am Registration
6.3 Sunday 4th March 9am Briefing
6.4 Sunday 4th March Racing Session 1 warning not before 10am
6.5 Sunday 4th March Racing Session 2 warning not before 1pm
6.6 Monday 5th March Racing Session 3 warning not before 9:30am

For further information call Glenn Randall on 0438274097 or email glenn@bulletproofcivil.com.au




2018 Formula 18 Catamaran Victorian Championship

10th – 12th March 2018
Organising Authority

The Westernport Yacht Club, in conjunction with the
Victorian Formula 18 Catamaran Association and the
Australian Formula 16 Association


Westernport Yacht Club, Balnarring Beach,
Victoria Australia

Dates of racing
Date event Time
Saturday 10th March 2018    Information Session 09:00 hrs
Saturday 10th March 2018  3 to 5 races 11:00 hrs
Sunday 11th March 2018    3 to 5 races  10:00 hrs
Monday 12th March 2018 2 to 4 races - no races after 15:00hrs  10:00 hrs


All skippers and crews shall be financial members of either the Australian F18 association or the Australian F16 association as applicable or their relevant national class association for international sailors.
Current National F18 association members do not need to pay F18 membership fees to enter state titles.
State F18  membership costs $50 for skipper and $30 for crew. The following link will take you to the F18 membership site.

Eligible F18 catamarans may enter the regatta by following the attached link https://membership.sportstg.com/regoform.cgi?eventID=7544&formID=76438
completing the online entry form and paying the required fee


Cockburn City 2018 Australian F18 National Titles - WA

The Australian F18 Nationals were held at Jervoise Bay Yacht Club, Western Australia 24-27 January. 12 races were held. Wind conditions on each day were: Day 1, 7 knots on the first leg of the first race but increased to 19 knots thereafter; Day 2, first race 11 knots increasing to 21 knots thereafter; Day 3, 14 - 22 knots; Day 4, 18 - 21 knots with gusts of 25 knots. Sea conditions were generally quite flat. 

34 boats attended the regatta, down from the 2017 nationals of 46 boats. This was due to the significant distance crews had to travel from eastern states (eg 36 hours driving time from Melbourne - even more from Tasmania). The support for the regatta reflects the strength of the F18 class in Australia and in particular, the support for the WA fleet who travel this distance or more every year to attend nationals in the eastern states. 

This year the Australian F18 Association started a travel subsidy program for crews traveling long distances to attend national events each year, particularly the WA fleet and Queensland fleets traveling to the eastern states. 

Racing was dominated from the outset by WA crew James Clark (skipper) and Max Puttman (crew) on an Edge who won the event with a truly remarkable first place in races 1 - 11 (they did not need to sail the 12th race), despite strong opposition by many world class sailors in the fleet. All these wins, bar one, were very strong, leading second place by several hundred metres. Both James and Max had trained heavily leading up to the event and it showed with superior boat speed, height, crew work and tactics. This was despite the lack of any funding or coaching but a scientific approach to what worked and what didn’t. 

James and Max sailed with a Goodall boomed decksweeper (with minor modifications by Max - Next Gen Sailmakers) and a spinnaker made by Max .


Full results here

Western Australian Traveler Series 2017-18

We will once again be running the Enzed Traveller Series over 5 legs at 5 different clubs, all of which are Cat sailing clubs.

3 of these will be piggy backing on long distance races held by the host club on the same weekend.

The plan is for 15 races with 3 drops. Entry is free, you just have to sign up as a State Association member.

Leg 1 Sunday Nov 12th Jervoise Bay Sailing Club (day after the King of Carnac Race)

Leg 2 Saturday December 9th The Cruising Yacht Club

Leg 3 Sunday February 18th Port Bouvard Yacht Club (day after the Platform Race)

Leg 4 Sunday March 4th Geographe Bay Yacht Club (In conjuction with State Champs)

Leg 5 Saturday 21st April Safety Bay Yacht Club (day before Boss of the Bay Race)

The Traveller series will have cash prizes for the major place getters supplied by Enzed Fremantle and Bulletproof Civil.

The State Championships are to be hosted by Geographe Bay Sailing Club in Busselton over our March longweekend with racing on Sunday 4th and Monday 5th March


2017-18 season


Dear Australian F18 association member.

The new sailing season will soon be upon us. During the off season, we have been planning regatta's all over the country.

This year's national championships are to be held at the Jervoise Bay Sailing Club from the 24th until the 27th of January 2018. 

This will be the first time the F18 fleet has held a national title in WA. 

For those who have not been keeping tabs on the WA fleet they have continued to grow at rapid rate with the standard of sailing continuing to improve.

Every year the Western Australian sailors make the pilgrimage across the Nullarbor desert to attend our national championships. This year it is our turn to visit the west. To help make this regatta the success it deserves to be the F18 association is sponsoring two containers for up to 24 boats from NSW and VIC. Cost will be $500 per boat return. Containers will be leaving from the Kurnell yacht club and Port Melbourne Yacht club on the 9th of January, but will need to be loaded a couple of days prior.

If there is enough interest from FNQ the Association will also support a container from Townsville. 

Please contact admin@ausf18.org.au to reserve a spot ASAP.

Events for the 2017 - 2018 season

South Australia:
South Australian state titles to be held at the Adelaide Sailing club 4th-5th November 2017

Victorian State Titles Western port yacht club, 10th - 12th March 2018 

Western Australia: To be confirmed

traveller series dates and locations: 
Forster Wildcat (First round of NSW State Titles) 30/9-2/10/17
Kurnell Top Gun (Second round of NSW State Titles)4-5/11/17
Port Kembla Kembla Klassic 25-26/11/17
Budgewoi Calling All Skippers (Third and Last round of NSW State Titles) 9-10/12/17
Tanilba Bay Big Boat Regatta 17-18/2/18
South West Rocks Darren Lowder Memorial 10-11/3/18
Mannering Park 28-29/4/18 

Show Down Regatta November 3rd-4th
King of the Bay Regatta: 2nd -3rd December
TASCAT Strahan: November 17th - 18th
TASCAT Lauderdale: March 17th -18th 

Memberships for the 2017-18 season are now open:

Entries are open for the 2018 National titles, Entries prior 8th December for teams with both skipper and crew national members of the association will be eligible for free event shirts.

Payment for freight to the WA nationals via container transport is available as part of the entry system.


Looking forward to fun and action packed season

The Australian F18 Catamaran racing team


2018 Australian National Titles

The Australian F18 Association are pleased to announce the venue for the 2018 national titles. Jervoise Bay Sailing Club will play host to the Western Australian event. 






Dates are :

22nd January : Registration
23rd January : Registration/Practice race  
24th January : Racing session 1
25th January : Racing session 2
26th January : Racing session 3 with Australia day BBQ
27th January : Racing session 4 with presentation after sailing

Entries will open on the 1st of September 2017 and memberships will fall due on the same date.  

NOR will not be far away, please watch this space for updates.

There have already been three confirmed international teams, strong support from the Nacra association of Australia and a rapidly building local WA fleet, This nationals is set to be another epic sized fleet.

for those who have never seen or sailed on Jervoise Bay, here is a video showing the local conditions. expect flat water and a steady 20 knots of a breeze.  


Pinkster Australian F18 Titles conclusion

The Pinkster 2017 Australian F18 titles have been sailed on Port Philip bay hosted by the Port Melbourne Yacht Club. The race committee did an amazing job on the water to get the full series in. Volunteers in the canteen and on the beach made everyone feel welcome and the vibe from the  regatta was exceptionally friendly. A real credit to the yacht club and the f18 community. 

The coverage of the event by Alex McKinnon on sailworld and Facebook was excellent. Photos will be available to purchase via the website http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com/

A massive thank you to our major sponsors, Pinkster - Agreeably British Gin. Victorian State Government, Forwards Sailing Australia and OTB Marine.

Congratulations to Dan and Nathan Van Kerckhof who showed exception sailing ability across a wide range of wind and wave conditions to win the event over all. Dan and Nath are sponsored by Goodall Design, Magic Marine and Send it sailing marine. 

The competition at the top of the fleet was incredibly close with only a few points separating the top 10 boats. The calibre of the fleet (a record 45 boats) was very high. The class continues to grow and attract the best multihull sailors in the country.

Thank you to all this year’s competitors that attended the regatta, All the states were represented along with international entries.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Western Australia. watch this place for more news as it comes to hand.


Victorian State titles 2017

Entries are open for the 2017 Victorian state titles to be held by the Frankston yacht club. This is shapping up to be a massive event with entries coming from SA, VIC, TAS and NSW.  Please contact Jeremy Brookes for more information.

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Notice Of Race here

host of the Formula 18 Catamaran Australian Championships at the Port Melbourne Yacht Club.

Victoria lives and breathes sport. We’re home to some of the biggest events in the world including the ISAF Sailing World Cup and the Festival at Sails in Geelong.

We’re delighted to stage the Formula 18 Catamaran Australian Championships in Victoria for the forth time. The championships will include Australia’s best male, female, junior and master sailors as they compete to become Australian champion in their respective sailing categories.

With more than 90 registered sailors from around Australia competing, and one boat from New Zealand, spectators can look forward to four days of competitive sailing and a great atmosphere.

The Victorian Government is proud to have secured this event with our Significant Sporting Events Program

Events like these provide a great opportunity to showcase our Victorian sports facilities, talent and regions to even more people around the world.

I invite all our guests to experience all the delights Victoria has to offer starting with Melbourne, named the world’s most liveable city six years in a row. There’s an enviable array of world renowned restaurants, stunning parks and open spaces, museums, galleries and family-friendly beaches to enjoy. 

I wish all visitors, competitors and officials a safe and exciting Formula 18 Catamaran Australian Championships an enjoyable stay here in Victoria.

Hon John Eren MP

Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events

South Australian State Titles 2017

2017 South Australian F18 Catamaran State Titles

4th – 5th February 2017

The AUS F18 Asscociation is pleased to announce the next South Australian state titles will be held at the Lacepede sailing club in Kingston SE.  Notice of Race is available from the link below and entries are online via this website HERE 

2016 WA F18 States

First of all, well done to all the competitors for getting down(or up) to Rockingham’s TCYC for our strongest fleet WA F18s have ever had on the water. 12 boats made for some great, and very close racing, for all positions in the fleet. TCYC and the volunteers put on a great sailing event for us, there was also a lot of feedback from the local café strip on how interesting watching the sailing was and with us all packed onto the grass in front of the club the vibe Sunday arvo while packing up out the front was great.

The action started even before the weekend racing, Brett was busy putting in long hours to get a new “EDGE” in the water and then Bevan decided to wreck the side of his boat on a gate to give the Windrush shed even more work to do late in the week. Luckily everything came together and both boats were on the water.

Day 1 saw some out of the ordinary December conditions, no clear sky and seabreeze to be seen. Instead some wind, some rain, then not much wind, the sunshine, then some more wind and rain and some more sunshine. The first 2 races went to Brett and Lachie on the ‘half’ brand new Windrush Edge, but there was some very close racing in the top 4 with only seconds splitting them in some races. 2nd and 3rd alternating between Giddyup(Cam and Mark), and Politically Incorrect(James and Max)

Race 3 went to Giddyup with stand in skipper Cam Owen doing a great job steering for Mark, 2nd to Brett/Lachie and 3rd to James/Max.

So a clean sweep for the Edges getting 1,2,3 in every race.

Day 2 saw the sunshine out and a nice S/SEer in for Race 1. This put the top mark in close to the club making great watching for all the morning café goers but also meaning some shifty conditions on the race course.

Race 4 saw Bulletproof.18 get a favourable shift to get through James/Max on the last windward to get the win, James/Max 2nd, and newcomers to the fleet Shane and Jason Phillips on Moonbar getting through for 3rd.

A short postponement was had while the wind started to shift seabreeze before settling into a W/SWer and slowly building over the next 3 races.

Gav Parker was back onboard Giddyup and put together 2 race wins in race 5 and 6. James/Max 2nd in race 5 but a prerace mishap  that put them 6th in race 6, Brett/Lachie had a 3rd and 2nd and Bulletproof.18 3rd in race 6.

Coming in to the last race the top 3 all had a chance of winning. James/Max needed to win the race(which they did) but rely on the others equalling their worst result for him to win, Brett/Lachie needed a boat between himself and Gav/Mark but stay inside the top 3, Gav and Mark needed to finish no more than 1 place behind Brett/Lachie but better than 5th.

In the end the Brett/Lachie finished 2nd with Gav/Mark 3rd in race 7 meaning they were equal on points but Giddyup taking the State Championship on countback.

Congratulations to Gavin and Mark on their win but also to Brett/Lachie and James/Max on their efforts, it was great to watch.

Glenn Randall

National Titles

The Formula 18 Association are pleased to open entry for the 2017 national titles.

The next round of the nationals will be held at the port Melbourne yacht club from the 25th to the 29th of January 2017.

Entries can be completed online using this link 

Entries before the 5th of December will receive FREE regatta polo shirts to the value of $70.  To be eligible both skipper and crew must be national level members of the association prior to the 5th Dec.

The competition is set to be hot with Brett Burvill returning from WA to defend his title along with the largest fleet of 8 boats to travel east. 

South Australia is also set to bring along their newly formed fleet with some very talented young sailing leading the way.

All in all, this will be the biggest and brightest completion in the Oz F18 history, not one to be missed!!

Notice of Race download here

Welcome to the new F18 Site

Welcome to the new formula 18 catamaran website hosted by Sailing Australia.  The main reason for the move is to be able to use the Sailing Australia membership system and race entry. The F18 Association is looking for people to help out with the website, if you have some spare time and would like to write some articles please send an email to admin@ausf18.org.au 


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