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.
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!!
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 email@example.com