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F18 Worlds 2010: Italian Hope


Vittorio Bissaro and Lamberto Cesari are current Italian F18 Champions, lately they were 4th at the highly competitive F18 French Nats. Italy will have 20 teams at Erquy, several talents will be there too like Raphael Sicouri (Pierre's son) , Giovanni Fantasia , Marco Radman and many others. www.formula18.it

Some Italian crews didn´t confirm registration yet, please do it today! (June 1st limit date) Beyond being listed you need to register to confirm:
http://ssl2.ovh.net/~cvberquy/regates/inscriptions/formlist.xml?regid=1
If you are not in this list you'll lose your spot after tomorrow, same for any other country.
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Check how Pros tack at 00:45 below

Easy Rider


Photo: Jasper Van Staveren/Sailshoot.com - North Sea Regatta 2010

X40 Extreme Series: Onboard camera


Great onboard action , check Cammas maneuvering at the end.

X40 Extreme Series: Groupe Edmond de Rothschild 1st at Séte


Photo: Vincent Curutchet /DPPI/OC Events

Photo: Vincent Curutchet /DPPI/OC Events

Photo: Vincent Curutchet /DPPI/OC Events

Photo: Vincent Curutchet /DPPI/OC Events
Cammas, Peyron, Guichard, Booth and Hagara among others, in the best sailing series out there
From Extreme Series Europe
Website

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"Yann Guichard's men proved unstoppable and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild has claimed the first round of the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series in Sète, France. The Mistral conditions kicked in bringing the event to an early conclusion but the crowds had been truly entertained - an estimated 16,500 spectators watching the first event. Second place on the podium went to Loick Peyron on Oman Sail Masirah ahead of Paul Campbell-James' The Wave, Muscat. Britain's Mike Golding scored two wins on the final day to put Ecover in fourth place overall - a great result for the team, ahead of Franck Cammas' Groupama 40."

Photo: Vincent Curutchet /DPPI/OC Events

Photo: Vincent Curutchet /DPPI/OC Events

Photo: Juerg Kaufman /Go4image.com

Photo: Vincent Curutchet /DPPI/OC Events

Final Resutls at Séte

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts
Groupe Edmond de Rothschild 16213232116712813312131
Oman Sail Masirah 27535521433436144233116
The Wave Muscat 53422453345121676586101
Ecover Sailing Team 7835636422287856214198
Groupama 40 6517184756136542146891
The Ocean Racing Club 4164477865464738572581
Red Bull Extreme Sailing 3288dns
115dnf
7755325767481
Team GAC Pindar 8576768678828473885755

Reg White, Tornado 1st Legend passes away while sailing, at 75

Reg White is the 1st Oylmpic Tornado Gold medalist in 1976 and also the 1st builder of the once Olympic Tornado, his company, Sail Craft UK was founded in 1960 and was heaviliy involved in the development of the T designed by Rodney March for the isaf trials to select the 1st Olympic cat.


Lately the White name was associated with Yves Loday , another Tornado gold medalist, at Swell Catamarans.


With Sail Craft and lately with Swell, Reg and his sons, Rob and Henry, have built some other famous cats like the Shark, Dart 16, Dart Hawk F18, Spitfire and their last rocket, the Shockwave F18.

For more than 40 years Reg was the living Tornado legend, sadly he had to see his beloved Tornado class being thrown out of the games after being the winner on the class 1st Olympic appearence-

I'm sure cats will return to the games, maybe the T or any other cat, and Reginald White will smile up there knowing his Olympic legacy is still alive.

Alter Cup 2010: Crown to Pete Melvin and Nat Shaver


Photo: Houston Yacht Club / Beth Gibson - Pete Melvin and Nat Shaver
Pete Melvin and Nat Shaver won the 2010 Alter Cup, trophy stablished honoring Hobart 'Hobie' Alter as the adults US Sailing Multihull Championships. Every year selective events are held through the US to define the 20 crews that will be participating, spots are assigned to represent regions and fleets across the country. Boats are provided by a selected manufacturer, AHPC is now providing the boats for the 3rd time in a row (08 Caps, 09 Vipers and 2010 C2s) before that it was held in Blades F16, Infusions and other boats.

Pete is a former A-Class World Champ among other several sailing titles and Partner of Morrelli&Melvin (88 AC Cat, Nacra Infusion, Hobie Wave, Playstation, also involved in BOR 90 modifications and current drafts for next AC)
Altough one of the best cat sailors in the World he is not a regular presence in F18 Worlds, I will ask him why , but I think many Pros are glad he is not going to Erquy...

He already won a A World title in his design, but maybe winning the F18 Worlds on his Infusion design would be like gathering too much talent in the same guy? he should try though...
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Onsite Report by Marlies Wilson
- Final Race 9 ‘A’ Fleet 05/27/10
"This is the race to decide the final positions! With Melvin 5 points clear of Thomas, it seems that we may already know our champion. But there are only 2pts between Shafer currently in 3rd and Easton in 4th! Melvin, Thomas and Shafer have throw outs of 7 – they each managed to stay out of B fleet by 1 place.

-Start Time: 13:50 Conditions – 5 Knots, fairly smooth.
-Windward Mark: Thomas, Jason, Melvin, Glaser, Easton, Shafer - big gap between the front and this second group - Tartaglino, Casey, Newberry, Palmer. They went to the other side of the course. Big lefty (130̊ to 110̊) after they rounded the windward mark, that is of advantage to those rounding the mark at the back.
-Roundings at the bottom: The race committee were busy resetting the course and didn’t manage to record the roundings - we are all in suspense on the beach! There are massive gaps between 3 groups. Easton decided to go upwind with the spin up, but took it down halfway through the leg. -Windward Mark: Thomas, Easton, Jason, Melvin, Shafer, Glaser – still a big gap – Tartaglino – another real big gap – Casey, Newberry, Palmer Finish time: Approx 14:40

Finishing order:
Position: 1 Thomas, 2 Easton, 3 Jason, 4 Melvin, 5 Glaser, 6 Shafer, 7 Tartaglino, 8 Casey, 9 Palmer, 10 Newberry
Protests – None

Other:
Thomas finished at about the same time as the back of the field reached the weather mark! Easton team finishes 4 places above Shafer - that puts them in overall 3rd position!
Podium places: 1 Melvin 2 Thomas 3 Easton"

Full Results and official website: championships.ussailing.org/Adult/USMHChampionship.htm

P Crews r1 r2 r3 r4 r5 r6 r7 r8 r9 T
1 Pete Melvin/Nat Shaver 2 2 3 4 1 2 2 7 4 20
2 Greg Thomas/Jacques Bernier 3 4 5 1 4 7 1 3 1 22
3 Michael Easton/Tripp Burd 1 6 1 2 5 4 9 11 2 30
4 Alex Shafer/Nigel Pitt 3 1 6 3 3 5 7 5 6 32
5 Ollie Jason/Patrick Gilles 1 8 12 5 7 3 4 2 3 33
6 John Casey/John Williams 9 11 2 6 2 6 5 1 8 39
7 Taylor Reiss/Matthew Whitehead 2 5 4 7 6 1 6 10 17 41
8 Pease Glaser/Jay Glaser 5 3 8 13 8 11 3 4 5 47
9 John Tomko/Jonathan Farrar 4 7 7 8 11 9 12 8 11 65
10 Dan DeLave/Eileen Haubl 5 9 16 11 10 15 11 9 14 84

Alter Cup 2010: Photos by Houston Yacht Club/Beth Wilson


Photo: Houston Yacht Club / Beth Gibson

Photo: Houston Yacht Club / Beth Gibson

Photo: Houston Yacht Club / Beth Gibson

Photo: Houston Yacht Club / Beth Gibson

Photo: Houston Yacht Club / Beth Gibson

Photo: Houston Yacht Club / Beth Gibson
All photos by Beth Gibson, courtesy of the Houston Yacht Club, organizer of the 2010 Alter Cup.
Thanks to Jennifer Glass, HYC Managing Director.
Image fest of the new AHPC C2 F18. Clear details of the boats, much to see from every angle, and also check the SNU snuffer system used by this C2 fleet.
Full onsite report by Marlies Wilson in previos posts below.

Photo Beth Gibson - Houston Yacht Club
Visit the club website: www.houstonyachtclub.com

P Crews r1 r2 r3 r4 r5 r6 r7 r8 T
1 Pete Melvin/Nat Shaver 2 2 3 4 1 2 2 7 16
2 Greg Thomas/Jacques Bernier 3 4 5 1 4 7 1 3 21
3 Alex Shafer/Nigel Pitt 3 1 6 3 3 5 7 5 26
4 Michael Easton/Tripp Burd 1 6 1 2 5 4 9 11 28
5 Ollie Jason/Patrick Gilles 1 8 12 5 7 3 4 2 30
6 Taylor Reiss/Matthew Whitehead 2 5 4 7 6 1 6 10 31
7 John Casey/John Williams 9 11 2 6 2 6 5 1 31
8 Pease Glaser/Jay Glaser 5 3 8 13 8 11 3 4 42
9 John Tomko/Jonathan Farrar 4 7 7 8 11 9 12 8 54
10 Dan DeLave/Eileen Haubl 5 9 16 11 10 15 11 9 70

Alter Cup 2010: Day 3

Report by Marlies Wilson
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"I’ve been hanging on the beach chatting with Greg Goodall from AHPC. photo: Houston Yacht Club/Beth Gibson
Amazingly interesting guy – he has been telling me how they come up with the concept for a new boat.
They start with a list of ‘things that definitely work’, ‘things that definitely don’t work’ and ‘innovations’ that they investigated. They model up the hulls using the Cad programs Catia, Solidworks and Alias for the surfacing.
We discussed programs that model water, but he said the most useful simulation tool was the one they use for stress analysis.
After finalising the CAD design they get a plug made for the mold (sls foam covered in fibreglass). He said it all comes in and clicks together – in fact the only thing they changed was taking 5mm off the tramp to make it tighter.
He remembers when boats were made by hand fettling the shape of the hulls!
We talked about aerofoils, aeroplanes, centre of resistance, curved dagger boards, the cascading pulley system that they have utilised on the C2….
I have been enjoying myself at least!

--Race 7 ‘A’ Fleet 05/26/10
Thomas, Melvin, Easton, Shafer and Reiss have not yet been in the B fleet – can they avoid relegation this time?

- Start Time: 15:20 Conditions – 8 Knots, smooth
- Windward Mark: Thomas, Jason, Casey, Melvin, Easton, Shafer, Newsome, Glaser, Reiss, Gillespie Big lefty after they rounded the windward mark.
- Roundings at the bottom: Thomas, Melvin, Jason, Newsome, Reiss, Glaser, Casey, Shafer, Easton, Gillespie
The difference between 4th and 8th so close at this point - then Newsome had problems getting the spinnaker down and moved into last position.
- Windward Mark: Thomas, Melvin, Jason, Glaser, Casey, Reiss, Shafer, Easton, Gillespie, Newsome Finish time: Approx 15:50
Finishing order:
Position: 1 Thomas, 2 Melvin, 3 Glaser, 4 Jason, 5 Casey, 6 Reiss, 7 Shafer, 8 Gillespie, 9 Easton ,10 Newsome
Protests – None

Other:
Melvin is 6pts clear of Thomas (Greg Thomas pictured below) at this point, with Easton in third – but Easton has been flushed into the B fleet leaving better positions available for Shafer and Reiss. The wind seems to be holding now, but how many races will there be? B fleet are getting ready to go out now, but it is uncertain whether the A fleet will get to go out again this afternoon."


--Race 8 ‘A’ Fleet 05/26/10
Last race of the day and it’s all the main contenders going out in A fleet!

- Start Time: 17:40 Conditions – 7 Knots, smooth
- Windward Mark: Melvin, Thomas, Casey, Glaser, Palmer, Shafer, Jason, Reiss, DeLave, Tomko First 6 boats are really close on the second leg
- Roundings at the bottom: Thomas, Casey, Glaser, Melvin, Palmer, Shafer, Jason, Reiss, DeLave, Tomko
- Windward Mark: Casey, Glaser, Thomas, Jason, Melvin, Palmer, Shafer, Tomko, DeLave, Reiss

Finish time: Approx 18:10
Finishing order:
Positions: 1 Casey, 2 Jason, 3 Thomas, 4 Glaser, 5 Shafer, 6 Palmer, 7 Melvin, 8 Tomko, 9 DeLave, 10 Reiss
Protests – None

Other:
So Reiss has flushed for the first time. So now it’s just Thomas, Melvin and Shafer that have stayed out of the B fleet so far, are we looking at the top 3?

Local team Tomko and Dan DeLave are the other teams in the dreaded bottom 3 places. As if it’s not bad enough to get flushed out of the A fleet, those teams will also have to tear down their boats and set up a boat in the morning to go out with the B fleet.
Good job to the ‘other’ youth team, Taylor Palmer and Mac. That good result keeps them starting in A fleet tomorrow. That won’t hurt their position in the table. "

Alter Cup 2010: Marlies Wilson reports

Report courtesy of Marlies Wilson
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"Current leader Pete Melvin (shown left) is a boat designer as well as sailor. He designed the Morelli and Melvin Infusion built by Nacra. Pete usually sails with his son James but for this event he is sailing with Nat Shaver who works for him, Nat has previously designed a Moth!

Race 6 ‘A’ Fleet 05/25/10
Tensions are running high now – who will be at the top of the table going into the third day?
Start Time: 17:05
Conditions – 11-12 Knots, light chop.
-Windward Mark: Reiss, Jason, Marshack, Melvin, Shafer, Easton, Tomko, Thomas, Casey, Tartaglino
-Roundings at the bottom: Reiss, Jason, Melvin, Marshack, Easton, Shafer, Tomko, Thomas, Tartaglino, Casey
Windward Mark: Reiss, Melvin, Jason, Easton, Marshack, Shafer, Thomas, Casey, Tomko, Tartaglino
Finish time: Approx 17:32
Finishing order:
Position Skipper Name Notes
1 Reiss (The youth team take the bullet!! ) 2 Melvin , 3 Jason, 4 Easton, 5 Shafer, 6 Casey, 7 Thomas, 8 Marshack ,9 Tomko , 10 Tartaglino
Protests – None


Other:
You have to congratulate the youth team Taylor and Mathew. What an eventful day for them! They came in to a huge cheer on the beach and a hug from Robbie Daniels (photo).
He has been coaching the boys. Wow has it paid off!

Update on the protest from race 6 B Fleet: Greg from AHPC explained ‘the S-hook on the downhaul came unhooked allowing the block under the beam to hit and break the cheek block when the crew pulled the downhaul on’. The judges granted re-dress and took the average of all Stiemsma’s previous results as their result.
It was planned to run another heat (7 B) because the committee are worried that the wind will die down even more tomorrow. However they changed their minds – a popular decision with the B fleet sailors looking forward to their first beer of the evening! "

Photo: Marlies Wilson Practice race, the boats were uite slippery as they are brand new, and various teams capsize on the shiny decks.

Photo: Marlies Wilson

F18 NL, North Sea Regatta: Low winds racing


Photo: Jasper Van Staveren - Bundock and Brouwer on their Viper

Photo: Jasper Van Staveren - Mischa heemskerk and Bastian Tentij were 2nd

Photo: Jasper Van Staveren

Photo: Jasper Van Staveren

All pics Jasper Van Staveren/sailshoot.com
Bundy and Carolijn raced against the F20 and the F18 fleets with goods results in their Viper.
Last day of the Delta Lloyd NSR was done in calm weather, with crews hiking and sitting forward to trim the boats for these special conditions-
www.nsr.nl

Alter Cup 2010: Pete Melvin leads

Pete Melvin is the designer of the Infusion, but he also is one of the finest beachcat racers , and as always I can´t guess why he is not participating in F18 Worlds...
Wonder boys Taylor Reiss and Mathew Whitehead are 5th, with a bullet in the last race.
Check them training with the Viper here , future World champs for USA?
Official page

P Crews r1 r2 r3 r4 r5 r6 T
1 Pete Melvin/Nat Shaver 2 2 3 4 1 2 10
2 Michael Easton/Tripp Burd 1 6 1 2 5 4 13
3 Alex Shafer/Nigel Pitt 3 1 6 3 3 5 15
4 Greg Thomas/Jacques Bernier 3 4 5 1 4 7 17
5 Taylor Reiss/Matthew Whitehead 2 5 4 7 6 1 18
6 Ollie Jason/Patrick Gilles 1 8 12 5 7 3 24
7 John Casey/John Williams 9 11 2 6 2 6 25
8 Pease Glaser/Jay Glaser 5 3 8 13 8 11 35
9 John Tomko/Jonathan Farrar 4 7 7 8 11 9 35
10 Dan DeLave/Eileen Haubl 5 9 16 11 10 15 50

F18 NL, North Sea Regatta: Final Day


Photo: Jasper Van Staveren/Sailshoot.com

Photo: Jasper Van Staveren/Sailshoot.com


Photo: Jasper Van Staveren/Sailshoot.com

Photo: Jasper Van Staveren/Sailshoot.com
All photos courtesy of Jasper Van Staveren from www.Sailshoot.com
Coen de Koning and Thijs Visser confirm their good shape a with convincing win over Mischa and Bastian. On the constructor race it was Infusion, Wildcat, Wildcat, Infusion for the top 4. Prize giving photo from NacraSailing.com

Coen de Koning&Thijs Visser website: www.drivenbypassion.nl

Full Results
No Sailno Name Scores 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 NED 3 Coen de Koning 17.0 2 4 2 1 (9) 1 5 2
2 NED 7 Mischa Heemskerk 22.0 4 1 4 6 1 5 (11) 1
3 NED 2 Oscar Zeekant 27.0 3 5 1 8 4 2 4 (dnf)
4 NED 1451 Gunnar Larsen 32.0 1 6 3 3 3 9 (15) 7
5 NED 69 Vincent Huntelman 42.0 9 (13) 6 7 6 4 2 8
6 NED 76 Reindert-J v der Meulen 43.0 8 7 12 2 2 (14) 6 6
7 SWE 114 Tim Shuwalow 46.0 6 3 10 (14) 7 7 8 5
8 NED 99 Elke Delnooz 54.0 14 14 (15) 4 10 8 1 3
9 GBR 1 Ferdinand van West 61.0 10 11 (17) 10 5 11 10 4
10 AUS 747 Adam Beaty 74.0 (bfd) 10 11 5 23 3 3 19