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F18 Italy: 2012 Nats & 2013 Worlds to be held at Marina di Grosseto,Tuscany





Sent by Gral Sec F18 Italia. Another Worlds I must attend; pasta, wine good weather...just like home!

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From Wednesday August the 22nd to Sunday 26th 2012
Wednesday 22. August Registration & Measurement

Practice Race 12:00 hrs.
Opening Ceremony 19:00 hrs.
Thursday 23. August Race 1 / first warning signal at 14:00
Friday 24. August races
Saturday 25. August races
Sunday 26. August races
Pricegiving ceremony 18:00 hrs.
Last possible start at Sunday, August 5th 15.30 hrs.
The maximum number of Boats will be not limited for this event
Saturday 25. August dinner and cut party on the beach.
Pasta party every day after the races.
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PDF Presentation: www.formula18.it/RegateDettaglio.asp?ID=402

F18 Argentine Nats 2011: Gunnar Larsen-Sam Frank Champs

Photos Marcela Zapiola
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Gunnar Larsen and Sam Frank finally could demonstrate that extra marging on the final day. Just when it was needed, as I can assure you they had none starting the final races. Showing their Pro skills as one of the best crews of the planet. They were on a 2010 Infusion MK1 with Longboards.
Light winds coming from 20knots dying North. Two bullets to grab the lead, followed close by Esteban Blando-Nico Aragonés and Juan Faustín-Lucas Gonzalez Smith.

Pierre Le Clainche-Antoine Joubert 6th adapting to the Infusion (they race C2) and conditions were peaking at the end. With this training watchout for them at Canarias.Hunter Stunzi crewing for Mehl on 4th place, next year he will come with Robbie.
I had a bad day although we maintain the 8th overall, and again my respect for Esteban Daneri for crewing at 54, quite a promotion for the class, as you have no age excuse to join us.
9 races in 3 days, almost all conditions and the class quite pleased to have some top sailors coming and visiting us, next year we expect even more foreign presence. Just talk with Pierre,Antoine, Gunnar, Sam and Hunter about the level of our fleet.

The MKII I helmed owned by my crew was a rocket and really a step forward from mk1 as reported on the test we made some months ago.
The C2s always up there and going fast, catamaran rookie Sergio Armesto (crowned World J24 champ as a crew last week) had more speed than many on his new C2, the performance diff compared to his last events on a Cap was huge and he agreed on the C2 being a key factor. I had to cover him on the final day to defend our 8th.

Esteban Blando and Nico Aragonés were crowned as the Nr1 crew in Argentina, beating some locals with international experience not only on the F18.It was hard work for Esteban, investing lots of time and money as he does not lives in BA, and he traveled every week to train here. (Photos Left and below from Nico Aragonés)
The Wildcat/SI combo was superior in some mid range conditions as also reported several times, but the key factor was how they raced quite consistently and they even had the handicap of not starting the 1st one that could have change the final overall results.Nico proving that right now he is the best crew of the fleet, after having excellents results with Mehl in the past and now excelling with Blando.

So now you have a good excuse to travel to Argentina next offseason, come and match your level against us and our 'Buenos Aires'.

Pl Crew Tot 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 Gunnar Larsen & Frank Sam 12 -4 3 2 -5 2 1 2 1 1
2 Esteban Blando & Nicolas Aragones 16 (24\DNS) 4 1 1 1 3 -5 4 2
3 Juan Faustim & Lucas Gonzalez Smith 17 1 1 3 3 -5 2 -4 3 4
4 Sergio Mehl & Hunler Sfunzi 22 3 2 -7 2 4 -10 3 2 6
5 Cruz Gonzalez & Mariano Heuser 27 2 5 -10 -7 3 5 1 6 5
6 Le Clainche Pierre & Antoine Joubert 40 7 6 4 -9 -9 8 7 5 3
7 Ian Rodger & Juan M. Benitez 40 5 -9 5 4 7 6 6 7 -9
8 Martin Vanzulli & Esteban Daneri 60 6 (24\OCS) 6 12 11 4 10 11 (24\DNS)
9 Franco Greggi & Gastón Terrab 62 (24\DNS) 7 11 10 10 -12 9 8 7
10 Agustin Krevinski & E Lopez Segura 66 (24\DNS) 8 9 6 6 17 -21 12 8
11 Sergio Armesto & J Duarte Argerich 69 9 13 8 8 -17 7 8 16 (24\DNS)
12 Alberto Veira & Harold Meerhoff 75 10 12 -13 13 8 9 12 -15 11
13 Cristian Vilate & Fernando Sotelino 79 (24\DNS) (24\OCS) 12 11 13 11 13 9 10
14 Gabriel Berberian & Leo Culotta 103 11 10 15 15 (24\OCS) 16 19 17 (24\DNS)
15 Juan P. Sucic & Juan C. Copani 104 8 14 14 14 16 14 (24\DNS) (24\DNS) 24\DNS
16 Alejandro Caputo & Suizo Mazza 104 (24\DNS) (24\OCS) 16 16 14 13 11 10 24\DNS
17 Juan Grunwaldt & Juan Grunwaldt 109 (24\DNS) 11 17 20 12 18 17 14 (24\DNS)
18 Guillermo Castro & Jose M. Collazo 120 12 17 -19 18 18 19 18 18 (24\DNS)
19 Alfonso F. Gutierrez & T Perez de Castro 122 (24\DNS) 15 18 17 19 15 14 (24\DNS) 24\DNS
20 Nicolas Petre & Hernan Vazquez 130 (24\DNS) (24\DNS) 24\DNS 21 20 20 20 13 12
21 Gustavo Ozuna & Javier Poclava 136 (24\DNS) 16 (24\DNF) 19 15 22 16 24\DNS 24\DNS
22 Federico Heusel & Javier Heusel 154 (24\DNS) (24\OCS) 24\OCS 22 24\DNF 21 15 24\DNS 24\DNS
23 Lucas M. Leiva & Gonzalo Nieto 156 (24\DNS) 18 (24\DNF) 23 21 24\DNF 22 24\DNS 24\DNS

F18 Argentine Nats 2011 Day 2: More perfect conditions. Faustín-Smith lead

All photos Marcela Zapiola marcelazapiola.com.ar



Another perfect day of racing for the 4th Arg Nationals. Juan Faustín and Lucas Gonzalez Smith are leading and tied with Larsen-Franck. Esteban Blando and Nico Aragonés only one point behind! So we are having a tough super competitive event. Nothing defined yet, 4 races today and we expect at least 3 more tomorrow. Today 10-12knot South-East almost no chop, just double trapeze conditions.

My crew and owner of the MKII, Esteban Daneri is showing that you can have 54 and be competitive even crewing! Hat off to him, he ended without forces after 4 races and maybe tomorrow he will pass but we have some excellent moments, like starting one on one with Gunnar and maintaining speed and angle after two laps, then when we were comfortably third the rc put a third one (first two races with two laps only) and Esteban Blando caught us at the final leg, we ended 4th again (ocs was 4th) racing at top level. 
Then with more wind our chances diminished due to extra power handling needed for the crews, nevertheless we managed to end always on the top ten or just about. 


Juan-Lucas and Esteban-Nico are making an incredible job putting high pressure over Gunnar and Sam, literally giving them a run for their money. We have a small but powered up fleet, watch out with any Argie racing abroad, we are some serious fanatics. 

Final day tomorrow, Cruz and Mariano or Mehl-Stunzi may score 3 bullets on higher winds too so anything can happen.

This is F18 racing.

Pl Sail Crew From 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tot
1 1496 Juan Faustim & Lucas Gonzalez Smith Aguila 1 1 3 3 -5 2 4 14
2 1933 Gunnar Larsen & Frank Sam Kzus 4 3 2 -5 2 1 2 14
3 2016 Esteban Blando & Nicolas Aragones CVR/CNSI (24\DNS) 4 1 1 1 3 5 15
4 7 Sergio Mehl & Hunler Stunzi Aguila 3 2 7 2 4 -10 3 21
5 1479 Cruz Gonzalez & Mariano Heuser Aguila 2 5 -10 7 3 5 1 23
6 666 Ian Rodger & Juan M. Benitez Aguila/YCA 5 -9 5 4 7 6 6 33
7 1099 Le Clainche Pierre & Antoine Joubert SR Vanner 7 6 4 -9 9 8 7 41
8 1527 Martin Vanzulli & Esteban Daneri Aguila 6 (24\OCS) 6 12 11 4 10 49
9 300 Sergio Armesto & Joaquin Duarte Argerich YCA 9 13 8 8 -17 7 8 53
10 1110 Franco Greggi & Gastón Terrab YCA/CVB (24\DNS) 7 11 10 10 12 9 59
11 355 Alberto Veira & Harold Meerhoff Aguila 10 12 -13 13 8 9 12 64
12 18 Agustin Krevinski & Eduardo Lopez Segura CNP (24\DNS) 8 9 6 6 17 21 67
13 1062 Juan P. Sucic & Juan C. Copani YCA 8 14 14 14 16 14 (24\DNS) 80
14 1569 Cristian Vilate & Fernando Sotelino Aguila (24\DNS) 24\OCS 12 11 13 11 13 84
15 163 Gabriel Berberian & Leo Culotta Cuba 11 10 15 15 (24\OCS) 16 19 86
16 164 Alejandro Caputo & Suizo Mazza Aguila (24\DNS) 24\OCS 16 16 14 13 11 94
17 117 Juan Grunwaldt & Juan Grunwaldt YCU (24\DNS) 11 17 20 12 18 17 95
18 1109 Alfonso F. Gutierrez & Tomas P de Castro Rapel Chile (24\DNS) 15 18 17 19 15 14 98
19 1531 Guillermo Castro & Jose M. Collazo Aguila 12 17 -19 18 18 19 18 102
20 1238 Gustavo Ozuna & Javier Poclava Aguila (24\DNS) 16 24\DNF 19 15 22 16 112
21 60 Nicolas Petre & Hernan Vazquez Aguila (24\DNS) 24\DNS 24\DNS 21 20 20 20 129
22 1124 Federico Heusel & Javier Heusel (24\DNS) 24\OCS 24\OCS 22 24\DNF 21 15 130
23 2527 Lucas M. Leiva & Gonzalo Nieto CVR (24\DNS) 18 24\DNF 23 21 24\DNF 22 132

F18 Argentine Nats 2011, Day 1: Perfection



Above: Esteban and I giving a hard time to top crews Mehl-Stunzi and Rodger-Benitez. Below Pierre Le Clainche and Antoine Joubert,


All Photos: Marcela Zapiola
Perfect racing conditions and 25 boats for our biggest event ever.
Flat Northern winds 8knots, sunny and warm, just perfect although 'tricky' as Larsen described.

We had an almost perfect day racing meters from the top 5 en each race with Esteban Daneri's brand new MKII: we scored 6,ocs (was a 4 s***!), 6.
Juan Faustín and Lucas Gonzalez Smith leading on a MKII with two bullets.
Esteban Blando-Nico Aragpnés (Wildcat/SI) missed the 1st one (as many others) and have dns,1,4 so already a discard in play.... what a shame, always be on time.
Larsen might be second, Pics and Full results later as I left earlier from the Club.

F18 Argentina: 4th Nats starts Today

I've been told that the local F18 has the fatest class growth ever in Argentina. We are all cerntainly proud of it, we are enjoying big time racing cats and more monohulls guys are joining us.
Current J24 World Champion will be racing with us next season. Alejo Rigoni won the J Worlds a week ago here in Buenos Aires, in the crew and owner of the boat was also Sergio Armesto that has a Cap and a C2.

Yesterday night we had Gunnar Larsen giving some clinics as he did last year. But this time he should focus on the water too as he will racing with Sam Franck.
Spoke with him and he told me about the F16 demand, we'll have an interview later.
Needless to say all the pressure is with them, I'm confident they will manage the fleet and maybe give some bullets but they should win. They'll have an almost new 2010 Infusion with longboards and the Boskalis Team sails they brought. Along with LeClainche/Joubert (2x Youth World Champs and 7th at Balaton) and Stunzi (2011 NAs Champ) we will have a good benchmark of our local level.

Calm winds expected today, but we had excellent conditions for two weeks now, Hunter, Pierre and Antoine had some good traning, and the frenchs also travel to see one of the new 7th Nature wonders, our "Cataratas" or Iguazú Falls
I Will try to update these three days of racing at night as I will be racing too on a brand MKII, we are in the 'Master' category...  with the owner Esteban Daneri and now crewing, 54 and I 39, although there is a 100 years combined  crew I think , Memo Castro and Bobby Collazo another experienced monohull background team now tasting what they´ve been missing all these years: Fast Multihull Racing.

Nacra Formula 16 Sailing

Nacra F20C-Infusion "Mini Me". A proved concept on a small package. It looks good.
Only 'big' diff I can see beyond canted boards is the spreader bars.
This Friday we are having our Arg F18 Nats and I went back to helm the Infusion from the Wildcat, easy and comfortable, this new F16 should feel the same for sure.



Designed by Morrelli&Melvin. Press release is the same already published here . Hobie is next?  Good timing for Nacra with the Mixed Omlypics coming but the Viper already has the OD class running, we'll have some interesting Trials...

AC45s San Diego: Spithill Nr 1 (Match and Fleet Racing)

 The Frenchs are coming...If you couldn´t see the final day of racing, here you have the full replay. I was racing yesterday so I'm going to see it now too. More info at www.americascup.com.

From Oracle racing Newsleter: 
....“We really wanted the double. It was a goal of ours when the ACWS started,” said Spithill.
“Today we got off the start line OK and were a little mixed up in the pack going up the first beat, but JK (Kostecki) did a great job setting us up for the windward mark rounding and the boys did a fantastic job from there. We really stretched away and used our boatspeed,” Spithill said.
ORACLE Racing Coutts endured a day of mixed fortunes. Before the fleet race skipper Darren Bundock and crew ripped up the 500-meter speed course, completing it in 36.16 seconds at a top speed of 26.87 knots. The time was easily the fastest of the speed trials at the first three ACWS events.
The speed trials are non-scoring, however, and the crew struggled through the fleet race, suffering a penalty and placing 9th.
“We were very inconsistent this week,” said Bundock after his first ACWS event. “We won the first race on Wednesday and then finished off the last race losing. We’ve got good boatspeed if we can get away from the pack, but we’ve got a bit of work to do to keep pushing Jimmy hard.”....


America’s Cup World Series Overall Standings
Team (Country) Match – Fleet — Total Points
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 27 – 28 — 55
2. ORACLE Racing Spithill (USA) 26 – 28 — 54
3. Artemis Racing (SWE) 23 – 17 — 40
4. ORACLE Racing Coutts (USA) 18 – 18 — 36
4. Team Korea (KOR) 20 – 16 — 36
6. Energy Team (FRA) 19 – 16 — 35
7. Aleph (FRA) 12 – 19 — 31
8. Green Comm Racing (ESP) 11 – 12 — 23
9. China Team (CHN) 9 – 11 — 20

Martin Fischer's Flying....Tri



Fischer is on a Mission:  More speed reducing wet surface/drag but not ending on a fully hydrofoil platform like the Hydroptere or White Dragons for ie, Martin is having this concept now being developed on 3 different platforms (A-Class, Phantom Project and this new Trimaran).
Mast will stepped soon, more info to come from Noumea.
To contact Martin Fischer martin.ncl (at) gmail (dot) com
Click images to enlarge.

F18 Argentina: Pre Nats Racing

This weekend we had some practice races for the F18 Arg Nats next week.
Already with international presence: Pierre Le Clainche and Antoine Joubert  (7th at Balaton and first French crew) and Hunter Stunzi (Current North American Champ with Robbie Daniel)
3 races on Saturday with perfect 14knots conditions and some tricky (but flat) weather yesterday.
Esteban Blando/Nico Aragonés dominated the fleet at will, with 5 bullets and an impressive performance.
They raced on Esteban's Wildcat/SI that I helmed with him at the South Americans.

Ian Rodger-Juan Martín Benitez (C2) showing they are capable of more with a super consistent event, 2nd. Current champs Smith-Heuser (MKII) 3rd.

The French team is trying to adapt to the Infusion (mk1 with Longboards and some little issues).
Talked to Hunter, Pierre and Antoine and they were impressed by the level of our fleet. Stunzi, that is crewing for Sergio Mehl on a C2 commented that in the US they have a group of top racers and the rest a level below, but he felt that here they were all good.
I will have a interview with them later on the week.

Only pratice and the real deal will come next Friday, but good to see how competitive our fleet is getting with no one having a secured spot at the top.
I'm helming a brand new MKII of Esteban Daneri, 54 and crewing like the best! hope to be in his shape and pushing hard 16 years from now...

So if you think you are up to the challenge, come and race with us, you'll have wind, good vibes and a tough group of Argies F18 fanatics giving you a run for your money.
Gunnar Larsen is coming on Wednesday and we are expecting to have +20boats on the lineup.

Pl Sail Crew From 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot
1 2016 Esteban Blando & Nicolas Aragones CRR 1 1 1 1 1 5 10
2 666 Jan Rodger & Juan Benitez Aguila 3 3 3 2 3 6 20
3 1479 Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser 2 2 2 18\OCS 2 1 27
4 1496 Juan Faustin & Lucas Smith Aguila 7 6 6 4 5 3 31
5 1099 Clainche Pierre & Antoni Joubet 6 4 7 6 9 2 34
6 18 Agustin Krevisky & Gonzalo Lopez Segura 4 5 4 5 18\DNS 4 40
7 7 Sergio Mehl & Hunter Aguila 5 7 5 3 4 18\OCS 42
8 1124 Federico Heuser & Martin Busch Aguila 8 13 10 8 7 18\DNS 64
9 160 Alejandro Caputo & Esteban Mazza aguila 12 9 9 11 10 18\DNS 69
10 1569 Christian Villate & Fernando Sotelino aguila 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 9 6 7 76
11 1110 Franco Greggi & Gaston Terrab 9 8 8 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 79
12 1527 Martin Vanzulli & Esteban Daneri Club7 11 10 18\DNS 7 18\DNS 18\DNS 82
13 1238 Javier Poclava & Gustavo Ozuna Aguila 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 10 8 18\DNS 90
14 163 Gabriel Barberian & Leo Culotta cuba 13 12 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 97
15 1531 Memo Castro & Boby Collazo 10 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 100
16 60 Nicolas Petre & Emiliano Gallardo Aguila 18\DNS 11 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 101
17 1062 Juan Pablo Sucic & Juan Carlos Copani Aguila 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 18\DNS 108