All Photos: Jeremy Leonard/SurfCityRacing - F18 North Americans 2009 @ABYC.
The F18 Worlds goes to USA for the first time, and the US F18 fleet and the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club is working hard to provide a truly International event. We have already 15-20 crews only from South America (Arg, Chile and Uruguay) and lots of interest in Central and Caribbean that will join the US and CAN sailors, also some Europeans and of course the Aussie Container Task Force.
Yesterday the local fleet had a meeting here to organize our own container/charters and where to stay.
Almost 10 boats interested, so we'll expect the biggest Argie representation to date, at Erquy we sent 5 boats.The guys here are training quite hard, and the formal qualification races are providing us a good training ground.
Also we are having some conversations with NA Class representatives to create our own Americas Continental Championship, that will be formalized at ABYC this september. The goal is to tight our synergy between North and South America and provide an additional alternative for big events within our Continent.
But now we are all focused on this next World Championship, to be held in September 9-15, 2012 at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, NOR and more info at www.abyc.org and www.naf18.com
So I invite all to travel to Long Beach,California to experience the real F18 Spirit that is having fun, racing on the water at the highest level every kind of sailor can achieve to challenge his/her abilities to the max, and then having some good times and cold beers with friends at the bar.
For a weekend 'challenge', just stay at your backyard playing 'softball'
This is International Formula 18 Racing, and here in America, we train hard, we tune with detail our F18 Machines and in the water, we play Hardball.-
Edit: I've been told that maybe I'm giving the impression that we are going to have only some serious racing at LA and no party time (As I'm sending a message to those with that false "weekend sailor" mentality that justifies lots of dirty deeds, we are all weekend and amateur sailors but it doesn´t mean that an International organization must be managed as a local town club only sailed by old good friends and the rest receive the bad Alien or 'Uninvited Guest' ---great Marillion song by the way--- treatment.)
and I think they might be right, but you know what?
There is only one reason more than 20 arg crews are wanting to go California, and it is not precisely cause they want to be World Champs (well to tell the truth maybe 1 or 2 are aiming to it hehe ;) but what we are all looking forward is to have some really good times out of the water! That is what is more attractive to us, travel to LA and share some good vibes with our fellow F18 sailors.,
If I can have all my things right and finally travel , I'm going to visit Malibu, and many other the surf spots I read off as a child, also will try to visit the Hungtington Beach Surf Museum. Others will rent some Harleys and drive as they do here, but on the Pacific Coast Highway. And all will see this as nice vacation time.
So don´t you miss the unique opportunity to travel to California and race with us the 2012 F18 Worlds.
See you all at LA.
Below more pics from the 2009 North Americans held at the same location of this 2012 Worlds.
All Photos: Jeremy Leonard/SurfCityRacing