Jul 11, 2013

F18 Worlds 2013 @Grosseto: Besson-Lagarrigue lead to the Final Day








Anything can happen with 3 more races, but the title should be within the top 4 above. And let me put again the Stars of the event, without any subjective opinion: Sergio Mehl & Nico Aragones from Argentina, currently 7th and racing one on one against "Monster Inc" in the top 6. It is a massive achievement beyond any further result for a crew that trains at our local F18 Class.

To have an idea, Sergio Mehl  in 2010 was +120 at Erquy Worlds and he did not even knew how to start ... well he still doesn´t ...as I've been confirmed today! And Nico started sailing F18 only 2 years ago. They are 2012 Arg Champions too. But imagine the improvement range and level you must have to be after 6 Qualy and 4 Final races with 180 boats , behind a group of  top World sailors... not even racing the European circuit or being an Olympic campaigner,  It is just too much, so I wanted to take a snapshot of today results beyond whatever happens tomorrow.

Besson-Lagarrigue are a joke too, their discards are 6 & 5.....
Styles-Mason only 4 behind , Gabart-Vandame still with some chances and Heemskerk-Tentij had a broken main haylard giving away precious points, but still nothing is closed..... 3 Races scheduled for tomorrow. A great Worlds so far at Marina di Grosseto , Italy.

All images Jasper van Staveren / www.sailshoot.com - Full results not published yet. +100 Image gallery from today at CSN FB.
Official Website report & images at 2013.f18worlds.com

Top 7 below  (the rest to be confirmed & still to be officially published):
1. Besson/Lagarrique (FRA 1796) - (6), 5, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, (5), 5 - 18 points
2. Styles/Mason (GBR 7) - 3, 1, 2, 3, (7), 7, 3, (12), 1, 2 - 22 points
3. Heemskerk/Tentij (NED 1796) - 2 RDG, (18), 1, 1, 10, 1, 10, 7, (81 DNC), 1 - 33 points
4. Gabart/Vandame (FRA 301) - 2, (81 BDF), 1, 3, 4, 4, 2, (23), 15, 4 - 35 points
5. Booth/Booth (ESP 1910) - 1, 8, 6, (11), 6, 6, 7, 6, 2, (27) - 42 points
6. Bontemps/Amiot (FRA04) - 4, (ocs), 2, 2, 1, 1, 28, 8, 3 , (bfd) - 49 points
7. Mehl-Aragones (ARG 21) - (dnc) , 7, 12, 1, 3, 13, 12, 3, 5, (51) - 56 points

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