All images Jasper van Staveren, ful gallery at F18 Fb - Official Worlds Web at f18worlds.kyc.de FB at facebook.com/f18worlds2015 -
If someone (like me ;) thought Gunnar & Fer needed to defend their 2014 World Title from Ireland which was held with 50 boats, on a huge competitive fleet like the one we are seeing at Kiel 2015 Worlds , the Nacra team (CEO & Designer) has responded in high style with the lowest overall score after 5 races to lead the event. They are in the Yellow Fleet/group, the most competitive yet with the 3 overall leaders. Gunnar & Fer racing performance has been flawless but not only that , their speed is impressive following the Trac-Trac. The Infusion is responding in a great form once more ('08,'09, '13, '14 WC Design) and it seems each year is faster than the previous one! 3 boats out of the top six with Zeekant-Begemman in 3rd and Veenman de Waard in 5th overall.
The Goodall C2 camp is also up there, Taylor Reiss & Matthew Whitehead hold second place and Ashby-Goodall 4th.
Sixth place for Mitch Booth & his son Ruben Booth on a Hobie Wildcat out of the factory, if a discard is added they would be 2nd 1pt behind Larsen. Two bullets for the Booths, Mitch is passing the Torch to his sons, this guy is going to perform passing his 90yrs old, Legend.
French crew Trecul / Chastagnet in 7th. Northrop-O'Brien with two bullets and mixed results on the Infusion equipped Hyde sails in 8th.
Good mix of designs , the great asset of the F18 Class, in the top 10 with Easton Burd in the Falcon in 9th , Gosche-Pegel Phantom 10th and Mischa-Bianchi with the Scorpion / F18 OP by Exploder / Mischa sails in 12th.
First race of the Day Mischa & Francesco finished in 2nd place seconds behind deWaard-Veenman and seconds also ahead of Larsen-van West. What a great race! To me was like I couldn´t believe a 5 day old boat was responding to the the level of the crew and against those teams and super proven Infusions. Great experience following the Trac-Trac gps, it was Race 2 Yellow Fleet , Replay of all races at tractrac.com/index.php?page=eventpage&id=558
Edit: Still much to go, but I want thank right now again all the guys in the F18 OP, Jakub for his belief and investment + getting Mischa & Francesco who are sailing with good vibes and guts a new unknown boat., all of them have gave me one of the best days ever. Thank you guys!
The only Arg cew, Cruz Smith & Mariano Heuser got an excellent 2nd behind Booth, but sadly a BFD later cut their chances. Great championship so far, tomorrow light winds and breeze for Friday, still much to go and two past Champs like Larsen & van West and Multiple Wchamp & Legend Mitch Booth and his son Ruben will be fighting for the title against the super a tight and super competitive top ten.
Top 15 below. Full results at manage2sail.com
|Nr||Sail Number||Skipper / Boat Name||Club||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||T||N|
|1||NED 1866||Gunnar LARSEN|
|2||USA 415||Taylor REISS|
|3||NED 2||Oscar ZEEKANT||3||6||6||4||1||20||20|
|4||AUS 313||Glenn ASHBY|
|5||NED 4||Jorden VEENMAN|
|6||ESP 563||Mitch BOOTH||5||15||1||1||2||24||24|
|7||FRA 29||Yoann TRÉCUL||4||12||12||12||6||46||46|
|8||GBR 51||Simon NORTHROP|
|9||USA 11||Michael EASTON|
|10||GER 327||Jörg GOSCHE|
|11||USA 111||Charles TOMEO|
|12||NED 007||Mischa HEEMSKERK|
|13||BEL 14||Philip HENDRICKX||11||12||7||13||20||63||63|
|14||GER 278||René SCHWALL||KYC||20||10||24||17||2||73||73|
|15||GER 309||Sven LINDSTÄDT|
Nacra Infusion MK2