Jul 14, 2008

Ishares Cup: F18 sailors racing VX40

iShares Cup sailors fight for world title
14 July 2008
Several of the iShares Cup crew made the trip to Galicia, Spain last week for the Formula 18 world championships — one of sailing’s most competitive catamaran trophies — and they put in a great showing, proving that the iShares Cup teams are amongst the best in the world.

iShares crew: Hugh Styles, Adam Piggott, Gerhard Van
Geest and Andrew Macpherson
Sabine Albers / OC Events
Legendary French cat sailor Franck Cammas was runner-up in the event, and will soon be heading to the UK to sail in the iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Week onboard one of BMW ORACLE Racing’s two boats. Last year he sailed ‘Groupama’ in the 2007 iShares Cup, winning the Marseilles event.

At this year's F18 worlds Dutch sailor Mischa Heemskerk, Holmatro’s main trimmer and tactician, was just one place Cammas behind in third overall.

In fifth place were the British iShares team duo of Hugh Styles and Adam Piggott, who had a great run in the middle of the event scoring two race wins in a row. Hugh skippers the iShares Extreme 40 catamaran and 19-year-old Adam is bow on the iShares boat. And in ninth place was Australian Andrew Macpherson, who will be joining Hugh and Adam on the iShares Extreme 40 in Skandia Cowes Week for the third event on the circuit next month.

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