Feb 13, 2011

F18 Argentina: Ocean racing at Mar del Plata


Photo: Matías Capizzano - Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser

Photo: Matías Capizzano -

Photo: Matías Capizzano -

Photo: Matías Capizzano -

Photo: Matías Capizzano -

Photo: Matías Capizzano -

Photo: Matías Capizzano -
All photos Matías Capizzano www.capizzano.com
Some blue/green waters from Argentina for a change... we are used to our Rio de la Plata brown sediment waters, but some still think is pollution... well here you have some 'clean' F18 sailing images!

Cruz Smith and Mariano Heuser are current F18 Arg champions, and they showed why, dominating the regatta with nine bullets over 14. Championship held in Mar del Plata, an excellent vacation place 400kms from Buenos Aires.
Summer for us is rest time, people travel for holidays with the family or friends so we don´t have much activity as here down south we can sail all year round and the racing season starts in March and ends in December. I stayed in BA with the cat school and closing some RC16 sales.
Some tricky conditions and good waves were a challenge for the guys, as we mainly sail in our open river with totally different conditions, and of course is a pleasure to sail in the ocean too.

2nd place for Segio Mehl on Bundy's C2 and third for Esteban Blando and Julio Saubidet that peaked late with a pair of bullets, 4th Ian Rodger and a new crew, Alejandro Noe, having some good races with the local Capricorn-

But all these were quite behind the leaders, that are literally dominating the scores right now. Cruz had a 23rd at Erquy, so we expect even a better place in Hungary, although entering the top 15 would be a hard task, but if he can achieve that goal with Mariano... well, you'd better get used to their name at international championships.

As you can see on the pics Magic Marine is our choice for 1st quality racing gear. Photos were available at the end of the week so posting now as top notch photographer, Matías Capizzano, was in Chile. (PM: Paren de llorar...)
Full results, 14 races here

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