Oct 31, 2016

F18 Worlds 2016 @Buenos Aires: Day 1

All images Matias Capizzano / www.capizzano.com - So proud seeing a Worlds at home with the fleet pushing the limits, mission accomplished!
3 races held today. First was cancelled first upwind. First that counted 6 knots , second increasing wind and changing direction from North to West and third with 16-17knots.

Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser (Inf MKII) lead , followed by Federico Ferioli & Lucas Gonzalez Smith (INf MKII) and Matías Buhler-Sergio Mehl (Phantom) . 4th for Volker-Benitez (Phantom & 1,1,14 for the day) 5th Krevisky & Lopez Segura (Exploder)
Really close for the top 3. Check full results at f18worlds2016.org.ar/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/f18-WC-2016-Results3110-1829.htm
Super competitive racing, just review top 5.

For us it was, R1: top 5 first mark and a blown layline x 3 second upwind,29th.
R2: Powerful downwind final leg, 100mts to finish going 12th behind Ian , I called my crew in for a final gybe... wave dig & capsize! R3: 5th at the mark ahead Cruz, full power double trap, we raised spi and halyard got stuck with a bad placed trap from the capsize mess.
No excuses and plenty of speed, need to sign on paper those good moments and some planets to align!  Happy also to be sailing with my good friend and super crew Gonzalo Nieto.

Some breakages and capsized for several boats, including a mast down on a cable failure. All in all great to see the F18 Fleet racing the Worlds at our local waters, after the racing we had  a 'happy hour' courtesy Arg F18 Class with beers, pizza and empanadas.

More racing tomorrow. Later video of the day and more pics. Just came from the Club.

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