Jul 15, 2017

F18 Worlds 2017 @Vallensbaek: Mischa Heemskerk & Stephan Dekker World Champs

Photo: F18 Worlds , Video Hartas Productions. Pics from today pending  ----
FINALLY !!!- June 2008 we started this blog and the F18 was always had a privileged place. Just look and the labels raking to the left. 10yrs now  reporting on F18s Worlds , also on  Mischa Heemskerk career.
From a close call in Spain to 2008, to another one in 2009 and so on that I lost the count on near misses. But we always said the F18 Title would come its way.  A quick shout to Baastian Tentij, Mischa's partner for years in the F18.

Later two A-Cats Worlds for Mischa trophy shelves on major events, but we all knew the F18 Title was missing for the big guy.

Now is 2017 Mischa & Stephan Dekker  (Exploder Scorpion / Mischa Sails DS) grabbed the 2017  Worlds Title held at Vallensbaek, Denmark  with epic flare in the last 8 races.
It  was not  that easy , they dropped mast the first day,  average scores in the qualys, but improving. In the last qualy race in 5 knots they finished 3rd, marking a no return point for their performance. They were getting the pace of the boat/rig .
Breeze came for the Final stage and it was total domination for them, first day 3 bullets,  second day 2 more to end the event in  6-8 knots also scoring 2 bullets and 2nd for a change.

Special note to Stephan Dekker, having to endure those in front of mast tacks and tricky gybes on the DS was a challenge , but they clearly had all well coordinated!

One of the most competitive Worlds I can remember. Leaders and podium chancing every minute. My laptop was burning with excel calcs!

Patrick Demesmaeker & Gilles Tas (Goodall C2)  maintained the Title at hand at all times, even to race 7. They had the pressure on being favorites and act accordingly, it was too close.
US will be another Chance for them.

Same for Jolbert van Dijk- Franck de Waard (Infusion) , 3rd overall. This team is serious stuff and Jolbert guided by Frank will become even better world class sailor
Mitch & Ruben Booth finished 4th overall  and Danny & Kostas 5th , both sailing a Exploder Scorpion with sails 1D sails. In the top 5 whole event, fighting back after a bad result is not easy and they had many comebacks. It was soo close thinking on final score was tough results for any of the top 5.
Just review final results to see how close these teams were.

Good to see Mitch racing with Ruben again, they were second overall after R7, same for Danny Paschalidis  & Konstantinos Trigonis. great effort for them towards the Title being new to the boat and racing together in the F18. It was too close for them also with  lots of work  and devel involved previous weeks, all worthwhile work done with Marton Balazs / 1D sails.
Hope they continue to race in the Class.

Just looking at Mischa history in the F18 or Lange in the Olympics is a target to keep in mind, things sometime are not that easy,  and it takes time.

For Mischa this F18 Title took more than 10years in the  making. Check great video above and see how much it meant for him.

To crews above add the great  performance of our Argie mates Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser (Infusion) ,  finished 6th overall  and had chances for podium too. We praised them highly yesterday and today the closed the event with a 3rd. Hats off to them one more time.

7th overall for Simon Norhtrop-Sam Barker (Infusion / Hyde Sails Kent by Simon).
 Simon did  lots of work last seasons with his Loft , now equipping Cirrus R2 (Boulogne went to Tour de france a la Voile) Simon & Sam were fast and even led Mischa around the course in F1.

The surprise of the event were Philip Hendryckx and Filip Oyslager those scared many top notch renown riders! And will be a treat next F18 events.
Final what to say about the Sach bros, I only wish to be able to sail that much, not een to dare racing at top level for decades.

Youths World Champs 2017: Antoine Ferrec & Foucauld Delaplace from France, followed by Jordi Booth & Joan Costa Estiarte.
The Aussie kids Lachie Hughes & Harrison Rietman got some really good races results, and we'll hear from them in the future no doubt.

Formula 18Next days we'll review the Scorpion F18 Open project path (more than happy to contribute a bit on the Title!)  along Mischa's technical comments on DS and else.
But today is sailors time only. It was all them putting together a Weapon as never seen in the F18 and sailing the Scorpion to highest level of perf. Boat built and delivered by Jakub Kopylowic / Exploder who bet high in time and investment to make the project a reality.

Congrats Mischa & Stephan , well deserved. As Mischa comments in the video and we wrote the whole week, so much fun racing and even following F18.
Great Worlds by Penny and the Vallensbaek Sailing Club, great videos by Hartas Productions and lots of pictures every day.

The F18 keeps being a great class, this Worlds and devels / new boats will revamp interest in the Class which will keep going forward No matter what. No need foiling though to have max racing fun, just review pics & videos form this week.

So contact your local F18 dealer and get your Goodall C2, Cirrus R2, Infusion, Hobie Wildcat , Windrush Edge, Falcon F18,  Mattia, Shockwave , Exploder Scorpion and many more and join us in Formula 18 Racing.

Coming Worlds will be in the US, Sarasota 2018. Argies we are planning to attend en masse as we did in LA 2012 (11 boats) maybe we'll take two containers this time around.

Keep racing & sailing Cats. Hopefully we'll see you all at Sarasota 2018.

Official F18 Worlds Fb & pics / videos gallery facebook.com/F18worlds2017/
F18 Worlds 2017 Top Ten  - Complete results at f18worlds2017.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Results.htm

Pos Bow # Sail Helm Crew Nat Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 tot Net
1 108 7 Mischa Heemskerk Stephan Dekker NED 8 -dnf 15 9 9 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 -2 116 51
2 113 1 Patrick Demesmaeker Gilles Tas BEL 1 1 -dsq 3 8 10 5 5 3 10 5 -21 14 5 154 70
3 41 4 Jolbert van Dijk Frank de Waard NED 12 -15 7 3 4 2 6 3 7 -20 3 2 20 1 105 70
4 32 11 Mitch Booth Ruben Booth ESP 2 4 3 6 1 -14 10 7 5 12 11 -25 3 8 111 72
5 15 7 Paschalidis Iordanis Trigkonis Konstantinos GRE 3 3 5 4 -10 4 8 -20 2 18 4 9 8 4 102 72
6 63 1912 Cruz González Smith Mariano Heuser ARG 25 2 4 10 -28 6 3 2 10 2 2 (bfd) 10 3 170 79
7 136 51 Simon Northrop Sam Barker GBR 5 6 -8 2 7 4 2 19 -20 7 8 4 9 14 115 87
8 129 111 Philip Hendrickx Filip Olyslager BEL 4 -12 1 1 3 3 14 10 27 3 6 (bfd) 16 13 176 101
9 22 9 Finn Heeg Tom Heinrich GER 9 5 13 -24 8 13 7 13 -17 5 7 14 2 7 144 103
10 89 336 Helge Sach Christian Sach GER 1 -16 2 5 6 1 18 14 14 27 -31 3 11 10 159 112