Team Boskalis/Nacra wins 2012 Tanzacat

Winning Tanzacat 2012 was not just a victory of another regatta, Team Boskalis riders Gunnar Larsen and Frank de Waard called it ‘a lifetime experience’. Both sailors from the Netherlands were very much impressed by the beauty of Tanzania and the incredible sailing environment. Larsen and De Waard wrote the following report on an amazing African multihull event that finished last weekend.

Sailing a catamaran event in Africa, racing with high tech Nacra catamarans between 1000 years old ‘Dows’ (boats used by natives sailors locally). That should be cool and it was. The Nacra distributor of South Africa had supplied us a boat, as ours was still on its way back from the F18 Worlds in Long Beach, America. With some ‘wheeling and dealing’ they managed to get us an Infusion just in time before the regatta started.

Nacra wins Hungarian multihull nationals 2012

From our reporter in Hungary!

Last week held Hungarian Nationals at lake Balaton in 2 casses.

In F18 registered 17 boats included Maria and Alexander from Bulgary.

In M3 open class we had 6 boats.

Wednesday and Thursday we had 1-1 races where wind has been increased during days over 30-35 knots. Closly all boats capsized or had some technical problems.

Friday and Sunday we had 4-4 races in 5-12 knots wid but Sunday organizers could not make any race dou to no wind.

All races won by Nacra teams!!!

Nacra wins ITALIAN F18 Nationals

Congratulations to Coen & Thijs sailing on a borrowed boat ( thanks Xander) these Italian nationals. With an enormous dominance in results after 10 races more than happy to take the ITALIAN F18 Title 2012.


Intense day at the Italian F18 Nationals, with De Koning-Visser dominating the fleet and guaranteeing theirselves the final victory with two races in advance (1-1-3-1 today). Behind them tough fight for the second place and Italian title. In 15 kt wind and waves mixed team Sorrentino-Pennati is still in the top positions (2-5-4-6) but Bissaro-De Paoli have caught up. Unfortunately they lost a protest in the second race (4-DSQ-1-3).

After ten races and two to go Sorrentino-Pennati are second with 34 points, dutch duo Delnooz-Gering third at the same point and Bissaro-De Paoli fourth with 36.


USF18 Eastern Area Championships

Over the weekend of July 27-29, the USF18 fleet returned to Hyannis Yacht Club, site of the 2011 North American Championship, to contest the 2012 Eastern Area Championship.  Anticipation was high in the lead up to the weekend, with strong contingents from Florida, New York, and Canada joining the local Eastern Area fleet, and bringing the registered boats up to 26.  Included in those registered were the top four boats from the 2011 North Americans, as well as six of the top ten from that championship.

Storylines were not in short supply, especially at the top of the fleet.  Would the Team Ronstan boat of Mike Easton and Tripp Burd avenge their second place finish at North Americans, and regain the waters of Nantucket Sound from North American Champ Robbie Daniels?  Would Bob Merrick and Tyler Burd break their string of second place finishes and take the Eastern Area title?  Would the young stars Taylor Reiss and Matt Whitehead show their mentors the way around the course?  All great storylines, and all to be decided over three great days of racing on the waters off of Hyannis.

Infusion wins ” Raid Cost Amoricaine”

Charles Hainneville & David Fanouillere have won the prestigious  “ RAID COST AMORICAINE” in Bretagne France. Out of 27 top teams they managed to finish first almost every leg in their Nacra F18 Infusion MK2. The race was sailed on elapsed time and after 6 legs they managed to be leading with a stunning  17 minutes and 49 seconds in total!

We congratulate Charles & David with this great performance. Furthermore mentioning that there were 5 Nacra Infusions finished within the top ten. Showing it’s true potential over the other F18 design again.

For more information and photo’s please click here!

Nacra Infusion wins F18 Class event

Sascha Larsen & Sanne van Hek have won the “ Westland cup” in ‘s Gravenzande last weekend with their Nacra F18 Infusion.  With a total of 27 Formula 18’s attending and beautiful conditions 6 races were sailed leaving them with a 1st, 1st, 4th, 4th, 2nd, (9thdrop). We congratulate them at first and we hope to see much more of this dream team soon.

The champions race for the overall title in this weekend went to Jorden Veenman & Frank de Waard also on a NACRA F18 Infusion.

For full results please click here

Raid Emeraude St Lunaire, France

looking for a really nice place to sail a long distance race. I think last weekend we found one of the most beautiful spots of Europe to sail a long distance. Gunnar and Frank teamed up for the first time together. We had two days of great sailing and a lot of fun on the water. The result is also beautiful, 2nd place.

America’s cup F18 promo

USF18 Eastern Area ACWS Demonstration Event

Over the weekend of June 30- July 1, the USF18 Eastern Area Fleet had the tremendous opportunity to stage a demonstration regatta in front of the crowds attending the ACWS Season Finale in Newport, RI.  With the excitement for multihull sailing being generated by the new format for the 34th America’s Cup and the America’s Cup World Series, our fleet felt the ACWS Newport was an outstanding opportunity to show off the thrill of Formula 18 sailing.
The format for the event was simple- the F18 fleet would race on Saturday and Sunday morning from 10 am-12:30 pm, immediately before the AC45s took to the water, and mere feet from the spectators lining the shore at Ft. Adams.  With launch facilities at Sail Newport and Jamestown Boat Yard, the Eastern Area Fleet stepped up huge with 18 boats turning up to entertain the crowd before the America’s Cup racing began for the day.