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Formation of Australian F 18 Catamaran Association

In a historic move, two major catamaran manufacturers have joined forces to promote the exciting new class of Formula 18 Catamaran sailing in Australia.

At the recent Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, representatives from both Hobie Cat Australasia and Nacra Australia formed an interim committee to set up the Australian F18 Catamaran Association.

F18s are two-handed high-performance racing catamarans, that are equipped with asymmetric spinnakers, and built by various manufacturers to a “box” rule which regulates the vital dimensions of weight, length, width, sail area and materials, to allow different builders to manufacture very similar boats which have very similar performance. At last, sailors can choose the builder of their preference and sail in an even competition where yardsticks are not required.

The international Formula 18 catamaran Class currently holds ISAF international recognition. The establishment of the class in Australia will assist the international class gain full international status. Worldwide, F18s are building strong fleets, which are changing the face of catamaran racing.

It is intended that an inaugural general meeting will be held at the Lake Cootharaba Cat Challenge in November where F18 owners and manufacturers will elect a committee to conduct the affairs of F18 in Aust.

It is expected that the inaugural committee will set a date and venue for the first ever Australian Formula 18 nationals, some time in 2003. It is hoped that Australia will offer a bid for a world Championship in 2005.

Other Australian Catamaran manufacturers are invited to build F18 and join the movement.

Interim Australian committee members are as follows:

Hobie Factory Rep: Steve Fields

Nacra Factory Rep: Warren Guinea

Joint Sec/Treasurer: Mal Gray and Michael Guinea

Measurers: Andrew Holden and Peter Skewes

For more information, contact

Steve Fields > hobie@hobiecat.com.au

Warren Guinea > briscat@briscatamaran.com.au

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