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PRESSRELEASE Australian Formula 18 Catamaran Nationals FORSTER

mal gray

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The action has already begun with many, inevitable, last-minute measurements being done prior to the big event next week. Our measurers have been busy ensuring that all sails and new boats meet the strict requirements of the International Formula 18 rules. Competitors will travel from as far as Cairns in the north, South Australia and Western Australia. There will be five Formula 18 Catamaran designs in attendance.

It is rumoured that a few guest "Big Guns "will also make appearances. Sailing for Hobie, Darren Bundock and Glen Ashby, the current World F18 champs are sure to put in a good performance. On a Nacra, Steve Brewin, A-Class world Champ and Nacra guru will be one to watch. Greg Goodall, fresh back from Europe, scoring 6th at the recent World championships on his own Capricorn design is also a likely podium finisher. Eric and Anna Cook who have come all the way from the Netherlands on their home-built Hunter design have shown lightning speed at times during their lead-up preparation. Chris Dean from South Australia will hit the water with a new home-grown design that although as yet is unproven, will be competitive due to the effectiveness of the Formula 18 rule. Neville Thompson, last year's winner will be out to have his name again recorded on the perpetual trophy. Unfortunately last year's runner-up, Brad sumner has torn a heart-muscle and will not be attending. One thing is for sure- this will be one of the keenest cat contests for some time, as egos and manufacturer interests will be fiercly defended.

For most of us, big fleet racing, a chance to catch up with friends from all classes and the opportunity to watch some of the world's best players battle for honours. On the beach, after racing there will be many "coulda, shoulda..........didn't" tales of woe.

With two bids already on the table for next year's event, the ongoing future of Formula 18 Catamaran racing in Australia is bright.

Thanks to Hot'N'Dry (makers of affordable effective drysuits) for their support of the Australian Formula 18 Class.

Mal Gray


Australian Formula 18 catamaran Association Incorporated.

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