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2006 F18 Worlds, Hyeres, France

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Spoke to Mal Richardson this AM from France -

Monday - 10knts winds on first day

Tuesday - VERY light and patchy.

Wednesday - NO Wind and no racing

Forcast for Thursday is good - should have racing

Mal was unsure whether they will try and complete the qualifying or go straight to the Gold/Silver fleets for tomorrows racing.

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Reports from Jacques Bernier

Day 1

Well after much drama and nearly missed flights and lost bags on Air Chance (France) we actually made it onto the water. I tell you - between Greg almost not making it - then all my gear going missing with the airline.. there was bound to be something else go wrong.

Of course this morning as we tried to leave the boat park - we put a hole in the side of the boat. (Smacked a trailer on the beach)

This meant we had to find some tape - and find it quick.... Luckily for us Alberto from Italy was still around and had some for us.

Our results I think we OK - we improved as the day wore on - our top finish is a third. Tomorrows races will finish the qualifying and we'll begin racing head to head with the top 80+ teams out of over 160 - they split the field into two groups - gold and silver and we're obviously hoping to be in the top group (I think that's a definite at this point)

So for tomorrow hopefully more of the same conditions.. So far the weather has been nice - really hot with good winds....and the bread is good.

No Internet at the site - so I'm writing this on the neighbor's computer until I can find a spot to hook up.

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update - just checked the results and we're in 9th at the moment.

One guy had a bad accident with a port boat as they were just turning and flying the spi downwind - he was hit in the face - broken jaw - huge slice - concussion and broken shoulder... he's pretty bad. Our roommates from Australia rescued the guy from the water - it happen just in front of us however we didn't see it or notice the crew in the water...

We will all be pulling for him...he's in local hospital in Toulon.


The Nacracorns are a couple up the front.. Misch of course... Helge and CHristian are doing well on the Capri

Other than those... not sure who you're not sure of.. there are like 6 or 7 Tigers in the top ten after day one... but now I don't know.. pretty much all even-steven.. some boats are better in light air it seems.. but it's all so close.. that's why they call it a formula..I think its working.

Sorry I didn't write last night... couldn't find any Internet connection.

Yesterday we had two challenging races in very little wind....it was just like home in San Diego..... We had another good result of a second place - placing us among the leaders... We are just a few points from the top five at the moment.

Since today there was no racing (though we did sail out twice to the course but only to be sent back due to dying wind) we are still trying to complete the qualifying... we need one more race to equal things up to split into two separate fleets.

Some news on the German crew who was injured - he's had an operation to wire shut his jaw and fix the cut to his face... as well some pins to his shoulder. He is still in local hospital and we're all relieved to know he's going to recover.

A few teams were randomly checked for measurement after the days races yesterday and weighed. All boats were light making for some interesting protests... Today we started our day building a paddle to comply with another rule which was challenged by the Dutch team who had earlier been disqualified due to being under weight. SO the organizers had the scales calibrated and all teams were re-measured and I think they have all been disqualified from their last race (Lucky for Darren Bundock it was his worst race)

So... now we wait to see what the decision is for the final qualifying races so that we can get into the finals and challenge for a top spot.

I have heard the weather is expected to be more of the same... really hot, and little wind. (though some people claim tomorrow is expected allot of wind... we'll see) Hopefully there is at least enough to sail - we like it when there are mild conditions. Looking forward to more competition tomorrow.

Tonight a bunch of the teams are making a new race at the local go-karting track... this is something I know a little about - so hopefully we can spank these Euros on the track too! ha-ha.

Follow the racing at: http://f18worlds2006.com/

More tomorrow..

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Well, what can I say... there isn't much wind in the south of France in July.... we've become experts at launching... we get sent out... then we bob around for a while, only to be sent back to the beach... then we head back out and bob around and wait...

We did actually get in one race today. For some of the front guys there were some problems. Bundy went hard right in the first fleet, however the wind filled from the left and he was out of luck. He's now keeping a 19. Next was Mischa - taking a drop race... and then Mark Laruffa from OZ fell back too.

We're now sitting nicely in 8th, only some points out of a top five (which I thought would never be possible.. but here we are anyway!)

There are quite allot of protest on right now.. so I have no firm idea of what exactly will turn out for the a.m.

This place has had it all - and the committee is doing the best they can, but when the winds are only 6 knots and then the fleet has three generals - its hard to get races off.

Tomorrow will be the last day... there is suppose to be a Gold and Silver split - but I still have't figured out who's in or who's out.

The other USA team of Nigel Pitt and Alex Schaffer pulled out today - citing poor results and much work at home as the reasons... just passing that along to those who might not know they bailed.

OK - so tomorrow it's all on!

See ya-


Results after 6 races:

1 FRA 11

MOURNIAC Jean Christoph (M1970)

CITEAU Franck (M1969)

12.00 17.00 2 1 2 4 5 3 C N STE MAXIME - France


2 GER 143

SACH Helge (M1956)

SACH Christian (M1958)

13.00 26.00 5 2 1 13 3 2 Germany

3 FRA 555

BESSON Billy (M1981)

JARLEGAN Arnaud (M1976)

15.00 21.00 6 5 4 4 1 1 S N O NANTES - France


4 NED 76

VAN DER MEULEN Reindert Jan (F1965)

KNOL Carina (F1976)

19.00 36.00 17 1 1 6 10 1 The Netherlands

5 NED 1

KENBEEK Remco (M1972)

BROUWER Paul (M1962)

26.00 54.00 3 28 5 8 8 2 The Netherlands

6 AUS 7

BUNDOCK Darren (M1971)

ASHBY Glenn (M1977)

27.00 64.00 1 3 2 2 37 19 Australia

7 ESP 21

ECHAVARRI Fernando (M1972)

PAZ Anton (M1976)

28.00 64.00 1 2 4 36 16 5 Spain

8 USA 2136

THOMAS Greg (M1969)

BERNIER Jacques (M1970)

32.00 43.00 11 10 3 11 2 6 United States Of America

9 AUS 2137

LARUFFA Mark (M1960)

WILSON Bradley (M1973)

32.00 54.00 4 3 9 7 9 22 Australia

10 NED 11

BOOTH Mitch (M1963)

DERCKSEN Herbert (M1985)

34.00 46.00 4 12 7 7 6 10 The Netherlands

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Total 152 competitors.....Top 76 go through to Glod Fleet, next 76 go through to Silver Fleet for the remained of the series.

The following Aussies qualified in the Gold Fleet

4th - Darren Bundock / Glenn Ashby

6th - Mark Laruffa / Bradley Wilson

23rd - Greg Goodall / Brett Goodall

28th - Neville Thompson / Shamus Stevens

58th - Mal Richardson / Gordon Beath

63rd - PATERSON Shane Paterson / Jerome Binder

66th - Simon McKeon / Oliver McKeon

The following Aussies qualified in the Silver Fleet

79th - Taylor Booth / Mark Van Geloeren

81st - Chris Boag / Kez Stevens

101st - Russel McDonald / Dan Sims

118th - Don Dull / Kegan Dull

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After 6 days this is all thast on the Worlds site

Last run for today, the results are online here. After 3 races, 152 boats were on the line.

The winner is the GER 143 drived by Sach & Sach for the gold round, and the boat labelled AUS 45 dirved by Boag and Stevens for the silver round.

1 GER 143 - Capricorn ?

SACH Helge (M1956)

SACH Christian (M1958)

GOL 20.00 20.00 13.00 4 1 2 Germany

2 AUS 7 - Hobie

BUNDOCK Darren (M1971)

ASHBY Glenn (M1977)

GOL 33.00 33.00 26.00 3 3 1 Australia

3 GER 308 - Capricorn ?


EGNER Felix (M0000)

GOL 66.00 66.00 54.00 6 2 4 Germany

4 FRA 11 - Hobie

MOURNIAC Jean Christoph (M1970)

CITEAU Franck (M1969)

GOL 80.00 80.00 12.00 10 22 36 C N STE MAXIME - France


5 NED 578 - Nacra Infusion

SAMAMA Wouter (M1981)

VAN LEEUWEN Jeroen (M1981)

GOL 81.00 81.00 51.00 5 13 12 The Netherlands

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The Sach Brothers sailing at the age of 50 and 48 win the 2006 F18 World Championships.

Aussies results are

Gold Fleet

2nd - Darren Bundock / Glenn Ashby

14th - Mark Laruffa / Bradley Wilson

32nd - Neville Thompson / Shamus Stevens

35th - Greg Goodall / Brett Goodall

57th - PATERSON Shane Paterson / Jerome Binder

65th - Mal Richardson / Gordon Beath

73rd - Simon McKeon / Oliver McKeon

Silver Fleet

77th - Chris Boag / Kez Stevens

80th - Taylor Booth / Mark Van Geloeren

86th - Russel McDonald / Dan Sims

118th - Don Dull / Kegan Dull

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