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#162964 - 12/18/08 01:20 PM US Pacific Northwest - 2009 F18 Early News  
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With the new year right around the corner I thought that it would be good to provide a preview of what is coming up in 2009 for the PNW Formula 18 fleet.

The PNW F18 fleet currently have 5 top-notch events on the calendar for 2009 and all the regattas should be very solid events based on 2008 attendance. If you are interested in only doing 1 or 2 events, I would suggest the NOODs or WAVES which had the highest attendance and best post race events.

I will update this forum with the final schedule, but for right now here are the current dates...

Jericho Flights of Spring - Jericho Sailing Center BC - April 18,19
Seattle Sailing World NOOD - Seattle CYC/SYC - May 15,16,17
WAVES Olympic Can Am - Vancouver BC RVYC - June 27,28
Bellingham OD - Bellingham BYC - September 19,20
Seattle F18 Fleet Championships - Seattle CYC - October 3,4

In 2008 the PNW Fleet saw great competition between the Infusions/NACRA F18s and Tigers with Scott McDonald (BC) and Andrepont/Koch (Seattle) swapping race wins and near the top of North American rankings and Colwell/Colwell (Bellingham) winning the F18 Fleet Championships in Seattle as well as the Tiger NAs.

For more information you can contact the PNW fleet reps at F18teamblur at live.com ...

Also....

- 2009-2012 Racing Rules Seminar - Sponsored by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle - www.cycseattle.org

Puget Sound sailors will have a chance to get a head start on understanding changes in the racing rules Jan. 16 at a seminar to be conducted in Seattle by Dick Rose, an internationally recognized rules expert and the rules columnist for Sailing World magazine.

The seminar will be held at the Magnuson Park Theater, 7110 62nd Ave., NE, beginning at 7 p.m. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Sailing Foundation, and Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle is sponsoring the seminar.

Rose is a longtime member of the Racing Rules Committee of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and was part of the working group that developed the changes in the Racing Rules of Sailing that will take effect Jan.1, 2009.

By far the most significant changes are major revisions in rules that apply at marks and obstructions, in Part 2, Section C of the rules.

"The old Section C rules, particularly old Rule 18, were by far the most complicated of the 2005-2008 rules," Rose said. "While competitors generally liked the 'game' they produced, many sailors and officials called for simplification."

In response, the rules committees of US Sailing and the Royal Yachting Association developed several drafts of possible revisions to Section C, and proposed rules were tested on the water by various fleets in 2006. Some of those tests were conducted by the fleets that race in CYC races on Lake Washington.

The ISAF then appointed five rules experts from the U.K. and the U.S.A., including Rose, to develop the new Section C rules.

Rose said sailors who have new rule books should bring them to the seminar.
Rule books also will be available for purchase.

Tickets will be on sale at the door at $15 for Adults and $5 for students, payable by cash or check at the door.

The Sailing Foundation provides grants to help high school and college teams travel to national championships and assists in acquiring boats for youth racing fleets in the Puget Sound area. Corinthian Yacht Club is the largest sailboat racing club in the Northwest.

The theater where the seminar will be held is part of the Magnuson Park Community Center. To reach the theater, enter Magnuson Park from Sand Point Way at NE 74th Street ( the location of the security gate used when the park was a U.S. Navy Base). Then turn right on 62nd Avenue NE, and the Community Center is the large brick building about 100 yards up the street on the left.

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#170189 - 03/02/09 11:58 PM Re: US Pacific Northwest - 2009 F18 Early News [Re: USA1273]  
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NOOD REGATTA - F18 PNW Regional Championships

March is here and Flights of Spring, the first F18 regatta of the season is only one month away and followed by the NOOD Regatta in May! Racing for the F18s take place May 16-17th, 2009.

As of February we had 8 teams get back to me that they would like to race in the event and the consensus is that we would race only 2 days – Saturday and Sunday (along with all the dinghies). I think we will most likely have 12-15 boats on the line come race day...

As of March 1, the online registration is up for the Seattle NOOD with registration and all regatta information at:

www.sailingworld.com
Then click: NOOD Regattas
Then click: Seattle under the list of locations
Under the Seattle Info Center you will see Online Registration

Sailing World will be adding more information on the Info Center over the next few weeks. The Notice of Race is located on the Regatta Info Center; please read over to answer any questions you may have. If you have any other questions please email me!! I will also be working with Sailing World to secure the same storage location that we had last year.

Class formation deadline is May 4th; each class needs a minimum of six boats for a class to remain eligible to race. The late fee starts May 4th at 5pm EST. Please keep this is mind when sending registration by fax or mail.

The last day to receive a refund or cancel your entry is May 11th.

I will update everyone as soon as I know more.

Cheers,

Paul Andrepont
USA2477
F18teamblur at live.com
www.f18teamblur.com



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#178765 - 05/19/09 12:01 AM Re: US Pacific Northwest - 2009 F18 Early News [Re: USA1273]  
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Sailing World Articles: http://www.sailingworld.com/nood-re...er-seattle-nood-coverage-1000071734.html

Sailing World Images (4 of 20 images are of the F18s): http://sailingworld.com/photogallery.jsp?ID=1000023979&picture=12

Tim Wilkes Images: http://marinephotography.biz/search...9%20international%20formula18&more=1

Well not every regatta goes as planned.... The Seattle NOODS/F18 PNW Championships were this past weekend:

As Don Atchley wrote -

Well, not quite what we expected but a great event in regards to visibility and awareness for our class.

Saturday was a bust for wind. We all sat around and gossiped. Then we went down to the slips and mingled. It was like attending boat show. The visual of TEN fully rigged F18 in formation at the top of the boat ramp and 2 more on the dinghy docks garnered many questions from pedestrians. I got to chat with Olympic coaches and such during the beautiful spring day on Puget Sound. Everybody was somebody is seemed.

Every couple of hours the RC would come out of door on the roof of the yacht club. If they saw their shadow, it meant 2 more hours of delay…

The racing was called off at 3:30pm and the preparation for the evening events began. The teams began the night with food and drinks under the party tent with a building breeze coming in around 5:00 finally.

While our group called it all in and headed for a social at Paul and Lean Andrepont’s house down the road. The breeze was too much for Bryan Colewell to pass on. He geared up and went out for a sail.

Sunday came way too early, mostly because we had way too much rum the night before. We rigged the boats same as the day before and waited. The RC announced an 11:30 start regardless.

We got towed out to the course and then proceeded to engage in 4 micro races. 1 tack to A-mark. Pop the spinnaker and then 1 jibe to the finish.

On the way in to the docks, the wind picked up enough to let us buzz the beach and actually fly a hull. John Hoage skippered the newest Tiger to victory. Grabbing the start and hitting the inside shore first every time.

The end result. Lots of sun, very little wind, and a great social event on the water with some of the best sailors in the Pacific Northwest.

Formula 18 PNW Championships - 12 Boats

1. John Hoage/Todd Christianson
2. Paul Andrepont/Andy Koch
3. Ben Colewell/Crew

4 races - race wins split between John/Todd (2 wins) and Paul/Andy (2 wins)

Overall, the PNW Spring F18 season has been a very light air affair with not one race this season sailed in over 15 knots of wind.

Next up - WAVES in Vancouver....

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