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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Stormy Start To F18 World Championships

The first day of racing at the Groupama Garancia F18 Catamaran World Championship delivered some wild weather but despite the 35 knot winds four races were held.
Photo: f18photos.com/Aron Szanto
Racing was delayed until the strong nor'westerly wind eased but when competitors hit the water it made for exciting and super fast sailing in the first two races.
Photo: f18photos.com/Aron Szanto
The wind shifted to the southwest for the afternoon's two races hat didn't finish until after 7:00pm.
Photo: f18photos.com/Aron Szanto
The catamarans are racing in four colour groups on the rare track. Two “colours” start at the same time and after qualifying are ranked into silver or gold class. Naturally, everyone wants to be in the elite gold group, but it’s not going to be easy given the talent among this fleet.
Photo: f18photos.com/Aron Szanto
Many of the world's leading catamaran sailors are competing including Australia's Darren Bundock and the dynamic Dutch duo of Mischa Heemskerk and Koen de Koning with the latter looking very strong and will be the man to beat.
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But for Australia's Josh McKnight, who is racing with fellow Sydneysider Jason Waterhouse, competing in Hungary is a blast.
Photo: f18photos.com/Aron Szanto
"The sailing is interesting one minute you can be in the top bunch and the next your out the back with not many opportunities to move up through the fleet. its a real live game of snakes and ladders but with way too many snakes. The biggest challenges so far has been trying to read the breeze and set your rig up accordingly. It really is a wild guess with what the wind will do and where you are going to gain boats. The regatta orgaizers have done a great job with the whole event," McKnight said.
Photo: f18photos.com/Aron Szanto
Lulu Roseman

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