F18 Nationals; Crash Bang Happy Australia Day

Sean Langman and Andrew Cheney blast through the chop - F18 Nationals
The fleet in the John Cootes Furniture Warehouse F18 National Championships 2013 put on a fine spectacle for Australia Day in a building nor'easter, sailing from the Mannering Park Amateur Sailing Club on the southern end of Lake Macquarie, NSW.

The 36 boat fleet which included crew from Italy, Oman and New Zealand was peppered with same major names from the sailing world, some more normally associated with the monohull scene (Nina Curtis, Adam Beashel, Sean Langman and Krystal Weir to name a few).

Jason Waterhouse (2011 National Champion) and crew Brett Goodall provided a masterclass in heavy air sailing, taking a 1,2,2 in the three races of Day 1 run by the race committee, before racing was called off for the day with gusts regularly hitting 25 knots.

Crosbie and Dale Lorimer captured these images of some spectacular racing and plenty of capsizes at the top mark.

More pictures on Sail World and Crosbie Lorimer's website tomorrow.

Day 1 Results

Rod Waterhouse and Chris Way power away from the start - F18 Nationals

Mick Guinea and Viv Haydon head for the bottom mark gate - F18 Nationals

Nacra 5.8 at speed - F18 Nationals

The fleet hoists kites for the downwind leg. - F18 Nationals

Brett and Lachie White on the edge - F18 Nationals

Matt Horman and Adrian Forset survive the top mark rounding passing those who haven't. - F18 Nationals

Adam Beashel and Grant Pellew hit the dive button - F18 Nationals

Brett Burvill and Ryan Duffield - F18 Nationals

Peter Lane and Grant Maver hanging ten - F18 Nationals

Going going gone! - F18 Nationals

Carnage at the top mark - F18 Nationals

The day’s leaders Jason Waterhouse and Brett Goodall - F18 Nationals