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    Posted: 14 Jul 06 at 8:20am

First results
three races, divided into two pools. Aussies Bundock and Luffaruppara in the top ten. Goodall 25th, Thompson 26, Richardson 50, McKeon 58, Boag 66, Peterson 75,McDonald 79, Taylor Booth 80, Dull 107th.
They need to finish in the top 60 today to advance to the Gold fleet for the finals.

For anybody that does not know, Mark is the Chairman of the AUS 2007 F18 Worlds Organising Committee and is the main driving force behind the event. He is also backed up by many hardworking AUS F18 sailors on the committee, many of whome have taken a short break to attend the Hyeres Worlds and market our Worlds too the Internationals.

Been a very big work load on these guys (and will continue to be) which has realy chewed into their 06 Worlds preperation. Lets hope that it does not show in the results for them.


Quote from Andrew Holden AUS F18 Secretary

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.


Reports from Jacques Bernier

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.

Follow the action at the web site for the event:

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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 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:

More tomorrow..


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-



So top ten after six races:

1 FRA 11 MOURNIAC Jean Christoph CITEAU Franck

2 GER 143 SACH Helge (M1956) SACH Christian (M1958)

3 FRA 555 BESSON Billy (M1981) JARLEGAN Arnaud (M1976)

4 NED 76 VAN DER MEULEN Reindert Jan (F1965) KNOL Carina

5 NED 1 KENBEEK Remco (M1972) BROUWER Paul (M1962)

6 AUS 7 BUNDOCK Darren (M1971) ASHBY Glenn (M1977)

7 ESP 21 ECHAVARRI Fernando (M1972) PAZ Anton (M1976)

8 USA 2136 THOMAS Greg (M1969) BERNIER Jacques (M1970)

9 AUS 2137 LARUFFA Mark (M1960) WILSON Bradley (M1973)

10 NED 11 BOOTH Mitch (M1963) DERCKSEN Herbert (M1985)

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

1 GER 143 - Capricorn
Helge Sach / Christian Sach

2 AUS 7 - Hobie
Darren Bundock / Glenn Ashby

3 GER 308 - Capricorn
Andrew Landenberger / Felix Egner

4 FRA 11 - Hobie
Jean Christoph Mourniac / Franck Citeau

5 NED 578 - Nacra Infusion
Wouter Samama / Jeroen Van Leeuwen

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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