Please select your home edition
Edition
C-Tech Emirates

Dramatic last day at the F18 World Championship

by World Sailing 8 Jul 23:13 PDT 27 June - 4 July 2019
Bundock and Nicholas - F18 World Championship 2019 © Marc González AlomĂ 

One would have guessed for close racing on the final day of the F18 World Championship in Costa Brava, Spain, but the truth was stranger than the fiction as the two leading teams did not stop playing cats and dogs.

When launching in the early afternoon, Australia's Darren Bundock and Conor Nicholas only had a three point advantage over Greece's Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigkonis, who led the Championship from race one to ten.

By respectively finishing tenth and fifth in Race 12, the two teams were locked on 21 points each and with two races remaining, more drama was to come.

Paschalidis and Trigkonis won Race 13 and as Bundock and Nicholas finished seventh, the Championship looked as if it was heading back to Greece. But the Australians fought back, winning the final race of the series and as the Greeks finished in 17th, Bundock became a five-time F18 World Champion.

There was similar drama for the final podium spot. Mitch and Ruben Booth (AUS) came within two points of Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser (ARG) after winning the 12th race of the series. But their comeback was thwarted after a 24th in Race 13. The Argentineans held on to bronze.

On a more general perspective, the Championship has been viewed as success for the Class, thanks to Club de Vela La Ballena Alegre as well as an increase in skill of the fleet as well as emerging talents bringing new blood to the F18 Class Association.

Full results available here.

Related Articles

St. Barth Cata-Cup overall
Victory for Jean-Christophe Mourniac & Antoine Rucard Sunday, November 24, the fourth and final day of the St. Barth Cata Cup, was decisive, with four boats still in contention for the top prize before the last two races. Posted on 25 Nov
St. Barth Cata-Cup day 3
Who will be on the final podium? Today, Saturday, November 23, the third day of competition saw the 60 duos in the 12th edition of the St.Barth Cata Cup facing a first race in the bay of Saint Jean, then a tour around the island with a coefficient of two Posted on 24 Nov
St. Barth Cata-Cup day 2
Battles to the finish On Friday, the second day of competition for the 12th annual St.Barth Cata Cup, the 60 competing teams set sail at 11 o'clock for a 15-mile race between the bay of Saint Jean and Coco, the small island off the coast of Saline. Posted on 23 Nov
St. Barth Cata-Cup day 1
Gonzalez Smith & Heuser take charge The 12th edition of St.Barth Cata Cup opened on Thursday, November 21. On this first day of racing, the 60 participating duos that expected to sail in light winds were finally able to enjoy winds of 8 to 15 knots. Posted on 22 Nov
St. Barth Cata-Cup: In the starting blocks!
60 duos participating in the 12th edition are ready for some serious competition After a day dedicated to getting the boats ready, confirming registrations, and initial training, the 60 duos participating in the 12th edition of the Cata Cup are ready for some serious competition. Posted on 21 Nov
St. Barth Cata-Cup: A sold out regatta!
The 12th edition is right around the corner The 12th edition of the St. Barth Cata Cup is right around the corner, and it's a full house. As of today, with 60 duos registered, the regatta is, as they say, sold out! Posted on 7 Nov
12th St. Barth Cata Cup - Preview
Already 59 racing duos entered, representing 11 nations The starting gun for the 12th edition of the St Barth Cata-Cup will be fired in less than two months. There are already 59 teams of two signed up to race, proof that this F18 competition continues to be a success. Posted on 1 Oct
2019 Coffs Harbour Catamaran Classic
Returning after a two decade absence of Off The Beach regattas After a two decade absence of Off The Beach regattas, Coffs Harbour Yacht Club successfully hosted the Coffs Harbour Catamaran Classic over the weekend of 14th and 15th of September with almost 50 entries over three divisions Posted on 20 Sep
Buzzards Bay Regatta wrap up
Three days of sunshine filled racing Shields and J 80s raced in Marion, hosted by Beverly Yacht Club and F 18 catamarans, Melges 20s, 505s, Laser Masters, Marshall Sandpipers, AV 8, Foil and Leading edge Kites, PHRF Race and Multihulls raced from the New Bedford Yacht Club. Posted on 10 Aug
Felixstowe Ferry SC Cat Open 2019
30 boats arrive to double the previous year's entry FFSC held its second ever catamaran open last weekend hosting a wide variety of catamarans. The event included the Dart 16 National Championships and was a part of the Formula 18, Shearwater and Catapult Traveller Series. Posted on 5 Aug
SOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 BottomMarine Resources 2019 - FooterPandB 2019 Autumn Sale - Footer