Great fight between those two boats all this tuscany week, master jedi onboard, fast regular, the top of catsailing world. Coolest Billy and Jé win the battle despite "little speed issue upwind", no kidding ? photo: Franck Tiffon

Misha (A Class World Champ)/Bastiaan are incredible sailors, foxxy Booth (Olympic medalist) and son write a so nice and performing family story, Vendée Globe heroe and (one of the) world best crew F17 Matthieu, are very good and professional, but not enough to beat Hugues Styles/ Richard Mason and Billy Besson / Jérémy Lagarrigue those guys are simply the stars of our sport .

Special notice to the 6th and first mixed : Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet, Moana find in Tuscany his better result on a F18 world ever I think, working hard in the french squad is a key andplease do notice also they were sailing not on a brand new boat. F18 level is for the moment above Olympic circus, people are older, more experience, and the boat need « muscle ». Bravo Manon Audinet.

Battle for start, very tough, lot of BFD, the moment for real and tough sailor, your not technical enough mean your race is almost finished. photo: Franck Tiffon

4 french in the top 10, 2 aussies, 1 brit, 1 « spanish », 1 italian, 1 ned. Obviously our  friends from Holland are very focus on Nacra 17. The F18 people are feeding the Olympic circus, the old nation are still strong, former Tornado people like the greek Iordanis Paschalidis (I’ll make a post about this great and nice people) and Gustaf Dyrssen who’s never come back to monohull (ha ha !) are in the top 12, people from Oman Al Hadi / Ashim are 15, that is amazing and they are the best from the « F18 new world », south american are in the top 20. That is a nice progress.

From USA Taylor/Whitehead are best Youth, Romain and Valentin Bellet did a great regatta and are the second Youth, Van Dijk/Kleisweg from holland third. Only 13 youth (< 23 years old) on this world, 7 youth french. Just a word about the silly idea of the french MNA to kill Hobie 16 series for the youth, especially when you consider that the top french sailors (except Gabart) are from this old boat but so good fleet.

This Italian F18 world Championship has been for the sailors one of the best ever.

About the boat, Olivier Bovyn can be happy, F18 concept works despite some blocks and floating daggerboard or 3 mm too long boat. Billy and Jérémie win the world on a boat just out of the box in Carnac… That is F18 spirit. This said the competition equity gain to have crystal clear procedure when making the 4 groups for qualifications. Be member of yellow and green group was 5 point a race « malus » so 30 point in total for qualification.The moment to introduce the concept of « Gentleman sailors » (specific podium for sailors from second half of national ranking list) thas has been created by the french F18 association since 2010.

The wall. Yves C. is not liking the over lay line, Master Yves is soooooo right, it is awful for sure . May be thats explain why brand new comer in F18, want to have faster boat, just to sail additionnal distance. I know that is not fair, sorry but I cannot help :-) . photo: "the" Franck

On shore pasta party was a very good moment, e-communication, video and big screen can be axes to improve the fest. On the water perfect wind condition and great people and friends from Follonica (I love Negrino ;-) ) make amazing races. Comité was good, important to notice, jury was fast but not furious, very good thing.

Battle for the downwind mark, here also the sail thickness does not matter (special dedicace), just good skill needed. photo: Franck Tiffon

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Yoann Trecul, Paul Melot 7th in their race, one of the best youth (- 23 years old), FRA 7: Benjamin Dutreux, Gatien Planson on ShockWave mk2, youth also and very fast until another (well known) concurrent does not respect starboard priority , they have to go to the beach and repair.

Back to shore because of "ze orage"

One race today for the 4 groups, waiting for thermic wind, whiche remains quite instable. Departure line advantage vizor, right side of the field better but some lefty shift make the game interesting. Nice weather till bad clouds come with thunder, then the comittee prefer see the fleet ashore an decide at 18 pm to open the « tapas » buffet  and wine bar…
Great day indeed for the competitors, hundred story to tell, the best guy are in front ant it is difficult to be in the first half. Story of the day for Emmanuel Dodé et Fred Moreau:  » at the first tack Emmanuel fell in the water, happily we break nothin, 35th at the first mark, then we gybe set, we use the shift and the speed of our Cirrus R downind to gain several place, use again the shift in the second upwind, winning again, then we manage to finish 5 … »

Une course aujourd’hui pour les 4 groupes après avoir attendu la brise thermique qui demeurera instable. Ligne de départ avantagée viseur, un plan d’eau favorable à droite mais avec des « gauches » rendant le jeu intéressant. Beau temps jusqu’à des nuages menaçant et des éclairs arrivent. Le comité décident alors un retour à terre et décide à 18 heures l’ouverture du buffet de tapas et du bar à vin..

Superbe journée pour les compétiteurs , des centaines d’histoires se racontent, les meilleurs sont devant et il est difficile d’être dans la première moitié. L’histoire du jour est pour Emmanuel Dodé et Fred Moreau: « au premier virement Emmanuel tombe à l’eau, heureusement il ne casse rien, 35ème à la première marque, on « gybe set » (empannage à l’envoi du spi), en jouant sur les rotations du vent et la vitesse de notre Cirrus R au portant nous gagnons plusieurs places , dans la seconde montée idem et nous finissons 5ème de la course…

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