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USF-16 North Americans 2018

Dear F16 Sailors:
Hope your summer sailing seasons are going well.  We've had some great regattas here in the Midwest with the F16s racing very competitively against each other, as well as with F18s , Tornados and a Nacra 20, with which we typically share a course.  Any of these boats, well sailed, can take line honors, reinforcing the belief that the best sailors will usually win, regardless of which cat they're sailing.  
We had a nice fleet of F16s assembled in June to race in a combined Catamaran Racing Association of Michigan and Catamaran Racing Association of Wisconsin event, which was held on the southern tip of Lake Michigan in New Buffalo.  We had Vipers, Blades, Falcons and a Nacra all represented.  Racing was tight in a variety of conditions, and a fantastic time was had by all.  
This email is a simple reminder to mark your calendars for Nov. 2 - 5 for our North American Championships in Clearwater, Florida.  We had a great racing and super fun social events there last year, so those of us from the north are particularly looking forward to it as way to extend our soft water sailing season (a month later we've typically got the iceboats out).  Once again, we'll have the Nacra 15 fleet racing with us, which positive for youth development and exposure for the fleet to potential future members.    
Details will be forthcoming, but mark your calendars now, as you'll not want to miss it!
Daniel Hearn
USF-16 Chairman
USA 5352

2018 Formula 16 North American Championships

Mark your calendars for November 2,3,4 and 5! 

We're going back to Clearwater, Florida for the 2018 Formula 16 North American Championships.

And I expect Red Gear Racing will be offering training opportunity prior to the racing days. Details on that will be announced as they become available.

Once again we will be including the Nacra 15s in our event, to contribute to the development of youth catamaran sailing, and to gain exposure for the F16 among teams who may eventually step up to the F16.

Same as 2017, we will be racing together with a single start, though the fleets will be scored separately. Yes, there is potential that boats not racing against each other could get tangled up, but it's the same possibility for all competitors. It's really nothing to fret about, so bring your best stuff and join us for a great time!

In 2019, I am very hopeful that the stars will align, and the Formula 16 and Formula 18 Fleets will come together for a combined North American Championships. There would be many advantages both for organizers and competitors. The North Cape Yacht Club in Michigan has been discussed as a potential venue for such an event. For a regatta this large, racing might take place as separate fleets on separate courses, but it sure would be fun to bring all these North American cat sailors together in one place. It's happening in other parts of the world, so let's keep the dialog flowing. The 18s will be together for their Worlds in Sarasota in October, and we'll be together for our NAs in November. Hopefully both groups will be behind the idea after those events and we'll break new ground in 2019!

That's all I've got for now.

Happy New Year to all!


Daniel Hearn
USF-16 Chairman

Old Dogs Rule at 2017 F16 North American Championships

(Submitted by Daniel Hearn, Class Chairman)

usf162 17Four of the top five spots at the event recently completed in Clearwater, Florida were captured by teams tipping the half century mark at both helm and typically crew. After three consecutive 4-race days in double trapeze conditions, the team of Robbie Daniel (Florida) and Gary Chu (Wisconsin) came out on top with six bullets and no other finish lower than a three. Second Place was captured by husband and wife team, Matt and Gina McDonald (Florida), with impressive throws of just a three and a four. Defending Champions, and the only Top Five team without gray hair on board, were youth team, Mark Brunsvold and Dylan Heinz (Florida) finishing in Third. The single-handed Champion was Ken Marshack (Washington).

Embracing the importance of attracting more youth to catamaran sailing, the Formula 16 Fleet invited the Nacra 15s to participate in the event. The two fleets shared a single start, amounting to 23 boats on the line. The youth teams sailed exceptionally well, gathering valuable bigger fleet experience. Matthew Monts (South Carolina) and Carlyn Blauvelt (Georgia) claimed First Place in the N15 Fleet. Great sportsmanship was displayed by all sailors throughout the event, as evidenced by the fact that the Protest Committee was not called upon a single time throughout the week. The Race Committee also conducted a flawless event, much appreciated by all participants. Special thanks go out to lead sponsor, Red Gear Racing, and to Jill Nickerson for her never-ending support.

At the Class Meeting, which preceded a spectacular dinner, the new leadership team was nominated and elected. Meeting Minutes will be published at USF16.org soon detailing all agreements. Plans are also in the works for a 2018 Championship. The leadership team expects to make an official announcement before year-end.


Registration Deadline

Dear F16 and N15 Sailing Friends:

Wow, time flies! October 1 is just around the corner, and that marks the last day before the late registration fees go into effect. If you're registered, but haven't paid your fee yet, please do so now. If you were on the fence wondering if everything was a go, post hurricane, wonder no more, as Clearwater, thankfully, came through with little damage.

Our season here in the north is all but over, so we're looking forward to extending our season in sunny Florida the first week of November. See you there!

For your convenience, here's the registration link: Regatta Network Registration Link


Daniel Hearn
(Acting) USF-16 Chairman
Madison, WI


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