Weather plays its part at F18 World Championships

Sailing action
Sailing action

The F18’s experienced three seasons in Bangor at the 2014 F18 World Championships.

The day started off with little wind and vertical rain.

Thankfully the forecasted breeze and sunshine started to set in just as the fleet went afloat, and the day finished with 20 knots, sunshine and rolling waves.

Simon Farren found themselves first at the windward mark with a large lead over France’s Rouges/Souben and Germany’s Tonne/Sunnocks.

With a 20 degree shift to the right, a mark boat was positioned below the gate to signal a course change starboard and shortened.

Unfortunately Grant mistook this for a shortened course and proceeded to the finish line under spinnaker where he dropped it and turned to watch the others.

He somehow managed to regain first place by the next windward but had lost the lead and on the run was passed by Patrick Demesmaeker and Klass Victor from Royal Belgium Sailing Club followed by the French Mourniac’s and the German Sach brothers.

Thankfully by Race three, the fleet decided that they were fed up with general recalls and everyone got away cleanly.

Still in light winds, it was the turn of the a youth team from Florida - Taylor Reiss and Matthew Whitehead - to show the rest of fleet a clean pair of hulls and lead the way home from the first mark.

The Sachs brothers backed up their earlier light wind showing to take second and the overall lead.

A little more wind for Race four got things a bit excited. Gunnar Larsen and Ferdinand van West were clean first off the start line followed out by Reiss/Whitehead over to the left.

At the other end two French boats bounced off the pin end mark boat onto port and then took out the Irish crew of Dermot McHugh and Siobhan Keogh.

And Larsen/ van West showed their pedigree to finish ahead of the French crews of Lois Breeder and Hugo le Pomellec, followed the Mourniac family.