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  • Welcome to Formula 18 sailing in San Francisco Bay and Northern California! For more information about F18s, please read our notes on the class. For contact information see the page about us. To join our email list you can click here. To subscribe to these announcements with a feed reader, you can use this RSS link. (What is RSS?) We hope to see you out on the water!
  • SFYC Multihull
    Six F-18 catamarans competed in the San Francisco Yacht Club Multihull Regatta July 23 to 24. The regatta, in the beautiful and warm setting of Belvedere Cove, is without doubt one of the highlights of the yearly F-18 regatta schedule. During the racing weekend a heat bubble expanded over the bay and produced sunny and pleasant weather. However, high inland temperatures and strong Pacific Ocean winds ready to be curved into the bay resulted in the usual July wind fest for only the toughest crews!

    Saturday racing started early at 11:30 am on a simple upwind-downwind course set on the northern part of the Berkeley Circle. Kaos and Control dominated the day with two first and one second place finish. The wind continued to increase in strength with many gusts reaching up to 25 knots. The last race of the day saw near pitchpoles, two spectacular capsizes, and three boats giving up early. Sunday racing occurred on the waters west of Angel Island. Due to strong and sustained winds over 22 knots the race committee decided to hold only one race. With Kaos and Control forced to return to land due to technical difficulties the series overall win went to Le Zebra and skipper Paul Galvez from Los Angeles who took a brief break from his I-14 world championship campaign to sail in the Bay.

    Congratulations to Paul and thanks to the San Francisco Yacht Club race committee which kept a weekend of intense sailing at high winds safe and enjoyable. Saturday night was crowned by a fantastic potluck barbeque held at Charles Froeb’s residence in honor of long-term fleet president Phillip Meredith who decided to embark on new endeavors sailing the bay area’s first Dragonfly trimaran.

    For full race results go to http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=13007&show_crew=1
    Posted Jul 31, 2016, 3:48 PM by sfformula18
  • Everything SF Bay has to offer
    This year's Westpoint Regatta did not disappoint with wind in the mid 20's in the central bay near Angel Island and Alcatraz, a more moderate section down the Peninsula to catch our breaths, and a final run to the finish with winds in the high teens south of the San Mateo bridge. With a more southerly than usual wind direction this year, most boats power-reached after rounding Alcatraz and delayed launching spinnakers until after the Bay Bridge. All in all, another perfect day for a great race. The SFYC Multihull Regatta is next in our July double header.

    Posted Jul 13, 2016, 12:35 PM by sfformula18
  • 2016 Delta Ditch (mercifully) in the books
    Many thanks are in order for getting through this one. Thanks to all for a safe, but painfully slow ditch run. Congrats to Matthaeus and Jake on a well-sailed race. Thanks to Lowell and Ed for running chase. Thanks to the Stockton Sailing Club and RYC for putting on the race and including the F18 fleet.

    Posted Jun 6, 2016, 12:16 PM by sfformula18
  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus after the AP
    Never bet against the westerly during the AP. Fantastic fleet action shots at the Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta. All photos courtesy of Chris Ray www.crayivp.com

    Posted May 3, 2016, 11:30 AM by sfformula18
  • San Diego Sat., San Francisco Sun.

    Warm, sunny skies and an uncharacteristically light north wind greeted the teams at the Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta this past Sat. As all boats congregated close to the RC boat, while watching an unusual upwind Great Vallejo Race get under way, the customary westerly eventually filled in. Moderate winds on Sat served as a warm-up for the main event the next day. On Sun, San Francisco Bay made a welcome return to form with the usual westerly winds in the high teens. A nice ebb against the wind placed a premium on boathandling, and an early flood along the city front shore provided interesting tactical decisions. A fun time was had by all teams with varied and close racing, as 4 different boats took the lead spot around the windward mark in races over the course of the weekend. Death and destruction await next in the Delta Ditch.

    Posted May 3, 2016, 11:24 AM by sfformula18
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This list pulls together events from 3 calendars: the SFF18 Major events in gold, other events in California with planned F18 participation in purple, and weekly practices and other potential races in green. Use the small arrow next to the "Print" button at the top-right if you want to filter out some calendars. See the Events page for a larger version.

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