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We have an active fleet that sails at least once a week and often twice a week.  Once in a while one of us gets to writing up our excursions.  Here are those write ups.

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SFF18 January 2020 Update

posted Jan 28, 2020, 6:26 PM by sfformula18

Bay Area F18 sailors gathered at San Francisco Yacht Club in Tiberon, CA on Saturday, January 11th for dinner and
a meeting to discuss the fleet participation in bay area and regional races, as well as local fleet events. There was a
good turnout of twelve sailors eager for the season, as well as Charles Froeb’s hand-picked wine selections and
stories from our special guests.

We invited Andrew Macpherson, aka, “Macca”, former product manager for Nacra and Hobie, as well as coach for
Nacra 17 Olympic Teams and the China SailGP team, to speak about holding a fleet tuning and skills clinic in the
spring. Stay tuned for more information on where and when that will be happening. An impromptu clinic Macca
held for CRAW during a no wind day can be seen here: Macca’s videos are towards
the bottom.

Patrick Muglia, who crewed for Pete Melvin in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and works in the advanced composites
industry, joined us and told some great stories from that campaign. In attendance was James Melvin, Pete’s son,
who learned a few new stories about his Dad, including mast material and weight innovations that resulted in
some stricter regs for the Tornados post Olympics.

Bay Area and SoCal races were discussed that may be of interest to us, especially with F18 America’s being held in
San Diego. A shared Google Sheet has been established under the following link-please initial the races you think
you can participate in so we can start working with race committees:

The fleet is planning our first group sail during the San Francisco SailGP races, May 2-3. This will be an opportunity
to sail together but more importantly, showcase F18’s to attract new sailors to the fleet. We’re going to try and get
a static display of an F18 at St. Francis YC with contact information for people to get in touch with the fleet. It
would also be good to have the SFF18 website address on the boats, such as on the mast, sails, etc.

Stay tuned for updates on races, group sails and the clinic here on the website. Looking forward to a great season!

SFYC Multihull

posted Jul 27, 2016, 5:52 PM by sfformula18   [ updated Jul 31, 2016, 3:48 PM ]

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

Everything SF Bay has to offer

posted Jul 13, 2016, 12:35 PM by sfformula18

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.

2016 Delta Ditch (mercifully) in the books

posted Jun 6, 2016, 12:03 PM by sfformula18   [ updated Jun 6, 2016, 12:16 PM ]

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.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus after the AP

posted May 3, 2016, 11:18 AM by sfformula18   [ updated May 3, 2016, 11:30 AM ]

Never bet against the westerly during the AP. Fantastic fleet action shots at the Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta. All photos courtesy of Chris Ray

San Diego Sat., San Francisco Sun.

posted May 2, 2016, 10:29 PM by sfformula18   [ updated May 3, 2016, 11:24 AM ]

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.

In like a lamb, out like a lion

posted Mar 21, 2016, 1:47 PM by sfformula18   [ updated Mar 21, 2016, 9:27 PM ]

Photo: Chris Ray   CRAYVIP.COM

The St Francis Spring Dinghy Regatta, the season opener for the San Francisco F18 fleet, has come and gone.  Boats and crews were able to challenge themselves in the full range of conditions SF Bay has to offer.  Saturday started out mild with average winds in the low teens -- prime rockstar conditions.  A final 4th race with patchy winds and holes along the city front offered some surprises and shook up the finishing order.  Sunday's first race picked up where Sat left off -- mild conditions but with a minefield of dead zones at the leeward mark, which some boats fell prey to.  And for the final race of Sun, the predicted storm front blew in and offered up SF Bay's customary 20 kt gusts as its parting gift to all boats and crews. Next up is the Elvstrom Zellerbach regatta on 4/30 weekend. 

More great shots at

Winter fun

posted Mar 4, 2016, 2:44 PM by sfformula18   [ updated Mar 4, 2016, 2:50 PM ]

Photo: Peter Weigt

Winter Single/Doublehanded series #1 out of Redwood City.  Just another fantastic winter sailing day in the Bay Area.  Great to live here.

Planning 2016

posted Jan 30, 2016, 6:04 PM by sfformula18

Thanks Everyone for a wonderful night of catching up and planning for the 2016 season.  Special thanks to Charles for hosting and bringing more wine than anyone could drink.

A Good Cause

posted Oct 28, 2015, 2:11 PM by sfformula18

Photo: Elliot Karlan

For the first time, the F18 fleet joined the many charitable monohulls for this year's Leukemia Cup hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club.
The winds built nicely and the one day event delivered a terrific tour and fairly demanding conditions for our fleet. It was an exciting day for every team.  Unfortunately, no team was able to finish, but the stories are many.  Catch the guys at the bar next time to hear some good sea tales.

Here you will find some shots from press photographer, Elliot Karlan.


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