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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!
  • SFF18 January 2020 Update
    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: https://usf18.com/tuning-tips/ 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!

    Posted Jan 28, 2020, 6:26 PM by sfformula18
  • 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
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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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