August 25, 2010 08:34
This weekend saw the F18 National Championships held at Whitstable Yacht Club, it was a fantastic event “the best nationals for a long while, well done to Whitstable” was heard at the prize giving after the last 3 days had given fruit to all conditions + excellent close racing.
Team Boskalis sailors Hugh Styles + Chris Rashley sailing a NACRA Infusion dominated the regatta from start to finish counting 5 firsts and a 2nd place, this is the 5th National Championship win in the F18 class for Styles. At Whitstable 2nd place overall went to John Worthington and Seb Gruber who were very impressive in the breeze, in another NACRA Infusion and in 3rd Matt Humphries and Luke Yates.
This year the Formula 18 class had the best turn out at one of its National championships ever, this is down to the good balance which exists within the class between good testing racing at break neck speeds and good fun social banter off the water. Its amazing to see the success of the class, even in the UK where catamaran sailing is the poor relation to the dinghy sailing, popularity is building and this is mirrored internationally, with the recently held worlds in France which had a limited entry of 160 teams competed for the title, and the top 20 of this looking like a who’s who of Olympic Tornado teams of recent years.
To the regatta, Friday and Saturday provided champagne sailing in fresh winds and sunny skies, and racing on the tidal waters of the Thames estuary teams had to make tough lay line calls both up and down wind. Three races on the Friday and race one saw some really close racing between Styles and Rashley and Rob Wilson and Marcus Lynch, this was won by Styles and Rashley. The second race was very open, and then disaster stuck for Wilson as he broke his mast, ending his regatta. Race two was won by Worthington and Gruber, with David White and John Sweet a good second and Styles and Rashley third. Race three in more wind saw Styles and Rashley dominate from the front, with White and Sweet solid in second.
Saturday dawned even windier but with a cloudy sky, Stuart Gummer with Ryan Crawford lead the first lap of race 4, but were overhauled by Styles and Rashley who kept to the left side of the upwind on the second beat. The fifth race of the day in ever more increasing wind was blessed by sunshine, and a battle royal between Styles and Rashley and Worthigton and Gruber, the former lead for the first lap, to be overtaken on the downwind as Worthington powered through the chop, the teams were close again at the top but Worthington sailed another blistering downwind to take the winning gun. The last race of the day was cancelled due to too much wind, but with 4 races scheduled for the Sunday.
Sunday started with a SW 10 knots which died through the race and had Styles & Rashley tussling with Humphries & Yates, with Adam Piggott & Lewis Crawford third, and this is how I ended. As the wind died on the last leg it swung west 60 degrees and this turned the fleet inside out after the top 5 finished.
The wind disappeared and swung through 360 degrees until just before 1400 hrs when a SW breeze came in and the last race got away in 9 knots Styles and Rashley fought it out on the first lap, with Gummer and Crawford pushing hard, but this was not enough to hold off Styles and Rashley who managed to overhaul them and in doing so winning the Boskalis team the national title for the fifth time in 6 years for Styles.
Many thanks to Whitstable yacht club for their amazing hospitality, to Stuart Offer for the good race officering. Now the focus will be for the Forts race at Whitstable in 2 weekends time, then the F18 Inlands on the 16/17 Oct before the final event of the season the NACRA Nationals which will be at the Weston Cat open on the 6/7 November.
As ever nothing would be able to be achieved without the great support from the many sponsors family and friends so many thanks to:
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August 20, 2010 21:18
Great day F18 UK Nationals day 1, 1st, 3rd, 1st
posted by Hugh Styles // August 20, 2010 21:10
Whitstable was the venue and a fleet of 37 boats competing on the Thames estuary, with a South Westerly winds from 8 – 16 knots, big shifts and loads and loads of sunshine, it was champagne yachting as the F18 catamarans blasted up and downwind flat out wiring.
Race one was one of the best closest battles ive had racing for a long time, Chris Rashley and I were racing our Nacra Infusion against Rob Wilson and Marcus Lynch. The lead changed a number of times, but we managed to take the lead before the last mark and were never headed.
Race 2 was all about Jon Worthington and Seb Gruber who stormed out of the left side on the first beat and did a horizon job on the fleet, we were all left trying to catch up, David White and John Sweet second and Hugh Styles and Chris Rashley third.
Race three took it toll and left crews with tired arms and very thankful when they got to the finish. The race was lead from start to finish by Hugh Styles and Chris Rashley on their NACRA Infusion, followed again by David White and John Sweet in another NACRA Infusion, third Luke Yates and Matt Humphries.
The forecast for tomorrow is meant to be windier, which will put a little dampner on this evenings entertainment, but everyone is hoping for more champagne sailing tomorrow.
Thanks to all of Team Hugh Styles sponsors:
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August 23, 2009 22:24
Boskalis Team Styles and Van West win 2009 Formula 18 nationals
Parkstone Yacht Club hosted the 2009 F18 nationals over three days this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a great variety of sailing conditions and some excellent race management.
For the 2009 UK National Formula 18 class Champions Hugh Styles and Ferdinand Van West the event was another major championships win for them in their already successful 2009 season, which has included, winning Eurocat regatta in France, the Texel Dutch Open and 3rd at the F18 worlds.
This weekends event was sailed in Poole bay, and the fleet were treated to a whole hoast of conditions, with a very windy Friday through to a light and fickle wind in the last race today.
There was a good turn out of boats for the regatta 27 boats which included 2 entries from Ireland. Racing in Poole bay provided some good tactical sailing with a south to south south west wind for the Saturday and Sunday, but with some big pressure differences across the race track, and a lot of tide there were a great deal of shifts to take and opportunities to maek gains on the race track.
Friday’s conditons were rather extreme, but Styles and Van West had equally as good a day as Adam Piggott and Guy Filmore, and were first and second over night, with Grant Piggott crewed by Andrew Sinclair third.
Saturday dawned with much less wind and a race to catch up from Fridays missed last race. David White sailing a new NACRA Infusion sailed a great race to win race 3 of the series, and then followed that by winning race 4 as well. John Payne crewed by Matt Hunt claimed second in race 3, with Styles third and then the tables were turned in the 4th race when Styles was second and Payne 3rd. The 5th race went to the dynamic duo of Toby Orpin and Lewis Crawford, who sailed a cat and mouse race with Styles for the 3 laps of that race, third again was Payne. The 6th race went to Styles and Van West, who dominated the race leading from start to finish, with 2nd Grant Piggott and 3rd Payne.
Sunday and around 9 knots for the start of race 7 and after a shifty first beat Styles emerged as the leader at the first mark and worked away on each leg to have a commanding win by the finish, with Jon Worthington crewed by Seb Gruber sailing a really solid second and David White third. The 8th race saw another tricky first beat, with the fleet a bit split, Styles, Grant and Adam Piggott all took a bit of the right side at the bottom of the beat and Stuart Gummer and Jon Worthington the left, Styles managed to work a route out of the right but unluckily for the Piggotts this was not to be the case for them. Styles lead around every other mark and in winning the race confirmed the win of the overall UK F18 National championships with a race to spare, with 2nd Gummer and third David White again. Race 9 was a lighter wind affair and without Styles, who used the last race as discard, it was John Payne who showed the fleet home with Grant Piggott chasing hard in second and third Toby Orpin.
The overall positions:
1st Styles & Van West (NACRA Infusion)
2nd Piggott & Sinclair (NACRA Infusion)
3rd Gummer & Forshaw (Shockwave)
4th White & Jon Sweet (NACRA Infusion)
5th Payne & Hunt (Shockwave)
Many thanks to NACRA UK and NACRA EUROPE who gave Styles and Van West the support with the equipment to do the job, BOSKALIS who support the team with their campaign this year, Gill the clothing to be able to work efficiently out on the water, Holt for the help with the tiller extensions and other equipment, Marlow Ropes for the excellent hard wearing sheerts and halyards, Towergate Mardon for their comprehensive Insurances services, and Tacktick for helping us to keep on the straight and narrow
Please keep in touch and watch this space for the instalment with the next event which will be the Forts race in a couple of weeks and then the focus will be for the Inland Championships in a couple of months in the end of October.
August 17, 2009 09:59
Cowes week Extreme 40 bonanza!
Last week saw the iShares Cup Etreme 40 event come to the green just off Cowes, past the Royal Yacht squadron, it was another great show, but this year not for the capsizes, more for the close to the beach spectator viewing which gave all of the those at Cowes something to really take note of.
I sailed the week with Shirley Robertson, double Olympic Gold medallist skippering the iShares boat, whilst I did tactics and mainsheet, with Nick Hutton trimming and Winston Hamill grinding and bow.
The regatta was sailed in lots of tide and a very fickle wind, blowing offshore at Egypt point where out course area was centred, with a big 2 storey marquee for corporate entertainment.
Friday the 31 July saw some media racing with journalists on board all of the boats and three races to show case the boats.
Saturday racing began and we had some great conditions, very tricky fickle winds and unreal tide sweeping past the windward mark making the top mark rounding a real nightmare to judge. Team iShares had a great day all but one result in the top 3, great speed and good safe and solid tactics had us chasing at the heels of the Oman Masirah, who were event leaders after day one.
Sunday and day two were not so special and unfortunately we were in a crash in race one of the day which meant we were out of racing for the rest of the day. We did however get average points for the races held.
Monday and the last day, a lighter and fickle day with 2 wind directions affecting the course area meant a very tough and confusing downwind leg each time. The starts were also tough, we found it very hard to get off the line and in the lighter and tricky conditions this meant it was hard to come back at the fleet. In the races we had a less favourable day, and this put us in the position 5th overall. A good result and a welcome step up the overall ladder for team iShares.
Now onto F18 training for the nationals which start on Thursday of this week in Poole for a 3 day regatta, then straight off to Kiel for the next edition of the ishares cup.