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The Happy Whale Brings Joy To F18 Worlds Fleet

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  • The Happy Whale Brings Joy To F18 Worlds Fleet

    "Day 2 at Ballena Alegre Camping, Costa Brava, Spain. “Ballena Alegre” means literally Happy Whale, and that mood is the one we hear from the sailors on the wind conditions , organization and venue.

    On the course Danny & Kostas kept their perfect bullet work until the 3rd race of the day where some issues with a jib block relegated them to 11th in that one. Still two bullets earlier made for 5 wins and the 11th as discard to lead the Championship ahead Bundock-Conor. The Australian Master and his youth apprentice put pedal to the metal today obtaining 3 bullets climbing to second overall 1pt behind the Greeks.

    Third place for one the best amateur crews out there, Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser finished 2nd x3 behind Bundy and are defending their top 3 overall"

    After two days of competition and six rounds of qualifying, the 130 catamarans participating in the F18 World Championship Costa Brava 2019 have been divided into two categories: the Gold Fleet and Silver Fleet. In the gold category, the 65 best catamarans of the qualifiers will compete, while the remaining 65 will compete in the silver category.

    Among the favorites for the final victory is the Greek catamaran of Iordan Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis, who with five first places and one eleventh, leads the classification of the F18 World Championship Costa Brava 2019 after two days of racing.

    all images ©Marc Gonzalez Alomá /F18 World Championship

    The second provisional position is for the Australian catamaran of Darren Bundock and Conor Nicholas. The Australian crew, which today has won all the races of its race course, mixes the experience of the veteran Bundock, from New South Wales and the silver medal in the Tornado class at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, with the young promise Nicholas, that is looking for the classification to compete in laser in the Olympic Games. Tokyo 2020

    The catamaran of the Argentines Crus González and Mariano Heuser fell to third place in the general classification.

    Notably, the fourth position of Mitch and Ruben Booth, a crew of the Club Nautic Costa Brava / Vela Palamós that last year was proclaimed champion of Formula 18 of the Cup of Spain, but this year competes under the Australian flag.

    06/30/19 - Day 1

    The Greek catamaran of IordanIs Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis (GRE-7) leads the provisional classification of the F18 World Championship Costa Brava 2019 after the first day of regattas. In second place, the Catamaran of the Argentines Crus González and Mariano Heuser has been placed and the third place of the provisional classification has been for the Australians Brett Goodall and Steff Haazen.

    06/27/19 - The F18 World Championship is celebrated on the Costa Brava

    This is the first time that the Costa Brava has hosted the best Formula 18 catamarans around the world, after the European Championship was held last summer.

    The championship is organized by the La Ballena Alegre Sailing Club, the Club Nàutic L'Escala and the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation, in collaboration with the Catalan Sailing Federation and the National Secretariat of the Catamaran Class (ADEC).

    The Mayor of Sant Pere Pescador, Agustí Badosa, participated in the presentation of the F18 2019 World Championship; the manager of the campsite La Ballena Alegre, Àlex Trias; the vice president of the Girona camping association, Josep Maria Pla; the sporting director of the Club Náutico L'Escala, Xavier López; the head of class F18, Olivier Bovyn and the race director of the F18 World Championship Costa Brava, Pep Subirats.

    The Mayor of Sant Pere stressed that the Bay of Roses has become a reference in water sports and the importance of this type of championships to publicize the territory and attract fans from around the world.

    In similar terms, the sporting director of the Club Náutico L'Escala has expressed himself, an equipment that during the F18 2019 World Championship hosts more than twenty vessels necessary for the organization of the event. López congratulated himself on the collaboration between sports clubs in the different municipalities of the Bay of Roses and has set her as an example to follow in order to achieve future great events.

    The representative of the Camping Association of Girona and the manager of La Ballena Alegre wanted to highlight the importance of these competitions -only this championship has taken more than 300 people allotjades- to consolidate the offer of campsites as a family destination and to deseasonalize the season beyond the months of July and August.

    For his part, the head of class F18 has indicated that these days will compete on the Costa Brava up to 12 world champions and boats from 26 countries, among which stands out the large representation of the Australian team.

    The F18 2019 World Championship Costa Brava has started today with measurements of the boats and on Saturday a first regatta will be played. From then until Thursday, July 4 - with 2 days of classifications and 3 for finals - the tests will be held daily at the Cortal de la Devesa beach, in front of the La Ballena Alegre campsite.

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