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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!
  • Amazing Place
     

    The Wine and Roses charity event again brought sailors from Northern and Southern California together to play. Santa Barbara delivered spectacular sailing off the dreamy Southern California coastline.  The weather was perfect with light winds building to a mild afternoon 10-12 knot breeze on both Saturday and Sunday.  This year we had Wetas, Hobie 16s, 18s, Waves, some Island Adventures and the F18s, over 50 boats in total. Thanks to Steve Leo and gang for putting on such a terrific weekend.


    More Photos: Nelson Roosendahl


    Posted Aug 24, 2014, 7:17 PM by sfformula18
  • Had it all
    At the start

    The newest addition to our regatta schedule, the Westpoint Regatta, proved to be a keeper.  This long distance race is my new favorite long distance race in San Francisco.  It runs from Treasure Island up to Angel Island then around Alcatraz under the Bay bridge and then all the way south to our home port of Redwood City.  28 miles in all.  Great views, big open areas to sail in, lots of tactical choices to make and a big party at the finish.  It has it all!  

    This years race we entered four boats, got our own start ( at the back of the pack of lead sleds ) and blasted around a breezy San Francisco Central Bay before dropping into the tricky light winds of the South Bay.  Good wind forecasting is a must for this one.  Holes are tough things to deal with and there were a couple of big ones in the second half of the race.  Good news, it brings us together and makes for some interesting racing.


    Add this to you MUST DO list next year.

    Capricorn at the weather mark


    Posted Jul 8, 2014, 10:10 AM by sfformula18
  • Last Man Standing
    Ben Brown leads out the last race on Saturday

    It was a game of attrition and San Francisco Yacht club's multihull event this past weekend saw our youngest gun, Ben Brown, come out as the only boat to finish all six races.  The event started with nine entrants.  We lost our first to car trouble, our second to a business and life demands, the third to good judgement ( when faced with tough conditions sometimes caution is smart ), the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh to well … mid twenties at the top mark and finally the eighth to not noting the course.  That left Ben to claw his way to a finish in the third race as it's only finisher and top of the leader board for Saturday.

    Sunday saw ideal conditions and a return to normal races, albeit with only five boats on the line.

    In the end, Charles Froeb and Jim Johnston took all of Sunday's races and left Ben to a tie breaker with Alex which was decided in Alex's favor after throw outs.

    Still … Ben gets the Last Man Standing Award for the weekend.

    Here are the final results

    Posted Jun 17, 2014, 8:38 AM by sfformula18
  • WILD CAT Foiler?
    Photo by Leslie Richter @ ROCKSKIPPER.com

    A few of our fleet took the weekend challenge and took off for the 60+ miler Delta Ditch.  Here Charles Froeb and Jim Johnston show amazing technique in getting up on one of their carbon blades and blasting.  First to finish of the cats under 30'.  

    GO TEAM!
    Posted Jun 3, 2014, 9:25 AM by sfformula18
  • A Windy Regatta
    The Elvstrom/Zellerbach regatta brought out the best in our fleet.
    No, I don't mean just some of the best sailors, though they were there.  I mean, an example of a great fleet.

    With the winds forecast to be in the mid twenties for Saturday, our fleet chose to sit out the first day of racing and retire to enjoy brunch in the spectacular St. Francis bar or catch family time or an afternoon nap.  This left no one broken, discouraged or overwhelmed.  
    Sometimes the very best decision is not to race and come back another day.

    Comeback we did - On Sunday with strong but exciting winds at a more modest 20 knots.  Everyone rallied and had a terrific regatta.

    Love this fleet!


    Smiles after the elusive bullet


    Posted May 11, 2014, 4:27 PM 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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