Dear F16 friends,
After being in engaged in the class for 7 years, first as President and lately as Secretary, Thomas Koenig steps down from his official function within the class.
Our worldwide community has grown over the years and worldwide racing was established. There are local races, Nationals, Continentals and Worlds and what is most important people do have fun sailing together.
But all these things do not happen by accident. They happen because a bunch of engaged sailors
manage the class successfully and today want to specially thanks Thomas for his engagement the last 7 years.
“The F16 boats are among the mightiest beach catamarans on the planet and I enjoyed every minute as President and sailor. Those honorary appointments opened the door to a lot of friendships. But priorities change as life goes by and meanwhile there are other challenges and projects I will focus on. Ofcouse you will still see me on the F16 race course!” – Thomas
At the same time we also want to launch a vacancy for Secretary of the F16 class and to join our great team to move the F16 class forward!
If you’re interested, please contact us via gill.debruyne(at)gmail.com!
Because of the big interest in the event and restrictions on land from the city of Gravedona there are only 2 free spots for the event at the moment of publishing this message!
Want to be one of the 45 lucky teams? Reguster now! Click the link below and select F16 external!
As the event will be close to paperless, we use an official digital notice board. Please find the relevant docs and notifications on: Racing Rules of Sailing .
There is an app available for Android and IOS, which has the notice board and can be used for hearing requests, protests and inquiries to the jury.
With the Notice Of Race now available and the registrations open the first international F16 event of 2021 is taking final shape.
Enjoy the waters of the Lake of Como from 16th till 22nd of July and subscribe now! Online registrations will help the organisation team to prepare in still challenging times.
Event link: https://www.raceoffice.org/event.php?eid=78439556160a553019a54d&lang=eng
See you on Italian waters this summer!
With travel schedules being unclear, especially for sailors outside of EU the class has decided to change the Europeans and Worlds. We hope this will allow overseas sailors to participate in 2022 at the Worlds.
New tentative schedule:
– From 19 till 23rd July 2021 the Europeans will take place at Lake of Como, Gravedona.
– The Worlds will take place during the 133th Travemunde Woche in Travemunde, Germany: 22.-31.07.2022
The class and organizing club are on track for a succesfull Europeans coming July, the official registration will be announced soon if the travel situation in Europe becomes clear in the coming weeks.
Being at confined at home seems to have it’s advantages as well! We are happy to announce that next to the venue for the 2021 Worlds in Gravedona, Italy, also the venue for the F16 Europeans in 2022 is confirmed in Travemunde, Germany!
Worlds in at Lake of Como, Gravedona: week of July 19th 2021.
Europeans in during the 133th Travemunde Woche in Travemunde, Germany: 22.-31.07.2022
Travemunde will give the class again a great opportunity to gain visibility in the catamaran scene with hopefully the inclusion again of the SAP spectator race course.
Keep in mind, we will look at the opportunity and feasibility to setup an informal F16 event from 19th to 24th of July 2020 if conditions allow.
In some countries signs of re-opening of the sailing waters are there, so have fun on the water soon, but most of all Stay Safe!
Dear F16 sailors,
Due to the current impact of the Corona virus, we have decided to postpone the F16 worlds to next year.
We have been in very close contact with the AVAL sailing club and based on the latest outcomes, it has been decided to postpone all the already scheduled events by 1 year. World in Como is thus rescheduled for the week of July 19th 2021. And Travemunde toward 2022.
Meanwhile, we will look at the opportunity and feasibility to setup an informal F16 event during the same period (from 19th to 24th of July) which will hopefully allow for people willing to travel to still meet with our fantastic crowd of sailors. Also within the usual time frame we will output the formal yearly reporting.
Looking forward to seeing you and stay safe,
Looking for a place or a charter boat already? No!? Then start doing it now!
Italian sun, steady breeze, mountain backgrounds, pizza and gelato. This summer Gravedona will be the place to be!
Current schedule is looking as follows:
Event report by Beau White – Australia.
Top 3 podium:
1st: Lou and Armand – Viper F16 – 1st mixed – 1st youth
2nd: Andi & Andi – Falcon F16 – mixed – 1st masters
3rd: Emmanuel and Eric – Bimare F16 – men’s
13th: Teuntje and Doortje – Nacra F16 – 1st women’s
33rd: Brian Hillesdon – Falcon F16 – 1st solo
From the day we began crashing less, sailing faster and moving up the mixed fleet races we have dreamed of racing in a big fleet of F16s. The Australian National in Rye in 2018 was the most perfect regatta, we tasted the high of blasting around in sunshine, strong sea breeze and flat water with 14 other edgy thrill seeking teams. The fleet were young and old. There were muscular young men, pretty girls in bikinis, old sea dogs and solo steely eyed missile men. Continue reading
Swiss F16 races!
Dear F16 sailors (and former ones),
I hope your season has started well and that you already enjoyed some nice sailing sessions!
I wanted to write this little email to tell you that the registrations for the Swiss F16 Class Championship are opened ( https://manage2sail.com/fr-CH/event/Nacra2019#!/
)! The Championship will be hosted by the Club Nautique de Versoix (CNV) in Geneva
, the 29th and 30th of June. At the same time, the Nacra 15 will have their Swiss Championship. It’s thus a good occasion for us, the F16, to show to the next generation how cool our class is 😉
Moreover, this event will be closely watched by our sailing federation. There will be no other boat than the N15, which means that the F16 fleet will not share the starting line with anyone else! For you to know, the fee increase will be done on the 8th of June, so make sure you register quickly.
If some of you are interested by the event but don’t have a boat, just tell me and I will see if I can find a solution! I really hope that if you are available, you will manage to come, even the ones that bought an F16 recently 🙂
I encourage our foreign crews in copy of this email (French, German, Belgian) to spread the word in their country to have an even greater event 😀 Swiss guys are always happy to welcome you!
I also take the opportunity of this email to remind you some of the nice events coming this season:
- Cat Week-end in Ascona (8th-9th June – RACES Championship) – Registrations open
- Genève-Rolle-Genève in Geneva (YCG) (8th-9th June – Long Distance) – Registrations open
- Open des Multicoques in Geneva (SNG) (22nd-23rd June – RACES Championship)
- European F16 Championship in Bordeaux (20th -26th July) (with places available for a training with Mitch Booth the week before) – Registrations open!
- Bol d’or du Lac de Joux (24th-25th August – Long Distance)
- Rietli Cat Battle in St-Gallen (SCR) (31st August – 1st September – RACES Championship)
- Trophée des Rentes Genevoises in Geneva (YCG) (5th-6th October – RACES Championship Final)
If you are interested in any of these events and have questions, do not hesitate to contact me!
I hope that there will be a lot of F16 to these events 🙂 And make sure, you follow us on Facebook to have all the information!
Always at your disposal if you have any questions or proposal of improvement,
I wish you a good week-end and a great sailing season!