F16 New Year 2016 – President’s message

Dear sailors and friends of Formula 16 sailing,

another year full of thrilling events and awesome sailing has passed. Our class is growing and the international class association as well as the national organisations proved stable and delivered the service required by their members. A lot of people spent a lot of hours organizing a sailing year for our members. Supporting the clubs in organizing racing events, securing the financial basis and taking care of our national and international visibility would not have been possible without the engagement of everybody loving F16 sailing.

The Formula 16 class was presented at most of the major of the boat shows within the sailing world. We managed to host national championships and with the Europeans in Cesenatico, Italian hospitality and F16 fun merged into one week of first class sailing entertainment. Apart from that, the Euro clearly showed what F16 sailing is all about: youngsters and adults having fun together. High speed catamarans with a broad range of brands to choose from. And the nursery of future heroes in professional catamaran sailing.

In 2016 the Class Associations are busy in preparing the menu. There will be spring training events in Europe being followed the national French and German championships in spring and early summer. We will work on a better visibility in the big events like Carnac or Texel. And we will have another World Championship in July, where some overseas friends have already confirmed attending!

Next to racing and having fun together, 2016 might set new milestones for the boats design as we can redesign our box rule. In general, the box rule seems to work. We have 6 builders competing, new designs being tested and there is no brand dominating the fleet due to technical reasons. No, the F16 boats will not be flying in 2016 as the Management Committee believes, that the current foiling technology has not left the early stage of development yet. But it is about time to modify certain issues like the minimum weight, sail design or daggerboard features. The ballot will be finalized at the 2016 WGM and then will be published. Nonetheless, the builders are free to build boats capable of flying as long as the conformity with our rules is secured when racing within F-16 fleets.

Thank’s a lot to everybody being engaged in the growth of our class. See you on the racecourse or on the beach. Have fun, take care and enjoy catamarans sailing.

à bientôt, Servus, cheers , tot ziens!

The Management Committee