F16 Europeans 2015: Henri Demesmaeker &Alec Bague Champs

Formula 16 European Championships in Cesenatico: Henri strikes again!

The podium: 1/Henri & Alec, Viper F16 2/Manu/Eric, Bimare F16 3/ Aurélie/Morgan, Falcon F16

Three years after having been the youngest World Champion ever on a high performance boat, Henri Demesmaeker together with Alec Bague grabbed the European crown 2015. With six bullets in eleven races, and winning all races on the last day, there was no doubt, who was setting the benchmark in this light wind event. The race committee managed to start 11 races over a series of four days in steaming hot weather conditions with water temperatures reaching more than 30 degrees.

Neither former European Champion Kim Anne le Formal nor current World Champs Adrian Fawcett with his crew Jessie Dobbie had a chance to get near the young Belgian hotshots, who also won thetrophy for the best youth team. With 43 boats from six nations, this Euro on the Adriatic coast was the biggest F16 event ever. Most teams were mixed with girls and boys on the helm. And with two youth teams on the podium, some all female teams and four single handed sailors in the fleet the class again gave proof of the versatility of those catamarans.
Except the boats from Manu Boulogne, all common brands were present. The box rule seems to work as the first ten places were just about eventy shared by Viper, Bimare and Falcon boats. The Nacra F16 carrying a bit more weight does not seem to like those lightwind conditions. But as next year’s Worlds are in Belgium, this boat might again show it’s highwind potential. Mattia, showing up with a new developed F16 probably came for testing. Let`s hope, that they will establish the boat on this very competitive market.

The Circolo Vela Cesenatico did a brilliant job on the water and on shore. The maximum waiting time between the last boat crossing the finish time and the next warning signal was less than five minutes. And getting your boat hosed with fresh water while pulling it to the boat park surely is a service, that is not common either. Grazie mille!

An overview of pictures on the beach can be found our Facebook page, stay tuned there for even more racing pictures!

Thomas Koenig, Chairman F16

Online Registration Formula 16 Europeans

Register now online for the F16 Europeans in Italy this summer!


The entry fee for registration =
Doublehanded € 280


Singlehanded € 200



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Information about accommodation in the area:

Viale Cavour, 44 – 47042 Cesenatico (FC)
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CAMPING MOTEL ** (ca. 600 m. from Circolo Vela)
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2015 F16 Europeans to be biggest F16 event ever

20th to 24th of July the 2015 F16 Europeans are hosted by Circolo nautico Cesinatico in Italy and the event promises to be best ever organised in Europe.

Today already 39 boats are registered and there are only 2 days left to pay the lower entry fee.
More than half of the fleet are mixed teams and 4 solo sailors show once again the versatility of the F16.
We see a healthy mix of leisure sailors which will get great racing, sun and good social events and names that will be battling on top of the leader board. Let’s introduce some of them:
– Sanne Wielenga/Thomas De Jong – Nacra F16: These youths placed 10th overall at Round Texel this year and will be the Dutch team to watch.
– Adrian Fawcett/Jesse Dobie – Falcon F16: These Aussies took the F16 world champion title last year in Newport and will be eager to defend their title this year!
– Emmanuel Le Chapelier/Eric Le Bouedec – Bimare F16: Having won Eurocat multiple times, and the Viper worlds these guys have been on fire for a while.
– Aurélie Van Schoote/Morgan Good – Falcon F16: These youths took the vice-world champion title in 2013 in Germany and the French F16 title. Morgan is currently campaigning on the Nacra 17 but will team up with Aurélie again for this event.
– Henri Demesmaeker/Alec Bagué – Viper F16: Also from Belgium this team has won the last edition of Eurocat. In 2013 Henri became F16 world champion and in the 2014 Europeans took 2nd. Young but a lot of experience already they will be going for gold.
In total 6 F16 brands will be represented: AquaRaptor, Bimare, Falcon, Goodall, Nacra and the new Mattia.
Sign up now for the event of the year: http://www.formula16.net/2015/04/online-registration-formula-16-europeans
Don’t forget your papers!!
If you have registered for the Europeans, please remember to bring along your certificate of coverage from your liability insurance and your measurement certificate. Ask your insurance agent for a paper in Italian. Some companies will provide this.

Eurocat 2015: Henri Demesmaeker- Alec Bague win gold

What looked like to become an edition with very little sailing ended well with 2 races today and the sun coming out in the end.

For the F16 class this was a key event as we wanted to break with the rating sailing and go for an F16 ranking.
Over the last months we have been grasping what sailors really wanted and most of them were keen on going as F16, with the result that over 15 boats registeredas F16.

And the racing was great.
On the Friday we had 15 up to 22 knots and did 3 races. ‘Des conditions cousteaux’ as the French say.
With the inner/outer loop principle we had a long dogleg which was a survival leg for all teams in the last race.

The Belgian youth teams were fighting it out with Manu Lechapelier for first on day 1. 3 teams had 7 points after 3 races. Another French team and Gill De Bruyne followed on equal points for place 4 and 5.

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On Sunday there were 2 more races in again windy conditions. Henri&Alec secured the lead with Manu following in second. A great battle showing what the F16 class is all about.
For the class Eurocat was a great success as most F16 compliant boats registered as F16, preferring the class spirit above individual gain with ratings.

A big thanks to all sailors registering as F16 and to Antoine Menieur andStephane Etienne for the support to make this happen in the rating driven French sailing world.

Full results here: http://www.yccarnac.com/files/Documents/Regate/Eurocat/Resultats/overall%20F16.pdf


EuroCat Carnac – May 1

Almost time for the first big international event of the season: Eurocat Carnac!


This is a classic regatta not to be missed! 3 days of sailing of which 1 long distance day. Get ready and join us. And we have great news! We will have a separate F16 ranking (as soon as we have 15 boats registered). Scoring in real time = the best! And we will have a spot on the beach close to the small parking area where we will showcase 6 F16 cats. Join us for this great international cat sailing event in France (May 1) as an F16 and enjoy:

– an open free bar during registration

– specific F16 goodies to be picked up at the F16 tent (when signing up as F16, you will get a free waterproof bag for your smart phone. This is sponsored by the WindLive Tracking project which shall allow all F16 to replay their race over and over, and over … so bring your smart android device, there will also be a limited number of device for rent (10€/3 days), please notify up-front if you need one)

– an open free plancha on Friday evening

– an open free rhum ‘arrangé’ testing on Saturday evening

– free snacks and drinks on the water between the races (Yellow Rib)

– GPS race tracking

Register here: http://www.yccarnac.com/registration.html

Spring training Lake Como

Get your mind set on the new sailing season!

Join us for our spring training at lake of Como.
The 3-day training consists of on the water coaching and debriefing on land
Cost: €150 / boat (if we manage enough subscribers).

F16 Como

Let us know if you are interested (webmaster at formula 16 dot net)!

Word of our President, sailing season ’15

Dear Sailors, friends and supporters,

The year 2014 has passed and overall we believe it was a successful one. Although the class is still suffering from the losses due to the new Olympic catamaran, we managed to offer a decent service for the sailors and organized a whole bunch of high class events. In 2014 our Belgian and Dutch friends got their Class Associations running and in U.K we noticed vital signs as well. Our friends in the U.S.A. saw a change in their management, as Mark Thomson took over from Daniel Hearn as a chairman in summer. Thanks to Kathleen from TheBoatShop.be in Belgium, the website was refurbished and can be managed with state-of-the-art tools. Stéphane and Antoine did a brilliant job in getting our financial issues solved and in summer 2014, the International Class Association was finally registered in France. The Chairman attended the International Annual Meeting of ISAF in Palma de Mallorca in November to further push the visibility of the Formula 16 Class. Meanwhile the Class Association is fully workable and the Executive Committee would like to express its gratitude to everyone involved in those big achievements. And we are very happy noticing an overall growth of the class worldwide, as the amount of ISAF stickers purchased indicates.

Almost every National Class Association started the sailing season with race clinics for the advanced as well as trainings for beginners. In Europe, Gill De Bruyne combined delivering new boats with a training event at Lago di Como and in the U.S. Robbie Daniel offered lots of possibilities for trainings as well. The highlights of our sailing season surely were the Worlds in the U.S. sailing-hotspot Newport/RI and the Europeans in Le Touquet on the Channel coast. Both events had more than 30 boats registered and both events got attention in the mass media. But all the other events, ranging from big regattas like Carnac or Texel, and the Nationals in most of our member countries, down to the many club events worldwide are important as well, as they provide the platform for our understanding of sailing.

In summer we started a campaign to promote the Formula 16 boats as the next ISAF youth multihull. ISAF had announced that the forthcoming youth catamaran should be equipped with dagger boards and a spinnaker, which in turn ends the era of the current youth boats Sirena SL16 as well as the Hobie16. ISAF asked for offers and although the Class Association can’t do that, we tried to convince the ISAF to not add another new boat to the park, but instead choose F16 boats as they have proven their potential for youth sailing.

The year 2015 will be challenging. In January, we as the Formula16 Class will show up at the Worlds’ biggest boat show in Düsseldorf, Germany. Here we will be part of a “Multihull-Forum”, where all aspects of multihull sailing will be presented to the sailing world. For our class, this boat show will be another chance to promote the F16 class to ISAF as the next youth multihull, as the decision on this issue was postponed in Palma last year. But the more important message will be showing the versatility of the F16 class, which is unmatched in beach catamaran sailing.

As we decided in Newport on Worlds every 2 years, there will only be Continental Championships in 2015. In Europe, Cesenatico on the Adriatic coast, Italy, will host the Europeans 2015. There will be Nationals in Australia and in the U.S.A, which in fact are Continentals as well. The European sailing season will start with clinics in France and Italy. All events will be published in our race calendar by the end of January. And we are still open for bids for the Worlds 2016. So far, the U.S.A. and Australia have declared their interest.

The Management Committee wishes you a lucky season. May the best ones win the races and we hope that all of you will help us in promoting some of the best boats around.

All the best

President F16 class

F16 Europeans 2015 Italy, Cesenatico

Sun, wind and a great region to spend your holidays! F16 Europeans 2015 venue is Cesenatico, Italy!

Event Venue

Cesenatico Event Venue

Agenda for a great week of sailing and meeting fellow F16 sailors:

– Saturday July 18: Measurement
– Sunday July 19: Measurement  and training races 

– Monday July 20: 3 races
– Tuesday July 21: 3 races
– Wednesday July 22: Class Meeting – 3 races – BBQ
– Thursday July 23: 3 races and Price Giving 
– Friday July 24: reserve day

Cesenatico atmosphere

Cesenatico Atmosphere

Join us for a great event in the summer of 2015!


Donation request

Dear friends of fast multihull sailing,

“Size does not matter” – but hardly anyone knows it. To change this and to strengthen our class, the International Formula 16 Class Association will take a stand on the multihull forum Boot Dusseldorf. Here we will present the sailing world our offer: a fast, safe and easy boat, single-handed, double-handed, families and youth fit, while one of the fastest sailboats are available on the market today.

Gill de Bryne will provide a Falcon F16 and the association and some members are available to supervise the booth. But we get the booth not free. The Fair Dusseldorf calculated 2.000, – EUR, we currently do not have the cash. Therefore we ask you and every other supporters of our sport to make a donation so that our trade fair can be financed. Any amount is welcome, you will receive a receipt for tax purposes and will officially as Formula 16 supporters listed on our site. That is, if you wish. For donations simply click the “Donate” button here and follow the instructions. Please as a keyword. Enter “boot2015″. The first 700 € are incidentally already done.

Thank you very much for your support!

Your Board of Directors of the Class Association