Worlds 2018 in Melbourne: latest news!

Wanna race in Melbourne?

Here are some options:
Charter a boat. But as we will have very few boats available, quickly contact Gavin on
Find a crew or helm: contact Gavin as well
Buy a 2018 Viper: Goodall design has offered to hand over Vipers to European customers at the
Worlds and take care of shipping them to Europe afterwards.
Ship your own boat: Go to Bordeaux in November, race at the GPA on the Lac du Maubuission, store
the boat in the container provided nearby, receive it in Melbourne and have it ready to sail again in
Europe in March. For this option, please contact Stéphane Etienne directly. We need 10 final
commitments by the end of August.
See you on the racecourse at the Worlds 2018!

2017 F16 spring training huge success!

From 28th of May untill 2nd of June 9 teams attended the F16 spring meeting in Domaso, lago di Como.
This 3rd edition of this type of event builds on the previous successes with a mix of leisure sailing and training on sunfilled lake of Como.
For this edition teams from Belgium, Germany and Switzerland attended.

It was a good representation of what the class is about. Mostly mixed teams, 2 all male teams and a father and son took part. With winds ranging from 10 knots in the morning to 18+ in the afternoon there was a wide, sometimes challanging, range of sailing conditions.

During the week Silvia Sicouri, fifth at the Rio Olympic games in Nacra 17, trained the teams for 3 days. What a great coach she is! The programme consisted out of morning briefing, on the water training and than a video debrief at the end of each day. A huge amount of info and tips to get everyone confident on the boat in any condition.

Nothing but happy faces at the end of the week thanks to the good atmosphere and great training. For sure we will organise a similar event next year, so keep your eyes open!

Letter from the management

Dear Formula 16 sailors and friends,
another year has passed and yes the class is alive and growing. Not an easy task to perform as competition within the sailing world is still growing and everybody wants to pick up the kids leaving the Optimists. In 2016 we have seen quite a lot of new boats on the market. And while most builders still dream the one design dream where solid monopolies secure solid earnings, the F16 class this year presented seven different brands and numerous suppliers to choose from. With activities in Canada and Russia, the F16 community has entered two more countries. And we are proud to have the Swiss RACES organisation taking care of the F16 sailing in Switzerland.

This year saw a lot of racing activities. Thank’s to the National Class National Championships were organized wordwide. Australia started in European Spring with Jack Felthensal and
Shaun Connor winning the title. In May the French Nationals were held in the famous spot of Hyères with Emmanuel le Chapelier and Theo Constance managing best. Germany and the Netherlands followed in September with Katrin Santiago and Thomas Koenig finishing first at the German Nationals. With Henri Demesmaeker and Isaureen Mannaert first the Dutch title went to a team from Belgium. Those two grabbed the National title in Belgium as well. Andi and Andrea Lutz won the Swiss Nationals.

The famous resort of Knokke saw the 2016 F16 Worlds. One of the biggest European catamran sailing clubs, the RSBC organized an event, that again provided warm sun and fun in Northern Europe. With more 45 boats from eight countries registered, it was the biggest F16 event ever. . And again the F16 fleet covered sailors from eleven years up to the age of 63. Exept for the Hobie 16 no other catamaran class has managed that so far. Australia sent three teams managing the challenging conditions with big winds, waves and currents very spectacular But knowing the venue best, it was Henri Demesmaeker with Alec Bague outclassing everybody else in the fleet. Thank’s again to Jasper van Staveren for the awesome series of photographs about this event.

Next to racing, the class updated the class rules within the regular five year period. The must have in 2016 was foiling. Big monohulls and small dinghis, the AC and Extreme Series, the British Whisper, the Flying Phantom and the S9: floating seems to be out of fashion. But a closer look draws a different picture: those boats are expensive, they ask for additional skills from helm and crew and they rquire stable winds in order to fly. And apart from the Moths racing in uniform fleets is still the big exeption. The Class Officers are watching those developments very closely. But at present, we believe that foiling at this stage of develpoment does comply with our core values. And these still are: having fun on the water, taking friends, the beloved or the kids along and boats that are safe, affordable and easy-to-sail.

At the WGM in Knokke, foiling of course was an issue. If the builders can agree on a reasonably framework, we plan to launch a new class called F16-f, sharing the racecourse with the floating boats. But for the reasons mentioned above foiling was not on our agenda when changing the class rules in 2016. We are still awaiting WS approval, but the main changes were lifting the minimum weigth and limiting sail head and daggerboard length. Now the minimum weight for singlehanded sailing will be 119kg, the minimum sloop weight will be 123kg. Next to that, we changed a couple of minor issues in order to improve the measurement process and we skipped some rules not beeing necessary any more. All changes proposed serve our core value of making things as easy as possible whilst preventing soaring production costs.

Besides discussing the changes of class rules, the election of the executive commitee was on the WGM Agenda as well. All officers were reelected and the management team will be serving the class at least another year.
As our constitition requires a ballot for changing the class rules we filed the proposals after the WGM and then asked the National officers to circle the ballot. Exept for minor topics the changes proposed were accepted by a 2/3 majority of the sailors having voted. As soon as we have WS clearance, the new rules will be published in detail.

In 2017 Switzerland for the first time will host a European Championship in Morges at the shores of Lake Geneva. Next to that F16 sailors will be able to attend lots of events in Europe, the U.S.A. and Australia. We will offer clinics, Championships, fun events and long distance races. As the boats have similar performance the German F16 Class and the German F18 Class will continue their close cooperation. We will watch the technical develpoments and it looks as if we will see a couple of foiling 16 foot catamarans in 2017.

One of the most important projects for the Class Associaton will be preparing the 2018 Worlds in Melbourne. As this event will be held in January, boats from overseas should be shipped in October at the latest. Therefore the Class is working on „boarding events“ to finish the sailing season and have the container on site.
Have fun in 2017 and stay tuned on and fb.

Melbourne, Australia awarded 2018 Formula 16 Worlds

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, in conjunction with Elwood Sailing Club and the Australian F16 Class, will host the Formula 16 World Championships in January 2018.

The F16 classes are very active in Australia and there are strong fleets in Europe and around the globe. It is expected that the 2018 Worlds fleet will comprise approximately 65 entries including Viper, Taipan 4.9, Mosquito and other classes.

RBYC was selected to host venue for this important event for a variety of reasons. Brighton’s depth of experience with event and race management is further strengthened by partnering with their neighbouring catamaran club at Elwood.

“We are very excited to see the F16 Worlds held in Australia”, said F16 Australian President Simon Dubbin.

“There has already been strong interest from F16 sailors overseas and Melbourne is a great place to host the championship. Conditions in the racing area are typically perfect for the F16 and RBYC will be a great venue”, he said.

There is ample boat storage and a modern clubhouse with outstanding social facilities at Brighton. Substantial renovations are now underway, designed to make RBYC the perfect venue for major “off the beach” championship regattas.

Within a few minutes of the beach and marina, the sailing waters of Port Phillip are up there with the very best in the world. January has regular southerly sea breezes, with most days seeing light winds in the morning building to moderate to fresh in the afternoon. The race areas are clear of commercial shipping and there is minimal tide.

The club is located 12km from the Melbourne CBD and 5km from St Kilda where there are a wide variety of accommodation types available. Melbourne is one of the world’s most vibrant cities right and known as the Major Events Capital of Australia, hosting a range of sporting and cultural events. There is plenty to do and see in and around Melbourne, and wineries, Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas and Phillip Island are all within a day tour. The International Airport is just 36km away. Middle Brighton Station is a 1.5km walk.

For more information about the 2018 F16 Worlds, visit the event webpage –


F16 Worlds 2016 @Knokke: Henry Demesmaeker & Alec Bagué Champs

Henry Demesmaeker & Alec Bagué win the event with 8 bullets out of 12 races. Second place for Emmanuel Le Chapelier-Eric Bouedec and 3rd for Louis Flament-Charles Dorange.

Official Website:

Top ten below . Full results at

No Sail Nro Helm
Club Boat Tot 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1 BEL 3 Henri Demesmaeker, Alec Bagué, RBSC, Viper 12,0 2 (3) 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 (5)
2 FRA 86 Emmanuel Le Chapelier Eric Le Boudec Sailing Team Catamaran Bimare 35,0 3 2 2 2 (11) 5 7 3 2 (10) 5 4
3 FRA 68 Louis Flament, Charles Dorange, SRR, Bimare 40,0 5 6 5 3 (12) 2 3 2 8 4 (dsq) 2
4 BEL 16 Morgan Good, Morgan Wirtz, RBSC, Viper 61,0 1 8 3 (16) 5 (dnf) 13 10 5 11 2 3
5 BEL 111 Philip Hendrickx, Filip Olyslager, RBSC, Viper 62,0 13 (17) 4 6 2 12 1 4 15 (17) 4 1
6 BEL 308 Arnout Victor, Klaas Victor, RBSC Viper 66,0 8 (15) 7 4 3 11 (ocs) 6 9 2 10 6
7 BEL 101 Stef Haazen, Stijn Van Daele RBSC Falcon 90,0 16 4 8 (18) 7 dnf dns 8 10 6 11 (bfd)
8 FRA 78 Emmanuel Dode Nicolas Guillerme, SRR Vannes Bimare 98,0 (20) 9 17 5 6 8 12 5 13 (23) dnf 11
9 SUI 22 Guillaume Rol, Alexis Megevand, SNG Bimare 108,0 4 1 9 (26) (dnf) 10 11 25 3 24 7 14
10 FRA 82 Kim Anne Le Formal Mikael Houdet EV Catschool Bimare 117,0 11 12 11 14 14 16 6 14 12 7 (dnf) (dns)

2016 F16 Australian Championships

Held at Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club March 25-27th, located 3 hours east of Melbourne GLYC hosted the event.

With a smaller fleet than usual gathering on the shores of the biggest inland lake system in Australia. It may have been a small fleet but the series was highlighted with very close racing in the tricky southerly breezes that hovered between 8 knots to 18knots over the three days, with four afternoon races a day scheduled on each day.

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Consistency was to pay off in the end to those who mastered the conditions. Jack Felsenthal and new crew for the event, Shaun Connor held off a very improved Brett Goodall/Christa Van Helden with Tayla/Gavin Rietman   along with Jack Challands/Harrison Rietman and also Chelsea Haynes/Nathan Penno all trading places on the course throughout the three days.

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The crews enjoyed the flat water and shifty conditions testing their skills and concentration even in a comfortable position crews found gains and loses were the norm. Jack and Shaun handled the conditions the better showing on their scorecard.  All in All the fleet was very competitive.

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With some crews heading to Belgium in July for the F16 Worlds, Australia will be well represented. Australia in particular Melbourne will be bidding for the 2018 Worlds.

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Thanks to the Race Committee and members of the GLYC on a great event!


Belgium proud to host Formula 16 Worlds 2016

From July 16th till July 22nd, the Formula 16 Worlds 2016 will be held in Knokke-Heist (Belgium).  The best international sailing teams will park their catamarans on the beach of this picturesque town. Expectations are high that a very competitive fleet will show up at the start. Online entry is now open! The Formula 16 Worlds will be hosted by the Royal Belgium Sailing Club (RBSC) which was founded in 1863. Participation is expected to be high at this edition with at least 50 boats racing in the waters off Knokke-Heist. The RBSC is well known when it comes to hosting major sailing events including the Formula 18 Worlds, Dart 18 Europeans and Worlds, Orma Grand Prix (60 feet trimaran), Hobie Europeans, and the Laser Masters Europeans. So there is no lack of experience at all in putting on a world class regatta!3. Start Formula 16 class

The Formula 16 is known as the high performance youth catamaran and works as a stepping stone for many young sailors to the bigger and even faster catamarans. The class was founded in 2001 and developed quickly; the first major international events were held in 2010. Every two years a Formula 16 Worlds is organized in one of the three continents (Europe, USA and Australia/New Zealand). In the in between years, national and continental events are held.

6. Focused Formula 16 youth sailor

The Formula 16 catamaran is not only very popular among the youth, this class is also focused on recreational mixed teams (father/son, mother/daughter) as well as solo sailors. In addition to racing, the social aspect is very popular; knowledge is widely shared on the beach accompanied with ample supplies of drinks and food making for a beach holiday. What else do you need?

4. Down wind course Formula 16 class

The previous Worlds 2014 in Newport (USA) was won by the Australians Adrian Fawcett and Jesse Dobie. The Belgium youngsters of Henri Demesmaeker and Alec Bagué recently won the 2015 Europeans in Italy. Expectations are high for them; they literally grew up on the waters off Knokke-Heist.

1. Henri Demesmaeker en Alec Bagueě in Knokke-Heist (current European Champions 2015)

Entries are open

Entries are open now with an attractive early bird fee. The Notice of Race is also available and can be downloaded. Subsribe here:


  • Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th – Registration, measurement and inspection
  • Sunday July 17th – Official Opening Ceremony at 17:00
  • Monday July 18th till Thursday July 21th – Races
  • Friday July 22nd – Spare day in case of non 12 races have been sailed by July 21th
  • On Tuesday July 19th and Thursday July 21th a sailors diner is organized for all participants.
  • On Saturday July 23th the traditional Belgium ‘Zwin race’ will be held and is open for many classes. This race starts and ends in Knokke-Heist with a lunch stopover in Cadzand.

The Formula 16 catamaran is produced by eight different builders in accordance with the box rule. This box rule is secured by ISAF. For more information please visit the following websites:

The Formula 16 Worlds 2016 is made possible thanks to our sponsors: The community of Knokke-Heist, Land Rover Belgium, DUO, Mc Donalds Belgium, BMC, Delen Private Banking and Flamand & Partners.

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