Kiel, Germany will be the location of one of the largest F18 fleet to ever compete the F18 World Championships. Beginning July 11th almost 200 Formula 18 catamarans will take to the water to see where they rank against the World’s best sailors, and a talented few will have the chance to take home the top prizes.
There are very few sports in the world where club athletes have the opportunity to race against the absolute top athletes in the sport, but the F18 catamaran class is one of them. Probably the most exciting factor about the class is that these club sailors can compete using the exact same boats and equipment as the World/Olympic/Americas cup champions.
Many highly competitive sailors from around the world are choosing the Goodall Design C2 catamaran to guarantee their best possible results, we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce some of them.
Taylor Reisse and Matt Whitehead, the 3 time F18 Youth World Champions, will defend their Championship on their brand new 2015 C2. Last year the boys from Florida, USA, almost won the open division and this year are focusing on having fun.
“I have been focusing on school” says Reisse, the college freshman “and Matt has been on the Olympic sailing program, so we don’t get to sail much together anymore, and when we do it’s important that we enjoy the time”
Also returning on a brand new C2 this year will be the Ashby / Goodall team from Australia. This team need no introduction, Glenn Ashby in one of the most well-known names in multihull sailing with world titles, Olympic medals and Americas cup wins. Brett Goodall, General Manager of Goodall Design will be sitting up front for Glenn again this year.
Hull damage last year cost the team 4 races that took any chance of them winning the event, however winning 4 of the last 5 races last year shows the team as the ones to watch this year.
“Last year we were a little unlucky, but I’m really happy to get back on the boat with Glenn, he’s an incredible talent and we really just have fun on the water” says Brett Goodall.
In the lead up to the World Championships we will introduce a few more sailors who have chosen the C2 to help them reach their own specific goals at the world championships.