1. As reported by Sail-World.com

    With revolutionary wave-piercing hulls, twin trapezes, a high aspect square-top mainsail, asymmetric spinnaker, plus carbon-fibre centreboards and rudders, the flying F18s can reach speeds of over 25 knots (46 km/h), making them one of the world’s fastest racing classes.

    There’s close tacking and gybing duels aplenty as the windward/leeward courses are relatively tight and each race takes approximately 45 minutes for the first boat to finish.

    Race organisers are expecting around 35 entries for the national titles, which are being hosted by Mannering Park Amateur Sailing Club. Included are international competitors from Oman, Italy and New Zealand, along with interstate crews from Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory.

    Josh McKnight, fresh from a podium finish at the recent Australian Moth Championships, will climb back aboard an F18 to defend the Australian title he won as a for’ardhand … this time he’ll be on the tiller. Jason Waterhouse returns with a new crew, as will America’s Cup sailor Adam Beashel and two-time A-Class catamaran world champion Steve Brewin.

    As with F1 racing cars, the international regulations encourage rival manufacturers and designers to compete under a 'box rule' governing dimensions like length, width, weight and sail area. It adds spice to the racing while ensuring a ready second-hand market.

    Among the production classes represented will be the Hobie Wildcat, Nacra Infusion, along with the Australian designed C2, Windrush and a few Capricorns.

    The fleet in the John Cootes Furniture Warehouse F18 National Championships 2013 put on a fine spectacle for Australia Day in a building nor'easter, sailing from the Mannering Park Amateur Sailing Club on the southern end of Lake Macquarie, NSW.

    The 36 boat fleet which included crew from Italy, Oman and New Zealand was peppered with same major names from the sailing world, some more normally associated with the monohull scene (Nina Curtis, Adam Beashel, Sean Langman and Krystal Weir to name a few).

    Jason Waterhouse (2011 National Champion) and crew Brett Goodall provided a masterclass in heavy air sailing, taking a 1,2,2 in the three races of Day 1 run by the race committee, before racing was called off for the day with gusts regularly hitting 25 knots.

    sail-world.com/Australia/F18-Nationals;-Crash-Bang-Happy-Australia-Day/105976

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  2. Chris and Sam on board a Capricorn F18 catamaran with peaking speads of up to 25+ knots. Just another day on an F18.

    Using a GOPRO Hero 3 Black edition at 720p/120fps.

    CAPRICORN F18 SPECS
    CONSTRUCTION
    - Vinylester vacuumed – 10mm / 12mm Hevex PVC core
    - Multiaxial and longitudinal uni glass laminate
    - Gelcoat finish ( performance grey )
    - A comprehensive internal structure providing the super stiff hulls

    CENTREBOARDS
    Clear carbon resin finish eliminating the chipping and cracking usually associated with gelcoat finished boards.
    These boards are made in Australia by PSA in custom made presses.

    RUDDER BLADES
    Clear carbon resin finish over a PVC vacuumed laminate.
    These boards are made in Australia by PSA in custom made presses.

    STEERING
    PSA have partnered with Sea Sure to design and produce what we believe is the best Ackerman steering system available in the market today. Together with our “Martin Fischer designed” rudder blades that have been crafted to sit under the boat, you have an incredible feel through the helm that adds to the sensation of the new Capricorn F18.

    RIGGING
    - Stay masters standard on all masts
    - Adjustable calibrated forestay
    - Adjustable jib luff

    Boat Length
    5.52m
    Boat Width
    2.60m
    Mast Length
    9.15m
    Mainsail Area
    17.00m2
    Jib Area
    4.15m2
    Spinnaker Area
    21.00m2

    Your new Capricorn is compliant with the international F18 class rules and has factory supplied certification for hulls and sails.
    All boats are supplied with the ISAF plaque, individual sail number / boat number is based on the ISAF plaque.
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    TUNING YOUR NEW CAPRICORN F18
    MAST RAKE
    Light Air : 5 on forestay / 5 on shrouds
    Mid Air : 3 - 4 on forestay / 6 - 7 on shrouds
    Heavy Air : 3 on forestay / 7 - 8 on shrouds
    Spreader Rake : 45 - 65 on rake ( 5mm = 1 turn )
    Diamond Tension : 38 - 42 on Loo's guage

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  3. Get to the chopper. It's day 3.
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  5. Ride along with Lending Club, the 105' Maxi Trimaran as she rips across San Francisco Bay!

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