ON THE WATER: Flying Formula 18s | On The Water – California News

ON THE WATER: Flying Formula 18s | On The Water – California News

Wet Wednesday withdrawal?

I was worried with Long Beach Yacht Club’s Wet Wednesday racing season over, and trophy presentation not until Sept. 13, that sailors would be going cold turkey.

No worries. Seal Beach YC’s Pop Top series continues through today, Sept. 14, and the Catalina Island series 50th anniversary season continued last weekend with 23 boats participating in the three-race competition. The final race of the series to Long Point will take place Oct. 7 and 8.

Formula 18

The biennial regatta that served as the USF18 National Championship was hosted by Alamitos Bay YC last week. Formula 18, a sport catamaran, is like a Ferrari on the water — in contrast, the teams seem mellow off the water.

Maybe it is because the fleet attracts elite super sailors, like 2011 U.S. Rolex Yachtsman of the year, Bill and Mandi Hardesty, who took fourth overall and first in a mixed team.

In addition, finishing mid fleet were Eric Witte and Annie Gardner, 1984 Olympic silver medalist, 1995 America3 Woman’s team navigator and trial horse helmsman.

Even among the sponsors were 1987 America’s Cup headsail trimmer John Sangmeister (Gladstone’s and Pieology) and Glaser Sails with Jay and Pease, 2000 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and 2000 Olympic silver medalist.

ABYC’s own Jeffrey Newsome and Erik Berzins took a respectable 11th, with top honors going to Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s Charles Tomeo and Dalton Tebo.

A great 400-pound catamaran with a crew weight not to exceed 320 pounds, these boats are light and agile and can even sail…

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