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Besson and Lagarrigue the champions

F18 Worlds conclude in Italy

Saturday July 13th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy

Billy Besson and Jeremie Lagarrigue was the 2013 Formula 18 World Champions having won this year's racing at Marina di Grosseto, Italy. Hugh Styles/Richard Mason and father and son duo Mitch and Jordi Booth made the up the remaining spots on the podium.

Despite the final day’s racing delivering less steady and significantly weaker wind than the rest of the week, the race committee still managed to lay on three last races.

In the Gold fleet, Besson and Lagarrigue did some fantastic tactical work and put on a massive show of power to become the new Formula 18 World Champions.

Besson, commetned: “We are really delighted. Jeremie did an excellent job today and his strategy was perfect. We are delighted with how the week went. The wind was perfect with thermals almost every day, a great course. Fantastic!”

Having dominated the first day of qualifying, the French sailors began today at the top of the standings and then proved more than capable of not only controlling their closest rivals Hugh Styles/Richard Mason but also of winning on race and finishing second in another. This was the perfect regatta end for the French duo.

19 points behind them were Styles and Mason, who, nonetheless, proved their worth on the water, keeping the pressure on the French duo until the very last tack.

Styles said: “We’ve had a great week. Maybe we could have done a few things differently but we were always out in front so we’re happy and really delighted with this second place.”

Mitch Booth and his son Jordi also showed the same kind of consistency in their performances in the final two days’ sailing. After a less than brilliant start in the qualifiers, which they finished in seventh place, they followed this with a strong string of results elevating them to third - a satisfying achievement for Mitch and his 16 year old son, who was competing in his first international event.

Booth senior said: “An excellent week for us with perfect conditions for the team. It was Jordi’s first world event and making it to the podium first time is a fantastic experience for him.”

Just off the podium was Vendee Globe winner Francois Gabart and his crew, Matthieu Vandame. They finished fourth on 88 points, two ahead of fellow Frenchmen Gurvan Bontemps and Benjamin Amio.

Gabart said: “In France, we say you get the ‘chocolate medal’ for fourth place. You always want to get to the podium but they were just better than us this time. Mitch had a great final and I won’t talk about the first two because I didn’t even think about trying to get near them in the standings today. But I’m happy. If when I decided to do this event six months ago, you’d have told me I’d be fourth, I’d have signed on the dotted line. I always dream of the podium but there was just nothing I could do about it today.”

The F18 class is now already looking forward to the next edition of its World Championship to be held in Ireland in 2014.

Olivier Bovyn, President of the International Formula 18 Class said: “In all the photos I’ve seen, the sailors were smiling and enthusiastic, and I think that shows just how well this week went. Everyone did an incredible job – the committee, the measurers, the jury. They all gave their best. I couldn’t have hoped for better from this splendid place and the Compagnia della Vela Grosseto."



Results:

Pos Sail no Helm   Crew   F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 NQ + NF
1 FRA 1796 Billy Besson Jeremie Lagarrigue 1 1 5 5 (17) 1 2 26
2 GBR 7 Hugh Styles Richard Mason 3 (12) 1 2 9 5 9 45
3 ESP 1910 Mitch Booth Jordi Booth 7 6 2 (27) 5 9 5 61
4 FRA 301 Gabart Francois Vandame Matthieu 2 23 15 4 20 10 (32) 88
5 AUS 222 Jason Waterhouse Brett Goodall 9 4 9 8 2 26 (59) 111
6 FRA 33 Moana Vaireaux Manon Audinet 11 15 13 7 (31) 2 14 111
7 NED 2 Oscar Zeekant Sanne Van Hek 29 11 17 15 27 (81 BFD) 3 138
8 FRA 004 Gurvan Bontemps Benjamin Amiot 27 8 3 13 1 (81 BFD) 81 BFD 143
9 ITA 13 Vittorio Bissaro Cesari Lamberto 25 21 12 19 18 18 (42) 148
10 AUS 300 Andrew Macpherson Olivier Witteveen 34 2 (50) 6 6 32 26 159
11 NED 1 Geijssen Willem Van Dooren Celine 4 20 (27) 20 25 6 23 161
12 GRE 77 Iordanis Paschalidis Gustaf Dyrssen 8 5 (43) 29 40 34 13 167
13 NED 1910 Taylor Booth De Munck Mischa 6 13 6 11 39 35 (40) 168
15 OMA 1576 Musab Al Hadi Alrashdi Hashim 14 (26) 11 16 15 12 6 169
14 BEL 1 Demesmaeker Patrick Cleeren Koen 15 10 (59) 9 38 16 12 169
16 USA 888 Taylor Reiss Matthew Whitehead 19 (38) 29 30 21 8 34 174
17 ITA 3 Carlo de Paoli Maurizio Stella 5 18 22 10 (47) 45 27 177
18 ARG 21 Sergio Mehl Nicolas Aragones 12 3 8 49 46 (81 BFD) 28 182
19 ARG 11 Cruz Gonzalez Smith Mariano Heuser 13 32 19 12 62 4 (65) 199
20 FRA 1722 Bellet Romain Bellet Valentin 26 9 24 (37) 29 24 24 200
21 FRA 29 Emmanuel Le Chapelier Paul Noirot 16 19 (81 DSQ) 35 36 40 11 206
22 NED 1796 Mischa Heemskerk Bastiaan Tentij 10 7 (81 DNC) 1 19 81 BFD 81 DNC 214
23 ARG 666 Ian Rodger Volker Pablo 41 17 20 39 (68) 37 16 217
24 GBR 1588 Grant Piggott Simon Farren (52) 34 36 22 23 11 8 218
25 NED 1978 van Dijk Jolbert Kleijweg Niels 39 36 21 (44) 8 7 37 224
26 FRA 2217 Vincent Domand Francis Ferrari 28 53 (67) 32 12 15 1 237
27 FRA 88 Berrehar Lo•s Le pomellec Hugo 21 24 (48) 28 41 13 20 240
28 ITA 400 Ugo Ferrari Edward Canepa (64) 35 30 25 7 21 10 249
29 GBR 501 William Sunnucks Freddie White (70) 55 26 52 53 3 4 264
30 NED 2010 Jorden Veenman Frank De Waard 23 51 23 3 59 (81 BFD) 81 DNC 267
31 ITA 2 Matteo Ferraglia Lorenzo Bianchini 62 22 10 14 (69) 49 22 268
32 FRA 9 Durand Pierre-Yves David Fanouillere (81 DNC) 28 28 43 22 41 43 277
33 FRA 5 Emmanuel Dodé Frédéric Moreau 43 14 55 (81 DSQ) 24 30 81 BFD 283
34 FRA 2 Yoann Trécul Paul Melot 47 42 45 47 3 (81 BFD) 56 285
35 FRA 719 Dary Emeric Cocaud Joris 49 31 (60) 50 13 31 50 305
36 ITA 23 Marco Radman Luca Cioni 36 60 4 31 64 (81 BFD) 62 319
37 FRA 756 Emmanuel Boulogne Jean Boulogne 20 57 44 18 32 (81 BFD) 49 320
38 AUS 500 Brett Burvill Oli Egan 40 29 14 (58) 52 27 19 321
39 USA 70 Steve Stroebel Matt Morris 46 45 7 59 10 14 (81 BFD) 323
40 FRA 7 Dutreux Benjamin Planson Gatien 32 (68) 32 66 4 28 21 329
41 GBR 1581 Simon Northrop Tom Walker 24 66 56 (81 DSQ) 54 44 18 331
42 SUI 19 Caviezel Sandro Moser Sebastian 33 40 42 41 (58) 38 52 351
43 ITA 969 Giovanni Fantasia Davide Recalcati 17 (72) 41 21 61 53 38 356
44 FRA 226 Martin Orion GatŽ Charles 22 27 53 56 66 19 (67) 362
45 NED 8 Breur Hans Everaars Roel 53 47 (61) 24 30 25 47 366
46 NED 15 Ad Noordzij Maarten Noordzij 18 44 (57) 53 44 36 41 372
47 GER 276 Schuetz Robert Kuehl Rea 45 (76) 31 33 63 33 51 374
48 GER 277 Sach Helge Sach Christian 38 25 33 (81 DNC) 81 DNC 81 DNC 81 DNC 374
49 ARG 1248 Juan Pablo Sucic Esteban Luis Daneri (59) 56 16 40 55 22 30 381
50 ITA 24 Daniele Saragoni Luca Filippi 66 49 35 23 45 (81 BFD) 31 381
51 URU 355 Chris Schewe Alberto Viera 56 43 34 17 (72) 46 36 382
53 FRA 733 Francois Duborg Thierry Jenouvrier 30 58 62 26 37 58 (63) 387
52 BEL50 Bosser Thierry Gramme Alain (68) 61 52 61 RDG 26 29 39 387
54 GBR 1234 David White Jon Sweet 48 65 47 36 51 (81 BFD) 55 390
55 ITA 25 Giulia Bocca Andrea Lunz (72) 50 46 60 11 51 33 411
56 FRA 444 Tiffon Antoine Biardeau Charlie 61 62 (70) 63 56 17 29 412
57 GER 211 Gerd SCHMITZER Thomas Landsbek (71) 67 25 62 28 39 25 420
58 ITA 8 Christian Vettori Riccardo Pinter 54 52 64 34 57 (81 BFD) 81 DNC 421
59 FRA 007 Erik Maris Jean Christophe Mourniac (81 DSQ) 16 68 81 DSQ 43 60 81 DNC 424
60 NZL 28 Drew Carlyle Miranda Powrie (65) 64 18 48 49 42 54 426
61 GER 17 Ecki Kaphengst Sšnke KŸhl (67) 30 39 51 60 62 60 429
62 GBR 502 Matthew Young An Other 31 (71) 69 38 71 47 7 430
63 NED 20 Remco Remeijer Ettore Botticini 42 63 51 46 (65) 50 57 446
64 SWE 159 Johan Gnosspelius Roger BodŽn 75 75 40 68 34 (81 BFD) 17 447
65 ITA 200 Riccardo De Grenet Claudio Marzorati 50 39 37 55 (73) 61 45 452
66 DEN 233 Bj¿rnholt Daniel Bj¿rnholt Nicolaj (76) 54 71 67 50 55 48 454
67 NED 69 Thomas Groen Charlotte Heijstek 55 (77) 49 42 16 48 66 457
68 NED 77 Coert Van Dam Marius Van Dam 63 33 58 54 42 (81 BFD) 58 466
69 ARG 27 Federico Ferioli Lucas Gonzalez Smith 77 41 72 45 33 23 (81 BFD) 471
70 FRA 117 Roger Cantin Maquinghen Hugues 58 74 65 61 35 (81 BFD) 53 480
71 NED 1616 Rik Duinmeijer Corstiaan Alessie 35 48 63 57 48 52 (68) 481
72 ARG 44 Juan Faustin Juan Cruz Benitez 51 37 54 (81 DNC) 67 81 DNC 81 DNC 489
73 HUN 8 Janos Varadi Szabo Tamas Petheo 46 RDG 46 RDG 46 RDG 46 RDG (81 DNC) 81 DNC 81 DNC 492
74 FRA 539 Ogereau Audrey Lebayon Lucas 81 DNE 81 DNE 81 DNE 81 DNE 14 (20) 15 503
75 ESP 29 Fijnheer Robert Stiebler Peter 60 70 38 70 (75) 57 64 524
76 NED 512 Jan-Willem Harwijne Gert-Jan Kos 69 73 73 64 (77) 43 35 539
77 FRA 971 LŽdŽe Jeff Jordil Vincent 73 69 (74) 65 70 56 44 555
78 CHI 1708 Nicolas Kovacevic Kovacevic Lukas (78) 78 66 71 76 59 61 561
79 GER 493 Vogel Stefan Szasz Kathrin 74 (79) 75 69 74 54 46 573
80 GER 292 Gosche Arne Walther Michael 37 (81 DNC) 81 DNC 81 DNC 81 DNC 81 DNC 81 DNC 577
81 ITA 859 Leonardo Ruggeri Luca Pustina 57 59 76 72 (81 DNC) 81 DNC 81 DNC 584

 

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