Getting interesting at Formula 18 Americas
Published on September 8th, 2017
Long Beach, CA (September 8, 2017) – The third day of the 2017 Formula 18 Americas Championship saw the full range of wind and sea conditions.
The wind started out 5-7 knots and then decreased to 3 knots, just enough wind to allow the fleet to finish the first race. The fleet only had to wait half an hour and the legendary Long Beach seabreeze didn’t let the fleet down again as it came in around 12 knots in the second race and built to 17 knots throughout the day accompanied by 2-3′ waves.
Ken and Eric Marshack continue to lead by an 11 point margin but had two races in the teens that will be their discards. With just one more poor race, it could allow second place team of Charles Tomeo and Dalton Tebo to close the point gap.
In third place is Defending National Champion Robbie Daniels and Gary Chu.
Now that the scoring has two discards, racing is extremely tight in the top 10 with only nine points separating third through seventh places.
The forecast for the final day of racing is for 6-11 knots.
The biennial event acts as the USF18 National Championship with a change to the “Americas” title biennially to encourage participation from Central and South America. A maximum of 16 races are planned for the 3 teams on August 6 to 9.
Source: Report by Todd Riccardi. Photos by Rohan Hollingsworth.