It is obvious that F18 catamarans are damn sexy. With a growing fleet of boats that are great bang-for-the-buck, top level sailors, a 12-event regatta schedule, and a free keg of beer at every event, you have the recipe that helped make the Eastern area F18 summer series a huge success as other classes and events struggled to maintain numbers. 31 teams competed in a mix of distance, and buoy course races throughout New England, NY, and NJ between May and October. Each event averaged around 12 boats, which provided plenty of tight racing for all involved. Teams that regularly attended regattas saw a tremendous increase in performance throughout the season, culminating when 6 New England teams traveled to Toronto and all placed in the top 13 in the 37 boat Canadian National Championship.
Team Microwind (Anarchists Mike Easton and Tripp Burd) demonstrated total dominance coming off a strong finish in the Tybee 500 to win each event in the series as well as take a top 5 finish at North Americans and plundered the Canadian Championship trophy. Having a team of this caliber in the series raised the level of competition as a whole as other teams fought hard to stay in the mix. Behind them in the standings were teams comprised of father/son, coed, and a wide range of ages, but all with one thing in common, the need for speed. Narragansett Brewery signed on as the beer sponsor for the series, providing lots of swag and the fuel to perpetuate the reputation for partying as hard as we sail. Series results and information can be found at www.nensa.org