Grade 1
5th to 13th July 2016


The event is organised by USAM Voile Brest on behalf of the International F18 Catamaran Association, under the authority of FFVoile and ISAF/World Sailing.

1. Rules

1.1 The regatta will be governed by the ‘Rules’ as defined in ISAF Racing Rules    of Sailing (RRS).

1.2 FFVoile National prescriptions will apply as per Appendix.

1.3 If there is a conflict between languages, the English text will tak


2. Advertising & Identification

2.1 Boats and competitors shall comply with ISAF Regulation 20, Advertisin

2.2 Competing boats maybe required to display advertising of the Event Sponsor as provided by the Organizing Authority.


3. Eligibility

3.1 The event is open to eligible boats of the International Formula 18 Catamaran Association.

3.2 All competitors shall comply with ISAF Eligibility code art.19

3.3 All competitors shall be paying members of their respective National F18 Class Association or members of the International F18 Class Association when there is no National Association in their country, and shall have their entry endorsed by their respective National Class Association or by the International F18 Class Association.

3.4 Participants under 18 years old shall be permitted to enter the event by their parent or tutor.

3.5 No Nation Quotas will apply. This is an Open Championship.

3.6 Entries will be official and confirmed after the approval of the F18 National Formula 18 Associations and the payment of the entry fee.


4. Registration

4.1 Eligible boats shall register at http://www.f18europeans.com/ from 1st February to 30th June deadline, according to the “First come, First served”  principale.

4.2 Entries are limited to 200 boats. When needed, a waiting list will be establish.

4.3 The following documents shall be provided at the time of registration:

– Sport licence issued by relevant MNA (when appropriate)

– A copy of a valid Measurement Certificate.

– Proof of Membership as per NOR 3.3.

– Proof of age for Junior and Master Competitors.

– Proof of Insurance as per NOR 19.

– A valid Medical Certificate (written in French or in English)



Article 5 is amended as follows :

5. Entry Fees

5.1 Competitors under 23 (born after 31st December 1992)

– until 10   of May included: standard fee                                160 euros
– from 11 of May till deadline: late entry fee                          200 euros

Competitors born before 1st January 1993

– until 29th February 2016 included: early bird fee                 200 euros
– from 1st of March to 10 of May included: standard fee        250 euros
– after 10 of May: late entry fee                                              300 euros

5.2 In the case a competitor would be accepted from the waiting list after 1st of June, the standard fee will apply.

5.3 Cancellation

– before 10th of May : 100% reimbursement minus 30 euros

– from 11 of May to 30th June: 50% reimbursement

– after 30th June: no reimbursement

Published on april 26, 2016




Possiblity to pay diretly to USAM bank with thge following information :

IBAN : FR76 1670 7001 7991 1215 0896 432


6. Format

6.1 With more than 100 boats registered, the competitors will be divided in two fleets and in that case the regatta will consist of a qualifying series and a final series.

6.2 Up to 100 boats, the competitors will run all together in one fleet. There will be no qualifying series.


7. Schedule


Tuesday 5 July 10:00 – 12:00 13:00 – 18:00 Equipment Checking – Registration
Wednesday 6 July   9:00 – 12:00 13:00 – 18:00 Equipment Checking – Registration
Thursday 7 July  9:00 – 11:00 Equipment Checking – Registration
12:00 Skipper’s meeting
14:30 Practice Race
18:30 Opening Ceremony
Friday 8 July 11:00 First Warning Signal – Courses
Saturday 9 July 12:00 First Warning Signal – Courses
Sunday 10 July 12:00 First Warning Signal – Courses
Monday 11 July 12:00 First Warning Signal – Courses
Tuesday 12 July 12:00 First Warning Signal – Courses
Wednesday 13 July 10:00 First Warning Signal – Long Distance
to follow Nautical Parade
to follow Prize Giving Party

7.2 Fifteen (15) races are scheduled for the Worlds.

7.3 There will be a maximum of 4 races per day.

7.4 When more than one race will be held on the same day, the warning signal for each succeeding race will be made as soon as practicable, after the finish of the previous race.

7.5 On Wednesday 13th July, no warning signal will be made after 12.00 hrs, except as a consequence of a General Recall.


8. Measurement

8.1 Equipment inspection will be held at the event location.

8.2 Each boat shall present valid measurement certificates at time of Registration.

8.3 No fundamental measurement will be done on regatta site during registration days.

8.4 Sailors who need fundamental measurement must make their own arrangements prior to Championship.

8.5 Sails shall have the full sail number and national letters in accordance with the Class Rules.

8.6 Boats may be subject to further inspections at any time during the regatta.

8.7 Additional measurement checks may be conducted during the regatta at the discretion of the Organizing Authority.

8.8 Following each day’s racing one or more boats may be inspected for compliance with Class Rules.


9. Sailing Instructions

Sailing Instructions will be available on event website by 15th June.


10. Courses

The courses and racing areas will be defined in the sailing instructions. Trapezoid, windward/leeward or Long Distance courses may be used.


11. Penalty System

Rule 44.1 is changed so that the One Turn Penalty replaces the Two-Turn Penalty.


12. International Jury

An International Jury will be constituted for the Championship in accordance with RRS 91 (b).


13. Scoring

13.1 Three races are required to be completed to constitute a championship.

13.2 The scoring system will include both qualification and final series results.

13.3 Competitors will be seeded into groups to sail the qualification series.

13.4 A minimum of six races are required to be completed to constitute the qualification series.

13.5 When fewer than four (4) qualification races have been completed, a boat’s qualification series score will be the total of her race scores.

13.6 When four (4) or more qualification races have been completed, a boat’s qualification series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

13.7 After the qualification series is completed, competitors will be divided into two parts, the first half entering the Gold fleet and the second half entering the Silver fleet. In case of odd entry numbers, Gold fleet will gather one more competitor than Silver fleet.

13.8 When fewer than four (4) final races have been completed, a boat’s final score will be the total of her final race scores, added to her qualification series score.

13.9 When four (4) or more final races have been completed, a boat’s final score will be the total of her final races scores excluding her worst score, added to her qualification series score.

13.10 To establish the final results, Gold fleet competitors will be scored higher than Silver fleet competitors


14. Support boats

14.1 Each support boat shall display a white flag with her national letters at all times while afloat. The minimum height for the letters shall be 200 mm and visible from both sides of the boat.

14.2 All support boats are at all times submitted to the Organizing Authority and Race Committee authority, are legally considered as assistance / rescue boats and must comply with any instructions given by those authorities or by    the police.

14.3 All support boats shall be registered and will be required to comply with local

14.4 A unique registration number will be assigned to each support boat during the Check In. The fee for support boat registration will be 100 euros

14.5 Support boats with team leaders, coaches and other support personnel shall     stay outside areas where boats are racing from the time of the warning signal for the first fleet to start until all boats have finished or the race committee signals a postponement, general recall or abandonment.

14.6 During any starting sequence, support boats shall stay at least 50 meters below the starting line and its extensions.


15. Berthing

The boats must park and shall return to and remain in their assigned places.


16. Radio Communication

A boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats, except in an emergency. This restriction also applies to text messages or cellular phone calls.


17. Prizes

17.1 The regatta winners will obtain the title “2016 Formula 18 European Champions”.

17.2 Prizes will be awarded in the following categories subject to entry numbers:

– 1st, 2nd and 3rd Overall in both Gold and Silver fleets

– 1st, 2nd and 3rd Female teams – both helm and crew shall be female

– 1st, 2nd and 3rd Mixed teams

– 1st, 2nd and 3rd Masters – the helm and the crew shall be aged 50 years or older by 1st January 2016

– 1st, 2nd and 3rd Youth – both helm and crew shall be under 23 years of age by 1st January 2016



Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. The Organizing Authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.


19. Insurance

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance, including coverage when racing at the venue of the Championship, with a minimum cover of 1.500.000 Euros per event or the equivalent. This document shall be in French or English language.


20. Media Rights, Cameras and Electric Equipment

20.1 By participating in the event, competitors automatically grant to the Organizing Authority and their sponsors the right in perpetuity to make, use and show, from time to time at their discretion, any motion pictures and live,    taped or filmed television and other reproductions of the athlete during the period of the competition without compensation.

20.2 Boats may be required to carry cameras, sound equipment or positioning equipment as specified and provided by the Organizing Authority. A damage deposit may be required.

20.3 Cameras, if fitted, must be underneath the spinnaker pole and 600mm back from the end of the smooth, round and blunt spinnaker cap pole fitting.

20.4 The top three competitors as well as the individual race winners may be required to attend a media press conference each day.

20.5 Competitors may be required for interviews at the regatta.


21. Further information

For any further information, please visit http://www.f18europeans.com/


We wish you a pleasant 2016 F18 European Championship !


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