The 2017 season started in Adelaide in January for the Australian titles, 33 boats made it to Brighton and Seacliff Sailing Club and sailing in their home waters Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh took the win from Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel with Daniel Keys and Daryl Roos rounding out the podium.
Next up for the class was the Riva Cup on the idyllic Lake Garda, 50 boats raced in near picture postcard Riva conditions and Mike Holt and Carl Smit took the top spot from Howie Hamlin, sailing with Jeff Nelson and Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner taking third, making it an all “World Champion” podium.
Kiel was next up on the International calendar and the Bojsen Moller brothers added to their extensive trophy collection, taking the top spot with a resurgent Phillipe Boite and Fountaine Matheiu runners up and Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner again taking third.
Almost simultaneously across the “pond” the North American Championships were taking place in Buzzards Bay in the North East of the US. Howie Hamlin and Andy Zinn won, making it the 9th time for Howie. Second place was taken by Chris Behm and Jesse Falsone, with Ted Conrads and Jeff Nelson taking third spot.
The class then returned to the venue for the 2005 Worlds for the European Championship and the light air event was won by Jorgen and Jacob Bojsen Moller from 92 boats, followed by Nathan Batchelor and Sam Pascoe then Lutz Stengel and Frank Feller.
Then in late September the class headed to Annapolis, Maryland for the 2017 SAP World Championships. 87 boats from 12 countries competed and the generally light wind event was won by Mike Holt and Carl Smit, 2016 Champions Mike Martin and Adam Lowry took 2nd and Andy Smith and Roger Gilbert rounded out the top 3.
Meanwhile there were National Championships in France, won by Phillipe Boite and Fountaine Matheiu with an impressive fleet of 52 boats racing. Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel took home the title at the UK Nationals, while Jan-Phillip Hoffman and Felix Brockerhoff took the German title. With the Worlds in Poland in 2018, there was as you would expect a good turn out at their Nationals and of the 34 boats there, Agnieszka Skrzpulec and Holger Jess came out on top to take the title.
2018 starts almost straight away, Wangi Wangi hosting the Australian Nationals in January, then the Euro Cup starts in France at Easter in Cannes, Riva 8 weeks later, followed by Kiel and the UK later in the summer. Poland is the venue for the Worlds in July and San Francisco will host the North American’s.