F18 World Championships

Well what a regatta! Internetrix was proud to be involved at the F18 Worlds.

Internetrix was proud to fly our flag at last week's F18 World Championships, held off the Queensland coast at the Rydges Capricorn Resort just north of Yeppoon, QLD.

For the last 6 months we have been focused on building a website that would market the event and the location, as this was the first time that the World Championships were held outside of the Northern Hemisphere.

Once the Championships were underway on Monday 19th we made some alterations and turned it into a results listing, video highlights, photo gallery and race news monster. The site attracted over 1 million hits in the last 10 days. There was truly a global audience as per the Geo Map Overlay below which identifies website visitors locations.

What is an F18 we hear you ask? It's a very fast racing catamaran and the regatta attracted 80 odd boats from around Australia and the world. The Championship comprised of 15 races held over 6 days. The winner of each race was assigned 1 point to their accumulative total, the 60th boat past the finish line per race was assigned 60 points for that race and so on. Sunday 25th February saw the new World Champions crowned. After the final of the 15 races the Australian pair of Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby had their total at 22 points with Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis on 23 points. If you read through the race news you can listen and read each of the race reports which convey the tension and excitement of the leading two teams dukeing it out over the 13th, 14th and 15th races.

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For the non sailor, of who in this office there are many, a couple of interesting facts. This class of catamaran is very closely linked with Tornado catamaran racing. Tornado's are raced at the Olympic Games, and last weeks championship was being used as a major tune up in preparation for the Beijing Olympic sailing regatta to be held next year. The winning crew of Bundock and Ashby have been winning numerous regatta's around the world in the last 12 months and will head into the Olympic Games as likely medallist favourites. Interestingly, the 10 to 25 knot winds experienced of the Yeppoon coast suited the winners, yet the site for the Olympic regatta is likely to only average a max of 5 knots of wind. So the form guide may not mean too much as 5 knots is barely a puff and introduces a different set of skill and even brings luck into play.

Internetrix was introduced to the F18 World Championships organising committee by the events naming rights sponsor, Seawind Catamarans. Internetrix has been a supplier to Seawind Catamarans for a number of years and we thank Seawind for providing the opportunity to be involved. It was a great forum to build Internetrix brand awareness and for us to gain exposure in the sailing fraternity.

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