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FORMULA fast, faster…fastest!

Formula 3000

Formulas… box rule sets to make sure everyone can race their chosen design on a fair arena.

Sounds good, and it’s.
But there’s much debate on what’s the fastest?

F18 came first and is still the biggest racing class. Then the F16 came along, and while not as populous as the F18’s, it sure is a quick boat. In the right conditions (those which exist in Southeast Asia) light airs/flat water, the F16 is hard to beat with just about any other platform!

The F20. It’s been around for years and again, is not as populous as the F18 the racing they tend to do is by far the most exciting err like… 500 mile races – see long way to go, short time to get there! and you’ll understand what the Nacra 20 is ALL about!

Then comes F104. It’s a French ‘invention’ that will go along way to replacing the F16 Class in the future. Whereas F16 are very lightweight boats that most major manufacturers can’t/won’t build to… the F104 takes a cat of 130kgs as its base. Boats are given numbers depending upon their design. In so doing, the F104 Class is able to cover more platforms. Older generation F18’s and newer boats like the Nacra F17 and Viper can also rate. So it seems that 104 might be the way forward. Nacras inclusion with the F18 is a leadingexample that big manufacturers will get involved in the class. It’s definitely growing in Europe and will continue to do so.

But my recent travels have revealed yet another Formula that will quite literally, blow all the other formulas away! This is not even based in Europe or the States but just “up the road”. Lets say it sort of looks like a tri but really goes like a cat!

It’s my ‘latest’ discovery in Malaysia – Truly Asia and you’ll have to wait to find out more.

About prosailing

In Southeast Asia a long time and all the while, sailing cats. But the cat love-affair began when I finished building my first catamaran at age 15... "never again". After building 2 more Formula 16 cats in Malaysia it's really 'never again'. Now we have a large fleet of high-tech speed machines including the Nacra 20 Carbon. Then we decided to spread our wings a little more and imported the Corsair Dash 750. Now we are well on the way to establishing a Coastal One Design Dash Class. As a test bed, we had 4 Dashes take part in the Neptune Regatta and now the plans are rolling out.


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