Falcon teams @ F16 Europeans, Italy 2015

Only 1 more week until the start of the F16 Europeans in Cesenatico Italy. 11 Falcon teams will be there and we would like to introduce them all to you. We have teams from Belgium (3), France (2), Switzerland (3), Germany (1), The Netherlands (1) and Australia (1). Mixed teams, 2 solo riders and an all-male and an all-female team, they are all in the mix.

Let’s start with the all-female team of Kim-Anne and Chiara. A new team to the boat, this all-female youth team will need to battle against other top youths! French Kim-Anne already sailed the Falcon at Eurocat Carnac this year. We are looking forward to seeing them on the water in Italy! They will have to work hard, especially on their language skills, Chiara is from the United Arab Emirates and does not speak French. Bonne chance! :-)

Geert Ruesink, from The Netherlands, has been to a lot of F16 events these last years, and will sail solo in Italy. He took part in the very first “Global Challenge” organized in 2007 by the then still very young F16 class and has been a big supporter of the class.

Ray and Lea (Switzerland) are new to the F16 scene. They bought a second hand Falcon last year and have been training very hard to get to know the boat. They are very enthusiastic to meet the other F16 sailors and have fun on and off the water.

Floris and Sonja are a Belgian mixed team. They used to sail an F18 but switched to F16 for the lighter weight and easier to handle on the beach. They love sailing and spent a lot of their free time on the water. They are sailing with an American sail number, but are well and truly Belgian; you can ask them anything about Belgian beers :-)

Adrian and Jesse are the current F16 World Champions. This Australian couple won the event last year in Newport, Rhodes Island. Adrian is a sail maker and they will sail their own set of sails. I am sure they will also bring the Aussie way of life to this party in Italy.

Andreas (call him Andi!) and Andrea are a Swiss couple and this is one of the first events they will sail together. Last year they were going to sail the Europeans in Le Touquet together, but right before the event Andrea broke her wrist. They are very eager to show how it’s done Swiss style. On and off the water you will hear Andi laughing and joking. But competition is competition. Don’t let him beat you!

Jacques is another solo sailor. He is from France and he is always sailing the Eurocat event in Carnac. Look out for the very nice design on the hull of his Falcon, a true artist! And this time he will not be sailing solo because his wife really wants to test their new jib J

Katrin and Thomas are a German couple who have been sailing for a long time now. They used to sail a Hobie FXOne and are now hooked on F16 sailing. Katrin is our first female helm and she does a great job. We know for sure she will love the light to medium wind in Italy :-)

Another Swiss team: Daniel & Dominic, also quite new to the F16 scene. They love to push it. We have sailed with them at Lake of Como this year, and the more wind the better. In Italy, they will learn to love the medium wind too (unless we get some thermal breeze?).

Belgium team Aurélie and Morgan do not usually sail together, but when they do they rock! They won silver at the Europeans in Travemunde in 2013 and Morgan is sailing an Olympic campaign. Right now he is sailing the F17 Worlds in Aarhus, Denmark, together with Carolijn Brouwer. Aurélie has been focusing on her studies this year, but she will get back in the groove of sailing quickly.

Only one team left and that’s us :-) No need to introduce us? We will be sailing together at the Europeans and looking very much forward to it. Not only the sailing but also the social program will be great. 

We are very happy to be able to introduce you these nice Falcon team riders and we hope you all have a great time in Italy! For the ones stuck at home: follow us on Facebook for daily reports. Event starts on July 20.