The Ostend Sailing & Racing Club is proud to host the 2008 Open Belgian Long Distance Championships for Formula 18 and C1 (Rating 104) catamarans. The MExT Multihull Cup is a long distance race for Formula 18 and C1 beach catamarans. It is the only catamaran race in the Benelux that is spread over 2 races in 2 days in which the ranking is determined by the cumulated time of both races. It is a perfect test for seamanship, good tactical insights, teamwork, endurance as well as boat handling and tuning. As a result, the winner is a true all-round champion.
Submitted by Filip Lecomte on 20 August, 2008 - 15:09. News
During the weekend a camera crew from Focus TV, the regional television channel visited the event and made a newsflash that was broadcasted on Sunday August 17th. Click on the image below to view the video.
Submitted by Filip Lecomte on 19 August, 2008 - 08:08. News
The Team Thierry Bosser/Alain Gramme have won the 2008 edition of the MExT Multihull Cup. After 3 hours, 58 minutes and 37 seconds of sailing they had a 37 second advance on the second team, last year's winner Emmanuel Boulogne with Tanguy Kervyn. Luc Hennebel & Marc Vanden Haute took third place at 5 minutes and 2 seconds from the winners.
The race didn't start too well for Bosser/Gramme as they only arrived fifth at the first mark of the race. The upwind leg from Ostend towards Nieuwpoort allowed them to move up to second place behind Boulogne/Tanguy who led from the start. The leg from Nieuwpoort to Blankenberge was again a difficult one as the wind was very strong with variable directions. This required them to keep concentrated all the way. Bosser/Gramme began the last lap from Blankenberge to Ostend in third place with more than 4 minutes behind the leaders Boulogne/Tanguy.
Submitted by Filip Lecomte on 15 August, 2008 - 04:45. News
After a successful test last year, the organisation is proud to announce that it will again be possible to follow the Multihull Cup live on the internet. At each mark rounding, time and position will be taken of each competitor. This information will be transmitted to a server which will publish the information on our website.
For 2008, a number of enhancements have been implemented: it is now possible to be updated through SMS, e-mail or Windows Messenger of each mark rounding of your favorite. For a flat fee of 5 euro you can register on our website and during the race you will receive the updates the same moment they are published on the internet.
Submitted by Filip Lecomte on 25 February, 2007 - 20:08. News Archive
July 5th, 2008 - As of today, online registrations for the 2008 MExT Multihull Cup, the Open Belgian Long Distance Championship for Formula 18 and C1 (Rating 104) catamarans are now open. Registration is possible through this link.
Given the success of last year, at least 45 teams coming from Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are expected to participate this year. The first leg of the race will also be the last race of the Spitfire Europeans which are already racing in Ostend from August 13th on. As such, the race has been opened for the C1 catamarans with rating 104 (e.g. Spitfires, Cirrus Evolution, Mattia Esse...) and they will start in a separate fleet.