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Biblis/Germany, May 22nd. Everything is well prepared for the IRSA (International Radio Sailing Association) World Championship. 120 participants from 16 countries have registered for the regattas in Biblis Riedsee, Germany. From the 24th - 26th May competitors will be sailing to crown the 9th Ten Rater class World Champion and from 27th May – 1st of June racing will be for the title of 18th Marblehead class World Champion.


After 2016 in Limone Italy with 48 participants, a field of 60 participants has registered for the World Championships in the Ten Rater class. Also in the Marblehead class a fully booked field with 84 participants can be expected for the first time. 30 years after the last World Championship in Germany / Berlin, the German Sailing Association has again been commissioned by World Sailing and the International Radio Sailing Association as host, since it is already a first respect success, that in these classes never a Worlds with a larger field of participants was sailed.

The World Championship is being organized by IRSA, the German Sailing Association and the German Club "SV Biblis". The team led by Henning Faas, Andrea Hölscher, Ralf Kratz, Jürgen Eiermann und Rainer Blüm has spent countless hours to prepare the venue at Riedsee Biblis. The event will be opened on May 24th with an official ceremony and a large Opening Dinner at the club SV Biblis.

The organizers has invited Pierre Gonnet from France to be the lead race officer for both events. Pierre has spent a lot of time evaluating how to best cope with the expected wind conditions. He will lead the regatta together with Nigel Winkley (Chairman of the DSV Committee Radio Sailing) and Marco Colombo (Racing Officer of SV Biblis) and ensure that it comes to fair competitions. As head of the jury, the chairman of the Racing Committee of the IRSA Patrick Villain from France was appointed. He will work with his team of six international umpires to ensure that the rules are respected.

The publication of the results was also well prepared and so the participants were already divided into groups. The participants from 16 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherland, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, England, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine) can already be found at worlds2018.marbleheadclass.org resp worlds2018.tenrater.org about the opponents in the first race. As usual, interested parties can follow the constantly updated overall results and the group divisions here. 

Some of the Top Sailors are:

Brad GibsonBrad Gibson GBR 42

He is the defending champion in both classes and so will certainly put a lot of pressure on his shoulders. He has since been beaten at any event with his constructed for the 2016 World Cup Ten Rater "Trance". For the first time this year, other participants from England and Australia will use this design. Also unbeaten but since 2012 he is in the Marblehead class with his "grunge". This boat is now driven by a larger number of other sailors. With this boat Brad Gibson now three times in a row World Champion (2012 Ploermel / France, 2014 Gouda / Netherlands, 2016 Limone / Italy) remains the question of whether it will succeed in Germany for the fourth time.

Graham Bantock GBR 95

Multiple World, European champion in all classes. Second of the World Championships 2012 & 2014 third in the Marblehead class he will try to get the most out of his own design "Quark". In the Ten Rater class, also with his own design "Diamond", he had to settle for second place in 2016, but he will do his utmost to get the title back.

Graham Bantock Brad Gibson Matteo Longhi by Andrea Horn

Matteo Longhi ITA 24

Winner of the national championships in France, Italy and Switzerland. He will certainly put considerable pressure on the English at the top. Most recently, he managed a close second place at the 2016 Marblehead World Championships behind Brad Gibson. He will also compete in the Ten Rater class and try to get to the top with Marc Pomarede's new French design.

Martin Roberts GBR 55

World Champion of the Marblehead class 2006, third 2012, he was able to achieve in 2016 with the slightly older boat only 13th place. He will compete this year with a new design, the French "Nioutram" and is also a favorite for the world title.

Rèmi Brês FRA 48

For years at the top of the world Rèmi entered places in the top ten in the world. For 20 years he drove the same boat a "Margo" by Paul Lucard. This year he starts with a new design. Like Matteo Longhi, he is expected with a nioutram by Marc Pomerade. It will be exciting what the experienced sailor Rèmi Brês can get out of the design.

More Information
More information and regular updates can be found on the event website at:
http://worlds2018.marbleheadclass.org, http://worlds2018.tenrater.org
For more information on Radio Sailing and the World Championships visit:

About SV Biblis
The sailing club Biblis eV, was founded in 1976 in Biblis. Since 1993, the club has leased a large area with sufficient moorings for boats and parking lots at Riedsee. The club house has a large common room with kitchen as well as clean toilets and hot showers. For children there is a playground with sandpit and water slide.
Sailing and surfing play a big role at SV Biblis. In a very active youth group, children and adolescents are trained in optimists, 420s and lasers. The association leads annually even several regattas, e.g. in classes Finn-Dinghy, Laser, 470s. The boat classes are focused on: Finn Dinghy, catamarans, lasers, 420s, 470s, Corsair, Pirate, Jeton, Teeny.

About IRSA the International Radio Sailing Association
IRSA is the worldwide radio sailing organization and an Affiliated Member of World Sailing. IRSA is dedicated to the enhancement of both current and emerging world radio sailing classes through the promotion and development of consistent class rules, measurement methods, radio yachting racing rules, and advice in running major racing events.

About Radio Sailingwhatisradiosailing en
The sailors on the shore control the boats using a radio transmitter. They can control the rudder for steering and the positions of the sails to keep the boat moving in the wind. These are usually keelboats with most of the boat’s mass in the bulb deep in the water under the boats. The heavy weight helps keep them upright even when sailing in strong winds. Events will be sailed under the Racing Rules of Sailing with special attention to Appendix E for radio controlled boats. The courses are usually upwind and downwind with a length of up to 300 meters.

About the Marblehead Class
The International Marblehead (M) class is probably the most exciting to sail with its moderate size and light weight combined with high maneuverability and stability. Essentially a box rule with minimal constraints. A modern M will usually be made almost entirely of carbon fibre - hull, foils, spars and fittings. The class was the first to adopt hi tech construction in the early 90s and  development since then has been limited. This permits almost all boats built since then to be compete well in modern fleets. The class is quite often referred to as the "Formula One" of radio sailing.
• Hull length 1.3 m
• Displacement 4.5 to 5.5 kg
• Draught 660 mm
• Sail area 0.5161 m²

About the Ten Rater Class
Boats in the International Ten Rater (10R) class are not limited in length by the class rules and usually have overhangs extending beyond their waterline endings. They are generally light, narrow, stable, seaworthy and fast. This IRSA international rule is based on the 1887 "length and sail area rating rule" which allows shorter waterline length boats to have higher sail areas, while longer LWL boats have smaller sails. It is an ‘open’ rule with great freedom to develop design and construction, particularly in rigs and sail plans. Many different hull forms can be found in the 10R class. A modern 10R will usually be made almost entirely of carbon fibre - hull, foils, spars and fittings.
• Hull length 1.3 to 1.8 m
• Displacement 5 to 7 kg
• Draught 700 mm
• Sail area 0.9 to 1.1 m²

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two years ago we started to prepare for this event and now it's nearly time. We can not wait to welcome our foreign guests in Biblis.

club preparation

The members of the SV Biblis work for weeks on the beautification of the club grounds. Every weekend countless helpers are in the process of removing weeds, mowing the lawn, eliminating reeds and disturbing bushes. The jetties were improved, a new terrace was built at the clubhouse and tents were prepared. Special thanks to Birgit Hebling and Ralf Kratz from the board and the members of the club.


The Radio sailors in Germany also actively helped to prepare for the Worlds. For example, the tank for the measurement of the Ten Rater was manufactured in Düsseldorf. In addition, templates, checklists and tools for checking the boats were prepared. Special thanks to the builders of the tank Dieter Junker and Holger Schmitt.


Of course my family had to help as well. Here, for example, when setting up the 150 Welcome Packages for all participants and helpers or when sorting lists and badges.

Henning and the whole team wish you a pleasant journey

We would like to remind the following sailors that their sail number has been changed for this event.

Brun, Michel FRA 26
Harris, Chris GBR 31
Battiston, Alessandro ITA 45
Tomassini, Roberto ITA 46
Wissmann, Elke GER 51
Thomas, David AUS 81
Guerrier, Austin GBR 108
Cavallo, Ellio ITA 113
Girod, Yves FRA 116
Zammit, Vinnie GBR 117
Ermakov, Ivan RUS 119
Vaes, Chris NED 121
Roberts, Martin GBR 122
Pomarede, Jacques FRA 124
Lehmann, Max GER 125
Ellis, Duncan GBR 137
Bres, Remi FRA 142
Holliday, Phil GBR 166
Kass, Torsten GER 175
Pieraccini, Giampiero ITA 178
Fildebrandt, Torsten GER 187
Alazia, Marc FRA 188
Toureau, Arnaud FRA 192

Some participants have to change their sail numbers because of clashes with other participants at the world championship. Before you send emails asking for a number different to the one you have been allocated please recognize the following. The current rules governing sail marks are different to the rules that applied in 2016. So it may not be relevant which numbers were on your sails on the last worlds or the worlds before.

This is an international event and we are bound by the rules. Please read RRS Appendix E

  • E8 G.1.3 (a) => two digit numbers
  • E8 G.1.3 (b) => change on conflict to any number
  • E8 G.1.5 (b)(4) => space for a leading "1" is required

An explanation:

The reason to specify a prefix of digit 1 only is that, unless the digits are too narrow to be legible or are placed too close together, it is impossible to fit any other prefix digit in front of the two digit sail number on small sails. There will not normally be room, even on larger sails, for any other prefix if the numbers have been placed in accordance with the pre-2013 and current RRS.

If there are more than two boats with the same sail number, one will sail with that number, one may sail with the prefix 1, and the other(s) will change to other sail number(s). See App E G.1.3 (b). Because the only prefix that is guaranteed to fit is the digit 1 this means that one or more of the two digits will need to be changed to comply with App E G.1.3 (b). However, the chance of this is low.

Apart from reasons associated with sail number legibility there are practical reasons for avoiding unnecessary 3 digit numbers. It helps non-native English speakers (as well as native English speakers) to make protest calls more easily and remember who they have protested more easily. If they are protested or called by an observer or umpire it will be easier for them to understand if it is a two digit number rather than a three digit number.

Furthermore please read the Q&A on the IRSA website carefully to avoid problems during the equipment check.


On the beginning of the allocation process the Organizing Authority had a meeting and decided to change the NOR, to let all entries in, that have sent an entry form so far.

  • 10R Worlds 60 Participants (Limit was 48, HMS 60 possible with 3 groups)
  • M Worlds 84 Participants (Limit was 76, HMS 84 possible)

The number of entry forms was under the limit of HMS and the Limit from the Championship Regulations. We expect no greater problems with more boats on the water. The decision was agreed with IRSA and so we changed the NOR and finished the allocation process immediately.

The allocation of starting places has been completed. We now have 82 starters from 13 nations. All registrations with deadline February 20 have been accepted. Please check the constantly updated start list there are still missing entry fees and some sail numbers had to be adjusted. If further applications are received, they will be added to the waiting list.

We had several updates on our website in the last weeks.

  • The list of our sponsors has become bigger, as well as private donations.
  • Event Information - list of Social Events added
  • Event Information - list of hotels added
  • Event Information - Organization Chart added (over 30 people)
  • The list of participants has grown steadily and now stands at 82 entries (13 nations).

So this weekend the registration deadline may be the last chance to make a registration.


We have found a camping solution nearby for up to 35 Campers. Right next to the parking lot at the venue and very reasonably priced:

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