That much we know to be true and SoCal F18 cheerleader Steve Stroebel has proof. “In San Diego County we now have the largest fleet of F18s in the United States,” he says. There are 16 or so in Mission Bay and 20 of them in Los Angeles alone. Southern California is now a hotbed of F18 sailing, he adds, especially as teams gear up for the F18 Americas Championship in Alamitos Bay in September (the Americas being combined North and South). When the world championships were last held in Alamitos Bay, hotshots from France and the Netherlands, the latter of which is considered the modern day cradle of cat sailing civilization, set the bar high—really high. Stroebel, while optimistic the U.S. could produce a champion, is a realist. He’s not holding his breath.