Funding Completed! For Yvan Bourgnon's Round the World Beachcat Adventure

ISAF Youth Multi: Open letter & Submission by SL16 Class & Sirena Voile

Image: Sime Sokota | Regarding the new inocming selection I really don´t know why ISAF decided to change the Youth Multi again, but as it is clear they wanted a new boat my position and common sense dictated F16 over an invented new class.

As I wrote , for low cost / access we already have the H16 & SL16. I build a RC16 daggerless coremat cat with a 8mts mast similar to the SL16 that it is an excellent school, adult recreational/ youth racing boat.

With current scenario an intermediate step towards de Nacra 17 we have the Formula 16 ,  with a previous step being currently the H16/SL16. An additional key aspect I see together with this , as I wrote too , that only high level youths enter ISAF Youth Worlds.

All in all a pathway to the Nacra 17 calls for a Formula 16. If focus are cost & accessibility  let things as they are with the H16 & SL16. It is not that complicated.
Letter & Submission sent by Vincent Gueho Chairman, SL16 International Class Association.
"We, the SL16 International Class Association and Sirena Voile, published today and Open Letter about the SL16 and the ISAF Youth Worlds. This publication is related to the submission we sent to the ISAF prior the Annual Assembly which is starting tomorrow at Palma de Mallorca in Spain."

- The submission can be found here:
- Full text Open Letter here:

Below excerpt of the Open letter
..."The ISAF is the world governing body for the sport of sailing. This year, the ISAF General Assembly will take place in Palma de Mallorca in Spain from the 1st to the 8th of November.
This meeting gathers members of the ISAF Board, Sub-Committees and Commissions. Heads of MNAs  (Member National Authorities, i.e. national sailing federation), class associations, retailers, sailors and event organizers will also be there, representing more than 500 people coming to share their ideas and updates and to talk about the future of sailing.

This year, more than 200 submissions were sent to the ISAF. A submission is a request of proposal
leading to a potential modification of the ISAF rules and texts. All these proposals will be studied by
different commissions next week. Recommendations will then be given about those submissions during the last two days of the meeting, on the 7th and the 8th of November by the different commissions. The  ISAF Council will then approve, reject or postpone these submissions.

SL16 International Class Association
The SL16 was designed by Yves LODAY in 2003 to answer a call for bids launched by the ISAF to select a new multihull for the ISAF Youth World Championship. The SL16 cross with success the different steps of  the selection process after being recommended by youth sailors during the test event in 2003. The ISAF  preselected the SL16 in 2005 and officially recognized the boat in 2007.

The first SL16 ISAF Youth World Championship was organized in 2008. The whole process to select a new multihull for the ISAF Youth  World Championship lasted almost 5 years!
Since 2005, three presidents led the SL16 International Class Association: Yann AUFAUVRE (2005-2009),  Arnaud GAUTIER (2009-2012) and since then, Vincent GUEHO. For its tenth birthday in 2013, an  infography about the history of the SL16 was published and can be seen on the following link:

So far, the SL16 International Class Association has not been very proactive on the international stage,  mostly for financial reasons and a lack of skills in the art of politics. For the first time since 2007, a submission has been published by the class and will be analyzed next week during the ISAF Annual Conference.

Up to now, boats used for the ISAF Youth World Championship can change from one year to another. As far as you are a class association recognized by the ISAF and if you can justify a certain amount of boats per countries and continent, you can ask to be the next official multihull. It can be seen as a way to give  an opportunity to everyone and give the latest high technology catamaran to the youth sailors.

But we believe that in the current economic situation, such a politic choice is extremely dangerous for our sport and for industrial key players in the sailing world like Sirena Voile. Those companies cannot invest without mid or long term visibility." ........

Atlantic Crossing: 'The Route' on a Multi 23

Images by Christophe Launay / - After Yvan Bourgnon crashed and destroyed his cruising beachcat at Sri Lanka we got a reality check on this kind of projects. I know a little on this not on doing the sailing but on preparing several Cruising cats currently used in the Patagonian coast. And we have the stories of Beto Pandiani's trips as reference.

Now after Loick Peyron left his vintage Route du Rhum project on a 1967 Walter Green design , to replace Banque Populaire V injured skipper to do the same event , another French sailor (go figure...) will attempt another crazy crossing on a Multi 23' Trimaran. Interesting concept on seeing which is the best cruising option for this beachcat lenght range , for instance how do you recover from a capsize sailing solo on the M23..??

Below some comments by Gilles Morelle sent by Christophe along the images:
"Vincent Beauvarlet is a French sailor. If he started his career as a windsurfer, youth world champion in 1990, he discovered offshore sailing quickly (Route du Rhum, Québec St Malo)… Today, three days before the start of La Route du Rhum, he goes on a long journey from Cancale (France close to St Malo, start of the Route du Rhum) to Guadeloupe (French caribbean island, arrival of the Route du Rhum and where he is born 40 years ago) alone onboard a very small multihull a Multi 23 (VPLP Design ) called “Ocean Love Dream”.

If he won’t go as fast as big multihull as Spindrift, 140 feet, Vincent’ll try to make a new record set of the atlantic cross alone and onboard a dinghy multihull. It’s not holidays, it’s aventure. Vincent, take care !

Vistra Hobie 16 Asian Championships 2014

Images & report sen by  Peter Frauchiger ,  Commodore Hong Kong Hobie Club  -
"We held a phantastic event, wind galore and plenty of fun. Very strong competition, the Championship was won by the Thai's followed by our local Team of Tong Shing/ Kit Tong and 3rd place claimed by former world champion Mick Butler. Find attached the press release of the event".
World’s best cat sailors race at Hobie Asian Championship in Hong Kong
– and join club’s 20th anniversary celebration
"Many top international catamaran sailors competed in the Vistra Hobie Asian Championship (HAC) 2014 held on 18 -19 October in Hong Kong in strong winds that often exceeded 20 knots.

Winning all races on both days was Damrongsak Vongtim and Kitsada Vongtim from Thailand who recently came second in this year’s Asian Games. The current Hobie Asian Champion 2014, Damrongsak is a two-times Asian Games winner, Asian Sailing Champion 2014 as well as multiple Thai national champion.

In hot pursuit securing second place were Hong Kong stalwarts Tong Shing and Kit Tong who came third in the recent Asian Games.

Third place went to 2007 Hobie 16 world champion and 2011 Australian champion

Route du Rhum 2014: Departure scheduled for November 2nd

Image sent by Christophe Launay / from St Malo, where more than 90 boats are getting ready for the Route du Rhum 2014.
Official website at

Multis entry list at

Beachcat Round the World: Help funding Yvan Bourgnon - Last Day

-- Final Update : Funding finally reached 40k! 
--Update II: Only 700Euros left to complete the campaign. Link
--Update: The Campaign is at 92%, today is last day to help Yvan.--
We've been following Yvan's adventure since day 1. After his crew abandoned him, losing main sponsors and crashing his boat in Sri Lanka, Yvan is searching for funding to continue this epic voyage.

Help him through

Greg Touble from Forward Sailing comments: "He has set up a crowd funding campaign to reach 40.000€. There are still 2 weeks to go for this campaign, and he is at 50% - a bit more right now, so if you can share it would be great ! He still needs our help !

If he can find the missing 20.000€ he will continue.
He is actually in Sri Lanka to rebuild some pieces, and he must take a decision soon about hulls."

Check Yvan's log book past posts at

A-Class: Scheurer G7 stable flight @Silvaplana

We are sailing the As here in BA almost every day now, and one of the key aspect for sailing every day is the actual launch. Having tide changes and shallow river coast it is a must for us being able to leave the boat unattended flat in the sand/mud (no sail) for some secs/mins depending on the tide when we go out alone.

Thus changing the rule to allow foil insert from the bottom will literally forbid us to go and sail alone, that is actually one of the best assets on the As, that are giving us a new fever for catsailing every day, on the freedom the no crew gives you.

I'm sailing out in 5 mins after reaching the club. Is quicker than rigging my windsurf boards, plus no hassle on the handling, it is pure pleasure to launch the As coming from the F18 tanks, but there you always sail with a crew who helps on the handling.  I also sail my daggerless RC16s solo, but it is a little bit heavier than the A, nothing can beat 75kg...

Bottom line is current rule development is showing some stable foiling as seen in this Scheurer G7 video, it also needs some time to learn, but if I have to balance scarifying smooth solo beach launchs for a still to be found perfect 5-25knots bottom inserted foiling solution I stay with current setup, even non flying pre Js conf,  every single time...

Jason Waterhouse Interview: Youth performer to Olympic level, Non Stop

Images: Paula Kopylowicz /Lisa Darmanin, David Lee / Jasper van Staveren / Jason Waterhouse / ACEA
Jason Waterhouse has a great sailing record already with Lisa Darmanin since they were kids. They went through the Hobie 16, F16 to currently race the Olympic Nacra 17 Class, where they finished 3rd at past Worlds in Santander.

I wrote in the past that Jason was going to be the 2020 Olympics Gold Medalist,  but with Lisa they are accelerating time frames and already targeting  Rio 2016.

Jason also started racing single handed in the A-Class this year, with a rather shocking debut at Bordeaux 2014 Europeans.

Australia has their cat legends still sailing, and along them the new generation is learning fast, securing the Aussie tradition of top Multihull performers.

Beyond Rio and Tokyo with Lisa, Jason is aiming to dethrone the mighty Ashby in the A Class.
Grabbing an Olympic Gold Medal & succeeding Glenn in the A-Class it can be the hardest task you can imagine in our sport, but if someone can dream of achieving it, Jason is definitely your nr 1 option.
Jason Waterhouse Interview - by MV/

- You've been sailing Mixed way before it became mandatory in the Nacra
17. How long you two have been sailing & racing together with Lisa?

Jason Waterhouse : Lisa and I teamed up in 2007 after we decided to campaign for the ISAF Youth Worlds in Denmark we would had both been around 16 at the time, not many people know this but we are also cousins so was an easy way to find a new crew who i had a good relationship with.

- You started sailing a Hobie Dragoon? I've seen you have a title there too, how many titles you have as Youth?

JW - I actually started my catamaran sailing on the Hobie 16 but was invited to come sail the Dragoon at the World Championships in Vigo in 2006 with fellow Australian Chase Lurati where we came away with the win which to be honest was a surprise as it was the first time i had seen the boat and there were lots of great international squads from France and GBR. I have 4 Youth World Championships titles in the Dragoon, Hobie 16 and ISAF Youth Worlds Brazil 2009.

- Hobie 16 is known for their mixed teams,  and it is surely one of the best learning platforms on the skills needed  to sail in high winds. How sailing the H16 have helped you reaching the  level you now have.
JW -
 My parents are die hard Hobie sailors and Dad used to put me on the 16 trampoline for racing since i was 4, the Hobie 16 fleet is really intense here in AUS and thats where i developed my boat handling and fleet racing skills. I think its a good way to get kids into the multihull scene as it also has a very social aspect.

- After the H16 you tried the Formula 16 and became Europeans Champs in 2010. How was the experience on migrating to the F16 racing?

JW - Lisa and I were really fortunate that Darren and Carolijn offered us a free Viper to use at the Euros in Lake Como, it was our first high performance catamaran racing and we really enjoyed it and we went there to learn as much as we could and ended up taking the win which was a surprise but that was a great testament to what Hobie racing teaches you. The racing wasn’t so different but Lisa’s role on the boat became much busier.

- Following your H16/F16/F18 experience you reach with Lisa the new Olympic Nacra 17 Class.
Thoughts on the new Olympic boat compared with what you have sail before?

JW - I love the Nacra for a few reasons i really enjoy the one design racing as it keeps the racing super tight around the

Zhik F18 US Nats 2014 for Mike Easton & Tripp Burd

Images above Jasper van Staveren. Great event at Corpus Christi Yacht Club. The Class put Jasper to take pictures, they also published xresults after each race plus Live updates in the official FB page
But the best of the championship was seen on the water. 14 races total with two discards, and mixed conditions from 16 to 6knots racing. 40 boats gathered by the US Class and the venue was just perfect as I've been told directly by the Arg crews.

Left: Argies bringing the Goods to BA. Below: Sailors had fun out of the water as shown by John Casey's pic from the Papas Pilar Party.

Only 1 race could be completed today and the racing was cancelled later due to lack of wind. Mike Easton & Tripp Burd, the Nr 1 US  crew coming to this event,  grabbed the title on their consistency on low scores, as the Argentines Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser finished ahead of them in 9 out of 14 races. It was a close race at the end with only 3pts separating both crews.

Great regatta for Matt McDonald's Falcon F18 , winning her first big one thanks to Mike & Tripp. Happy for Matt & Gina, I told you the Falcon was a fast boat inthe breeze when I had the chance to race in its debut at LA 2012.  US sailors have again a local made F18 as an alternative through Falcon Marine, and in Europe trough Gill & Kathleen from the

It was a good mix of designs though (as always in the F18) with 3 Infusions in  2nd,3rd,4th and the C2s of Daniel-Brogger and ARG Faustin-Aragones that took the now Goodall Design branded boat, to 3 bullets in the breeze.

This is the best result achieved abroad by Arg crews since we launch the Class in 2008, and it is a result of hard training and investment on their part traveling each year to the Worlds and the North Americans.

A 2nd place for Cruz & Mariano having the best US teams plus the 2014 Worlds Champs it is the highest point in our Class history and those two deserve greatly that honor on the sailing and work done for our local fleet for years now.

Juan and Nico with great a 6th overall and the satisfaction of knowing they were the fastest (?) crew in the breeze with their rented C2. They tied finally in pts with John Tomko & Jonathan Atwood, but the US team got the 7th on the Argies bullets.

US Nacra 17 campaigner John Casey showed his helm skills are still intact and put on a fight for the podium ending in 3rd place overall.

Next year F18 Worlds 2015 will be held at Kiel, Germany and in 2016 we will have the event in Buenos Aires.

US F18 Class website
Full Results at

Pos Sail   Boat   Skipper  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14  Total
1   USA 11   Ronstan   Michael Easton/ 1   1   3   4   3   3   [6]   3   1   2   2   2   2   [8]   27  
Tripp Burd  
2   ARG1785   Tuluka   Cruz Gonzalez Smith/ [8]   5   2   2   2   2   2   [8]   6   1   1   4   1   2   30  
Mariano Heuser  
3   USA 80   Wet Yeti   John Casey/ 2   4   4   1   [15]   6   1   2   4   [7]   6   1   6   4   41  
Colin Page  
4   NED 1803   Nacra Infusion   Gunnar Larsen/ 3   [7]   6   3   5   5   4   5   3   3   [8]   3   3   1   44  
Ferdinand VonWest  
5   USA 7   C2 Red Gear Racing   Robbie Daniel/ 9   [16]   [10]   6   4   7   3   4   2   4   7   6   7   5   64  
Karl Brogger  
6   ARG    Juan Faustin/ 5   2   1   10   13   1   5   1   13   5   4   [17]   8/MEA*   [32]   68T  
Nicolas Aragones  
7   USA 315   2 Wire Sailing   John Tomko/ 6   [10]   5   5   1   8   10   7   5   [11]   3   7   5   6   68T  
Jonathan Atwood  
8   USA 111   Waveyheaven   Charles Tomeo/ [31]   3   9   [18]   6   4   7   9   10   6   10   9   17   9   99  
Dalton Tebo  
9   USA 192   ShackAttack   Ken Marshack/ 4   11   8   8   7   [41/DNF]   8   10   19   9   14   [27]   19   7   124  
Eric Marshack  
10  USA 753   Garbage Truck   Brooks Reed/ 11   18   13   16   [25]   17   17   17   [22]   10   9   5   4   10   147T  
Jeff Dusek  

F18 US Nats 2014, D4: Easton-Burd lead & 'Hat trick' for Arg Smith-Heuser

Zhik F18 US Nats 2014, Day 4: Aereal Shots by van Staveren

F18 Sweden: Raid Noir 2014 (Plus Russian Sub hunting..)

Images by Max Rehman Linder. Nothing better than sail the Stockholm beautiful Archipelago and enjoygin Post Cold War Russian Subs Hunting along the way....! Report sent by Lars Linder: "We had a pretty awesome raid in the Stockholm Archipelago.

This weekend the Swedish F18 sailors had their final race for the season : Raid Noir. This year edition was the best ever from a sailing perspective, but what everyone will remember most is the presence of the Swedish Navy in hunt for the presumed Russian submarine.

The drama began at lunchstop on Saturday when a couple of teams decided to turn back to base due to the forecast with winds over 30 knots at night. The remaining six teams continued leg 2 with a fantastic half wind leading through a tricky passage with some underwater rocks. One of the teams was unlucky and hit a rock so hard that both hulls where damaged. The security boat was able to assist just as one of the hulls sank under water.

The night stop was great with a good sauna, nice food and great company in a private summer house on a private island. In the morning the heavy rain ceased and the wind dropped to a nice 15-20 knots. The last leg started with a 10 Nautical Mile downwind at full speed. It was an amazing sight to see the 5 colourful gennakers hurling downwind round rocks and skerries ans war ships and combat boats in the hunt for Red October."

Zhik US F18 Nats 2014, Day 3: Easton-Burd lead after 10 Races

Stunt 9: Final Foil Setup Vid

Best video so far for Michele Petrucci's Stunt 9 project.  This session might have some new riders, as Michele already showed us how stable his platform is in this vid
But I'm also seeing some issues when overpowered or extra lift is generated, as the wands are left airborne without any effective action. Plus a windward heel too.

I've been sailing almost every day past week the Exploder 2014 A-Cat, and I'm able to get airborne in 8knots, though still much to go for stable long ride foiling in that wind. But I'm enjoying pretty much the whole process.

Seeing Ashby with the DNA, Sandro on the Scheurer and Jason with the Exploder live at Bordeaux was a blast on how stable they were flying, Jason was foiling rock solid in 12 knots , I followed him the entire lake lenght after racing, and got me convinced that was all about it, who needs more?

But not all sailors have the skills top A-Cat riders have, and some only want to have fun without racing at all.

For that target you have the Stunt 9, and I think an optimized 'wandless' system can be applied, taking account of the stable foiling mentioned above.

I'm maximizing my hours on the water with the A, although I have my own RC16 that I sail solo with spi, the A-Cat light handling and preparation needed cannot be surpassed, the Stunt 9 is on the same track and can even become the perfect solution for us Catsailing fanatics.

I will still push Michele to go for simpler foil system.
To contact Michele and for more info on the Stunt 9 check
Project log book here in CSN Stunt 9 label.

Zhik US F18 Nats 2014 @Corpus Christi, Day 2: Southern Knowledge

ISAF Youth Multi: Why to choose the Nacra F16 over the 15.

Pics: Youths Nacra F16 by Nacra. / Left: RBSC Youths racing F16 2014 Europeans on Vipers & Falcons by Laurent Verbeeck/RBSC.

The bids for the new Youth Multihull are now published:  Full document at available Here
Goodall Design desisted on presenting their Viper F16 as an option, as well as Bimare. So Nacra is the only one bidding new alternatives. Glad they put the Nacra F16, as I think it is the best alternative as stated in previous Nacra 15 post.

But the Equipment Committee has recommended the prototype Nacra 15. As I thought the H16 would not do the job for the Olympics, it is clear that  an new Nacra 15 is not necessary at all for top performers Youths and their pathway to the Nacra 17 Olympic Multi. 

- Current Youth Multihulls & Future Youth Multi bids- 

Data Hobie 16 SL 16 Nacra F16 Nacra 15
Hull Length – m 5.05  4.80  5.00  4.70  -0.30 
Beam – m  2.41 2.32  2.5  2.34  -0.16
Weight – kg  145 148 135 140 5
Mainsail m2  14.25  13.8  13.35  13.6  +0.25 
Jib area m2  5.12  3.8  3.7  3.3  -0.4 
Gennaker m2  14 17.0  17.5  16.5  -1
Self Tacker jib No  No  Yes  Yes 
Daggerboards  No  No  Curved  Curved 
Price ex tax  € 12.300,00 € 12.200,00 € 16.500,00 € 11.850,00
Builder  Hobie Cat Sirena Voile Nacra / CMI (Thailand) Nacra / CMI (Thailand)

Nacra 15 has been recommended by ISAF. 
Sometimes I wonder who are running our main sport body organization. Are they active sailors? Have the equipment committee consulted the responsible of the most successful Youth program ? Coach and youths at the Royal Belgian Sailing Club ??
Do these management , decision and recommendation makers have any grasp on what is going on with top performer Youths to recommend a prototype over a established class targeted already by Youths as a pathway to the Olympics  ?

If so, people would now that Youths aiming for an Olympic pathway are currently sailing Formula 16 Multihulls: Falcons, Vipers, Nacras, Cirrus, Bimares, you name it:

RBSC Youths racing the F16 Europeans 2014.

2011 US Youth Multihull Championships in F16s (Vipers)

F16 (Falcon) Video onboard Belgian Youths:

With the Nacra 15 yet another forced, invented and unnecessary Class will be created from scratch.

Do ISAF officials know for instance Henry Demesmaker won the F16 World Title at age 12?????
That he was capable to helm the Flying Phantom with ease as Aurélie Van Schoote did too?  Even Alec Bague crew the FP for Nathan without a problem:

So we have these kids already sailing successfully the Formula 16 and even more powerful boats, but we are going to force them to sail a cut off  production F16???

Just check main that Nacra published recently, Those kids look oversized for the 15...:

Some of them were also in the Nacra F16 program previous the launch of its 'mini me' 15 as seen in pics above published also by Nacra when they wanted to promote the F16 for Youths.

ISAF Youth Multihull is not for kids to learn how to sail Multis, for that you have

F18 US Nats 2014, Day 1: Easton-Burd lead after 1

'Flying Dreams'

Sent by Phantom International: "Flying Dreams movie directed by the talented Elsa Blayau is an ode to ocean, water sports and femininity. Based on an original idea from Alex Udin, Elsa Blayau transformed the project to a complete story and brought it to reality with this realization.

The main character is played by Claire-Lise Welter a french water ski athlete double European champion in slalom. Claire-Lise embodies the modern woman, elegant and sporty.
The movie was shot with 2 cameras one Phantom Flex rigged on a stabilized crane and a Sony F55 CineAlta 4K to provide high speed, high quality and high resolution. During two days, more than 20 crews participated to the shooting that took place some miles away from the coast of Brittany.

Phantom International is very pleased to share this movie with you and we hope you will all have Flying Dreams.

Elsa Blayau, Movie Director
“I have known Alex Udin for several years, and each of us has progressed in our respective careers. He turned to me

HarryProa: Racing Offshore 1 & 1/2 Hull

Never got to understand fully the goal and performance of these Multis. Costs surely might be greatest asset. Above excellent animation render sent by Rob Denney from
I will get him back with a Q&A to get background on his HarryProas.

Australia: MHYC Multihull Short Offshore Series 2014-2015

Media Release sent by James Ogivlie.
New MHYC short offshore summer series for multihulls
"The march of the multihulls into mainstream racing is gathering pace with more summer events than ever before set to cater for the NSW fleet.

Last month’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week enjoyed bumper numbers thanks to a rise in multihull entries and Commodore of the Multihull Yacht Club Queensland, Bruce Weiland, says these days most clubs in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay offer a racing multihull division.

Today Middle Harbour Yacht Club at The Spit in Sydney announced the MHYC Multihull Short Offshore Series for the 2014-15 sailing season and invited owners with Category 4 safety certificates to be part of the inaugural eight-race pointscore.

“MHYC is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and rifling through our archives has revealed the club has been welcoming seaworthy multihulls since the first division was created for them way back in 1988,” said Commodore John McCuaig.

MHYC is the organising authority of the first-time MHYC Multihull Short Offshore Series and in charge of running five of the eight races plus scoring the fleet under OMR (Offshore Multihull Rule) across the season. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli has agreed to start and finish the remaining three races. The multihulls will dovetail into the existing short ocean series races run by these two Sydney clubs, and will start and finish on the same line as the traditional keelboats.

The multihull series will commence on Saturday September 27, 2014 and conclude on Saturday March 14, 2015.

“We are delighted with MHYC’s decision to support a new Saturday multihull series,” said Sean Langman, owner/skipper of the Orma 60 trimaran Team Australia and the man largely behind the push for the monohull and multihull fleets, particularly in NSW, to integrate. “Step-by-step Australia is joining the rest of the planet and enjoying the purity of sailing these boats. All power to MHYC for having the foresight, and to RSYS for getting on board.”

Soon after Christmas and mid-way through the short offshore series Team Australia

F18 Arg, Buenos Aires Week 2014: Krevisky-Lopez Segura Champs