Nacra F20s, 15s & F18s @Eurocat 2015

Carnac Eurocat 2015 Wrap-up video by Nacra Sailing. F20 results posted in previous post
F18s Results where youths Perron-Robert won with a Nacra Infusion here

C1 Results for Nacra 15 crews Here

Matchs against the FPs, non existent, Nacra was willing to race on same start than FP. An F20 rider told there are course times recorded which will provide a good measure, I will try to get them.
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A-Class Week News, May 5, 2015

In addtion to Arno's Flying Carpet presentation, there is lots going on on the A. Jakub have been working 24x7...!  On the A15 R&D which Jacek Noetzel (pic above)  is testing and racing at Sopot with good results and happy with new settings, foils, winglets et all.  More pics at

The Exploder yard is also with the F18 OP  hull, routed model was painted this Monday,  now sitting on  the final female molds, plus some interesting devels coming for the A slider and next gen 18' & 20' foilers.

Major news for me this weekend was having Hervé Ledue, 2013 French Champ going for the foiling mode (pic left), great attitude from Hervé. ,Way to go!  

If you have the chance just try it, then you can go sail or race the A-Classic again.. but give yourself a chance to fly, you wont regret it , trust me.

The French Nats are coming this May 14-17 at
Club Nautique Berrois  at Plage de Champigny, Berre l'étang with a great number of 57 entries till now.

Then we have Dna preparing deliveries with some mods like traveler now deck leveled, pics at

PJ countryman Piet Saarberg launched a new version of his spreader rake on the water tuning system, and  continue the Vision R&D testing flight modes. 

Details of  the new spreader system at . 
Catparts have also  update their website

In the US, the local fleet is preparing to race the 2015 Nats to be held at St Andrews yacht Club on May 18-22, and Ben Hall is launching a new design. (last pic left)
USACA is providing great info on a series of sailors profiles at their FB page.

In Switzerland Andy Scheurer, Sandro & Daniel Caviezel continue with Scheurer G7 R&D,  including platform built quality.. as shown by this video of Sandro going for it in 25-30knots gusts

The British Association has published a great video on a training Clinic by Chris Field, with one of the most spectacular wipeouts I ever saw :

Remember to check the official A-Class website &  FB Page , where I upload every single news from the As World.

FPs @Eurocat 2015, Day 3 Video

Sadly no match against the F20s , only OD course racing for both fleets as Long Distance was cancelled. Also the  announced nr of boats was less, Alex told on Thursday on the weather conditions was a factor.
I'm sure next year we will see more FPs and F20s, and some Box Rule racing among different foilers in the course racing arena too. I pretend to put one, hull is already being built, got pics yesterday of mold.

In the meantime the Pro FP crews take the advantage to train as the Nacra camp did, with good fresh Carnac breeze. Gurvan & Ben showed the flight hours count and won over Besson-Vandame & Cammas-Joubert.  Check video above with Cammas talking on their improvement, it is not easy to sail the foiler in the breeze less to race, but hours on the water as always gives you confidence and the FP races will become quite dynamic next months.

Asked Nacra for pics & video from last day, nothing available yet. There are some good ones pics on a French

AC34: Oracle AC45 launched at Bermuda

Image: Javier Salinas / Oracle - BAR F20s & Oracle / Artemis FPs already flew at Bermuda, but Oracle is the first to launch the AC45 Turbo at next Americas Cup venue. Full report at Oracle web

YCCarnac Eurocat 2015, Day 3: Flying Phantoms by Contin

All Images Pierrick Contin - Full Gallery at FP fb - Click images for original size. If you want to promote an event,  new boat or a Class properly you need to invest and  hire a Pro Photographer like Pierrick Contin & done deal. 
This go to YYCarnac also, where are Pierrick's images fom the event! I struggled to grab quality pics to publish.

YCCarnac Eurocat 2015, Nacra F20 : Peter Vink & Mischa de Munck 1st

Image: YCCarnac - The Nacra Team was ready to race against the FPs in course racing, but Alex sticked to his already had planned FP OD lineup, nevertheless a good opportunity missed to match boats as the Long Distance was suspended.

Peter Vink is the 'owner' of the F20 project in Nacra together with Fer van West.  Peter along Mischa de Mucnk already won Texel 2014, and show at Carnac they are top F20 crew of the moment 4 bullets out of 6 races.

Texel this year will many F20s and many FPs, hope we can see a combined Show finally there.
--No pics or more videos available, jsut asked Peter for material. Check Day 1 video  Nacra published here.

Pos Helm Crew 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot
1 Vink Peter de Mucnk Mischa dnc 2 1 1 1 1 6
2 Piggott Grant Kay Adam 1 1 2 2 -4 4 10
3 Casey John Dubbeldam John 3 4 -4 3 2 2 14
4 Bellet Romain Ferrari Francis 2 3 3 dnf 3 3 14

Eurocat 2015, F16: Champs & Youths: Henri Demesmaeker- Alec Bague 1st

Images Yacth Club Carnac / Sylvain Huet & YCCarnac FB page-
When I have to read that chopping off an F16 is the 'future' of Youth Sailing (when previously the F16 was pushed by the same camp for Youths), and seeing over and over again all the youths in France, Belgium, US & Australia sailing and racing successfully in the Formula 16, I really get confused on the lack of common sense, as when the other big camp went for the Hobie 16 for Olympics bid at Santander.

Now I have the others guys mad cause I don´t like the Nacra 15 for Youth...

I clearly remarked at the time that the Nacra 17 was THE boat for the Olympics (That brought me the 'simpathy' of Hobie & Tornado Camps and some 'unfriend'....haha) ,  now I'm convinced the Formula 16 is the place and path for Youths as shown by Henri winning at age 12 the F16 Worlds some years ago, and continue to perform in the same class winning this year Eurocat F16 rankings.  

Also check how many race the F18 , read previous post on french youths Perron & Robert winning the F18 division over long time F18 sailors.  So who needs a new 15', a new class? Really? for Youths?? 

Congrats to the F16 Class for joining efforts, and having top crews and several times winners like Emmanuel Le Chapelier & Eric Le Boudec competing for the podium against the RBSC Youth Squad.

Good work for Bimare on their F16 (first pic above). sailed by Manu & Eric to the podium
Full Results at here

Formula 16 Report sent by Gill de Bruyne
"What looked like to become an edition with very little sailing ended well with 2 races today and the sun coming out in the end.

For the F16 class this was a key event as we wanted to break with the rating sailing and go for an F16 ranking.
Over the last months we have been grasping what sailors really wanted and most of them were keen on going as F16, with the result that over 15 boats registered as F16.

And the racing was great.
On the Friday we had 15 up to 22 knots and did 3 races. 'Des conditions cousteaux' as

YCCarnac Eurocat 2015: Formula 18 for Riwan Perron & Solune Robert

Images: YCCarnac gallery. - On Saturday only the F18 went outside, finishing two races.  As Long Distance was cancelled.
Sunday weather got a better and the fleet managed to complete an impressive 7 races considering the weather conditions.

Manu Boulogne & David Fanoulliere lead first two days, but the youth Riwan Perron & Solune Robert prevailed in the end with 4 bullets in the last races to crown themselves Eurocat 2015 Champs. 

Yet another promising French Youth crew , winning over long time top sailors Manu  & JC Mourniac who finished 3rd crewing for Frederic Duthill.

Great work for the Class going out when the rest stayed put. The F18 is still the only 4x4 Class capable of race and sail any condition.

Full results at

Later report on the F16 sent by Gill de Bruyne. Plus results / pics on the foiling boats.

Carnac Eurocat 2015: F20 & FP Videos from Day 1

Nice attitude from Nacra Camp wanting to race together with FPs, great as next year they might have Roland's Formula 20 Foiling Box Rule racing along them. The same for the FP with a new 18' Box Rule, in fact we need to see Raid results this year, and they might all race together depending on both performances.

 Nacra comments at their FB Page: "Up/downwind courses organized by Eurocat. The two main foiling boats have been separated somehow. The Nacra boys would like to have all foiling boats sailing together on one course. Would make a nice fleet....."

F20s looking fast. Racing the Long Distance today, weather permitting, will check for local updates next.
Club Webcam

Update: Only the All Terrain 4x4 Formula 18 raced today as informed by YCCarnac, check our right column Twitter bar.

Yacht Club Carnac Eurocat 2015: Day 1

Images: Sylvain Huet / YCCarnac & Pierrick Contin -  First day at Eurocat 2015. Good fleet of F18 with  50 boats registered. Manu Boulogne & David Fanouliere lead after 3 races, followed by Duthill-JC Mourniac & Tim Mourniac & Pierre Yves Durand.
F18 Results Here

Carnac Eurocat 2015 Schedule

Flying Phantom Teams training for Carnac Eurocat 2015

St Barts 2015: Registration starts April 30 to May 17

Image Pierrick Contin , Franck Cammas & Matthiew Vandame  @2014 Edition. Hurry up as available slots are taken in seconds after each year registration opening. --  Press release sent by Dominique Ladouceur : 
Next edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup : November 18 to 22, 2015
The 8th edition of what is claimed as being THE international F18 not-to-miss event is back this year from November 18 to 22, 2015. Amateurs and professionals from all over the world will come together for one week of races and activities. Registrations are from April 30 to May 17, 2015 on the event Website:

What :  8th edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup
Who: F18 amateurs and professionals
When :  From November 18 to 22, 2015
*Registration : April 30 to May 17, 2015
Where : St-Jean Bay, St-Barthélémy

GC32s @Marseille 2015 by Antoine Beysens

G4 @Antigua Sailing Week 2015

The G4 keeps charging on what she was built for, 'wiping out' a 117 boat fleet at Antigua Sailing Week a la Herreshoff
If you want slow super stable cruising cat you have Lagoon and many others, If you want to have some good spartan comfort to sleep , have a dinner with friends and next morning go for round the Island Racing in the Caribbean and win races over hundreds boats, then the G4 is for you. Again the boat itself defines its target. Is a no brainer for the 100% targeted possible buyers. 
Check last week capsize from an onboard cam view here.

Full results at
Antigua Official web

F18 Worlds 2015 @ Kiel: Early entry fee ends April 30th

Image: Jasper van Staveren - There are still some places to to get 200 boats at Kiel and take advantage on the lower fee till April 30th. I have an specific requirement for a C2 or Phantom to charter, if somenone has let me know-.
Stay tuned next week also to see the progress on the new F18 build project at Exploder.

Kiel Worlds Registration link  here
Kiel Worlds Entry List here

Stunt 9 video & final specs

Image /   Michele Petrucci has been innovating for a while now in the recreational foiling ground. But his project has plenty of development to the point where the A-Class R&D might reach his small but more efficient concept. 
Not talking about the T & wand system foils, that can surely be refined to race , but on the overall pacakage &  full foiling cat.
I have many friends here that only want to fly for fun solo, and the current A requires an incredible amount of hours and dedication to make it foil. Great feeling at the end of the road but not everyone can achieve it.

Thus Arno's project of a full foiling A-Cat. In the meantime  Michele is the only offering a full foiling production beachcat as even the FP & F20 are still floating /skimming upwind in the lower wind range.
Michele's work is going to be vital for the next flying As generation.
Check the video for final specs

Nacra 17s @Hyeres 2015: Besson & Riou ....

All images Laurens Morel / , full gallery at Nacra FB --
Who needs Medal Race to define Nr 1?  I'm getting out of titles with Billy & Marie winning events with MR to spare.
The Dutch teams, Mandy Mulder-Coen de Koning & Renee Groenveld-Steven Krol, confirmed the 'comeback' reported yesterday, and Bundock-Curtis finished 3rd in the MR for a final 4th overall.

Full Results  at

Pos Sail Crew

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Net
1 FRA 1 Billy BessonMarie Riou 8 3 1 1 12 3 12 1 -14 9 5 2 71.00 57.00
2 NED 244 Mandy MulderCoen de Koning -25 24 3 4 4 2 5 15 6 4 13 4 109.00 84.00
3 NED 243 Renee GroeneveldSteven Krol 2 6 18 12 2 18 8 7 -20 1 12 12 118.00 98.00
4 AUS 242 Darren BundockNina Curtis 14 5 14 14 8 -16 2 11 1 13 15 6 119.00 103.00
5 GBR 254 Ben SaxtonNicola Groves 16 7 4 7 13 8 4 14 15 -18 1 16 123.00 105.00
6 FRA 065 Moana VaireauxManon Audinet 3 9 -28 15 21 5 23 6 9 8 2 8 137.00 109.00
7 AUS 3 Jason WaterhouseLisa Darmanin 6 1 19 2 10 17 9 3 -26 24 9 10 136.00 110.00
8 DEN 199 Lin Ea Cenholt ChristiansenChristian Peter Lübeck 4 8 6 6 18 6 10 18 11 6 -20 18 131.00 111.00
9 CAN 271 Luke RamsayNikola Girke 18 15 17 9 6 1 17 8 7 -19 7 14 138.00 119.00
10 GER 211 Paul KohlhoffCarolina Carolina Werner 19 2 (40)
8 1 11 11 2 5 30 16 20 165.00 125.

GC32s @Marseille 2015: Pre event Highlights

More info on the Marseille Pre event at GC32 Racing FB

The Quest for the Full Foiling A-Class: Arno Terra's 'Flying Carpet'

Arno Terra's Flying Carpet concept, Cads by MV / . Click image for actual size, ---
I've been exchanging mails and technical chats with Arno since the early  CSN & then DNA days where this web was showing the boat first steps thanks to Landy & Felix telling me a new A-Cat was being launched. Arno is an experienced A-cat sailor and with PJ they broke new grounds in the A-Class delivering boats in series production, in the process the Dna has won last 3 WC-

After leaving DNA last year Arno wanted to go a step further on what he and the Dna team along Mischa achieved on the foiling ground with the first J foils. That work  launched the class to a full foiling path with a first milestone being Ashby , Burling  and Tuke refining their concept to win the 2014 Worlds in foilign mode downwind, where Nathan Outteridge also showed excellent flying performance (specially in in the low range winds winning with ease some races)  using Jakub's Exploder J version, and the T rudders that were used by Dna and others later on their flight development.

With foiling boats now a reality , after many said As will never fly on  Martin Fischer first racing attempt with Jakub's boat in 2011(they were the racing / flying pioneers in the A-Class) boat builders and top sailors alike are seeking to improve current versions and now the target has clearly become a full foiling A in upwind / downwind modes while seeking the earlier flight possible , just like the Moth.

With this Background, experience and goal in mind Arno has come out with his brain child , the  'Flying Carpet' concept.

The only problem is that beyond he is good sailor with many years on the A, and having achieved top technical skills & knowhow on the Dna project, Arno can't  draw a circle on paper!  

So I offered help to put his ideas on to, a working functional 3D CAD-

I grabbed my already drawn A, and started refining to Arno's concept & ideas. Then with Arno's clear knowledge of foil design and functionality I draw from scratch several new foil versions based on Arno's precise data.

The concept was to have a refined A-Class hull , smaller than current DNA & Exploder , minimizing aero drag, assy hull bottom to maximize foil span, angled front beams, precise beams forward positions , special tramp,  Z boom a la latest Moth, shorter mast height, straight traveller, sail area and overal dimensions (that is a 3D sail also in the cad/render done by the simple but effective Sailcut, a great tool to dimension and draft your sails) , and many details Arno will describe next.

I put some long hours into drawing CAD lines plus details, and then some on rendering, the first draft results can be seeing above. (AC48 hull renders was scaled from this A)

Below Arno presents his his 'Flying Carpet' concept in detail.
'Flying Carpet' by Arno Terra :
"Terra’s Flying Carpet presents the first upwind foiling A-class cat
Foiling downwind on the J and Z boards is great but the time for a full foiling A-class cat has come. I want to bring this new technology to the A-class community and it seems the right time to do it.
It is not a minor upgrade it is a totally different concept and makes foiling easier, faster and more accessible. It is the first A-class designed purely for upwind foiling. It is the boat I want to sail myself and see my friends on.

Once you realize that upwind foiling is possible and that is both the natural and inevitable way to go you enter a new design box. Bigger foils are no longer slow upwind but faster as you will foil most of the time, hulls can be smaller as you no longer need long high volume noses, you can get rid of the curved traveler etc.

What will be delivered is simplicity, good handling, a better aeropackage and better systems. This makes allround foiling happen in 5-25 kts, both upwind and downwind. Not only for the pro’s but for anyone in the A-class community.

The new boat will not get up the foils in 5-6kts either as with any foiler you need 7-8 kts to get up but

Nacra 17s @Hyeres ISAF WC 2015, Day 1: Waterhouse-Darmanin lead

A-Class NED: April 18th @Muiderzand 2015 by van Staveren

GC32s @Marseille 2015: April 20-26th

Image: Loris von Siebenthal - With Alinghi & spindrift joining the the game, the GC32 this year will be even more interesting to follow. It was already pure adrenaline with 3-4 boats last year. Martin Fischer's design is the Star of the racing circuit only below the AC boats.

More info on the 2015 Marseille event check

Brian Lake Pro Kite Foils designed by Scott Graham (TNZ Design Team)

If you wanted to know, or at least see  little more of  what  Kite foilers are using, here you have a good look at Brian Lake's weapon. As I remarked today on the Eagle, I think we will see this type of foils refined for cats in the future, specially for personal foilers like Stunt 9
Here in BA I've published some shots of Gonza Costa Hoevel Kite foiling, Gonza has won the Formula WS Worlds past week and will aim now for the Kite Foil title. Gonza is foiling in 5knots with a similar board and a foil kite (no inflatable ribs)

Video shot and sent by Parker Shinn, I will contact them next week for more technical info, now back to cad & rendering.
"Hi, my name is Parker Shinn and I’m a big fan of your site!
I shot this video of my friend Bryan Lake who is one of the top kiteboarders in the world.

Bryan is riding a foil he made himself that was designed for him by Scott Graham who was the Designer/Hull & Appendages CFD for Emirates Team New Zealand.


ISAF Hyeres World Cup 2015 , French Team warm-up by Launay

Eagle Cat 20 Hydro Foiler

This might be the first set of foils aiming to what kites are doing on refining the foiling wings. Also windsurfing boards have a super stable ride with similar setup, no wands, but  full body trim & control , which is difficult to replicate (the crew influence on the flight by body dynamics) on a 20' double handed cat, but I think on a Stunt 9 things can get interesting.

Nevertheless the Eagle team seems to have achieve some quite stable flight as reported by Roland, will be interesting to see a video next. Kudos to Eagle for innovating that path that in my view could

Flying Phantom OD Racing @Eurocat 2015 with Besson & Cammas on board

US A-Class: HYC Elissa Speed Week 2015

Nice initiative by the US fleet gathering together all the toys and sail together as we are  doing here in BA
They organized course racing and a 500mts speed line pass. :
"On April 10-12, the Houston Yacht Club did a fantastic job hosting a new "Speed" division in its 29th Annual Elissa Regatta. The idea, created by A-Class sailors at the club, was to bring together anything that's small and fast so we could share our latest developments, and to race with no ratings on different types of courses. 

Classes included the A Cats, Foiling Kiteboards, Windsurfers and a Flying Phantom that just arrived the day of the event." ..

Check complete report and video links by Bruce Mahoney & Bailey White I posted at IACA web

F18 & A-Class Racing @Muiderzand, April 18th, 2015

WIP Foilers video : Stunt 9, Kite & Windsurf

Excellent clip from Stunt 9 photo session, sent by Remi Finiel. Video made by Horue Movie.-
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