Aug 17, 2017

Patín a Vela, German style

All images & video sent by Andreas Bredendiek / .  . I've seen pics of the Patín a Vela many times but never published or received info about it. Now Andreas got an excellent web , video and promotion ,
On his mail he commented we publish many technical stuff, but that is only a part of it.
In the end what we all want is to go out and sail.  When someone ask me about the A-Cats, I do comment on tech, carbon , foiling etc.. but  always tell them that biggest asset is simply to go out and sail no worries and enjoy floating mode.
Watch video above, cool andn nicely done.

Below some comments from his experience sailing el Patín.
I'm Andreas Bredendiek from Germany , 53 years, and I have been sailing Lasers, Hobies (16 & Tiger) , F18s and a bit of A-Cats. I was lucky to meet all the great guys like Mitch, Glenn, the Sachs and a lot more. But now we have a company, kids, a house and stuff so time for sailing and racing is more restricted.
When my best friend and crew left to Brazil , I started searching for a simple and interesting single handed boat. In my holidays in Spain I saw again the Patins and its Racing Tradition there.

So now I am Patin Sailor for some years and it is absolutely great.

With the Patin they do races with 25 knots of wind in Spain and big waves, in the North Sea they do racing with 20 knots of wind and you have to pass the white water, which is quite frightening…
They also organize racing on 2 or 3 meter waves, which is cool but also not to easy…

But honestly, Patin sailing is much easier than most other boats, because the platform is very stable (it is a Catamaran after all) and the boat length of 18,3 feet (5,60 m) is very comfortable for a single crew.
For instance I never did a pitchpole. So the basic handling is super easy: 
Move your bodyweight forward and slightly open the sail = luff. 
Move your bodyweight backwards and close your sail = bear away.
Then the width (beam) of the Patin is only 1,60 m , so you can fly one hull already in 1 Beaufort!!!
Just move to the leeward hull and the windward hull flies immediately…
Also you can trim the mast backwards and forwards. Backwards on the upwind, the stronger the wind blows, the more backwards. 

Downwind you fully pull the mast forwards (like on a Star boat!!!). That makes the boat bear way and sail deep and fast...

Well, as  you see I am sailing fanatic and specially with Patin Sailing!

Andreas Bredendiek

Aug 16, 2017

A-Class Polish Nats 2017: Day 2

Images by Gordon Upton , full album at IACA  Fb. 1 race completed today, after delays due to no wind. Many didn't participated on the only one held today. Results at
Check Mischa's extreme wildthing, that one is tricky to do well.

SL33 Black Jack @Lake Balaton 2017

Video sent by Roland Gaebler who helmed Black Jack SL33 in this year edition of round Lake Balaton

Aug 15, 2017

A-Class Polish Nats 2017 @Sopot: Day 1 video

Great video by of today's two races, showing starts, conditions, comments by Kuba Surowic & Brewin plus the right takes. Excellent teaser for next week Worlds. All the best for our friend & great person & racer Jacek Noetzel who is organizing this Worlds along the locals UKS Navigo Club. Worlds Official web

Jacek also helped to spread the news of the orignail Exploder A-Cat  A13 with an excellent 3rd place on 2013 Europeans.

Day 1 Results
Photos by Helena Darvelid here
Photos by Gordon Upton here

A-Class Polish Nats 2017 : Day 1 by Helena Darvelid

All images Helena Darvelid / Sailrocket , full gallery at A-Class Worlds Sopot fb
2 Races on Day 1 : Results at

A-Class Polish Nats 2017 @Sopot: Day 1 by Gordon Upton

All images by Gordon Upton /DNA Performance Sailing, full gallery at IACA fb
2 Races on Day 1 : Results at

A-Class Worlds 2017 @Sopot: Polish Nats Day 1

Live racing image by Exploder . Day 1 for Polish Nats being held at Sopot.
Light shifty conditions reported by Felix Egner earlier today.
Results source Sopot Worlds fb. More updates later.

Top 5 Race 1
1. POL - 051 Kuba Surowiec
2. POL - 019 Jacek Noetzel
3. POL - 026 Żarnowski Maciej
4. POL - 002 Tymek Bendyk
5. ESP - 023 Manuel Calavia

Only two races today, last in downwind drifting conditions with a bullet for Surowiec & Brewin. Top ten below, Full results at

Pos  Sail # Helm Club Cat. Scores R1 R2
1  POL 41 (51) Surowiec Jakub UKS NAVIGO Junior 3 1 2
2  POL 17 (26) Żarnowski Maciej UKS NAVIGO
6 3 3
3  POL 1 (19) Noetzel Jacek UKS NAVIGO Master 8 2 6
4  ESP 11 (23) Calavia Manuel REAL CM BARC
10 5 5
5  AUS 4 (62) Brewin Steven KCC KORNELLCC
12 11 1
6  AUS 88 (108) Bundock Darren MHYC Master 14 7 7
7  GER 14 (69) Baier Bob SCFF Great GrandM 17 13 4
8  NED 7 (25) Heemskerk Mischa WSU DE BRASSEM
17 9 8
9  NZL 270 (59) Shaw Dave NELSON  YC
18 6 12
10  AUS 308 (103) Landenberger Andrew BIG RIVER  YC Master 19 10 9

A-Cat Worlds 2017 @Sopot: Brewin's D3 setup

Steven Brewin AUS 4
Posted by A-class Worlds Sopot 2017 

Nice to see Steve Brewin showing his D3 with his own Brewin tramp and all his custom setups filmed by the Sopot Worlds org. Official fb

Polish Nats being held today with light and shifty conditions. later more updates.
World web

Aug 14, 2017

Flying Phantoms ESS @Hamburg 2017

Video by , more videos at their web: . All images by Martina Barnetova / ESS . Full gallery at Extreme Saling Series Fb.
Results below by Extremesailingseries press. Official web
FP Series web

Flying Phantom Series Hamburg standings after Day 4, 17 races (13.08.17)
Position / Team / Points
1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT): Olivia Mackay (NZL) / Micah Wilkinson (NZL) 337 points.
2nd Culture Foil (FRA): Eric Peron (FRA) / Théo Constance (FRA) 329 points.
3rd ZEPHYR by Idreva (FRA): Charles Hainneville (FRA) / Maxime Hainneville (FRA) 300 points.
4th Lupe Tortilla (USA): John Tomko (USA) / Jonathan Atwood (USA) 294 points.
5th Solidaires en Peloton (FRA): Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (FRA) / Benjamin Lamotte (FRA) 293 points.
6th Oman Sail (OMA): Thomas Normand (FRA) / Antoine Joubert (FRA) / Ahmed Al Hasani 283 points.
7th UON (POR): José Caldeira (POR) / Helder Basilio (POR) 260 points.
8th Back to Basics (FRA): Bruno Marais (FRA) / Eric Le Bouedec (FRA) 231 points.
9th EVO Visian ICL (GER): Raphael Neuhann (GER) / Elias Neuhann (GER) 225 points.
10th Black Flag (FRA): Martin Bozon (FRA) / Emile Nussbaumer (FRA) 221 points.
11th Masterlan (CZE): David Krizek (CZE) / Milan Harmacek (CZE) 183 points.
12th Red Bill II (FRA): Dominique Pichon (FRA) / David Mirabel (FRA) 152 points.

2017 Flying Phantom Series overall standings
Position / Team / Points
1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 60 points.
2nd Culture Foil (FRA) 55 points.
3rd Solidaires en Peloton (FRA) 48 points.
4th Lupe Tortilla (USA) 47 points.
5th Oman Sail (OMA) 46 points.
6th UON (POR) 41 points.
7th EVO Visian ICL (GER) 38 points.
8th ZEPHYR by Idreva (FRA) 36 points.
9th Cup Legend (FRA) 36 points.
10th Back to Basics (FRA) 34 points.
11th Masterlan (CZE) 32 points.
12th Red Bill II (FRA) 27 points.
13th Black Flag (FRA) 11 points.
14th Flying Frogs (FRA) 11 points.

GC32 ESS @Hamburg 2017: Oma Air 1st

All images Lloyd Images . Report & pics sent by Extreme Sailing Series press.
Oman Air moves top of overall 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ leaderboard with Hamburg victory
Oman Air took its second Act victory in a row in a thrilling Hamburg finale, despite last minute pressure from SAP Extreme Sailing Team. The triumph sees the Omani syndicate move into pole position in the overall rankings.

Red Bull Sailing Team rounds off the podium while early season leader Alinghi posted its worst result since 2012, following an action-packed, crowd-pleasing day on the River Elbe for Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5, Hamburg, presented by Land Rover.

"We're over the moon," said a grinning Phil Robertson, skipper and helm of the Omani-flagged

A-Cats Worlds 2017 @Sopot : Preview scene by Helena Darvelid

All images Helena Darvelid / Sailrocket .  Full gallery at Sopot 2017 Worlds Fb. Great images by Helena , specially new rig by Felix Egner / Landenberger Sails, a compromise planshape on a brand new Scheurer G7 , going back to a wider top for light winds. A good example of what I've been discussing in the background with many, and also on some open fb posts where I posted diagrams I made last month on different foot options (sketch below) .

I will make a dedicated post on this later on the week as some in the F18 without much background on DS sails think the only option for a Decksweeper is what Mischa used at Denmark.  But well, they need to read CSN a bit more to get informed on what the A-Class has been doing for some years now. This remark as I learn myself too posting and gathering info (aside being lucky enough to sail As)  and its the only way to later make any reasonable Class rule decision if any: Have a  detailed technical view before making an uniformed ban or whatever, as the F18 Class almost did on the paint issues/ban.

For ie a crew ability test was going to be made at the Raid Worlds to asses the Decksweeper usability in the F18 Class only based on a 1,400mm long foot, when Felix Egner / Landenberger Loft and diagrams above shows us the wide range of alternatives you have to maintain the Endplate effect and offer crews an easier ride.

Pics above by Helena Darvelid also show Brewin's refined sail planshape cut  (pic above NZL 270) from the one we saw on the 2017  Australia Nats . Edit: Been informed Its the same planshape Brewin used in January.

On current A-Cat / F18 World Champ Mischa Heemskerk, I have reports he tested a short rig also but today went out with a standard 9mts mast.

Still much much to see towards next week of racing. Check more images by Helena Darvelid at Sopot Worlds official fb.

A-Class Worlds 2017 Official web & Polish Nats info

Aug 12, 2017

Nacra 17 MKII Recall details & World Sailing Responsibiltiy

Nacra 17MKII current Fixed bearing 
Nacra 17 MKII Current dagger case exit & fixed bearing
Nacra 17 MKII New designed rolling Bearing
Nacra 17 MKII New designed rolling Bearing
GC32 Rolling Bearing
Dna F1 Rolling Bearing - Click to enlarge
Sailing photo Pedro Martinez/ saling Energy.
Update by Nacra on the bearing  here.
 -- Nacra 17 MKII  Recall 
What happened now in short: Hull bottom daggercase bearing (pic left) has a sharp edge that in certain load conditions is making daggers to break.

Solution: Nacra will replace bearing with a rolling & self aligning one (renders to left) as used already in the GC32 , Dna F1 A-Cat or even Dario Valenza's Paradox and other cats.

Design aspects: Has the current type of bearing (the one making board to break) been tested in other flying boats? Yes  , some A-Cats have a similar fixed bearing with no moving parts bearing and is working Ok.

How reliable is the rolling bearing system? Well, it depends on the material used, some A-Cats used a plastic printed material which failed, later was improved. Material strength will be key for new bearing parts replacements on the MKII .

Another Key aspect is to replicate GC32 system (see photo of white bearing to the left) , where the rolling part can be replaced easily, new part should not break, but if so, a removable system should be implemented by Nacra.

Equipment failure considerations: As stated many times, things fail all the time no matter the brand or type of boat, the main aspect is how the builder or the Class reacts.

Could Nacra have done better? Yes, they could have used this rolling bearing since day 1, but again the fixed bearing with no movable parts was tested on the A-Cats, although main problem is loads are awfully different from current Nacra 17 MKII  compared to A-Cats.

How hard is to solve and fix current bearing issue on the Nacra 17 MKII: It is a rather simple fix in the end, the big problem is the time & money being spent by sailors on non sailing hours, tough situations from those travelling from abroad.

Who is main responsible in the end? Well former ISAF/World Sailing is the ultimate responsible as they awarded Nacra the sole monopoly on the one builder OD Class,  and they are the ones who should be taking care of the sailors which are original source of WS incomes aside sponsorships.

Sailors need to pay to their local clubs, who pay their local Feds and so on. Also aside your sailing club membership, sailors pay their sailing Class fees, locally and on international basis. Along of course paying entry registration fees. All this goes to WS and local Federation arcs.

Many of the sailors making Olympic campaigns are not top professionals with wide resources , say a Tennis Pro player, who even got their rather inexpensive equipment for free.
Here Nacra 17 sailors have to pay around 30k to even start thinking to get involved, and then spending on travel, expenses, replacements parts, coaching, ribs , accommodations and else.

Think this x 10 to those living abroad Europe.

So with above scenario, and taking account fails can happen, is time for former isaf and current World Sailing organization to pay for this "party''. Stop taking sailors time & cash as the only way to "solve" issues beyond their capabilities to address needed solutions.

Use sponsorship funding plus the resources collected form the sailors itself , to refund Nacra 17 Class members on their equipment delays, changes of schedule and non sailing time.
They are the ones to put pressure on Nacra , sailors already do the hard and expensive part.

If World Sailing fails to react I think is time for sailors to stand up loud and call for a collective action against World Sailing itself and demand legally economic compensation on all the money being throw by Nacra 17 Class members.
The Ncara 17 management we praised past week should step ahead towards defending their own members economic health.
Sailors are not here to serve builders  or World Sailing itself, they are customers who pay hard cash and WS should be serving sailors as their "masters" and reason to exist. If you hold a World Sailing administrative position is cause you like to serve others, if  not leave your chair to actual sailors or those wanting to help them in first place.

Bearing issues is again rather simple to solve by Nacra. But the cash and time sailors are spending and wasting should be compensated fully by World Sailing as main responsible.
Nacra of course should respond to warranty and in time on customer service. As always, getting the benefit of the monopoly is a double edge sword.

Above all remember many sailors already spent on travel expenses on a cancelled / delayed MKII delivery.

All this mess it's a real pity on the good performance the MKII and crews delivered past weeks.

Read full details on the bearing and failures at Nacra 17 Class web:

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