Nacra Worlds 2014 @Santander: Besson-Riou Champs x2

All images courtesy of . Excellent work for Jesús, Bárbara and Pedro, if weren´t for them high quality and quantity iamges for these Worlds would have been scarce across all classes. Still don´t get how ISAF didn´t hire them officially, more being locals | 
What a Medal Race, collisions, changes of leads, and silver medal definitions by cms with Jones-saunders getting ahead Waterhouse-Darmanin at the finish line, also with Lange-Carranza leading all the way to lose the Medal to Santi's apprentice, Mathias Buhler.

Great show provided by the Nacra 17s after the Finn Medal Race. It is 9pm here in BA, and just finished to see the Live feedback replay, as we we spent the day racing F18.

Off the Scale: Billy Besson and Marie Riou repeat 2013 World Title, and they Nr 1 favorites for Rio right now by a great margin. By far best sailors in the fleet.

But just when you thought the fleet was stabilized on the top contenders, 53yrs Old Santiago Lange & Cecilia Carranza took the podium by storm to score a Silver Medal after so little time sailing together and even less hours for Lange on the Nacra 17, even less hours for Cecilia on Multis.
We were racing F18 at the Rio de la Plata when we knew about their Medal, later at the Club we were all talking about them. We are so proud of Santi and Ceci, that have secured the slot for Argentina two years ahead from Rio.

On Santi, what can I say, he with Camau Espinola were one of the reason I got involved with Multis in 2002, Oldest competitor in SAntander now he is holding a record not many ever will have (Just Bundock is capable to match/surpass this Multuhull Class combo):  Two Olympic Medals + a World Title on Tornado,  now Silver Worlds Nacra 17 plus a ticket to Rio, and still much to come...

Third place for Australians Waterhouse & Darmanin, these two are showing their potential since their Hobie 16 days, and are a huge threat for Bundock-Curtis to see who will represent Australia in Rio 2016.

Italians Vittorio Bissaro & Silvia Sicouri were 2nd before the Medal Race, did a great port start but were in the middle of the fleet when they got delayed on the collision bowling rebound cause by Vaireux.

The main aspect of this event though are the 10 slots assigned for Rio 2016, and the Italians have secured their country one. The 
10 Slots for Rio 2016 have been awarded already are :

1 FRA , 2 ARG , 3 AUS ,4 ITA, 5 NZL, 6 SUI, 7 GBR, 8 DEN, 9 AUT, 10 NED
Medal Race replay at from 4:08

Arg Youths:
On Mitch's comments on Buhler, he said Matias was Santi's Coach for Beijing, in fact it was more of helping at large and coordinating and of course giving coaching feedback, but not in a sense of a long time experience coach. It is Santi's way to give new talented Youths a chance to acquire knowledge, as now he is doing with Mateo Madjalani. Mateo is labeled as 'Coach' for Santander, and although he is a super talented kid who ended helming the AC45, you will get that is not coaching Santi & Ceci in the whole sense of the word.

He is there to learn. Look what this method did for Buhler years later he coached Santi at Beijing, he is now one of the top Nacra 17 helms, 3rd last year and a slot secured for Rio to fight for the Olympic medals against Master Lange. Only problem and due to lack of support he is racing for SUI now..

Seeding with youths is the only way to secure your legacy will stand in time. But the main responsibility it is always from the local Federations, and they a re the ones responsible to secure new generations replacing the currents ones.

Top ten below, Full results Here

Pos Sail Number Crew Race Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Net
1 FRA 1 Billy Besson 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 -12 7 5 6 39.00 27.00
Marie Riou
2 ARG 226 Santiago Lange 5 11 3 2 8 3 3 20 6 -25 4 90.00 65.00
Cecilia Carranza Saroli
3 AUS 256 Jason Waterhouse 6 9 7 9 6 -10 10 1 2 6 10 76.00 66.00
Lisa Darmanin
4 ITA 200 Vittorio Bissaro 9 17 1 3 1 7 4 2 -30 11 14 99.00 69.00
Silvia Sicouri
5 NZL 222 Gemma Jones 12 2 5 7 12 2 13 3 8 -16 8 88.00 72.00
Jason Saunders
6 SUI 220 Matías Bühler 1 2 13 1 8 5 -32 13 12 19 2 108.00 76.00
Nathalie Brugger
7 GBR 257 Lucy Macgregor -17 3 10 13 3 11 16 7 1 2 12 95.00 78.00
Andrew Walsh
8 GBR 76 Pippa Wilson 4 4 2 4 3 13 8 -32 5 18 20 113.00 81.00
John Gimson
9 AUS 64 Darren Bundock 8 6 5 5 2 6 -18 11 17 7 16 101.00 83.00
Nina Curtis
10 FRA 225 Moana Vaireaux 6 3 1 8 4 9 14 16 -22 14 18 115.00 93.0
Manon Audinet

ISAF Santander Worlds 2014: Final Day Live Feed

Championship crown is already defined with Billy Besson & Marie Riou grabbing the title before the Medal Race.
Update: Nacra Medal Race replay above, check from 4:08

10 Slots for Rio 2016 have been awarded already:
1 FRA, 2 ITA , 3 AUS, 4 GBR, 5 ARG , 6 NZL, 7 SUI ,8 DEN , 9 AUT. 10 NED

ARU, PUR, USA & Spain will need to secrure their spot in next 2015 Worlds or Continental wildcard.

Current Results at Rio 2016:

Nacra 17 Worlds 2014 @Santander: Besson-Riou lead into the Finals

Nacra 17 Worlds 2014 @Santander: Results after 5 Races

ISAF Live Coverage from Santander was chatting on the "Laser" name while the Nacras are blasting the course race with 20knots....Great work as always by ISAF..... -Now some decent streaming with Women Laser Medal Race- 
Image: Jesús renedo / | The Nacra fleets are finally racing again, the Blue one could manage to complete a 2nd race and now we have a filled scoreboard.

2013 Champs, Billy Besson & Marie Riou are leading , 2nd place  Matías Buhler & Nathalie Brugger (3rds in 2013) .   Third overall for Flora Laugier & Vincent Borudin, we didn´t saw much these past season from them but this crew is putting pressure over Cammas, Vaireux and the super talented French team.

- Update after 3: Moana Vaireux & manon Audinet currently in 3rd overall after 3. Top two continues to be Besson , Buhler. Bissaro-Sicouri climbs to 10th overall.

- Update after 5; Check results below. Report Later.

10 Slots will be granted for Rio after this event. Remember is one per country.
Fleets racing right now, check official links for results updates and CSN Twitter bar to the right.

Full Results Here

AC35th: It is official: AC45s will Fly Race

Image: Luna Rossa Challenge | As reported last week It was a matter of time to confirm officially that the AC45s were going to be upgraded beyond the tests Oracle, Artemis and last week Luna Rossa did on their own 45s.
If the floating AC45s provide the most exciting racing many of us ever saw, imagine a fleet of them foiling aroudn the course race. The perfect Cat just got improved.
Below Press Release sent by  Americas Cup.
The six America’s Cup teams have agreed to a project that will see the existing fleet of AC45 catamarans modified into fully foiling catamarans for racing in the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS).

Importantly, the teams have also committed to continue to race the foiling AC45s on the America’s Cup World Series circuit in 2018, following the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.

“I’m pleased all of the competitors have agreed on a way forward, beyond the current America’s Cup cycle,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup.

“To have the teams give certainty to all stakeholders as to what will happen following the racing in 2017, regardless of who wins, is a huge step forward for all involved.”

The teams have undertaken the project to modify the one-design AC45s into fully foiling catamarans with a view to racing the foiling versions as early as the 2015 ACWS season.

A feasibility study has been commissioned to determine whether the mods will need to wait until the 2016 season as the timeline to make changes to the entire fleet ahead of racing in 2015 is extremely tight.

The competitors have also appointed a working group to select a Regatta Director, as required by the Protocol.

ISAF Worlds 2014: Wednesday Images by Sailing Energy

ISAF Youth Multi: Bimare's view

Below Text sent by Bimare on the selection of the new ISAF Youth Multihull - Regarding their comments on the RBSC (Royal Belgian Sailing Club), I think the F16 is one of the boats sailed by their Youth, as the RSBC has a full comprehensive program as shown here several times with smaller Hobie cats as first steps for the kids. 

But those with the level to aim for an ISAF Worlds, like 12yrs F16 World Champ Henri Demesmaeker, are ready to sail a performance boat to prepare their path to Nacra 17. So we need to separate, feeder classes from those special groups committed fully to sail at the highest level of Youth Racing.

On costs, I think some prices are inflated, and if we can close a project we are preparing in Europe sailors will be able to buy a F18 for 12-13k plus sails.

On the Youth Multi, to leave things as they are, just stick with the SL16, and we will have not much to argue on yet another Class..
"BIMARE chose not to bid for having one of its catamarans as the next ISAF official Youth Multihull for financial reasons basically the same already made known by Goodall Design with their recent press release. The calculations carried out by Brett Goodall are self-esplanatory and we have nothing to add.

However we disagree with Greg, Goodall, the authorities of the RBSC and yourself (as far as we argue from your article about the new NACRA 15) on the fact that the F16 is the best choice for the “lower cost sailor development” requested by ISAF to “build grass roots sailing”.

The F16 is for sure an excellent catamaran, (our X16, a full compliant F16, is on sale from several years) but too close in terms of costs, weight, sails’ surface and “practicability” to the Olympic NACRA 17.

In the current economic climate, especially of the European countries, the average price of a F16 (around EUR 20K) seems too high.

According to our opinion the best option for the National Sailing Federations willing to grow up the next Olympic Multihull champions is our 14 footer, the 4-Teen, which features a state-of-the-art carbon mast, epoxy carbon curved boards, epoxy carbon rudders and all the thrills and frills of a pure racing machine.

This outstanding boat is offered at EUR 10.500, weights 85 Kg ready to sails and suits best 100-110 kg crew.

For details and pics :

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Nacra 17 Worlds 2014 @Santander: Tara Pacheco & Iker Martinez

Image Jesús Renedo / | Toughest sailors in the Nacra 17 campaign are definitely girls crews like Tara Pacheco. Check his arm, 

Tara was injured weeks ago but with Iker they decided to compete. Sadly they had to quit this event as her recovery was not 100%. Hat off to Tara Pacheco. Hope to see them back soon, as they were raising their level constantly, as shown by winning the 2014 Nacra 17 Europeans. Great Image by Jesús Renedo / 

Jesús & Pedro Martinez are working freelance at Santander , but surely providing the best images of the event. Contact them for your pic Here

Nacra 17 Worlds @Santander 2014, Day 3: Blownout & races postponed

Images Nacra 17 Class - Update: No racing today at Santander.
Racing postponed due to high 20's wind range.
As reported, yestereday only the Yellow fleet managed to complete 2 races. Blue on only 1.

Billy Besson & Marie Riou continue their streak with two bullets.
Overall results Here

Nacra 17 Worlds @Santander 2014, Day 2: Images by Sailing Energy

A-Class: Swiss Nats 2014 for Sandro Caviezel

Nacra 17s @Santander Worlds 2014: Day 2

Wind has allowed today for the Racing to start after a first day without wind. Currently the Nacra 17 fleets are completing first race. Check updates in our Twitter account & bar to the right.
Update: That's it for today. 2 Races for Yellow and 1 only for the Blue fleet. Pics later.

Official website

Race 1 Yellow:
1- Besson, 2- Mulder, 3-Bressani, 4-Cammas, 5-Lange, 6- Waterhouse
Race 2 Yellow:

1- Besson, 2- Jones, 3-McGregor, 4-Ogerau, 5-van der Velden

Race 1 Blue:
1- Buhler, 2-Saxton 3-Laugier, 4-Wilson, 5-Pietromonaco

Provisional Overall Results  Here

GC32s @Marseille OD 2014: Images by Sander van der Borch

EXSS @Istanbul 2014: Team New Zealand 1st

Nacra 17 ISAF Worlds 2014 @Santander: 15-20 September

Image sent by Edwin Lodder. Qualification races will start today. 10 Spots for Rio will be assigned this year with 5 left for 2015 Worlds and the rest reserved for the continental ones.
Besson-Riou, Bissaro-Sicouri, Bundock-Curtis among the favorites. Locals Iker Martinez & Tara Pacheco won the last event but might not race as Tara got injured 2 weeks ago.
From Argentina due to a cut of planified fundings from our local Sailing Fed only double Tornado medalist Santi Lange with Cecilia Carranza as crew will race to secure a slot for Argentina.

Santi has 52 and is the oldest guy racing at Santander to our knowledge. An example & motivation to the kids starting their Olympic dreams.

Official Website with Tracking & Live streaming at
Follow Updates at the Twitter bar to the right

GC32s @Marseille OD 2014: Images by Antoine Beysens

All Images courtesy of Antoine Beysens. Day 3 Report posted here

Luna Rossa Foiling AC45 x 2

Click Image for Video. Source and details at Luna Rossa. Next step on one of the Milestone design in Sailing History. When The AC45s were launched I thought they wont stand +25knots with ease, but the design proved that it could handle 30knots breeze with ease and also provided some of the best fleet racing ever seen in any class.
Now Luna Rossa makes both their 45s fly. As previously Oracle & Artemis did.
Next ACWS 45s series should and surely will be done in flying AC45s,  but nothing confirmed officially yet

GC32s @Marseille OD 2014: Day 3

Images Sander van der Borch / . - Press Release sent by The Great Cup /// 13/09/2014 - GDF Suez - unstoppable in the light
The Mediterranean took on a different complexion for day three of GC32 foiling catamaran racing at Marseille One Design with the wind dropping below 10 knots for the first time this regatta.

Three races were held this morning with the wind hovering around 5 knots at sea level. Thankfully there was more aloft

ISAF Youth Cat: Nacra bids their new '15'

When a company is on a winning streak they seem to nail every move.
Days ago Goodall Design rejected the possibility for the Viper F16 & OD  to become the new Youth ISAF multi.

Now Nacra grabs their original F16 hull, that was enlarged to become the Nacra 17 Olympic Multi, but this time they chopped off some cms instead of adding them... and voilá: Here you have the new 'Nacra 15'.

I think this time adding a new boat to the lineup is not ideal. Henry Demesmaeker and many other youths in Belguim, France and US have shown that the F16 platform is perfect for Youths aiming to compete at top level. So I don´t see a long term compromise for this boat.

The F16 platform has a good growing established Class, and even a market for older sailors to sail solo , Mixed or two light male crews.
Thus having a boat that is not restricted to ISAF Worlds, will add chances to gather new fleets and boats could be sold afterwards to a wider public than say the SL16 or the previous Youth Multi the H16.

So, if Goodall Design does not wants the Viper, and Nacra puts up this nice but somehow not ideal solution, maybe Matt Mc Donald can put forward his Falcon F16 as a bid to become next Youth ISAF Multi, and manu Boulogne can do it with his Cirrus Q also.

Whichever the brand, is clearly that any F16 will do the job. Brand finances and how to protect their own wealth  it is another story of course and there lies the question on why Nacra didn´t went for their F16 platform as the Youth Multi choice.

For ie in Argentina, if a Youth wants to start the Olympic path , he or she, will need to buy in the process an SL16 for Youth events, then a Hobie 16 for Panamerican continental Medal sailing events and then a Nacra 17 for the final Olynpic stage...
ISAF needs to solve this asap, and unify concepts targeting common sense and efficient decisions towards sailors benefit.

On the technical aspect, the boat looks like a little weapon with curved boards and finally some winglets, feature we were demanding for the Nacra 17 since day 1 here in CSN.
The problem is they've chosen an already old style winglet position used previously in the A-Class.
Now all new A rudders are placing the winglets at the rudder tip.

Later 1 to 1 comp on the Nacra F16, N17 and this new 15 feet.

More pics at Nacra FB

35th Americas Cup: Press Conference Replay & Report

Earlier today a Press conf was held in London. Below official press release sent by Americas Cup.//
"It's one of the most important times in an America's Cup campaign. The beginning. Get things right in the early stages, and it will be easier later.

That's the position the sailors representing the six America's Cup teams were taking on Tuesday during a press conference in London as they assessed how they’ve played the opening gambits in their campaigns for sailing’s oldest prize.
With the entry deadline just one month behind him, Franck Cammas is leading a new team for this America’s Cup, Team France, which hopes to unite the talent and expertise in the country to build a team capable of taking on the best in the world.

“We have the sailors, we have the technology and we have the engineers to do well in the America’s Cup, but we need to join everything together under one flag,” he said. “We have a good start now to launch the team but we need to keep pushing to find everything we need to be strong as we move towards the future.”

Speaking to a home audience, Ben Ainslie told the media his team would draw

GC32 Course Racing @Marseille One Design event 2014

Image: Sander van der Borch. The GC32s are currently the number 1 OD foiling 30 footer racing Class, More boats are being delivered this year and I foresee a long successful run for this boat. Magic Marine team led by Mischa Heemskerk will participate this time along FP Flying Masters Gurvan Bontemps & Ben Amiot who will race in team GDF Suez.
Check some impressive images by Sander from  past event for 2014 at the Austria Cup at

Press release sent by 'The Great Cup': 
"Racing for the GC32 one design foiling catamarans of The Great Cup continues next week in the south of France. Four GC32s will compete in their own class at Marseille One Design, a brand new event backed by the Ville de Marseille in the build-up to it being European Capital of Sport for 2017. In this, the GC32s will race alongside the new Diam 24 one design trimarans, plus the J/80, SB20 and Longtze monohulls.

Marseille One Design is only the second regatta the GC32 catamarans have competed in en masse, since they became ‘fully foiling’ earlier this year. With the fitting of T-configuration rudders and J-profile principle lifting foils, the GC32s now sail air-borne in all but the lightest conditions and are effectively smaller versions of the AC72/AC62 catamarans used in the America’s Cup. However in comparison with their AC big brothers, the GC32s have relatively larger foils making then more straightforward to sail for crews of average ability and with soft sails, they have none of the logistical hassles of the AC72/AC62’s solid wing rig.

Despite the large size of its foils, the airborne GC32 has proved blisteringly

M32 Cup 2014 @Stockholm: Live broadcast & Schedule

Sent by Peter Gustafsson -  M32 Cup broadcasting live from season finale in Stockholm Sep 10-13:
- Three teams in the fight for the title
- Alite Sailing Team joins the Cup
- 100-race jubilee
- Live broadcast from the racing
- First ever event filmed in 4K

To end it’s second year, M32 Cup 2014 will be decided in four days of intense racing at Riddarjärden, right in the heart of beautiful Stockholm. The city is often referred to as Beauty on Water, or Venice of the North which is understandable, as the city is built upon 14 islands. This proved to be a great playground for the speedy M32s. Riddarfjärden and Norr Mälarstrand, where you’ll find our race village, forms a perfect arena where the crowds comes close to the action. Last year they asked for grandstands, and hopefully we’ll see even more people this year.

With 22 points separating the top three teams, there will be over 200 points to race for with double points on the last day. Wallén Race Team have been fast all year winning in Gothenburg and Malmö, but Lööf Racing Team won in Copenhagen last week and want to end the Cup on a high note. Rahm Racing Team, champions in 2013, have struggled after their win in Oslo. To mix things up, Speak@raceteam have started to win races, especially on short courses like the one in Stockholm.

New kids on the block is Alite Sailing Team, lead by olympic Tornado sailor Martin Strandberg. He was tactician for Lööf last year, and now he's back to beat him.

M32 Cup is all about racing full on between 14:00-17:00. This means lots of races on tight courses, and this week we’ll run race number 100 in the Cup. Might lead to some surprises? Above all it shows that the format and the boat works very well.

M32 Cup strive to generate some of the best content in sailing, and to make great content available to teams and partners. We’ve seen both Sail Racing and Panasonic using M32 Cup as a strategic marketing platform.

To take this even further, the event in Stockholm will be broadcasted live, both online and on big screens in Stockholm city.

Also, we’re attempting to shoot the full event in 4K technology (4 times the resolution as normal HD). This will be a challenging task, but also a way to drive technology innovation.

Updates during the event:
Photos and video:
Live broadcast:
Embed codes:
Live radio for spectators:

Media contact: Peter Gustafsson,, +46733304000

D35s Vulcain Trophy 2014, GP Grange & Cie: Alinghi wins again

Another win for Alinghi on the Vulcain Trophy Circuit 2014. Press Release (French) sent by Vulcain Trophy below standings.
Ranking 2014:

1 - Alinghi 13
2 - Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing 24
3 - Realstone 25
3 - Mobimo 29
4 - Team Tilt 33
6 - Zen Too 33
7 - Veltigroup 49
8 - Okalys 53
9 - Racing Django 64
10 - Oryx 64
11 - Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier 75

Doublé d’Alinghi, le champion incontesté
Alinghi impose sa domination et remporte le Grand Prix Grange & Cie en enchainant
quatre victoires. Cette première place le propulse sur la plus haute marche du podium du 
Vulcain Trophy 2014.

Pour la deuxième année consécutive

M2 Tour: No wind for Grand Prix Romain Gauthier 2014 @Rolle

Sadly no wind for the M2 fleet at Rolle. The crews went 'racing' the same to have some fun.
Press Release in French sent by M2 Speed Tour -

More info on the circuit at & fb/m2speedtour
Communiqué de presse:
TeamWork M2 Speed Tour - Grand Prix Romain Gauthier à Rolle

Faute de vent, aucune manche n’a pu être validée ce week-end à Rolle lors du Grand Prix Romain Gauthier, septième et avant dernière étape du TeamWork M2 Speed Tour. Grâce à l’implication du comité de course de la Société Nautique Rolloise, compétition de stand up paddle et de radeau ont remplacé la navigation pour les treize équipages.

Rolle, le 7 septembre 2014 - Le soleil et la chaleur ont fait le bonheur du public qui est venu assister à la septième et avant-dernière étape du TeamWork M2 Speed Tour ce week-end à Rolle. Le vent était quant à lui aux abonnés absents samedi et dimanche, aucune manche n’a pu être validée. Ce Grand Prix Romain Gauthier ne comptera donc pas dans le classement final du Team