Peyron's vintage racing project, "Happy", by Christophe Launay

ISAF Youth Worlds 2014, SL16: Flament-Dorange 1st

The work done by the French sailing Federation keeps bringing them results. In Ireland they put at least 4 youths helms in the top 10. Now Louis FLament & Charles Dorange win the 2014 ISAF World Championships on the SL16.
Mitch Booth sons, Jordi & Fernando in second place and Brazilians Kim Vidal & Anotonio Lopez 3rd.   US F16/F18 rising star Ravi Parent with Nicholas Schultz in 4th.
F16 World Champ, Henry Demesmaeker ends 12th overall with  Emile Vanholsbeke, showing the level of the other youth crews.
No much pics available from ISAF, they publish 2 per class per day.... Official website

R Cty Helm Name Crew Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 Total Nett
1st FRA Louis Flament Charles Dorange 1 2 6 3 1 1 1 (ocs) 1 1 9 3 1 47 30
2nd ESP Jordi Booth Ferrando Ruben Booth Ferrando 3 -8 2 1 2 7 6 7 3 3 5 1 2 50 42
3rd BRA Kim Vidal Antonio Lopes 4 1 1 7 7 5 8 (ocs) 7 9 4 5 4 79 62
4th USA Ravi Parent Nicholas Schultz 5 5 4 -12 4 2 10 6 9 6 2 8 6 79 67
5th NZL Micah Wilkinson Jack Rogers 2 4 3 13 8 -14 11 5 6 4 8 10 3 91 77
6th HUN Flora Virag Balazs Gecse -11 10 11 2 11 6 4 10 5 5 7 2 7 91 80
7th CYP Onisiphoros Neophytou Nikolas Protopapas 10 9 8 4 6 9 3 2 10 -13 6 11 10 101 88
8th AUS Michelle Bursa Chelsea Haynes 8 3 5 11 5 11 9 11 2 -12 1 12 11 101 89
9th SIN Ryan Teo Joshua Matthew Lim 14 13 -15 5 3 3 7 4 11 2 12 4 15 108 93
10th RSA Brandon Wijtenburg Todd Fisher -13 12 13 9 10 8 2 1 4 7 13 8,5rdg 9 109.5 96.5
11th GBR Oliver Greber Jessica Eales 7 6 9 10 -14 4 13 9 13 10 10 7 8 120 106
12th BEL Henri Demesmaeker Emile Vanholsbeke 9 7 10 8 13 12 5 (ocs) 8 11 11 6 12 129 112
13th ITA Gianluigi Ugolini Giulio Zizzari 6 11 7 14 12 13 12 3 12 15 3 9 (dsq) 134 117
14th POR Vasco Rocha Salvador Taveira 12 14 12 6 9 10 14 12 14 8 14 (ret) 5 147 130
15th DEN Martin Holm Schwensen Peter Mehr (dnf) 15 14 15 15 15 15 8 15 14 15 13 13 184 167
16th ARU Cees Van Asselt Sil Grijpma 15 -16 16 16 16 16 16 13 16 16 16 14 14 200 184

Americas Cup 35th: Fiasco Challenger x 2...

Image TAUS. End of the journey for Team Australia. When we labeled the recent released Protocol as a Fiasco, it was mainly on how the Challenger accepted many impositions that were out of common sense for any Club wanting to actually Challenge Oracle for the Americas Cup. After the critics Ian Murray, Team Australia CEO, said it was the fairest protocol ever.. days after many changes were proposed by Oracle.
Check IM comments by Sail-World at

One of the most strange points was, and is still is, not having a defined venue. Making life hard for contenders to get the desired funding. Now the 35th Challenger, Team Australia, has abandoned the ship just like Onorato did in AC34. In both occasions the next Team in the line is a rather a partner for Oracle than a tough Challenger as maybe Team NZ could become.

The only ones looking bad in each occasions are the Clubs that put their names for becoming the 'Fiasco Challengers'...
Below Press Release by Americas Cup: "The America’s Cup organizers have received notification from the principals of Hamilton Island Yacht Club of their intention to withdraw Team Australia from the 35th America’s Cup.
“We are very disappointed to be receiving this news,” said Russell Coutts

Bimare S.9 at The Foiling Week

Report sent by Bimare -- "The rapid process & evolution of 'S.9 could not miss the presentations and concept testing of the Foiling Week.
A brilliant event of the 'third dimension' of sailing: Flying above Water!
I've never seen so many designers sharing and illustrating their "secrets" like in this Forum and those chats were even posted by the Foiling Week YT Channel.

The pioneering spirit of these exciting times has no equal in the history of sailing except perhaps the mythical winglets of Australia II.

The America's Cup is the source of inspiration for this S.9 creation by Michele Petrucci, who was among the first to believe in the full range of foiling catamarans without exceeding in complicated gadgets.

The boat had to be an allrounder and manageable by one person, with the wand systems the goal has been fully achieved, making customers & newbie testers alike to enjoy the feeling of flying in a few hours of testing in water.

The platform and the volumes of this new  medium size cat allows to foil in a very easy , lightness and manageable way.

What were the lessons learned by the TFW Festival? That the platform is great and that development can be limited to profiles easily interchangeable with T wings foils to increase the speed (Final phase of the project planned after the reliability period) as has recently been done with Moths.,

The S9 new profiles are already in the production phase. We want to thanks some lessons learned from  Foiling Masters as Grogono and the always available Edo Bianchi.
Thanks also to the excellent idea and organization of Boffi, Rizzotti and Fraglia Vela Malcesine. A big thanks to photographer Martina Orsini with always perfect shots.

Last but not least, the satisfaction to have the request to test the S.9  by Sebastien Col. Within his sailing experience on the boat he has kindly dispensed useful advice as only true champions can do.
As an additional gift for us we had the first and second place in the cat category !
See you next Year, as we are unable to to resist the Unique sensation of sailing at Lake Garda ...."

AC35: Oracle Foiling Camp

Full flying is now defacto standard training for ACup sailors. But I would like to see them training an 'A-Cat Foiling Camp' too, as with current legal As, you don´t have much additional controls than your body trim. Moths are not easy to learn but once flying you have an automatic bow wand to control height plus fine tuning on the hand held rudder flap control. 
Stable flight with the As now requires training and skills, but I also saw at Bordeaux some incredible rock solid stable flights from Jason Waterhouse in his Exploder, also Ashby in the Dna and Sandro with the G7.

The Foiling Week: Foiling Pioneer James Grogono

When you look back carefully in history you can backtrack almost any ailing/hydro/aero recent development to a previous attempt or achievement. Glad to see foiling pioneer James Grogno (Icarus foiling Tornado) was present at the Foiling Week at Garda.  The major improvement these days is having this technology applied to course racing effectively.

Read full Grogono background at
Full interview list at  TFW at

F16 Europeans 2014: July 26th-August 1st @Le Touquet

Sent by F16 Press: - Taking on the challenge in France -
"With the F16 worlds, A-cat Europeans and Round Texel just past, the F18 worlds and Nacra 17 Europeans ongoing and the F16 Europeans coming in just over 2 weeks cats seems to be all over the place at the moment. Nice fleets, fun competition, a true boost for catsailing world wide.

To continue the momentum we currently have in catsailing and in the F16 class we are happy to annouce to have Kim-Anne Le formal and Benjamin Amiot will be competing at the F16 Europeans. We are convinced that having a top French team on the boat will boost the interest in the F16 class in France.

France is an important catsailing country, so also for the F16 class. The French F16 fleet has been dominated by

UK: East Coast Pier Race 2014 sponsored by Zhik

Sent by Andrew Dowley --
East Coast Piers Race sponsored by Zhik
"On the weekend of the 5th and 6th July 55 competitors took to the water at Marconi Sailing Club for the annual East Coast Piers Race in aid of The Cirdan Trust and Essex Air Ambulance.

The event sponsored by sailing clothing company Zhik, sees sailors from across the country take part in a long distance race from the club, out of the Blackwater Estuary and along the Essex coastline.

Two consecutive races are held, the Piers Race which requires catamarans to sail as far as Walton on the Naze and the Colne Point race which goes half the distance.

With camping available all weekend free of charge many of the competitors arrived on Friday to get set up early for Saturdays first races...

F18 Worlds 2014 @Ireland: Final Day Images by Jasper van Staveren

F18 Worlds 2014 @Ireland: Final Day , Larsen-van West Champs.

Gunboat 55, US Built

Images: Billy Black / Chris Grooby - Good to see the final product of the new GB factory in the US after  they opened it in 2012. Pics from 'Rainmaker' at NY sent by Lauren Battaile: The 55 pictured is the first of the series to launch, and the first US built GUNBOAT. ‘RAINMAKER’ was delivered early June, and is based in Manhattan for the summer. Subsequent hulls are following closely behind, with Hull 02’s launch anticipated in August.

Early feedback for the series has been stellar, “The 55 has enough sail area to make even a Lagoon get up on a plane, and speeds that climb through a consistent linear increase without any humps. Trucking on a reach at 20% above wind speeds in the light stuff, and moving along at an easy 18kts once the breeze hits the teens.” Capt. Chris Bailet

Rainmaker will be headed to Newport to catch the end of race week July 18-20. The slick cat is expected to turn heads, and may very well become a fixture at NYYC events.

F18 Worlds 2014 @Ireland: Day 4 by van Staveren

F18 Worlds 2014 @Ireland: Day 4, Larsen-van West regain Lead

Image: Jasper van Staveren. With Two discards now in play and after 12 races, Gunnar Larsen & Fer van West are leading by 4 pts over Reiss-Whitehead who were leading up to the 11th.
Light weather racing today, in contrast of yesterday's 20knots. 

Gunnar scored today 5,9 and a bullet by miles that gave him and Fer the lead overall, responding to the Youth attack. The US talented kids 3,4 and a 13th (worst results so far) that ended as their second discard.

Ashby & Goodall return to race and 8,1,6. Yesterady they had to repair the port hull and missed 4 races, that in the end it could be too much loss and one of the reasons the As have 2 races per day.
I think to keep it fair in the F18 for all levels and ages a maximum of 3 x days should be Ok.
After the two leaders, the French fleet is pressing for podium places lead by current Nat Champs Bontempts-Amiot, Carnac Long Distance winners, Lagraviere-Jarlegan  and followed by 3 Junior skippers : Tim Mourniac, Robert Solune & Lois Berrehar.

BEL Patrick Demesmaeker and ARG Rodger are currently 7th & 9th respectively and the top ten closes with the sixth FRA flag with Emeric Dary & David Fanoulliere.

- N17 Europeans with another day of no racing.. check posts below.
- Daily Pics by Jasper later. Official website

- Live Twitter account at
- Full Results at

Arg Pride 2014

Argentina reaches a World Cup Final after 24yrs. Final #5 for Arg.
I've seen 3 finals since I was born: 1978 (win Vs Ned),1986 (win vs Ger) & 1990 (loss vs Ger).
The best thing about this one is having my two kids experiencing that same great feeling of reaching a Final. 

I said many times that as a country we are a waste of lost opportunities. Football and Sailing are just sports but makes Life more entertaining, and one thing that remains untouched for us in any endeavour is full passion for what we do , for good or bad results of course, we left all we have, this site is a humble display of that passion applied to Catsailing.

In Football just check/read what Mascherano & Zabaleta did yesterday and you'll get a grasp of what that passion means.

For Catsailing news check below for  F18 Worlds, Nacra 17 Euros, GC32 doing 37,9knots, Scheurer G7 doing 24,3Knots and more. Live updates from Ireland  thanks to the great local coverage by the organization at &  Twitter bar to the right. Images by Jasper van Staveren

F18 Worlds 2014 @Ireland: Day 3 by Jasper van Staveren

Nacra 17 Europeans 2014: Besson-Riou lead

Image Antoine Beysens - Billy and Marie continue to dominate this Class. Bissaro & Sicouri follow them in consitency, the Italians are 2nd overall.
Top ten below. 

Full Results

GC32 Reachs 37,9Knots @Garda

All images Sander van der Borch. The GC32 continues to improve its final speed. There is like an informal competition going around current owners and testers alike to see who gets more speed out of the beast.
Seb Cole has reached 37,9knots at Garda, marking the top speed achieved to date.

Who will reach the 40knots range?
More images at fb/SandervanderBorchPhotography

F18 Worlds 2014 @Ireland, Youth Power House: Reiss-Whitehead lead

Photo: Jasper van Staveren. Reiss-Whitehead leading 2014 Worlds after 9 races. Sadly Ashby-Goodall were out in the first race due to a hit and were out for the rest of the day. They left Larsen-van West a free pass to keep their lead. But the youth US team, Taylor Reiss & Matthew Whitehead (F18Youth World Champs) put pedal to the metal with their C2 to score 5,2,2,1 and grab the lead of the championship

Being following their carreer for a while, I wrote they will become World and Olympic Champs 'one day', well, they surely are sailing accordingly. They had the best performance of the day together with the French Junior teams of Berrehar-Pomelec, Solune-Perron and Neiras-Rucard.

Larsen-van West had an ideal scenario with Ashby out and leading by 10 pts after the 8th race, but got an OCS in the final race and now are trailing Reiss-Whitehead by 4pts.

Bontempts-Amiot are 3rd and getting top 5 results consistently, lets see if they can put pressure to the top two to have 3 party fight for the Crown.

Still much to go, but what a great event we are seeing at Ireland. Again coverage was great from the water by the Org, remember to follow their twitter account at .
Here in CSN check our Twitter bar to the right.

Later more great pics by Jasper van Staveren, currently editing today's pics.
Top 15 below, Full Results at

A-Class, Scheurer G7 doing 24,3knots

24.3 Knots for the new Scheurer G7. Sandro Caviezel was 4th & first Euro at Bordeaux A-Cat Europeans with only 2/3 months flight development done by Andy Scheurer , Sandro & his brother Daniel. Even Arno Terra commented that the G7 had one of the more stable flights. Their dagger foils are a proprietary asymmetric inhouse development , rudders are from Exploder.
More technical details next weeks with a coming interview.