Jul 20, 2017

Anonimo F16 Europeans 2017: Day 3 report by Gill de Bruyne




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Excellent number of of boats for the 2016 Europeans (43) , below Report sent by Gill de Bruyne, Falcon F16 distributor in Europe. theboatshop.be
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"Hi Martin , sort report from the first three days of racing (in between racing and taking care of my 2 kids !

First of all it is great. Super professional organization and you cant make people feel more welcome than this.
Sunday we had 2 practice race in light 6 to max 8 knots. At the evening the welcome dinner was at the castle nearby which was a great setting and good food.

The 43 boats (46 subscribed but couldn't participate) then stayed on shore on Monday as there was no wind. A good call of the race committee not to make us wait on the water. They really adapt to the F16 needs to find a balance of getting as lich as possible racing but keeping a true holiday spirit.

On Tuesday we waiting on shore again in the morning and got 4 races in 6 to 8 knots again. Fairly stable winds so great racing (if you like the light stuff). The usual suspects (Lechapelier and Bague) were up there together with Eric Proust sailing with his son. Swiss champion Andi Lutz managed good races and some lesser ones as the starting line was quite short making it extra challenging. But showing mixed, youths, masters are all in the mix in this class.

Yesterday we got 4 races again in stronger winds (18/20 knots going down to 14 knots). The Dutch teams climbed up the ranking in these conditions.
Unbelievable quick the wind and wave conditions can change here.

Today the fleet including all female teams and 4 solo sailors have an early morning start at 9h30 as the wind is expected to die towards the afternoon.

Current results: here

Regards,
Gill
F16 PR, BEL666
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Jul 18, 2017

Americas Cup 36th : Constructed in Country & Nationality for crews

Just in from Emirates Team New Zealand press.
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PRESS RELEASE: 
ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE 36th AMERICA'S CUP 


The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia as the Challenger of Record, together with their respective representative teams Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge, are pleased to announce that the Protocol establishing the parameters for the 36th America's Cup will be released in September 2017.

The proposed dates for the event will be further detailed in the Protocol but the Defender and the Challenger of Record are considering the possibility of the 36th America's Cup Match and the preceding Challenger Selection Series being conducted in Auckland in early 2021 during the New Zealand summer.

In recognition of the fundamental condition of the Deed of Gift that the Cup be preserved as a perpetual Challenge Cup for friendly competition between foreign countries, the Protocol will contain a "constructed in country" requirement for competing yachts and a nationality requirement for competing crew members.
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F18 Open Project : "Scorpion" by Exploder, World Champ 2017 Design



Image F18 Worlds 2017 - I launched the F18 Open Project back in 2012. The idea got some drive and these guys joined the group:
Francesco Nadal (Foil Section: Eppler 836)
Ralph Molenaar (CFD)
Ronan Currid (CFD)
Andrew Gallagher & Sanyi Roka.

From the first lines Ralph & Ronan tested (last test was made by Ralph around Feb 2013)  I continued to refine hull ad infinitum till April 2015 when I sent Jakub Kopylowicz the final cads that were revised and digitally 'sanded' for millimetric routing by the expert hands , know-how & top notch catia software resources of Marc Menec from is3de.com

Since I left the IT office in 2008 to build the first F18 I draw back in 2005, this is the 4th set of lines being constructed. The first one generated the local F18 Class, story told thousand times, second was a recreational daggerless 16 foot, 3rd a 12 feet I did on request and finally the Scorpion F18 .

For the first hull in 2005 I was working in IT infrastructure,  I didn`t had a clue about a thing but learnt from cad drawing , to building techniques , to digest every info that available at the time, that was not much indeed.
Basically the same scenario when at the office someone threw over my head a deep black Linux text shell console and told me :  "install and run an Oracle database there kid.."  .. "yes sure...no problem(!?) "

Once involved in the built of the first F18 and thanks to the further info I collected here in CSN plus the hundred contacts I made , the thousand cads I draw in 10yrs, plus the chance to sail  and race many F18s after launching the class here in Arg creates a receipe where you get a good degree of understandnment. And if you get immersed 24 x7 living out of building / selling cats and maintaining this Catsailing related web chances are you are going to learn something...

But ideas on paper alone are nothing without someone helping you to make them become true. For the locals builts my cousin Nadal Solari and his own yard he had with his father , was the only reason we could launch the  F18 Class here on our own designed & built boat, and for the Scorpion Jakub Kopylowicz / Exploder made the entire investment to built the new F18.

Jakub also designed the rudders & daggers planshape, with the foil section provided by Francesco Nadal from the F18 OP group. We had some different views on where to place beams/dagger case with Jakub, but he finally trusted me. For the rest it was all his work on the built and final product.
I named it 'Scorpion' on my birth date.

Sometimes when you embark yourself in this kind long term projects it seems work never ends or even you start thinking if all is worhtwhile.  But If you like building cats like Jakub & I do, then the process has some degree of "entertainment" and you always learn something new, even if you don`t build a rudder.

For Jakub being a commercial investment, you need to get the project going to secure its viability. Exploder offers some of the most cost effective racing cats out there contributing hugely to the A-Class fleet grow, and now obviously will do the same for the Formula 18.

This 2017 F18  title won by Mischa & Stephan Dekker , is a high prize for their own efforts , and a huge reward to Jakub and the Exploder yard on putting this new boat on the water.
Getting his two other riders in the top 5, and really close to full podium for Mitch & Ruben Booth 4th and Danny Paschalidis & Konstantinos Trigonis 5th proves the boat built by Exploder is now a secure investment in a Class where you can select from many other design and brands as demonstrated also by second place which went to a Goodall C2 and third to an Infusion.

Title
In the end it was all Mischa & Stephan work, the Exploder Scorpion responded well and surely Mischa's DS had its performance nitro added. The whole sailors/ boat package summed up for one of the greatest dominance I've seen in an F18 Worlds and credit is full assign to the sailors and the builder.

For me it was a great ride from the idea to drawing the actual hull lines to contribute a bit to that performance and I want to thanks all named above , sailors builder and the F18 Open Project crew.
Greatest reward was seeing Mischa finally crowning himself World Champ, Jakub getting his Constructor's Title and getting a congrats mail from Pete Melvin.

Update: Been told by Gavin Rietman  the Aussie kids loved so much the  that blue Scorpion is heading back to Australia . Well that's another highlight , as Lachie Hughes & Harrison Rietman could participate in Denmark thanks to Jakub charter boat. Bright future for this young crew.

Next days we'll have some insights from Mischa on DS devels for the F18 and his Scorpion setup.
So now Phil Mickelson &  Mischa Heemskerk have their deserved and duly share of majors titles, Life's Good-

I remember clearly Francesco Bianchi words after saling the Scorpion at Kiel with Heemskerk: "This boat one day will be World Champ". Well, he was right.

Future Projects:
The Convertible  and I have been working past months with a group of guys on foil devel. I had already drawn A-Cat hulls based on Arno's Terra concept, which precede the aero oriented F1 & D3 platforms. I've been learning foil sections and how to develop them.
Foiling requires much more technical knowledge and research compared to a displacement racing cat.
Still building and testing is a key part of innovation and the way A-Class reached to this point of R&D.

We have limited resources now  hopefully the process of the F18 OP  can be repeated, we'll learn new stuff and lets see if we can reach to put more cads lines on the water again in the future.

Jul 15, 2017

F18 Worlds 2017 @Vallensbaek: Mischa Heemskerk & Stephan Dekker World Champs




Photo: F18 Worlds , Video Hartas Productions. Pics from today pending  ----
FINALLY !!!- June 2008 we started this blog and the F18 was always had a privileged place. Just look and the labels raking to the left. 10yrs now  reporting on F18s Worlds , also on  Mischa Heemskerk career.
From a close call in Spain to 2008, to another one in 2009 and so on that I lost the count on near misses. But we always said the F18 Title would come its way.  A quick shout to Baastian Tentij, Mischa's partner for years in the F18.

Later two A-Cats Worlds for Mischa trophy shelves on major events, but we all knew the F18 Title was missing for the big guy.

Now is 2017 Mischa & Stephan Dekker  (Exploder Scorpion / Mischa Sails DS) grabbed the 2017  Worlds Title held at Vallensbaek, Denmark  with epic flare in the last 8 races.
It  was not  that easy , they dropped mast the first day,  average scores in the qualys, but improving. In the last qualy race in 5 knots they finished 3rd, marking a no return point for their performance. They were getting the pace of the boat/rig .
Breeze came for the Final stage and it was total domination for them, first day 3 bullets,  second day 2 more to end the event in  6-8 knots also scoring 2 bullets and 2nd for a change.

Special note to Stephan Dekker, having to endure those in front of mast tacks and tricky gybes on the DS was a challenge , but they clearly had all well coordinated!

One of the most competitive Worlds I can remember. Leaders and podium chancing every minute. My laptop was burning with excel calcs!

Contenders
Patrick Demesmaeker & Gilles Tas (Goodall C2)  maintained the Title at hand at all times, even to race 7. They had the pressure on being favorites and act accordingly, it was too close.
US will be another Chance for them.

Same for Jolbert van Dijk- Franck de Waard (Infusion) , 3rd overall. This team is serious stuff and Jolbert guided by Frank will become even better world class sailor
Mitch & Ruben Booth finished 4th overall  and Danny & Kostas 5th , both sailing a Exploder Scorpion with sails 1D sails. In the top 5 whole event, fighting back after a bad result is not easy and they had many comebacks. It was soo close thinking on final score was tough results for any of the top 5.
Just review final results to see how close these teams were.

Good to see Mitch racing with Ruben again, they were second overall after R7, same for Danny Paschalidis  & Konstantinos Trigonis. great effort for them towards the Title being new to the boat and racing together in the F18. It was too close for them also with  lots of work  and devel involved previous weeks, all worthwhile work done with Marton Balazs / 1D sails.
Hope they continue to race in the Class.

Just looking at Mischa history in the F18 or Lange in the Olympics is a target to keep in mind, things sometime are not that easy,  and it takes time.

For Mischa this F18 Title took more than 10years in the  making. Check great video above and see how much it meant for him.

To crews above add the great  performance of our Argie mates Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser (Infusion) ,  finished 6th overall  and had chances for podium too. We praised them highly yesterday and today the closed the event with a 3rd. Hats off to them one more time.

7th overall for Simon Norhtrop-Sam Barker (Infusion / Hyde Sails Kent by Simon).
 Simon did  lots of work last seasons with his Loft , now equipping Cirrus R2 (Boulogne went to Tour de france a la Voile) Simon & Sam were fast and even led Mischa around the course in F1.

The surprise of the event were Philip Hendryckx and Filip Oyslager those scared many top notch renown riders! And will be a treat next F18 events.
Final what to say about the Sach bros, I only wish to be able to sail that much, not een to dare racing at top level for decades.

Youths World Champs 2017: Antoine Ferrec & Foucauld Delaplace from France, followed by Jordi Booth & Joan Costa Estiarte.
The Aussie kids Lachie Hughes & Harrison Rietman got some really good races results, and we'll hear from them in the future no doubt.

Formula 18Next days we'll review the Scorpion F18 Open project path (more than happy to contribute a bit on the Title!)  along Mischa's technical comments on DS and else.
But today is sailors time only. It was all them putting together a Weapon as never seen in the F18 and sailing the Scorpion to highest level of perf. Boat built and delivered by Jakub Kopylowic / Exploder who bet high in time and investment to make the project a reality.

Congrats Mischa & Stephan , well deserved. As Mischa comments in the video and we wrote the whole week, so much fun racing and even following F18.
Great Worlds by Penny and the Vallensbaek Sailing Club, great videos by Hartas Productions and lots of pictures every day.

The F18 keeps being a great class, this Worlds and devels / new boats will revamp interest in the Class which will keep going forward No matter what. No need foiling though to have max racing fun, just review pics & videos form this week.

So contact your local F18 dealer and get your Goodall C2, Cirrus R2, Infusion, Hobie Wildcat , Windrush Edge, Falcon F18,  Mattia, Shockwave , Exploder Scorpion and many more and join us in Formula 18 Racing.

Coming Worlds will be in the US, Sarasota 2018. Argies we are planning to attend en masse as we did in LA 2012 (11 boats) maybe we'll take two containers this time around.

Keep racing & sailing Cats. Hopefully we'll see you all at Sarasota 2018.

Official F18 Worlds Fb & pics / videos gallery facebook.com/F18worlds2017/
F18 Worlds 2017 Top Ten  - Complete results at f18worlds2017.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Results.htm


Pos Bow # Sail Helm Crew Nat Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 tot Net
1 108 7 Mischa Heemskerk Stephan Dekker NED 8 -dnf 15 9 9 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 -2 116 51
2 113 1 Patrick Demesmaeker Gilles Tas BEL 1 1 -dsq 3 8 10 5 5 3 10 5 -21 14 5 154 70
3 41 4 Jolbert van Dijk Frank de Waard NED 12 -15 7 3 4 2 6 3 7 -20 3 2 20 1 105 70
4 32 11 Mitch Booth Ruben Booth ESP 2 4 3 6 1 -14 10 7 5 12 11 -25 3 8 111 72
5 15 7 Paschalidis Iordanis Trigkonis Konstantinos GRE 3 3 5 4 -10 4 8 -20 2 18 4 9 8 4 102 72
6 63 1912 Cruz González Smith Mariano Heuser ARG 25 2 4 10 -28 6 3 2 10 2 2 (bfd) 10 3 170 79
7 136 51 Simon Northrop Sam Barker GBR 5 6 -8 2 7 4 2 19 -20 7 8 4 9 14 115 87
8 129 111 Philip Hendrickx Filip Olyslager BEL 4 -12 1 1 3 3 14 10 27 3 6 (bfd) 16 13 176 101
9 22 9 Finn Heeg Tom Heinrich GER 9 5 13 -24 8 13 7 13 -17 5 7 14 2 7 144 103
10 89 336 Helge Sach Christian Sach GER 1 -16 2 5 6 1 18 14 14 27 -31 3 11 10 159 112

F18 Worlds 2017 @Vallensbaek: Final Day


Mischa Heemskerk & Stephan Dekker World Champs 2017!!!!!!!!!!!
Later reports & pics. Plenty of stories behind this Title.
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5knots reported by Mariano as they sent them out after postponement around 30mins ago. 10:42 Vallensbaek Time.

Update I 12:10PM  : 6-8 knots on the course area. Starting the Gold fleet (again, after a couple of attempts due to general recalls under black flag)

Photo left Arg crew from the Course Black Flag boats.

Update II 12:35PM Local Time: Mischa leads R12 with a 200mts gap. 6 knots.

Update III 12: 47PM : 2nd gate downwind: Mischa, Van Dijk, Sach, Northtrop.
Paschalidis arounf 12. Demesmaeker around +15

Update IV from the Org: "F6, Gold Fleet, Top 3: NED 7, NED 4, GER 336 - amazing conditions, blue sky and 10 knots of breeze"

Update from the OrgF8, silver fleet, top 3, SWE 768, GER 328, NED 1542

Update 14:20hs Race 7: F7, Gold fleet, Top 3: NED 7, GER 8, ESP 11

Official Updates: facebook.com/F18worlds2017/
Current Results f18worlds2017.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Results.htm

Title race status check previous post.

Jul 14, 2017

F18 Worlds 2017 @Vallensbaek: Day 4, Heemskerk-Dekker lead





Another great Video by Hartas Productions - Photos from Day 3 by F18 Worlds Org. Official web /www.f18worlds2017.dk . Today's pics & video of course pending as they just came from the Course. We'll update later.

The Calm before the Heemkserk-Dekker Storm
Day 4 started as slow ... the fleet waited some hours for wind on the water until they were called to wait on shore. Silver managed to compete race 10 in shifty light winds.
At 5:00pm Vallensbaek local time they were sent back to the Course.
Calm weather became 21knots and waves.

Time for Mischa & Stephan and Cruz & Mariano to put pedal to the metal again. 2 races completed and the score was anoter 'automatic' 1st for Heemskerk-Dekker (Scorpion/Mischa Sails DS) ,  2nd for Gonzalez Smith-Heuser (Infusion)  in both races.

What to say about our Argentine mates, local fleet here cheering and supporting them. So many years travelling and training, a close call for the title in Buenos Aires last year, and now showing they kept pushing and demonstrating without any doubt  these two Arg sailors are top notch talents. Only 'the Beast' & Stephan could finish ahead of them in challenging conditions. The Argies are in 4th overall position now.

Heemskerk & Dekker are giving themselves a chance for the title, they are leading after 11 races. Tomorrow 3 more schedule and if one more completed a discard for the finals races can modify the top positions.

On wind coinditions Arg crew reports 20-24knots and 18-20knots for the second race.
Still the flying Dutchmen have done everything to aim for the title.

Holding now second pos overall Patrick Demesmaeker & Gilles Tas (Goodall C2) did what they needed with a 5th and a 10th to stay in podium position. They have a 10th to discard tomorrow, but also depends on their final positions on pending races. Still a discard situation will favor them greatly as Mischa can only discard a 1st....!

3rd overall: Mitch & Ruben Booth (Scorpion/1D) also managed to keep in podium position for the day, and tomorrow they need to score low as van Dijk-de Waard Train (5th overall) is coming with a 20th to discard. The Dutch crew (NED4) is also on podium title standby position waiting for tomorrow races.

Danny & Costas had a 18th and a 4th , relegating themselves from top 3 spots.

One of the best results of the day was for the Aussie kids, Hughes-Rietman finishing 8th in race #10. They were 3rd at first windward mark. Great effort by the kids showing they have a bright future ahead.

Tomorrow light winds expected with a late increase, lets see if time allows them to race. Mischa & Stephan will be ready.

Patrick Demesmaeker & Gilles Tas needs one more race to gave themselves a chance for the title, same for van Dijk-de Waard and even Mitch & Ruben Booth.

Philip Hendrickx & Filip Olyslager (Goodall C2)  today scored 3 & 6 . They are also in position of podium tomorrow discarding a 27th. All suppositions but wide open chance for many if more races are held.

What a great event, tough and cold surely on the water , but excellent level of competition , the kind the Formula 18 can always deliver.

- Official updates F18 Worlds 2017 Fb
- Top ten after 2 races from today Friday. Full results f18worlds2017.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Results.htm

Jul 11, 2017

F18 Worlds 2017 @Vallensbaek: Day 1 Images


F18 Worlds 2017 @Vallensbaek: Day 1



Update: Good Day 1 video by Hartas Production .  +200 photos published from Day 1 , check selection andn link to full gallery here.

-- 2017 Worlds @Vallensbaek started officially today. Winds around 6 -12 knots and three races completed for a really good initial day.
Still much to go but many of our candidates from yesterday delivered: Demesmaeker-Tas got 1,1,10 , Sach bros 1,16,2  .

On the crews we pointed out to look before the event on their experience but with little hours on brand new boat, sails and mast  Mitch Booth & his son Ruben finished 2,4,3  and  Paschalidis-Trigonis 3,3,5  for a really nice first day for both crews.

Heemsker-Dekker I have reports on them with technical issues with 8, DNF, 15. The DNF is a mast dropped I've been informed.  Northrop-Barther scored 5,6,8.

Our Arg crew also delivered with a slow 24th on the first race to close the day 2 & 4th. Showing the good level they always had.

The course needs some local knowledge on course side pressure changes as reported by the Arg crew.
Official results are divided by fleet, on the overall done by us and provisional we have locals Daniel & Nicolaj Bjørnholt leading the fleet with 7pts , followed by Mitch & Ruben Booth 9pts in second place. Third & Fourth overall tied in pts but Leff Dahl & Terese Anstman from Sweden finished 2,1,8  to secure a third place over  Paschalidis-Trigonis 3,3,5  for 11pts overall for these two crews.

Fifth place for Demesmaeker-Tas but the Belgians have 1,1,10  & 12pts overall.
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*Live updates
We know racing is On,  Demesmaeker scored a bullet followed by Booth in first race in light conditions. Second race with  12-15knots, but No formal info yet, as no tracking or live updates. Results will be published  at f18worlds2017.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Results.htm
We'll be updating here as news and results are available.
Update: Another bullet for Demesmaeker in Race 2.
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Official web f18worlds2017.dk/
Official FB facebook.com/F18worlds2017/

Update: Below overall top 20 joint fleets done by us. Official results by Fleet at f18worlds2017.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Results.htm. Report later, photos when available.
+200 photos published from Day 1 , check selection andn link to full gallery here

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F18 Worlds 2017 @Vallensbaek: Practice Race

Photo by Gavin Reitman. Mischa Heemskerk's Decksweeper can be seen published entirely for the first time. Same rig was used at Texel by Oskam-Mels. The challenge of this rig perforamance wise  is precisely calm winds racing conditions. The DS mainsail is widely proven in the As, even flaoting mode, and also by Brewin in the 2017 Australian F18 Nats where he excelled in the mid range with a similar DS planshape designed & built by him.

One issue of this type of DS sail for the F18 is the limitation it ads to the crew on each tack/gybe, as it has to be done in front of mast.

Title contenders
On the favorites for Denmark I will go as noted with Patrick Demesmaeker-Tas (Goodall C2),  Northrop-Barther (Infusion / Hyde Sails by Simon), van Dijk-de Waard (Infusion) and on light winds expected also former World Champs, the  Sach bros (Infusion). Super experienced crews with super proven equipment.

Then expectation to see  the Booths, Paschalidis-Trigonis on the Exploder Scorpions, and also looking forward to Heemskerk-Dekker Decksweeper main setup, also on a Scorpion.

And finally would like to see 2016 Vice World Champs, Arg Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser (Infusion) doing good, they have showed their level in the US (NA vice champs) also in Europe (5th Europeans) and they have plenty experience and they are fast in every condition, 1 to 1 , tough crew to catch.

Sadly Reiss-Whitehead from the US couldn't`t participate, they were firm candidates also.

Practice race was abandoned due to lack of wind, check footage for conditions. Tomorrow official racing will start 11:00AM local time.

Excellent final numbers of boats racing, with 139. Happy with the F18 Open Project / Scorpion built by Exploder contributing with  at least 8 boats. Check entry list here.

Below video from today. No official pics available at the moment.
Official web f18worlds2017.dk/
Official FB facebook.com/F18worlds2017/



Jul 8, 2017

F18 Worlds 2017 @Vallensbaek , Denmark: Measurement Day 1


Foiling Week 2017: iFly 15




Photo Martina Orsini - La Gazzetta de la Vela , full galleries from Foiling Week by Martina at facebook.com/GazzaVela/ - Video sent by Michael Miller / iFly 15.

The iFly 15 started on the S9 steps, but managed to find its own identity. The boat flights super smooth, and is equipped with a Decksweeper main by 1D, a soft wing was also tested as we once published.  The S9 went for a jib, but I don`t the iFly going for one.

So both cats path are keeping their own R&D route establishing different alternatives for sailors to choose from.

Video above with Jo Aleh, NZ 470 Olympic Gold, testing the iFLy at the Foiling Week 2017.

Foiling Week 2017: Day 2


Images & report sent by the Foiling Week tm - www.foilingweek.com/press .
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Press Release – July, 8th 2017 - Foiling Week GARDA 2017 – Day 2 summary
Lake Garda was a mass of foilers for another steamy hot day at Foiling Week 2017. By midday 12 knots was the sweet spot for all boats tuning up for the Downwind Dash.

On the water entry level foilers were again getting up as first time riders. As the breeze tapered during the afternoon the most impressive result was that the production foilers were still able to foil in 6 - 7 knots of breeze. All the foil technology is getting better for lower wind ranges which helped the smaller sailors, kids and female sailors.

The Downwind Dash consisted of a 10 km race starting off Assienza just South of Malcesine on the

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