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Italian & German F18 Nats 2016 @Circolo Vela Arco: Day 2

Images by - Paschalidis & Bianchini continue to lead after six races with Gianni Fantasia & Davide Recalcatti scoring another bullet in the 5th to put themselves in position to challenge first place. it was 3pt diff after that race.  But last race and a 12th for the Italians (C2 / Landenberger) left the Windsrush Edge /1D  team ahead now by 10pts. Third place overall for Andrea & Matteo Viganó (Wildcat)

Garda & Circolo Vela Arco as usual providing great conditions and spectacular sights. Without a doubt one of the best places in Europe to hold a Cat race.

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No Sail
Tot 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 GRE 7 IORDANIS PASCHALIDIS, 6,0 1 1 (5) 1 2 1
2 ITA 969 GIOVANNI FANTASIA, 16,0 8 2 1 4 1 (12)
3 ITA 303 ANDREA VIGANÓ, 21,0 2 3 3 5 (10) 8
4 ITA 8 CHRISTIAN VETTORI, 32,0 (13) 4 11 3 4 10
5 GER 310 HELGE SACH, 32,0 3 8 7 7 7 (11)
6 ITA 69 ELIA MAZZUCCHI, 34,0 6 18 2 (ocs) 6 2
7 DEN 18 MAGNUS DAHL 37,0 (21) 11 10 10 3 3
8 GER 280 FINN HEEG, 38,0 12 6 4 8 8 (15)
9 USA 2727 STEVE STROEBEL, 45,0 11 9 6 (24) 13 6
10 GER 276 ROBERT SCHÜTZ, 46,0 9 (dnf) 19 2 9 7
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Italian & German F18 Nats 2016 @Circolo Vela Arco: Day 1

Photos:  - Day one for the Italian & German Nats 2016 which are being held  together at Garda in Circolo Vela Arco. Tornado World Champ helm Iordanis Paschalidis & Lorenzo Bianchini are leading after 3 races with the Australian built Windrush Edge & 1D Sails from Hungary.

Second place for Andrea & Matteo Viganó and third for Italian Class president Gianni Fantasia & Davide Recalcati.  Close racing in the top 3, with F18 former World Champs Helge & Christian Sach in fourth overall 11 behind the leader.

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No Sail
Helm Crew

Punti 1 2 3
5 GER 280 FINN HEEG, MERLE BAARS, 22,0 12 6 4
11 ITA 400 UGO FERRARI, EDWARD CANEPA, 35,0 7 16 12

A-Class: Learning to Foil the Exploder (Part III)

Unusual cold rainy winter this year, so not much sailing. The F18s have been racing and training for the Worlds past months, but the 'Panzer tanks' can sail in almost any condition, with the F18 you can go out and charge +25knots and hard chop/waves.  With the A for me the plan is always to enjoy , easy going style. I've been out with breeze and waves but equipment care is a concern, more when is not yours...

Past Tuesday I could get a good climate window, along baby sitting helping Mom with our 2 months beautiful girl (and third child). 18° Celsius , rather flat with a nice North Eastern, not super steady but excellent to test only for the second time a winglet upgrade I made to the Exploder A14. (check pics left)

First time out with the new wiglets was some months ago, a similar but colder day. That day  when the breeze came up I couldn´t control the bow down attitude (it was crazy a la AC45 Turbo). After the upgrade I maintained previous symmetric section winglets rake as a starting point, but the new assy section from Jakub & Gonzalo is way too efficient and I couldn´t pitch level the A, not even with boards at full back position.

I had to come back and set less rake (outwards transom) to level bow, and use less foil rake too.
The setting stayed there for many weeks, until Tuesday I went out again with mentioned conditions.
12knots maybe of wind, good pressure for moments, it was ideal to test the new settings.

I immediately noticed a leveled and higher flight, without hard dropdowns or sustentation loss from previous winglets.
Once up you could work your mainsheet and body trim to keep height, also the flight felt much more solid and the new trim from first sail out was pretty safe pitch wise. Previously I had to lift mainfoils a bit to get better pitching stability, as seen in Learning part II.

Another great thing is how the winglets maintain the flow when you helm rather hard, with a little sideways small chop you need to 'drive' along them together with sheet trim.
I'm using now an F18 8:1 system, but the rope is touching center block at exit from the base (top cuad is not rotating that freely) so the sheet in-out is not that smooth as before, which is critical for fine tuning sensitive while airborne.

If you watch Learning to Foil the Exploder part I and Part 2, you will notice in this clip that I'm able to maintain a clear flight much longer, which is result of more hours, but I assign major improvements to the winglet upgrades, also part I has original 2014 foils, which I might test again along these new elevators.

- Foiling Tips
I've been asked for tips to learn to foil... better watch video the British A-Class Association has posted in yt,  the best clinic I've seen yet with Chris Field explaining at detail all concepts and how to address your first flights. Video embedded below.

From my learning process experience I can tell you again: Put lots of hours , latest equipment is not necessary at all.
Start going out with 6-9 knots, put boards in full rake and force the boat to literally 'willie' downwind or try to take off, with that wind strength you have not much risks , and you can feel how the boat reacts, so will get comfortable and learn to react.

- Winglet Trim
Depending on winglets version you might want to go from +1 to -1° rake.
As described above if you have a bow tendency to pitch, you need less winglet rake: Trim outwards transom from your current position.

In contrast if you have to much pointing up and poor control go for a more neutral rake: Inwards transom (from your current position).
Winglet rake elevates or push down your transom, which affects directly your pitching stability.

What I found with these new wingltes is that they override the board rake trim, pretty incredible such a tiny wing can rule over bigger more area main foils.

- Board Setup
After your winglet trim, board setup is easier as can be done while sailing, concept is the same:
Rake foil back and your nose will rise, uncleat fully and you will level down the platform.

Neutral rake in both systems is always faster.
But then again , for those starting I recommend to force foiling in light to medium winds, and progressively start going out with more breeze.

- Trveller position: As pointed out many times, and  at least in the Exploder I found opening widely the traveler gives you extra lateral stability, you fight less to cross level the platform. Check videos how open I always trim it.
On the Dnas  I've sailed here, it doesn´t work that good, you need a more centered trim.

- Speed
As are pretty fast, I reached 19knots that day (or 35,5km by Sony cam gps) , in 12-13 knots is quite a bit. You feel much adrenaline, but you need to go for it and push even harder to have better control, if you doubt and freeze yourself the boat will take command and get ready for a crash or pitch if sailing above medium range winds.

Spare me that shouts/laughs on the video...! But it is always a great sense of accomplishment when you realize you are starting to control flights. having no automatic system is harder but more rewarding in every way. More when you have that immense river and wind conditions for yourself, is called 'Buenos Aires' for a reason..

Will do more sessions  to find best winglet trim and then will sail with Felix / Landy's decksweeper, which will provide surely more stable flight.

- Upgrades
The good thing of current A-Class devel is that you can do upgrades and keep the boat uptodate, when funds available I will go for a Z10 foil upgrade. For the time being two new winglets replacement made plenty of difference with a little investment.

Contact Jakub at to get your set (only winglets are need to updrade, I kept old rudder blades). There is also a newer version of these winglets, curved and with bulb.
Felix will get you a new Deck Sweeper or will cut your old one: , your local loft can modify old ones too as we did here.
Always wear helmet and life vest, our official provider is Forward WIP.

Thanks to their support plus Dna, Scheurer, Dynaflex, IS&D3 and all CSN past sponsors, I'm able to dedicate my life to sail cats and to maintain this website, which by the way I feel really privileged on that fact, more in current global times...

- Pro Expert Tips
Find below  tips fro a Pro and real expert like Chris Field / British Assoc foiling Clinic / - Photo: Chris at Punta Ala Worlds 2016 by


Italian & German F18 Nats 2016 @Circolo Vela Arco: Day 0

Pics & links sent by Allessandro Pelliccia - Good iniatitve by the Italian & German associations to join events and gather more boats (50-60 F18s)  specially at Circolo Vela Arco, which usually provides great conditions, needless to speak on the scenery, for the F18s and also for the A-Class slring championships. Pics from today, I recognize those bow in the mirror... ALso good to see girls racing in the F18, here in Arg right now, the best crew is youth Eugenia Bosco who is winning races no matter the helm she sails with. More info next week after Arg local event ends.
Garda Racing starts tomorrow.

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Soft Bank Team Japan: First Foiling Tack

Video Source: Soft Bank Team Japan -  The hard L foils are elevating the game plenty for next Americas Cup at Bermuda. With the lessons learned from SF , AC teams are optimizing foil shape & sections to pursue the holly grail of 100% foiling time.
Little changes make great diff, on Tuesday I could test new Exploder Winglets and it's incredible how affects foiling. More later on this, preparing a post / video.
Nice to see Barker, Draper and Softbank Team pushing the limits, wait for them to have Waterhouse onboard...

Long Distance @Lac de Joux 2016

Photo: Swiss Flying Phantom Series
Last weeks I received a mail asking if an A was a good Long Distance racing machine. I replies that in my view it has a limited range in calm downwind (no spi) or high winds where an F18 or even the Flying Phantom / Nacra F20s can handle plenty of breeze and waves.

Below report sent by Sandro Caviezel who along Sascha Wallmer participated in the 50e Bol d'OR de la Vallée de Joux  with really good result for an up & downwind course for the G7 against other double handed foiling or bigger cats.  Still the Flying Phantom remains more versatile for a Long Distance, but it seems if you can race in a Lake in Switzerland or any other rather reasonabke wind range then you might have a good chance to put your A-Cat to a test. 
Long distance race in Switzerland. 
"At the start we could not yet fly with the Scheurer G7 A-cats but as the wind picked up a little, we could close the gap to the other flying boats. But amazing how well the A performed in the end.

Lac de Joux is a little lake in the Alps ( Map)

The race was a pure up and down as the wind was in the direction of the lake. We had to make three rounds (top mark at one end of the lake and bottom mark on the other). Conditions were light to medium. 
At the start there was not enough wind for the A-Class to foil so we lost quite a lot as it was a downwind start and we got passed by all the boats with Spinnaker up.... 
But just a few minutes after the start we could start foiling,  wind strength was changing all the time so hard to give a value but it was around 10 knots with puffs up to 15knots and some lulls with less than 5 knots. 

It was impressive how we could keep up with the other boats. Downwind the Flying Phantom were faster (vmg) but upwind we could catch up quite a lot. There were also monohulls racing and so there was one Moth competing. It was the fastest boat on the track. Downwind the difference was not so big but upwind the Moth was just gone.... 

It's a pity that the monohulls only had to do 2 rounds around the course and the catamarans 3 as in the last round there was less wind (So maybe the Moth would have dropped of the foils from time to time). But in any case it makes no sense to compare the different boats - it was just pure foiling fun and really cool to have all the different boats on the race course."

Top 5 Multi  Real Time
1. Flying Phantom 2:22:54
2. Nacra 20 Carbon (C-boards) 2:23:50
3. Flying Phantom 2:25:00
4. A-Cat Scheurer G7 2:25:23

Top ten Multi Corrected - Full Results Multi here
Pos Sail Crew
Boat Class Handicap Real Time Corrected Time
1 1 CAVIEZEL Sandro Scheurer A 0.981 02:25:23 2:28:11:94
2 11 WALLMER Sascha Scheurer A 0.981 02:28:14 2:31:06:25
3 51 MINARDI Jean-Richard LABERENNE Guillaume Nacra Infusion 1 02:37:46 2:37:46:00
4 108 DUFOUR Emmanuel CHIOVINI Stéphane Ventilo Pulso 20 0.963 02:32:45 2:38:37:13
5 902 VAUCHER Michel FROIDEVAUX Thierry Ventilo Pulso 20 0.961 02:32:30 2:38:41:33
6 190 VEZ Laurent Flyer A 0.989 02:36:58 2:38:42:75
7 21 BARBARIN Bruno SCHMIDT Cédric Flying Phantom 0.89 02:22:54 2:40:33:70
8 1702 KERR Aurore POTTIER Arthur Nacra F16 1.035 02:47:12 2:41:32:75
9 5SUI SCHNEITER Alex JONSSON Kristoffer Flying Phantom 0.89 02:25:00 2:42:55:28
10 223 BEGUELIN Laurent MOTTIER Frédéric Tornado
0.944 02:34:12 2:43:20:84

F18 Italian & German Nats 2016 @Garda , 25-28 August

Aove: video at Arco from 2014 --- Info sent by Alessandro Pellicia / Formula 18 Italia : "From 25th to 28th of August the Italian Nationals and German Open Championships will be held at Arco Alto Garda.
We will have tracking on board in every boat and if possible a start live tracking on Formula 18 italian Youtube channel."

Stunt 9s will be avaiable for Testing @Newport Foiling Week, Sept 8-11

Sent by Charlie Mayer: "The two S9s from Texas will soon be in Newport for The Foiling Week event, September 8-11.
We'll have a couple of guys from the S9 Foiling Team Texas to show you the boats also Michele's friend Federico to race and help out.

If you would like to get on the list to trial one of the boats, please pm (Charlie Mayer) me at charliepmayer gmail com".

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M32 Exhibition @Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Perth

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Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth hosted the M32 Interclub Swan River Exhibition Race Series

"The M32 Interclub Swan River Exhibition Race Series drew a huge crowd to Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club to watch the spectacular catamaran racing. Spectators enjoyed the magnificent view from the Club grounds and live video display on large screens around the venue. Perched high on Keane’s Point, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club is ideally positioned to showcase the exhilarating M32 racing in the natural amphitheatre which is Freshwater Bay. Expert race commentators Ed Fethers and Ben Durham added a professional touch to the day. For those who could not get to the venue, the afternoon streamed live on YouTube. Watch the replay here.

A group initiative between M32 Australia and four sailing clubs in Perth, each of the boats represented a local Club, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (RFBYC), Royal Perth Yacht Club (RPYC), South of Perth Yacht Club (SoPYC) and Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC). Sailors from a variety of backgrounds both young and old raced alongside each other. It was great to see well known match racing sailors working together with Etchells, dinghy, keelboat and even a few multihull crews. It showed that the M32 is easy for any sailor to make the transition on to the boats and sail them well. David Mills from M32 Australia mentioned, “The M32 is built with simplicity and having only a few control lines is easily powered up making it quite easy to transition from one to two hulls.”

Racing started off slowly with sunshine but a very light south westerly wind. It doesn’t take much to

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