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Jan 21, 2018

Martinique Cataraid 2018: Day 1

Pib by Pierrick Contin / 2017 edition. No photos of the day yet. below press release sent by the org translated from French. Official web : www.martiniquecataraid.com
Martinique Cata Raid 2018, 1st stage: The Robert - La Trinité
Winds of 15 to 18 knots for the this first stage, which was held in perfect conditions. However, passing the peninsula of Caravelle posed problems to some competitors causing several capsizes.

After a great start at the end of the

A-Class, Reaching 25knots @Punta del Este 2018

Nice sequence sent by Ian Rodger from Punta del Este. Ian is sailing the Dna F1 vs Mehl on former Brewin's D3.

Punta del Este is a great place to sail. One of the first F18 we made was delivery nearby in Punta Ballena, (Solanas beach). In the future we might held some South American or international event.
Meanwhile the Arg A-Cat crews are going for it reaching 25knots in yesterday's session. Ian on the F1 could maintain pace with the D# when is rather flat, more waves and the Exploders seem to have an edge.
Something DNA has acknowledge from Sopot , as it is vox populi they are working on new foils.

Still the F1s, with foils from 2014 are fast as the latest D3 as seen in sequence above.

Jan 18, 2018

Hong Kong-London Record attempt : Maserati crossed the Starting Line

Photo , maps & text by maserati.soldini.it/
GPS Tracking: maserati.soldini.it/cartography/
Record to beat: Gitana 13 -   41D 21hs 26mins 34secs
"Maserati Multi70 has left today
Hong Kong crossing the starting line positioned between the Tai Long Pai and Nga Ying Pal lights, at the exit of the Tathoong canal, at 10: 43′ 24” UTC (18:43 in China, 11:43 in Italy).

To beat the record Giovanni Soldini and the crew of the trimaran – Guido Broggi, Oliver Herrera Perez, Alex Pella and Sébastien Audigane – have to complete the course and cross the finish line under the Queen Elizabeth II bridge over the Thames before the 1st of March at 8: 9′ 47” UTC.

Complete report at maserati.soldini

GC32: Código Rojo Racing training @Punta del Este

Photo: Código Rojo Racing Team -  The Argentinean GC32 team has been training since November 2017 in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Aside being summer in the Southern Hemi, sailing near home is the only way to gather the team and prepare themselves for the 2018 GC Racing Tour season.  This year will mark their 2nd season on the tour, although in 2017 they only participated in Garda & Palma.

GC32 Racing Tour 2018 Schedule:
23 – 27 May: GC32 Class Championship / Riva del Garda, Italy
26 – 30 June: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
31 July – 4 August: 37 Copa del Rey MAPFRE/ Palma de Mallorca, Spain
12 – 16 September: TBA
10 – 14 October: TBA

More info on the Tour at www.gc32racingtour.com

Jan 17, 2018

MV680: Coastal Rowing Concept

A-Class Worlds 2018 @Hervey Bay, Australia: Notice of Race

Photo: 2018 Worlds web www.sailherveybay.com.au. The  2018 A-Class worlds will be held at Hevey Bay , Australia and hosted by Hervey Bay Sailing Club.

Sunday 11th Nov 2018 Pre-Worlds Registration & Welcome Function
Monday 12th Nov 2018 Pre-Worlds Race Day 1
Tuesday 13th Nov 2018 Pre-Worlds Race Day 2
Wednesday 14th Nov 2018 Pre-Worlds Race Day 3
Thursday 15th Nov 2018 Pre-Worlds Race Day 4
The Pre-Worlds race days may constitute a regatta for the Australian National

Complete Notice or Race below, official web: www.sailherveybay.com.au

International A Class Catamaran World
Championship 2018

11th to 24th November 2018, Hervey Bay, Australia
The Organising Authority will be Sail Hervey Bay Inc. in conjunction with the
International A Division Catamaran Assn (IACA) under the authority of
Australian Sailing (AS).

Hosted by Hervey Bay Sailing Club located at 427 Charlton Esplanade, Torquay,
Queensland 4655, Australia

[DP] denotes a rule for which the penalty is at the discretion of the Jury. This changes RRS 64.1.

Jan 16, 2018

Nacra 17, 2018 Miami Skiff Midwinter Regatta: Lange & Carranza 1st

Photo: Santi Lange fb. - Pre event for Miami WC 2018. Santi  Lange (aka "Super Nono" or "Grandpa Juice" a la Ginobili..) & Ceci Carranza won over Ben Saxton & Katie Dabson after 8 races. 3rd overall for 2016 Bronze medalist Thomas Zajac now sailing with Barbara Matz.  The complete Rio podium was present, with Waterhouse & Darmanin finishing in 4th place.

Good to see Grandpa performing in foiling mode, a real challenge for him and Ceci against experienced cat foiling helms like Zajac & Waterhouse.
Lange-Carranza trained here in Buenos Aires along  Arg youth promises Majdaleni-Bosco, but sadly I have some building cat work pending and couldn't go out with the kids as planned.

Bora Gulari & Helena Scutt back into racing, some good results but two dns & a dnf put them back. This event is preparation for coming major regatta Miami WC to be held January 21-28.

Full results below. Event web data here

Jan 15, 2018

Jules Verne Trophy record attempt: Spindrift II dismasted

Photos: Spindrift Racing. - Spindrift II was on code Green for an imminent start. Bad news for Spindrift II on their wave to start a new Jules Verne Record attempt. The team just reported in their Twitter account about the dismast, gladly seems no injuries for the crews, more info when available.

Spindrift Racing : "FLASH: At 4pm Spindrift dismasted between Pt St Matthieu & Camaret as they were making their way to the TJV start Everyone onboard is safe."

Update II by Spindrift Racing web:  "Yann Guichard, skipper of the Maxi Spindrift 2 says: "The crew is safe and sound. Everything happened so fast. The mast fell to the leeward of the boat. The conditions were not so extreme. It's too early to know exactly what happened. We had to drop the rigging to save the boat and prepare it for towing. Operations are currently underway to recover it.”

Foiling Regatta 2018 @Punta del Este

Jan 14, 2018

Super Foiler Grand Prix Training footage

Source: SuperFoiler Grand Prix : "Two on the water together and a cheeky foil gybe.
Euroflex crew: Nathan Outteridge, Glenn Ashby, Iain Jensen
The Dark Horse: Phil Robertson Stewart Dodson James Wierzbowski"

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