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Zhik US F18 Nats 2014, Day 3: Easton-Burd lead after 10 Races

All images by Jasper van Staveren - Full gallery at CSN FB.
5 races today inthe breeze and 3 were for the Argies. Local favorites Easton & Burd are taking Matt McDonals's Falcon F18 to a smooth consistence ride at Corpus Christi, 6th is their worst result so far and they have put 9pts behind Smith-Heuser in 2nd place, these two got tired today of scoring 2s and finished the day with a deserved bullet. Casey-Page only 1 pt behind them in 3rd.

Larsen-van West scoring top 5 results but no bullets yet for the 2014 World Champs, with Faustin-Aragones pushing to grab a spot in the podium with 2 bullets for the day, 3 in total for the event.

Argentine crews owning the Day again:
3 of them are part of our Class since first the Arg Nats in 2008. Juan, Cruz & Mariano are F18 Arg Nats Champs each, also travelling abroad since 08 and a key part of the Class local growth.
Nico Aragones is member of the new breed that will take Arg Multihull sailing to new heights beyond Lange's past and current campaigns.

Let me put it this way: Nico might be one of the best trimmers in the Globe right now.
His CV includes 2 arg F18 titles, an Americas Youth AC45 Wing trimmer position, a stellar performance at 2013 F18 Worlds and a current 49er campaign.

Juan & Nico are blasting the course with bullets on a rented C2 with a so so used Spi, they sail a Phantom here.
Check first pic for how low Nico traps a la Ashby,
If any Americas Cup team is looking for young multihull sailors, just call me , we have a bunch of talented kids here down South.

Corpus Christi yacht Club has result a perfect venue, the event also has great coverage and timely results.

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Top ten below. Full resutls at

Pos Sail   Boat   Skipper  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  Total
1   USA 11   Ronstan  / Falcon Michael Easton/ 1   1   3   4   3   3   [6]   3   1   2   21  
Tripp Burd  
2   ARG1785   Tuluka  / MKII Cruz Gonzalez Smith/ [8]   5   2   2   2   2   2   8   6   1   30  
Mariano Heuser  
3   USA 80   Wet Yeti  / MKII John Casey/ 2   4   4   1   [15]   6   1   2   4   7   31  
Colin Page  
4   NED 1803   Nacra Infusion   Gunnar Larsen/ 3   [7]   6   3   5   5   4   5   3   3   37  
Ferdinand VonWest  
5   ARG C2 Juan Faustin/ 5   2   1   10   [13]   1   5   1   13   5   43  
Nicolas Aragones  
6   USA 7   C2 Red Gear Racing   Robbie Daniel/ 9   [16]   10   6   4   7   3   4   2   4   49  
Karl Brogger  
7   USA 315   2 Wire Sailing   John Tomko/ 6   10   5   5   1   8   10   7   5   [11]   57  
Jonathan Atwood  
8   USA 111   Waveyheaven   Charles Tomeo/ [31]   3   9   18   6   4   7   9   10   6   72  
Dalton Tebo  
9   USA 192   ShackAttack   Ken Marshack/ 4   11   8   8   7   [dnf]   8   10   19   9   84  
Eric Marshack  
10  USA 316   Tradewind Aviation   Todd Riccardi/ 7   15   [17]   7   8   9   9   14   7   12   88  
Matthew Keenan  

Stunt 9: Final Foil Setup Vid

Best video so far for Michele Petrucci's Stunt 9 project.  This session might have some new riders, as Michele already showed us how stable his platform is this vid
But I'm also seeing some issues when overpowered or extra lift is generated, as the wands are left airborne without any effective action. Plus a windward heel too.

I've been sailing almost every day past week the Exploder 2014 A-Cat, and I'm able to get airborne in 8knots, though still much to go for stable long ride foiling in that wind. But I'm enjoying pretty much the whole process.

Seeing Ashby with the DNA, Sandro on the Scheure and Jason with the Exploder live at Bordeaux was a blast on how stable they were flying, Jason was foiling rock solid in 12 knots , I followed him the entire lake lenght after racing, and got me convinced that was all about it, who needs more?

But not all sailors have the skills top A-Cat riders have, and some only want to have fun without racing at all.

For that target you have the Stunt 9, and I think an optimized 'wandless' system can be applied, taking account of the stable foiling mentioned above.

I'm maximizing my hours on the water with the A, although I have my own RC16 that I sail solo with spi, the A-Cat light handling and preparation needed cannot be surpassed, the Stunt 9 is on the same track and can even become the perfect solution for us Catsailing fanatics.

I will still push Michele to go for simpler foil system.
To contact Michele and for more info on the Stunt 9 check
Project log book here in CSN Stunt 9 label.

Zhik US F18 Nats 2014 @Corpus Christi, Day 2: Southern Knowledge

ISAF Youth Multi: Why to choose the Nacra F16 over the 15.

Pics: Youths Nacra F16 by Nacra. / Left: RBSC Youths racing F16 2014 Europeans on Vipers & Falcons by Laurent Verbeeck/RBSC.

The bids for the new Youth Multihull are now published:  Full document at available Here
Goodall Design desisted on presenting their Viper F16 as an option, as well as Bimare. So Nacra is the only one bidding new alternatives. Glad they put the Nacra F16, as I think it is the best alternative as stated in previous Nacra 15 post.

But the Equipment Committee has recommended the prototype Nacra 15. As I thought the H16 would not do the job for the Olympics, it is clear that  an new Nacra 15 is not necessary at all for top performers Youths and their pathway to the Nacra 17 Olympic Multi. 

- Current Youth Multihulls & Future Youth Multi bids- 

Data Hobie 16 SL 16 Nacra F16 Nacra 15
Hull Length – m 5.05  4.80  5.00  4.70  -0.30 
Beam – m  2.41 2.32  2.5  2.34  -0.16
Weight – kg  145 148 135 140 5
Mainsail m2  14.25  13.8  13.35  13.6  +0.25 
Jib area m2  5.12  3.8  3.7  3.3  -0.4 
Gennaker m2  14 17.0  17.5  16.5  -1
Self Tacker jib No  No  Yes  Yes 
Daggerboards  No  No  Curved  Curved 
Price ex tax  € 12.300,00 € 12.200,00 € 16.500,00 € 11.850,00
Builder  Hobie Cat Sirena Voile Nacra / CMI (Thailand) Nacra / CMI (Thailand)

Nacra 15 has been recommended by ISAF. 
Sometimes I wonder who are running our main sport body organization. Are they active sailors? Have the equipment committee consulted the responsible of the most successful Youth program ? Coach and youths at the Royal Belgian Sailing Club ??
Do these management , decision and recommendation makers have any grasp on what is going on with top performer Youths to recommend a prototype over a established class targeted already by Youths as a pathway to the Olympics  ?

If so, people would now that Youths aiming for an Olympic pathway are currently sailing Formula 16 Multihulls: Falcons, Vipers, Nacras, Cirrus, Bimares, you name it:

RBSC Youths racing the F16 Europeans 2014.

2011 US Youth Multihull Championships in F16s (Vipers)

F16 (Falcon) Video onboard Belgian Youths:

With the Nacra 15 yet another forced, invented and unnecessary Class will be created from scratch.

Do ISAF officials know for instance Henry Demesmaker won the F16 World Title at age 12?????
That he was capable to helm the Flying Phantom with ease as Aurélie Van Schoote did too?  Even Alec Bague crew the FP for Nathan without a problem:

So we have these kids already sailing successfully the Formula 16 and even more powerful boats, but we are going to force them to sail a cut off  production F16???

Just check main that Nacra published recently, Those kids look oversized for the 15...:

Some of them were also in the Nacra F16 program previous the launch of its 'mini me' 15 as seen in pics above published also by Nacra when they wanted to promote the F16 for Youths.

ISAF Youth Multihull is not for kids to learn how to sail Multis, for that you have

F18 US Nats 2014, Day 1: Easton-Burd lead after 1

'Flying Dreams'

Sent by Phantom International: "Flying Dreams movie directed by the talented Elsa Blayau is an ode to ocean, water sports and femininity. Based on an original idea from Alex Udin, Elsa Blayau transformed the project to a complete story and brought it to reality with this realization.

The main character is played by Claire-Lise Welter a french water ski athlete double European champion in slalom. Claire-Lise embodies the modern woman, elegant and sporty.
The movie was shot with 2 cameras one Phantom Flex rigged on a stabilized crane and a Sony F55 CineAlta 4K to provide high speed, high quality and high resolution. During two days, more than 20 crews participated to the shooting that took place some miles away from the coast of Brittany.

Phantom International is very pleased to share this movie with you and we hope you will all have Flying Dreams.

Elsa Blayau, Movie Director
“I have known Alex Udin for several years, and each of us has progressed in our respective careers. He turned to me

HarryProa: Racing Offshore 1 & 1/2 Hull

Never got to understand fully the goal and performance of these Multis. Costs surely might be greatest asset. Above excellent animation render sent by Rob Denney from
I will get him back with a Q&A to get background on his HarryProas.

Australia: MHYC Multihull Short Offshore Series 2014-2015

Media Release sent by James Ogivlie.
New MHYC short offshore summer series for multihulls
"The march of the multihulls into mainstream racing is gathering pace with more summer events than ever before set to cater for the NSW fleet.

Last month’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week enjoyed bumper numbers thanks to a rise in multihull entries and Commodore of the Multihull Yacht Club Queensland, Bruce Weiland, says these days most clubs in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay offer a racing multihull division.

Today Middle Harbour Yacht Club at The Spit in Sydney announced the MHYC Multihull Short Offshore Series for the 2014-15 sailing season and invited owners with Category 4 safety certificates to be part of the inaugural eight-race pointscore.

“MHYC is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and rifling through our archives has revealed the club has been welcoming seaworthy multihulls since the first division was created for them way back in 1988,” said Commodore John McCuaig.

MHYC is the organising authority of the first-time MHYC Multihull Short Offshore Series and in charge of running five of the eight races plus scoring the fleet under OMR (Offshore Multihull Rule) across the season. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli has agreed to start and finish the remaining three races. The multihulls will dovetail into the existing short ocean series races run by these two Sydney clubs, and will start and finish on the same line as the traditional keelboats.

The multihull series will commence on Saturday September 27, 2014 and conclude on Saturday March 14, 2015.

“We are delighted with MHYC’s decision to support a new Saturday multihull series,” said Sean Langman, owner/skipper of the Orma 60 trimaran Team Australia and the man largely behind the push for the monohull and multihull fleets, particularly in NSW, to integrate. “Step-by-step Australia is joining the rest of the planet and enjoying the purity of sailing these boats. All power to MHYC for having the foresight, and to RSYS for getting on board.”

Soon after Christmas and mid-way through the short offshore series Team Australia

F18 Arg, Buenos Aires Week 2014: Krevisky-Lopez Segura Champs

DIAM 24, 2014 last event: Looking forward to the 2015 Tour

Images by Jacques Vapillon / DIAM 24 Class. Report sent by Charles Haineville.
"Last event of the Diam 24 2014 Series.
8 boats were on the start line during 3 days at La Trinité Sur Mer. We had all kind of conditions, medium winds the first day , light wind the second and strong ( 20-25 knots ) the third.

This event closed the Diam 24 2014 series. It was a great experience for all the sailors to see the reaction of the boat in this type of conditions like the 18knots of the first day. it was exciting !!!

We are all impatience waiting 2015, as it will be a great year for the Diam 24 Multihulls in France when the our fleet will take over the Tour de France à la Voile.
Check here a start short vid sequence taken by the RC boat, where you can see how fast these boats are. Imagine 25 boats next year for the Tour.

Top 3 Results:
1. Le Télégramme contre la muco (B. Amiot) 17 pts
2. Cheminées Poujoulat (Bernard Stamm) 22 pts
3. Ramouna (C. Hainneville) 25 pts

Beachcat Round the World: Help funding Yvan Bourgnon

We've been following Yvan's adventure since day 1. After his crew abandoned him, losing main sponsors and crashing his boat in Sri Lanka, Yvan is searching for funding to continue this epic voyage.

Help him through

Greg Touble from Forward Sailing comments: "He has set up a crowd funding campaign to reach 40.000€. There are still 2 weeks to go for this campaign, and he is at 50% - a bit more right now, so if you can share it would be great ! He still needs our help !

If he can find the missing 20.000€ he will continue.
He is actually in Sri Lanka to rebuild some pieces, and he must take a decision soon about hulls."

Check Yvan's log book past posts at

Dutch Dragoon Cup 2014

Another good work for the kids this time from Netherlands.  The Hobie Dragoon is a great little cat for kids, I've seen them at Carnac, where 4? yrs old where rigging them to go out.
Dragoon Dutch Cup 2014 report Sent by A-Cat sailor Kees Kriger: -- 

"In 2007 Geert Schouten from Catclub Zeeland had the idea to start a youth sailing program with Hobie Dragoons. Nowadays 11 Dutch catamaran clubs are training youth on Hobie Dragoons and since 2010 they have compete the end of the season in the Dutch Dragoon Cup on the Veerse Meer in Zeeland. 

The Dutch Dragoon Cup has become very popular within 5 years, 39 teams entered the 2014 edition. During those five past editions, the best results were scored by the Belgium teams. 
In the past Henri Demesmaeker was a winner of the Dutch Dragoon Cup and is now very successful in the F16, in which he even became a World Champion at the age of 16. 

The final results of the latest edition of the Dutch Dragoon Cup again show Belgium winners in the C3 and the Dragoons, so compliments for their trainers!! 

Greetings, Kees Krijger

F18 Arg, Buenos Aires Week 2014, Day 4: Gonzalez Smith-Heuser lead

Route du Rhum 2014: Multis Entry List

Images: Spindrift by CSN / Prince de Bretagne by Marcel Mochet / Sodebo by Yvan Zeda / BPVII & Happy by Christophe Launay /  Gitana MOD70 by Yvan Zeda /  IDEC by
Loick Peyron will not sail by sextant the vintage 'Happy' (Walter Green designed wooden Tri, pic by Launay above) this 2014 edition, he will race BPVII as the original skipper Armel Le Cléac'h was injured weeks ago.

Loick will compete against some fellow French sailors like Energy teammate Yann Guichard, Francis Joyon and others. Peyron will try to grab a title pending for him. Spindrift video on Yann Guichard solo handling the 40mts beast Here. Check boats and skippers table below,  source by Route de Rhum 2014:
Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2014 showed in 4 groups :

1/ Le Maxi Spindrift 2 -  Yann Guichard, 40mts Trimaran , ex BPV , biggest Tri ever built 131'-

2/ 100  Trimarans:

- Banque Populaire VII (Winner Route du Rhum 2010) Loïck Peyron, 
- Idec Sport , Francis Joyon  
- Sodebo Ultim' , Thomas Coville.

3/ Maxi80 Prince de Bretagne, 80' ,  Lionel Lemonchois.

4/ MOD 70 adapted to Solo Racing:
- Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild, Sébasien Josse, 
- Musandam Oman Sail, Sidney Gavignet 
- Paprec Recyclage, Yann Eliès.

Boat Lenght Width Weight Mex Sail Surface
Maxi Spindrift 2     40 23 21 804
Banque Populaire VII  31,5 22,5 18 678
Sodebo Ultim    31 21,2 NC 663
Idec     29,7 16,5 11 520
Maxi 80 Prince de Bretagne     24 18,2 7,2 441
Multi 70 Edmond de Rotschild   21,2 16,8 6,3 409
Musandam Oman Sail  21,2 16,8 6,3 409
Paprec Recyclage    21,2 16,8 6,3 409

Andy Scheurer & the Caviezel bros: Developing the Scheurer G7

This year I had the chance to participate at the Bordeaux 2014 A-Class Europeans, and thanks to the help of Andy Scheurer and Sandro Caviezel I got to sail the G6 and race in the A-Class racing for the first time.

It was a great sailing and learning experience,  the A was all I expected to be and I got hooked even more with the boat.  I also got to know people that had been part of the Class for many years and still fully involved like Andy Scheurer, Piet Saarberg & Scott Anderson.

Getting to know people like Andy Scheurer who has been shaping the sport along other it was great, it reminded me of my grandfather, who spent his life building rowing boats and coaching. 

Andy lent me his own boat to race and was ready to help at any time. Seeing him so happy after the regatta and on the hard work done for the new G7 was one of the highlights of my trip. Photo left: Scheurer G1 "Fighter" , Circa 1976. 2nd Image above: G4 'Woody' version. 

I got in contact with Sandro when he was sailing the 18HT as  he  was sending material to publish in csn. The 18ht Class didn´t survived but he migrated to another light carbon machine, this time the single handed A-Cat.

Sandro and his brother Daniel had both professional Eng background that helped to developed the Scheurer G7 as Andy got them involved in the project.

It ended being a quite successful partnership with Andy re launching he is already winning floating mode G6 platform to the G7 foiling mode. After a few months of development Sandro got a 5th overall at Bordeaux and the European crown.

Below some background on the Andy's A-Class lifetime project and the G7 development plus the Scheurer A-Class evolution gallery from 1976 to date.

Interview with Andy Scheurer , Sandro & Daniel Caviezel.

-- CSN: When did you guys started sailing A-Class and why?
Andy Scheurer: I joined the A-Class in 1975. I guess I joined the A-Class for the same reasons as many others: You don’t need a crew which gives flexibility to go sailing whenever I had time. At that time Dieter Melcher basically started and pushed the A-Class in Switzerland.

-- For how long Andy has been involved with the Class and building As?
AS: I built the first A in 1976. This was the “Scheurer Fighter” (G1). At the same time I was building the Tornado (1972-1993), so I did not continue building As after the G1 until the G2 in 1992/93.

The G3 followed in 2000 and Peter Tobler won the European Championship with the G3 in 2002.

Folding the P35

Not used to expose carnage of projects or boats, but this one was published by the 50/50 Team themselves.

The P35 is a smaller version of their P50. With a forward canard rudder conf plus two masts for light wind lake racing.

Luckily No one was hurt. 
More images at the FB page,