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Zhik F18 US Nats 2014 for Mike Easton & Tripp Burd

Images above Jasper van Staveren. Great event at Corpus Christi Yacht Club. The Class put Jasper to take pictures, they also published xresults after each race plus Live updates in the official FB page
But the best of the championship was seen on the water. 14 races total with two discards, and mixed conditions from 16 to 6knots racing. 40 boats gathered by the US Class and the venue was just perfect as I've been told directly by the Arg crews.

Left: Argies bringing the Goods to BA. Below: Sailors had fun out of the water as shown by John Casey's pic from the Papas Pilar Party.

Only 1 race could be completed today and the racing was cancelled later due to lack of wind. Mike Easton & Tripp Burd, the Nr 1 US  crew coming to this event,  grabbed the title on their consistency on low scores, as the Argentines Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser finished ahead of them in 9 out of 14 races. It was a close race at the end with only 3pts separating both crews.

Great regatta for Matt McDonald's Falcon F18 , winning her first big one thanks to Mike & Tripp. Happy for Matt & Gina, I told you the Falcon was a fast boat inthe breeze when I had the chance to race in its debut at LA 2012.  US sailors have again a local made F18 as an alternative through Falcon Marine, and in Europe trough Gill & Kathleen from the

It was a good mix of designs though (as always in the F18) with 3 Infusions in  2nd,3rd,4th and the C2s of Daniel-Brogger and ARG Faustin-Aragones that took the now Goodall Design branded boat, to 3 bullets in the breeze.

This is the best result achieved abroad by Arg crews since we launch the Class in 2008, and it is a result of hard training and investment on their part traveling each year to the Worlds and the North Americans.

A 2nd place for Cruz & Mariano having the best US teams plus the 2014 Worlds Champs it is the highest point in our Class history and those two deserve greatly that honor on the sailing and work done for our local fleet for years now.

Juan and Nico with great a 6th overall and the satisfaction of knowing they were the fastest (?) crew in the breeze with their rented C2. They tied finally in pts with John Tomko & Jonathan Atwood, but the US team got the 7th on the Argies bullets.

US Nacra 17 campaigner John Casey showed his helm skills are still intact and put on a fight for the podium ending in 3rd place overall.

Next year F18 Worlds 2015 will be held at Kiel, Germany and in 2016 we will have the event in Buenos Aires.

US F18 Class website
Full Results at

Pos Sail   Boat   Skipper  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14  Total
1   USA 11   Ronstan   Michael Easton/ 1   1   3   4   3   3   [6]   3   1   2   2   2   2   [8]   27  
Tripp Burd  
2   ARG1785   Tuluka   Cruz Gonzalez Smith/ [8]   5   2   2   2   2   2   [8]   6   1   1   4   1   2   30  
Mariano Heuser  
3   USA 80   Wet Yeti   John Casey/ 2   4   4   1   [15]   6   1   2   4   [7]   6   1   6   4   41  
Colin Page  
4   NED 1803   Nacra Infusion   Gunnar Larsen/ 3   [7]   6   3   5   5   4   5   3   3   [8]   3   3   1   44  
Ferdinand VonWest  
5   USA 7   C2 Red Gear Racing   Robbie Daniel/ 9   [16]   [10]   6   4   7   3   4   2   4   7   6   7   5   64  
Karl Brogger  
6   ARG    Juan Faustin/ 5   2   1   10   13   1   5   1   13   5   4   [17]   8/MEA*   [32]   68T  
Nicolas Aragones  
7   USA 315   2 Wire Sailing   John Tomko/ 6   [10]   5   5   1   8   10   7   5   [11]   3   7   5   6   68T  
Jonathan Atwood  
8   USA 111   Waveyheaven   Charles Tomeo/ [31]   3   9   [18]   6   4   7   9   10   6   10   9   17   9   99  
Dalton Tebo  
9   USA 192   ShackAttack   Ken Marshack/ 4   11   8   8   7   [41/DNF]   8   10   19   9   14   [27]   19   7   124  
Eric Marshack  
10  USA 753   Garbage Truck   Brooks Reed/ 11   18   13   16   [25]   17   17   17   [22]   10   9   5   4   10   147T  
Jeff Dusek  

F18 US Nats 2014, D4: Easton-Burd lead & 'Hat trick' for Arg Smith-Heuser

Zhik F18 US Nats 2014, Day 4: Aereal Shots by van Staveren

F18 Sweden: Raid Noir 2014 (Plus Russian Sub hunting..)

Images by Max Rehman Linder. Nothing better than sail the Stockholm beautiful Archipelago and enjoygin Post Cold War Russian Subs Hunting along the way....! Report sent by Lars Linder: "We had a pretty awesome raid in the Stockholm Archipelago.

This weekend the Swedish F18 sailors had their final race for the season : Raid Noir. This year edition was the best ever from a sailing perspective, but what everyone will remember most is the presence of the Swedish Navy in hunt for the presumed Russian submarine.

The drama began at lunchstop on Saturday when a couple of teams decided to turn back to base due to the forecast with winds over 30 knots at night. The remaining six teams continued leg 2 with a fantastic half wind leading through a tricky passage with some underwater rocks. One of the teams was unlucky and hit a rock so hard that both hulls where damaged. The security boat was able to assist just as one of the hulls sank under water.

The night stop was great with a good sauna, nice food and great company in a private summer house on a private island. In the morning the heavy rain ceased and the wind dropped to a nice 15-20 knots. The last leg started with a 10 Nautical Mile downwind at full speed. It was an amazing sight to see the 5 colourful gennakers hurling downwind round rocks and skerries ans war ships and combat boats in the hunt for Red October."

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

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 in 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 Scheurer 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