Sep 22, 2017

M32 North Americans 2017 Preview

Image & M32 North Americans 2017 Preview report sent by Laura Muma -
Star-studded Lineup Arrives in Chicago for  2017 M32 North American Championship
CHICAGO– Sept. 22, 2017 – The iconic skyline of Chicago will set the stage for the 2017 M32 North American Championship as 11 teams descend upon the Lake Michigan lakefront to battle it out this Saturday and Sunday.

While the M32 Catamarans are perhaps best known for their use on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) , the primary focus of the North American Class has been owner-driver “series” racing. In fact, lead-up regattas to the North American Championship included a four-event Miami Winter Series, two stops in Newport including the NYYC Annual Regatta, the Harbor Springs Ugotta Regatta in July, and the Chicago Regatta hosted by Chicago Yacht Club earlier this month.

Hosting M32 Series racing the weekend prior to the WMRT Chicago Match Cup also comes with a major benefit: many of the amateur-skippered crews are loaded with top racing talent.

There is no better example of this than Torrent Racing where, though skippered by Markus Edergan on the WMRT, the helm this weekend will be turned over to his father Harald with Marks sliding into the tacticians role.

Elsewhere, Dan Cheresh, skipper of Extreme 2 and winner of seven North American Championships, has recruited local star and 2013 World Match Race Champion Taylor Canfield to round out his ranks while Pieter Taselaar of Bliksem Racing, winner of the first M32 World Championship, will be sailing with ORACLE Team USA sailors Tom Slingsby and Cooper Dressler onboard.

However, favorites going into the weekend are Miami Winter Series Champion REV skippered by Rick Devos, as well as Convexity skippered by Chicago local Don Wilson. Wilson placed third overall/ top Corinthian at the M32 World Championship in Marstrand Sweden this past summer.

With the forecast for the weekend calling for sweltering, above average temperatures combined with light air, the racing is surely anyone’s game.

To follow the entire racing this weekend, follow along at Chicago Match Race and M32 World on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2017 M32 North American Entries:

1. Bliksem Racing/Pieter Taselaar
2. Convergence/Jennifer Wilson
3. Convexity/Don Wilson
4. Down Under Racing/Harry Price
5. Extreme 2/Dan Cheresh
6. Grave Digger/Jimmy Prendergast
7. Magenta Project/Sally Barkow
8. Red Gear Racing/Charles Tomeo
9. REV/Rick Devos
10. Torrent/Harald Edergan
11. XsEnergy/Ryan Devos

F18 Cirrus R2 Convertible dagger case at French Nats measurement

More productions news from the F18 that is gaining discussions again like the old good times...! And that's a sign of a renewed health as people are buying new sails , brand  new boats like the Cirrus R2 convertible or the Scorpion by Exploder after Mischa's Title.

You'll see how number of new boats this year will rise, and not by any magic action but as a straight result from the builders/Lofts (& sailors) own investment in producing new alternatives for current F18 sailors and attracting new ones.

Here in these pics taken at the French Nats 2017 site, the Cirrus R2 is being measured and convertible dagger case being inspected.
As you see there is nothing you can declare as illegal, so it is a transparent solution as I stated many times.
Also remember the Class has officially voted in favor convertible platforms and epoxy. New concept and rules waiting final implementation by the Class mgmt. On the convertible new rule it simply means not banning an F18 for having say case cap above or a slider or an additional clamcleat. There is no need for a rule indeed, but good to have it formally written. On epoxy is not indispensable as you seen in the R2 above , I will built mine in standard vynylester too. If implmented (already voted yes) will expand the construction use already permitted with wood cores.

On the R2 above in the end this is a new F18 being sold. We will following the French Nats event , French Assoc FB here

Design details on the Cirrus R2 convertible here  and here.

Sep 21, 2017

Video: D35s @Grand Prix Alinghi de Crans 2017

Video above is from the Grand Prix Alinghi , won by the host, results below. This week the last event of 2017 willl be held at SNG. (Société Nautique de Genève)
D35 keeps being the King of the Lakes, even against foilers as seen at this season Bol d'Or & Lake Balaton Round.

Official Tour web

Results Grand Prix Alinghi
1 SUI 1 Alinghi 24 30 2 1 1 1 3 6 5 5 1 1 4
2 SUI 6 Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier 25 30 3 3 3 2 1 3 1 2 2 5 5
3 SUI 4 Zen too 34 42 4 2 4 3 5 2 4 3 8 6 1
4 SUI 8 Racing Django 36 44 1 5 2 5 4 3 8 1 5 2 8
5 SUI 7 Realteam 49 57 6 6 5 7 8 1 2 8 7 4 3
6 SUI 11 Swisscom 52 62 7 4 6 4 10 7 3 4 4 7 6
7 SUI 9 Mobimo 62 71 9 8 8 8 2 4 9 9 3 9 2
8 SUI 2 Okalys 63 72 5 9 9 9 6 5 6 7 6 3 7
9 SUI 5 Phaedo2 73 82 8 7 7 6 7 8 7 6 9 8 9

Sep 20, 2017

Extreme Series @San Diego 2017: Harbor Island, October 19-22

Phoot: Lloyd Images, Press release sent by Ryan Hall / Extreme Sailing Series 
Global, high-speed sailing championship comes to America’s Finest City for the first time; thousands of spectators expected over four-day festival along Harbor Island

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20, 2017 – Promising a spectator experience and festival atmosphere unlike anything local sailing enthusiasts and sports fans have ever seen, the Extreme Sailing SeriesTM is set to make its debut in San Diego next month.

Delivering high-performance action close to shore and attracting some of the world’s very best sailors racing GC32 hydro-foiling catamarans on short courses in venues around the globe, the Extreme Sailing Series is coming to Harbor Island Oct. 19-22.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was joined by local government and tourism officials at a news

New F18 Decksweeper sail design by Brewin

Images sent by Darren Flanagan, published at the South Australian Beach Cat Sailors.
Steve Brewin was the first sail maker to built and race himslef a modern Decksweeper on an F18. His knowhow & experience in the A-Cats was enough for Brewin to go for it.
Needles to remind that Steve on the 2017 A-Cat Worlds at Sopot with his own DS A-Class sail too.

This new DS F18 sail has a quite small foot size that permits the crew to pass no problem under or behind it. A feature I been writing about for a while now and yesterday too, for those worried on the handling alternatives for the crew.
Brewin DS Sail above is fitted on Ben Clark's Windrush Edge.

Darren (who sent the pics) also commented on the harsh tone of my Nacra DS post yesterday, he might be right but many know I write that way and in the end it is just a sport. Drama or really serious stuff are earthquakes at Mexico for instance. (Hope my friends there are all ok by the way).

With Decksweeper sail you can clearly see in this Brewin sail how open your options are to select a plan shape fitting your needs. A ban by now is nearly impossible ,  but those concerned  don't get that annoyed and continue sailing your standard rig.

What is needed to comprehend too, is that a ban on legal equipment really affects and annoy those already investing, so if you stand your position wide open for a possible ban, you need to expect an opposite reaction from those not wanting to lose their hard earnt $ spent on a 100% legal DS F18 sail from many of the loft already selling and offering them.

Also the pics show the new Allen 10:1 mainsheets blocks. I received a mail from them some months ago and didn't published , so here it is the new product by the UK hardware builder fitted in the Edge equipped with a no boom DS sail from Steve Brewin which is another  chance to reduce costs. The alternative sailing  no boom setup which is proven with a Crown in the A-Class Worlds at Sopot this year.

The Allen blocks I've been told by Darren too they have good costs compared to other solutions.
Below press release sen by Allen bros on their new 10:1 mainsheet sent by Jeremy Nicholson
Allen Launches New Mainsheet System For Big Cats
Available through chandlers and direct to the public, the new Allen A2069/A2169 “Quint” mainsheet system has been developed by the UK performance sailing hardware manufacturer with feedback from Team Allen sailors and the prototype has already won UK and European F18.

“We rely heavily on feedback from our Team Allen sailors and in particular Chris Rashley’s experience in foiling has already been invaluable to us in developing market leading products such as the A2030XHL”, explained Liz Adams, MD of Allen Brothers. “Chris came to us with a requirement for a mainsheet system both powerful and strong enough to cope with the higher loads associated with foiling A Class and Nacra 17.”

“It was also designed to be suitable for retro fitting on a wider range of boats. With a 10:1 purchase, combining upper and lower Allen patent dynamic bearing blocks, with five 60mm sheaves each. The lower block features Autoratchet and a cam cleat and fairlead for accurate cleating and easing under load. The system gives the performance catamaran sailor what they need at a price that they can afford.”

“The “Quint” is designed to work on a wide range of fast cats, from Tornados and F18s to the latest foiling A Class and Nacra 17s. It is powerful and robust, but is engineered to deliver the smoothness and feel required over long periods of hard use. Like all Allen catalogue products it comes with a lifetime guarantee and is manufactured in Great Britain.”

The combined Allen A2069/A2169 “Quint” mainsheet system is priced at £499 plus P&P for tracked courier delivery and is available on-line from, as well as from Allen stockists. The individual blocks are available separately, with the Allen A2069 priced at £175 plus P&P and the A2169 priced at £324 plus P&P. You can buy direct from

Allen Brothers has a 60 year history of delivering performance sailing hardware to world markets from its manufacturing base in Essex, UK. For further information on Allen Brothers products, go to

iFly 15 in full Production

Photos by CEC Catamran Europe Centra, more at their fb web -  The Ifly 15 is now taking its own path since its S9 related origins. Michael Miller reports in his web on these pics:  "... iFLY15 serial production, here from final assembly. We are now building up production capacity to deliver >50 iFLY15 in the coming 12 months..."

Foiling cats keep gaining market and taking a big chunk of of the catamaran sales pie, with a previously nonexistent alternative (Production foiling beachcats).

One known A-Class builder gets over those 50 a year no problem by now, but still  a good number projected for the iFly.

The S9 already has its own OD Class too aside recreational foiling.

Sep 19, 2017

New F18 Decksweeper sail by Nacra

Looking good, really like how 1D , Goodall and now Nacra/Performance Sails have chosen the Radial Cut for the new Decksweeper sails. They look just perfect like this new main by Peter Vink / Performance Sails.
Nacra have opted for a similar cut used by Goodall Design, maintaining a wider top for light winds.
Mischa's DS sail has a smaller head design.

My message to the US Fleet, is better to start cutting their sails for Sarasota Worlds 2018... Well, reading some of the US comments the DS offers no performance gain, so why worry then.

Either case there is no turning back at this point.

And if so, I will gather all those who bought and currently keep buying 100% legal Decksweeper sails and we will send the refund invoice to the IF18CA/US F18 Assoc. (And any other voting for a ban at this stage)

All OK with others having different positions, but they need to do it in due time, again, just after Mischa won the 2018 Worlds in Denmark.

On the argument on obsolete... I'm sure all those complaining are sailing Hobie Tigers, and have not updated their boats ever since. No need following their thought of line , Spirit of the rule and blabla.
Current sails can be updated for rather good costs , as we did in the A-Cats.
Remember also how Glenn Ashby won the 2015 A-Class Worlds with a re cut sail done two weeks before the event.

If you have doubts on usability and else please contact the IF18CA for them to send you the official report from the Archipelago Raid.

Also remember there are several options for foot sizes, and 1D have tested a smaller one with excellent handling alternatives.

I understand the concerns , I wrote here and showed how I will not be sailing myself a 1400mm foot for isntance. Also DS sails might have a tricky perf in lighter winds aside Mischas & Stephan, so it will be the choice of each sailor to update or not.

Additionally I have contacted Ken Marshack (66yrs old) to know how he managed to dominated the Americas F18 Championships in the breeze when supposedly  is so hard to handle the DS cut.

Sep 18, 2017

A-Class 2nd Trofeo Univela @Campione del Garda: Images by Martina Orsini

Hurricane SX UK Nationals 2017

Pics & report sent by Julian Reichert /
Hurricane SX Class Association. Photo left: Trevor Bawden (crew), Andy Bedofrd (Class Chairman) and Neil Connelly (helm). Man pic by Paul McKay.
Hurricane Nationals 2017 Report by Julian Reichert
18 Hurricanes descended upon the friendly Pagham Yacht Club on the south coast for their 30th National Championships across four days at the end of August.

This highly competitive fleet consisted of the usual mix of current and former champions, class stalwarts, very fast newcomers, UKCRA Youth squad and even infiltrators from sister boat, the Tornado, in the form of current National Champions Kevin Dutch and David Oakley. With a fantastic sailing area, a generally strong wind forecast and the banter flowing from the word go, it was certainly game on!

Unfortunately, the wind on Day 1 did not play ball. Ironically it was another hurricane, Gert, out in the Atlantic that pushed a low pressure front towards the UK bringing with it winds of more than 30 knots. The fleet sat rigged and ready for Race Control to lower the red flag and send us afloat. Just as the flag went down, even stronger gusts came through and so launching was postponed. Cue the hasty de-rigging of boats in order to preserve sails. After giving the wind every chance abate slightly, the Race Control eventually abandoned the days racing and opened the bar.

Day 2 dawned with the wind still coming hard from the south west but the fleet had a renewed determination to take to the water with many crews sporting class sponsor Forward WIP gear for that

F18 Delta Lloyd Dutch Open 2017: van Dijk & de Waard 1st

F20 / FP September 2017 Flights at BA

Sep 17, 2017

GC32 Racing Tour Corsica Orezza Cup 2017: RealTeam 1st

All images Jesús Renedo / GC32 Racing Tour - Full gallery here Below official press release
Surprise victory for Realteam at GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup
An unforced error caused victory to slip through the fingers of Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco on the final day of the GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup, leaving the Swiss Realteam to claim their second event win on the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour.

While summery conditions initially gave way to an overcast sky and rain, out on the Bay of Calvi it was the most stable day with 15-20 knot winds. This enabled one round of the ANONIMO Speed Challenge and five races with reaching starts to be held.

In the ANONIMO Speed Challenge it was Jason Carroll’s Argo which made the fastest run today with an average speed of 21.21 knots for the two reaching legs and the gybe between.

“Finally!” exclaimed Argo helmsman Anthony Kotoun. “Yesterday we did a bad one, but today it

Sep 15, 2017

GC32 Racing Tour Orezza Corsica Cup 2017: Day 3

Pics & report sent by GC32 Racing Tour
.film Racing star of the penultimate day in Calvi
GC32 Racing Tour press release issued on 15/09/2017

Calvi was not making it easy for race officials on the penultimate day of the GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup. With the wind blowing 20+ knots in the morning and into the afternoon on the Bay of Calvi, the foiling catamarans were kept ashore until 1530. Their arrival on the race course then coincided with the wind simply vanishing. Fortunately patience paid off and finally a light westerly wind filled in, albeit under an overcast sky, enough to complete one round of the ANONIMO Speed Challenge and two windward-leeward races.

The ANONIMO SPEED Challenge was sailed as usual with guests perched on the front netting of the

Sep 14, 2017

GC32s Racing Tour Orezza Corsica Cup 2017: Day 2

ALl images Jesús REnendo / GC32 Racing Tour - Below report sent by GC32 Racing Tour /
Five bullet day for Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco
The silver flash, that is the GC32 foiling catamaran Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco, put in an extraordinary performance, posting a perfect scoreline on day two of the GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup on the Bay of Calvi, despite ultra-tricky conditions.

While the forecast indicated strong wind and big seas, more marginal than on day one, a smart call by

Juana Good Time Regatta 2017

Report & pics sent by Juana Rudzki /
Juana Good Time? Even with a Looming Hurricane!!
After 27 years of throwing this Juana Good Time Regatta, I can honestly say it may have been
both the worst and best ever this year. Hurricane Irma was barreling up the Florida peninsula
and threatening our area with one of the most powerful and scariest storms in history. Debate
was on, during that week before, as to whether we should cancel, reschedule, or go on with
the show. It appeared that Navarre Beach area would be spared of the worst of it, but as the
week progressed, the westwardly shifts had us concerned.

With over 80 boats pre-registered
and promises of blue skies and perfect winds in the teens, we decided to take our chances
and go on with the show. And our decision proved to be a wise one, as we ended up with
some of the most amazing conditions to date and a Good Time was definitely had by all!
Friday night “Late Registration and Smooth Sailing” party saw the Juana’s Pagodas property
covered up! Registration went smoothly and quickly as the party thickened, with Blue Chair
Bay Rum girls handing out free shots, Sailors’ Grill’s chef putting out a spread of munchies,
and excited old sailing friends and new catching up on the happenings since the previous
year’s regatta. It’s become an Old Home Week for lovers of multihull sailing. Sailor after sailor

GC32s Racing Tour Orezza Corsica Cup 2017: Day 1

Video & Report sent by GC32 Racing Tour.  Results at
Realteam on top after breezy opening day in Calvi
Day one the GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup, penultimate event on the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour, dawned magnificently with light winds and a warm sun on the Bay of Calvi. But as the morning progressed the wind and swell had grown to Volvo Ocean Race proportions and were in generally vicious mood. Despite this, the local race management team and Principal Race Officer Stuart Childerley, successfully managed to fire off two races, albeit hair-raising ones, on an often foam-filled course.

Anticipating such conditions, crews had been warned to prepare for an early start with racing

Sep 13, 2017

2017 North Atlantic Championships @Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club

Text & pics sent by Bailey White, great complete report written by Larry Woods & Matt Keenan -
Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club, just outside New York City
September 11-12, 2017
By Larry Woods, CAN 44

Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club hosted the second annual A Class North Atlantic Championships this past weekend, and while "Irma" set her eyes on our winter sailing grounds, 24 A sailors with a good mix of foilers and classics, gathered in New Jersey for what proved to be an amazing but challenging weekend of racing. Many arrived a day or two early and had blustery conditions, practicing across from Manhattan with the NYC skyline in the back ground to this picture perfect sailing location.

Saturday morning first gun was delayed an hour as the RC had a misbehaving motor, and as the perfect breeze slowly faded, the gun went off and the classics showed their stuff. They lead for the first lap with several foilers right there in the hunt. At the gate, the breeze started filling in from

GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup 2017: Day 1 by Jesús Renedo

All images Jesús Renedo / GC32 Racing Tour. Full gallery here . Upto 30knots gust for this first day. 2 races completed only. Results at

Sep 12, 2017

GC32 Racing Tour: Orezza Corsica Cup 2017 Preview

Video sent by James Boyd / Press Release by GC 32 Racing Tour. I lke how some refer to the monohull sitting ducks as 'real sailing'.
Well , they should crew on the GC32 Racing Tour to learn what is -Real Sailing- all about.
Zoulou holds GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup local knowledge advantage
GC32 Racing Tour crews competing at their penultimate event, the GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup in Calvi, are going to have to hold on to their hats of this week. Mistral winds and flat water in the protected Bay of Calvi are set to provide potentially record breaking conditions for the one design flying catamarans.

This is the first major sailing event Calvi has hosted in a decade and is already creating waves within the local community and press.

Two French teams are competing, Sebastien Rogues’s Team ENGIE and Erik Maris’ Zoulou, which includes Corsican sailor Nicolas Heintz (right). “It’s exciting to have the GC32 Racing Tour coming here to my island,” said Heintz, who lives in Ajaccio. “The Bay of Calvi is really nice for foiling cats because the water is flat and there is some wind. I hope we will have good racing and also promote sailing in Corsica. A lot of kids came when we were rigging our boats and it is cool for people here to see some really nice racing boats. Corsican people are more interested in football and nature, so I hope sailing will become more popular because this is an island and we have a lot of nice bays.”

Also, Zoulou’s mainsheet trimmer Thierry Fouchier is one of the few GC32 crew to have competed in Calvi before, with the ORMA 60 circuit more than a decade ago.

Personally Zoulou’s owner Erik Maris has only ever visited Calvi as a tourist. “It is a pretty tight race

Sep 11, 2017

Team New Zealand confirms next Americas Cup in Monohulls

Although we like Multis obvioulsy, we have to agree that last Cup at Bermuda was too much of automated technology involved and even called it Push Button Foiling.
We also remarked many times on the difference between the crew work on the AC45s Series or even the GC32s vs the AC50s.

Coutts went too far on his vision for devel, and surely all would have ended with the skippers onshore "helming" the AC boats with a remote control.
Still last Cup was far from that but is true too few members of the crew had sailing tasks.

Now, hearing the monohull guys complain about that one, is rather hilarious. The "speed face" many have when seating and hanging their legs outs...  that is so far from what we Multihull sailors do while sailing beachcats up to the mentioned AC45s or GC32s. 

So we expect that Bertelli and New Zealand don't change the cyclists for leg hangers,  or grinders only for the case.

We would like to see the crews hands full like we like to see in the GC32s Racing Tour, where you need perfect coordination between every single crew position, aside great physical work.

If Bertelli & New Zealand maintain all the automated ,  button foiling  , leds screens, control panels and else, and only change the design to a monohull (foiler or not) , nothing is going to change in the end.

Still we hope not to see these images above of the new High Performance Monohulls, foilers or not... that's not --Sailing-- by any chance.

Press release sent by Emirates Team New Zealand.
Emirates Team New Zealand can confirm Patrizio Bertelli’s suggestion today that the next America’s Cup will be sailed in high performance monohull yachts.

Currently there are a team of designers, lead by Emirates Team New Zealand Design Coordinator Dan Bernasconi working on various exciting monohull concepts which will eventually help shape the AC36 Class Rule.

Emirates Team New Zealand have been consulting with a number of potential challengers and there is an overall desire to have a spectacular monohull yacht that will be exciting to match race, but also one that the public and sailors can relate to as a sail boat that really challenges a full crew of professional yachtsman around the race track.

Further details of the Protocol for the 36th America’s Cup will be announced at the end of the month.

Sep 10, 2017

Nacra 17 MKII Worlds 2017: Ben Saxton & Katie Dabson Champs

Images by Didier Hillaire / Worlds official fb page, full gallery here.
Photo Left the Future of the Argentine Sailing scene, but specially multihulls , Mateo Madjalani & Eugenia Bosco, the kids getting their Junior 3rd place. They finished 14th overall tying in pts with the Olympic Champs Lange & Carranza, and were inside the top ten overall during the Gold Fleet races too.
So happy for these two, we will following their campaign with special dedication and support.

First Nacra 17 MKII Worlds for Ben Saxton & Katie Dabson, great rewards for them, the entire British Team, and also for their coach, Hugh Styles (photo below), one of the fastest sailors ever in the F18 fleet.

The British have been performing since early days and always putting several boats in he top ten, Ben couldn't grab a medal at Rio, but still young and this title along Katie will fuel their drive towards Rio.

Also hats off to Echavarri & Pacheco, the 2008 Tornado Gold Medalist & Tara lost the title over the line!
From Beijing 2008 floating mode to a Foiling photo finish in 2017 , way to stay competitive for Fernando.

Read the official report below as the Medal Race had plenty of action, watch also sequence above where Title contenders Tita & Banti hit Martinez-Maslivets. Don't why they didn't get a redress if fault came from the Italian crew, who did well and withdraw from the final aside breaking their bowsprit. Iker also adapting quite well to the new Class, and they could have finished in 4th place.

For the  Nacra 17 MKII it was a good debut in the end, still much to work on and define (Spi upwind and else) , but aside the known things by now on the MKII, it seems all went rather well, at least I don't have reports on any major break or failure, and they had several +20knots races during the week, including the Medal.

Final Results here
Below Official report by Nacra 17 Class /
Official Report: Nacra 17 Worlds 2017 , La Grande Motte
"From the closest and most exciting finish to a world championship Medal Race in the Olympic history of the mixed multihull class, foiling at full speed across the finish line Great Britain’s Ben Saxton and Katie Dabson pipped Spanish rivals Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco, to win the 2017 Nacra 17 World Championship title on the French waters of the Baie d’Aigues Mortes by La Grand Motte.

Down the final run the Spanish veteran Echavarri, 2008 Olympic gold medallist in the Tornado catamaran class, sailing with Tara Pachecho, lead the British duo into the finish of the double points Medal Race but was lifted by the breeze and lost out to the flying, fully foiling Brits who judged to perfection their layline to the finish. 

“In all my years that is the closest finish I have been involved in. It was decided in the last 20

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