Feb 22, 2018

RORC Caribbean 600 2018: Images by Tim Wright

Excellent photos by Tim Wright / RORC Caribbean 600. Full gallery at RORC Caribbean 600 Fb.
Official regatta web:  caribbean600.rorc.org

Line honours were grabbed by Paradox Trimaran: "Paradox, Peter Aschenbrenner’s American 63’ Trimaran crossed the finish line in Antigua at: 00:55:16 AST on Wednesday 21st February 2018 in an elapsed time of 1 day, 13 hours 5 minutes and 16 seconds taking Multihull Line honours in the 10th edition of the race."
Rambler won on Monohulls establishing a new Record, more info at caribbean600.rorc.org/News-2018/paradox-and-rambler-88-celebrate-in-antigua.html

Feb 21, 2018

Olympics: Nacra 17 secures a spot for Paris 2024

Photo: Jesús Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing. - Nacra 17 Class will no be in revision for 2014 Pariis Olympic Games. This is good news for the sailors campaigning and a reassurance on their investment.
Hopefully the N17 wont be touched again, at least the new MKII platform. In terms of performance finally the N17 MKII has shown great downwind foiling but still missing flying to windward.

Some informal tests done here in Buenos Aires vs a D3 A-Cat , sadly I couldn't be there as I was busy delivering one of my cats, but the info I have is Mehl outperformed Lange & Bora on the N17s by a good margin upwind.
Downwind was the same but for the N17s and its gennaker, going faster and deeper.

To our knowledge no one has consistently foil upwind while racing, not even in the breeze as seen at last Miami WC Live stream. Simply is not worth to fly upwind.
Hope sailors can find a way to get the MKII airborne upwind in the future , to make the Class even more fun and more technical of course.

Below World Sailing politics report sent by Bem Remocker / Nacra 17 Class.
49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 In For 2024!
World Sailing announced today that it has put up for review the events represented by the 470 M/W, Finn, and RSX M/W. By choosing not to review the other 5 events; Laser/Radial, 49er/49erFX, and Nacra 17, these events and the current equipment will remain for the games in Paris.

"We are thrilled with this result," said president of 49er and Nacra 17, Marcus Spillane. "The political security this decision provides will allow us to focus on serving our sailors and sport by providing fair and entertaining racing for all to enjoy!"

The decision itself was very close, with 21 for and 17 against, showing how divided World Sailing Council is on the future of the sport. Just a few months ago, Theatre Style Racing format was defeated 20 to 21 by the same body, which was in some ways a precursor to this vote. How sailing comes together over the next two phases of this process will have a major impact on the strength and stability of Olympic Sailing for years to come.

The impetus for reviewing events derives from two IOC initiatives:
The IOC now reviews events, not just sports - each event must stand up to that level of scrutiny.
World Sailing has agreed to both participation and event gender equaility - since the 2020 events do not balance, change is required to comply. Putting events up for review is the first part of the process World Sailing has agreed to in order to make the change. There are three major sections of work:

Phase 1 - Decide what to review, and by default what would remain. The minimum number of boats up for review, by rule, was 4. The decision today is to review 5.

Phase 2 - Decide the Events (high level description of what the racing should be) for the
balance of the 5 events. This begins in Mid-March and concludes in a vote at the World Sailing mid-year meeting on May 15th in London.

Phase 3 - Decide which equipment should be used by the nominated events. This vote can occur at the November 2018 meeting, with provisions to extend for an additional year if new boat designs are required. Of the ten events and 350 athletes destined for Paris 2024, half are now known. The work begins to select both the Events and Equipment to fill the remainder of the slate.

The next step is the high level phase, where sailing will decide what to aim for while balancing a huge variety of factors. As we enter a phase of uncertainty for many current and aspiring Olympic sailors, and sailing as a whole, the task was outlined beautifully by Athlete Representative, Yann Rocherieux: "We trust in council to select events for 2024, where all sailors can have an opportunity to chase their dreams of becoming an Olympian, even if some sailors will have to change those another event than the one they are sailing now."

Feb 20, 2018

2018 St Petersburg NOOD Regatta: Bruce Mahoney 1st

The "Mothquito"..

Strange looking mini foiler, say a la SuperFoiler style, but it  might work too. Press Release sent by Mothquito Sailing Catamaran. More information: www.mothquito.com &
An original minifoiler catamaran design with an innovative foiling system

The IIFS Foiling company enters into the flying boats nautical market with an innovative project that provides new systems and solutions to the high performance sail foiling world, thanks to IFS patented system (Increased Foiling System), that is the result of a hard work of I+D that will see its first application in the Mothquito, a concept which was born in 2015 and is currently in development and manufacturing to carry out his first sea trials next spring 2018.

The Mothquito, which is the name in honor of the pioneers minifoilers, the MOTH International, for their close relationship in terms of size and appearance, is a high performance flying catamaran one-design with an innovative design and full carbon construction, which it's also able to increase its stability and dynamic performance thanks to the IFS system, a system that increases its dynamics length and beam, to achieve a significant increase righting moment (reducing heeling) and a decrease in pitch-pole risk, which in turn enables to oversize its sail area equating to benefits boats of greater length, but with less weight, which promises high speeds, with the maximum control and safety.

In short, it's a surprising foiling catamaran, fast and easy foiling to handle for any sailor regardless of their physical shape or technical knowledge, even for those who thought flying would be impossible for them.

Mothquito has an original and innovative hull design, with soft and organic lines, characterized by flat and curved bows upwards to minimize the risk of pitching that can cause pitch-pole, favoring the bounce on the surface without lost speed, and an hydrodynamic planing hull like high performance surf style, optimized to favor a quick takeoff facilitating the passage of waves under the hull, and a deck with an elevate forward, and work area with longitudinal stops (forward/backward) for sure footing on tacking at high speed, which in turn serve to house inside for a adjustable extensors arms of the T-Foils rudder. This hull design favors and provides a fast and effective transition with glide to foiling mode.

​But undoubtedly, the most striking in this boat is the innovative IFS system (Increased Foiling System). A system that implements and combines a number of solutions to significantly increase the dynamics length and beam of the boat, improveing longitudinal and transversal stability, to achieve increased performance with greater safety at high speeds.

The Mothquito incorporates a long foils in V facing outwards and provided with "double lift", whereby an increase of the dynamic beam up to 200% with respect to the sleeve hull is achieved, providing great lateral stability and a significant increase righting moment, which translates into a safer and more comfortable foiling with a considerable reduction in heeling. This allows the Mothquito to oversizes its sail area to equate to a larger boat, but with much less weight, which gives us an idea of the potential speed and adrenaline that offer this small flying insect of just 3.05 m length, able to increase its dynamic beam up to 4.80 m.

The IFS solution to increase dynamic length, is based on two advanced main V-foils and a extendable arms that can regulate the working distance of the T-foils rudder beyond the transom. This increases the distance between dynamic lift points (main V-foils and rudder T-foils), extending the boat length in flight too up to 50%, specifically 3.05 m hull length to 4, 50 m in length overall in flight. With this it´s possible to delay the weight of the crew to move the center of gravity further aft and to be able to regulate, correct and improve the dynamic trim or longitudinal balance with an improvement also in the rudder response.

Their foils in V have the advantage of auto-adjust the height navigation automatically without flaps or sensor, since the higher boat speed increases the lift force while the wet surface of the foil is reduced until the weight of the boat itself prevents the foils to go out of the water and collapse, thus automatically adjusting the height of foiling. In other words, if the boat rises too high, the submerged V provides less lift, while if the boat descends, the V submerges providing more lift and raising the boat again.

These foil in V also have two sines, the main or conventional sine V, and a second sine in the wingtip and directed downwards called by IFS as double lift, which has the function of increasing the lift due to its design, to reduce the transition time to flight mode. This double lift also acts as a barrier to minimize vortexes generated at the wingtips by difference preassures, subtracting performance. This solution also increases the safety of the boat, since these sharpened points facing down, do not pose a risk to the integrity of the crew in case of man overboard.

The Safe Foil System of IFS that is incorporate in the Mothquito, is an integrated box-foil with its lower outlet above the waterline. When hoisting the V-Foils, their wings are elevated above the waterline, allowing the Mothquito to beach without risk of damaging their foils by contact with the ground. This system also provides the possibility to launch the boat on the shore itself, without having to carry it to find enought draft because it also allows you to navigate with openwork minimally foils. Due to its small size and low weight the Mothquito can be transported over the car.

Currently the Mothquito is in the manufacturing phase and will carry out its first tests in spring. The IFS Foiling team is betting that this small minifoiler will be a true revolution, with a competitive price and capable of offering high doses of adrenaline and fun with maximum safety.

Seeing this boat, with their long V-foils facing outwards, the extension arms of their T-foils rudder protruding from the stern and wings as standard for hike out replacing the classic trapezes, then, the vision of a mosquito comes to mind, hence his designer Toni Blanc has baptised it with the name of Mothquito.

More information:

Feb 18, 2018

Super Foiler Grand Prix @Queensland: Euroflex 1st

All images Thierry Martinez Sea & Co / Andrea Francolini / Super Foiler Grand Prix. More pics here & here.  Euroflex , with Nathan Outteridge, Glenn Ashby & Iain Jensen dominate the third event of the first Super Foiler Grand Prox season. But the other teams are catching up with more hours on the SF machines. Paul Cambpell James (IDintranet) manage to win a race when Jensen fall out and almost got cut in half below Euroflex SF ama.
It was the most dangerous situation I've seen so far in the series. Check here for the footage.

Aside that the series are providing much entertainment and it will be even more fun to watch when the rest of the teams put more hours on the beasts.
Tech 2 also was too close to win a race on Saturday over Euroflex, when the Outteridge gybed in front of them on the finish line, Tech 2 headed up to avoid collision and finished 1 sec behind.

In the process two crews where literally expelled from the boat, the inertial force was too much to bare for the sailors.

The Super Foiler is delivering , unique & interesting project in spite of the initial skepticism. Maybe not the most refined or best looking weapons , but these boats are achieving 35knots already, it is tricky to handle , requires finesse and concentration for the 3 crews onboard and plenty of physical demand.  Definitely as special Multihull foiler racer.

Will be interesting to compare against the coming "Speed Foiler"  project from Roland Gaebler , a powered up 20' cat designed by Fischer.

Results from Queensland & more info at superfoiler.com/events/gold-coast/

Live replays links worth to watch: Saturday & Sunday.
Highlights at Super Foiler Youtube Channel
Official web : superfoiler.com/


Super Foiler Grand Prix @Queensland: Day 3 Live Replay

Feb 15, 2018

Maserati Hong Kong-London Record attempt : 1300NM Ahead

MOD70 Maserati keeps ahead of the previous Hong-Kong - London route record established by by 'Gitana 13': 41D 21H 26M 34S

For Maserati its on Day 28 for this attempt with 2000NM to go.

Pics & Source & more info:  maserati.soldini.it/cartography/

Feb 13, 2018

Stunt 9 : Smooth Foiling Gybes by Vicenzo Sorrentino

Video sent by Vicenzo Sorrentino. Those are some smooth foiling gybes on the Stunt 9. Being pioneer on 4pt T Foiling system, the S9 established an alternative path which brought Moth tech to cats for recreational & easy relaxed flying.
Now the T foils will get in the racing Cat realm, many projects to be launched featuring T Foils. Sunnucks/Eales M20 Vampire was the first racing cat attempt featuring T Foils.

Now the S9 owners have formed a Class too. The boat looks fun, but I still prefer load over the top and the capability to raise boards fully up for our shallow coasts.
Now, once sailing, the T Foiling wand system is like riding a bike with kids wheels, way easier and more stable out of the box than any other 4pt Z or 3pt J setups.

Ltest Z devels are providing great speed and improved stability, but we still have to see an A-Class doing a foiling gybe.

Cruising Arg Patagonian Coast @15 knots

My friends from South Arg continue to cruise their Patagonian coasts each year. Two RC Cruiser I built for them in 2011, first was in 2007, which was the second boat we built for a client. 3mts wide and first version of our F18 hulls (plenty of volume) plus all the reefing options and seat wings are just perfect to sail down there.
We built in vinylester but these were done in Polyester resin, with 3 layers of 300gr Roving, 15mm. thickness airex bulkheads & subdecks. The client keeps sending material of his trips, and well I like to re publish as I think it is catsailing at its best, no strings attached.

Clip shows rather calm seas, still cruising at relaxed 15knots its  what  they requested. First version I fitted an 8mts mast for safety, but for these two above,  I was required to fit standard F18 9mts mast, as you are safer getting out of trouble fast and reaching destination in advance.

Feb 10, 2018

Super Foiler Grand Prix @Geelong: Day 3 Live

Super Foiler Grand Prix @Geelong: Day 2

No racing today at Geelong, after a postponement for no wind, the racing was cancelled to excess of winds. Live replay of Day 2 below.  Above Race 1 highlights from yesterday.

Report sent by Nick Vindin / Super Foiler GP :
"Dangerous wind and hail stones have blanketed Corio Bay forcing the cancellation of the second day of the Geelong edition of the SuperFoiler Grand Prix.

Three boats can take the lead with victory in the first race tomorrow, with double points now on the line for a rebooted Sunday Session.

More details at superfoiler.com

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