Oct 17, 2017

Argentine Código Rojo Racing' GC32 heads to Punta del Este

Video filmed & edited by Juan Faustín. I couldn't travel to test the GC32 in Europe, so my friends of the 'Código Rojo Racing' GC32 will bring it to the Southern hemi for us to have a good ride at Punta del Este this summer. The Argentine team participating in the GC32 Racing Tour will be training there towards the 2018 season.

French Foil Windsurfing Nats @St Malo: Images by Eric Bellande

All images by ©Eric Bellande/FFVoile -   National Windfoil held at St Malo.  Full gallery at Eric Bellande Productions fb. Antoine Albeau is used to wipe out compeition, but it seems he is still learning how to fully dominate the new flying mode.
I like this hybruid conf, as still they can float around. Either way these guys are up foiling pretty early.

Top 5 results, full results at ffvoile.fr/ffv/sportif/ClmtCompetDet.asp?clid=137226

1  COUSIN ALEXANDRE Y C CARNAC 05 S1 M 3 (1, 1, 2, 1) -
2  BONTEMPS JULIEN C V A N NANTES 07 S3 M 6 (2, 3, 1, 6) -
3  ALBEAU ANTOINE W C COUARDAIS 892 S3 M 9 (4, 4, 3, 2) -
4  QUESTEL ANTOINE SBYC 32 S2 M 11 (3, 6, 4, 4) -
5  GOYARD THOMAS A.CALEDONIENNE P.A.V 27 E M 13 (6, 2, 7, 5) -

Oct 16, 2017

Bordeaux Cataraid 2017: Images by Christophe Pit

All images by © Christophe Pit-Hans Lucas / Bordeaux Cataraid 2017 - Full gallery here.
Bordeaux is such a beautiful city, it reminds me of some parts of Buenos Aires on the buildings styles, but then again French architecture was taken as reference in the  pre first war  years, which was Argentina's golden era. We visited Bordeaux in 2014 for the A-Class Europeans , we had a great time and a place to be known without a doubt along their great local winery production.

More info on the Bordeaux Cataraid at their fb page: facebook.com/bordeauxcataraid/

GC32 Racing tour @Marseille OD 2017: Zoulou 1st, Real Team tour Champ

All images Gilles Martin Raget & GC32 Racing Tour press. - Pics & report sent by GC32 Racing Tour www.gc32racingtour.com
Champagne for Zoulou, caviar for Realteam Victors were crowned on this final day of Marseille One Design, also the last day of competition on the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour.

Esteban Garcia’s Realteam, skippered by Jérôme Clerc, is the winner of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour. Following her victories at Riva and a ‘come from behind’ win in Calvi, Realteam’s third place at Marseille One Design was enough for the Swiss team to claim the overall Tour prize in 2017. Six points behind was American Jason Carroll’s Argo, just one ahead of Naofumi Kamei’s Mamma Aiuto! from Japan.

While Realteam’s championship victory looked almost secure this morning, Clerc said they had to

Oct 15, 2017

Ronde Tiengemeten @Hellecat 2017: Sunnucks-Self / M20 Vampire 1st

All images Laurens Morel www.saltycolours.com  / Hellecat / Ronde Tiengemeten 2017. Full gallery at Hellecat Fb web.
That I remember this is William Sunnucks M20 Vampire win over F20FCS and others in continental Europe. Great achievement for William & Mark Self vs experienced F10 sailor like Xander Pols & Colin van Vugt.

The F18s as always doing good with Jolbert van Dijk & Frank de Waard in 3rd overall (Nacra Infusion) and Pieter Oskam & Tony Mels in 5th with the Scorpion.
between them a Nacra F16 curved boards sailed by Robin & Sander Mineur.

I always get inquiries if an A-Class can do long distance. Of course it can but clearly As have a weather & sea conditions. There is a range when you can keep pushing hard with the F18 for ie, where the A will get overpowered and will offer a tough wild ride. But if conditions allow the A can be an excellent and smooth Long Distance weapon.
Wiro Ziljmans finished 7th overall with a foiling A-Class among a large fleet of foilers and spi equipped racing cats.
Will request real finishing times to get a better view of the results.

Update: Elapsed time courtesy of Gert-Kas Kos here

On the course racing reagattas held at Hellecat this weekend, Jolbert & Frank (F18 Nacra Infusion) won over Robin & Sander Mineur (Nacra F16 Curved foils) . 3rd overall were Pols & van Vugt (Nacra F20FCS).
The Vampire struggled a bit in windward-leeward races for an 11th overall.

All corrected time ruled by the Texel rating:
- F18 100
- A-Class 100
- F20FCS 86
- M20 Vampire 85
- Nacra F16 curved foils 103

- Ronde Tiengemeten 2017 - Top ten below, full results at hellecat.com/uploads/docs/2017/OverallRTG.htm

Rank Class SailNo HelmName CrewName Texel R1 Total Nett
1st M20 Vampire 1 Will Sunnucks Mark Sellf 85 1 1 1
2nd Nacra 20 FCS 150 Xander Pols Colin van Vugt 86 2 2 2
3rd F18 4 Jolbert van Dijk Frank de Waard 100 3 3 3
4th Nacra F16 spi curved foils 7777 Robin Mineur Sander Mineur 103 4 4 4
5th F18 3 Pieter Oskam Tony Mels 100 5 5 5
6th Nacra 20 C 2 Rob Harms Jurgen Kerstens 88 6 6 6
7th A-cat foiling 44 Wiro Zijlmans
100 7 7 7
8th F16 no spi rechte zwaarden 83 Walter Minderman Gardi Minderman 109 8 8 8
9th F18 1936 Wiko Becker Rob Becker 100 9 9 9
10th Nacra 17 3 Bart Damen Stephan of Valerie 99 10 10 10

- Course racing Results Top Ten , full course racing results  hellecat.com/uploads/docs/2017/WeekendRTG_2017overall.htm

Rank Class SailNo HelmName CrewName Texel R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st F18 4 Jolbert van Dijk Frank de Waard 100 3 -4 2 1 3 1 14 10
2nd Nacra F16 spi curved foils 7777 Robin Mineur Sander Mineur 103 4 5 3 2 -7 4 25 18
3rd Nacra 20 C 2 Rob Harms Jurgen Kerstens 88 6 6 -8 4 6 2 32 24
4th Nacra 17 3 Bart Damen Stephan of Valerie 99 10 -8 4 6 4 6 38 30
5th Nacra 20 FCS 150 Xander Pols Colin van Vugt 86 2 3 (dsq) 21 2 5 106 33
6th F18 3 Pieter Oskam Tony Mels 100 5 -16 11 8 5 7 52 36
7th F18 1929 Rik Duinmeijer Corstiaan Alessie 100 12 9 (ocs) 5 8 8 115 42
8th F18 1936 Wik Becker Rob Becker 100 9 -15 10 9 11 9 63 48
9th F18 211 Gerd Schmitzer Tina Vercouteren 100 14 11 -16 11 12 13 77 61
10th F18 13 Jens Uwe Kilian Feindt 100 18 18 7 15 9 (dnc) 140 67
11th M20 Vampire 1 Will Sunnucks Mark Sellf 85 1 14 25 13 15 (dnc 141 68

Oct 14, 2017

GC32 Racing Tour @Marseille OD 2017: Day 3

A-Cat North Americans 2017 @San Diego YC: Report by Bruce Mahoney

Images & report sent by Bailey White / US Class Assoc / Bruce Mahoney.  Bruce had a good Worlds at Sopot and continues to elevate his level. Back in 2015 North Americans he got second behind Matt Struble. At San Diego he was the only taking bullets from Mischa in perfect foiling conditions, a god sign of Bruce level. Below his report of past week North Americans held at San Diego Yacht Club.
2017 A Class North Americans
By Bruce Mahoney

The 50th Anniversary of the A Class North American Championship was held in San Diego Bay on October 5th-8th. Hosted by San Diego Yacht Club, the event was held on the Silver Strand State Beach which is halfway down Coronado Island. The sailing area was well protected with flat water and great racing conditions for the Classics and Foilers alike.

San Diego is a long way from the larger East Coast fleets in the US, but the A Catters saddled up and

Oct 12, 2017

Rapido 60' Trimaran Sailing @Hauraki Gulf

Yesterday we published a 42 foot Trimaran from Grainger, a performance cruiser. Rapido Trimarans / rapidotrimarans.com have gone farther in size with their 60' offering.  Designed by another multihull specialists like Morrelli & Melvin. This boat looks like a dream come true for those waning to cruise and go fast as possibly can be done for such wide internal space and accommodation distribution. Great design by Morrelli & Melvin. Check video above from the Hauraki Gulf with nice drone shots.

Ferdinand van West (former F18 World Champ working with MM) comments on the Rapido 60:  "The second boat got launched in NZ, I  sailed #01 in the Med the other day and we were doing 14knots upwinds whilst cooking in the spacious kitchen

One of the Rapido 60 Innovative solutions are the discontinuous beams which end in strong autoclaved beam bulkheads, providing a much better walk-through interior layout through the mainhull.

Its a really nice concept. A Cruising boat with lots of space to live but also storage and at the same time you have the performance of an F18".-
Below pics of  boat #1 lines, plus interior accomodations:

G32s @Marseille One Design 2017: Day 1

F18 Decksweeper by 1D

We've been publishing F18 Decksweeper Mainsails from Mischa, Goodall, Brewin & Oxo. This is one to the left is from Marton Balazs / 1D Sails.

After some initial tests & feedback Marton has come up with the first in-factory designed foot '' 'flap' I've seen so far. Till now in the A-Class for ie has been used it but as an add-on.

For this new F18 DS cut (Loft picture below) the flap comes from the original design. This feature its necessary when you apply full cunningham to your F18 mainsail, if not you will get a deformation as seen in some F18 DS first versions. Batten placement is key as we wrote in previous  post earlier today.

Below comments from Marton Balazs on his DS design. Plus some virtual wind tunnel tests we did with the Scorpion & his standard & DS sails. More material in the future about the tests. More pics & info on 1D go to fb web / onedesignsails.com
1D DeckSweeper Main Sail by Marton Balazs
I was working on our DS sail just right after the last Australian F18 Nationals but put it aside as the 1D team sailed normal mainsails at the Worlds. After the regatta, as many requests came from customers as well, I have finalized the first version and launched the first serial production sails.

The first sail got 4th on the Spanish Nationals on a Shockwave.

Due to other projects, I was running lots of analysis and looking for the effect of the gap between the tramp and sail, and how the snuffer disturbs the flow around the lower part of the sail and the interaction with the jib.

After this work, I had a quite good view to decide in which direction to go. I like the version with a boom as the structural studies gave me a more positive view on sails and shapes using it.

Many of our team members told us that we should try the boomless version as well. Now we go for it for the St Barth regatta coming next month.

After talking through the alternatives, we came up with newer dimensions and leech shape. Plus a designed kink which creates a flap on the decksweeper  foot. This translate to the DS foot always touching the tramp with zero cunningham and with full cunni as well, without killing the shape of the sail.

We have used this solution on other DS, like on ACat or iFly or even on custom sails for the Flying Phantom. The idea came from the AC wing, with a mylar closing the gap between the pod and the wing.

First, we used another solution, with thicker mylar, now the sail is elongated from its original design/cut.
We will see the results in St Barth next month.

Standard vs DS Mainsail flow on the Scorpion F18:

France AC50: ACEA/ Rcardo Pinto / Groupama France:

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