AC35: Six for the Cup, Cammas 'Team France' included.

With this lineup AC35 could be best ever, this time lets hope the French team can manage to reach challenger series after the performance shown by the Peyron bros Energy Team in the ACW Series on the 45s. 

Now replacing the 72s for the 62' it would be nice to see some fleet racing a la ACWS but foiling like the GC32s, that show will certainly be 'off the scale'.
Press release sent by Americas Cup media.--

Six teams have entered the race for the 35th America’s Cup:

ORACLE TEAM USA (USA), the defending champion
Artemis Racing (SWE)
Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR)
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)
Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA)
Team France (FRA)

“It’s exciting to look at the roster of teams who are lining up against us,” said Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA, the winner of the last two America’s Cup matches. “We’re facing five strong challengers who have a lot of resources, talent and experience.

“But our team is very competitive. We love challenges – the bigger, the better. It’s very easy to get motivated when you see what we’re going to be facing.”
The 35th America’s Cup begins in 2015 and 2016 with the America’s Cup World Series, raced in venues around the world. This feeds into the main events in 2017, which will narrow the field to just two: the top challenger and the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, who will then face each other in the America’s Cup Match.

Teams will be given the opportunity to host America’s Cup World Series

Hobie World Cat 2014

Press release sent by Jens Hannneman : 2014-08-17
Australia wins the Hobie World Cat 2014, followed by  Denmark and South Africa:

"The Australian Hobie 16 team James Wierzbowski / Pip Pietro Monaco have won the top Hobie World Cat 2014. On second place the Danish Vice World Champions Daniel and Nicolaj Björnholt and the 4 times World Champion Blaine Dodds / Roxanne Dodds from South Africa... 

Americas Cup 35th: New Birth for Artemis

This time Artemis will start without much handicap their AC35th Campaign, having the same sailing & design crew (Outteridge, Percy, Peyron & May among others) involved in the commando task force who deliver the express devel & built of Artemis Flying AC45 & Big Blue AC72 , gives the Swede team a great start towards next Cup.
For complete Design, Shore & Sailing Team check

Gunboat 55: Launching 'Vandal'

This is one of the coolest paint jobs ever. Edit:   Graphics are indeed vinyl wrap designed by a graphic artist, friend of the owners, it was printed & applied by MacDesign out of Newport, RI.
This Gunboat 55 , 'Vandal' is one of a kind among her sister ships. The launch truck is well suited for a 'Gunboat' too. More pics at Gunboat fb page

The other day a client that has bought me 3 RC18 beachcat cruisers to raid the Patagonian Coast sent me a render of a 46' Cruiser he was about to build... it was a Lagoon type of tank, old stuff and I told him he'd better take a look to the Nigel Irens designed GB55 for a modern Cruiser. I sent him later some 3D sketch renders samples I made, will publish later.

F18 Nordics 2014: Grünert-Gravdal 1st

+30knots Racing @Eneco Luchterduinen Long Distance @Zandvoort

Images by Ronald Brakel -  - I think the organizers pushed a little bit on starting this race. Nevertheless if you are racing a Nacra Infusion like Jorden & Frank, and beyond their sailing experience, you can somehow 'relax' and push a little.
Read Report sent by Jasper Van Staveren:

"This weekend the 'Eneco Luchterduinen Race - Zandvoort (Netherlands)' was held on Saturday 19th August and also on Sunday 20th August. The races for Sunday (today) are cancelled because of 7-8 bft of wind. The event is open for ALL catamarans, but is an official class event for Formule 16, Formule-18 ands Carbon 20. (I wasn't at the event, but saw a lot of info online because of the very heavy conditions so I collected some for you and spoke to numbers 1 & 2.) Attached photos can be used (only one time the photographer told me) for this article.

Saturday there was a lot of breeze and big waves (maybe the last influence of tropical storm Bertha last week). 35 of the total of65 boats have started of the long distance race of around 51 km. Only 7 boats made till Noordwijk where the fleet had to go downwind towards the finish, but only 4 (!!!) boats made it to the finish on Saturday. Some boats were crashed in the surf on their way in or out and lost their main sail. Others broke their mast when they tipped over during the race or broke some boards. One boat was very unfortunate, their hull delaminated during the race.

Jorden Veenman and Frank de Waard showed their skills in these heavy conditions and were unbeatable. For start till finish they were leading the fleet and never gave it away. For a long time Rik Duinmeijer/Corstiaan Alessie were in 2nd position, but a broken spinakerpole ended their race. Father and daughter Den Houting (yellow Trekhaak Hobie Wild Cat) took over 2nd position and managed to keep the other boats behind them till the finish line. Especially when you keep in mind that Babette den Houting is pretty light and these conditions were heavy for even the most experienced catsailors. But she and her father had a good 'training' at the F18 Worlds last month in Ireland.

1. Jorden Veenman/Frank de Waard
2. Jacob den Houting/Babette den Houting
3. Marthijn Elshorst/Peter Schouten
4. Gerard Loos/Pieter Ruitenburg
5 - 65: DNF

Photos: Ronald Brakel -
Facebook of the event:
Official website of the Eneco Luchterduinen Race:

Weekend Racing: F18 Nordics & A-Cat German Nats

Quick Links to both events below. More info on Monday. Image F18 Nordics - More at fb/Vallensbaeksejlklub
- F18 Nordics after 2 races : Dahl-Fischer , Grunert-Gravdal , Stedman-Borreskov
Full Results Here

- A-Cat German Nats after 4 : Keller, Heemskerk, Badzio
Full Results Here

Round Britain & Ireland Race 2014: Oman Sail MOD70 beats BPV Record

All Images: Mark Lloyd / Oman Sail FB - Great job for the Oman MOD70 crew beating the beast  Banque Populaire V / Loick Peyron and their record by only 16mins. Quite an achievement for Oman crew and equipment. Oman has invested in their sailing teams for a while now and it is fair to say: Money well invested in promotion.

MOD 70 Musandam-Oman Sail crew
Skipper - Sidney Gavignet
Crew: Damian Foxall, Fahad Alhasni, Jan Dekker, Sami Al Shukaili and Yasir Al Rahbi

Round Britain Race Official report at

Oman Sail Report :
"An exhausted but jubilant Sidney Gavignet and his crew of Damian Foxall, Fahad Al Hasni, Sami Al Shukaili, Yassir Al Rahbi and Jan Dekker crossed the Cowes finish line at 12.42.36 BST on Thursday 14th August 2014.

Their time for the 1956 nms course was 3 days 03 hours 32 minutes and 36 seconds which was just 16m 38s faster than the previous World Record set by Banque Populaire 5 in 2011. They averaged an incredible 23.8 knots all the way round the course and had no idea until they crossed the finish line that they had taken the record.

“We didn’t realise we had broken the record until we crossed the finish line,” said Gavignet.

“We got to St Catherine’s two hours before doing 30 knots but suddenly there was a cloud and no wind so we thought our chances had gone. But we kept working and working and finally we made it 16 minutes before the time limit.”

There was plenty of luck involved, he added.

“The weather was exceptional…I doubt you could find better for the Round Britain and Ireland Race except for two little clouds at the finish. We went round Great Britain and the islands without a tack, only gybes. No tack, zero tacks. That is rare possibly unique.

“It’s amazing to beat Loick Peyron and his boys on Banque Populaire 5 which is almost two times bigger than us. I kept saying there is no way we can beat that boat so it is a surprise. I’m a happy skipper.”
Full report at

A-Class Polish Nats 2014: Marcin Badzio Champ

2014 Round Britain & Ireland Race: Oman MOD70 leads doing 30knots

Image: Paul Wyeth  / Royal Ocean Racing Club. Oman MOD70 is leading the Round Britain race 2014 'cruising' at 30knots. Its being followed by the new Volvo 65 OD boats, currently doing 16knots.
How many years to have a foiling Offshore Multi?

Check Live tracker at

A-Class: Open Dutch Nats 2014@Hellevoetsluis: 22, 23 & 24 August

Image: Danny Broersen.-- Info sent by Kees Krigjer. 2014 Open Dutch are going to be held in Hellecat, 30 boats already registered. Check Entry List & Equipment Here
Full NOR Here - DACA FB page
5) Schedule
5.1 Competitors need to register at the regatta office in the club of Catamaran Vereniging
Hellecat on:
- Friday August 22 08:30 0 10:30 hrs
5.2 A total of 10 races with 304 races per day are scheduled. Except when races have been
postponed on previous days then a maximum of 5 races per day will be scheduled.
- Friday 22, 2014
11:00 Opening & skippers briefing
11:55 first warning signal, 3 races
- Saturday'23,'2014
10:25 first warning signal, 4 races
Sunday'24,' 2014
10:25 first warning signal, 3 races

More Info at

Beachcat Round the World: Yvan Bourgnon hit a reef at Sri Lanka

We've been following Yvan Bourgnon's trip since day 1 quite sad to inform about this almost tragedy. But luckily enough Yvan is alive and still wanting to finish after his 20' beachcat was completely destroyed at a beach break in Sri lank. 

This happened some days ago but I was waiting from Forward Sailing, that support Yvan on his Round the World attempt. For a pic on the wreckage check Daily Below actual video from Yvan crying in awe, shocking images. I hope he can end this Epic journey if that is his wish.  Remember he started the trip with a crew.... He is nuts, but all my respect for Yvan Bourgnon.
Report sent by Greg Toubel/FS: "Not very good news about Yvan, he had a big issue arriving at Sri Lanka, his catamaran was destroyed on a reef... Hopefully he is still alive and not injured : he had the chance to be ejected by a wave before the boat crashed upon the rocks.

Let's start by the story of this Indian crossing which should have been the longest stage of his trip : From Bali Indonesia to Maldives Islands, 2700 miles. After a departure with good conditions, problem started with a broken rudder, then a shroud.

He had to fix it alone at the top of his mast, a tough job in waves... The conditions were really hard, bad weather due to the monsoon in Indian ocean, strong wind and big waves and then total calm.
He reached the Equator and came back into the Northern Hemisphere the 28th of July after 5 months sailing in the South, and around 10 month after leaving Les Sables d'Olonne.

Then he decided to change his final destination to Sri Lanka due to bad weather and a long session to come only upwind still in strong wind and waves. He was more worried about damaging his catamaran than capsizing and from his position was able to reach directly Sri Lanka, sailing on the non damaged rudder and shroud.

But his arrival in South Sri Lanka, next to the harbour of Gall was dramatic unfortunately.
He was sleeping, boat driven by his automatic pilot, it should have gone to the South but for an unknown reason the boat changed direction and arrived on a surf spot where it was completely destroyed. It cannot be repaired.

Yvan was miraculously not injured, being ejected from the boat by one of the big waves which crashed the boat, he could reach the coastline, and see the wreck...

Now Yvan plans to rebuild a boat in South Sri Lanka to finish his project, he does not want to give up, but he will first need to find new partners.

He already accomplished the hardest and longest part of the trip, he "only" has to sail around 10.000 km to finish in Les Sables d'Olonne, sailing only in inner seas after the end of Indian (Red Sea and Mediterranean) which should be easier than Atlantic Pacific and Indian !

Here is the link to his last video - only in French :

Very sad but he wants to be positive and believe in his dream - being the first guy to achieve a round the world trip on a beachcat !"

2014 F18 German Nats for Robert Schutz & Rea Kuhl

Images & Results sent by Jens Uwe Tonne. Racing & winning mandatory Mixed like in the Nacra 17 is one thing, sailing and winning Mixed in an Open class like the F18 has double merit. Robert Scgutz & Rea Kuhl (C2) have won the 2014 German F18 Nats over a 40 boat fleet. 2014 Worlds are going to be held in Kiel, Germany.
2nd place for Jorg Gosche & Hannes Pegel (Wildcat), Sven Lindstadt-Maren Odefey 3rd overall for another Mixed crew .

The local fleet is looking good with 40 boats for a local Nats towards towards next Worlds in Kiel 2015, great work on the German fleet. The F18 Class will aim for the usual numbers again for Kiel, Ireland was a great event and for x reasons didn´t got the desired nrs or support by the European fleet, but the Class needs to continue to open the frontier and expanding/developing local classes if they want to continue long term growth.
In fact 2015 is going to be a key year for the Class without a doubt. With some german sailors we might have a special project for the occasion. More news soon.

Full results below (40boats). Check some excellent ones by Nils Bergman at his FB page.

Rang Land Segel_Nr Steuermann/Vorsch. Club 1.W 2.W 3.W 4.W 5.W 6.W 7.W 8.W 9.W 10.W T Pk
1 GER 276 Robert Schütz
Rea Kühl
-8 -9 1 2 1 5 3 1 4 1 18
2 GER 2 Jörg Gosche
Hannes Pegel
4 5 2 1 (DNS) 2 (DNF) 2 1 2 19
3 GER 309 Sven Lindstädt
Maren Odefey
-7 -6 4 3 4 1 1 6 3 3 25
4 GER 280 Dieter Maurer
Katrin Oldenburg
5 2 10 8 2 -12 2 4 5 (DNS) 38
5 GER 264 Andreas Behem
Philip Dr. Boll
2 12 -13 4 3 7 7 3 8 (DNS) 46
6 GER 278 Martin Friedrichsen
Malte Nickels
-17 -16 5 11 6 6 8 13 16 7 72
7 GER 13 Jens Uwe Tonne
Max Said
1 4 14 (OCS) 11 4 13 (DNF) 9 18 74
8 GER 17 Eckart Kaphengst
Tom Heinrich
-16 7 9 10 8 13 -14 5 12 11 75
9 GER 286 Daniel Paysen
Nico Heinrich
14 -24 11 -18 12 16 6 9 7 4 79
10 GER 310 Christian Sach
Kirsa Sach
6 -18 6 9 15 3 -20 18 17 6 80
11 FRA 1 Andreas John
Merle Baars
3 11 3 6 10 (DNF) (DNF) 7 2 DNS 84
12 AUS 359 Jan Jensen
Penny Wyon
11 19 -35 5 5 (DNF) 16 17 6 5 84

2014 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race

Photo: Rick Tomlinsom / RORC - Oman MOD70 full speed and almost full airborne. Full gallery at Royal Ocean Racing Club FB - Report & Official web at

Rio Test Event 2014: Besson-Riou 1st..Again.

Images Billy Besson FB,  Alex Ferro - Rio 2016 & ISAF. Yet another win for the Billy & marie, not much to add, I just hope they can repeat in 2016. 
Bundy and Nina with a good second after several 3rds. The French team secured the title with a 3rd in the medal race and the Australians ended 6th. The Aussies will have some pressure with Waterhouse & Darmanin for the Aussie spot. Besson-Riou will breath thin air too with Cammas fighting the french one.

The Medal race was won by the Arg-Sui sailor Matias Buhler & Nathalie Brugger. Matias stop racing for Argentina on the lack of support. 

The British team was the only to put 2 boats in the top ten , 3r & 5th overall.
Next big event Santander Worlds in September that will define 10 slots for Rio 2016.

In the 49er 3 A-Class & Americas Cup sailors were present in the podium with NZ Blair-Tuke first and Outteridge-Jensen in 2nd.
ISAF report at

- 49er Full Results at
- Nacra 17 Full Results at

1 FRA1 Billy Besson Marie Riou 8.0 3.0 1.0 (12.5) 1.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 6.0 37.5 25.0
2 AUS64 Darren Bundock Nina Curtis 1.0 1.0 7.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 (15.0) 8.0 12.0 51.0 36.0
3 GBR076 Pippa Wilson John Gimson (9.0) 7.0 5.0 4.0 7.0 5.0 7.0 3.0 4.0 51.0 42.0
4 NED244 Mandy Mulder Coen de Koning 4.0 6.0 (10.0) 5.0 4.0 6.0 4.0 7.0 8.0 54.0 44.0
5 GBR181 Ben Saxton Hannah Diamond (6.0) 4.0 4.0 6.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 20.0 50.0 44.0
6 NZL222 Gemma Jones Jason Saunders 3.0 5.0 6.0 2.0 5.0 (7.0) 5.0 5.0 16.0 54.0 47.0
7 AUT240 Thomas Zajac Tamja Frank 2.0 9.0 (13.0) 1.0 11.0 3.0 9.0 2.0 18.0 68.0 55.0
8 SUI220 Matias Bühler Nathalie Brugger 13.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 (17.0) 11.0 11.0 6.0 2.0 83.0 66.0
9 AUS53 Euan McNicol Lucinda Whitty 7.0 2.0 9.0 17.5 6.0 (18.0) 3.0 12.0 10.0 84.5 66.5
10 FRA077 Franck Cammas Sophie de Turckheim 5.0 11.0 2.0 10.0 10.0 (12.0) 10.0 11.0 14.0 85.0 73.0

Americas Cup 35: Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron IN

Image: Chris Cameron, TNZ. Great news with the Kiwis involved again in the Cup. Try to imagine what would have been last Cup at SF without them...
Press Release sent by TNZ / Warren Douglas.  August 8, 2014
"The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has lodged a challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.
Out-going Commodore Steve Burrett announced that the challenge would go ahead at the Squadron’s annual meeting last night.

The Squadron will be represented by Emirates Team New Zealand. Challenges must received by the defending yacht club, the Golden Gate Yacht Club, by midnight Friday, San Francisco time.

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has been involved with all but one New Zealand America’s Cup campaign since 1987, winning at San Diego in 1995 and successfully defending at Auckland in 2000.

Mr Burrett said: “New Zealand has a distinguished history in the America’s Cup and we expect Emirates Team New Zealand will once again make New Zealand proud, just as it has done many times in the past.
“We wish the team well and we look forward to contributing to the success of the 35th America’s Cup.”

Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton says the team is pleased to be able to be in a position to challenge with the confidence of being able to represent the country well. “This is the official start of a long, hard journey. We do not under-estimate the challenges ahead.

“We look forward to working with the other teams to create a great event"


A-Cat Nordic Championships 2014: Thomas Paasch Champ

Images: Nordic Championship.- Thomas Paasch won the 2014 Nordic Championships on a Nikita equipped with Exploder Js & T rudders. This could be the first racing successful upgrade of a non 'factory' flying platform. I think this can be done with the Marstroms and other non flying setups.

On the upgrade, Thomas published some videos where he was learning to fly his Nikita and they were anything but smooth on those first rides, surely far from the winning mode he had last year with several 1st places. 

But this is the appeal imo on current non auto flying mode.  You need to work your skills to excel. Even morel in 5knot racing or chop where standard setup has still an advantage.

Paasch decided to upgraded his foils, he trained hard and rewards came in the shape of a Nordic crown. Sweet reward on the efforts and hours invested.  Check Thomas report at A-Class official website

Rio Test Event, Day 3: Besson-Riou take lead

Photo: Alex Ferro / Rio 2016 / ISAF.- Billy and Marie are simply owning this class. Still not finished but they have an extra gear. Pity Billy did not race the F18 Worlds to possibly add another double crown as he grabbed in 2013 (N17 & F18 Worlds). Nacra 17 Worlds are going to be held in September at Santander. Billy & Marie are defending champs.
Bundock-Curtis scored 15th & 8th in the last two races to go down to 3rd overall and 10pts behind Besson.
18 boats and 7 diff country flags in the top 10, looking as a tough event. Cammas & de Turckheim with four +10th places for a 9th overall.

Bundock's comments from his FB Page: "Until yesterday I thought Rio's water and rubbish problem was all media hype. Yesterday was the first time we really raced in a out going tide and dodging rubbish was the order of the day.
Started the day well with a 3,1 but in the second race we hit something going upwind under the water and the boat stopped but we kept going. Luckily we recovered and still won that race. 

Race 3 we were not so lucky and had our rudders pop up double trapezing downwind and spun out and capsized. Not fun we finished 15th. The last race of the day on the final downwind I slipped in the final gybe to the finish and capsized but recovered to 8th. A lot of rubbish but still a cool and amazing place to sail. Currently 3rd overall."

ISAF Report at
Top ten below. Full Results at

Pos HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1 FRA1 Billy Besson Marie Riou (8.0) 3.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 19.0 11.0
2 GBR181 Ben Saxton Hannah Diamond (6.0) 4.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 24.0 18.0
3 AUS64 Darren Bundock Nina Curtis 1.0 1.0 7.0 3.0 1.0 (15.0) 8.0 36.0 21.0
4 NZL222 Gemma Jones Jason Saunders 3.0 5.0 6.0 5.0 (7.0) 5.0 5.0 36.0 29.0
5 NED244 Mandy Mulder Coen de Koning 4.0 6.0 (10.0) 4.0 6.0 4.0 7.0 41.0 31.0
6 GBR076 Pippa Wilson John Gimson (9.0) 7.0 5.0 7.0 5.0 7.0 3.0 43.0 34.0
7 AUT240 Thomas Zajac Tamja Frank 2.0 9.0 (13.0) 11.0 3.0 9.0 2.0 49.0 36.0
8 AUS53 Euan McNicol Lucinda Whitty 7.0 2.0 9.0 6.0 (18.0) 3.0 12.0 57.0 39.0
9 FRA077 Franck Cammas Sophie de Turckheim 5.0 11.0 2.0 10.0 (12.0) 10.0 11.0 61.0 49.0
10 SUI220 Matias Bühler Nathalie Brugger 13.0 8.0 8.0 (17.0) 11.0 11.0 6.0 74.0 57.0