AClass Midwinters 2016: Nick Bowers clip


I've been sent this video link but the embed is only available at Ratherbe.com - Another great clip from Nick Bowers / Kettle Cinema , watch it at ratherbe.com/video/a-cat-day-one-key-largo-editors-extended-cut/
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Diam 24: Team Concise Racing @Barbados



Video sent by Robert Gullan / www.teamconcise.com . Take a good look to the video, current thumbnail doesn´t do justice to this little jewel of a clip.
Diam 24 sailors seem to have lots of fun racing together fast multis in the Tour de France a Voile. Spindrift & Groupama were also participating last year on the new tour . The Diam 24 was selected to replace a former fleet of monohulls.

This is the new multihull racing format coming: Sailing with 3/4 crews on Cats or Tris. Some interesting projects going on in the background,  GC32s are already here for a while but are expensive  and who needs foiling either way to enjoy Multis? We keep having a blast with F18s and the entire range of cats and I wont mind be onboard Team Concise Diam 24 on video below!
A Diam 24 package starts at 55,000 Euros.

Team Concise MsBarbados Diam 24 racing out in the Mount Gay Round Barbados coastal series. I
R Gullan is the skipper, this session was their first training for the Tour de France a la Voile which will take start in July.

Rob follows CSN since the early days and he reports that Barbados was an amazing place to go sail, especially as it was so cold once back in the UK.
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A-Class - Ronstan Midwinters 2016: Bailey White 1st

Imagess & video coverage by Ratherbe.com -  Bailey sailed an Exploder with J/Z boards and a custom Decksweeper sail from Bach Wilson / Carolina Sails.
Bach is Bailey's friend also sailed the event and is planning to build a dedicated  Decksweeper for C board As. Good to see new builders in the A-Class as we are seeing now in the F18,  Check Ratherbe.com for videos by Stephen Hansen . Nick Bowers cut will be available later (Two drones were available).
Report by Bailey White including some words by Randy Smith about the pass away of Larry Woods Sr. . Top ten results below plus link to overall. --
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"The 2016 Ronstan Midwinters at the Upper Keys Sailing Club turned out to be much bigger than we expected and even more fun.  What started with registration just breaking twenty turned into 35 boats as they just kept showing up on Friday.

About 15 boats made a week of it and enjoyed flat water, mid teens winds, and warm tropical weather all week.
The club put a lot of effort into making sure we had a good time with home made food and great
work all around.  They are already talking about next year.  Skip Kaub and his finance Melania made the event possible by hosting enough boats at their home to keep things comfortable at the club. 
Thursday’s foiling clinic started with video and set up review at the club led by me.  It was a good time for people to ask questions and share their insights on what was working and not working.  A lot of talk on rudders, getting the boat up, etc. UKSC prepared several drills for both foilers and classics and got us all on the water but a storm system brought us in quickly. 

Friday’s weather gave us high winds and big gusts at the beginning of the day.  The club postponed

Nacra 17s @Miami ISAF WC 2016: Mulder & de Koning Champs



Image Jesús Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing. - Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin entered the Medal Race leading the pack  6pts ahead of SUI and 8pts with the Dutchs.  The rest of the top ten didn´t had chances to win the event.

In the Medal you only have 10 boats racing so you might think starts are a little bit easier to handle. This time was not the case for the Nacras 17 at Miami WC. Santi Lange-Ceci Carranza went for a pin start which looked good in the beginning but ended with a penalty and the Australian team just got left behind by the fleet as they drifted behind the committee boat after an incident with Vittorio & Silvia.
It was hard to watch. Being dead last it was game over for them , but the future Olympic champs (if not Rio , it will be the next) started to recover from way back to give themselves a second chance for the title.

Meanwhile Mandy Mulder & Coen de Koning went for a temporary lead in tricky no trap sailing conditions. They finished the Medal Race in 3rd place, tying in points with Jason & Lisa who scored finally a 7th. The tie breaker went for the Dutchs though and the were crowned champs.
Mandy & Coen are coached by Mischa Heemskerk. The Dutch teams (Mischa, Beggeman & Visser were also racing) had the best start of this new campaign in 2013, they were simply dominating the regattas on a great previous work done with the new Nacra 17s promptly delivered by the factory at home.  Later that gap ferformance simply fade away, peaking again in the last stage towards Rio is the best thing that could happen to Mandy & Coen.

The Nacra 17 fleet is super competive, Besson & Riou have won last Worlds Championships and look untouchable in the key events, but no one has a medal granted.

I asked Iker and he confirmed that the Spanish Team will define their selection in coming 2016 Worlds at Clearwater, together with Palma & Hyeres.
The US selection is led by Gulari&Chafee, Clearwater will be final event of the selection.

You can watch the Live replay of the MR at catsailingnews.com/2016/01/miami-medal-race-live.html

Top Ten below, Full Rresults here

Pos Nation Sail Number Crew Race Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Total Net
1 NED NED-3 Mandy MulderCoen de Koning 1 7 9 3 12 15 8 2 7 15 11 15 2 6 -16 6 135.00 119.00
2 AUS AUS-2 Jason WaterhouseLisa Darmanin 19 3 3 4 3 11 2 -22 8 11 4 10 5 15 7 14 141.00 119.00
3 SUI SUI 220 Matías Bühler MatíasNathalie Brugger 3 -26 5 20 7 16 3 14 5 2 3 1 19 9 4 18 155.00 129.00
4 GBR GBR 042 Lucy MacgregorDavid Evans 26 6 12 -33 21 1 4 18 3 9 5 11 10 4 26 12 201.00 168.00
5 ARG ARG 226 Santiago LangeCecilia Carranza Saroli 11 1 44 10 4 (48)
OCS
9 23 20 6 2 2 11 1 10 16 218.00 170.00
6 GBR GBR 060 Ben SaxtonNicola Groves 21 2 4 -36 13 8 24 3 25 16 12 12 17 12 1 2 208.00 172.00
7 AUT AUT 277 Thomas ZajacTanja Frank 22 -40 6 5 19 13 11 20 16 4 18 5 16 2 15 10 222.00 182.00
8 ESP ESP 28 Fernando EchávarriTara Pacheco 6 30 26 -42 16 4 15 9 2 10 7 9 14 23 11 4 228.00 186.00
9 ESP ESP 246 Iker Martinez de Lizarduyjulia RITA ROMAN 17 20 1 11 10 22 22 12 1 3 16 23 1 8 -32 20 219.00 187.00
10 ITA ITA 307 Vittorio BissaroSilvia Sicouri 2 14 18 19 15 10 17 17 11 20 6 4 -27 7 24 8 219.00 192.00

Martinique Cata Raid 2016: Manu & Vincent Boulogne Champs

Miami Medal Race Live


You can go back in the time Line and watch from the start. Including interviews with lange, Jason & Lisa and Mandy & Coen.

A-Class: Learning to Foil the Exploder (Part 2)



Last year I published a video to show the learning process to get an A-Class airborne. It was March 20 2015. I did not sailed much after that. To Punta Ala Worlds I went to take pics and report. Last Wednesday I could sail again this season and Sunday a good Northerly was forescasted. I went to the club to sail the usual rather flat North winds conditions looking to achieve more flight hours. It was a good session with a borrowed Exploder A14 equipped with J/Z boards.

I tested the nose down trim tip Jakub gave me raising the boards 5-7cms and the boat felt quite stable & fast. In fact I used the cam gps feature and the fastest rides are the lower flights you can identify in the video when the 'humming' can be heard.

With bigger chop I should raise them again to fly over the waves, but with this North small side chop, the nose down trim worked really good. The foil rake, and the traveler position also can be seen in the video (I added a part when I'm not flying and I change the trim). For those starting to fly, my recommendation is to  open the traveler quite a bit. Tip I learned myself last year and I continue to give good  use, it's easier to level the platform once in the trapeze to start foiling.
Winglet angles: To tell you the truth I don´t know for these rides! I was so eager to sail that I set them the other day eyewise only.  Will check angle with phone level later to see actual settings this specific boat has.

Cunningham is completely loose in the video cause it's a borrowed boat and I don´t want to play much with it downwind after a pair of broken masts , but I should have removed wrinkles at least. Some are foiling full Cunningham to foil better.
With this second phase of the learning process I'm already looking forward to sail the new Decksweeper Felix is building for us. That will be the next step towards mastering the 'Art' of flying an A-Cat.

What a Joy is to fly these machines and I feel pretty lucky having the chance to experience such great rides.

Nacra 17s Miami ISAF WC 2016: Day 2

Martinique Cata Raid 2016: Stages 1 & 2 by Pierrick Contin

Nacra 17s Miami ISAF WC 2016: Day 1


F18 Australian Nats 2016: Day 1

Only one race held today in 'drifting' conditions.Prov top 3. full results pending, 40 boats registered: Van Kerckhof, Brett Burvill & Stephen Medwell. Steve Brewin is racing the Exploder with his sails, but no info on the rest of the fleet. Hope they get wind tomorrow.More pics at Aus Assoc FB.

F18 2016 Worlds: We've been testing the process and now the Registration is open, we' ll announce officially on Monday. Link & official web:  F18worlds2016.org.ar -

New Cruising Cat from South Africa: X5 Sail


Sent by Tamas Hamor / Xquisite Yachts : "Hi, we’re a luxury catamaran manufacturer from South Africa and we just launched our first vessel. Some images attached plus the boat launch video. More info at hour website www.xquisiteyachts.com. You can also visit us atat the Miami Strictly Sail show (11-15 February) "

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Land Rover BAR 'Academy' to select Youth Americas Cup Team

The AC45 Youth Americas Cup was a hit by the AC management, glad to know they will continue with the project. BAR announce a new 'Academy' project to select the young sailors to represent them at next Youth event in Bermuda.

Source and full article at Land Rover BAR: "The British America’s Cup Challenger and Land Rover, the team’s Title and Exclusive Innovation Partner, have deepened their commitment to creating a sustainable talent programme in sailing with the launch of the Land Rover BAR Academy. This new initiative will find and support talented young British sailors, and create a pathway into the America’s Cup.

The immediate goal is to select a British team to compete in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup (RBYAC) in 2017. Raced in the same AC45F that the senior teams use for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, every America’s Cup Challenger and the Defender must enter a team into the RBYAC. The finals will be fought out during the main competition in Bermuda 2017.

The RBYAC is seen as an important pathway for young sailors into the Cup, and competitors will be hoping to follow the example of two of the sailors aboard the winning New Zealand boat in 2013 – Peter Burling and Blair Tuke – who are now on the Kiwi’s senior sailing crew..."
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Back to Flight School

Today I went back to the water on an A after many months. A good friend who helped me a lot and is key for my last year A-Cat rides broke his mast,   I gave him the one exchanged with Piet Saarberg for IACA editing services in 2014. So the boat I was sailing has been grounded for a while.

Today 7/8 knots of a dying morning Northerly. No much much pressure but enough to get on the water again for some air time with the J/Zs daggerfoil, on a lent Exploder of another good friend.  Need to put this boat together in trim, much work left.  I'm confident that with a good steady breeze , say 8-10knots , I will be able to fly the 'long run'. I used this J/Z only 2 or 3 times past year only. The first one being a blast on a flat offshore 15knots.

I will work on winglet angles next days to a more neutral trim, also tested a new setting tip Jakub gave me. Let me give a good use to it, and get back with more feedback. Tested the Sony Action cam today, but I messed up with the settings, it has a gps also so it will be good fun to film next rides.

Also Felix is preparing the new Landenberger Decksweeper sails which are coming next months along some new tramps. Decksweeper production series will start soon after the tests done by Jacek in Poland, Sacha Wallmer on Swiss waters along Sandro and Nathan racing it at recent Australian Nats.

All in all, pretty happy to sail the A again, meanwhile I'm putting hours on the water till gather ring the funds to assemble my F18 to race the Worlds next 28 October 2016 here in BA. I have mast, Cirrus beams and sails ready.
No European season for me this year. Some Argies will travel to Medemblik A-Cat Worlds for sure eitherway.

Nacra 17 @Miami Midwinters 2016 for Buhler-Brugger

Photo: Buhler-Brugger FBSkiff & RSX Miami Midwinters was the previous event before ISAF World Cup 2016 which will define last places for Rio 2016. In Nacra 17 Mathias Bulhler & Nathalie Brugger From Switzerland and now coached by Legend Mitch Booth,  won the Worlds warmup regatta over the Danish Viking crews with Norregaard/Viborg & Cenholt/Lubeck in 2nd & 3rd respectively.

Moth Master Borta Gualari & Louisa Chfee scored two bullets. Need to check if the US crew is already defined. Spain will define their representative too , while Ven, Uruguay & Guatemala (Hobie 16 top riders and H16 North Americans Champs Jason Hess & Irene Abascal)  will fight for the Continetal slot as the US has secured theirs.

Qualified Countries till December 2015: sailing.org/tools/documents/2016QualifiedNationsMNAconfirmationfromallevents14.12.15-[19831].pdf

Top ten below. Full Results at regattanetwork.com/event/11485#_newsroom

A-Class Worlds 2016: June 18-24 @Medemblik

After a record number of entries for an A-Class Worlds at Punta Ala 2015, the A-Class will remain in continental Europe for 2016.  The Dutch Assoc will host this year Worlds at Medemblik.
Registration is open: acatworlds2016.nl/entries/register-for-event/
Entry list so far: acatworlds2016.nl/entries/list-of-entries/

Finally also the Class management has listened the French Assoc ,  our own and many others requests to establish two separated rankings within the same fleet as done by the US and Aussie fleets for years. Details at the official event website acatworlds2016.nl/

On Rules IACA has published a new article on the matter when it was more than quite in the western front!  Their concern might be based on the close call for Rule 8 modification voting process at last AGM in Italy. Any modification was rejected by a tiny margin.

But after Punta Ala I don´t see anyone pushing for a new vote this year, the US assoc will not put their heads on the chop again and I doubt any other NA will replace them for a new bid.
People need to analyze results & deeds from past Worlds to see nothing will happen in 2016. Which indeed is good news as we might be entering again a stabilized and incremental design scenario.

Foiling Rules discussions in my view are in a dead end right now with the performance we all saw at Punta Ala within current box rule.  While changes were focused on foil development Mischa came up with the new Sail 'Engine' & tramp design and left everyone wondering.
Foiling in 6knots as reported by 'rookie' Darren Bundock plus the early foil saw in Italy are taking current somehow initially restricted foil development to new heights.

Analyzing what an FP/F20 can achieve , where they need almost the same range of wind to start foiling downwind, the insert from below option might just became useless in the early foil performance aspect.
Easy of foil for a rookie might remain though until builders enter the refinement stable flight stage of current 4 point foiling solution.

At Medemblik we will see again a close competition between all designs with everyone now using the Deckweeper Sail  (with or without boom).  Plus the  new foil development seen at recent Australian Nats where Exploder sent a battery of new daggers and rudders prototypes.
It was a racing 'laboratory' with Brewin, Bundock, Outteridge, Beattie and others using different combos of foils & T or L rudder blades.
Check pics below, winglets are starting to ressemble Kite foiler hydro wing tip shapes... wonder why?

Brewin used the latest dagger foil version and Bundy used the Z5 which was the one used at Punta Ala for the 2015 Exploders. A known experienced foil designer is behind Exploder development, so I foresee their foils will match or even might improve current DNA foils.
Take an eye to Scheurer reported  latest devels also.

Of course we don´t know if Dna will realease new foil versions, till now modifications, on the info I have , are focused mainly on the platform aerodynamics.

With this scenario and to know more about what happened in Australia with the Exploder Camp is good to review Bob Griffits complete & detailed Final Wrapup for the recent Australian Nats he sent along pics of the T & L rudders by Exploder with a new tip end shape. Results & pics by Beau Outteridge Production here.
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Australian Nats 2016 Wrapup and pics sent by Bob Griffits. Photo Beau Outteridge Productions of Matt Homan at the Aus Nats 2016.-

Wrap Up A Class Catamaran 2016 Australian Championships.
"The 2016 Australian Championships has now come and gone. The record shows that Steve Brewin dominated the regatta, and won his third Australian Championship in the A Class Catamaran.
Steven has been at the top of the class for many years, and previously won the World Championship in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2011.

For months, Steve has been working tirelessly to perfect his foiling technique, as well as testing the endless evolution of rudders and centreboard prototypes that have emanating from Exploder in Poland. As a sail maker, he has manufactured many deck sweeper mainsails, and sealed trampolines in the short period since the Punta Ala World Titles in September.
He used a 2015 Exploder platform, with Z 10 centreboard, and “T” shaped Exploder asymmetrical horizontal sections on the rudders. Naturally he used his own deck sweeper mainsail design, and did not require a boom.

Adam Beattie, who finished second, used the same equipment, except that he used Exploder’s latest “L” shaped rudder designs.

Third placed Darren Bundock used Brewin main and trampoline, and standard 2016 Exploder.
One thing that all three placegetters emphasised was been fastidious in refining the angle of attack of the rudder winglet. This is an absolutely essential element for the ease and efficiency of foiling.

The final race of the series was sailed on Friday. The high winds that featured in the middle segment of the regatta were now exhausted, and we were left for hours drifting about waiting for the breeze.
Racing finally commenced at 2:00pm, in brilliant sunshine, and about 6 or 7 knots of easterly wind. Darren Bundock raced away from the remainder of the fleet on his foils on the first downwind leg as he skilfully exploited the gusts, and he went on to win by a large margin.

The battle was on for the second and third spots. Nathan Outteridge rounded the last windward mark just ahead of Steve Brewin, and the high speed-foiling race towards the finish was on Brewin prevailed over Outteridge to take the second position.

Darren Bundock gave notice in some of the pre-regatta training that he would be very fast in these conditions. He is a very skilful catamaran sailor with two Olympic Silver Medals to his credit. He is capable of foiling a Nacra 17, which has no rudder hydrofoil surface.
With a body weight of 73 kgs, he had little trouble coaxing his A Class up into the air, and it would certainly be a fascinating battle between Darren and his former crewmate Glenn Ashby in these conditions.

The Frequent Flyer award for this regatta belonged not the to sailors, but to the Postponement Flag. The weather proved a disaster. An intense low-pressure system known as an “East Coast Low” developed off the NSW coast during the middle of the regatta, which totally destroyed the normal summer wind patterns.

There was no wind for the Practice Race on the Sunday. Racing on the Monday was delayed several hours, but fortunately a reasonable, if patchy, NNE breeze arrived to allow three races to be sailed, with good foiling conditions.

The racing one Tuesday and Wednesday was blown away. Racing on Thursday was held in a slowly strengthening southerly wind, which was characterized by severe gusts, and lead to many capsizes, retirement, one completely broken boat, and the need to rescues some sailors whom became separated from their craft.

The top ten places were filled with the usual faces, which reinforces the obvious, in that the top sailors usually win.
The top non foiling boat sailed by Dave McKenzie came in at 11th place overall, and the next few positions were filled by the best of the non-foiling sailors.

Both the latest generation of Exploders and DNA boats are superb and efficient foiling designs. Exploders have improved their rudder foil design, and seemed to have caught up to the DNA’s, which arguably had the advantage at Punta Ala. The technology will march onwards.
One cost saving has become apparent and proved. A boom is no longer needed.

48 sailors entered the event. In the end James Spithill was unable to sail, and did not compete. Nathan Outteridge showed flashes of his brilliance including winning one race, and showing lightening speed and skill downwind. Unfortunately he had little time on the boat before the regatta. He was a very late starter for the first race, and he suffered from a DNC and a DNF in the strong winds of the

Thursday racing.
Both Darren Bundock and Steve Brewin will be contesting the 2016 World Titles in Holland.
There is a very high standard of A Class sailing and Australia, as well as a strong sense of camaraderie and friendship. No matter where you come in the fleet, there is a lot of fun both on and off the water".

Report by Bob Griffits.
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Jules Verne Trophy: Spindrift II Globe Crossing Highlights

Land Rover BAR: AC45 Winter Training


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IKA Kite Foil North Americans 2016



Sent by Icarus sailing  Media. - Video of Day 2 Above. Report & Final results links below.
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"IKA Kite Foil North American Championship 2016 - Lord of the Wind" - lordofthewindbaja.com

"The decisive day at Lord of the Wind 2016 has dawned and riders were yet again ready for an epic finale, and the last chance to demonstrate their skills in what was a thrilling round of heats in the Big Air competition. Julien Kerneur took a ‘go-for-broke’ approach in the final, which saw this star rider achieve the highest jump at 11.6 meters, showcasing commitment, strength and confidence. Jacob Olivier powerful riding style earned him second spot on the podium, followed by “airborn” Anthar Racco.

Perfect wind and wave conditions produced strong heats in the women’s big air competition. In the Finals, Cynthia Brown proved that she knows how to go big, dominating her way to victory. Kris Kinn secured silver with a jump at 8.4 metres and bronze to Astrid Berz.

The Slalom competition saw high octane racing and fierce competition as the riders weaved their way skilfully around the track. Bruno Ferreira came up with the goods, found better speed and superb style to seize the title.

As the riders headed ashore, they reflect on an action packed week, showcasing their sport at it’s very best with some gripping and nail biting battles. There was deserved celebration for the winners who could now relax and enjoy the atmosphere on the beach and the post race party Mexican style.

You can find the final results for each category here:
Top ten Kite Foil below: