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'Flying Dreams'

Sent by Phantom International: "Flying Dreams movie directed by the talented Elsa Blayau is an ode to ocean, water sports and femininity. Based on an original idea from Alex Udin, Elsa Blayau transformed the project to a complete story and brought it to reality with this realization.

The main character is played by Claire-Lise Welter a french water ski athlete double European champion in slalom. Claire-Lise embodies the modern woman, elegant and sporty.
The movie was shot with 2 cameras one Phantom Flex rigged on a stabilized crane and a Sony F55 CineAlta 4K to provide high speed, high quality and high resolution. During two days, more than 20 crews participated to the shooting that took place some miles away from the coast of Brittany.

Phantom International is very pleased to share this movie with you and we hope you will all have Flying Dreams.

Elsa Blayau, Movie Director
“I have known Alex Udin for several years, and each of us has progressed in our respective careers. He turned to me

F18 US Nats 2014 @Corpus Christi: Practice Race by van Staveren

All images by Jasper van Staveren / Practice Race for the 2014 US F18 Nats. Official website at
More pics at IF18CA FB

Quite happy for Matt & Gina Mac Donald, having their Falcon that I had the chance to sail for at LA 2012 being raced by Mike Easton & Tripp Burd.

HarryProa: Racing Offshore 1 & 1/2 Hull

Never got to understand fully the goal and performance of these Multis. Costs surely might be greatest asset. Above excellent animation render sent by Rob Denney from
I will get him back with a Q&A to get background on his HarryProas.

Hobie 16 NAs 2014 & Panams Qualifier: Jason Hess-Irene Abascal 1st

Main & below Mark & Grace Modderman by Mike Walker Photography / US Panam Multihull. Left:Jason Hess & Irene Abascal by Ron MacArthur / Galleries at  & --
Jason Hess & Irene Abascal from Guatemala took first place at the 2014 Hobie 16 NAs. Guatemala, US and Puerto Rico grabbed their spots for next 2015 Panams. Next November the South Americans will grant 3 more places. As Mexico didn´t qualified in this event the info I got is they will attend the SAs. This will put extra pressure to crews from Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela to secure their tickets for next Panams.  The US team is yet to be decided after Modderman finished 2nd clinching their country slot for Toronto 2015.

Report below sent by David Brooks/HobieClass.
Lewes, DE (September 27, 2014): "The 44th Hobie 16 North American
championships concluded on Friday with Jason Hess and Irene Abascal from Club Los Sauces, Guatemala taking the title. Mark and Grace Modderman from Long Branch, New Jersey followed in 2nd place and Pedro Colon and Monica Cabrera from Puerto Rico in third winning the tie break over Dan Borg and Liana Giovana from Canada.

Nine races were completed with 4 races held on the last day of the regatta. An early fall Nor’easter wreaked havoc on the regatta, postponing races for 2 days. The competitors were greeted to a beautiful day for the last day of racing with sunshine and Northerly winds that started out near 18 knots and faded during the day.

The event is also a Pan Am Games Country qualifier, with the top team from the top 3 countries (not including the host country, Canada) qualifying for the 2015 Pan Am games to be held in Toronto, Canada. The top three nations are Guatemala, United States and Puerto Rico. The top three US teams are Mark and Grace Modderman(2nd), Rich McVeigh and Carol Hilk (6th) and Paul and MaryAnn Hess (7th). The US representative to the Pan Am games is still to be determined."

Top Ten. Full Results at

Pos Sail   Skipper YC  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  Total
1   114291   Jason Hess/ Los Sauces, Guatemala 3   1   3   1   [19]   1   1   1   1   12  
Irene Abascal  
2   46   Mark Modderman/ SHBCC/ SHBCC   1   11   [17]   5   3   4   2   8   11   45  
Grace Modderman  
3   114405   Pedro Colon/ PRHCA/ PRHCA   4   3   1   14   [25]   2   5   6   12   47T  
Monica Cabrera  
4   115533   Dan Borg/ Water Rats/ St. James   6   2   6   [dnf]   6   13   3   5   6   47T  
Liana Giovando  
5   PUR340   Francisco Figueroa/ PRHCA/ PRHCA   12   4   5   [38]   34   3   6   4   3   71  
Jolliam Berrios  
6   112259   Rich McVeigh/ Hobie Fleet 54 8   13   4   2   13   12   10   [19]   14   76T  
Carol Hilk  
7   114317   Paul Hess/ Hobie Fleet 281 11   9   [14]   11   11   6   13   7   8   76T  
Mary Ann Hess  
8   108000   Patrick Porter/ QYC/ QYC   9   [21]   13   9   20   7   15   2   2   77  
Darcy Porter  
9   44   Greg Thomas/ ABYC/ ABYC   2   23   7   [25]   24   5   4   3   10   78  
John Williams  
10  114104   Peter Nelson/ Fleet 95; Div. 4   10   [dnf]   12   4   10   19   16   10   13   94  
Laura Sullivan  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014: 'Navigator's Race'

Australia: MHYC Multihull Short Offshore Series 2014-2015

Media Release sent by James Ogivlie.
New MHYC short offshore summer series for multihulls
"The march of the multihulls into mainstream racing is gathering pace with more summer events than ever before set to cater for the NSW fleet.

Last month’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week enjoyed bumper numbers thanks to a rise in multihull entries and Commodore of the Multihull Yacht Club Queensland, Bruce Weiland, says these days most clubs in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay offer a racing multihull division.

Today Middle Harbour Yacht Club at The Spit in Sydney announced the MHYC Multihull Short Offshore Series for the 2014-15 sailing season and invited owners with Category 4 safety certificates to be part of the inaugural eight-race pointscore.

“MHYC is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and rifling through our archives has revealed the club has been welcoming seaworthy multihulls since the first division was created for them way back in 1988,” said Commodore John McCuaig.

MHYC is the organising authority of the first-time MHYC Multihull Short Offshore Series and in charge of running five of the eight races plus scoring the fleet under OMR (Offshore Multihull Rule) across the season. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli has agreed to start and finish the remaining three races. The multihulls will dovetail into the existing short ocean series races run by these two Sydney clubs, and will start and finish on the same line as the traditional keelboats.

The multihull series will commence on Saturday September 27, 2014 and conclude on Saturday March 14, 2015.

“We are delighted with MHYC’s decision to support a new Saturday multihull series,” said Sean Langman, owner/skipper of the Orma 60 trimaran Team Australia and the man largely behind the push for the monohull and multihull fleets, particularly in NSW, to integrate. “Step-by-step Australia is joining the rest of the planet and enjoying the purity of sailing these boats. All power to MHYC for having the foresight, and to RSYS for getting on board.”

Soon after Christmas and mid-way through the short offshore series Team Australia

F18 Arg, Buenos Aires Week 2014: Krevisky-Lopez Segura Champs

Image: Marcela Zapiola. No pics available from winners, this above is from  a past Nats. --
Another day of light wind racing conditions this past Monday here in BA, Agustín Krevisky & Billy Lopez Segura with a C2 managed to score 4 bullets in the last five, to complete 13 races in total that place a 3rd discard into the game giving them the chance to grab this 2014 BA Week Title.

Second place for Smith-Heuser (Infusion) and 3rd for Blando-Quagliotti (Phantom)
Next local F18 event will be Arg Nat Championships on November 20. NOR available here.

Top 5 Below - BA Week Full Results for all classes at  at

Pl Sail Crew Tot 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1 6 Agustín Krevisky & Eduardo López Segura 29 4 3 (ocs) 1 -9 9 (ocs) 4 1 1 4 1 1
2 1785 Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser 32 -6 (ocs) 6 2 4 1 2 2 2 6 3 4 -9
3 2016 Esteban Blando & Nicolás Quagliotti 34 2 1 1 5 -11 -10 3 7 3 3 6 -8 3
4 666 Ian Rodger & Nicolás Aragones 41 1 2 2 3 -10 7 6 1 4 7 8 -9 -10
5 1636 Juan Pablo Sucic & Juan Cruz Benitez 41 3 4 3 4 1 4 4 3 7 -8 -11 (ocs)  8

DIAM 24, 2014 last event: Looking forward to the 2015 Tour

Images by Jacques Vapillon / DIAM 24 Class. Report sent by Charles Haineville.
"Last event of the Diam 24 2014 Series.
8 boats were on the start line during 3 days at La Trinité Sur Mer. We had all kind of conditions, medium winds the first day , light wind the second and strong ( 20-25 knots ) the third.

This event closed the Diam 24 2014 series. It was a great experience for all the sailors to see the reaction of the boat in this type of conditions like the 18knots of the first day. it was exciting !!!

We are all impatience waiting 2015, as it will be a great year for the Diam 24 Multihulls in France when the our fleet will take over the Tour de France à la Voile.
Check here a start short vid sequence taken by the RC boat, where you can see how fast these boats are. Imagine 25 boats next year for the Tour.

Top 3 Results:
1. Le Télégramme contre la muco (B. Amiot) 17 pts
2. Cheminées Poujoulat (Bernard Stamm) 22 pts
3. Ramouna (C. Hainneville) 25 pts

Beachcat Round the World: Help funding Yvan Bourgnon

We've been following Yvan's adventure since day 1. After his crew abandoned him, losing main sponsors and crashing his boat in Sri Lanka, Yvan is searching for funding to continue this epic voyage.

Help him through

Greg Touble from Forward Sailing comments: "He has set up a crowd funding campaign to reach 40.000€. There are still 2 weeks to go for this campaign, and he is at 50% - a bit more right now, so if you can share it would be great ! He still needs our help !

If he can find the missing 20.000€ he will continue.
He is actually in Sri Lanka to rebuild some pieces, and he must take a decision soon about hulls."

Check Yvan's log book past posts at

Dutch Dragoon Cup 2014

Another good work for the kids this time from Netherlands.  The Hobie Dragoon is a great little cat for kids, I've seen them at Carnac, where 4? yrs old where rigging them to go out.
Dragoon Dutch Cup 2014 report Sent by A-Cat sailor Kees Kriger: -- 

"In 2007 Geert Schouten from Catclub Zeeland had the idea to start a youth sailing program with Hobie Dragoons. Nowadays 11 Dutch catamaran clubs are training youth on Hobie Dragoons and since 2010 they have compete the end of the season in the Dutch Dragoon Cup on the Veerse Meer in Zeeland. 

The Dutch Dragoon Cup has become very popular within 5 years, 39 teams entered the 2014 edition. During those five past editions, the best results were scored by the Belgium teams. 
In the past Henri Demesmaeker was a winner of the Dutch Dragoon Cup and is now very successful in the F16, in which he even became a World Champion at the age of 16. 

The final results of the latest edition of the Dutch Dragoon Cup again show Belgium winners in the C3 and the Dragoons, so compliments for their trainers!! 

Greetings, Kees Krijger

F18 Arg, Buenos Aires Week 2014, Day 4: Gonzalez Smith-Heuser lead

Route du Rhum 2014: Multis Entry List

Images: Spindrift by CSN / Prince de Bretagne by Marcel Mochet / Sodebo by Yvan Zeda / BPVII & Happy by Christophe Launay /  Gitana MOD70 by Yvan Zeda /  IDEC by
Loick Peyron will not sail by sextant the vintage 'Happy' (Walter Green designed wooden Tri, pic by Launay above) this 2014 edition, he will race BPVII as the original skipper Armel Le Cléac'h was injured weeks ago.

Loick will compete against some fellow French sailors like Energy teammate Yann Guichard, Francis Joyon and others. Peyron will try to grab a title pending for him. Spindrift video on Yann Guichard solo handling the 40mts beast Here. Check boats and skippers table below,  source by Route de Rhum 2014:
Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2014 showed in 4 groups :

1/ Le Maxi Spindrift 2 -  Yann Guichard, 40mts Trimaran , ex BPV , biggest Tri ever built 131'-

2/ 100  Trimarans:

- Banque Populaire VII (Winner Route du Rhum 2010) Loïck Peyron, 
- Idec Sport , Francis Joyon  
- Sodebo Ultim' , Thomas Coville.

3/ Maxi80 Prince de Bretagne, 80' ,  Lionel Lemonchois.

4/ MOD 70 adapted to Solo Racing:
- Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild, Sébasien Josse, 
- Musandam Oman Sail, Sidney Gavignet 
- Paprec Recyclage, Yann Eliès.

Boat Lenght Width Weight Mex Sail Surface
Maxi Spindrift 2     40 23 21 804
Banque Populaire VII  31,5 22,5 18 678
Sodebo Ultim    31 21,2 NC 663
Idec     29,7 16,5 11 520
Maxi 80 Prince de Bretagne     24 18,2 7,2 441
Multi 70 Edmond de Rotschild   21,2 16,8 6,3 409
Musandam Oman Sail  21,2 16,8 6,3 409
Paprec Recyclage    21,2 16,8 6,3 409

Andy Scheurer & the Caviezel bros: Developing the Scheurer G7

This year I had the chance to participate at the Bordeaux 2014 A-Class Europeans, and thanks to the help of Andy Scheurer and Sandro Caviezel I got to sail the G6 and race in the A-Class racing for the first time.

It was a great sailing and learning experience,  the A was all I expected to be and I got hooked even more with the boat.  I also got to know people that had been part of the Class for many years and still fully involved like Andy Scheurer, Piet Saarberg & Scott Anderson.

Getting to know people like Andy Scheurer who has been shaping the sport along other it was great, it reminded me of my grandfather, who spent his life building rowing boats and coaching. 

Andy lent me his own boat to race and was ready to help at any time. Seeing him so happy after the regatta and on the hard work done for the new G7 was one of the highlights of my trip. Photo left: Scheurer G1 "Fighter" , Circa 1976. 2nd Image above: G4 'Woody' version. 

I got in contact with Sandro when he was sailing the 18HT as  he  was sending material to publish in csn. The 18ht Class didn´t survived but he migrated to another light carbon machine, this time the single handed A-Cat.

Sandro and his brother Daniel had both professional Eng background that helped to developed the Scheurer G7 as Andy got them involved in the project.

It ended being a quite successful partnership with Andy re launching he is already winning floating mode G6 platform to the G7 foiling mode. After a few months of development Sandro got a 5th overall at Bordeaux and the European crown.

Below some background on the Andy's A-Class lifetime project and the G7 development plus the Scheurer A-Class evolution gallery from 1976 to date.

Interview with Andy Scheurer , Sandro & Daniel Caviezel.

-- CSN: When did you guys started sailing A-Class and why?
Andy Scheurer: I joined the A-Class in 1975. I guess I joined the A-Class for the same reasons as many others: You don’t need a crew which gives flexibility to go sailing whenever I had time. At that time Dieter Melcher basically started and pushed the A-Class in Switzerland.

-- For how long Andy has been involved with the Class and building As?
AS: I built the first A in 1976. This was the “Scheurer Fighter” (G1). At the same time I was building the Tornado (1972-1993), so I did not continue building As after the G1 until the G2 in 1992/93.

The G3 followed in 2000 and Peter Tobler won the European Championship with the G3 in 2002.

Folding the P35

Not used to expose carnage of projects or boats, but this one was published by the 50/50 Team themselves.

The P35 is a smaller version of their P50. With a forward canard rudder conf plus two masts for light wind lake racing.

Luckily No one was hurt. 
More images at the FB page,