Apr 23, 2017

Team Malingri, Dakar-Guadalupe: Record Achieved

We waited till having their official press release and confirmation to post the news. Vittorio and Nico Malingri have broken the previous Dakar-Guadalupe record on a 20' Cat specially designed by Balance Arquitectura Naval.
Special cruising cats like the one used by the Malingri Team offers a bit more stability and a rather safer ride than coastal beachcats. I've built 3 special cruisers with our first f18 hulls, we added 3mts beams , wings , rollers furler jib / spi and even one for reefing the main over the boom.
They are being sailed on our Patagonian Coast and the guys have endure some storms and tough days,  but nothing can compare to these two brave sailors crossing the Atlantic.
Other 'nuts' in the same league are Beto Pandiani and Yvan Buurgnon. Check Beachcat Cruising label for more cruising posts.
Below press release by Malingri Team confirming the record:
This adventure is one of the most important Citroën Unconventional Team challenges of
2017, of which Vittorio and Nico Malingri are part of. The challenge is supported by Citroën, their main partner, and by OneSails, their
technical partner.

Vittorio and Nico Malingri, cut off the Point-à-Pitre line on April 20th at 12:19:47 UTC. Father
and son crossed the Atlantic from Dakar to Guadeloupe in 11 days, 1 hour and 9 minutes, taking
10 hours and 16 minutes less compared to the record time earlier held by the French duo Moreau and Lequin.

After a long and exhausting sailing on a non-inhabitable six feet long beach catamaran, Vittorio and Nico made another big adventure and brought the record back in Italy.
Vittorio and Nico departed on the morning of April 9 at 11:10:45 UTC. After initial difficulty in leaving Dakar, they immediately started on a straight line heading hundred miles south of Praia Island, Cape Verde, covering 285 miles in the first 24 hours (25 miles ahead of expectations). According to Navimeteo's advice and precise predictions, they decided to move to a lower latitude, around 12 N, to maintain a steady wind and avoid too many stunts and a very small, lightweight bubble.

Therefore the strategy of the team was to go south to where the trade wind was blowing at about 15 to 20 knots, to then haul off to create more apparent wind in the low wind stages, correcting the route directly to Guadeloupe. On the sixth day they had a slowdown initially due to the risk of a collision with two whales, fortunately avoided, and then capsized which forced them to swim to recover anything that had fallen into the water, including batteries and electronic navigation instruments.

Finally, Sunday, April 16, Easter Day, they rushed to the north, facing the wind that in the seventh and eighth days blew around 5 ENE knots, slowing Feel Good's sailing. Once they left the bubble behind, with the anti-cyclone reinforcement and wind from NE around 15 knots,  Feel Good begins to sail, even to fly, as Vittorio says "as a ball of fire!" Touching 12-13 and even 14 knots, plotting on the big waves and thus gaining over 100 miles.

As expected, another difficult phase close to the island, where the trade winds characteristic ripples can sometimes cause very strong gusts and change of direction. About 200 miles from the arrival, in fact, another moment of great suspense: they capsized again, which forced Feel Good to stay still for more than half an hour.

Then, finally, the resumption of navigation to an average of about 11 knots. However, it is not over yet: pursued by the blaze in the last 24 hours of navigation, Vittorio and Nico head north to the latitude of Guadeloupe to reach Point-à-Pitre with a couple of stunts. They navigate just over 6 knots, losing and recovering hopes several times.
"A palpitation finale," says Vittorio, the last 100 miles in about 14 hours, a tough record gained from start to finish, with no gifts and no luck.

For the duration of the journey they never gave up on fatigue, or felt down, Feel Good is their home and they enjoyed every moment of this beautiful journey in the ocean: "Like surfing a giant wave that never ends" (Vittorio).

Vittorio: “The hardest moment was yesterday morning: we capsized, almost 180°, we were scared of not being able straighten back up. Paradoxically the wind magically stopped in that moment and started blowing right when we started up again. We had some hard moments, especially when the wind fell down. Luckily, Feel Good has huge sails and therefore we were able to sail well even with little wind. For the rest, great fun, the complete first part of the journey was an infinite plane! There is nothing more beautiful and immediate on a sail boat  than to surf the waves in the middle of the Atlantic.”

Nico: “It went well even if we had a bit of bad luck the last days, but luckily we had gained a bit of margin at the beginning. It burns a bit as we could have done better but we made it. It has been hard, especially psychologically, as you always have to be alert, until the end we did not know if we would have brought the record home. In sailing terms, it has been an extremely special experience. The boat is great to sail, we prepared ourselves well and in comfort, which is very important.”

Dede De Luca CEO of OneSails International, technical parter of Team Malingri:
"Congratulations to Vittorio and Nico Malingri for having completed a great challenge. We are happy and proud to have contributed to this result with our sails. We will continue to work alongside Team Malingri with enthusiasm and passion!”

Carlo Leoni, Communications and External Relations Director of Groupe PSA: “Great Malingri. Another record gained greatly, after the one in 2016 in the Mediterranean, from Marseille to Carthage. Vittorio and Nico wrote another important page in the sport history of sailing. We are proud to have sustained and supported them in this adventure. A challenge that is perfectly in line with the spirit of Citroën, which is the most unconventional and audacious of the entire world of automotive. Bravi!

What else to say? We look forward to celebrating them when they return to Italy.”

Gianfranco Meggiorin of NaviMeteo Forecasting Team:
"This adventure, from a meteorological point of view, has been fascinating and technically interesting. The decision of the right moment to leave was hard to take and the finding the “right window” was crucial. Uncertainties were numerous, the anticyclone was the great absence and this was a rather abnormal situation. The sailing back up north was the most critical moment where the risk was losing the accumulated advantage. Nevertheless, Vittorio and Nico managed to make Feel Good sail very well. A record requires concentration up to the last mile. Bravo Vittorio, Bravo Nico. "

Vittorio and Nico Malingri are part of the Citroën Unconventional Team (CUT), an extreme sports team that share a passion for high-adrenalin sports. For more information on Team Malingri’s: team and boat, record, partners, and to follow the route in real time of Feel Good: vittoriomalingri.com/EN/team.html

To follow the adventures of CUT (Citroën Unconventional Team) adventures visit their website.

Apr 22, 2017

TNZ AC50 Launch @Bermuda

Images & video and report sent by Team New Zealand.  We like Artemis, but we cheer for Team New Zealand, specially after their past foiling and current continued innovation , plus their lone wolf 2017 campaign, plus untouchable Burling and mainly & simply enough cause Glenn Ahsby is sailing with them.
Look last secs on foiling tack and speed.... scary good. Lets see how they match up vs Bermuda squad towards the LV
"It is just over three weeks since Emirates Team New Zealand was sailing in New Zealand, and today the teams America’s Cup Class race boat was out sailing on Bermuda s Great Sound for the first time under inquisitive gaze of an armada of competitors chase boats getting a first hand glimpse of the kiwi boat in what has inadvertently become one of the most anticipated events of this America’s Cup cycle.

Late in the day, an ideal 10-12 knots on the tropical blue flat water, perfect sailing conditions that Bermuda has become renown for, the evening was more about a recommissioning of the systems and components to make sure everything was working properly before getting back into the mindset of pushing the development hard day after day.

The maiden sail in Bermuda came with an air of relief for skipper Glenn Ashby who has been like “a cat on a hot tin roof” waiting to get back out on the boat named New Zealand Aotearoa.

“When you look at the calendar it actually hasn't been too long since we last sailed in Auckland, but everything that has happened between times, packing up, flying the boat here and rebuilding it has made it seem a lot longer, the team has done a huge push to get us on the water as soon as possible.”

“But it was really fantastic to get back out there and get a taste of the race course first hand for the first time. It is pretty apparent already that this is going to be a really great regatta up here.”

Emirates Team New Zealand relaunched their race boat with their replacement daggerboards while the finishing repairs continue to be made to their race boards which were damaged in Auckland.

“We would have preferred to have our race boards back in the boat, but we need to be sure the repairs are 100% right so we don’t want to rush the repair. Hopefully we will have them come back online very shortly.” said Ashby.

With just 34 days to go until the first race of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers the urgency for continued development looms large and the team will be making the most of each day, the varying conditions as well as new equipment coming on line.

“As a team it is important we remain totally focused and flexible to learning as much as we can from ourselves but also our competitors.”

“From what we have seen in the past few days, the other teams all look to have strengths as well as some weaknesses. We will be no different so the race effectively has started as to who can make the most of these next five weeks to maximize all the speed they can in preparation for racing on the 26th May.”

Another official race training period begins on Monday in Bermuda, with all of the other teams likely to participate. When questioned with the Emirates Team New Zealand participation Ashby said:

“We will see how we go. We need to take our time to make sure we are happy with where we are at before starting any racing. But it will be good to get into some action with another boat as amazingly it is something we have not done at all yet.”

FP Essentiel 2 mins ride clip

Last video from from the FP Essentiel. Not the FP (now 'Elite') but you can appreciate my previous comments on Alex's kite. Crew can work on body trim and just leave the spi sheet 'stuck', I think you can even put a clam in controlled wind conditions. This is exactly what I reported from my experience crewing the FP 'Elite' here in BA. No wings for the racing version so crew body trim is more effective.
See also how Gurvan changes heading angles pretty hard and the spi maintains shape.
On the flight , not much wind available and the Essentiel continues to show you can foil pretty good and relaxed while seated on the wing, fulfilling the goal of this specific boat about the best Z foil conf can provide now a days.

Remember the Essentiel has an alu mas, weights at least 173kg and basically has an F18 hardware setup in materials and dimensions, it even has 2.55 width. Nevertheless hull construction, which is same mold as the F18 / FP Elite version, has a special dedicated laminate Epoxy & S-Glass combo for better strength and durability to sustain foiling loads.

Apr 21, 2017

F18 Windrush Edge production heading Europe

Sailing Pic: Alex Mckinnon, Australian F18 Nats 2017 - Brett Burvill's Windrush Edge is by now a established performer in the Formula 18 Class. With top results in the competitive Australian fleet and also in Europe with Sunnucks / UK crews and in Italy Lorenzo Bianchini. We've been following this project since day 1 and we are quite happy for its success. As Brett describes below, small yards building cats its a labor of love, you only make big profits if you sell plastic recreational cats. Building F18s for a small yard? breaking even is a joy.
F18s, A-Cats and else racing cats are refined built machines aside its components.

Imagine a yard building and selling Laser or Optis, you just have two molds to bond and you are set.
The internal structure and all being x2 in racing beachcats have a great overhead of man labor hours and dedication. So always appreciate the work and hours Brett and many others invest behind your boat.

For 2017 Worlds data check video made by Jasper showing some shots the venue at Denmark which seems a great place to race: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oLRiPNk_Eo&feature=youtu.be
Registration link: www.f18worlds2017.dk/entry-registration/

Build pics & updates sent by Brett Burvill: "Some new Windrush Edge F18's recently completed and on their way to Europe/ UK. Its great to be busy with building these boats and a healthy F18 fleet in Australia with lots of interest.
We have 1 new Tornado to build now and then a few more Edges to fill current orders. We set a target to do 12-15 Edges this year, with 6 now built since December.

Being a small company and all being built in house this is not really profitable but it is also great fun and very satisfying to see them on the water and getting great results . Time for some US customers... "Colouring the World one Edge at a time 😎"

Apr 20, 2017

F16 Worlds 2018 @Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia

Photo: Jasper van Staveren / F16 Worlds 2016 held @Knokke - The Formula F16 Class will organize their 2018 Worlds at Royal, Brighton Yacht Club, located in Melbourne , Australia. Nice for the F16 Class managemen to support since day 1 overseas attendance: "The F16 Class Association will support overseas competitors. Shipping facilities from central Europe will be provided in Bordeaux after the GPA in November. Book your flights and your accomodation early!"

I've been informed that the Class is also experimenting with some parallel foiling tests, will get in contact with  Brett , Gill or others involved to know more about it.
F16 Europeans 2017 will take place in July at Voile Libre Morges, Morges Switzerland. Official web: f16europeans2017.ch/   , NOR for Euros 2017 here.

For the 2018 Worlds check details of the event at rbyc.org.au/sailing/regattas/f16-world-championships/
Complete NOR rbyc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2018-F16-Worlds-NOR-Final-2017-04-13.pdf

6.1 Registration and Measurement and Inspection will be conducted on Monday & Tuesday January 22 & 23, 2018 from 1000-1700hrs. No initial measurements are available.

6.2 Dates of racing:
January 23 Practice Race
January 24 Racing
January 25 Racing
January 26 Lay Day – Provision for resails after 1430hrs
January 27 Racing
January 28 Racing

6.3 12 16 races are scheduled with a maximum of 5 races per day.
6.4 The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 1200hrs.
6.5 The latest time of the warning signal on the final day is 1500hrs.

Nacra 17 MKII Tests Flight by Gulari-Scutt (II)

Update: Just informed by Bora Gulari that he put down the Video as it was not intended for public view (took it as referenced below from their own public fb Team Page.) Sorry, but no way to see it now, it was really good footage.
Video posted by Gulari-Scutt Racing -  This is by far the best Nacra 17 MKII video posted till now. Flat waters indeed, but much can be appreciated. Like Bora's foiling hours, vs some other videos of the MKII out there, and how Nacra seems to have missed a bit the gennaker draft/shape (if this is the new prod one for foiling).
They had the same issue with the  Nacra F20FCS, first spi was unusable on high speeds achieved, now the F20FCS has an updated spi design.

Check how Bora has to bare away to maintain spi shape flowing.  For a valid comparison , not much work if any is needed in the Flying Phantom, I crew in the FP  here in BA and I remember just almost being 'stuck' with gennaker sheet, not much to do as the kite flies really good and keeps its lfowing shape in a wide range of angles,  which also permitted to concentrate in body movement to balance pitch.  Alex Sail Innovation FP 'Elite' gennaker it is also a high aspect ratio spi which goes to mast top.

Nacra is on the limelight for being Olympic, so they are exposed widely. Those are the good and bad things of becoming an Olympic boat.
On the flight, the Nacra 17 MKII looks really good on Gulari-Scutt hands, and fast too. Bora made his way to represent the US at Rio, and I think he will have an edge over others crews without any foiling experience as we discussed in his interview a week ago.
Some drop-offs, but I see the kite playing against a better sustained flight and forcing dome heel too, they look pretty gentle also in those flat conditions, I 've seen some harder ones with chop/waves.

The MKII flight is impressive, any catsailor capable to foil his A, will have a fest on the new Nacra 17, a statement based only in how other crews without foiling hours are flying the N17 like expert pilots. Thoug Bora's foiling gybes and smooth rides are till now the best I've seen.
The longer span boards are making their job too. Excelent design package delivered by Morrelli & Melvin.

Lange & Carranza are testing the boat right now in Ned. Will get Santi's impressions next weeks.

Australian Youth Nacra 15 Championships 2017

Photos: Australian Sailing, Beau Outteridge - I contacted Darren Bundock last week and he told me he is currently working with Australian Sailing for the Youth squads and also Nacra 17. Bundy continues to train in A-Cats and checking chances to attend to Sopot Worlds.
Helping kids out as he did with AC Youth in San Francisco its a great addition to his immense career and a task not many are willing or eager to do.
Aussie Youth Nacra 15   Report source Australian Sailing.:

"Western Australian siblings, Shannon and Jayden Dalton, have won the Australian Sailing Youth Nacra 15 Championship, hosted by Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club over the Easter long weekend.

Former Optimist and 420 sailors, Shannon and Jayden relished in the conditions on Lake Macquarie, winning seven from ten races over the course of the regatta. Having only spent the last four months training in the Nacra 15, the duo negotiated the light and tricky conditions on the Lake flawlessly.

“A lot of hard work has paid off,” said Jayden. “No one has really had the boats long enough to train and be really prepared, so it was really good to just get out here and see how we went with everyone else.

“We have been training hard at both South of Perth Yacht Club on Swan River, and on the ocean in the lead up to this event.
“The regatta was really quite light and shifty, and the water was really flat which we are not used to. We haven’t trained in the light breeze that much back home (Western Australia).”

Jake Liddell and Emma Jones from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia flew the flag for the east-coast of Australia winning three races across the weekend to take out second place. Local Wangi sailors, Jed Fatches and Karma Randall, also capitalised on the conditions finishing the regatta in third place after posting consistent results across the four-day event.

Australian Sailing Performance Pathway Manager, Mark Robinson said the first Nacra 15 Championship event was a great success.

“The Nacra 15 is a new multihull that youth sailors are climbing on board across the country to experience the speed and versatility that it offers,” Mark said. “We’ve received comments both from experienced multihull sailors and those new to the discipline that this is a great balanced boat ideal for our youth sailors.

“The multihull is a great pathway option for junior sailors coming from Optimists, Open Bics, Sabots and the like, and the event on the weekend highlighted that with such a competitive yet diverse fleet background.”

Next stop for the Daltons will be the 2018 Youth World Championships to be hosted in China this December with their training as a part of the Australian Sailing Youth Team to commence shortly.

“Shannon and Jayden now complete the Australian Sailing Youth Team that will travel to Sanya in China,” Mark said. “The other team members have been training in their home states since their selection earlier in the year and will come together as a team later in the year for training camps with the three appointed team coaches.”

Event Results – CLICK HERE
Event Video Wrap-Up – CLICK HERE
Event Images – CLICK HERE (All Credit – Australian Sailing, Beau Outteridge)

Apr 18, 2017

Team Malingri, Dakar-Guadalupe Record Attempt: Day 9

Seems Beto Pandiani is not the only nuts crossing oceans on 20' beachcats. Vittorio & Nico Malingri continue their attempt to break the Dakar-Guadalupe Atlantic crossing record held by the French navigators Pierre-Yves Moreau e Benoit Lequin: 11 days, 11 hours and 25 minutes.

Live Tracker fro Malingri Team on a 20' Cat designed by Balance Arquitectura Naval at: vittoriomalingri.geovoile.com/dakarguadeloupe/2017/tracker/?lg=en

Below Press release from today from Team Malingri , official web: vittoriomalingri.com/EN/index.html
Atlantic, April 18th 2017 "Vittorio and Nico Malingri, after a weekend of tough sailing, are 440 miles to arrival and continue to be in advantage on the record-time of Pierre-Yves Moreau e Benoit Lequin. 

This adventure is one of the most important Citroën Unconventional Team challenges of 2017, of which Vittorio and Nico are part of. During the weekend Nico and Vittorio Malingri had to deal with difficult days: 

Saturday they had a close encounter with two whales, then capsized and were forced to swim in order to retrieve all their belongings that fell in the water. Unfortunately, this left them with the electrical system damaged. 

Due to this, we did not manage to speak with them on Sunday but yesterday yes: “It’s an exciting finale; we can’t predict anything till the very end. With the average of today we will not make it for sure, we will see tomorrow. Now it is the worst moment, we were waiting for it. The wind blows at 5 knots, we are doing well because Feel Good is amazing, we have a huge sail. In this part of the Caribbean Sea, it is full of seaweed that keeps being stuck in the helm; and we keep needing to take them off every 5 minutes. 

Yesterday we cut the route by hauling off north, even though the forecasts suggested keeping south

Oracle AC50 'Bow Down attitude' explained by Slingby

Video source: Oracle Team USA. -- As I don´t get much from Slingby aussie accent for some words in video above , and Tom also speaking as a 'trade off' to level platform upwind, I went directly with Guru Martin Fischer to get a second thought on the matter.
We covered the bow down attitude here since first pic/video was shown that I remember, also we explained how is possible to achieve a more controlled and faster flight in beachcats with a similar trim.

But AC45T and AC50s are another league so I wanted to confirm again what Groupama Team France lead designer (and flying A-Cat/FP/GC32 pioneer) had to say on how they apply the bow down 'attitude' / trim, he confirms Slingby gral concept but more clear to read/understand:
Martin Fischer: " It's not just a trade off. With the bow down trim you reduce the wetted surface of the rudder. This reduces frictional drag and therefore increases speed.

As of the trade-off Oracle is talking about: we want to sail with maximum elevator differential, which means that the net angle of attack of the elevators with respect to the boat cannot be changed.

Therefore the trim of the boat changes as a function of boat speed (more bow down if the speed goes up). As the result the boats sail downwind with more bow down than upwind. Ideally we would like to have the same bow down trim downwind and upwind, but due to rule constraints we cannot achieve that - if we want to keep the full rudder differential."

Stunt 9 new Jib 'Turbo' package

Michele Petrucci decided to maintain current S9 mast / main sail area and a jib package to the S9. To keep previous S9s under the same conf is a good move, adding a jib on a single handler should be worth only on the added perf if any. Michele reports his experience racing at Vele di Pasqua vs other Cats. One thing is certain leaving any performance comparison , the S9 in above video looks super smooth, providing easy / stable foiling  taken to the extreme.
Comments from Michele: "This past weekend we had the first races for the new S9 Class. We had seven S9s on water , plus some Tornado , Hobie 16 and  A-Cats in the same event .
Wind was too light, 3-7 knots , good conditions for the A-Cat in floating and flying mode , but when wind was up to 5 knots the "S9T" was faster downwind.

Upwind it was better no to foil with 5 to 7 knots of wind as the pointing angle was very bad , so we prefer to use floating mode for that wind range.

In 6-7 knots the S9 has almost same performance than an  A-Cat upwind.
Quite happy on the new jib , still much tuning and setup left. This was  only  he third time we tested the new Turbo kit on the S9 , so I'm sure that we can make better in future.

When wind increased ,  S9 showed really great performance. Many people liked the boat , and told us they want joint the new class.

Sailors from Moth , A-Cat , and F18 competed on this first S9 regatta and all have find this boat to be really cool and many are thinking to join us.

Above video of me and flying A cat in downwind , 5-7 knots.
S9 versus foiling A-Cat , really ligth wind , more deeper and faster.

On second movie the team UK show a foiling jibe , test sailors are from 49er and skiff , thay was on boat only 30 minutes: https://vimeo.com/213461013

Apr 17, 2017

A-Class France (AFCCA) , Cata Cap Atlantique 2017: Emmanuel Dodé 1st

The official French A-Class Association held this past weekend the 2017 Cata Cap Atlantique at Cercle Nautique La Baule / cnbpp.fr. Emmanuel Dodé on his F1 dominated the fleet with 8 bullets out of 10 races (two discards). Emmanuel has been training hard in the A-Class for a couple of years now and he is on a mission to improve his performance from Medemblik towards Sopot Worlds 2017 to be held in August 28 : /aclassworlds2017.pl

At La baule second place for our friend and 2014 Europeans organizer Hervé Ledue and third overall for Albert Roturier.

Note this event was organized AFCCA (Association Française des Catamarans de Classe A / www.afcca.org)
, Asswhich gathers sailors under the International A-Cat Association (IACA / A-Cat.org) official rules.
The recently formed French "A-Classic" is a totally separated Class and do not belong to the IACA realm.

20 boat fleet, top 10 below. Full results at AFCCA fb page www.facebook.com/afcca.Classe.A/

Pos Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Tot
1 Emmanuel Dode 1 1 1 x2 1 1 1 x4 1 1 8
2 Hervé Ledue 2 x7 2 x5 3 2 2 2 2 3 18
3 Albert Roturier x7 2 3 1 4 x5 5 1 3 2 21
4 David Remy 3 3 x6 3 6 4 3 x11 6 6 34
5 Olivier Ballevre 6 6 5 x14 6 x11 9 6 5 7 50
6 Gilles Guitard 5 8 4 x13 8 6 4 12 x13 4 51
7 pascal Tetard x13 dns 10 10 2 3 6 3 10 10 54
8 Eric Cochard 4 10 8 6 5 8 8 8 x11 dns 57
9 Alban Dalibard 8 4 7 7 x13 x13 10 10 4 12 62
10 Arnaud Passelac 9 12 x14 4 9 7 x13 7 9 11 68

Oracle & SoftBank AC50s: 36.5knots in 11knots TWS

Onboard vid rib speed + wind data published by Americas Cup. Actual data is 42mph  for reference rib max speed and 13mph for wind speed.

For a quick status of the teams check Russell Coutts weights each Bermuda team after latest practice races: www.americascup.com/en/news/2486_-Artemis-Racing-have-made-a-massive-jump-in-the-last-two-or-three-weeks-Russell-Coutts-QA.html

M32s WMRT Coconut Grove Cup 2017: Evan Walker 1st

Photos & Videos: WMRT.com. Video above shows an excellent Match Race coverage , lets see what ACEA has for Bermuda in some weeks, at least to see the replays, if available. meanwhile the WMRT continues to provide complpete media coverage
At Coconut Grove the M32s have their second US event of the season:
 " Miami, USA (April 15th, 2017) – In a day filled with leaderboard upsets, the event winner was decided rounding the final mark in the final race of the regatta. Australia’s Evan Walker and his Team KA Match struck lucky on the last beat to win the final cross and pop a wheelie on the finish line to take the win in style..."

Full report at wmrt.com/evan-walker-steals-coconut-grove-cup-at-final-turn/
Coconut Grove 2017 Overall
1 Evan Walker
2 Nevin Snow
3 Anthony Kotoun
4 Jeremy Wilmot
5 Harry Price
6 Daniel Bjornholt
7 Marcus Edegran
8 Jo Aleh
9 Chris Poole
10 Viktor Serezkhin

Apr 16, 2017

Diam 24OD @Spi-Ouest 2017

Photos: Thomas Brégardis & Marc Ollivier / Spi-Ouest France http://www.ouest-france.fr/spi/ -
33 Diam 24OD racing at La Trinité uur Mer for the 39 Spi-Ouest Edition. Diam 24 OD is currently the flag ship for multiple crews Multihull racing. GC32s are putting on a show and good numbers, but it is totally another budget. This class has found the right balance in performance and costs and I see no
reason for any slow down in the future, they don't even need foiling at all. Diam 24iD are perfect in theri current form. Many French F18 sailors and youth talens participating too like the Haineville bros and Valentin Bellet.

Below top ten , full results at www.ouest-france.fr/spi/resultats/ , -> Resultats par Course -> Choisir Classements -> Diam 24

Place Pts Sponsor/Skipper C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 C9 C10
1 29.00  Lorina Limonade - Golfe Du Morbihan M. SalomonFRA11 6
2 41.00  Fondation Fdj Des Pieds Et Des Main D. Seguin/D. IehlFRA13 4
3 46.00  Trésors de Tahiti T. PlichartTAH118 9
4 48.00  Sfs S. Bouvet25 1
5 60.00  Lorina Mojito - Golfe Du Morbihan S. Robert09 16
6 60.00  Oman Sail T. DouillardOMA 1 (17)
7 61.00  Team Vivacar.Fr Cefim M. Souben12 10
8 63.00  Beijaflore V. Bellet11 8
(ocs)  6
9 82.00  Team Coved A. DucrozFRA 74 2
10 84.00  Cheminees Poujoulat
B. StammSUI 29

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