Nov 21, 2017

VOR inshore Foiler proposal by VMG Yacht Design




After seeing the strange & complicated attempt yesterday by TNZ to design a fast AC vessel while maintaining 1 hull to please the old guard (?) , we received some fresh air from another VOR inshore proposal, this time an scaled up S9 coupled with D35 heritage +  twin mast rigged alternative.  VMG Yacht Design has discarded the proven AC72 / AC50 3pts foiling conf for a 4pt T foil system which has been working really good in recreational foiling cats but not seen yet as full bore racing one.

The T foiler conf they have added 2 different rigs options, check below details by the designers.

Renders & text below sent by Fabrice Germond / VMG Yacht Design / vmgyachtdesign.com
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"Lately we have seen publications of some of the foiling cat projects that were submitted for the Volvo In-Port Series, and today we are very pleased to share our own vision for the Series. As we live in Switzerland, we were very much inspired by the famous D35. We kept thinking how fun it would be if two exciting circuits could race the same platform. So we proposed two designs, one that matched the requirements of both circuits, and another that answered strictly to the Volvo tender. One thing to keep in mind was that there are very specific wind conditions on Lake Geneva. We had great fun working on such a demanding tender, and we definitely hope that other teams will also publish their project, as we are sure that very interesting solutions were submitted. We would like to thank all the people that would have collaborated with us on this project, as well as everyone we solicited along the way.


VOR flying multihull proposal by VMG Yacht Design
Design Proposal 1:
This is a state of the art 35' feet flying catamaran that includes all the latest features. This catamaran is a “limited risk project” and is an evolution of the current trend of foiling catamarans. This boat can race in either of the following mode: Archimedean or Foiling. Therefore, this boat is somehow a “3 in 1” boat that is compliant with the specificity of being a full foiling boat on short In-Port Series, an exciting one design boat for long distance racing and a boat that can deal with very light winds encountered on some lakes.

Design Proposal 2:
The second project is the result of a brand new approach to the concept of foiling multihull. The innovation lies in turning the concept around, whereby the foils are the central piece of the boat. This 39‘ catamaran is light and efficient with a twin rig with soft wing sails. The hulls are limited to the strict buoyancy requirement to maintain the boat afloat when not foiling. The overall flight stability is clearly enhanced as the distance between the main foil and the rudder is maximum. This new approach does not represent high speed sailing as we know it today. However it reflects the future of sailing whilst having appeal to sailors and non sailors alike.


PDF presentation available on our website: vmgyachtdesign.com

VMG YACHT DESIGN

Fabrice Germond
Architecte Naval
+41 79 782 41 03
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Nov 20, 2017

New Americas Cup Mono Foiler Concept revealed by TNZ





These guys are top notch designers , plus they also have a proper method on previous scale testing before going to production, but right now concept above seems like a crazy idea , tricky and a bit of fantasy...  But who we are to say anything to the team that came up with the first efficient foiler racing Cat and delivered an humiliating performance edge over Oracle at Bermuda.

Feeling a bit for the monohull purists though... leaving AC50s Cats for this, is like inventing the wheel all over again. 75 foot to target a faster AC design past Cup.
Well, lets see if this concept can reach a final built, or is one of the ideas to be refined.

Check first render above below the video. That is some pretty dangerous foil hanging out there to race in close Match Racing, aggressive AC helms will be handed a lethal weapon...

Video , renders & data source sent  Emirates Team New Zealand Press  / emirates-team-new-zealand.americascup.com/:
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PRESS RELEASE:
THE FULLY FOILING AMERICA'S CUP AC75 YACHT REVEALED

VIDEO above: A look to the future: The ground breaking AC75 America's Cup Class yacht.

An exciting new era in America’s Cup racing has been unveiled today as the concept for the AC75, the class of boat to be sailed in the 36th America’s Cup is released illustrating a bold and modern vision for high performance fully foiling monohull racing yachts.

The Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa design teams have spent the last four months evaluating a wide range of monohull concepts. Their goals have been to design a class that will be challenging and demanding to sail, rewarding the top level of skill for the crews; this concept could become the future of racing and even cruising monohulls beyond the America's Cup.

The AC75 combines extremely high-performance sailing and great match racing with the safety of a boat that can right itself in the event of a capsize. The ground-breaking concept is achieved through the use of twin canting T-foils, ballasted to provide righting-moment when sailing, and roll stability at low speed.

The normal sailing mode sees the leeward foil lowered to provide lift and enable foiling, with the windward foil raised out of the water to maximise the lever-arm of the ballast and reduce drag. In pre-starts and through manoeuvres, both foils can be lowered to provide extra lift and roll control, also useful in rougher sea conditions and providing a wider window for racing.


Although racing performance has been the cornerstone of the design, consideration has had to be focused on the more practical aspects of the boat in the shed and at the dock, where both foils are canted right under the hull in order to provide natural roll stability and to allow the yacht to fit into a standard marina berth.

An underlying principle has been to provide affordable and sustainable technology ‘trickle down’ to other sailing classes and yachts. Whilst recent America's Cup multihulls have benefitted from the power and control of rigid wing sails, there has been no transfer of this technology to the rigs of other sailing classes. In tandem with the innovations of the foiling system, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa are investigating a number of possible innovations for the AC75's rig, with the requirement that the rig need not be craned in and out each day. This research work is ongoing as different concepts are evaluated, and details will be released with the AC75 Class Rule before March 31st, 2018.

The America's Cup is a match race and creating a class that will provide challenging match racing has been the goal from the start. The AC75 will foil-tack and foil-gybe with only small manoeuvring losses, and given the speed and the ease at which the boats can turn the classic pre-starts of the America's Cup are set to make an exciting comeback. Sail handling will also become important, with cross-overs to code zero sails in light wind conditions.

A huge number of ideas have been considered in the quest to define a class that will be extremely exciting to sail and provide great match racing, but the final decision was an easy one: the concept being announced was a clear winner, and both teams are eager to be introducing the AC75 for the 36th America's Cup in 2021.

The AC75 class rule will be published by March 31st 2018.

GRANT DALTON, CEO Emirates Team New Zealand:

“We are really proud to present the concept of the AC75 today. It has been a phenomenal effort by

St Barth Catacup 2017: Paschalidis & Trigonis 1st






All images by Pierrick Contin  / Easy Ride . Video also by Easy Ride. Check complete event gallery at St Barths Catacup official web: stbarthcatacup.com

What a great regatta this year at St Barths. Highlights has to be the local community recovering from a devastating Hurricane back in September. Watch the hard work  of the locals in last video above "Overture" .

On the racing side, we saw quite a bunch of talented teams plus further equipment devel like the future defacto standard Decksweeper mainsail, which was implemented first by Steve Brewin in late 2016 & Mischa Heemskerk early this year at Denmark Worlds.

The title race was close through the whole regatta. 7 were races completed during 4 days. Paschalidis & Trigonis, Demesmaeker & Gagliani and Cammas & Vandame were the ones leading the rankings,  all sailing latest DS sail devels , but some teams sailing standard rig went for the hunt against these top sailors.

After 7 races Danny Paschalidis & Kostas Trigonis  (Scorpion / 1D DS) finished in first place overall, followed by Arg sailors Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser (Infusion / standard Nacra mainsail )  and third place for Patrick Demesmaeker & Olivier Gagliani (Goodall C2 / Goodall DS).

A tight fight for the crown, just watching again trackings you will see it was:
www.georacing.com/events/?St+Barth+Cata+Cup+2017/id/101686

The Argies finished 2nd in 2016 Worlds, 6th at Denmark 2017, a former 2nd at the North Ams , now a 2nd in another competitive fleet puts our friends as World Class contenders in the Formula 18 racing arena. In the breeze no issues to affirm they might be the one of the best out there.

- Franck Cammas & Matthieu Vandame (Cirrus R2 / Oxo DS)  finished 2nd in race 6th (a key race with double pts scored). But were protested later as they missed a buoy around the Island course. When they jumped that mandatory course they were in 8th place , way behind leaders Paschalidis-Trigonis , Demesmaeker-Gagliani and Smith-Heuser, at least 600mts behind and still to head ddown to buoy course.
See tracking screens below.  It was not a small error , but a huge advantage gain, thus it was not a minor issue affecting the final results of that race and the overall rankings. Watch track replay for race 6 here.

Still Cammas & Vandame had a great event , and could have fought for top places inspite being a bit back in that double pts race. Last race they finished in 6th place.

-Cirrus R2
The new Cirrus R2 + the Oxo DS mainsail showed great speed , congrats to Manu Boulogne on their new boat launched few months ago.
The Cirrus R2 with Cammas & Vandame made a great impression, but the Cirrus R1 also performed really well under Pierre Le Clainche & Antoine Joubert. Lets see if we can have those two racing again together in a World Championship.


-Decksweeper Mainsails
If you want to read "Disneyland" you go elsewhere, the truth is DS mainsails have a proven  performance edge , specially upwind in almost all wind conditions above super light winds.
The Argentine crew, Gonzalez Smith & Heuser sailing an Infusion with standard sail showed how good this Class is , aside any perf gap here and there, you still need to sail the course properly and crew skills plays much in the whole spectrum of wind range.

Same applies to Tomeo & Debo, Quiue & Keki Figueroa , the three crews raced with Infusions / standard sails, all managed to score a bullet each.

At the Worlds Cruz & Mariano finished 2nd x 3 races behind Mischa-Stephan Scorpion/DS weapon in the breeze , Mariano reported a gap upwind but even speed downwind.

We had 3 different Decksweeper mainsails at St Baths : Oxo Sails, Goodall & 1D, and were sailed by the top three contenders as noted in details above. Oxo & 1D featured a smaller foot as described earlier this week, which is confirmation on our previsions for that 1mt foot .
The other aspect to note is 1D boomless solution a la Brewin, which work really good for the winners, establishing you can even cut costs or simplify equipment with new DS sail devel.

Next week we will have the 2017 Arg Nats with some interesting equipment matchup, report later on the week.

-Scorpion
After Denmark Worlds I had some comments on Mischa's DS sail being the only source of additional speed, taking away Mischa-Stephan skills and the Scorpion platform as any incidence.

Well now, at St Barths, Danny & Kostas sailed against top notch F18 sailors and great platforms also equipped with DS mainsails, and the Greeks won sailing a Scorpion & 1D DS mainsail of their own.

More than happy for them, as starting their project this year in the F18 was a challenge no matter the experience you have in other classes, the Formula 18 Class, has its own special aspects that must be learned, and now shortcuts are available aside getting all the racing hours you can get.

Looking forward to Sarasota Worlds next year, the Greeks will reach that event in top shape which will give them real chances to aim for their first F18 World Title.
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Rang Points Bateau c_1 c_2 c_3 c_4 c_5 c_6 c_7
1 23.00 RELWENIordanis PASCHALIDIS, Konstantinos TRIGKONIS 1
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2 30.00 EDEN ROCK VILLA RENTALGonzales Smith CRUZ, Heuser MARIANO 6
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3 31.00 LES PERLES DE SAINT BARTHPatrick DEMESMAEKER, Olivier GAGLIANI 7
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4 36.00 OFF COURSE MANAGEMENTEnrique FIGUEROA, Keki FIGUEROA 8
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5 38.00 DESIGN AFFAIRS OO1Pierre LE CLAINCHE, Antoine JOUBERT 2
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6 46.00 MARLACharles TOMEO, Dalton TEBO 5
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7 49.00 TRADEWIND AVIATIONTodd RICCARDI, Ian LIBERTY 10
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8 53.00 MAXWELL & COJames BAECKLER, Charles ORION 4
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9 56.00 EDEN ROCK ST BARTHGurvan BONTEMPS, Benjamin AMIOT 9
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10 88.00 ALAMOEric LE BOUEDEC, Jean-Richard MINARDI DPI
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Nov 19, 2017

Nov 18, 2017

St Barth Catacup 2017: Day 3

St Barths Catacup 2017: Day 3 Live Tracking


Later Race 5 above

Race 4 below. Official web stbarthcatacup.com - Click full screen icon on the Georacing window to expand map.

St Barth Catacup 2017: Day 2

Nov 17, 2017

St Barth Catacup 2017: Day 2 Live tracking

Race 2 & 3 below Official web stbarthcatacup.com - Click full screen icon on the Georacing window to expand map.

Race 2 below:

Nov 16, 2017

St Barth Catacup 2017: Day 1

St Barth Catacup 2017: Day 1 Live Tracking

Photo: Pierrick Contin / 2017 trainings , featuring Franck Cammas & Matthieu Vandame sailing the new Cirrus R2 with Oxo DS sail. Same conf for Bontemps & Vandame.  Paschalidis & Trigonis with Scorpion & 1D DS mainsail. Arg top crew, 2nd 2016 Worlds & 6th at Denmark, are a bit worried on racing a standard Infusion with standard sails and no sealed tramp as other top boats currently at St Barth.  Today will get info on C2 or other Infusions using DS.

Check below Race 1 Live tracking. Click full screen icon to expand. Official web stbarthcatacup.com

Nov 15, 2017

Gabart / Macif Tri Solo Round the World : 24hs Record Broken




Photo: Macif Course au Large / www.macifcourseaularge.com
On the video above press CC  & then settings CC to translate subtitltes from French to English.

Francois Gabart has beaten the 24hs traveled distance while sailing Solo around the World onboard Macif Maxi Trimaran. 851NM & 35.4Knots average speed on a foiler Maxi Tri, sailing Solo...Crazy stuff.

Excerpt translated from www.macifcourseaularge.com:
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"...A mythical bar has just fallen: traveling 851* miles from Monday to Tuesday afternoon, François Gabart pressed the throttle onboard MACIF Trimaran to avoid being caught by strong winds at his back, in the process he became the first solo sailor to pass the 800 miles in 24 hours. He smashed his own record, which was achieved on July 3, 2016: 784 miles. Average speed for this 24hs 35.4 knots, or 65.5 km / h!

What does Francois thinks on this reacord: " I'm delighted. Records are made to be beaten, and that's how we progress. The sensations at these speeds are quite extraordinary, the boat is flying, it's a mix of power and lightness. Not a sailor to rest on his laurels, the skipper of the MACIF trimaran immediately adds: "Now, this is not the priority objective, the idea is first to finish this tour around the World ..."

 *: subject to validation of the WSSR
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Código Rojo Racing: First GC32 sailing in South America


Photo above: Jesús Renedo / GC32 Racing / Palma 2017.  Photo left, first GC32 sailing in South American waters. Past week The GC32 has received an official and international status by World Sailing . Having a team from Argentina has surely helped the Class to achieve such formality. The new Class web is gc32.org

Código Rojo Racing Team is the first South American GC32 team participating in the GC32 Racing Tour in Europe. Formed by Arg F18 sailors Federico Ferioli & Lucas Gonzalez Smith , this new team participated of two event in the 2017 season: Garda & Copa del Rey.
For the 2018 schedule the team decided to bring the GC32 to South American waters, specifically to Punta del Este, Uruguay , a common sailing & vacation destination for Argentine sailors.

The goal is to get as many hours onboard as possible in a series of ongoing training sessions, that will continue towards January 2018.

Below a QA in Spanish with Lucas Gonzalez Smith , mainsail trimmer and boat captain
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Código Rojo GC32 Racing Team.
1er Entrenamiento en Sudamérica: Punta del Este, Noviembre 2017

Código Rojo GC32 Racing Team es el primer GC32 que navega en aguas de Sudamérica.
El equipo Argentino decidió realizar su pre temporada para el Circuito GC32 Racing Tour Europeo 2018 en Punta del Este, marcando un hito para la Clase GC32 , la cual ha sido reconocida recientemente como clase internacional por World Sailing. Más información sobre el status oficial de la Clase GC32 disponible en www.gc32.org

Comentarios de Lucas Gonzalez Smith sobre los recientes entrenamientos realizados en Uruguay:

A solo unos días de haber terminado el primer entrenamiento en Punta del Este, primera vez que un GC32 navega en Sudamérica: ¿Como ves la evolución del equipo y expectativas a futuro?
Lucas Gonzalez Smith: Nos encontramos en la curva de crecimiento, todos los días tenemos avances significativos. El equipo esta ensamblado y creciendo a pasos agigantados. Estoy muy contento de cómo está desarrollándose todo.

- ¿Desde cuándo y hasta que fecha seguirán con los entrenamientos en Punta del Este?
Este fue el primero de tres entrenamientos que tenemos planteados: del 1 al 5 de Noviembre pasado. Del 3 al 18 de Enero tenemos programado el segundo entrenamiento y el tercero, depende mucho de

Nov 14, 2017

VOR Inshore Foiler Proposal by Schickler-Tagliapietra


Renders & Text sent by Schickler-Tagliapietra / www.styacht.com. I remember asking Paul Larsen on the future of sailing and told me how he he was literally flying over the water, not in the terms we see today with modern foilers but literally flying with only mms of Vestas Rocket foils. Check that interview here.

Below comments by Doug Schickler on  the ST VOR Foiler
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"The ST Foiler project was originated back in mid 2015, with some our of the box thinking. we asked ourselves: “forsee the evolution of foiling sailing multihull design will have a parallel track to aircraft design?” & “what can be learned from the evolution of powered hydrofoil boats?”  As a partnership between a naval architect and an aerospace engineer, it was a fruitful thought experiment. We knew that a containerized short course racing machine which could exploit the full potential of hydrodynamics to foil early and often, would be attractive. Both the economics and safety of existing and proposed cat designs left room for improvement.

The concept was developed internally in this way and eventually discussed in the Yacht Racing Forum in Malta. The core ideas: canard arrangement, no movement of crew and use of flapped T foils.

Each idea had implications, with their pros & cons. Some of the finest minds at the heart of multihull racing could see the potential. But it was still just a concept. When VOR went looking for proposals for their inshore racer , we knew it was time to go for it.

The concept was fleshed out with additional design hours, VPP work, styling, ergonomics, and flight stability simulations. Ideas were rejected, rethought or if they could not be topped, folded into the project. The result is exciting and coherent in its design choices.

We received rave reviews from VOR, but their fight against the calendar prevented the continuation to a build program".

Link to the PDF presentation: here
Vote on Foiling Week Award 2017: foilingweek.com/pages/season-2017/foiling-week-awards-2017/nominations-for-foiling-awards-2017-are-open/
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Presentation slides. Click for hd & slideshow:

Nov 13, 2017

Transat Jacques Vabre 2017: Sodebo Ultim 1st & breaks Cammas record






Photos: Vincent Curuchet / Jean Marie-Liot / AleA  / Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 - Yan Riou / Benoit Stichebault  / Gitana SA.
- Sodebo web : www.sodebo.com/aventure-voile
- Gitana official web: www.gitana-team.com

Adittional platform / Foils images:
- Sodebo re launch and its foils (follow Launay link) here

- Gitana launch showing their foil setups: here

Transat Jacques Vabre 2017: Sodebo Ultim wins & break Cammas RecordSodebo Ultim sailed by Thomas Coville & Jean Luc-Nelias finished the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 Edition in first place ahead of  Edmond de Rothschild / Gitana full foiler Trimaran.

Record Data from Transat Jacques Vabre web:
- 7 days 22 hours 7 minutes, 27 seconds
- 4,742NM
- Average speed 24.94 knots.

Previous record: 10 days 0 hours 38 mins 43 seconds set by Franck Cammas & Steve Ravussin on Groupama 2 in the 60ft multihull class in 2007

Aside navigation and tactics, two different design concepts were matched. Sodebo Ultim is a 17yrs old Trimaran which was updated and re launched back in May 2, 2017.  The info I had today is that they fit some modified C Foils lent from Oracle Trimaran (I wrote they looked 'special' foils as couldn't get why that shape with current devels.) which were altered to feature a foiling tip. This mod and T rudders were done by Martin Fischer. I contacted him but on the move right now, more details when he is available.

In contrast to Sodebo "tinkering" mods, Edmond de Rothschild Gitana featured a full foiler conf development, her standout feature is a main central hull T Foil.  A conf already used by Maserati in their races against a standard MOD70 Phaedo 3.

This time the central T foil again showed no advantage in the end, Maserati and now Gitana reported some issues with their systems, but the reality shows this new Trimaran conf is yet to be proven fully.

Below best wrapup of the race I could find is from Thomas Coville & Sebastien Josse themselves, excerpt from Transat Jacques Vabre official web transatjacquesvabre.org
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Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodebo Ultim’ (Ultime)
“Leaving Le Havre, we said that it would be a mano a mano. From the first night, we saw that it was going to be super close. We saw them pass by us in the same wind, I can tell you that Maxi Edmond de Rothschild overtaking you upwind in 40 knots is beautiful. In front of Guernsey, they impressed us because their way of sailing said: “we are here.” We were a little behind in this phase. After the downwind descent after the front, a very nice front by the way, we felt there was something weird. They rolled the gennaker away in the night and shifted. So, we shifted to the west too and passed them. We thought maybe they wanted to play it safe. We didn’t know. But we gave everything until this morning. Last night, 100 miles from the finish, we felt they were throwing in the towel. It's a very enjoyable moment. It's a great win because it shows that we know how to do something other than records, we know how to win races. It's a great story, we didn’t leave much in tank. The condition of the boat at the moment after the crossing we made is the result of a huge job. All the teams have evolved beautifully. What they did in two months on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to get the boat to Bahia - it clearly means that it is a boat which has got more to say.”

Sébastien Josse, skipper of Maxi Edmond de Rothschild (Ultime)
“You always have a knot in your stomach on a big trimaran. The exit from the Bay of Biscay wasn’t the most clement and we had our share of daily surprises. We had small problems with the foils that prevented us from flying. It handicapped us a bit, but it was great to sail in close contact, it's very stimulating. It was on the last part of the course that we could have shown the difference, we could have gone very quickly. Finishing a few hours behind, is bit annoying, but we got the boat to Salvador de Bahia in one piece and that's what we wanted.”
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Read full report at Transat Jacques Vabre web  transatjacquesvabre.org

Nov 12, 2017

Transat Jacques Vabre 2017: Sodebo Ultim extends lead towards Bahía



Short video by Sodebo Ultim, but great to see onboard footage. Sodebo has some special J/L foils along T rudders, vs a full foiling conf by Gitana / Edmond de Rotshschild. Will draw platforms during the week. This edition will tell much to designers on the most efficient foiler conf for trimarans and how worth is to push the limits on an already super effcient Sailing machine.

Coville & Nelias keep extending their lead , now 42NM ahead of Josse / Rouxel. Live Tracking at transatjacquesvabre.org/en/map-and-ranking

A-Class Europeans 2018 @Warnemunde: July 7-14th

info sent by Martin Bach / German A-Class Assoc. Photo above: Official  web for the 2018 Europeans to held at Warnemunde, Germany. That header looks nice, a shot I took from Mischa at Punta Ala 2015.
2019 Worlds will be held in Australia, thus the usual European is held in between as the Class did after Takapuna 2014 Worlds, Bordeaux 2014 Euros & 2015 Worlds in Italy

Euroepans 2018 Schedule
Saturday July 7th  Registration & Measurement
Sunday July 8th Registration & Measurement / Practice Race / Open Ceremony
Monday July 9th  Races 1 & 2
Tuesday July 10th Races 3 & 4
Wednesday July 11th Races 5 & 6
Thursday July  12th Races 7 & 8
Friday July 13th Race 9
Saturday July 14th  Reserve Day / Prize Ceremony

- Notice of Race a-cat.eu/en/ausschreibung/
- Accomodation a-cat.eu/en/unterkuenfte/
- Fb page facebook.com/aclasseuropeans2018/

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