A-Class Italian Nats 2014 @Punta Ala: Bob Baier leads

Powerful first image by Serena Scary / Photo Studio 17 from the A-Class Italians Nats 2014 being held at Punta Ala, home of next A-Class Worlds in 2015. +50 As racing gathered by the Italian Assoc.

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Olympics, Multis vs 49ers, AC & the Volvo: Iker Martinez Interview





Images. Jesus Renedo, CSN & Maria Muiña/ Sailingshots. - Double Olympic medalist in 49er, Volvo Ocean racer and an Olympic Catsailor aiming for the gold at Rio 2016. Not much to add on Iker, beyond I met him at Carnac Eurocat in May, and as many of the top guys I've met, he is quite humble and it shows he is a good guy and even better sailor of course.
On fresh news Iker Olympic teammate,  Tara Pacheco has suffered an injury this week, more info when available as Santander Worlds are coming next weeks.
Below Iker talks on the 49er vs Nacra 17, the new Americas Cup and the Volvo new format.
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- CSN: How was the adaptation process coming from the 49er to the Nacra 17 Multi?
Plus when you decide to campaign cats and why?
Iker Martinez: I wanted to sail Cats for a long time, we tried with Xabi after China, but they took out the Olympic Tornado so it was not possible at the time.
After London games I went directly to New Zealand to sail Luna Rossa, and had the luck to sail the SL33 and the AC72, both in foiling mode, and I enjoyed sailing them very much, so my decision was to keep the Cats path after that experience.
It was something new and exciting and the best option to learn was an Olympic Class so the Nacra 17 fit to what I wanted to do.

Once the boat was chosen I contacted Tara on her experience and her past results, and although we didn't knew each other well, we give it a try and decided to sail together.

- The 49er is clearly more difficult to handle , specially in more wind. Which was the sensation with the Nacra 17? 
IM: The Nacra 17 compared with the 49er is quite easier to handle, yes you are right specially talking of capsizing , but as any Class if your target is going faster, things change and it is tough in any class as everyone works hard to pursue mac performance.
Doing the Eurocat was also useful to keep getting into the Cat world specifics and comparing the F18 made me differentiate the special features of the Nacra 17 and its weight and curved boards.

In any case the biggest difference with a 49er with N17 it is on the upwind legs, as the downwind

it is quite similar, as I don´t even realize sailing two hulls, but upwind the scenario changes and there we had to work harder last months.

- Beyond handling , which are the main differences on how to address  tactics & strategy between both classes?
IM: The races are quite similar as the Nacra 17 seems to have an excellent handling , for this reason the racing doesn´t change much. Again, only maybe upwind legs.

- How do you see yourselves positioned for the future, Spain is the last Olympic Multiuhll Champion, nice legacy you've been handed! 
But Tara and you have recently won the N17 Europeans, massive achievement on the lack of experience compared to Multi specialist and champs like Besson, Cammas, Bundock and others...IM:The future is always tough to predict, but without a doubt Fernando and Anton legacy winning the gold medal in Beijing is quite difficult to repeat.
With this being said, we keep working to improve and learn to reach the level of the bests in this Class, trying to consolidate our performance and evolve each day. Then we will see where this effort

Nacra 17, 2014 US Nats: Newberry & Casey Champs

F18 Americas Continental 2014 @Yacht Club Argentino: 17-21 December


Images: YCA by MV & Arg fleet Fabian Haiek. This event is organized by the Yach Club Argentino, www.yca.org.ar, and is going to be held December 17-21, 2014. NOR was received only this Monday.
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Notice of Race
Rules: The Hemisphere Championship F-18 will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016 (RRS).

SCHEDULE: 
Wednesday 17/12/14 13.00 to 17.00 hrs Accreditation and crew weight-
Thursday 18/12/14 10.00 hrs Races
Friday 19/12/14 10.00 hrs Races
Saturday 20/12/14 10.00 hrs Races
Sunday 21/12/14 10.00 hrs Races
Price giving awards
The scheduled races are 16. The RC could complete up to 5 races per day.

Decision to Race: The responsibility for a boat’s decision

F18 US Nats 2014 @Corpus Christi Yacht Club: 19-24 October

Image: Americas Continental 2013 by Tim Wilkes. -- F18 US Nats 2014 are going to be held Corpus Christi Yacht Club. 3 Argentine crews are confirmed, booked and boats ready. 

Last year two boats were present in the first Americas Continental ever held. Second edition of the Continental will held in Buenos Aires this December. NOR will follow next as it has been handed to me only yesterday.
Going back to the US 2014 Nats, below you have links to Notice of Race, Registration and CCYC web:

- NOR
- Registation Link
- Corpus Christi Yacht Club: www.ccyc.com
- Emerald Beach Hotel: www.hotelemeraldbeach.com

Comments on the venue:
"Corpus Christi Bay is known for its regular sea breeze of 15 plus knots out of the southeast and, in October, daytime highs range from 79-86 degrees Fahrenheit and daily lows range from 65-73 degrees Fahrenheit.
Thanks to Zhik for their great sponsorship and Emerald Beach Hotel for serving as host hotel adjacent to race sight on McGee Beach."
Full details at http://usf18.com/events/2014-nationals/

ESS @Cardiff 2014: The Wave Muscat 1st

Nacra 17 2014 for Sale...

For some time I've been receiving requests to do a Classified section. I also have friends sending me their boats to promote and sell.
So I put a up a simple classified section for you to sell your boat. 
If more demands rises, I will check to do a further more complete site with dedicated Url, more features , etc. So no charge whatsoever at the moment.
Classifieds url is catracingads.blogspot.com , and if you want your boat published just sent pic & details to catsailingnews gmail com.

I have upload some boats for sale here in Arg along a local sailor that sent me his 2014 Nacra 17 to publish (photo above).  Check Lucas Nacra 17 2014, located in Switzerland, at catracingads.blogspot.com/2014/08/nacra-17-2014.html

A-Class Dutch Nats 2014: Mischa Heemskerk Champ




All Images by Danny Broersen - www.hellecat.nl .
8 bullets for Heemskerk out of 9 races. Only Chris Field managed to take one from him, and hold 2nd place until breaking a foil. Sjoerd Hoeskstra finished 2nd and Erwin Kerstens sailing a Vision equipped with Exploder rudders/foils ended 3rd, putting the Catamaran Parts design on the podium road again, and following their fellow builders on to the flying path.

Even the Nikita was upgraded by Thomas Paasch to win the Nordics this month.

Mischa and Sjoerd on DNAs. 

Still pending a match up between Mischa

EXSS @Cardiff 2014: Day 3 Live

EXSS @Cardiff 2014: Day 1

ISAF Youth Cat: Goodall Design discards the Viper


Lost opportunity? Or a safe move to protect the cat yard finance? Goodall Designs does not want to bid on having the Viper as next ISAF official Youth Multihull. With Henry Demesmaeker and the rest of the RSBC performing on Falcons & Vipers the F16s are a good choice for youths. More taking account of the current status of Multihull racing: Americas Cup in Flying 62s, racing foiling A-Cats and the refined F18 development (-weight aspect), a more suitable previous step seems reasonable, although the SL16 looks good to me right now.
Brett Goodall puts a complete report on the matter below.//
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Press Release Goodall Design: VIPER SAYS “NO” TO ISAF
"In November, 2013 ISAF declared that the current youth multihulls were not a suitable pathway catamarans. ISAF have now asked for information regarding relevant boats. Read on to find out why we said no.

In their request for information, they asked manufacturers to consider “Lower cost “sailor development” alternatives that build grass roots sailing.” They also state “The Offeror shall demonstrate the ability, commitment and business plan to supply and maintain at their cost the multihull equipment for the ISAF Youth World Championship each year.”

Brett Goodall, Manager of Goodall Design, stated “We would love to offer the VIPER F16 to ISAF.

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

With this lineup, AC35 could be best ever. This time lets hope the French team can manage to reach the Challenger series after the performance shown by the Peyron bros Energy Team in the AC45s series.

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


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

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

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

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

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

Hobie World Cat 2014


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

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

Americas Cup 35th: New Birth for Artemis



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

Gunboat 55: Launching 'Vandal'


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

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

F18 Nordics 2014: Grünert-Gravdal 1st

+30knots Racing @Eneco Luchterduinen Long Distance @Zandvoort


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

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

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

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

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

Photos: Ronald Brakel - www.brakelfotografie.nl
Facebook of the event: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006451513892
Official website of the Eneco Luchterduinen Race: http://wvzandvoort.nl/activiteiten/eneco-luchterduinen-race/

Weekend Racing: F18 Nordics & A-Cat German Nats

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


- A-Cat German Nats after 4 : Keller, Heemskerk, Badzio
Web berlineryacht-club.de/
Full Results Here

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








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

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

Round Britain Race Official report at roundbritainandireland.rorc.org

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

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

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

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

There was plenty of luck involved, he added.

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

“It’s amazing to beat Loick Peyron and his boys on Banque Populaire 5 which is almost two times bigger than us. I kept saying there is no way we can beat that boat so it is a surprise. I’m a happy skipper.”
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Full report at http://news.omansail.com/media/mailing/?id=1668

A-Class Polish Nats 2014: Marcin Badzio Champ