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Sep 30, 2010

Tornado Euro Champs: Paschalidis-Trigonis


Photo: Martina Barnetova

Photo: Martina Barnetova
After their 3rd Tornado European Championships victory in a row we interviewed Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis.
ITA Secretary Andrew Dowley asks the questions.

Congratulations – how does it feel to be European Champions?
For us it is fantastic, we ended the season the way we wanted. It's great, we are very happy about it and satisfied with our perfect sailing in Torbole.

You had very mixed conditions and weather in Torbole, tell us a little bit about the event and your experiences.
First of all the organizing committee did an excellent job. They are professionals in organising sailing events on and off of the water. The conditions were challenging, strong winds with waves, strong winds with choppy water and light winds.
We had every wind condition and that made the regatta difficult. There are some very good sailors that like lake sailing and made the competition very strong.

You had a very close fight with Roland and Nahid Gaebler in every race of the Worlds and Europeans. What do you think of their sailing?
They are sailing very consistently, they are fast and very wise during racing. Roland is sailing now with Nahid like he did 10 years ago. He is again the old Roland.
Nahid is a very experienced sailor, a strong person who does not like to make mistakes and lose. She puts the passion into Roland's sailing and now you see the good results.

A lot of people say that Women can’t handle the Tornado – seeing Carolijn Brouwer, Nahid Gaebler and Christina Loweg sailing so far up the fleet you must have a different view on this?
Their results say the opposite, the women won gold, silver and had top ten finishes in the worlds.
It's sailing, it's a mind game first of all.

You both started sailing the 470, why did you change to the Tornado?
After sailing the 470 for 15 years we felt that we were not improving as sailors. We needed something more exciting, more difficult and something different.
We found all that and even more in the Tornado. The Tornado class is working completely differently from all the other classes. We are all friends we can change opinions about our sailing and we can train all together before major regattas.
These are things that you don't meet in any other classes. I remember before the Olympic Games in Qingdao all 15 boats were training together like we were training partners. No other Olympic class did that.

Do you think other sailors can make the jump into the Tornado?

It's a boat that suits all kinds of body types and all kinds of mentalities. Maybe the sailors that come from slow boats need some time to get used to making very fast decisions during racing but this is something that a sailor can learn easily.

Obviously the Tornado class has seen the funded teams disappear since the Tornado was removed from the Olympic programme – why do you continue to sail the boat?
Ok a lot of the old sailors have paused their tornado sailing, we think this is mostly for money reasons and because sailing federations stopped supporting the Tornado.
Most of them are waiting for ISAF's decision to return back.

Do you think the Multihull will make a return to the Olympic program?

We are pretty much sure that a decision like that will be taken soon. We think now that the Americas cup goes into Multihull's this will put more pressure onto ISAF. The whole sailing world turns multihull... We would like of course to see the Tornado back and we will do our best to help that.

What benefits do you think the Tornado has over others?

With the small experience of sailing an F18 we definitely think the Tornado is the best! But we will repeat the opinion of the old and wise cat sailors:
The Tornado is the most long lasting cat, the fastest, the easiest to sail and finally the highest performance cat out of all the others.

What do you think is next for the Tornado Class?

2016 Olympic games in RIO. Simple!!!

ITA Sec Andrew Dowley:Thank you very much for talking with us----

Sep 27, 2010

Ronde TienGemeten: Bundock's C2 vs the Flying beasts


Photo: Tina Vercouteren - www.rondetiengemeten.nl Nacra F20 Carbon


Photo: Tina Vercouteren - www.rondetiengemeten.nl M20


Photo: Tina Vercouteren - www.rondetiengemeten.nl Darren and Jeroen


Photo: Tina Vercouteren - www.rondetiengemeten.nl www.rondetiengemeten.nl One more long distance win for the Darren Bundock and his C2 over more powerfull cats like the Marstrom 20 and Nacra F20 Carbon, both overpowered in lift with their curved foils, weird & wild sailing in those machines for sure..

Full Results www.rondetiengemeten.nl/2010.html

Rank Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Texel R1 Total Nett
1st F18 888
bundock jerome 100 2:06:59 1.0 1.0
2nd nacra carbon 18
bouscholte bouscholte 89 2:14:03 2.0 2.0
3rd white formula 200
vries de pauli 95 2:18:53 3.0 3.0
4th F18 666
zanen tentij 100 2:21:35 4.0 4.0
5th F18 1888
samama frank 100 2:22:39 5.0 5.0
6th viper 123
brouwer wardley 104 2:23:33 6.0 6.0
7th F18 146
veenman munck de 100 2:25:25 7.0 7.0
8th hobie tiger 98
straakenbroek sprij 100 2:31:36 8.0 8.0
9th inter20 blanco
driessen losse 96 2:37:21 9.0 9.0
10th tornado 158
born hofman 94 2:38:59 10.0 10.0



Photo: Tina Vercouteren - www.rondetiengemeten.nl

Tornado UK Nationals


By Andrew Dowley- UK Tornado Nationals - The Final Day
The third and final day of Reg Fest and the UK Tornado National Championships was another windy one. The sailors woke up to rain and gusts coming through the sailing club.

The race officer was happy with conditions on the race course so the boats headed out for more racing, it had to be the big day for races due to the previous conditions.

Some teams stayed back on shore today and some picked and chose which races they wanted to take part in, the wind was blowing but the forecast ensured us that it would calm down towards the end of the day.

With four boats on the start line for the first race the big battle was going to be between Grant Piggot and Ryan Duffield, Ryan was hoping to add to his Hurricane victory earlier in the year. The racing was close between the fleet and it was looking like Ryan Duffield and Thilo Keller were going to take victory until they had an unfortunate swim going through the gate on their way to the finish line. Grant and Robby quickly came through to take victory.

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The last race of the day turned into a match race with only two competitors left out and ready to start, it was Paul Mines and Stewart Smith vs Lee Harrison and Andrew Dowley. Both quick off the start line it was a good race on the first leg but Lee Harrison chose to tack early into clean air. Paul Mines continued and was first around the windward mark, although taking different routes up and down the race course the two were swapping places and it was very quick close action racing. Lee Harrison and Andrew Dowley eventually pulled through on the downwind leg to take race victory.

With 5 out of 7 wins Grant Piggot and Robby Jon-Garka took this year's National Championships - Congratulations to them.

As an association it was great to see so many sailors out who are passionate about the Tornado, the racing was very close and action packed - exactly what we wanted.

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A big thank you must go to Brightlingsea Sailing Club for running a fantastic event in tricky conditions.

Final Results

1. Grant Piggot and Robby Jon-Garka (GBR)

2. Kyle Stoneham and Lewis Crawford (GBR)
3. Ryan Duffield and Thilo Keller (AUS and GER)
4. Paul Mines and Stewart Smith (GBR)
5. Lee Harrison and Andrew Dowley (GBR)
6. John Ready and Simon Koster (GBR and SUI)
7. Barry Arnison and Nicky Davy (GBR)
8. Peter Gibb and Matthew Stone (AUS)
9. David Allan and Dave Wood (GBR)
10. Jim Mundy and Nick Henson (GBR)
11. Richard Thoroughgood and Kevin Lott (GBR)
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Photos
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=238104&l=23a28d049c&id=166607964322

All photos are courtesy of Geoff Gritton - www.tb4e.com

Sep 26, 2010

Duc d'Albe Raid 2010: Photos by Denis Lucci




Photos: Dennis Lucci :denis.lucci.over-blog.com
We'll try to have daily news on following facebook link
www.ducdalbe.com
F18 - Fleet races won by F18 Int Class har working Secretary, and good F18 sailor, James Baeckler-
http://www.ducdalbe.com/Files/26297/ilesdor2010_f18.htm

F18 Argentina, Cerrato Grand Prix final day


Photo: Martin Erikson - 2nd Smith-Heuser, Mehl-Aragones, 3rd, in front.

Photo: Martin Erikson - Winners: Juan Faustin- LucasSmith

Photo: Martin Erikson - Laser top world sailor, Julio Alsogaray with Javier Heuser

Photo: Martin Erikson - Tornado Sailor , Esteban Blando and his girlfriend Pilar

Photo: Martin Erikson - 4th Rodger-Benitez

Photo: Martin Erikson -

Photo: Martin Erikson - 5th Martin Vanzulli-Martin Vari
All Photos courtesy of Martin Erikson: WWW.MARTINERIKSON.COM
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End of the Cerrato grand Prix in Buenos Aires.

The F18 fleet races were more close this weekend, with one of the 'Rosarinos' present, Tornado sailor Esteban Blando, that could drive from home finally, pushing the top crews with some excellent reults: 2,1,7,2,8 with those two high numbers on reported hardware problems.
He also is riding 130kg with his girlfriend Pilar, using the new rules on weight : +130 you need to add the weight difference to 135 plus 7,5kg : he added 10kg-
We had calm winds races, and for sure he was in front but with no margin with his closest opponent, and today I kill him in speed and angle in the regatta start with less wind of the championship to the top mark, where Vari and I reached 2nd at the buoy, for ending 9th?? wtf?? ....I couldn´t helm the boat yesterday and today downwind with calm weather, I was awfull. I felt too much pressure on the rudders and we changed the mast rake from last weekend , we also had bad layline calls all day , whatever the excuse it was a shame.

Championship to
Juan Faustín and Lucas Gonzalez Smith with an Infusion, , 2nd Cruz Gonzalez Smith and Mariano Heuser. These two crews were the best the whole championship- But their good advantage over the rest on the water was almost none on the final races with some 'high' scores for boths as the other crews got better too-

Sergio Mehl ended 3rd with his Crackers & Biscuit C2 (Hey Brett, can you arrange sending one so I can make the official review???... apologies in advance if not returned afterwards...) , followed only 1 point behind by Ian Rodger and his local made Capricorn. We were 5th overall, and although we have some really excellent moments in all races we couldn´t finish the job, happy with the speed and a good result without any hard training compared to top 4-

Photo: Martin Erikson - Capricorn made in Argentina
Excellent finish for Ian Rodger and Juan Martín Benitez with 3,3 and a bullet on the final race. Good reward to Ian as he is doing an excellent work with the local Cap, all by himself, building it and racing her to to it's best , with a solid final win over the Infiusion fleet.
PCrewTtR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12
1Juan Faustin/Lucas G Smith171222121(6)3(4)12
2CruzG Smith/ Mariano Heuser182111(4)121
(4)144
3Sergio Mehl/Nicolás Aragonés403(dnf)(dncdnc23332253
4Ian Rodger/Juan M Benitez4144(dnf37(dnf745331
5Martín Vanzulli/Martín Vari
526665354(dnc65(9)6
6Martín Busch/Federico Heuser577334(8)7(10)77865
7Julio Alsogaray/Javier Heuser645557(11)(8)858687
8Sergio Armesto/Joaquin Duarte7788466(10)9899(ocs10
9GabrielBerberian/Leandro Culotta8010778565(dnc(dncdnc711
10Esteban Blando/Pilar90(dnc)(dncdncdncdncdncdnc21728
11Guillermo Castro/ José MCollaso1049(ocs)(dnfdnc1046dncdncdnc109
12Javier Poclava/Gustavo Osuna122(dnc)(dncdncdnc9911dncdncdnc1112
13Agustín Krevisky/
140(dnc)dnc)dncdncdncdncdncdncdncdncdncdnc

Sep 24, 2010

Extreme Series at Trapani


"In 30 degrees and 8-10 knots of the breeze the Sicilian town of Trapani provided a stunning backdrop for the opening day of racing on the penultimate stopover in the Extreme Sailing Series™ 2010.
Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, skippered by Yann Guichard, fresh from their win in Kiel just three weeks ago, came out of the starting blocks with a bang, taking the first three bullets of the day, but The Wave, Muscat, is hot on the Frenchman’s heels, just one point behind after six races..."
More on www.extremesailingseries.com

Anarchy


SA always supported multihulls, every now and then they have posted Multi info, but now it seems they are oveloading the FP with cats due to the next AC34 revolution-
In two years they will have daily multi info, and the meaning of anarchy in the sailing world might change, posting info about monohulls would be like breaking the NEW Catamaran Stablishment and future Status Quo... and someone will create the blog "Monohull Racing, News and Design"

Above: One of the best pics of monohulls published, even like it more as is from the AudiMedCup Argentine team, Matador- leading the TP52 in Cerdeña after 7 races
From Arg blogger and Matador crew, Juanpa Cadario: "A3 Spinnaker, alias "cucú", wasn´t that much of an advantage but we manage to extend the lead two or three boat lenghts over the rest with genoas- A sail that pays when good the right angles are possible -"

AC 34: Argentina has the designers (Juan K) , it has the sailors (Matador's 1st class team) and it also has Santi Lange as an excellent leadership for an AC34 team project, Santi is part of the Juan K design team too, as a Southampton graduated Naval Arqchitect. Maybe we'll have an Arg team racing cats for the next Cup?...

Sep 22, 2010

Duc d'Albe Raid 2010


Photo: Denis Lucci
By James Baeckler - We are preparing 2010 Duc D’albe long distance race in Hyères.
We'll try to have daily news on following facebook link
And on this Blog : denis.lucci.over-blog.com/

Including provisional results, pics and course race around Golden islands if weather is suitable.
About race details we will have the news Nacra 20 and some exotic boats from Switzerland in the C1 group, we will post the boat brand and SCHRS rating.
For the F18 we expect about 40 boats with a separate start and course race.
Also possible a team from Brasil…
Also check www.ducdalbe.com

Sep 20, 2010

The Falcon F16 by Matt McDonald


Matt McDonald designs, builds and race his own cat, and you have to respect this kind of drive for catsailing. He is one of the main promoters of the F16 Class in USA and Europe trough Gill de Bruyne in Belgium. The class is growing fast and Matt tell us the full story on how he ended building one of the finest racing beachtcats outhere, the Falcon F16 - for more info and contact go to http://www.falconmarinellc.com/ - Click on images for High Quality pics.
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-CSN: How long have you been involved in the F16?
Matt McDonald: I have been actively racing catamarans since the early 80’s. Most of my time was on Hobie 16’s as that was essentially the only active racing in the Midwest where I started. I bought a used boat on a whim one day shortly after I graduated college without having any real sailing experience before. It’s April in Nebraska, it’s blowing 25-30, I have a sail boat, so off I go with a friend who has no boating experience to try out my new toy. (Hey it’s a sail boat and they need wind, which we have plenty of – what can go wrong?) Luckily for us one of the local fleet members was there and came to our aid, provided a quick lesson on survival, but more importantly invited us to their regatta happening the next weekend. At the time I was unaware there even was catamaran racing, but the fleet welcomed me in and I was hooked. I went to every local regatta and after a few seasons started figuring it out and began traveling the country.
From an accidental impulse one afternoon, I can easily say that picking up that catamaran was one of the biggest events in my life. I have traveled and raced all over the country and a few places out of North America, I met my wife at a Hobie 16 National in Utah and I have good friends all around the globe.
In 2002 we moved to Florida. We came down with our H16, but the racing group here was predominantly open class, and the racers who were serious were almost exclusively sailing some spin rigged boat. There always was a fleet of H16’s but with the exception of a couple of races where people traveled far from the North east etc. there was not any real competition. It was apparent if we wanted to sail against the local active racers we needed to move to a spin boat.
This did not make Gina (my wife and regular crew) very happy as she was comfortable on the H16. I have owned a lot of different boats and raced most every catamaran in the US from an Aquacat to a Formula 40, but to get Gina on something different was going to be work. There was a good fleet of I20’s active, but at the time a lot of that group was in the process of switching to the F18. In no way was I ever going to be able to get Gina onto an I20 even for a afternoon sail, so this left the F18 as the only apparent choice.
The boat though was just still too heavy and the sail loads such she was not comfortable. (We also were looking at having to place a bunch of lead on the boat just to use the small sail plan on something we already had a hard time moving on the beach) No offence to the 18 guys, but this just did not fit us. There were a few Taipans in the country at the time and I tried unsuccessfully to purchase one of those. (I guess luckily for the F16 class in the US)

All of this lead me to some serious internet research. During this process I came across Phill Brander, in OZ, who just launched the first Blade F16. He was prototyping this and creating plans to sell to homebuilders for a stress ply F16. Wood, especially in Florida, does not particularly appeal to me, but the concept did. In 93 I had started a company that specialized in composite product development and production. We specialized in taking companies and people’s ideas and developing the design to be made in composite. This involved tooling, design and the creating the specialty processes to make it both unique and cost effective for their projected level of production. Our move to Florida was a result of my company merging with one of the largest machined tooling organizations in the US for marine molds. So being able to develop a composite version of the Blade concept seemed to fit nicely within my companies capabilities and looked to solve my dilemma about having a boat to race with locally. The F16 class was now jump started in the US.

- CSN: The F16 fleet seems to be growing fast in USA, where are the key spots right now?
Matt: When we built the first Blade at Vectorworks, the F16 class was not much more than a few converted boats scattered around the globe and some internet chatter. After the boats maiden voyage at the Tradewinds regatta in Key Largo, we quickly started taking orders. It appeared there were a lot of people interested in a light weight performance catamaran but, it was not until we took a gamble and submitted a bid to supply the boats at the 07 Alter Cup though that people really started to notice the F16. We then had the opportunity to get some of the country’s best cat sailors on an F16 and to show what they could do. Across the whole fleet the comments on the boat were good and people were surprised at what the F16 was capable of. This event spread the word that the F16 was legitimate. Following that event and the press around it, the F16 became a class mentioned in conversation and print. Now even in places where they have not shown up yet on the beach, the F16 is almost always listed as one of the classes of boats in NOR’s and publications.
We have delivered boats to every region in the US, but there are a few now where the concentration of F16’s is really starting to get both notice and momentum. Florida and the South East US, of course is where we started, but Maryland and the Chicago/ Wisconsin area are both really starting to have regular showings where they can support their own starts and show what the F16 can do.


- CSN Aprox Projected fleet in 5 years?
Matt: People who buy into the F16 are purchasing a performance boat and either race or dream of racing. The F16’s greatest selling points are the lightweight performance and its versatility. The boat is capable of running head to head with the larger formula classes, and legally can be raced 1 or 2 up negating the requirement to always find crew. Most of the Falcons we deliver are going to people looking to go fast without a lot of work, but very few are currently active in the travel race scene. The attraction to the boats though is huge. They have proven capable of handing a wide range of crew weights competitively (especially the newest hull designs like the Falcon) without the weight. Everyone recognizes this advantage on shore, but on the water the light weight provides a whole new level of responsiveness, and speed can come from less sail area, so lower sheet loads and the boat can now be handled by more people and at the end of the day you are not quite so worn out. Some of the boat formulas really sell to the race only kind of customer. I feel the F16 concept presents a package that is appealing to a much larger potential audience. Very few of these may be “travel” racers now but we are attracting a lot of interest and with more boats out there the exposure will help generate activity in the racing fleets. The Maryland fleet is a great example where a couple of boats bought by some local sailors has quickly grown into one of the largest F16 fleets with guys now traveling across the country, helping to promote it more.


- CSN: You have Gill de Bruyne selling the Falcon in Belguim, any other dealer in Europe? How about Australia? Matt: Gill in Belgium ( www.theboatshop.be ) is our representative in Europe. His enthusiasm and love of the class has been great and he is doing a lot to get exposure for both our boats and the F16 class. It is people like Gill and some others with their efforts around the Globe that are driving the success of the F16 class. The boats we produce are built to order. There is a standard package that is available rigged with most all of the options and features that are most commonly requested, and rigged for racing. As we build for each customer though working in special rigging options, or construction features, or material and color option is not a problem. When a customer gets a boat it is theirs.
Right now we do not have any specific representative outside the US except Gill. We have delivered boats around the world though: US, Canada, Europe, Dubai, Pakistan, Asia for example.

CSN- Building an F16 is not much different than building an F18, do you intend to enter that market? generally speaking you have a proven design, (the Viper was a test bed for the C2 for ie) the class is also getting bigger in USA and to my knowledge no other F18 is being build in usa right now.
Matt:We have looked very closely at the F18 class as far as building a boat. I have a current design completed and we were recently approached by a group to tool and build a model they have developed.
All of the primary box/formula rule classes (including the A class) are developed sufficiently that no new name is going to provide a product that is an order of magnitude better than the current designs. The best sailors are going to drive the boat they are on to victory. The cost develop a legitimate new design are considerable and overcoming brand stigma and affording to place sailors capable of winning international titles makes this an even more daunting task. When we can put together the complete package to compete in a class then rolling out the new product will come.
Before I became involved with the F16 class, I was building a 20 foot beach cat for distance style racing (Tybee etc) I also have a light weight 18 in the computer. Right now though the F16 is being supported by us because we really want to see the class grow and it is the boat I personally want to sail. In the US there is market for a few other boats, but a few boats does not often justify the expense and effort to design and develop a new product.

CSN- Your production costs are going up? is still financially viable to produce at home?
Matt: F16’s are performance boats. People purchase them because they want to get the best and the fastest, easiest, etc. We build custom so we offer cheaper builds but the public will not buy it if the better version exists. With hardware sails etc, these are expensive vessels to produce. (Performance catamarans are still a great value relative to any other high end performance racer – look at car racing, event spot boat sailing). The biggest obstacle in the catamaran market is volume. Specialty pieces for models ranging from extrusions to weldments and machined fittings are all very expensive in low quantities. Raw materials and these types of costs occur no matter where one has their boats fabricated. For us in the US though we are getting killed with compliance regulation. As a small builder it is increasingly difficult to afford to the costs being dished out by our government. This is the driving force pushing manufacturing of all sorts out of the US. Going overseas though presents a whole new raft of issues. A “performance” boat is not something that has a lot of room for error in the build process. To keep this in control and still build the best product we have elected to continually work on the process and have developed some very unique solutions for building these boats.
-CSN: I've seen some build process pics of the Falcon hulls posted by Gilles, tell us the tech you are using, it seems that the boatyard did focus on hq building process...
Matt: When I sold my share of Vectorworks and started Falcon Marine, we committed ourselves to using only high end manufacturing processes. Hand lamination and some of the other most common practices in the composites industry are under environmental scrutiny as well as being very labor and weather dependant processes. I spent 2 years developing the processes, refining the materials and doing the design work to create the Falcon F16. While the Blade was very successful and showed the world what the F16 could do, there were some tendencies and features in that design that we knew we could improve upon. In creating the Falcon we have a boat that really pushes the envelope of what the F16 can be capable of. Shape wise the hull and rig changes have done exactly what we intended. Design wise we looked very closely at the laminates. We increased the core thickness and density, as well as evolving to higher strength S glass laminates. Throughout the hull we use no less than 5 different weaves and fabric styles so we can place the fibers exactly on the load paths of the hull. A thermoformed core and modified infusion system ensures we can accurately and consistently get the structure placed and laminated without rushing and without worry to the conditions. The result of this is a stiffer hull with increased volume that can provide a boat at the class minimum weight. While a lot of builders are being forced to low labor countries to try and remain competitive, we have elected to instead evolve our processes and product to make it better. Only time will tell which strategy satisfies the public.

CSN- Which other products or projects is Falcon Marine
Unfortunately high performance multihull sailing is a very niche sport. (hopefully the new AC will help that a bit) Right now Falcon Marine builds the Falcon F16 but we still are involved with our core business which is developing composite products.
I can share a couple of the projects we currently have going on our floor: We are prototyping and tooling a foiling trimaran for a group looking to bring it to market. We are developing and building a line of composite amphibious airplane floats, and have several projects going including power train development, hull form design and electronic control used on commercial, naval and autonomous marine vessels.
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USA Factory: www.falconmarinellc.com

Belguim www.theboatshop.be

F18 Belgian Nats: Bundock wins, only one point ahead of Brouwer


Photo: Astrid Van der Niet

Photo: Astrid Van der Niet
2B Sailing Press Release - C2 Formula 18 skipper Carolijn Brouwer sweetens challenge to rival
Multiple Olympian Carolijn Brouwer has issued a challenge to off-water partner and on-water rival Darren Bundock that she plans to end his recent undefeated run in the C2 Formula 18 the next time the pair match-up at a major regatta.
And more than just pride is on the line with Brouwer spicing up the challenge with something she knows Bundock loves _ chocolate cake.

Brouwer and crewmate Wouter Samana, also sailing a C2, finished just a point in arrears of Bundock and his crewmate Jeroen Van Leeuwen at the Belgian Formula 18 championships on the weekend where C2 boats claimed four of the top five places.
``So close but yet so far,'' a frustrated Brouwer said at the end of the regatta.
``But I am determined to beat Darren. And just to make it interesting, whoever wins the next match-up gets a chocolate cake all to themselves.''

Bundock, a multiple world Tornado catamaran champion, raced off with his fifth straight win on the C2 Formula 18 with he and Van Leeuwen winning three of their races at the Belgian championships and finishing runner-up in the other three heats.

Brouwer and Samana finished just a point behind the pair at the end of the regatta after recording two first places, three seconds and a drop of fifth.

``One point is nothing,'' Brouwer said. ``We have Darren and Jeroen in our sights now.''
The two-day regatta at Koksijde Yacht Club in Koksijde, Belgium, was raced in a variety of conditions ranging from six to 25 knots with the C2 the standout performer at the event.
``The breeze really kicked up midway through the last race so the last two races were cancelled but I think Carolijn would have sailed in a hurricane if she though she could have beaten us,'' Bundock laughed.
The next regatta on the C2 Formula 18 for the Olympic pair is the Rondje Tiengemeten at Hellevoetsluis, a long distance race around the island of Tiengemeten in the south of Holland next Saturday.
For further information about the C2 Formula 18 please go to our website www.2Bsailing.eu

Sep 19, 2010

Tornado Europeans 2010: Team Red Bull, Perfect win


Photo: Martina Barnetova

Photo: Martina Barnetova

Photo: Martina Barnetova

Photo: Martina Barnetova
Tornado European Championships, Day Four - Team Red Bull sail a perfect regatta to take victory.
The fourth and final day of the 2010 Tornado European Championships provided three races for the sailors in a mixture of conditions between 10 and 25 knots with constant rain.It was the Greek team of Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis who took overall victory sailing their Red Bull, Graham Eeles Tornado. They could not be faulted through the whole regatta with 8 wins from 8 races. Team Gaebler have been hot on their heels but couldn't get ahead to take victory. Again it was a closely fought battle with the Greek and German teams match racing each other to the finish.
No Sail Number Name Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 GRE 7 IORDANIS PASCHALIDIS, konstantinos trigkonis
7,0 (1) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 GER 1 Gaebler Roland, Gaebler Nahid
15,0 2 (5) 2 2 2 2 2 3
3 SUI 228 Martin Rusterholz, Jean Marc Cuanillon 28,0 4 3 7 6 3 (8) 3 2
4 GRE 11 MAYROS NIKOLAOS, TAGAROPOULOS ALEXANDROS
39,0 5 4 (13) 3 8 11 4 4
5 GER 69 Maurer Dieter, Rahn Peer Axel
44,0 6 6 4 8 7 7 (9) 6
6 AUT 377 Manfred Schönleitner, Lux Martin
52,0 9 14 9 5 5 (20) 5 5
7 GER 990 Hannes Jantke, Phillip Wetzig
65,0 7 8 8 (26) 4 9 10 19
8 AUT 372 Schönleitner Michael,Rakuschan Philipp
66,0 11 (18) 6 7 12 12 8 10
9 GER 5 Hemmeter Veit, Gloor Michael
72,0 3 2 (dns) 4 16 3 6 dnf
10 GER 42 Stadtmüller Lutz, Neun Fabian
74,0 8 9 12 10 10 10 15 (dns)

Final results - http://www.tornado-class.org/events/2010europeans/results.htm
With a Northerly wind direction today's racing was tricky because of the shifts produced by the wind coming around the mountain. There were also some large gusts which caused some teams to capsize and unfortunately we had a broken mast today. The racing provided all of the action you expect from sailing the Tornado Multihull with close racing upwind and downwind between the boats. Speaking about their victory Konstantinos Trigonis said "It was a great week for us. To be honest we were not expecting to win the regatta that easily, the weather conditions helped us a lot because we favour the windy conditions. Our speed was awesome upwind in all conditions, we won all of the races and we are really happy about it. We stayed focused throughout the whole week and didn't make any mistakes. The race committee did a fantastic job not loosing even one chance to run a race for the competitors. We now have to focus on bringing this fantastic boat back into the Olympic Games again."

ITA President and World Champion Roland Gaebler also commented saying "They have our full respect, they were better in speed and also with some manoeuvres. They sailed a brilliant series and they deserve this European Championships victory, their 3rd in a row." As a class we could like to thank the organisers at Circolo Vela Torbole who have arranged a fantastic event for the sailors. The video from today's racing will soon be uploaded to our video channel - www.tornado-class.tv- The next big event for the Tornado class is the UK National championships being held at Brightlingsea as part of the Reg Fest regatta which starts next Friday. Some of the teams from the European championships are making the long journey from Italy to the UK to take part. All of the latest information from the Tornado class can be found in the below locations:

ITA Facebook page - www.facebook.com/tornadoclass
ITA Website - www.tornado-class.org
ITA Video Channel - www.tornado-class.tv

F18 Argentina - F18 Pride

This weekend we have one of the major sailing championships in Argentina, the Cerrato Grand Prix at the YCO (Yacht Club Olivos) . The F18 class put 13 imported boats, 2 top crews couldn´t make it on time due to some blocked highway from Rosario.
I didn´t race since breaking the mast last summer. Kite World and 1st Arg F18 Champ, Martin Vari asked me to ride with him on one of his uncle F18s... (Sergio Mehl: 2Infusions, Micha's Wildcat and Darren's C2 from Erquy...) We raced a 2009 Infusion that we set up the on Friday afternoon on a hurry.

Saturday was 14knots plus flat from the NorthWest, out of sync, and without intensive traning I couldn´t follow Vari's rythm as an excellent crew (he went to the North Americans some weeks ago) - We ended 5th overall with 4 constant half fleet results the first day.

Sunday was flat again from the North, good conditions, easier than Sat, but I already had 4 regattas of practice so I felt more comfortable at the helm.
Some average starts but we were flying upwind and we were a train with my Seb Magnen learned downwind technique.
First race we were 2nd on the finish line only to lose by a bow with Sergio Mehl's C2. A 3rd scored
Second race bad start, but we recovered quite good to lose a 4th over the line again, and we were pissed off by then. 5th scored.
Third race again a so so start, and again flying on the course, recovered for a 4th where we have to cover the close attack from Ian and Gabriel Berberian's Arg Capricorns and another Infusion master but talented crew , Memo Castro and Bobby Collaso, Ended one boat ahead Gabriel's Cap- 4th scored for a final 3rd overall after 7 races.

Ian Rodger was really fast yesterday with his local made Capricorn.
Yesterday Mischa's black Wildcat broke!? the front stay, to leave his owner out of three races, but Sergio is one of the top sailors here and without that breakage he would have fought the top spots on those non raced.
Today he raced the C2 in a good form 2, 3, 3 - Boat that I saw for the first time... super nice looking & fast boat, specially downwind.

Two crews on the lead and one step ahead of the rest, Cruz Smith (23rd at Erquy) &Mariano heuser (7th North Americans with Cruz) followed by (only one point behind) Juan Faustin and Lucas Gonzalez Smith (37th at Erquy) and the MV team (Martin Vari and I) 3rd in front some experienced sailors like Julio Alsogaray (Top World Laser sailor) and Martin Busch (Sub Worlds in Soling) , both having a blast with the F18 and learning fast, with more training to get used to catamarans they will be hard to beat.

So I ended the day in joy due to a good final performance against trained crews, seeing that n# of imported boats (some Tigers and RCs missing too) was a blast after starting the F18 as a personal project in July 2005- The RCs had their mission accomplished, they found a fleet from scratch and gave the oportunity to many including the top sailors today of discovering what they were missing racing slow boring boats.....
During the intial days of the F18 project I couldn´t race that much as I was always delivering or working on boats at championships, only now I'm more relaxed and enjoying the game, still my own wave piercing machine is due, next year maybe...
The F18 Argentina Class is one of the fastes growing fleets in the World, and also we are breeding here some excellent new catamarans sailors- thanks to all the sailors that supported the project with time & money.
No pics available yet.. Championship continues next week-

P
Crews
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
Tot
1Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser2111(4)128
2Juan Faustin & Lucas Gonzalez Smith1(2)221219
3Martín Vanzulli & Martín Vari
(6)66535429
4Martín Busch & Federico Heuser733487(10)32
5Julio Alsogaray & Javier Heuser5557(11)8838
6Gabriel Berberian & Leandro Culotta(10)77856538
7Sergio Mehl & Nicolás Aragonés3(DNF)DNCDNC23339
8Ian Rodger & Juan Martín Benitez44(DNF)37DNF739
9Sergio Armesto & Joaquin Oveja Duarte88466(10)941
10Guillermo Castro & José María Collaso9(OCS)DNFDNC104657
11Javier Poclava & Gustavo Ariel Osuna(DNC)DNCDNCDNC991171
12Agustín Krevisky & Esteban Blanco(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC84T
13Esteban Blando(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC84

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