Aug 22, 2017

Route du Rhum 2018: 'Acapella' by Christophe Launay

TF10: Class Members on the Foiling Tri concept

The sailors behind the project and their views on the TF10. Wise guys always adapt, you can cruise or race in your 60' monohull or whatever, but this group of owners decided also to enjoy ultimate foiling fun on a well thought package. Lets see how the TF10 goes, but first tests look good.

A-Class Worlds 2017 @Sopot: Day 1 vid

Another great clip by - Day 2 racing postponed for the moment due to thunder storms.
Fist Photo by  Wiktoria Ossowska / Sopot Worlds Notice board.  Second pic sent by Mehl , mins ago. Competitors waiting ashore.
Update: Racing cancelled for today due to thunder storms.

Aug 21, 2017

A-Class Worlds 2017 @Sopot: Day 1, Bundock & Brewin lead

Images by Paula Kopylowicz / Exploder - Gordon Upton / IACA - Helena Darvelid / Sailrocket . Full respective galleries follow their links.  Click images for orig size & slideshow.

Sopot Worlds 2017 Day 1
After many days without much wind at Sopot, the venue responded when most needed, on the first day of the Worlds providing off shore breeze up to 20knots.
The best part aside speed runs and airborne modes was the chance to see how  upwind foiling payed in this wind range.
Conclusion is  basically that to be at the top in this wind conditions nowadays you need to master upwind foiling .

Steve Brewin and Darren Bundock have been training extensively this mode on their  Expldoers D3, and I had past private reports on 21knots upwind and excellent vmg.
Today that preparation showed being quite effective  as both Australians dominated their respective fleets.
The info I have from several sources is Brewin got a very good gap in fleet A and Bundy has the best upwind foiling performance with Kuba and Sandro a bit behind.
Locals couldn't repeat the domination seen with lighter winds at past week Polish Nats.

Mischa Heemskerk (Dna F1) finished second to Brewin in the first race, and he was second in the last race, but capsized to windward, a posterior confusion made him do an additional lap, to finish 29th.
Brewin still won both races with a comfortable margin.

Yesterday in our preview and when all were focusing on the D3 and Dna F1 teams, we mentioned the Scheurer G7 riders had a chance to perform in the breeze. And Sandro did just that with the 2017 G7 and short mast. Pic above is from his brother Daniel, as no shot from Sandro was available today.

Sandro scored 3 & 2 for a great third position overall tied in points with Exploder local rider Kuba Surowiec  (2 & 3) , both racing in Bundy's fleet.

Coen de Koning (Dna F1)  had a great day with little time on the As , two 4th for at sixth overall.
Also  a productive day for Dave Shaw (8&2) and Stephen Brayshaw (D3 Boxing Aussie stickers 4 & 6)  for a  7th & 8th overall respectively.

On short masts aside the Caviezel bros on the G7s, "rookie" Adam May (D3) also sailed with a short rig and did really good considering his lack training last years on the As, specially the new full foiling mode in the breeze.

Seeing results it was a pity our friend Sergio Mehl could not even start a race , as 5 mins before the first start his boom mast attachment failed totally with rivets popping out and leaving him no chance to show his intensive training.
Once at shore, who else than Jakub Kopylowicz , helped Sergio to fit and repair the failed part and mast small crack for him to be able to sail tomorrow.

From the top riders Mischa sits 27th on his own additional lap, and Manolo Calavia (D3) got a 3rd in first race but followed with an OCS which relegates him to 61st overall at the moment.

All in all an excellent first day of racing for the 2017 Worlds , everyone was asking for more breeze and that is what they got, as the weather forecast showed yesterday.

Brewin and Bundock dominated today. For Brewin, Simon Nelson calculates on the info gathered that  Stevie was " 1 minute ahead after 1 lap, which is over 300 metres and at the finish he was over 2 minutes ahead when he stop foiling and cruised  the last bit of the run. That means he was 600-800 metres ahead".

Tomorrow lighter breeze expected and the locals might attack to get some bullets of their own. Mischa will need to score also, and the top Aussies will show us if they are untouchable in any wind range now that the real game is On.

Sopot 2017 Worlds Links
- Official Worlds web
Worlds FB
- Fleet list here
- Live stream from cell
- Onsite report by Gordon Upton at IACA's  web:

Top 15 results below,  full results

Sail Number Helm Fleet Cat. Scores Q1 Q2
1  AUS 4 (62) Steven Brewin A
2 1 1
1  AUS 88 (108) Darren Bundock B Master 2 1 1
3  SUI 1 (20) Sandro Caviezel B
5 3 2
4  POL 41 (51) Jakub Surowiec B Junior 5 2 3
5  POL 15 (2) Tymoteusz Bendyk A
8 5 3
6  NED 75 (86) Coen De Koning B
8 4 4
7  NZL 270 (59) Dave Shaw A
10 8 2
8  AUS 25 (40) Stephen Brayshaw A
10 4 6
9  POL 1 (19) Jacek Noetzel A Master 11 7 4
10  POL 17 (26) Maciej Żarnowski B
13 5 8
11  AUS 308 (103) Andrew Landenberger B Master 14 7 7
12  USA 311 (146) Bruce Mahoney B
15 9 6
13  ESP 32 (147) Anton Paz Blanco A
16 11 5
14  GBR 57 (18) Adam May A
16 6 10
15  POL 31 (68) Robert Graczyk B Master 18 6 12

A-Class Worlds 2017 @Sopot: Day 1 updates

Live pic by Gordon Upton/  IACA . Bundy killing it upwind. Wind finally came when most needed, so good to start the Worlds this way. Gordon reports upwind foiling pays now.

Gusty and strong winds for first day.
More images later. Updates below:

Top 5 Race 1 by Sopot Worlds Fb

Race 1 Fleet A:
1. Steven Brewin AUS 4
2. Mischa Heemskerk NED 7
3. Manuel Calavia ESP 11

Aug 19, 2017

A-Class Worlds 2017 @Sopot : Polish Nats 2017 Final Day vid

Great deal of material coming out of Sopot. Videos, interviews, plenty of pics. Video  Polish Nats final day from last Thursday won by Manolo Calavia, racing footage plus comments by Bundy , Polish Armada, and Manolo.

More info at official Worlds fb Including a nice clip by Helena Darvelid on what many top sailors use for their settings.
Will transcript later , but take as reference only. You will see few use the same, so you need to find your numbers but it is always a good starting point.

Aug 18, 2017

DNA F1s @Garda 2017

Quality film prod by DNA for this clip made at Garda European Spring 2017, held at Circolo Vela Arco. Sopot Worlds starts on Monday, our preview on candidates tomorrow.

Ullman Sails (ex Mad Max) wins Airlie Beach Race Week 2017

All photos by Shirley Dodson Photography. Report sent by one of our favorites cat Multihull designers, Tony Grainger , check his web at
Two very different boats, a 24’ trimaran and a 33’ cat, both well sailed and well prepared find themselves hotly contesting Airlie Beach Race Week 2017 thanks in large part to an effective rating rule.

It’s sometime said of exceptional surfers or kite boarders “they could have won the contest riding the dunny door” and there have been some pretty humorous film clips playing on exactly that premise.

Sure it’s an exaggeration but it’s there to make a point. For a talented sports person it’s primarily about preparation, focus, and a coordinated team effort. As long as the equipment is good enough and you have the mind set to win on the day you can get the job done.

Airlie Race Week 2017 was a case of two very focused skippers with good preparation and presumably well coordinated crew work (I wasn’t there and I don't know the crews on a personal

Aug 17, 2017

A-Class Polish Nats 2017 @Sopot: Manuel Calavia 1st

Patín a Vela, German style

All images & video sent by Andreas Bredendiek / .  . I've seen pics of the Patín a Vela many times but never published or received info about it. Now Andreas got an excellent web , video and promotion ,
On his mail he commented we publish many technical stuff, but that is only a part of it.
In the end what we all want is to go out  and have fun.  When someone ask me about the A-Cats, I do comment on tech, carbon , foiling etc.. but  always tell them that biggest asset is simply to go out and sail no worries and enjoy floating mode.

Watch video above by Andreas sailing the Patín a Vela, really cool , nicely done.
Below some comments from his experience sailing el Patín.
Patín a Vela: Rudderless Love! 
"I'm Andreas Bredendiek from Germany , 53 years, and I have been sailing Lasers, Hobies (16 & Tiger) , F18s and a bit of A-Cats. I was lucky to meet all the great guys like Mitch, Glenn, the Sachs and a lot more. But now we have a company, kids, a house and stuff so time for sailing and racing is more restricted.
When my best friend and crew left to Brazil , I started searching for a simple and interesting single handed boat. In my holidays in Spain I saw again the Patins and its Racing Tradition there.

So now I am Patin Sailor for some years and it is absolutely great.

With the Patin they do races with 25 knots of wind in Spain and big waves, in the North Sea they do racing with 20 knots of wind and you have to pass the white water, which is quite frightening…
They also organize racing on 2 or 3 meter waves, which is cool but also not to easy…

But honestly, Patin sailing is much easier than most other boats, because the platform is very stable (it is a Catamaran after all) and the boat length of 18,3 feet (5,60 m) is very comfortable for a single crew.
For instance I never did a pitchpole. So the basic handling is super easy for a cat without rudders: 
Move your bodyweight forward and slightly open the sail = luff. 
Move your bodyweight backwards and close your sail = bear away.
Then the width (beam) of the Patin is only 1,60 m , so you can fly one hull already in 1 Beaufort!!!
Just move to the leeward hull and the windward hull flies immediately…
Also you can trim the mast backwards and forwards. Backwards on the upwind, the stronger the wind blows, the more backwards. 

Downwind you fully pull the mast forwards (like on a Star boat!!!). That makes the boat bear way and sail deep and fast..."

Well, as  you see I am sailing fanatic and specially with Patin Sailing!

Andreas Bredendiek

Aug 16, 2017

A-Class Polish Nats 2017: Day 2

Images by Gordon Upton , full album at IACA  Fb. 1 race completed today, after delays due to no wind. Many didn't participated on the only one held today. Results at
Check Mischa's extreme wildthing, that one is tricky to do well.

SL33 Black Jack @Lake Balaton 2017

Video sent by Roland Gaebler who helmed Black Jack SL33 in this year edition of round Lake Balaton

Aug 15, 2017

A-Class Polish Nats 2017 @Sopot: Day 1 video

Great video by of today's two races, showing starts, conditions, comments by Kuba Surowic & Brewin plus the right takes. Excellent teaser for next week Worlds. All the best for our friend & great person & racer Jacek Noetzel who is organizing this Worlds along the locals UKS Navigo Club. Worlds Official web

Jacek also helped to spread the news of the orignail Exploder A-Cat  A13 with an excellent 3rd place on 2013 Europeans.

Day 1 Results
Photos by Helena Darvelid here
Photos by Gordon Upton here

A-Class Polish Nats 2017 : Day 1 by Helena Darvelid

All images Helena Darvelid / Sailrocket , full gallery at A-Class Worlds Sopot fb
2 Races on Day 1 : Results at

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