America's Cup 2017 @Bermuda / Louis Vuitton Finals info here - Mike Drummond's Live Tracking App here

Feb 27, 2017

A-Class: Training @Garda by Martin Flores




Video filmed (while driving the rib) by Pro Sailing coach Martin Flores. - One of the best sailing videos I published is Martin's clip of Vittorio Bissaro & Carlo di Paoli on the Wildcat, excellent footage for seeing top guys doing maneuvers , body trim and speed drive.
When you have a video you watch over and over, you have the mark of an excellent done clip.

This time Martin went out with 3 Italian Top Guns:  Vittorio again , but now on Exploder D3 A-Cat, along Lorenzo Bianchini & Francesco Bianchi , both pretty known by us with Lorenzo having plenty F18 hours and Francesco sailed the Exploder F18 with Mischa at Kiel Worlds.
The three of them now putting hours on the A-Cats.

Drving & filming side to side at 20knots is not easy, so having these closeups shots is truly remarkable. I spoke with Martin and he will be spending some time with the As so expect more material coming from him. Meanwhile enjoy great footage above with several tacks and ballistic upwind foiling.

Contact Martin Flores at www.martinsailcoach.com/coaching.html
martinsailcoach (at) gmail com
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A-Class Worlds 2017 will be held a Sopot, Poland and hosted by one of the coolest and working guys in the sailing community like Jacek Noetzel along the entire local crew supported by local builder Jakub Kopylowicz from Exploder.

Check official web at aclassworlds2017.pl

First GC32 Championships 2017 @Oman: Feb 28 - March 5




Photo ©: Jesús Renedo / GC32 Championship Oman 2017 -  Bertarelli will helm Alinghi, check crew list below. Racing is due to start tomorrow at 1300 local time (UTC +4) with special "Fast boat Edition" rules derived form the AC, which includes removing 'proper course' rule, read press release sent by the event media for further details.
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11 boats to race the first ever GC32 Championship
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GC32 Championship press release issued on 27 February 2017
Racing starts tomorrow at the inaugural GC32 Championship. 11 international teams, from the Extreme Sailing Series™ and the GC32 Racing Tour, plus a few competing in this summer’s Red

Feb 26, 2017

MOD70 Phaedo 3 : Caribbean 600 Video footage



Video sent by Rachel Fallon-Langdon -

Feb 23, 2017

Oracle AC50: Bow down & Man overboard



-- Update: Video now released by Oracle Team USA showing indeed crew went flying on a gybe. -- Photo: Oracle Sailing Coach Philippe Presti , full sequence at his fb page - This might be the scariest shot & situation I've ever seen. Taken from below the aero add-ons of Oracle AC50 bowsprit,
Luckily enough and thanks God sailor was not hurt.

TNZ bike stations might get better grip? to avoid this, but while tacking & gybing crews are all over the place. Last Cup we had some tragic pitchs and also a great save by New Zealand on a bareaway that was only possible on their hull high volume design.

With improved foils, beachcats like A-Cats have reduced hull volume, as pitchs situations are reduced greatly with lifting foils, same concept we've seen with AC50s where TNZ fat hull has been deprecated for slimmer hulls a la Oracle past AC72.

Although its the way to go in terms of optimal aero efficiency, pitchs situations cannot be avoided fully, more with latest extreme bow down trim for AC45Turbo and now the AC50s.

You can duplicate the same trim on an A-Cat, you will see is super fast but you'll lose control and you'll feel always on the verge on pitching hard, at least that is the sensation I got when setting winglets with too much rake, or when the adjustable trim lock gets loose and the casting/blade system trims back, setting the rudder tip/winglet towards inside the hull, which effectively elevates the transom and puts bow down trim, and at least with the asymmetric winglets I'm using, they override main foil setup which in the breeze is plain scary.
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Feb 22, 2017

Nacra 17 MKII Foiling version: Delivery dates announced

Photo left: Nacra 17 production foil by Nacra Polska. - To see how the new board fits check the renders I made some months ago here. Boat above is also featuring Nacra F20FCS rudder system, which were tested by Olympic sailors in Netherlands. Those winglets are huge for the Nacra 17, lets see if they end using the same system or adapt to the new specific blades/winglets shown in MM/Nacra presentation.

New full foiling and definitive  MKIIs will be delivered to top sailors starting June 26th.
Below official statement of the Nacra 17 Class management published on the 49er website... as "current web does not fit their needs"? How raw text cannot fit their needs to publish official N17 Class communications is beyond my comprehension. What's next? A-Cats Calendar & rules published in the Laser Class web? 
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Source 49er.org

"...The Full Foiling Nacra 17’s are in production. The class, along with Nacra Sailing, agreed that in the interest of fairness there will not be broad distribution of the foiling boats until the bulk of the top of the fleet can all get one at the same time. As such, no boats will be released to sailors until June 26th, leaving only 1 month of preparation for these teams ahead of the Europeans! While many of the skills will cross over from the ‘C’ foil boats that raced in Rio, there is sure to be a huge learning curve in the lead up to a spectacular first regatta.

In the mean time, there is a Ongoing Learning program from the Netherlands, where fleet members can sail the foiling boats. There are three functions of the learning sessions. The first is to push the boats with the hopes of revealing any improvements that remain outstanding and can be put into the boats in production. The second is to get teams a chance to do some foiling before the boats are ready. The third is to allow teams interested the class to get a look at what the full foiling future looks like.

There is a schedule of learning sessions published.
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Full nacra 17 Class statement at 49er.org -

MOD70, Caribbean 600 2017: Line honours for Phaedo 3



Photos : Rachel Fallon Langdon / Team Phaedo - Both teams reported close match racing mode to during the race. But the standard platform  MOD70  Phaedo 3 prevailed. Half foiling tack for Maserati is not giving them any advantage, so we'll have to wait for them to equip again both amas with flying foils.

The racing foil vs floating discussion is already over, the aspect to see here on the MOD70s is which foiling setup is the right for the 70' Trimarans, and based on results and reports from the race, Maserati central T  + amas T rudders + amas L/V foils are not adding performance if we analyze by simple logic that they should have an advantage when sailing on the foiling tack and at least maintain standard MOD70 perf on the opposite one. This taking apart any navigation consideration, which anyway is reported by both camps to be head to head. --Update: just being told that Olympic Nacra 17 sailor Vittorio Bissaro was onboard Maserati as tactician.--

So in the end we have real times as a benchmark:

From the tracking the finish times I have are
Phaedo 321:20:00
Maserati21:33:00

Below text sent by Rachel/Phaedo 3:
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"After an epic battle with their MOD70 sister ship Maserati, Phaedo^3 took multihull line honours in the RORC Caribbean C600. Lloyd Thornburg and his crew of Brian Thompson, Michel Desjoyeaux, Miles Seddon, Rob Greenhalgh, Pete Cumming, Paul Allen and Damian Foxall, finished with an clasped time of 33 hours 40 minutes and 46 seconds. We now have to wait until the rest of the MORCA fleet finish to see how
they finish on handicap."
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Feb 21, 2017

MOD70, Caribbean 600 2017: Phaedo 3 leads over Maserati

Photo Credit: Rachel Fallon-Langdon / Team Phaedo  - Great shot from both MOD70s, Maserati in foiling mode which seems not to be paying dividends against its floating counterpart, as Phaedo 3 is leading by 8NMiles.

Maserati seems to be sailing still with a mixed combo of floating and foiling amas. On the performance maybe their central hull T foil is much too draggy?

Check live tracking at caribbean600.rorc.org/Tracking-Players/2017-fleet-tracking.html


Feb 20, 2017

F18 Worls 2017 @Denmark: Early entry fee ends March 1st

Photo: Jasper van Staveren - From the current entry list Simon Northrop is among favorites along Mitch Booth & Danny Paschalidis. Early entry fee ends March 1st, detailed info below.

NOR: f18worlds2017.dk/notice-of-race/
Official web www.f18worlds2017.dk

Entry registration link: f18.billetexpressen.dk/

Entry fee until 28th Feb 2017: 250 EUR
Late entry fee 1st March to 7th June 2017: 300 EUR
Last minute entry fee 8th June to 10th July 2017: 350 EUR
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Stunt 9 Foiling gybe by John Tomko



Not a perfect video, but more than fair enough to show proof of John Tomko's foiling gybe with the Petrucci Design S9. This boat has such a smooth ride, yesterday night one local A-Cat sailor friend told me "Martin, lets sell the As and go for an S9!" . I replied that indeed the S9 is a great cat and has a super stable flight, Charlie Mayer's footage is rather shaky but you can see John being pretty relaxed the whole time.
Of course John can also do foiling gybes and he is an epxert FP helm, but in any case the S9 is providing him with lots of margin.

The S9 looks really good too aside from the gybe and its clear an option to simplify and maximize airborne time. My friend and this footage is making to think twice on going for one, but I still have some years left to continue pursuing the unaided foiling program.

In the other hand I see plenty of guys targeting the S9, with foiling experience like John or those without ever tried any foiler. Michele's boat will provide both camps with lots of thrills and perfect flights.

Contact Michele for info on the S9 at www.s9catamaran.com-

Phantom Essentiel stable flight in 7 knots



Finally a good video of the Essentiel showing how efficient 4pt / A-Cat Z foils are. Essentiel foils were designed Gonzalo Redondo. The video crew is even seated on the wing, which for me limits a bit crew weight compensation, but they are having a smooth easy ride without much adjusting, which in the end is the purpose of the Essentiel. More info and additional videos at facebook.com/PhantomInternational/?fref=ts

The FP (now called Elite) with J foils is super stable and fast, but still needs crew motion as there are no 'kid wheels' like Moths wands. So with the hours we have foiling A-Cats, I'm looking forward to sail a double handed equipped with same Z type of foils as the Essentiel and Nacra 17.
Regarding wands stay tuned for next post with a foiling gybe for  Michele Petrucci's S9 from the US S9gang.

Also coming info on the convertible F18 project I've been writing for a while which in my case will use Z foils. The Viper F16 which was tested initially with TNZ Js, now will be production launched too with Zs (info grabbed from a dealer public post in fb)

There is also another known builder who will be launching a production Convertible F18 soon.
The idea I presented last year is becoming a reality and it will be a boost for the Class based on the double program alternative.

Feb 19, 2017

A-Class US, NOOD Regatta 2017







Sailing photos Paul Todd/ Outsideimages.com - Check beachpark video Emmanuel Cerf - Lineup pic Bailey White. -
Pity lack of wind at St Petersburg Yacht Club, which will be the venue for the 2020 A-Cat Worlds. 2018 F18 Worlds will be also held in the US at Sarasota.

The US Class is by now ranking two different fleets in all regattas, only two races held so check full results here
Official web for the NOOD St Petersburg regatta: sailingworld.com/helly-hansen-nood-regatta-2017-inside-fleets-1

Check also Glaser main with a reduced foot from standard decksweepers, this to have a more compensated head, design which worked for Matt Struble but we still haven´t seen in Europe.
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Here in BA today we went training, top guy already foiling upwind easy, and no contest in around 11-12 knots. That is what we are going to see at Sopot, with Brewin & Bundy showed at past Aus Nats some weeks ago.
Mischa will be also flying upwind and we'll see a bigger gap on the top guys being able to foil the entire course in the midrange.

I'm trying to foil upwind with the A14/JZ  and managed too few good runs, plenty hours left. If downwind foiling is already the most technical ride in current sailing , upwind is even more challenging. Still much to see and learn , even for the pros, but based on what I'm seeing (Moth was sailing today too) I think top As will be hunting Moths in the next seasons in midrange and above winds.

Feb 16, 2017

AC35: Team New Zealand AC50 Cycling explained by Mike Drummond



Image: Team New Zealand press. - Time to ask the Pros about TNZ cycling systems benefits and there is few people more indicated to write about AC devels than Mike Drummond. If you still don´t know his cv, read it here as told by Coutts (One day I need to re publish that text, maybe the best presentation speech ever)
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Mike Drummond on Team New Zealand cycling system and previous similar developments:
"It's a good bet that every team has investigated leg power this time. They will already know the tradeoffs and I'd be surprising if anyone scrambled to change immediately. Perhaps the bigger advantage is there might be potential to sail the boat differently. For example, the cyclists have their hands free, so they could be doing other jobs - perhaps controlling wing twist to match real-time aero targets. (I suggested Jimmy steer the AC72 from a bicycle seat so he could grind and steer. I got a very short answer)

Manual grinding vs Cycling , the differences this time;
- The rotary hydraulic pump is automatically changing gears so the pedals are always rotating forwards. (Whereas winches change gear by reversing the handle direction)
- Accumulators are now used to store pressure which can be used later when power requirements peak during a tack say. This allows the grinders to work more steadily.
- The AC50 is short of manpower, so any increase will result in better boatspeed because the wing and foils can be trimmed more frequently. This allows more precise sailing and faster foil designs - which need more frequent adjustment.
- The brief video of a tack shows 2 grinders being seated and cycling at different times, so maybe there are individual clutches so they don’t have to coordinate joining with spinning pedals?

In 1977 12m Sverige used leg-power with grinders belowdecks. Later, rules had the grinders on deck, and seated grinding was seen as too difficult because crew had to move around the boat. Many jobs started with very high speed and finished with very high load, which suits arm power.
Also, generally there was sufficient manpower and usually plenty of recovery time so there was no compelling need for a new system. (Although a grinder on KZ7 told me he fell asleep on the pedestal very briefly between tacks in a ~50 tack duel with Stars & Stripes in 1987)
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I asked him also on AC Foil sets availability:
CSN: I checked with Pete Melvin if rules allows to change the 2 sets of foils according to wind conditions (if they are different designs of course) and he said his view based on the protocol is they can use both sets. Now what would you do? Have two diff designs or a spare one?
Mike Drummond: "I would use two different designs because it pays to be fast! Slow foils with a spare set probably guarantee a loss (at the least you're relying on your opponent having problems in multiple races); whereas fast foil sets might not break."
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AC35,Team New Zealand: Official Story behind their AC50




All images & report & Video sent by Emirates Team New Zealand. Great material from Team New Zealand, finally some good pics also, as Gladwell patriotism went as far as not showing the cycling stations while sailing! (I would have done the same). Click images for HQ & slideshow.  Video above showing the design progression of their AC50, watch foiling tack at the end.
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EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND LAUNCHES THEIR RACE BOAT FOR THE 35th AMERICA'S CUP

"Just 100 days out from the first race of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, Emirates Team New Zealand accomplishes the most significant milestone of its challenge for the 35th Americas Cup by christening their America’s Cup Class catamaran that will begin racing in Bermuda in May.

In the presence of the team, their families, the Sponsors and the official suppliers, the boat was christened at the Beaumont Street base in Auckland by Tina Symmans - member of the Board of Directors of Emirates Team New Zealand - and blessed by Ngati Whatua.

“This is a really proud day for the team collectively.” said CEO Grant Dalton. “The campaign always

Feb 15, 2017

Oracle AC50 launched


Pity this time we couldn´t enjoy different platform designs as in SF, although certainly all might have look rather similar this time around the One Design mold  rule takes out great part of the allure of the Americas Cup.
AC50s are still weapons and Oracle will be performing to defend the Cup, they have a solid sailing team and excellent design drive from San Francisco.
But a Box Rule a la F18 or A-Class wouldn´t have much impact on platforms build costs in my view, in the end is shape diff and not amount of material or system not allowed by the rule itself. Let the boat to be built in each country also with full control but done under a Box rule.

Even at beachcat level, imagine the F18 or AClass all being built from same mold, same specs, same beam position et all, much or simply all what makes those Classes a success will be lost.

Spithill says this is the boat that will give Oracle the Cup again, I say he is right , this boat in fact will bring the Cup home to Oracle and any of the Challengers also, as all will be racing same exact platform seen above.

Team New Zealand refused to follow suit and wen innovating, at a risk surely on the cycling, but they took same chances, even bigger ones last time when they decided to go foiling.

As nothing interesting is going on in the design aspect TNZ and Oracle are having a 'tough' fight in... facebook. Check TNZ take at Oracle on SoftBank Team Japan having a clone, with Oracle responding NZ did the same with Prada.

The only 'little' difference as stated by New Zealand in the same thread is that they were two challengers trying to take the Cup, and Softbank is collaborating with the Defender.-

Photo &  Press release sent by Oracle Team USA
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ORACLE TEAM USA celebrate completion of new America’s Cup Class boat

On Tuesday evening, ORACLE TEAM USA held a ceremony at its team base to reveal its new

Team New Zealand AC50: "Cycling the Cup" by TVNZ




Source TVNZ : tvnz.co.nz  --
Cycling stations?? Check those main foils... look like light air specs and scaled up /refined version of Artemis first foils from last Cup, wonder how they'll work in 20knots, although with the new push button control panel they have a wider range of active settings.

Below post from last night "Americas Cup 35: Team New Zealand innovates again".
Check Galdwell / Sail-World local report here-

Photo: Richard Gladwell / Sail-World - Last Cup edition they made their AC72 airborne which will stand as major development ever in the history of the Cup, but they also fitted a wheel while Oracle installed a frankenstein tiller system.
Team New Zealand had everything to win last Cup, and they had 9 Match Points to achieve it. They couldn´t but they broke through as they use to.
New Zealanders are not only the best sailors in the World but also have some of the wisest guys in the business. Just remember the 'hula' , Oracle Trimaran Wing among others which came directly from Mike Drummond's mind. Now the Kiwis have put pedal to the metal literally discarding the manual grinding stations by cycle style ones.  We wrote last weeks New Zealand are our favorites based on their top notch crew (Ahsby , Burling , Tuke and others)  and also on the non appealing OD platforms. If TNZ managed to design foils par to Oracle this display of drive and innovation will push them even closer to the Finals and recover the Cup.

On the platform itself (Hulls/ Beams / case pos)  not much to see,  it's all One Design , same mold... yupi .. exciting Americas Cup... not a chance. I'll take you OD a la AC45F or GC32, where the entire crew has an active sailing task, and not like the AC50 where you have 90% grinding and the rest pushing buttons.
Oracle 'unveiled' their clone today also. No pics yet.

Check more pics and read  local report by Richard Gladwell at sail-world.com/NZ/Americas-Cup---Emirates-Team-New-Zealand-reveal-big-AC50-breakthrough/151751

Feb 14, 2017

First GC32 'Worlds' to be held @Muscat: Feb 28th - March 5




Iamge: Lloyd Images - European GC32 Racing is right now the pinnacle of the sport in terms of dollar invested vs performace and sailors actually, sailing, The Extreme Series have adopted the GC32 but they are more focused in Stadium racing, while the Europeans select perfect sailing locations like Garda to use the full potential of the GC32 beast.
Now Teams from both circuits will be attending the first joined championship at Muscsat. Argetine Team Código Rojo (formed by two local Arg F18 sailors) will be debuting at Garda.
GC32 'Worlds' full info below sent by GC32 Racing Tour.
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Extreme Sailing Series and GC32 Racing Tour foiling cats to face off in two weeks
GC32 Championship press release issued on 14 February 2017

In a fortnight’s time the first ever GC32 Championship for the combined fleets from the GC32 Racing Tour and Extreme Sailing Series™ will begin in Muscat, Oman.

The ultra high-speed foiling one design GC32 catamarans will be competing at the GC32 Championship from Tuesday 28th February until Sunday 5th March. Racing will take place off Al Mouj Marina (The Wave, Muscat), on the outskirts of Muscat where the event’s host, Oman Sail, has its headquarters.
A taste of things to come at the GC32 Championship in a fortnight's time

Feb 13, 2017

Sail Test: 26 knots for the iFly 15





All images by Arno Terra & Michael Miller.  - Nice to have Arno testing the iFly 15, I have sailed the F20, FP and sal regularly foiling As, but didn´t have the chance yet to sail the S9 (couldn´t sailed it at Punta Ala 2015) or the new iFly.

Arno has been helping to develop the double luff Heru sail for his A-Cat and now also equipped in the iFly 15.

A priori one would think that recreational cats with double wand systems are super stable but not that fast, mainly on the drag factor (Sunnuck's M20 Vampire is another toy altogether and has tilted Ts main foils).

26knots was the guys recorded at our local Club two weekeends ago on the FP and the F20 on excellent flat day a good breeze (these two boats are capable of +30knots no problem though)  and I don´t have much reports from As above 25knots, 24knts achieved by Sandro and others, also by Mehl here last month on the F1. Mischa, Bundy and Brewin for sure have that range too but no has showed yet a 27 or 28 knots run for that matter. This only to put in perspective what Arno has achieved on the iFly

Check report by Arno below aboout his rides on the iFly 15. For detailed pics of hardware and conf check previous iFly 15 posts.
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iFly 15 First fast active flight by Arno Terra
"Week 5 of this year I flew to Alicante to test sail the iFly prototype on the Mar Menor, a well know spot for boat testers in the winter months.
It was my first flight on a boat with active controls. Active controls as in the Moth with a wand and movable flaps.
To my surprise I clocked in my first flight directly a 26.2 kt run, a speed I never accomplished on my foiling A-class.

Circumstances were not ideal, it was very gusty, I struggled with the sheeting but nevertheless I felt in control and to my surprise I did not even miss the footstraps. I could easily adjust pitch by moving my body fore and aft and never lost my balance. When I luffed too much to control the boat, the boat did heel quite a bit to windward but had never the tendency to capsize, where in the A-class it s quite easy to capsize to windward if you luff to aggressively.

High speed can only be accomplished in a small boat when efficiency is high. It looks that the four foil active system is a worthy alternative for the four foil Z board system.

Both systems have their own strengths though. The active system adds complexity and by that costs but is easier to handle for the non experienced sailor. e..g. I could easily foil downwind while sitting on the side, something I could not manage on my last A-cat.

Foiling gybes are also quite easy with the active system as the flaps can effectively double lift and keep you foiling in the gybe.

I sailed the iFly with the big rig. For the iFly two rigs have been developed, One with a 7.5m mast and 12.5sqm and one with a 8.5m rig and 14.5 sqm.

The small rig is easier to sail and once foiling it does not feel small.

The idea behind the big rig is to offer lower lift-off speeds with just a mainsail and more depth downwind once foiling. It is just the rig for the high performance sailor who wants to optimize his VMG. It is more of a handful and you have to adjust the trim and settings more often, where the small rig operates in an almost automatic mode.

Indeed a more recreational foiler vs a more high performance machine. The big rig has a sail area to weight ration comparable to that of an A-cat.

The advantage of the four foil Z board is configuration is that it unloads the windward board automatically once there is some sideslip/leeway. That's why you see the full bottom deck sweepers and the high position of the traveller.

With the small rig on the iFly you do not have to unload the windward board, which has the advantage that it is almost impossible to capsize the boat to windward. Once you drop the windward hull the extra lift created by the flaps is more than enough to righten the boat and prevent a capsize.

Top speeds with the small rig are still mid twenties, just the angle is a bit higher than with the big rig or on an A-cat.

With the big rig you have to unload the windward foil by adjusting rake with the worm drive to get maximum performance.

The small rig boat has also the option to set a Code F, which is basically a flat code Zero set on the hull instead on a pole. It seems to work fine but I have not sailed it myself, but it is definitely an option to have fun in the lighter winds.

Strong points of the active foils are the pitch stability and the ability to have foiling gybes and perhaps foiling tacks. The pitch stability is why you see such high consistent speeds and why you do not need the footstraps.

I feel that there is a future for both the 4 foil Z board configuration and the 4 foil active flight configuration. Foiling newbies I can recommend the active flight system both for fun and safety. The racing enthusiasts will still be better off with an A-cat or Moth, but once the iFly has established itself as racing class we will see competitive racing on active flight boats too.

It is simply not true that the active boards make the boat easier to race, it still takes a lot of skills to get the max performance out of the boat, but indeed it is easy to foil and have some foiling fun.
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Feb 12, 2017

Diam 24OD: Sailing World Boat of the Year 2017



All iamges Jean Marie Liot / Diam 24 OD Class - More than deserved overall award for the Diam 24OD, a Tri we've been following for a while here and which continues to growth in numbers every year. They also stepepd in the US market in 2016 too.  The Diam 24OD shows you don´t need to foil or cost hundred thousands to have plenty of fun, this boat cost only 60k for 3 crews offers the Melges alternative for Multihulls.

Check Sailing World article details at sailingworld.com/overall-winner-diam-24-one-design#page-2

Artemis Racing, Road to Bermuda: Season 2 , Episode 11



SE2/EP11: Artemis Racing - Road to Bermuda. Source http://artemis-racing.americascup.com
Glad to have the Sweden team investing in media coverage for their campaign, they are doing the work of ACEA in this regard. More footage from Bermuda , onboard & drones.

Plus some surfski paddling, which is a great training tool. As kid we trained K1/K2s, and still have to row the surfski I designed, my brother still to finish cedar male mold, although another custom wood version has been already tested in the US (click photo left) by a paddler & builder I gave him the cad file, Walter Kirchhoff , who was finshing the built, but couldn´t help to launch it!  More on this soon.

Feb 11, 2017

Mikey Howser, in Memoriam


Really unexpected have Mikey Howser passing away, months ago I met him and Faye here in Buenos Aires as he came to race the F18 Worlds, I managed to get a charter for them and since day 1 from mail exchange the only thing I knew from them was a constant thanks and good will.

Then when we met here, it was the same, good will and eager to sail and having new experiences, as the trip they made to our Patagonia later. Mickey worked in the Cat community as a dealer and I'm glad to see one of his later works was delivering Nacra 15s to the kids along Pete Melvin.

A memorial will take place on February 14, 2017 from 11am - 3pm at the San Andreas Memorial Chapel 254 W. St. Charles Street, San Andreas, CA 95249.

Below some words of a fellow F18 sailor and friend Rich Vilvens :

"Mikey Howser passed peacefully at his home on 9 Feb 2017. Most people know him from the sailing community as the man who was always positive. He would travel with his wife Faye to events all around the world.

Formerly a dealer for Hobie Cat he had in the last few years became a Nacra distributor. His love for being out on the water was contagious. He would encourage the young and old to keep sailing and keep going. Always having time to help out with rigging or having that part you needed. Recently he helped to bring the New Youth boats to the West Coast and organized set up and rigging.
Many didn't know him outside of sailing, however he was just as active there. He was a Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Brother, Husband and a friend. A former pilot in the Air Force, ski enthusiast, entrepreneur, poker player and avid outdoors man.

His family and friends are saddened by the sudden loss, however all our lives are better and fuller for knowing him."
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Sail On Mikey!

Feb 9, 2017

TF10 Foiling Trimaran by MM & built by DNA



Renders sent by DNA Performance Sailing , click images for HQ & Slideshow.- The TF10 Trimaran was born on the initiative of Andrew MacPherson, aka Macca, he has working on it for some time before the recent launch announcement and is always nice to have him behind all the new weapon multihull projects. Macca was there for the development of the Nacra F20, also for the initial steps of the Flying Phantom , the GC32 and now he was the driving force for the Morrelli & Melvin designed TF10.

Macca: "The project began after I met with a group of owners from the East Coast (US) and proposed them a smaller foiler, but they came back to me after the presentation and asked me work on a larger boat for them in conjunction with Morrelli & Melvin"

The TF10 will be a foiling trimaran featuring MM latest Nacra MKII foil development, amas foils shape and rudder winglets are a direct heritage from the work done with the Nacra MKII.

Similar Trimara foiling projects I can remember are Miartin Fischer Jessica Rabbit and specially Tony Grainger Rocket Factory Triamarans form 2014.

DNA performance Sailing is going to build it. I remember when PJ & Arno started working with the DNA A-Class, which was PJ's Holland Composites factory 'toy' project. The DNA A-Class exposure and results on the water led Gunboat to hire HC to built the foiling racer G4, which expanded the factory boat production.

Now HC boat division, 'DNA Performance Sailing BV' will be handed the build work for this flying Trimaran which will put them as a top advanced multihull foiling composites builder with their previous Gunboat G4,  DNA F4 and DNA F1 Cats projects..

More details when available, below some updates by Thijs van Riemsdijk on the TF10:
"We are working with M&M on the last details, platform is all sorted and have now collectively dived into the smallest of components for detailing. Once all is final we will share all tech to be published.

Tooling is well underway by now; combination of carbon and milled aluminum moulds. Production of the first boat will start in a few weeks from now and we plan to be sea trialling in June latest."
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TF10 Specs:
LOA: 10.0 m (32’ 8”)
Beam: 6.8 m (22’ 4”)
Beam, Folded: 2.5 m (8’ 3”)
LWL: 9.5 m (31’ 2”)
Draft Foils Down: 2.2 m (7’ 3”)
Draft Foils Up: 0.4m (1’ 4”)
Mast Height 16 m (52’ 6”)
Boat Weight: 1100 kg (2426 lb)
Sailing Displ.: 1500 kg (3308 lb)
Crew: 4 Nominal
Upwind SA: 77 m2 (830 ft2)
Downwind SA: 114 m2 (1230 f2)

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