Jan 18, 2018

GC32: Código Rojo Racing training @Punta del Este

Photo: Código Rojo Racing Team -  The Argentinean GC32 team has been training since November 2017 in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Aside being summer in the Southern Hemi, sailing near home is the only way to gather the team and prepare themselves for the 2018 GC Racing Tour season.  This year will mark their 2nd season on the tour, although in 2017 they only participated in Garda & Palma.

GC32 Racing Tour 2018 Schedule:
23 – 27 May: GC32 Class Championship / Riva del Garda, Italy
26 – 30 June: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
31 July – 4 August: 37 Copa del Rey MAPFRE/ Palma de Mallorca, Spain
12 – 16 September: TBA
10 – 14 October: TBA

More info on the Tour at www.gc32racingtour.com

Jan 17, 2018

MV680: Coastal Rowing Concept

Photo longhorndave  / original here : Club Regatas La Marina , Tigre, Buenos Aires Argentina. -  I've been working for some months on a rowing Coastal type boat for my brother who builds Kayaks K1/K2 & Canoes. I made the MV590WP Surfski for him, but he hasn't finished the wood functional model yet although a custom home made proto was built in the US by Walter Kirchhoff.

This Coastal type rowing above is not World Rowing Coastal regulation, it is thought for Long Distance racing organized in our Delta rivers in Tigre, where thousands of wood Thames Skiff type dominate the scene for hundreds years now. Our local rowing club in Tigre, Regatas La Marina (photo above) , was for ie founded in 1876.

Some years ago wood these Thames skiff (narrower than the original English versions) were molded to be built in fiberglass. Recently one of the new builders went to modify the ancient design with a viking bow and some nice molding, also they took advantage of the local Long Distance rules (Remo Travesía) and have enlarged Singles and double to max lenght/weight ration permitted.

One of the local Long Distance races is named after our grandfather, Raul F. Cassina, a shell builder, expert carpenter and Coach. We will try to honor him with this new boat, but is going to be a tough endeavour matching his craftsmanship.

To go for the next step the idea is to leave the Thames Skiff legacy behind, now that tradition with fiberglass has been established, and design a totally new concept for our local waters , inspired a bit of course on Coastals Class legal CX1 & Cx2 but this above is quite unique.

The idea later is to go for the double, and after those target Coastal Class legal ones maintaining the looks but with a lower freeboard.

A-Class Worlds 2018 @Hervey Bay, Australia: Notice of Race

Photo: 2018 Worlds web www.sailherveybay.com.au. The  2018 A-Class worlds will be held at Hevey Bay , Australia and hosted by Hervey Bay Sailing Club.

Sunday 11th Nov 2018 Pre-Worlds Registration & Welcome Function
Monday 12th Nov 2018 Pre-Worlds Race Day 1
Tuesday 13th Nov 2018 Pre-Worlds Race Day 2
Wednesday 14th Nov 2018 Pre-Worlds Race Day 3
Thursday 15th Nov 2018 Pre-Worlds Race Day 4
The Pre-Worlds race days may constitute a regatta for the Australian National

Complete Notice or Race below, official web: www.sailherveybay.com.au

International A Class Catamaran World
Championship 2018

11th to 24th November 2018, Hervey Bay, Australia
The Organising Authority will be Sail Hervey Bay Inc. in conjunction with the
International A Division Catamaran Assn (IACA) under the authority of
Australian Sailing (AS).

Hosted by Hervey Bay Sailing Club located at 427 Charlton Esplanade, Torquay,
Queensland 4655, Australia

[DP] denotes a rule for which the penalty is at the discretion of the Jury. This changes RRS 64.1.

Jan 16, 2018

Nacra 17, 2018 Miami Skiff Midwinter Regatta: Lange & Carranza 1st

Photo: Santi Lange fb. - Pre event for Miami WC 2018. Santi  Lange (aka "Super Nono" or "Grandpa Juice" a la Ginobili..) & Ceci Carranza won over Ben Saxton & Katie Dabson after 8 races. 3rd overall for 2016 Bronze medalist Thomas Zajac now sailing with Barbara Matz.  The complete Rio podium was present, with Waterhouse & Darmanin finishing in 4th place.

Good to see Grandpa performing in foiling mode, a real challenge for him and Ceci against experienced cat foiling helms like Zajac & Waterhouse.
Lange-Carranza trained here in Buenos Aires along  Arg youth promises Majdaleni-Bosco, but sadly I have some building cat work pending and couldn't go out with the kids as planned.

Bora Gulari & Helena Scutt back into racing, some good results but two dns & a dnf put them back. This event is preparation for coming major regatta Miami WC to be held January 21-28.

Full results below. Event web data here

Pos Sail   Skipper  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  Total Pos
1   ARG 1   Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza  3   2   4   2   [7]   3   4   1   19   1  
2   GBR 91   Ben Saxton/Katie Dabson   2   1   3   [10]   6   1   5   5   23   2  
3   AUT 3   Thomas Zajac/Barbara Matz   1   [11]   1   8   8   2   1   4   25   3  
4   AUS2   Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin   6   6   2   1   1   4   [dns]   dns   35T   4  
5   257   Chris Rashley/Laura Marimon   5   4   [8]   5   5   8   2   6   35T   5  
6   361   Riley Gibbs/Louisa Chafee   4   3   5   [12]   4   6   12   3   37   6  
7   BRA112   João Siemsen/Gabriela Nicolino   7   10   [11]   4   3   5   3   8   40   7  
8   21   John Gimson/Anna Burnet   10   5   7   6   9   [dnf]   7   2   46   8  
9   215   Rupert White/Kirstie Urwin   8   9   [10]   7   2   7   8   9   50   9  
10   360   Bora Gulari/Helena Scutt   [dns]   dns   6   3   dnf   12   6   7   65T   10  
11   ARU312   Henri Demesmaeker/TBA TBA   11   7   9   9   10   9   10   dns]   65T   11  
12   USA286   Ravi Parent/Christina Persson   9   12   12   11   12   11   [13]   11   78   12  
13   BEL340   Kevin Bonnevie/TBA TBA   12   8   13   14   11   13   11   [ufd]   82   13  
14   GER 369   Johannes Polgar/Carolina Werner   dns]   dns   dns   13   13   10   9   10   87   14  

Jan 15, 2018

Jules Verne Trophy record attempt: Spindrift II dismasted

Photos: Spindrift Racing. - Spindrift II was on code Green for an imminent start. Bad news for Spindrift II on their wave to start a new Jules Verne Record attempt. The team just reported in their Twitter account about the dismast, gladly seems no injuries for the crews, more info when available.

Spindrift Racing : "FLASH: At 4pm Spindrift dismasted between Pt St Matthieu & Camaret as they were making their way to the TJV start Everyone onboard is safe."

Update II by Spindrift Racing web:  "Yann Guichard, skipper of the Maxi Spindrift 2 says: "The crew is safe and sound. Everything happened so fast. The mast fell to the leeward of the boat. The conditions were not so extreme. It's too early to know exactly what happened. We had to drop the rigging to save the boat and prepare it for towing. Operations are currently underway to recover it.”

Foiling Regatta 2018 @Punta del Este

Photos by the Yacht Club Uruguayo (YCU) which organized a foiling regatta this summer at Punta del Este, some of the Arg sailors vacationing there took the chance to participate in Moth, Foiling Kite, Waszp & a few A-Class, pity they didn't  setup a joint start.

Also the Código Rojo GC32 Team is training there, pics from them later.
In Sydney the Foiling Week is taking place but I'm not seeing much info on their sites. The Super Foiler crews are also training (check previous post video) for the first SP Grand Prix to commence in February.

Jan 14, 2018

Super Foiler Grand Prix Training footage

Source: SuperFoiler Grand Prix : "Two on the water together and a cheeky foil gybe.
Euroflex crew: Nathan Outteridge, Glenn Ashby, Iain Jensen
The Dark Horse: Phil Robertson Stewart Dodson James Wierzbowski"

Nacra 15: Australian Youth Championships 2018: Day 3

Jan 11, 2018

Nacra 17 quality vid: Rietman-White training in Australia

Excellent clip of Tayla Rietman and Lachlan White filmed by Hartnett Media & Sailing Shack .
Follow Rietman-White campaign at Rietman White Sailing

To support their efforts towards Tokyo 2020:
"If you would like to support us we have joined the Australian Sports Foundation! Any donation, whatever size, will make a difference! Each donation over $2 is tax deductible through the Australian Sports Foundation.
#joinourteam https://asf.org.au/donate/tayla-rietman/

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Jan 10, 2018

Sailing the Beagle Channel

C-Class: Rafale II by ETS

Rafale II is the new C-Class cat built by the students at ETS. Check project background first launched in 2015 here.  Below info sent by ETS on the Rafale II
Rafale Catamaran Class-C team
"For the next month, the team will be focused on the Foiling Week that will be held in Miami from the February 15th to 18th. The boat will be tested on water and the team will present its work during the event. The Foiling Week will be the perfect event to gain experience and to represent you in front of the nautical industry of tomorrow and composite players. More updates will come during the event.

Rafale II Cocktail.
It was a great pleasure to receive our partners at the Rafale II Cocktail on December 1st.
During the cocktail, the team exposed its work and was able to explain the design and manufacturing.

Jan 9, 2018

Maserati continues preparations for the Hong Kong - London record

Images by Solidini.it - Maserati , a modified MOD70 continues their record route chase. Now they will attempt the Hong Kong - London record. The team is "... getting ready for the record, we’re finishing painting the sails and assembling the kitchen." More images of the preparations here.  Record data below by maserati.soldini.it
A new record to beat for Giovanni Soldini and the Maserati Multi70 Team: after claiming the records for the United States’ “Gold Route” from New York to San Francisco and the “Tea Clipper Trade Route” between San Francisco and Shanghai, China, the latest record attempt follows the route of the clipper ships that at the end of the 19th Century transported their cargoes of tea from Hong Kong to London via the Cape of Good Hope.

The current record time, set in 2008 by Frenchman Lionel Lemonchois and his eight-man crew aboard the 100-foot catamaran Gitana 13, is 41 days, 21 hours, 26 minutes and 34 seconds.

Giovanni Soldini aims to attempt the record breaking run in January 2018 aboard the Maserati Multi70 trimaran along with four expert ocean racing sailors : Sébastien Audigane (FRA), Guido Broggi (ITA), Oliver Herrera (ESP) and Alex Pella (ESP).

13,000 miles, 24,000 kilometres non-stop: this is an uncommonly long route for a 70-foot multihull such as Maserati Multi70. To minimise the risk of damage, instead of sailing in foiling mode the boat will be set up in MOD configuration – although the work to develop the boat’s foiling dagger boards continues with the support of the eminent high-performance yacht designer, Guillaume Verdier.

After undergoing a series of sea trials in Hawaii, Maserati Multi70 will set off at the end of November for Okinawa, Japan. After a final transfer to Hong Kong, Soldini and his crew will be on standby to depart on the record attempt the beginning of January 2018.

Jules Verne Trophy: Spindrift 2 halts code Green & returns to Port

Spindrift 2 was ready for an imminent departure to break the Jules Verne Trophy. Francis Joyon & IDEC are the current record holders.  Photo & source Spindrift Racing www.spindrift-racing.com/news:
SPINDRIFT RACING RETURNS TO PORT "Yann Guichard has made the decision to return to Brest following analysis of this evening's weather files. The weather window, which mobilized Yann Guichard and his eleven crew to leave Brest at 1800h did not materialized as expected.

“The weather window has deteriorated. This evening’s files give us an unacceptable time to the Equator and the Cape of Good Hope, it is too much of a risk for a window that was far from ideal in the first place. We have made the decision to return immediately to Brest as there is potentially a more favourable window from the evening of the 12th and we will watch carefully how it evolves. We should arrive back in Brest at about 0100h on Tuesday."

The team remains fully committed to achieving their goal of the Jules Verne Trophy but must now wait a few days before going back to sea

Jan 8, 2018

New 53' Cruiser Cat by Minuet-Calabrese / Sistemas Marinos

A-Class 2018 Europeans @Warnemunde: Entries limited to 100

Start photo: German Nats 2017 at Garda by Martina Orsini. 2nd pic, Europeans 2018 venue. - IACA has defined the slots per National Association for the 2018 Europeans. Attendance will be limited to 100 entries this time.
The Europeans 2018 will be held at Warnemunde, Germany , July 7-14 .

Check IACA's web for more details: a-cat.org
Allocations by Country below are based on members by National Association.
On devels we might see new stuff from DNA & Scheurer.

Warnemunde Europeans 2018 official web : a-cat.eu/
Registrations will be made through your local NA.

Euro 2018 / Warnemünde / German/ Contingent allocation per country:

Petrucci Design S9: New OD Class Rules defined

Photo: Martina Orsini / The Foiling Week.
The S9 designed & built by Michele Petrucci has now its own One Design Class. Although the platform was launched as a recreational foiler, Michele plus some owners started racing in Italy last seasons, mainly at the Foiling Week.
Seeking to formalize S9 OD racing a new Class has been formed.
The official racing rig will be include the new jib upgrade.
Vincenzo Sorrentino will lead the Class as President and some races already scheduled for 2018:

Cesenatico Vele di Pasqua 31-2 April , Colico Como lake 2-3 June Foiling week Garda lake Pescara south Italy 28-29 September Bracciano lake with A cat fleet

Official S9 & Class web www.s9catamaran.com
Fb: here

S9 Class Rules pdf available here & embedded below.

Jan 7, 2018

Nacra 17: Gulari-Scutt back on track

Photo: US Sailing Team / Will Ricketson. After Bora's accident last year , it is quite nice to see him keeping the Olympic campaign alive with Helena Scutt and charging as he promised just after he was injured.

His foiling experience was an asset for the new Nacra 17 MKII Class, Bora & Helena started early to  push the limits with some smooth foiling gybes and we were expecting upwind flight devels fom them too.
With both flying again we hope for them to continue pursuing more performance gains, which will result in raising the overall level of the new Olympic foiling Multi.

Bora also continues to speed up to 30knots on his Moth. Check a 360 onboard video at Gulari-Scutt Team fb.

Jan 5, 2018

F18 DS main sail handling vid by 'Flat Out Sailing' Team

Take a lap. #goodalldesign #yourworldoftravel #decksweeper
Posted by Flat Out Sailing
Video by Australian  Flat Out Sailing Team. F18 Australians Nats will be held January 23-27 2018. Super competitive fleet expected and plenty Decksweeper mainsails from Goodall, Brewin , 1D and others.

For those who haven't sailed a DS yet and wonder on the handling , check nice video above to show how  tacks & gybes are achieved with a DS mainsail. Platform  Goodall C2/DS.

Jan 3, 2018

Short Film by ROAM: "Lines to Hawaii"

LINES TO HAWAII from ROAM Media on Vimeo.

In the past we said  sailing needs more short films like those produced by the Surfing community. Many more aspect to reflect and film. For ie , surfing is just a small piece of this Short, thus the great opportunities our sport brings to get more quality pieces like this one above by ROAM Media.

Cruising cat is a Morrelli & Melvin designed Gunboat 48, impressive how that 48 cruises from Tahiti to Hawaii.

Short film also available in facebook. Direct ROAM Fb link here.

Jan 2, 2018

A-Class Australian Nats 2018: Glenn Ashby 1st

Video courtesy of Jenni Dickson - Photos by Gavin Rietman / Forward WIP Australia. Check their fb page for addtional videos from the week.

Final three races held today at Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club. Glenn Ashby got his skills back at the end of the regatta to win the event with 3 more consecutive bullets. Brewin had a great performance with 5 first places for him, and only the last day he got a 5th & 7th that put out his chances for the title . Need to confirm today's winds conditions.

Third place for Stephen Brayshaw , who finished 1pt ahead Nathan Outteridge. 4th overall for David Brewer & 5th for Brad Collet. Top 4 Exploder D3 , Brad on Dna F1.

The Australian fleet gathered 50 boats on the start line, showing the good health of the Class locally and the success of having both foiling & floating fleets racing together. Pity indeed the lack of photos for such massive event.

Top ten results below, complete results here

Place Bow No Sail No Skipper Sers Score R12 R11 R10 R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 R1
1 1 AUS111 Glen Ashby 16 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 [3.0] 2
2 4 AUS4 Steve Brewin 25 2 [7. 5 2 1 3 1 1 6 2 1 1
3 25 AUS25 Stephen Brayshaw 48 3 4 2 4 5 6 10 3 3 [ocs] 5 3
4 11 AUS11 Nathan Outteridge 49 5 2 7 3 3 2 7 5 7 [18.0 4 4
5 21 AUS1035 David Brewer 65 4 8 3 7 10 7 4 4 5 [10.0 6 7
6 10 AUS10 Brad Collett 66.3 7 7.3V 8 6 8 5 3 6 1 [21.0 9 6
7 47 NZL270 Dave Shaw 82 9 14 [14.] 8 6 8 8 9 9 4 2 5
8 41 AUS41 Matt Homan 90 [13] 12 11 9 7 9 5 12 4 6 7 8
9 14 AUS14 Adam Beattie 105 6 6 4 5 4 4 6 7 8 3 ocs [dnf
10 50 AUS1050 Stuart Scott 125 8 5 12 12 14 12 14 10 11 16 11 [22]

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