May 25, 2019

GC32 Racing Tour @Villasimius Cup 2019: Day 3

Photo: Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour - report sent by GC32 Racing Tour media. Event web
Hat trick for Oman Air on day three of GC32 Villasimius Cup
On the one hand it was a miserable day of intermittent rain, a chilly wind and an overcast sky like a scene from the North Sea in February. On the other, despite the fickle conditions, the squalls, the holes in the wind, maestro Principal Race Officer Stuart Childerley defied the forecast – just as he did yesterday - and, as Villasimius came good, succeeded in holding the full schedule of five races, in a variety of wind conditions enabling much good foiling. It also caused considerable re-arrangement of the leaderboard.

There were two star performers of the day. Oman Air returned to the Marina di Villasimius this afternoon having pulled out an eight point lead. However while the Omani team, led by new skipper Adam Minoprio succeeded in scoring 10 points today, Alinghi was close behind on 11. While Alinghi showed unparalleled consistency, they won only one race compared with Oman Air’s three. Nonetheless the Swiss team’s performance today was enough to elevate them to second overall, leapfrogging both NORAUTO and INEOS Rebels UK.

To make up the schedule, the first warning signal was moved forwards by 1hr30 and the competitors arrived on the race course with the wind from a strange northerly offshore direction, and 10-15 knots but feeling stronger in the rain. In this the first reaching start of the season was held. This high octane affair saw Código Rojo Racing and NORAUTO over early and it was the day’s two star performers that led into the reaching mark. They, plus Red Bull Sailing Team, extended away and by the second beat Alinghi had pulled out a mighty lead, only to fall into a hole towards the top of the beat. This was enough for Oman Air to get the inside berth at the final top mark and lead down the reach to the finish.

With the wind dropping the race team were forced to move the entire race area around to upwind starts. But where? After moving out of the bay, they eventually returned to the centre of the bay as the wind veered towards due east. After almost two hours of angst waiting, the wind miraculously filled in and remained in a just true enough direction and speed to enable more four more races to be sailed. However the wind was still doing strange things. As Oman Air skipper Adam Minoprio observed: “We were getting 60° shifts. No race was the same as the previous one, so you constantly had to be on your toes.” At times the centre of the course was a no-go zone and the right was favoured upwind and down where the pressure could be ‘linked up’.

In the first of these races, Oman Air started on port, led out to the right and, despite a strong challenge from Erik Maris’ Zoulou, went on to win the race.

For race three it was the turn of INEOS Rebels UK to lead at the top mark however at the leeward gate she went left as Alinghi split right, causing the Swiss to finish ahead, the British team relegated to third. Finally in race four Ben Ainslie returned to form, as the INEOS Rebels UK led around the top mark and this time clung on.

As Ainslie observed subsequently: “Today we had some ups and downs. We made small mistakes here and there but it’s good to get back into the racing and that’s why we are here for.” The difference today? ‘Getting clean air’. “It sounds obvious, but having the boats together, you sail pretty slow.”

For the final race it was the turn of Red Bull Sailing Team, of Austrian two time Tornado Gold medallists Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, to lead around the top mark. However they opted for left on the run (generally unflavoured today) when Oman Air went right and once again this them to come out on top.

Of their near miss, Red Bull Sailing Team’s young Australian bowman Mark Spearman countered with “our worst result today was a fifth, so we were usually at the front if not right at the very front.” Spearman who sailed with INEOS Rebels UK last season reckoned that in today’s challenging, damp conditions “it was all about the mode changes.”

Reflecting on Oman Sail’s success today, mainsail trimmer Pete Greenhalgh said: “We had our heads around what you needed to do to get a good first beat. We were fairly aggressive in terms of how we positioned ourselves and what we were aiming for.” The varied wind speed caused them to swap frequently between jib and gennaker upwind and Greenhalgh they had lacked speed under the former.

He praised Stuart Childerley for getting in five races. “It was pretty top drawer today. He is patient and sensible – he abandons races they fold inside out. It is all good on that front.”

Tomorrow the first warning signal has again been brought forward to 1130 and the forecast indicates that the forecast will be more of the same.

Today's results - overall

Pos Team R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Tot
1 Oman Air 1 1 2 5 1 29
2 Alinghi 2 4 1 2 2 37
3 INEOS Rebels UK 4 6 3 1 6 43
4 NORAUTO 8 3 7 3 5 45
5 Red Bull Sailing Team 3 5 4 4 3 59
6 Argo 6 10 5 8 7 68
7 Zoulou 9 2 6 7 4 72
8 Código Rojo Racing 7 8 9 6 8 79
9 CHINAone NINGBO 10 7 10 9 10 85
10 Black Star Sailing Team 5 9 8 10 9 90

Today's results - owner-driver
Pos Team R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Tot
1 Argo 6 10 5 8 7 68
2 Zoulou 9 2 6 7 4 72
3 Alinghi 10 10 10 10 10 76

Full results here

Teams competing at GC32 Villasimius Cup
Alinghi (SUI) Ernesto Bertarelli
Argo (USA) Jason Carroll
Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) Christian Zuerrer
CHINAone NINGBO (CHN) Phil Robertson
Codigo Rojo Racing (ARG) Lucas González Smith
INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Ben Ainslie
NORAUTO (FRA) Franck Cammas
Team Oman Air (OMA) Adam Minoprio
Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara
Zoulou (FRA) Erik Maris

2019 GC32 Racing Tour schedule
22.-26 May: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
26-30 June: GC32 World Championship / Lagos, Portugal
31 July-4 August: 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE / Palma de Mallorca, Spain
11-15 September: GC32 Riva Cup / Riva del Garda, Italy
6-10 Nov: TBA

May 22, 2019

GC32 Racing Tour @Sardegna 2019: Practice Race by Jesús Renedo

F18 Worlds 2019: Windrush Edges available for charter

Brett Burvill sent me some nice shots of his factory with several Edges ready to deliver at Costa Brava,  some charters will be also available for sale after the Worlds.
Links to 4 platforms available at our Classifieds section:

The Edge, know it's a winning platform with superior build quality. For sails also you have Max Puttman, Brett's racing partner,  with Nxt Gen sails, also designed & build in Australia, and the sails they both race on the Edge.

F18 Worlds will be held at Costa Brava in Spain. +120 entries already registered and plenty of contenders with Bundy, Brett & Max Puttman , current World Champs Danny & Kostas and many more. F18 Worlds web

Contact Brett for more details on the available Edges here:
"Hi Martin, I wanted to let you know I have some new boats ( 2 only left - Blue/ Blue and Orange/Orange) available still for charter or for sale before the event , fully rigged and ready to go with or without sails, also the other new boats we have sent to charter are available for sale after the event ".

Brett Burvill , Windrush .

Maserati MOD70 Ready for the first CA 500

Photo & Text sent by Negri Firman for Giovanni Soldini 
May 22nd, 2019 - Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini in California for the first edition of the CA 500

The race will start from San Francisco on May 30th
The Italian Team is getting ready for the challenge against Argo and PowerPlay

Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s Team are in California, getting ready for the next challenge: the first edition of the CA 500, starting on May 30th at 13.00 local time (20.00 UTC and 22.00 Italian time). The CA 500 is the last event of the California Offshore Race Week, a series of races organized by the Encinal Yacht Club, the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and the San Diego Yacht Club.

The CA 500 course, from San Francisco to San Diego, is approximately 500 miles long: after crossing the starting line, off San Francis Yacht Club, the fleet will have to leave Farallon Light to port before heading towards the finish line off San Diego.

This year for the first time the CA 500 has been added to the California Offshore Race Week. The series, born in 2016, includes 3 other races, with shorter courses: the Spinnaker Cup, the Coastal Cup and the SoCal 300.

There are 3 other boats entering the race alongside Maserati Multi 70: in the multihull category the American MOD 70 Argo, skippered by Jason Carroll, and the English MOD 70 PowerPlay, skippered by Peter Cunningham; in the monohull category Swan 461 Free.

This will be the first time Maserati Multi 70’s Team will compete against both MOD 70s, which it has already challenged individually: the Italian trimaran has raced against Argo during the RORC Caribbean 600 in February 2019; the Team has competed against PowerPlay during the Rolex Middle Sea Race, in October 2018, and during the RORC Transatlantic Race, in November 2018. Maserati Multi 70’s Team conquered Multihull Line Honours in all three regattas.

May 21, 2019

SailGP: F50s Versatilty & Margin of Error

Excellent video by Sail GP, focusing on the helms and showing great footage of the F50s and how can endure unexpected dropwdowns or helm / crew errors.
One of the main assets for Foiling Cats, do the AC75s will have this type of handling to continue racing no problem while ushing the limits?

May 20, 2019

A-Class NED, May 2019 : Heemskerk wins @Hellecat

Thanks Rob Klootwijk!
NED 007 - Mischa Heemskerk.
Topspeed 52 km!?
Published by Dutch A-division Catamarans Association 

All images courtesy of Clemens Dransfeld . Video by Rob Klootwijk published by the Dutch A-Class Assoc - Local A-Cat regatta at Hellecat in the Netherlands, local waters for the DNA Team. Mischa Heemskerk with 7 bullets out of 9 races followed by PJ Dwarshuis and Rutger Kirjger.

After a good Worlds for Mischa back in Australia vs an entire D3 Armada included Team TNZ with Ashby, Burling, Tuke plus Brewin , Bundy and others, the new F1x which was upgraded with new foils and t rudders seems to be reaching a good level of fine tuning. Not much on the results but the video published from the weekend by the Dutch Assoc fb page.
On the video, flat water indeed, but we've seen past footage of the same platform without much pitch stability.

Complete results only available at

2019 A-Cat Worlds will be held August 25-30 at Weymouth. Offcial web and registration available at

Volvo Nacra 17 Europeans 2019: Ben Saxton & Nikki Boniface, Champs

Worrell 1000 Reunion Race: Final Day

Photo by Robert L. Feldman - Final Day report  sent by Beverley J Simmons , Worrell 1000 Reunion Race Communications Director - More pics and info at
Worrell 1000 Reunion Race – Hatteras to the finish – Virginia Beach VA

17 years.
A lifetime for some, but for us, in the warmth of the family who gathered on the beach in Virginia to welcome the fleet, the hiatus was but a blink – a brief pause in the history of this grueling, harsh but beautiful experience. Originally conceived as simply a challenge between brothers, all three boats that started the Worrell 1000 Reunion Race, crossed the finish line in Virginia Beach under sunny skies and warm breezes. This was the culmination of 18 months of planning, plotting and careful consideration by a dedicated few that were certain that this style of off-shore beach catamaran racing still had a place in this world.

The morning in Kill Devil Hills saw the favorable southerly breeze forecast collapse. The Race Committee elected to start the race early as suspicions grew that the shaky forecast might presage a light-air, upwind slog of a leg in lumpy seas. The fleet spent 30 miles gently bobbing in a northerly zypher that belied the building breeze that would bring them home, spray-flying, on tired arms. Because the breeze built from the front of the fleet, there was an hour separation between the boats as they approached the finish. Team Australia “mastered the mild” to stretch their overall lead and hit the beach 1st to great accolade and cheers. Their elapsed leg time was 6h 50m 51s and an overall regatta time of 73h 37m 24s.

Team Cat in the Hat held firmly onto the 2nd place position and were greeted on the beach with equal gusto with the crowds that continued to grow in front of the Best Western in VA Beach. The elapsed time of their leg was 7h 51m 22s with an overall regatta time of 81h 49m 34s. Team TCDYC had fallen behind in the very light air experienced shortly after the start. However, the team maintained the gap once the breeze filled in from the north and carried their spinnaker confidently to the finish of the race and their 1st Worrell 1000. The elapsed time of their leg was 8h 49m 34s with an overall regatta time of 94h 57m 34s.

It seemed almost anti-climactic to see the boats quickly rolled from the ocean’s edge to the ramp off of the beach where teams quickly broke down their boats to pull them from the sands before the sun set. Sailors, officials, fans and lookers-on hustled the 2 blocks down the street to the Raven to enjoy great food, cold drinks and warm welcomes. A brief but heartfelt awards ceremony followed in a room festooned with Worrell memorabilia plastered on the windows, walls, doors and tabletops. Ardent and sincere gratitude was expressed continuously by each team and awardee that filled the room with a strong sense of family and comradery. The room erupted in cheers at the announcement of the next running of the Worrell – May 3rd, 2021.

With the bar emptied, the memorabilia packed away and the warm goodbye’s dispatched, there’s little left to do but to pack bags. We all felt a sense of bitter-sweet loss that we would not be gathering again the following morning. But we all knew – we WOULD see each other again….on the next start line…in South Florida.

Until then…Sail fast, take chances – keep the pointy end up.

May 18, 2019

Volvo Nacra 17 Europeans 2019: Day 6 Results

All images Drew Malcolm / Nacra 17 Class Assoc , more pics at -
Tough day for Tita & Banti on lighter winds, still on their series of bullets they maintain the first overall, but not a great gap now between them and the top 6. Anything can happen in the Medal Race tomorrow where points are scored x2. Check official report below results for more details.

Medal Race will be streamed live, we will embed the stream here in CSN.

Top ten , complete results at
Below results Official report sent by the Nacra 17 Class Assoc :

May 17, 2019

Volvo Nacra 17 Europeans 2019: Day 5 Results

Photo: Tita & Banti by Lloyd Iamges - Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti aside having a 6th gear  they are also excellent sailors as well described byt the Live commentators today.
We are happy to see Lin Cenholt & Chritian Lubeck charging in second overall, the Danes were shutdown on an awful but legal tactic at the time a ticket to Rio 2016.
Third overall for local GBR crew John Gimson & Anna Burnet, lots of Brits in the top ten, showing a constant top level which we hope they can maintain for Tokyo 2020, these teams deserve a medal already counting past and current cycles.

4th overall for Mateo & Euge , two future champs and great kids, the best Arg sailing has to offer  for a solid long term future on multis along Dante Cittadini & Teresa Romairone, current Nacra 15 Youth Olympic Champs.

Watch Live Replay at

Top ten below , complete results and official event web at

America's Cup: AC75 foil arm testing successfully carried out at Persico Marine

Video & report sent by America's Cup media - More than interesting comments by Guillaume Verdier on the compromise to build a solid piece vs being too heavy to foil in light winds... reinventing the wheel, BUT, that's the way to innovate and go beyond, lets see if they can accomplish this goal on the raing racing course.
18th May 2019

The second round of structural testing of the one design AC75 foil arms has successfully been conducted at Persico Marine in Italy this week.

Comprehensive tests were undertaken over the course of three days, with more than 100 different load cycles applied to the foil arm and were the final step in the foil arm design and construction process which has been led by Luna Rossa Challenge. The focus can now turn towards completing the production of the foil arms before they are distributed to the teams, in preparation for the respective launches of their AC75s in the coming months.

The satisfactory result follows on from the first round of one design foil arm testing undertaken at

Volvo Nacra 17 Europeans 2019: Day 5 Live Stream

May 16, 2019

Volvo Nacra 17 Europeans 2019: Day 4 Results

Volvo Nacra 17 & 49er Europeans 2019 : Day 4 Live Stream for 49er fleet

Today is 49er & 49er Fx steam mainly. Nacra 17 current results & Day 3 report at

Worrell 1000 Reunion Race Day 10

Day 10 Report sent by Beverley J Simmons , Worrell 1000 Reunion Race Communications Director - More pics, info and live streams from the beach at
Worrell 1000 Reunion Race Day 10 – Wrightsville Beach, NC to Atlantic Beach, NC
The wind seemed steady, coming from the North – forecast was for 12 knots. The Skipper’s meeting was short – racers needed only to be at the line when the horn blew, as all boats completed the leg prior with little to no issues – again. Spirits were high that all was going to go well through the finish in Virginia. Not. So. Fast.

All three boats pushed off immediately at the final horn to commence the 68-mile leg to Atlantic Beach – It would be another upwind leg, with an anticipated downwind finish. The breeze had already started to drop – Teams Australia and TCDYC were double trapped and headed out, but by the time they reached the Northern pier 2 miles up shore, they were back on the boat, jockeying for

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