Apr 18, 2018

A-Class: Scheurer G7, 2018 Foils upgrade

Platform Images sent by Sandro Caviezel / Scheurer Bootswerft. Las year Scheurer launched a radical version of the G7. With a extreme forward beam position and two mast steps setups available. It was the logical path towards a fulll foiling A-Class, as Arno Terra already envisioned for his Flying Carpet I draw for him back in 2015. That concept was never built but Dna grabbed many features from that one for the F1 and the G7 used almost the same forward beam placement as we draw, we also had a short 8mts mast. But that was only a cad render. Concepts are proven only on the water and specially on the course for a racing cat like the A.

Many of  these aspects implemented on the G7 on their own R&D plus the Kite foil winglets showed excellent performance upwind on the tests done early past year at Garda.

Later at Sopot, the Z22 foil from Exploder proved to be superior design and forced Dna & Scheurer to go for new foil devel.
Exploder tested a more forward beam & dagger case position for the D3 but went back. We still think Scheurer is on the right path with their platform layout and it is a matter of fine tuning and the right foils to make it work at its potential.

After several studies this past European winter, Sandro & Daniel Caviezel have selected foils above. They resemble the Exploder D3 Z22, but with marked kinks and unique rounded elliptical tip.
This new main foil devel for the G7 platform maintains the kitefoil style rudders, which are unique in the production series for an A-Cat.

Initial tests look promising on the video we posted today, also available below.
I really hope these new foils to work , as we wrote earlier today on the upwind foiling video, this platform along Landenberger super smooth short mast DS sail cut (photo above from Sopot) will surely become the standard in the future 100% A-Class.

Below some comments by Sandro on the new foils:
" We simulated around 78 different daggerboards, the
design goal was to keep the minimum drag possible along the top speed of the old dagger foil and gain a little bit more stability and therefore a better average speed translating in less chrashes.

These new foils require daggerboard cases, but beams positions , rudders and else remain unscathed from 2017 G7.

We added some some options in winglet size depending on sailor weight and we also improved the rake Systems for daggerboard and rudders rake controls.
All adjustable while sailing from the wire

We think the short mast is faster and holds really well in light winds. The rig is an 8.3mts mast equipped with a Landenberger radial designed specially for this mast, we have a membrane version to be tested soon.
Video foiling upwind:

A-Class: Updated G7 2018 upwind foiling

Video sent by Sandro Caviezel. Check how he is forcing nose up, as you normally don't foil upwind in those conditions. More details and pics from Sandro later.
If they can nail the foil design, I think in the future all A-Cats will have that forward beam placement.
DS Sail is Landenberger by Felix Egner , quite smooth looking cut too on a short mast (8,3mts).

Apr 17, 2018

F18 Argentina: San Isidro Labrador 2018. Krevisky & Benitez 1st

Some official pics from the regatta pics results by Jorge Cousillas / El Ojo Nautico,  as informative material mainly , as Im wainting a response from the photograher to send some HD ones.
Info on the three major open F18 events this year : F18 Worlds , Europeans & Archipelago Raid --
 This past weekend we had two great days of racing here in Buenos Aires. Like the old good time, we put 20 boat on the water, with at 5 rookie crews. Together with the top guns using the latest DS sails, it was an excellent combination of what we've been saying about attracting back the old guard with updated equipment and still getting new sailors onboard.

Perfect wind conditions for Saturday & Sunday, around 12-15 knots with only the last race held in 5 knots which made for a super close finish.  Agustín Krevisky & Juan Martin Benitez (Phantom F18 / 1D DS / boom) won over  Pablo Volker & Sergio Mehl (Exploder Scorpion F18 / Mischa DS / boom) over the line, within a 1mtr gap in the last race, a win meant the event for any of them.

Third place overall for Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser (Infusion MKII / 1D DS boomless).

It was the first regatta in Arg where all the top guys were using DS, and results showed how close it was. On Saturday Cruz & Mariano scored two bullets, while Krevisky & Benitez two of their own.
Volker & Mehl were getting used to sail again and took the day to get some coordination towards the next day.

Sunday perfect Northerly with some small chop, first two races were all for Volker & Mehl, they got the needed trim and pace and were untouchable in the breeze, for the last race they made a tactical mistake and almost got the calm wind master Krevisky, now sailing with 2016 WChamp Crew  Tigre Benitez. Agustín had no issues sailing the DS in 5-6knots as when he dominated with the standard rigging in those conditions, like the Arg Nats 2017 held in calm weather mostly that he won with Billy Lopez Segura with std top square sail past November vs some top crews already with DS.

Local talent
So it was a pretty even race all in all, for the top three. As always I like to remark about our top sailors, imagine the level we have here when Cruz & Mariano, that I can objectively affirm are top 6 sailors in the World only on their 2017 Worlds position, finish in 3rd place on a local regatta.
Watch out for Krevisly & Tigre Benitez  and Volker-Mehl if these crews attend to Europeans or Sarasota Worlds, the intention is there to join Cruz & Mariano on their annual World touring.

Boomless DS debut
4th place for Hernan Salerno & Andres Grimaldi (Phantom F18 / SI std) and in 5th place and really good result for Fran Venetucci & Agustín Ross. I handed them a brand 1D boomless DS 1 hour before the racing started, helped them a bit placing the omegas on the tramp for the added spi crickets and their were off.

Performance for them vs some other good Infusion crews sailing std sail was noticalbe, scoring some 4th & 5th only behind the most experienced crews also with DS.
The interesting aspect was it was a boomless DS, thus no investment on curved boom & gooseneck for those who were worried on added costs.
It was a 5th place out of the box literally within a 17 registered boat fleet (as we had more on the water).

Boom & DS
On the boom no boom discussion, I have my own preference, but bullets distribution noted above showed it lays down to actual racing.
Is important to remark though that a boom will also help you to achieve a better mast rotation.

I got a call Friday 9pm to crew for my good friend Charly Bohn, thus we raced again on his Phantom F18 with the DS custom cut I made this summer.
Placing was always behind the top 9 crews, and well ahead of the rookies, as Charly is also on his 2nd year in the F18 and 2nd regatta as helm (I'm no Stephan Dekker crewing neither.. haha) , but I can affirm again that the re cut DS from a standard square top sail works really good. Which is another point against those complaining on added costs (when we all know that top crews buy new sails every year almost no matter the trend cut design in place at any given time..)

Rookies & two Fleets
We have many rookies sailing this weekend, it was nice to have new faces, lots of DNF on their laps timing but we will implement  from now on an A & B fleet , and will also score those unable to follow or complete the course in the assigned time limit.
This will put numbers on their score sheet, and will give newbies an additional incentive to continue racing and improving.

F18 Formula
Happy to see the IF18CA now going forward, we had some uniformed "no change" motto stubbornness past years (look how cool & efficient are F18s these days, post Mischa Scorpion/DS 2017 Title) , but now there is a clear path again and you can see from this regatta how allowing controlled development withing the rule box will keep the top guys involved and will continue to attract new members.

When you have so many performance alternatives, the F18 with latest DS devels has become attractive once more. Many of the top guys are selling their current top working F18s, to go for the new Infusion MKIII epoxy convertible for instance, an scenario not seeing here since 2013.  This will put their former used boats on the market at good costs.

A cycle that is the core of success Formula & Box Rule devel classes. To be clear once more, no one wants to fly race in the F18, but anything within the box rule should be allowed without further useless discussion.

Top Ten:

Pl Sail # Crew From Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 66 Agustin Krevisky & Tigre Benitez CNP- YCA 9 1 2 (3) 1 2 2 1
2 NED007 Pablo Volker & Sergio Mehl Aguila 11 3 (4) 2 2 1 1 2
3 7 Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser YCA 13 2 1 1 (3) 3 3 3
4 6 Hernan Salerno & Grimaldi Andres CNMP 29 (9) 3 5 4 4 4 9
5 1985 Francisco Venetrucci & Agustin Ross
33 4 6 (9) 5 6 5 7
6 1843 Christian Vilate & Octavio Dorbessan CUBA 36 5 (8) 6 7 7 6 5
7 1706 Nicolas Vottero & Sebastian Cristina YCSF 37 (8) 7 4 6 8 8 4
8 NZL Juan Grimaldi & Matias Grimaldi CNMP 41 6 (9) 7 8 5 7 8
9 44 Diego Baialardo & Gustavo Manso YCSF 44 7 5 8 (dns) 9 9 6
10 20 Carlos Bohn & Tomas Mon Aguila Club 59 (10) 10 10 9 10 10 10

Photos by Jorge Cousillas / El Ojo Nautico / Club Nautico San Isidro.:

Apr 16, 2018

GC32 First World Championships: Riva del Garda, 23-27, May, 2018

First ever GC32 Worlds, info sent by the GC32 Class / www.gc32worlds.com
GC32 World Championship preview issued on 16 April 2018
Formidable line-up for first GC32 World Championship

A record-sized fleet of foiling catamarans is set to descend on Lake Garda in northern Italy at the end of next month where crews from across the globe will fight to become the first ever World Champion in the GC32 one design foiling catamaran class. This first official World Championship has come about following studious work by the GC32 International Class Association to gain itself ‘World Sailing recognition’ which it achieved last autumn.

The 15 boat fleet competing off Riva del Garda over 23-27 May represents the coming together of the two GC32 circuits: The GC32 Racing Tour, which comprises five events in top venues for foiling across southern Europe and the Extreme Sailing Series - an eight-stop global Stadium Racing championship, starting in Oman and finishing in Mexico.

“Having the opportunity to bring together the two fleets will make for some fantastic racing and a

Martin Fischer vs Phantom International: Phantom 18/FP Court Rulings

I received this Docs from Martin Fischer. On the Court of Appeal ruling regarding a conflict between him and SI/Phantom International on the Phantom F18 / FP series design rights. For more info and details on the matter contact Martin at martin.ncl@gmail.com  and Phantom International at phantom-international.com/contact-us/


(M. Fischer V Sail Innovation/Phantom International)

In its decision dated 16 March 2018, the Paris Court of Appeal held that the companies SAIL INNOVATION and PHANTOM INTERNATIONAL have committed copyright counterfeit acts against Mr Martin FISCHER by building and marketing the sail boats PHANTOM 18 and FLYING PHANTOM based on Mr Martin FISCHER’s plans of the hulls and appendages and has condemned those companies to indemnify him for the incurred damage.


---- French Orig Version-----


«Par décision en date du 16 mars 2018, la cour d'appel de Paris a notamment jugé que les sociétés SAIL INNOVATION et PHANTOM INTERNATIONAL ont commis des actes de contrefaçon de droits d’auteur au préjudice de M. Martin FISCHER en fabriquant et en commercialisant les voiliers PHANTOM 18 et FLYING PHANTOM sur la bases de plans d’architecture des coques et appendices de M. Martin FISCHER et a condamné ces sociétés à l’indemniser en réparation des préjudices subis.»


Les Voiles des St Barth 2018: Final Day

Apr 14, 2018

Banque Populaire IX Trimaran Capsized

Photo credits: Yvan Zedda / BPCE - Théo Reynal / BPCE -  Just back from a great racing F18, to read a mail from James Baeckler on the BP IX Trimaran capsize .

 Below g + custom translate, original source Banque Populaire Voile web : www.voile.banquepopulaire.fr/news/ . More info in French sent by James Telegramme  & Le Figaro
After the capsize of the Maxi Banque Populaire IX last night at Morocco coast, the crew was helped by the Moroccan army. Armel Le Cléac'h, Pierre Emmanuel Hérissé and the cameraman arrived to Casablanca where they were taken care of by the Consulate of France. Armel, joined by his team on shore in the late afternoon, tells of his capsize:

" That night we sailed on port tack towards Cadiz. We left  Tuesday from Lorient, we had made a big edge along Portugal. To train, we went to find a crossing point in the northwest of the Canaries. We were returning to Cadiz to pick up the crew for the rest of the program.

The sea and wind conditions were pretty good, we had 18/20 knots of wind at the time of the

Apr 9, 2018

Gunboat 66 "Phaedo" @Les Voiles de St Barth 2018

Gunboats @BVI Spring Regatta 2018 by Acqua Films

Video filmed by Acqua Films Aantigua/ -  For more Gunboat news check their fb web.
New Gunboat 68 drone preview here

Left: Nigel Irens designed Gunboat 55-60 Series, a truly Cruiser Racer, just  impressive. Shot from video above.

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