Mar 18, 2019

America's Cup: Test boats 'Rock'



Already seen footage from American Magic & INEOS prototypes but good to have them in one video. Source America's Cup media.

Loick Peyron on board Figaro Benetau 3 by Launay

Mar 17, 2019

New Phantom Essentiel 2019 flying footage



Foils & L rudders remain as the original Essentiel version, hull now is updated as duly reported. New hull is designed by D3 Applied Technologies in collaboration with Phantom Int, major changes are a lower freeboard and optimized to fly compared to the original Phantom FP/F18 hull and maintains look & feel of the Phantom line.

Flight looks quite stable for a recreational foiler, the seat wings add comfort but are not that efficient as going trapeze mode for mainsheet handling as can be seen in the video above, basically you cannot pull as hard or as quick as being out on the trapeze, but again, this is a recreational foiler. Either way the Wing seat its a great feature for the Essentiel, a solution that can be back tracked to several Hobie models (H17, H18 and even Hobie Tiger).

The Essentiel maintains also a standard main sail cut (No Decksweeper) which is a good decision for a recreational targeted foiling beachcat.

For a racing oriented foiler, a Decksweeper is now mandatory in foiling or floating mode.

More info on the Essentiel at https://www.phantom-international.com/fpessentiel

Essentiel it's a great cat, but what we are eager to see is the new FP Ultimate, which will feature the latest foil tech & devel for the TNZ 3pt foiling systems.
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Mar 14, 2019

America's Cup 36: Arbitration Panel rules Late Challengers valid

Statement sent by America's Cup media. AC web americascup.com
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Arbitration Panel rules Late Challengers valid , 15th March 2019
The America’s Cup Arbitration Panel decision finding all three Late Entry challenges to be valid has been released today.

The Challenger of Record and the Defender had already reached a settlement agreement under which

Eagle Class 53: Ready to Fly?



Video sent by Eagle Class 53 / fastforwardcomposites.com . Later some additional pics. Not much 'flying' on their  "beginning to fly" statement but surely nice speed, lets see if they achieve full foiling on one of their foils setups. In terms of overall design it has some special looks.  Previous posts on the 53 here & here
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Eagle Class 53, fitted out and beginning to fly
The completed Eagle Class 53 has now sailed in various conditions off St John in the U.S. Virgin

Mar 10, 2019

F18 Worlds 2019 @Costa Brava: 80 entries already confirmed

Photo: Marc González Alomá. - 2018 F18 Europeans were held at Ballena Alegre, Costa Brava, in Spain. Many attendants reported the event as one of the best ever on the sailing course, venue & organization

Around 80 entries already confirmed and we expect an excellent fleet size. With the DS main sail devel introduced by Brewin and later by Mischa with the Scorpion at the 2017 Worlds,  plus the Convertible project the Class is experiencing renewed vibes. Here in Arg new boats are being bought for the first time since 2013, putting again used platform on the market at accessible prices for new sailors to start sailing F18.

This was the turning wheel during the best years of the Class, seeing this cycle come to life once more is a great objective sign towards the future.

Ballena Alegre Resort at Costa Brava will host the 2019 Worlds. All is set to become a great championship.
If there is a must attend event for the 2019 season, this is the one.

Early entry fee till March 15.

Registration link here
Entry list here

F18 World Championship 2019 27th June to 4th July 2019
NOR & Schedule here

Mar 9, 2019

AC36: Sail-World Interview with Terry Hutchinson by Richard Gladwell

Photo copyright Armory Ross & Will Ricketson / American Magic. - Excellent insights provided by Richard Gladwell / Sail-World, a great  QA with Terry Hutchinson on the American Magic foiling mono prototype, aka 'The Mule'. Check portfolio we published on the AM38 past months here.

Gladwell's interview confirms our fears on the no or little error margin for these new AC beasts. They look super fast even without a Wing, which is a major achievement, and also quite stable. But Hutchinson comments confirms what we've seen and reported on the unexpected wipeouts which can result in a lottery of capsize modes. With cats you have a frontal pitch or sideways and stop counting.

These AC mono foilers have a complete repertory of how to go down as they are constantly depending on their oversized mainfoils and a central T rudder which presents a perfect scenario for catastrophic wipeouts. In contrast is clear any Multihull have plenty more options to transition from full foiling to a flat sudden dropdown or foils failure, cavitation , ventilate etc.

Add that they expect to be quite dragy in light conditions and if they heel in flaoting mode they might stay down (??) and they need to be put back in position a la capsized Multi, you wonder which is the benefit of going monohull...?

A short excerpt of Terry Hutchinson's comments below, read the entire interview by Richard Gladwell at Sail-World : sail-world.com/news/215250/Am-Cup-American-Magic-tests-the-limits--Part-2 :

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“You just have to be very mindful that the rudder elevator cannot come out of the water. It's no more complicated than that. If the elevator breeches, it is all over Rover. She'll just go where she wants to go. Managing the ride height is pretty critical,” he adds.

“Down-speed we have had our biggest snafus - getting off the tow,” he chuckles.

“But quite honestly once the boat is up and going it is at its safest time when you are foiling. You don't feel that vulnerable. There is going to be a lot of technique to learn on how to manoeuvre the boat.

“We are pretty far away from any semblance of a foiling tack or gybe. You can see that there will be heaps to gain in that regard.”

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Mar 6, 2019

69F upwind Foiling, Feb 2019



Designed by two talented Arg friends this project finally became a reality, currently being produced in Italy and commercialized as 69F the original MW680F is now flying full bore.  What we like about this concept is the ability to sail standard mode which is a great asset, just like the current beachcat foilers or the GC32 can do. Versatility at its best.

More info on the 69F at facebook.com/69Fsailing/

2 Years until the first 36th America's Cup Match



Video & release sent by Americas Cup Media. Official web www.americascup.com
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Only 2 years until the 36th America's Cup Match.
24 months, 104 weeks, 730 days
It seems like a long time, but this is the America’s Cup and time is the biggest issue - you never have enough of it.

Every day is important. Is two years long enough?
"Not even close, we could use four,” explains America’s Cup veteran and Skipper of American

Mar 4, 2019

Americas Cup 36 update: "Outstanding Issues" & "Plans are Progressing"

Relase sent by Americas Cup media. Official web: www.americascup.com
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Defender and Challenger Of Record progress AC36 planning  5th March 2019
The plans for the 36th America's Cup presented by Prada are progressing, with clearer guidelines now set for the future.

Following on from meetings held in Auckland last week between the Defender and Challenger of Record, an agreement has been reached to resolve a series of issues in the best interest of the event.

Patrizio Bertelli, CEO of the Prada Group and Chairman of the Challenger of Record met with the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, in Auckland and an agreement was reached to resolve a number of pending issues, some of which were already before the Arbitration Panel.

Together they have agreed all current outstanding issues including a mutually agreed settlement to the

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