Jun 19, 2018

Yoann Richoemme's Lift 40 progress by Launay

Photos sent by Christophe Launay / sealaunay.com : Yoann Richomme and his Lift 40 ( Class 40 ) designed by Marc Lombard Design Group build at Gepeto Composite.
We published built shots from Christophe some months ago, happy to see the project progress.
For more info check Yoann's web: yoannrichomme.fr/

If you want to promote your project or regatta, the main thing you need are pictures. Launay is an specialist in putting limelight to several projects we might not heard otherwise.

We are lucky enough to be in his mailing list.
Contact Christophe Launay at sealaunay.com

Tornado German Nats 2018: Jürgen & Sarah Jentsch Champs

Photo & report sent Jürgen Jentsch :
German Tornado Nats 2018 
"Jürgen and Sarah Jentsch, Segelclub Füssen Forggensee (SCFF) were able to defend last years German National Championship title in the Open and Mixed category.

The German National Tornado Championships took place on the Bavarian mountain lake Walchensee (850m above sea level) with good 10 -14 knots.
Two races in sunny and stabile thermic conditions with two bullets of Jürgen and Sarah Jentsch,more than 400m in front of the fleet.

On the 2nd day with began with difficult wind conditions, thunderstorms on the horizon influenced racing with shifts and gusts. After day one with 2 bullets, came 3-3-4.

The sensation of the weekend were Estela Jentsch and Johannes Sattler (16 and 17yrs old, Estela Miixed Tornado World Champion with Brett Burvill and 3rd overall in the 2016 Worlds in Lindau, Germany and Johannes ex- 29er and German National - trainingteammember as 49er helmsman). On day 2 with the results 2-2-1 leaving the two teenagers from the Segelclub Füssen Forggensee, in 2nd place overall.

3rd, came German National Tornado Class President Markus Betz with his 19 year old son Nicolas Betz, from Segel- and Motorbootclub Radolfzell, Lake Constanz.

The organizing club of Segelfreunde Walchensee did a great job on the water with a fleet of more than 50 Catamarans.

For the Tornados It was a pleasure to join all the cat sailors F18, F16, Hobie 14 &16 , Topcats and Darts as well as others in one race with lots of tradition in Bavaria, the „Walchenfass“.

The next 2019 German Nationals are planned to be held on Lake Konstanz in 2019.

F18 Italian Series @Punta Ala 2018: Vettori & Stella 1st

Jun 18, 2018

Americas Cup Ineos Team UK: Ainslie to race the GC32 Tour 2018

INEOS TEAM UK's crew. From left to right: Iain Jensen, Giles Scott, Joey Newton, Sir Ben Ainslie, Neil Hunter and Nick Hutton. Photo ©: Harry Kenney-Herbert / INEOS TEAM UK - Ben Ainslie demonstrated since the first day he sailed an AC45 that sailing Multis, even foiling ones was just a matter of applying his inherent talent and experience to a diff sailing equipment. At Bermuda his team was about the best but sadly they had design handicap.

In 2018 Ben will be racing the best Class out here right now, the GC32 towards INEOS Team UK AC Campaign. Being the new  Foiling "monohulls" just multis in disguise the GC32 training will build team coordination at its best, on the highly demanded GC32 crew work.

Below release sent by the GC32 Class.
INEOS TEAM UK joins 2018 GC32 Racing Tour 
Britain’s America’s Cup team, INEOS TEAM UK, is set to join the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour. Four-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie will be at the helm for the team’s debut in the 32ft foiling catamarans, later this month at the GC32 Lagos Cup in Portugal for the second event of the European tour over 27th June – 1st July.

INEOS TEAM UK was launched in April 2018 to challenge for the 36th America’s Cup by Founder Jim Ratcliffe. On the water, Ainslie will be joined by fellow Finn Olympic gold medallist, Giles Scott, resuming the role of tactician that he undertook during the 35th America’s Cup.

Two new signings for the team include two-time America’s Cup winner Joey Newton (AUS/GBR) as jib trimmer, and Australian Olympic 49er gold and silver medallist, Iain Jensen joining as a mainsail trimmer. Completing the line-up will be two time America’s Cup World Series winner, Nick Hutton and 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Champion, Neil Hunter as float.

The GC32 reaches speeds of up to 40 knots and, now with eight top-flight international teams, the GC32 Racing Tour will be an intense and highly competitive racing circuit. The schedule is for 20 races to be held over four days in Lagos, with an initial practice race day on Wednesday 27th June.

Skipper Ben Ainslie is looking forward to joining the Tour: “The GC32 is a high-performance foiling multihull, so it’s not the monohull we have in the America’s Cup, but being out on the foiling circuit gives the sailing team an opportunity to get out and race together, put ourselves under pressure as well as get to grips with technique and boat handling which we hope will put us in good stead for the America’s Cup World Series which restarts in 2019.

“We are pretty fresh to this class of boat and we are under no illusion that the type of competition we are going up against, the line-up of the teams and sailors is really strong. But we’ve made some big changes to the team, both on and off the water, we’ve brought in some new key sailors who have vast experience in America’s Cup and high-performance racing and they’ve been a great addition to the team already. We are looking forward to getting back out on the water doing what we enjoy doing; competing in a highly charged racing environment against some really tough competition and we can’t wait to get going.”

After Portugal the team will continue on the GC32 Racing Tour to compete at events in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (July/ August), Sardinia, Italy (September) with the 2018 circuit concluding in Toulon, France in October.

INEOS TEAM UK GC32 Race Squad:
Ben Ainslie, Helm
Iain Jensen, Mainsail
Joey Newton, Jib Trim
Giles Scott, Bow / Tactics
Neil Hunter, Float
Nick Hutton, Jib Trim

Support team:
Jono Macbeth, Sailing Team Manager
Rob Wilson, Coach
Matt Haslam, Boat Builder
Aston Campion, Shore Support
Ben Williams, Head of Human Performance

INEOS TEAM UK is the eighth team to announce its competition in the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour.

2018 GC32 Racing Tour teams
Team Owner/skipper Nat Helmsman
1 Argo Jason Carroll USA Jason Carroll
2 Codigo Rojo Racing Federico Ferioli ARG Federico Ferioli
3 .film Racing Simon Delzoppo AUS Simon Delzoppo
4 Frank Racing Simon Hull NZL Simon Hull
5 INEOS TEAM UK Ben Ainslie GBR Ben Ainslie
6 NORAUTO Frank Cammas FRA Frank Cammas
7 Realteam Esteban Garcia SUI Jérôme Clerc
8 Zoulou Erik Maris FRA Erik Maris

Get the very latest news on the GC32 Racing Tour from:
Website: www.gc32racingtour.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gc32racingtour/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GC32RacingTour
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoWHLa87vNKzkOL4_bVWlEg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gc32racingtour

Flying Phantom Series @Barcelona 2018: Tean France Jeune 1st

Jun 16, 2018

Round Texel 2018

Photo: Niels Smit / www.bootinbeeld.nl / Ronde Texel Fb. Xander Pols & Collin van Vugt won the 2018 Round Texel blue ribbon. Boat is a Nacra F20FCS with Wings and Performance DS.
No live tracking, no results, no more info at the moment.

Official web roundtexel.com/
Fb: facebook.com/roundtexel/

Jun 15, 2018

A-Cat & F18 Spanish Cup 2018: Day 1

Day one for the 2018 Spanish Catamaran Cup. Organized by Club Ballena Alegre, which will host the 2018 F18 Europeans in coming weeks. This annual Spanish Cup gathers the F18 & A-Class each year. Mitch & Ruben Booth (Scorpion/1D) lead after 3 races. Followed by Jordi Sanchez & Alberto Torné (Wildcat/ 1D) and Fabián Migoya & Alexis Parcerisa.

In the A-Cats, Manolo Calavia leads, and surprisingly he has not dominate as he is used to. Manolo is one of the top 3 A-Cat riders in the World.

Top 5 for each class below, full resuls at cvballena-alegre

Texel Dutch Open 2018

Grant & Adm Piggot (F18 Edge/Grant Piggot DS) led the 2018 Dutch Open, warm-up regatta for the annual Round Texel which will start tomorrow. Dutch Open held on a mixed Class fleet scored under the Texel Rating, Sunnucks & Self are racing the M20 Vampire. Texel offcial web: roundtexel.com/

No racing yesterday, and not more info today. Results as per Wednesday :

Jun 14, 2018

GC32 Extreme Series @Barcelona 2018: Day 1

Photos: Lloyd Images. - Report & pics sent by Extreme Sailing Series.
14/06/18  Big breeze gives boats a boost in 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ Barcelona opener
The first day of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3, Barcelona did not disappoint, with big breeze propelling the high-speed GC32 catamarans around the course from the word go.

Incredible wind and boat speed throughout the day saw the teams fly towards each mark, using clever tactics to push past their competitors at each busy rounding. Foiling at full-pelt, hitting speeds of up to 26.2kts, these boys meant business.

Austrian challenger, Red Bull Sailing Team, shot straight into the limelight. Charging through the ranks, the crew demonstrated exemplary boat handling, clocking five podium finishes over the course of the day.

Red Bull Sailing Team Sport Director, Hans Peter Steinacher, was thrilled with today's results, the crew having suffered a few blows to the points in both Act 1, Muscat, Oman and the GC32 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy.

"The team is young and the sailors play on the playground out there," he said. "This is how you win Extreme Sailing Series events. They are focussed – you have to create your own mode but as a team, we are really strong."

"There's always more to work on though," added a cautious Roman Hagara, the team's skipper. "Still, if we keep doing what we're doing, we'll be fine."

The Austrian contingent hopes to improve on last year's result in Barcelona, where they eventually finished third after a tough battle with Oman Air.

Snapping at the heels of Red Bull Sailing Team, last year's Barcelona Act winners Oman Air also showed fighting form. Their GC32 foiled with finesse but a few poor decisions forced extra manoeuvres, wasting time and costing them several places in the rankings.

"The conditions were really tricky out there today," Skipper Phil Robertson explained. "Staying stable on the foils is difficult in a relatively big sea state. It was actually very hard to get the boat in a good mode and sail simply. We'll be working on that for tomorrow."

Current Series frontrunners SAP Extreme Sailing Team sailed true to form once again, finishing the day just behind Red Bull Sailing Team in second. However, it was all eyes on comeback kids Alinghi in the final races, following issues with their mainsail that caused a retirement from race three, and prevented their participation in race four. They were pulling no punches upon their return to the racecourse, snatching a win from Red Bull Sailing Team in the fifth race of the day.

Local boys Spanish Impulse showed sheer determination, scoring a string of fourth place finishes in three of the six races. Skipper Diego Botín was pleased with his team's performance:

"We are super happy with today's results; being able to fight it out with all these boats, and face these sailors, it has been a success for us."

The home team closed the day in sixth overall, just behind British-flagged INEOS Rebels UK. Team México round up the fleet.

Over on the Flying Phantom racecourse, it was Idreva Zephyr Foiling who took the top spot, finishing ahead of current leaders Team France Jeune.

Local sailors Jordi Booth and Joan Costa onboard Red Bull Sailing Team also grabbed a podium finish. Helm Jordi Booth commented on their third place finish.

"A great day for us. It was challenging for sure but overall we were pretty consistent with our results – it was a good start for us."

With hopes of continued breeze for tomorrow, the teams are already deep in the debrief after today's action. The Flying Phantoms are due to begin racing from 12:15 CEST, with the GC32s scheduled for 15:00. The free-to-enter public Race Village will be open from 10:00, offering food from the Van Van market and refreshing drinks from the public bar, both provided by Estrella Damm.

For more information and to follow the racing, visit the Extreme Sailing Series website, Facebook -

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Act 3, Barcelona standings after Day 1, 6 races (14.06.18)
Position / Team / Points

1st, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Chris Taylor, Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara: 62 pts
2nd, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Morgan Larson, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 59 pts
3rd, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey: 57 points
4th, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 57 pts
5th, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Mark Spearman: 54 pts
6th, Spanish Impulse (ESP) Diego Botín, Joan Cardona, Luís Brito, Kevin Cabrera, Florian Trittel: 47 pts
7th, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, James Peters, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 42 pts

Flying Phantom Series Act 3, Barcelona standings after Day 1, 6 races (14.06.18)
Position / Team / Points
1st, Idreva Zephyr Foiling (FRA) Charles Hainneville, Thibault Julien: 113 pts
2nd, Team France Jeune 1 (FRA) Solune Robert, Antoine Rucard: 109 pts
3rd, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Jordi Booth, Joan Costa: 104 pts
4th, Culture Foil (FRA) Nicolas Ferellec, Théo Constance: 103 pts
5th, Flying Frogs (FRA) Pierre Le Clainche, Arnaud Vasseur: 103 pts
6th, UON (POR) José Caldeira, Helder Basilio: 88 pts
7th, EVO Visian ICL (GER) Raphael Neuhann, Elias Neuhann: 85 pts
8th, Masterlan (CZE) David Krizek, Milan Harmacek: 77 pts

Jun 13, 2018

A-Class British Championships 2018: Adam May 1st

Photos Helena Darvelid / sailrocket.com.  Long time Moth & A-Cat sailor, Adam May was also head of Design at Artemis in past Americas Cup. Last weekend he grabbed another UK title winning the 2018 A-Cats British Nats at Weymouth sailing an Exploder D3/Brewin boomless DS.
Second place for Paul Larsen also racing a D3. Larsen is a sailing Legend already, for those who don't know who he is, read our interview here.

Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy will host the 2019 A-Class Worlds on August 25-30th. 2019 Worlds Official web: www.acatworlds2019.uk

British Nats 2018 full report & results by Gordon Upton: a-cat.org/?q=node/1247

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