Jan 22, 2019

F18 Convertible: Daggerboard case placement explained by Martin Fischer

Photo: Jasper van Staveren , Render: Scorpion Convertible, using same exact case position as Martin Fischer's Hobie Wildcat F18 (2008) , also featured in current Scorpion standard F18 . - With many builders going for the F18 Convertible concept and discussions on daggerboard placement for the foiling mode I contacted Martin Fischer once more to remind us (already explained in his past CSN interviews/articles)  why he placed the daggerboards in front of shrouds already back in 2008 with the Hobie Wildcat F18.
Fischer is one of our main references in terms of Design & Tech development and he is always willing to give us insights and didactic explanations.

Below his comments on the Convertible & technical background on current defacto daggerboard case overall position in Cats, being foilers, F18 convertibles or A-Class. Martin did it first in the Wildcat F18, later Phantom F18 / Flying Phantom , GC32 and also in the A-Class with the Mayfly.

I followed suit with the Scorpion and all the A-Class builders have also followed his original work done with the Mayfly dagger case position back in 2011. Important to remark that this placement has been a winning one in floating mode too with the Wildcat, Phantom and Scorpion World Titles.

Martin Fischer is always leading innovation and showing the path for the rest. We are also happy to hear he is behind a 50 foot daysailer foiler project.
Martin Fischer: Convertible & Daggerboard case position explained:
"I think the F18 convertible is a development into the right direction. I don't see any reason why the concept should not work. The A-Class Z-foil configuration is surely a configuration that works, but I think also the J-foils, as on the Phantom, could be an option; surely more difficult to sail but it would

SailGP F50s: One Design & Focus on Sailors skills

Jan 21, 2019

Jules Verne Trophy: Spindrift 2 sets Ushant-Equator record

Photo: Yann Guichard - Donna Bertarelli's Sprindrift Team has embarked on an new attempt to break the Jules Verne Trophy Record (Round the World):
4 Days, 19hrs, 57mins

We'll be following their progress. Meanwhile check video series above featuring Bertarelli. Donna is an experienced catsailor, mainly in the D35 fleet as helm. She funds Spindrift Racing Team but also has the guts to get on board Spindrift 2 global journey as she did last time. Nice clip above focusing on her sensations but shows some great footage of Spindrift past attempt, also pretty didactic.

Francis Joyon / IDEC are the Current record holders: catsailingnews.com/2017/01/jules-verne-trophy-francis-joyon-idec_26.html

Spindrift came short in their first one, but it took Joyon 3 attempts to finally break the Jules Verne Trophy record.

Spindrift official web: spindrift-racing.com

Jan 18, 2019

Gunboat 68 launched

Americas Cup 36: Stars & Stripes unveils design & build details.

Release sent by Stars & Stripes Team USA media.

LONG BEACH, CA – January 17, 2018 – Stars & Stripes Team USA, American flagged Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, today released additional details outlining their boat build and design process.

This information comes less than one month after the team revealed, as part of their entry

Jan 16, 2019

Convertible or dedicated foiler? Alex Udin's view

Above: Latest FP Essentiel video featuring its new hulls. - Phantom International has contacted us to chat about the Convertible F18 concept vs their own series of production specialized Flying

Jan 11, 2019

Tornado Worlds 2019: Burvill-Puttman Champs

Super Foiler Grand Prix: 2019 Season On?

Super Foiler Grand Prix has released this video today with a text reference to a 2019 season. With the AC and F50s they might be re arranging their schedule, not much specific news at the moment if we will see some events coming weeks.

What's certain the Morrelli & Melvin machine did put on a show on its first season and the Super Foiler flew upwind and downwind pretty fast and stable, at least for Outteridge, Ashby and Jensen! But as we know this vessel was to put on an show, and even the creators know that, like Master Multihull designer Pete Melvin caring for SF crews when being trapeze catapulted as never seen before!

Jan 9, 2019

Tornado Worlds 2019: Day 4

Grainger R42: Building process pics

Tornado Worlds 2019: Day 3

Photo: Suellen Davies – Live Sail Die - Report & pic sent by the Tornado Class Association
2019 Tornado Worlds – Day 3Those that managed to out shift the shifts were the winners on the day for Races 5 and 6 of the 2019 Tornado World Championships Powered by Candida Stationery. Racing on the waters offshore from Takapuna Beach, the south-westerly caused some frustration amongst the fleet, with the results being blown wide open on Day 3 of offical racing.

Race 5
After leading the race for most of the way, Jurgen Jentsch (GER), sailing with his wife Sarah Jentsch

Jan 6, 2019

First Goodall Design Viper 2019 Foiling footage

Video & info sent by Laurent Verbeeck / Goodall Design. First footage of the foiling Viper already looking good. Check how helm is sheeting a bit to hand mainsheet to his crew and the Viper starts to fly effortless and quite smoothly.

This platform will add more alternatives to those wanting to fly and I see it as a more apepaling platform than the Nacra 17 for those not doing the Olympic circuit. The updated foil design plus the

Hobie 16 Australian Nats 2019

Photos & info sent by Gavin Colby, more at hobiecatnationals.com.au. Gavin  doing some long distance to attend Hobie & F18 Aussie Nats. -
On established fleets Hobie 16 racing might still be about the most competitive racing out there.

Gavin Colby: "As much as the boat is not flash and modern, the racing is close, tactical, one design and cheap. Great bunch of young kids at the regatta. We used a boat that I sold for 6000 AUD at the end of the event.

With a Great bunch of friendly people racing was fair and competitive. Testing conditions as we lost a day with too much wind.

Temperature range from 41’c to 22’c on the last day. The event was also qualifying for the upcoming Hobie 16 Worlds in Florida: https://hobieworlds.com

Next is F18 Aussie Nationals also in Adelaide in 2 weeks time.


Above: A couple photos crossing the Nullarbor on the way over. 16 and F18. 2800km route.

Tornado Worlds 2019: Day 2

Tornado Worlds 2019: Day 1

Jan 3, 2019

Goodall Design Viper 2019 Foiling

Photos by AJP Photography / Goodall Design, click images for large size. - Brett Goodall & Goodall Design published these past two days shots of the new Viper F16 foiling version. The concept is a convertible too, as the F16 Class does not allows to foil. The F16 Class has a lighter weight rule than the F18 so we expect the Viper to fly early and pretty well.
Eager to see their C2 flying tests. For the F18, you need to understand that is recreational foiler, performance flights need to be discussed for other dedicated foiling platforms not for a convertible F18 or F16 for the matter.

Viper looking like a weapon, new hulls updated last year plus Z foils derived from latest Exploder D3 devels and T winglets for the rudders (see foils here) plus no span limitation (as the As currently have) the Viper might deliver some nice flights.

Brett Goodall commented on his fb :
"I couldn't be prouder of this boat!!!
My father, Greg Goodall, designed the Viper to be the best F16 available and it is!!! No other design has won more major titles than this boat.
Just over 2 years ago I had a dream to put the Viper on foils... After alot of thinking, trialing and testing we have a production foiling Viper!!!

I really want to thank everyone who believed in the dream and supported the process.

This is just the beginning of things to come!!!"
More info contact Goodall Design at www.goodalldesign.net and their fb page.

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