Apr 26, 2019

Eagle Class 53 at Les Voiles de St Barth

Video , photos & report by  Richard & Rachel / Ocean Images sent by Forward Composites / Eagle Class 53.
Tommy Gonzalez of Fast Forward Composites debuted the groundbreaking Eagle Class 53 catamaran with Hybrid Wing during the 10th anniversary of the Les Voiles de St Barth regatta last week. What a reception he received!

The week was full of fantastic sails, with journalists, professional sailors, avid boat racers, friends, family and well-wishers on board. It couldn’t have been a better week for the boat. The reception from all who sailed on her was phenomenal. The pros certainly enjoyed giving the helm a go and seeing how easy it was to control the Hybrid Wing and sail systems. Most of the guests enjoyed the “splash” factor of the spray from the wave piercing bows!!

The screecher sail also made its debut and we saw speeds of 29 knots on its premier outing. It was a fairly breezy week, so the boat was sailed with caution. The initial testing certainly blew our hair back, and we are happy with the shape and cut.

The Gustavia Yacht Club hosted Tommy and his crew for a nice informal dinner and gave him the opportunity to chat about the boat and its conception. Many thanks to the club for hosting us.

It really was a great week, and a fantastic opportunity for Tommy and Randy Smyth to be able to chat and demonstrate the boat and Hybrid Wing in person. They were able to show off not only the boat in action, but also the look, feel, and quality of the build and design. Everybody left the island fairly tired, but with a grin from ear to ear.

The Eagle Class 53 will now be coming up the East Coast of USA in early summer. Keep checking out her progress on Instagram

Apr 25, 2019

Spindrift Racing: New Jules Verne Record attempt planned

Photos © Chris Schmid/Spindrift Racing - After a failed attempt on their last Jules Verne Trophy voyage, Spindrift Racing will give themselves a new chance later this year. Along the round the World news, the Team also announces their campaign on the coming TF35, a foiling Multi which will replace the proven and winning D35.

Stay tuned for news on the TF35, the next gen of flying cats. We posted on the prototype back in Sept 2018: catsailingnews.com/2018/09/foiling-d35-protoptype-foils-tested.html

Below official news by Spindrift Racing:

Currently undergoing a complete analysis of her structure, while two new rudders are constructed, the black and gold trimaran is expected to return to the water this summer and start a new period of offshore training with her crew for another attempt at racing around the world, against the clock. The stand-by period for a Jules Verne Trophy start will be shortened to two months (October and November), so that the team can meet its other racing calendar commitments. The team will join the new TF35 Lemanic circuit in November and this will be followed by a continued programme.

After 13 magnificent years racing on the waters of Lake Geneva, Ladycat will retire from racing after this summer’s iconic Bol d’Or Mirabaud. Her skipper, Dona Bertarelli, has been at the helm for the three victories in twelve years at this prestigious event, as well as many successes and podium finishes.

Not long ago ‘flying’ boats were perceived as the future of sailing - today they are a reality. The new kid on the block is the TF35, a very powerful, flying catamaran that has already attracted a number of visionary boat owners who will be competing in a five-event circuit on Lake Geneva and in Europe. Spindrift will be part of this circuit and will launch its new boat soon.

"In the first instance, I'm looking forward to a third attempt at the round the world record with Spindrift 2. Because of the sports and technical program for the TF35, we are a little more limited on the stand-by window. However, I hope that the weather will be with us and that we will have the opportunity to do the attempt again and try to beat the existing record. We will then focus on the TF35, the new boat in the Spindrift fleet. These carbon fibre ‘dragonflies’ can take off from just seven knots of wind and reach up to three times the speed of the wind! It's going to be very exciting and we are really looking forward to doing our first tacks on Lake Geneva,” concludes Yann Guichard.

Apr 20, 2019

Apr 19, 2019

Nacra 17 WCup Series @Genoa 2019: Day 5 Results

All photos © Sailing Energy / World Sailing -- A reasonable set of races for the day were completed at Genoa for the Nacra 17 Fleet, four for each group. Saxton & Boniface continue with their overall lead, Martinez & Maslivets second and Zajac & Mats third overall. Tita & Banti as had a great recovery today 3,3,3 & 2 climbing to 5th overall from a +20th from yesterday.

Tomorrow top ten will enter the Medal Race.

Review today's track gps replay at SAP Sailing site.
Top ten below  after 7 Races for both fleets. Complete overall results available here

Apr 18, 2019

Nacra 17 WCup Series @Genoa 2019: Day 4 Results

Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille 2019: Day 3

Nacra 17 WCup Series @Genoa 2019: Day 4

After two days of no wind, the Nacra 17 fleet is trying to complete some races at Genoa. Later more updates & pics.

Follow live tracking at SAP Sailing.
Current results here.

Apr 14, 2019

Worrell 1000 reunion Race: Schedule Defined

Press Notice below sent by Worrell 1000 Reunion Race. A bit of history on the Race by John Williams here.  John also has a sponsor on the table for an experienced crew to jump in and participate. Contact John at :

Board/Directors and Event Coordinators can be reached at: worrell1000@gmail.com
Event Website: 
Worrell 1000 Reunion Race Press Notice, 13 April 2019

The Organizing Authority for the Worrell 1000 Reunion Race has confirmed that all planning is complete, and the fleet will depart from the Hollywood Beach Marriott checkpoint in South Florida on schedule, 06 May 2019, with the first warning signal at 0955 hours.

After years of effort by several different groups to resurrect the iconic 1000-mile race, a collective of former teams, sponsors, sailors and enthusiasts has succeeded in the improbable; a small fleet of beach catamaran sailors will face the Atlantic’s harshest challenge.

“Frankly, these teams are focused more on making it to the finish than just beating each other,” said John Williams, a former team manager and this year’s Principal Race Officer following a meeting with the volunteer event officials. “There will be plenty of moments when they’re eye to eye, on the beach or ripping along a rhumb line, and their focus is on coaxing that last half-knot of speed from the sails. But there’s another layer. They all want each other to finish.”

Stopping along the course at a dozen beach towns for mandatory checkpoints, the team with the lowest overall elapsed time wins when they come ashore in Virginia Beach. Two weeks of exposure to the elements demands sailors protect themselves from the relentless sun, summer thunderstorms, pounding surf and the constant possibility of injury. “We place the health and safety of our competitors at the forefront of our planning,” said Beverley Simmons, the Communications Director for the event and an accomplished sailor in her own right. “We have daily inspections of the various gear each team is required to have; flares, radio and cell phone comms, US Coast Guard approved floatation, strobe, GPS and more. On top of all that, we have active satellite trackers on each boat so we know where they are throughout the course.”

Spectators are welcome at each checkpoint, and tracking devices will be viewable by the public via a link on the event website at www.worrell1000race.com.

"The Worrell 1000 Reunion Race” is an offshore long distance beach catamaran sailboat race to be held in May 2019 in the waters between Florida and Virginia Beach, VA. The race will cover approximately 1000 miles with stops at multiple locations along the East Coast of the United States. Inquiries for more information can be forwarded to OA@worrell1000race.org.