Dec 31, 2008

A Class Australians - Overall Results

R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 Rc 5

Sail No. Place Place Place Place Place T Pt Rank
AUS 1 1 1 3 3 1 9 1 Glenn Ashby
AUS 4 3 5 12 1 4 25 2 Steve Brewin
AUS 24 4 6 22 6 2 40 3 A Landenberger
AUS 938 8 7 2 16 12 45 4 James Spithill
AUS 10 11 8 20 4 3 46 5 Brad Collett
AUS 902 20 3 7 12 9 51 6 Scott Anderson
AUS 889 6 13 10 14 11 54 7 Graeme Parker
AUS 832 9 14 24 2 7 56 8 Tom Slingsby
AUS 907 2 33 14 9 6 64 9 Dave McKenzie
ESP 11 5 9 38 5 15 72 10 Manuel Calavia
AUS 908 14 4 35 7 17 77 11 Dave Brewer

Landy always showing he is the best sailmaker and top 10 cat sailor in the World.
Almost clinched F18 title his year at Nigran, and now he is showing good form for this A-Class Worlds 2009 to be held in a few days.

Dave Brewer in good shape after being strucked by lightning !!

Dec 30, 2008

A Class Worlds 2009 - Lightning Start

From Rob Kothe, A Class Worlds Site:

Yesterday’s violent thunderstorm drove the A-Cat Nationals fleet from the water. Victorian sailor Dave Brewer suffered a severe electrical shock and was thrown to the ground when a lightning strike hit the water while he was holding onto the carbon fibre mast of his A-Cat, in the boat park.

Brewer spent the night in John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle. He recovered quickly last evening and was determined to be back on the race course today.

But he was still waiting for hospital medical clearance at 13:00, when racing was scheduled to start on the second day of the A-Cat Pre-Worlds event.

The weather gods were on Brewer's side, with two Postponements ashore, as the winds flicked from north west to south west and then to east.

The 36 year old Lazarus arrived at Belmont Sailing Club with his wife and three children soon after the postponement flag came down, and was greeted by a media scrum.

The family's effort enabled him to rig his boat and get it into the water. Brewer was the last boat to leave the boat park after promising 'he’d come in fast' if there was another thunderstorm.

When the race finally started in a five knot easterly, five times world champion Glenn Ashby was first to the top mark. In an amazing effort on the second rounding, Brewer by now fully charged, was second behind Ashby and ahead of 1984 Tornado Olympic bronze medallist Scott Anderson and another Australian gun, Queensland Brad Collett.

Ashby, who had won the first race in the series before the storm yesterday, again received the gun ahead of Germany’s Bob Baier. Anderson was third, then came Brewer, with Steve Brewin challenging but finishing fifth. Andrew Landerberger was sixth, James Spithill seventh and Tom Slingsby 14th.

Photography by /AUS ©
Above: BOR team star, James Spithill sailing cats to continue his training for an hipotetical Americas Cup match on the DOG 90 feet multihull. We are all still waiting for the New York court to finally resolve this "soap opera" between Larry and Ernie, grow up boys!

M2 Racing

Cat racing is alive besides ISAF leaving us without the Olympics, IShares Cup, F18 local and Worlds Championships, A-Class, Hobie Classes and many more, here you have one exclusive fleet for the swiss boys to play with their carbon tech toys.
- Wave piercing hull (like a escaled up Infusion-Capricorn)
- Rule Box but mostly Ventilo M2 (27 boats)
- 28 feet High Tech
- Carbon construction
- Crew of 4
- Competitive lake racing
- Heli rides ? to race courses?

This is the AM2 Safram Speed Tour in Switzerland:

Dec 29, 2008

Spray Rails: What?? who? where?

Too much talk about the new Hobie f18 "spray rails" as critical innovation, but many are aware that they´ve been around for a while a now. Main function is to redirect spray or wash outs waves that smash the hull when sailing at high speeds, also provides reserve volume depending on deck design.
Now Volvo 70´s also use them, some say they provide or generate additional lift.
Although is the 1st use in an wave piercing design to my knowledge, quite excellent decision as resolves also one of the main issues of the wave piercing design bows... lack of reserve volume.

Just a few examples:

Loday-White Spitfire (Dart 16 succesor)

Alinghi´s Decision 35

Racecat 16 - July 2007 - mould

Racecat 16 2008

Team Russia VO70 James Lloyd

Team Russia VO70 James Lloyd

Dec 22, 2008

Hydroptere: 61knots and huge crash with 35-38knots, gusts over 45

C.Levy Hydroptere
l'Hydroptère attained a spectacular speed peak of 61 knots this morning during her first run.
The wind conditions were very strong, with winds established at 35-38 knots and gusts of over 45 knots. The water surface was not as still as in the preceding days, which made sailing difficult and dangerous. The gust that permitted l'Hydroptère to attain this extraordinary speed, unfortunately also caused her to capsize.
"The gust of wind was very violent, l'Hydroptère was in full acceleration at over 61 knots, when she stopped and capsized," tells Alain Thébault briefly as he organizes the towing of the boat with his crew members, all who have come away with only slight injuries.
The trimaran will be towed to Fos sur Mer, as soon as conditions permit.

Dec 20, 2008

1st Argentinean F18 Nat Championship

Buenos Aires: View from the racing course.
All photos Gabriel Palmioli -

Dec 18, 2008

New F18 from Poland: The Exploder

A new F18 from Poland, the Exploder, is sailing for some months now, but just realized about their existence.
A Tornado project was left behind due to ISAF Multihull affaire, and the boatyard focus their efforts on a new F18. Castings, rudders and beams are Tonado direct heritage.
Huge volume and middle feeboard, nice covered front beam and a extrerme rocker at bow are trademarks of the Exploder F18.

Dec 9, 2008

F18: The new Hobie "W...CAT"

The "W...CAT" is the code name for this new Hobie F18:

Dec 8, 2008

F18 Design: Who is Martin Fischer?

Now that the beachcat community is mesmerized by the new Hobie F18, I tried to gather more info regarding her designer beyond being the Capricorn mastermind along with Greg Goodall of AHPC:

"Dr. Martin Fischer, Phd in fluid dynamics. Martin is a renowned expert in the field of high performance multihull design and the optimisation of
appendices. He has been a member of the design team for Groupama-2 and Groupama-3 and he was in charge of the development of the appendices for
the ORMA-60 trimaran Banque Populaire and the maxi trimaran Sodebo. Furthermore he designed the Capricorn, an innovative Formula-18 catamaran
that won the world championship in 2006"

As published by TLB Architecture Navale for Martin´s work on the TLB 40.

New Hobie F18: 1st hull pictures

Deep spray rails that add top bow volume, front beam "protection"... same stuff we described from the renders. Basically is an update of the AHPC Capricorn that was also designed by Martin Fischer.
Some years ago J Valer was the 1st defacto designer of the F18 boats with the Alado, then the Tiger and others, many have took those earlier designs as the perfect F18 shape, and the "Tiger look" was adopted by other constructors.
But now the one boat setting the pace for the 21 century is the wave piercing style of the Cap, a truly pioneer of the new wave of beachcats designs with "reverse bows" profiles and volume distribution.
The Nacra Infusion was a real evolution of the Cap, with quite different volumes setups, but this new Hobie F18 is not that far from Fischer´s design on the Cap. So now Hobie has return favors to all their style boats succesors and has made one of his own, hiring a reknown designer that has worked for the competition.

This is the evolution standard of the F18 cats: Progress and modifications over the latest and most innovative proven new designs that separates what´s old from what´s hot at a given time. Today the Tiger style is "out" although she can still perform like the best, but customer doesn´t care about good old performers, we all want the latest hot stuff on the shelve, and today the new Hobie F18 is the most wanted new "candy ".

Can´t understand though why the new Loday-White F18 didn´t feature their registered trademark "spray rails" leaving that "innovation" to Hobie, cause everyone is talking about those now! good move for Fischer and Hobie Cat.
I must point that these rails are no fancy addition, they have a real and specific

Nov 10, 2008

F18: The new Hobie preview II

As we marked in the 1st preview Hobie is unveiling a wave piercing hull.

Is a Capricorn v2 with things taken from the Infusion like the front beam "covered o protected" to reduced drag when waves heats the main beam and stop the boats and a elevetaded platform for the rear beam.

I'll predict some chine, or channels or flat section at the stern too.
Confirming our remarks from last F18 Worlds, an era has ended and the old faitfull Tiger is retiring as a icon of the F18 class for more than 10 years, still a great competitive boat, although years back in trend design to appeal new buyers and top cat racers.
From Hobie news letter:

Innovation in Hobie Cat F18
Innovation now has a name...

To be discovered in the next few weeks

Oct 24, 2008

F18: The New Formula 18 from Loday-White

2009 season in Europe and USA is going to bring us some new toys.
New F18 from Hobie and one already sailing: The Loday-White brand new F18.

Builders of the now "ancient" Dart Hawk and more modern SpitFire, the talented pair are now providing an alternative to the Infusion and Capricorn.
Square shapes, lots of volume and stern rails, but no bow ones like the Spitfire or the new Hobie.
Rails are trend now, just look at VOR boats bows...

But Swell catamarans are pioneers on this subject with their Dart 16 and Spitfire designs.
Another cat that has full hull lenght rails our own RC 16 (more later)

Oct 22, 2008

F18: The New Formula 18 from Hobie

Some months ago we've reviewed the best and latest F18 desings on the market.
The Nacra Infusion was the newest and most advanced F18 to date, now is like 3 years old design though.
The number one cat company (Hobie) had took notice of the change of guard from Tiger to Infusions and Capricorns.
Gathering some of the best talents out there Hobie has developed a new F18, a wave piercing with bow rails included!

This is the new Hobie Formula F18 front view/bow.
Clearly a wave priercing vertical volume distribution and slim bow.

Next: Loday White F18

Sep 2, 2008

Oracle's 90' feet sailing

Oracle's big gun is now on water. The crew is starting to know how this little beast potential.

Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget

Aug 22, 2008

BMW Oracle beast revealed!

New boat unveiled in Anacortes.
BMW ORACLE Racing said today it was very pleased to confirm that after nine months of intense activity its team in Anacortes is in the final stages of preparing its new 90-foot multihull yacht for sailing.
The carbon fiber trimaran emerged from under wraps at its purpose-built construction shed here for the first time today. The trimaran is the third yacht constructed for the team in this waterfront community 100 miles north of Seattle, and is an outstanding achievement by its designers and builders, the team’s CEO and skipper, Russell Coutts said.

Aug 14, 2008

Code Zero: Now Mitch discards the controversial sail

Due to change of weather forecast Mitch Booth decided to finally race with a traditional Tornado Spi.
He always pointed that weather forecast was key for their final decision.

As the dutch team presented two different sails (code zero and standard one) they we were able to make a final minute call.

USA team presented two code zeros so they didn´t had Mitch´s options.
People is talking about treason.....???
The only "questionable" action could come from USA for not allowing theirselfs a 2nd choice if wind blows as expected over 11knots.

And now with more wind potentially coming, also benefits Booth´s aspirations as he perform much better in these conditions.

So don´t cry for the USA team, as for sure they know what they are doing, and if the wind gods does not allow more wind in days to come, we will see a "solo" walk to the gold medal and the ones blaming theirselfs for LIFE will be the Dutchs!

50-50% gamble, lets see who took the right decision after the medal race is over!

Aug 11, 2008

Code Zero: Approved and stamped!

On Monday, August-11 the revolutionary Tornado-sailing of Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis (NED) was finally approved for the Olympic Games.
That means that the Dutch upwind gennaker may be used during the Olympic regatta in Qingdao.
In doing so, Booth and Nieuwenhuis have an advantage up to 11 knots of wind, especially upwind.

"It can go on", said Pim Nieuwenhuis after returning from a training session with the US team.
We have the stamps, so the gennaker is now officially approved by the officials.
Booth adds: I now bike from the boat park, where the Argentinians are also working with such a sail.
Espinola and Lange won bronze in Athens and are formidable opponents.
They work with North Sails, which has also designed the sail for the Italians and British teams.
The Italians are already measured, but the Argentinians have not.
Who knows, maybe there will be more upwind gennakers. These are interesting Games.
Booth is not afraid of this latest development: They are very late, so I wish them a lot of luck.

Diana Bogaards | 11-08-08

Mitch Booth's Code Zero could be Legal

Last Games for the Tornado, and the class continues with high controversy after being ejected from the Olympics by the ISAF.
Being the last opportunity to many to have their gold, the so criticized Tornado super high tech development has put the class in a not so good position before the sailing community.

Is simple, if you permit development don´t cry. If you build 50 sets of sails and someone came with a different design, that you´ve never ever think off, you have to blame only yourself.

Mitch Booth is playing within the class rules, he just make a smaller and flatter sail!!

The whole "One Design" spirit is not being broken by Mitch, the Tornado class has allowed with its own rules this "ackward" situation.

If Mitch Code Cero gets through measurement, protests against should be discarded.
He developed better than the others, he respected the Tornado Class rules and the status quo (is standard for the class to test more than 10?20? sail sets each year)

If you want different results, just make something really different from what you are trying over and over...

Although we all prefer a One Design race, Mitch is not the guy to blame... he did better homework, that´s all.

Aug 8, 2008

F18 Worlds : Franck Cammas videos, day 4

Series of videos published by Franck Cammas team during Nigran worlds, now published on youtube

Aug 4, 2008

Alinghi clinch second iShares Cup win

04 August 2008

• Alinghi victorious at the UK round of the iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Week
• TEAMORIGIN fight back to second place — holding on to the overall lead in the 2008 iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series
• At the halfway stage in the iShares Cup European circuit – only 1 point now separates TEAMORIGIN from Alinghi
• The final day produced continued drama that saw both Franck Cammas’ BMW ORACLE Racing and JPMorgan Asset Management capsize in the first race of the day. A quick righting by Cammas’ team enabled them to keep on racing, but JPMorgan Asset Management’s rig was broken.
• This event has produced all the drama that the Extreme 40s were created for!
• Next stop Kiel (Germany) for the penultimate round over 29th-31st August

America’s Cup Defenders Alinghi opened today in front, but it was another America’s Cup team, the third placed BMW ORACLE Racing skippered by James Spithill, which got things off to a flying start today by taking the first four race wins – was the scoreboard set for another shake up?

Alinghi's day got off to a slow start in race one when they found themselves without a clear lane on the approach to the committee boat end of the start line. Then the leading team were back in the pack on the first lap of races two and three — getting stuck in a slow tack on the approach to the first mark in race two, and eventually rounding back in 9th position. But they kept a cool head to pick off several boats downwind in each race, scoring consistent fourth, fifth and sixth places to keep their nose in front overall.

As expected TEAMORIGIN were putting in a spirited fight, splitting to the opposite sides of the racecourse to their Alinghi rivals and scoring a string of second and third places to take second overall and eat away at Alinghi’s lead — at one point there were just four points in it.

Elsewhere in the fleet iShares has a terrific second race to finish fourth, while Oman Sail got a great start to race three, rounding the first buoy alongside eventual winners BMW ORACLE Racing Spithill. But the two teams each struggled in the last with gear failure — both Oman Sail and iShares doggedly completing much of the last race of the regatta without a working jib. Holmatro were also consistently near the front of the fleet, scoring three third places today to eventually finish in third overall.

Alinghi came back strongly in the penultimate race — taking a brave port tack approach to the start line they led the race from start to finish, extending their advantage on the leaderboard.

The windward mark took two more scalps today, with JPMorgan Asset Management first to come to grief in race two. Skippered by Paul Campbell-James for the day, the team were right on the pace in the leading pack when they capsized dramatically during the bear away, the boat rapidly inverting and breaking the rig. On the next round of the second lap it was Franck Cammas’s turn to flip, turning over BMW ORACLE Racing — for the second time in this regatta — at the bear away. This time the crew were able to quickly right the boat and rejoin the day’s racing.

Ed Baird:
“We’re thrilled,” said skipper Ed Baird on the dock after racing. “These kind of conditions were a bit beyond what we’ve experienced before and so we’ve been learning in every race trying to figure it out, it was pretty hairy! All the teams were having their moments where they had a little trouble, but these guys did great and I’m really excited that we were able to hang in there and get the points we needed.

“It’s been a tough series. It’s been a lot of fun — and it’s a lot more fun when you come out in front — but we really learned a lot today. We were definitely taking it easy, trying to be as conservative as we could.“

Ishares Cup: Cowes Day 2

Event 3Cowes, UK

Alinghi 2 7 3 1 2 1 2 1 1 5 5 6 4 5 1 149
Team Origin 4 5 1 dnf
3 2 1 6 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 142
Holmatro 3 4 4 2 6 3 5 2 4 4 3 3 5 4 7 136
BMW OR Cammas 1 1 2 dnf 4 4 3 4 3 3 6 dnf 2 2 3 131
BMW OR Spithill 9 2 7 dnf 1 8 8 5 5 1 1 1 1 1 2 130
iShares 6 6 9 5 8 7 9 8 7 6 4 4 7 6 dnf 90
BT 10 9 8 rdg
7 5 4 3 7 dsq
8 7 9 8 8 82
Volvo Ocean Race RAF 8 10 6 dsq
9 6 7 6 8 9 8 8 7 5 72
Oman Sail 5 3 5 4 dnf

dns dns dns 10 5 6 9 6 64
JP Morgan Asset Management 8 10 6 3 5 6 7 dnf 9 7 7 dnf
dns dns

Aug 3, 2008

Ishares Cup: Cowes Day 1

Event 3Cowes, UK

Alinghi 2 6 3 1 40
Holmatro 3 4 4 2 39
BMW ORACLE Racing Cammas 1 1 2 dnf 35
Oman Sail 5 3 5 4 35
Team Origin 4 5 1 dnf
JP Morgan Asset Management 8 10 6 3 25
iShares 6 7 9 5 25
BMW ORACLE Racing Spithill 9 2 7 dnf 21
Volvo Ocean Race RAF 8 10 6 15
BT 10 9 8 dnf 12
Team Aqua 7 11 dns dns 8
Tommy Hilfiger dnc dnc dnc dnc 0

Aug 2, 2008

iShares Cup Cowes Day 1: “Like being in a pinball machine!”

02 August 2008
The America’s Cup teams stole the show on the first day of the iShares Cup, but with mixed fortunes in a full-on day at Skandia Cowes Week.

Franck Cammas, the offshore multihull specialist, got things off to a flying start by winning his very first iShares Cup race from America’s Cup defenders Alinghi after he got a great lift up the first mark, and took a lead which he held all the way around.

Cammas followed up to make it a double victory in race two, followed home by his BMW ORACLE Racing team mate James Spithill. Current series leaders TEAMORIGIN were right on the pace in the first race, but had a slow top mark rounding in the second, recovering well to take fifth.

iShares Cup: Training in Cowes with Windsurfers

Aug 1, 2008

F18: Sudestada Rio de la Plata (South East Wind 25knots)

F18 going hard in extreme conditions at Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires,Arg.
"Sudestada" are Southeast strongest winds in the area. Time to go windsurfing and Kiteboarding... now you can go sailing an F18 too...!

BMWOracle & GGYC appeals latest America’s Cup decision

Valencia, Spain, 1 August 2008: The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) said today it has lodged an appeal against this week’s decision of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.
“We believe the Challenger of Record has to be a real yacht club. It cannot be something that is manufactured with a defender to set up a one-sided event. This decision would set an absurd precedent,” Tom Ehman, the club’s spokesman said.
“We believe we have an excellent case for winning on appeal.”
Because it was a split decision among five judges the club has an automatic right of appeal.
Ehman said the club looked forward to obtaining a result that will end any further legal dispute.

Jul 29, 2008

Alinghi wins appeal at NYC!! CNEV Valid CoR..!?

New York Supreme Court reinstates Club Náutico Español de Vela as the Challenger of Record…

The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court today ruled in favour of the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) declaring Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV) the rightful Challenger of Record for the 33rd America’s Cup and denying the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) this status.
Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi president, comments: “We are delighted with this result; we can now continue with our vision of a multi-challenger event. The court’s decision validates our actions and enables us to put the America's Cup back on the water.”
Lucien Masmejan, SNG lead counsel, comments: “After a year of litigation interference by the GGYC, we are extremely pleased that the Appellate Division has found its challenges to SNG's conduct of the 33rd America's Cup baseless. The GGYC’s actions have wasted a lot of time, effort and resources over the past year and we hope that it does not appeal. We must now evaluate whether adjustments have to be made due to the time consumed by its improper litigation initiatives.”
The decision of the Appellate Division reads: “…...the orders of the Supreme Court, New York County (Herman Cahn, J.), entered March 18, 2008 and May 13, 2008, which, inter alia, declared CNEV's challenge invalid and GGYC the Challenger of Record under the Deed of Gift, should be reversed, on the law, with costs, CNEV declared the Challenger of Record, and, in keeping with the Deed of Gift's requirement that the defender be given at least 10 months' written notice to prepare for the challenge, the 10-month notice period should be tolled until service of a copy of this order.”

Jul 21, 2008

ISAF Youth Worlds Championships: Multihull

France dominates ISAF Youth Multihull World Championships raced in SL 16.
The new youth multihull makes its debut on ISAF Wolrds and none other than French youth took the cup home, followed by South Africa and Great Britain.
Brazil was also present.

©David Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race/onEdition

Nat Helm 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 To Ne
1 FRA Valentin Bellet 1 (dnf 4 3 1 1 1 3 4 1 -7 45 21
2 RSA Matthew Whitehead 5 4 2 1 5 7 2 -9 1 7 -10 54 35
3 GBR James Ellis 7 1 1 6 3 2 3 4 6 -10 -9 58 39
4 SIN Wen Chun Low 6 2 7 -10 6 4 -8 1 2 4 2 57 39
5 DEN Simon Michaelsen 2 3 5 4 2 -9 (dsq 7 3 6 5 67 41
6 AUS Jason Waterhouse 3 7 3 7 7 5 4 -10 -8 3 1 61 43
7 NZL Francisco Lardies 4 8 -9 2 4 3 7 2 -10 2 4 62 43
8 NED Rob Sprij 9 5 6 9 -12 6 -11 5 5 5 3 84 61
9 ITA Francesco Porro 8 6 8 8 8 8 6 8 7 -13 6 95 73
10 BRA Bruno Vilela Frey 11 (dnf 10 5 (dnf 10 5 6 9 8 8 116 82
11 BEL Arnout Victor 10 9 11 (dnf 10 11 10 11 11 -14 11 136 105
12 TUR Ilber Gunduz (dnf) (dnf 12 13 9 14 12 12 12 9 13 153 119
13 USA Andrew Mason 12 (dnf 13 rdg
11 12 14 13 (dnf 12 14 160 126
14 FIN Otso Ahvonen (dnc) (dnc 14 11 dns 13 9 14 13 11 12 163 129
15 GER Lena Gauthier 13 (dnf (dnf 12 13 15 13 dnf 14 15 15 175 141
16 CAN Nick Schwenger (dnc) (dnc
dnf dnc dnc dnc dnc
dnc dnc dnc
204 170