Jan 31, 2010

USA 17 From the Sky

Photo: Gilles Martin Raget

Photo: Gilles Martin Raget

Photo: Gilles Martin Raget

Jan 29, 2010

USA 17 Photos by Gilles Martin Raget

All pics Gilles Martin Raget (maybe I have 100 pics from him published here along the header one)

Friday , 29, January 2010, 11 PM Buenos Aires Time.
I just returned from sailing with full moon, we launched the F18 at 5pm with light north winds that were dcreasing, but we were waiting for the "virazon" (a spanish term for thermal winds that arise after 6pm aprox in summer in a drastic direction and speed change. Which is the english word for that specific event, if any??)
and at 7pm started blowing 12knots and all flat from east-south east, with 35° Celsius , and some 30°! for water temperature, with rising moon in the river and the sun going down west. Incredible view, just like these two images from Gilles at the same time.
One of my best cat sailing rides ever!

Jan 28, 2010

F18: 2nd brand made in Argentina

Today I sailed with Ian Rodger the 1st Capricorn made here.
The main modification to the hull is an elevated rear beam, that was made through a fine transition from original hull lines. This modification is crucial for local waters, as short steep waves touch rear beams if not higher enough making an impossible ride in our special Rio de la Plata fresh and muddy waters.
The boat is rock solid as the original, sails and beams are imported from AHPC Australia.
1st Class boat, an excellent finish too, follwing AHPC quality reputation.

Today we had steady 8-10knots, a real pleasure to sail upwind and the rear beam modification made a critical difference dowind with the imported one I sailed some weeks ago, it never touched the waves in a nonstop planing glide.
Until we hit a submerged log!!! (yes)
Direct hit at leeward daggerboard, and then to the windward rudder! f....! but dagger ended only with some scratches, and daggerboard case and rudder didn´t acknowledge the incident.

Good test for the newly built Argie F18.
The class in South America has two boats right now, offering lower costs for class growth.
The Infusion dealer is also giving good prices, and Uruguay has imported some Wildcats too.

Bright future after more than 3 years of the F18 project in Argentina, when we sailed our 1st RC F18 in August 2006.
The local Cap hulls are made by RioTecna, a reknown dinghy factory and the project is managed by Ian Rodger, ex Laser sailor...
As you might wonder, there is no Laser around now.

Congrats to Ian for closing the cicle, it wasn´t easy but the effort was worthwhile.
Detailed and hq pics soon.

AC 33: More training

Photo: Luca Butto/Alinghi
Photo: Gilles Martin Raget
Ten days and counting...

Jan 26, 2010

Balance 'Perfecto'

Another view of the 25-27knots ride in 6-7knots winds. GPS Screen included.

Tough guys

Training in 22knots is not part of the legal battle, so you have to give credit to the team for designing a boat for a broad type of weather conditions as it should be.

Photo by Glenn Ashby...

Jan 24, 2010

F18 Australian Nationals: Photos by Teri Dodds

Steve Brewin and Jack Benson 5 bullets on 9 regattas and 14 point advantage riding the AHPC C2, results below. Good debut for Windrush too, with some 2nds and bullets and two top ten.

Photo Copyright: Teri Dodds - C2 creators , Greg and Brett Goodall

Photo Copyright: Teri Dodds - Steve Brewin and Jack Benson on the 2nd C2

Photo Copyright: Teri Dodds

Photo Copyright: Teri Dodds - C2 by Goodalls

Photo Copyright: Teri Dodds
All pics courtesy of Teri Dodds www.teridodds.com
Please credit her pics if you use them, the same for Andrea's material.
All F18 Aussie Nationals pics here in csn were sent by Teri and Andrea on my request

C2 is having a top notch debut, AHPC should be very proud after all that work. The Aussie factory was one of the contenders in performance and quality against the big ones for years, Hobie and Nacra ( Ford and Gral Motors of beachcats) , they showed the way with their Cap, now they are closing the F18 design evolution cicle since Cap days to give both giants another run for their money.

Full Results
Place Sail No Skipper Sers Sco R 9 R 8 R 7 R 6 R 5 R 4 R3 R 2 R 1
1 C2 Steven Brewin 11.0 0.8 2.0 0.8 2.0 0.8 3.0 0.8 0.8 [3.0]
2 C2 Greg Goodall 25.6 3.0 0.8 4.0 4.0 3.0 0.8 [14.0] 4.0 6.0
3 Tiger
Robbie Lovig 31.8 7.0 5.0 3.0 [9.0] 5.0 5.0 4.0 2.0 0.8
4 Capricorn
Matt Homan 36.0 4.0 8.0 8.0 5.0 4.0 [13.0] 2.0 3.0 2.0
5 Edge
Brett Burvill 38.8 2.0 7.0 7.0 0.8 7.0 7.0 3.0 5.0 [9.0]
6 Infusion Michael Guinea 55.0 9.0 3.0 9.0 10.0 [11.0] 6.0 5.0 8.0 5.0
7 Infusion
Adam Beattie 66.0 15.0 22.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 4.0 9.0 9.0 [26]
8 Edge
Cara Lithgo 83.0 12.0 13.0 16.0 11.0 15.0 2.0 7.0 [16.0] 7.0
9 Infusion
Katie Pellew 84.0 8.0 4.0 14.0 8.0 13.0 11.0 [18.0] 14.0 12.0
10 Capricorn
Greg Wyers 87.0 14.0 14.0 [18.0] 7.0 12.0 9.0 12.0 6.0 13.0

F18 Australian Nats: Day 2

Photo Copyright: Andrea Francolini

Photo Copyright: Andrea Francolini

Photo Copyright: Andrea Francolini
Steve Brewin and Jack Benson dominating the fleet with four bullets.
AHPC has a top contender crew at next Worlds, as I went with Wilson-Lynch last year, for 2010 I bet with Brewin-Benson on their C2 for next title.
Robbie Lovig and Lachlan Gibson keep 2nd place on a Tiger... showing you can aspire high if you are a good sailor with a ten year design against the latest F18s on the market. Greg and Brett Goodall in 3rd place with their new C2.
The two Edges are in a good position for the final day in their debut.
Close racing for the top six, anything can happen tomorrow.
Photos by Andrea Francolini Photography www.afrancolini.com

Report from Brett Goodall - www.ahpc.com.au
"Conditions could not be much different than the day before, a soft 5 knots greeted us when we arrived at the venue. After rigging up and getting out to the course area it at built to a shifty and gusty 5 - 8 knots. Conditions were really tricky with some sold shifts near the top mark.
We managed to hook into a great gust on the 2nd downwind of the 4th heat and turn our 100meter lead into 700m and won that race by a good 4min. Steve Brewin on the other C2 must have paid attention and did the same thing to us all in the second race with us and Adam Beattie pushing each other all the way to the end for the minor placing. The 6th heat became a lottery where Steve decided to cover us and Matt Homan instead of Brett Burvill who snuck through for the win.
By the 7th heat the sea breeze had kicked in to give us a great 10 knots. Once again Steve took the win but had to watch the following 5 boats storm down on him in the dyeing meters. These 5 boats finished all within 10 seconds making for an exciting finish to the day. The first two days really give us confidence in our initial expectation for the C2 in any condition. Steve Brewins comments after day 2 “the boat is nice… real nice” with a cheeky smile that says a lot more than his words.

After the racing Darren Bundock and Carolijn Brouwer took the C2 for a blast and where impressed!!!! "

Full Results
Place Boat Skipper Sers Score R 7 R6 R5 R 4 R3 R 2 R 1
1 C2 Steven Brewin 8.2 0.8 2.0 0.8 3.0 0.8 0.8 [3.0]
2 Tiger Robbie Lovig 19.8 3.0 [9.0] 5.0 5.0 4.0 2.0 0.8
3 C2 Greg Goodall 21.8 4.0 4.0 3.0 0.8 [13.0] 4.0 6.0
4 Capricorn Matt Homan 24.0 8.0 5.0 4.0 [13.0] 2.0 3.0 2.0
5 Infusion Adam Beattie 29.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 4.0 9.0 9.0 [0C]
6 Edge Brett Burvill 29.8 7.0 0.8 7.0 7.0 3.0 5.0 [9.0]
7 Infusion Michael Guinea 43.0 9.0 10.0 [11.0] 6.0 5.0 8.0 5.0
8 Edge Cara Lithgo 57.0 [16.0] 11.0 15.0 2.0 7.0 15.0 7.0
9 Capricorn Greg Wyers 58.0 [18.0] 7.0 12.0 9.0 11.0 6.0 13.0
10 Infusion Mal Richardson 64.0 [21.0] 20.0 6.0 14.0 8.0 12.0 4.0

Jan 23, 2010

F18 Australian Nats: Photos by Andrea Francolini

Photo Copyright: Andrea Francolini - Windrsuh Edge

Photo Copyright: Andrea Francolini - AHPC C2s , Brewin leads on one

Photo Copyright: Andrea Francolini

Photo Copyright: Andrea Francolini

Photo Copyright: Andrea Francolini
1st class photography from Andrea Francolini, check speed motion and focus from 2nd pic.
Great racing for on the 1st day. Steve Brewin, hopefully with AHPC C2 too, will participate in next F18 Worlds, the Windrush team is going too.
The F18 is getting off scales.... and the Aussie fleet will have a strong team in 2010 with two brand new designs 100% CIC!!! Windrush Edge also use Landenberger sails.

Andrea Francolini Photography

F18 Aussie Nationals at Audi Week

Onsite Report sent by Grant Pellew -
"Entry list attached with boats that are here and the crews that I know.
Good things to note: there are 4 women skippers (Cara, Maggie, Leanne & Katie) and 2 brand new designs (C2 & Edge) Tough day on the water with the wind blowing a good 25kts from the South for all 3 races with some solid 30kt gusts.
Plenty of boats capsizing duing the races including Greg Goodall.
Quite a few of us were just in survival mode just trying to stay upright.
The races were 3 laps and took about 40mins each.
Steve Brewin was on a new C2.
Both the C2 & Edge had good and bad races.
As this fantastic rule shows time and time again, it is the people on the boat that make them quick.
Tomorrow we have 4 races and the wind should be 15-20kts from the S-SE. With the breeze a little lighter we should have some better tactical racing. Looking forward to it. "

Pendings pics from Andrea Francolini (he is going to send me some)
Full Results 26 Boats Competing
Organizers report on F18s

Place Sail No Skipper Sers Score Race 3 Race 2 Race 1Boat
1 AUS4 Steven Brewin 4.6 0.8 0.8 3.0 C2
2 2602 Robbie Lovig 6.8 4.0 2.0 0.8 Tiger
3 AUS41 Matt Homan 7.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 Capricorn
4 500 Brett Burvill 14.0 3.0 4.0 7.0 Edge
5 826 Michael Guinea 17.0 5.0 7.0 5.0 Infusion
6 1 Mal Richardson 21.0 7.0 10.0 4.0 Infusion
7 AUS101 Greg Wyers 26.0 10.0 5.0 11.0 Capricorn
8 501 Cara Lithgo 26.0 6.0 14.0 6.0 Edge
9 AUS111 James Ogilvie 27.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 Infusion
10 751 Katie Pellew 36.0 15.0 11.0 10.0 Infusion

Jan 21, 2010

33rd Americas Cup: Closer than ever...

Photo: George Johns/Alinghi
VetV is saying 29knots for USA 17 in 6 knots... !!! nice performance for BOR assuming they are seeking to race above the 15knots limit , as below they predict a better performance for A5

Alinghi sailing video

Impressive, massive performance, how hard is right now to tell who will be faster.
A5 is nose down in this video, compared with some of the 1st ones.
RC said yesterday they have advantage in high winds and A5 will win in calm weather...
The thing is SNG will limit to 15knots (at 60 meters above water, 11Knots at sea level), there´s no much margin for having regattas in both conditions...

USA 17 sails again

Photo Gilles Martin Raget

Jan 20, 2010

F18 The Edge: Stuart Bloomfield design

I Asked Stuart Bloomfield from Bloomfield Innovations to describe the main features of his firts F18 design, Windrush Edge
Windrush Yachts approached Bloomfield Innovation to design the hull for their new F-18 Edge at the end of September (2009). Bloomfield has been designing larger sailing and power cats for may years and was selected based on the performance, handling characteristics and track record of their offshore racing catamaran designs. In less than four months the boat has been designed, production moulds completed and the first two boats built and sailing; the boys have only had a few days sailing to set the boats up before driving all the way across the country (Australia - they are currently en route) to compete at the Nationals.

The most obvious features of the new design are the "Edge" or chine that extends the full length of the hull parallel to the waterline and the bow profile that is vertical below the "Edge" and raked aft above it. The basic hull shape is a development of the standard Bloomfield catamaran hull shape (left pic) that has a design heritage extending back half a century. Throughout the development of the design the boys at Windrush gave plenty of feedback, providing invaluable F-18 sailing experience, which helped guide the design. As with any design, the characteristics of the hull have been tailored to suit the specific use; in this case we have the advantage of movable ballast (crew weight) that we don't normally get with our larger designs, so the hull has characteristics built into it to enhance high and low speed performance dependent on the trim (which is controlled by crew weight) and sinkage on each hull (one hull only at high speed). Basically we have tried to minimise wetted surface area at low speed and maximise dynamic lift (planing) at high speed. The shape of the chines help at high speed and the rocker profile provides a balance of low speed performance and compliments the chines at high speed. The "Edge" chine has several functions: aesthetically it provides a distinctive look to the Windrush F-18; the aft section assists planing using the same principles as planing powerboat hulls; the forward section acts to reduce the wavemaking and wetted surface area by encouraging the water to separate from the hull at that point; it also helps damp out pitching motion in waves.

Thats the theory anyway! We are well aware of how competitive the F-18 field is and it is a big challenge to enter such a well developed class with so many big names pushing years of specialised development. Only time will tell, but early indications are very encouraging in a range of wind conditions.

Stuart Bloomfield ( www.catplans.com )

Jan 19, 2010

USA 17 - Sailing in Valencia

Photo: Gilles Martin Raget - 1st Sail Valencia

blabla wing damage, more time balbla... WING UP

Photo Gilles Martin Raget New Wing modification, check top, an extra pannel was mounted.

Photo Gilles Martin Raget

Photo Gilles Martin Raget
BOR team is amazing, beyond speculation they always deliver.

Jan 18, 2010

Tradewinds 2010

Photo by Cindy Cady www.racebook-us.com
Great racing at FL- Full report, pics and Resutls at Catsailor.com

New Aussie F18 closeup: Windrush EDGE

Photos by Stewart from Catsailor.com F18 forum

Photos by Stewart from Catsailor.com F18 forum

Photos by Stewart from Catsailor.com F18 forum

Jan 17, 2010

Little Wing

Video theme "Little Wing" by Stevie Ray Vaughan
No races down here during Jan & Feb, all people on vacations... although some took their F18s! Video sent from Punta del Este, Uruguay, January 2010.
Start fixing your agenda for January/Feb 2011, we are planning the 1st F18 South American at Punta del Este, you don´t wanna miss it, St Barts? Ok , nice palms, but down here no place can match our meat, wines and women I'll guarantee you that.

Jan 16, 2010

One more... F18

New Australian F18 from Windrush Yachts
1st impression with these preview pics is the similarity with current vice World Champ design from LodayWhite, the Shockwave.
Landenberger sails got the rig covered, nice volume so there you have a good start.
Lets see who will ride her at next Australian Nationals to have a more accurate perspective of this new design.

Jan 15, 2010

Alinghi 5 1st sail Valencia

As always, we can say anything against both teams delaying the Cup, the legal s... etc, however at least right now Alinghi is ready to race, CIC sails or not (although they have their quote of high bs too against BOR), Alinghi 5 is the finest catamaran ever built. BOR 90 is a fine super beast too, and the wing is impressive, but the swiss concept is more extreme, they just scaled up our F18/Tornados/F16s..
Who will win? tough call, I like BOR better as a team and how they adapted the Tri, but as a cat sailor Alinghi 5 is my favorite.

Photo: Luca Butto' / Alinghi

Photo: Luca Butto' / Alinghi

F18 Worlds 2010: Slots x country

191 Slots allocated, 10th Anniversary of the class and ten events after 1st Worlds in Erquy in 2000.
I don´t think a H16 Worlds "bring your boat" event could tops 200 participants, the F18 is clearly one of the most popular classes (multi or mono). New countries joins the class every year, the builders are offering several competitive options, rumors are we will see a brand new F18 in Australian Nats too.

International F18 Class Association - 2009 Memberships and 2010 Worlds allocated slots.xls
Members Slots=ent (members/10*1,4)+1

Country Members Slots
ARG F18 32 5
AUS F18 50 8
BEL F18 110 16
CAN F18 35 5
ESP F18 35 5
FIN F18 0 1
FRA F18 170 24
GBR F18 57 8
GER F18 139 20
HUN F18 21 3
IRL F18 21 3
ITA F18 134 19
LIT F18 0 1
NED F18 150 22
NOR F18 0 1
NZL F18 0 1
POL F18 10 2
SWE F18 43 7
US F18 71 10

1078 161

Hosting Nation 20


Total 191

*New National Associations are given 1 slot
**including 3 first top teams from the former Championship

Jan 14, 2010


and Oracle training match race techniques with the VX40s, I don´t think will be seeing any close racing between the BOR and Alinghi though, and with curent weather (is blowing team tents apart right now) not race at all...

Jan 10, 2010

Hobie Australian Championships 2010

Photos From Picturegraph Photography

Photos From Picturegraph Photography

Photos From Picturegraph Photography

Photos From Picturegraph Photography
Gavin Colby wins Australian H16 Nationals. More info at www.hobiecatnationals.com.au

From HobieClass.com Shauna McGee Kinney, Sunday, 3 January 2010
Gavin Colby returns to the top of the Australian National spotlight

After a five-year hiatus from major Hobie 16 competitions, Gavin Colby returns to the top of the Australian National spotlight. For the last three years, Gavin has been competing in only two regattas a year, because his career with Virgin Blue had quite literally taken-off, he’s a pilot for the airline.

The return to the West coast was a good move for Gavin. He’s been racing once a week at his old club, Nedlands Yacht Club, and putting in a consistent extra day of practice each week, between his work obligations. He makes the time for sailing and even held a skipper’s clinic for his fellow sailors in November.
Gavin’s crew, Sasha Marks, is an athlete who’d done many sports other than sailing like water skiing and competitive netball. She’s a flight attendant for Virgin Blue who knew Gavin through mutual friends. Sasha admits she was frightened the first time she went sailing with Gavin. After that one sail, she admitted she was OK with the rest of the racing.
Gavin explained his new sailing strategy as “just trying to have fun”. He added I do sometimes have bad finishes, like today when we were 19th out of a fleet of 47 boats. Finishing in the middle of the fleet hasn’t worried Gavin and he’ll be back on the course tomorrow, having fun with Sasha and Gavin at the front of the field.
Full Results HERE

P Sail No Skipper/Crew Total Nett
1 111965 Gavin Colby/Sasha Marks 46 23
2 111877 Darren Smith/Josie Mark 62 40
3 111918 Taylor Booth/Emma Sturgeon 82 52
4 112028 Peter Bates/Juliet Bates 104 66
5 111911 Cam Owen/Susan Ferris 128 67
6 112040 Mick Butler/Kendra Norton 118 86
7 111763 Adrian Fawcett/Jesse Dobie 150 112
8 111666 Chris Hancock/James Wierzbowski 177 116
9 111591 Gordon McGillvray/John McGillvray 189 118