Jan 31, 2011

AC45 Testing: Helmet time

Photo: Gillles Martin Raget - www.americascup.com

Photo: Gillles Martin Raget - www.americascup.com

Photo: Gillles Martin Raget - www.americascup.com
"Testing the limits" is the name of the folder containing these new pics from Gilles.
The X40s have a tendency to pitch in big winds/gusts, but the AC45 is a modern hull cat design by **edit* the Oracle Racing Team and should avoid somehow that extreme position.

Nevertheless the Wing adds more power, and with the crew being on the learning curve in strong winds we'll see actions shots like these very often.
Indeed this is what the organizers are looking for.
Check position of the crew left and in the 2nd pic.
**I've just received a mail from Mike Drummond,
Oracle Racing Team Design Director , pointing out that the AC45 was designed inhouse by them and not by MM as I wrote/thought.

Jan 30, 2011

Nacra F20 at Auckland: Macca's report

3 Nacra F20 at Auckland report By Andrew MacPherson
"Last week I flew to Auckland to set up 3 Nacra F20’s for an AC team, The idea is to use the boats as a training and testing platform for the team to get more adept at multihull sailing and the respective skills required.

I was assisted by the coach and two young match racing stars from NZ, the youngsters had already been match racing on F18’s in an effort to get up to speed with the new direction the AC is taking. The weather on the build day was pretty nasty, windy and raining… but by the next morning it had cleared up enough so we could take 2 boats out for a test run.

With a really light breeze forecast to die even more, we made the best of it while it lasted and had a good initial session with the guys getting used to the systems and how the boat felt. The coach and I sailed together and just as we were discussing the forecast of dying breeze… it did just that. So we made a call to the club and a rib came out to tow us in. I figured now was as good a time as any to show a little trick we learned with the boat under tow. We had both boats on different length lines and off we went, pretty soon I started to put the boards more and more down until the boat started to fly, and it really flies!! At one stage we only had 2ft at the back of the boat still touching the water, it’s a lot of fun but not something you should try at home…

Anyhow, the next day’s forecast looked much better so we ticked off a few of the jobs in the morning and went sailing in about 8-10kts breeze, You really couldn’t get the smile of the coach’s face all day. In fact when we were driving home he said his cheeks were sore from smiling all day!

It was really a magic day on the water, we were full power and able to set the boat up for high and low modes and did a lot of discussion and trials in changing modes and what feels right and whats not so good. Then as we were in the middle of sorting out some system tweaks we noticed the 45 was nearby, so like little school kids we thought it would be a good idea to check it out and see how fast we were.

Many of you have seen the video, but it was shot really at the end of our little lineup. We actually hung in there for a lot longer than I thought we would at one stage we even started moving forward a little bit but as you would expect from a boat more than twice the length it got through us and then as soon as they were bow forward we started to get effected by their breeze bubble and we fell in to leeward. For us it was very interesting to see that the angles and speed were not that different upwind. Sure the VMG on the 45 was better but the important thing is that the F20 is a relevant training tool. Particularly when you consider that we sailed the same angles downwind as the 45. But I have to say that the 45 was seriously fast downwind. I was shocked at the pace it had downhill.

On the final day we had an early start, partly because I had to fly out and also there was a cyclone approaching which was forecast to blow more than 45kts… So we made an early session in 25-30kts which was a real eye opener for the coach and upon returning after a solid but short sail we discovered that a lot of the team wanted to go sailing on the boats… but after checking the wind readings they changed plans and we packed to boats in preparation for the nasty weather.

So the first week of F20 sailing in Auckland went very well, the team are really happy with the boats and I suspect there will be some heated racing taking place over the next few weeks."

Jan 29, 2011

Hobie 16: Onboard video

By James Wierzbowski: I am the skipper, my crew is Pip Pietromonaco, we're both 19 years of age. We train 4-5 times a week and have sailed together for 10 months now but long time 16 sailors.

We finished 3rd youth at the 2010 world championships in China and are travelling to every hobie regatta in Australia this year and will do the South Pacific Championships in Fiji training for the 2011 nationals. Totally commited to our campaign with money being the only barrier at the moment and eagerly awaiting the selection of the 2016 olympic catamaran.

Jan 28, 2011

Nacra F20 vs AC45

Video frame. Check the vid filmed by The5More here

Macca told me the other day he was at Auckland setting up an F20 Carbon for the AC guys, I was waiting for his report to publish something, but he must be really busy showing off his 'baby' against the AC45.
Short but nice sequence of the F20 keeping the pace with the 45.

Get that F20 a wing and make it race against Eaton´s C-Class...

Jan 27, 2011

AC45: Coutts at the helm

Photos: Gilles Martin-Raget/Americascup.com
Like him or not (only people that lose against him can hate this guy...) 'The Boss' is the main responsible for the high exposure multihulls are experiencing since AC33. Alinghi decided not to participate in this cup, and sadly is their loss.

In the mainstream sailing coverage and promotion for catamarans, you have a huge milestone established by this guy.
As always the best talents are open minded, and no wonder why he is the best.
Any other in his position would stay with what he knows, not betting his prestige with some "beachcats".

Hat off to Russell Coutts, you need guts to push against the conservative and close minded sailing establishment, a change of guard of course is happening right now, and in some years the future 'old guys with suits' will recall their times racing fast, and catsailors will finally have the deserverd respect that the current old guard, on pure ignorance is denying to the multihull racing enthusiast all over the World.

Jan 26, 2011

AC34, Argo Challenge and Lars Grael

Press Release sent by Argo Challenge: Miami, Fla. Jan. 23, 2011--
The Argo Challenge announced its campaign to fund an international crew of disabled athletes in the America's Cup, the most prestigious competition in international yachting. The goal is to raise between $6 and $10 million by the March 31st deadline for entry fees. The America's Cup will be held in San Francisco in 2013 but the World Series begins in June.

Lynn Fitzpatrick, Argo Challenge communications & marketing director, made the announcement from Shake a Leg Miami, the host of three Paralympic sailing disciplines during the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta currently ongoing through January 29th.

"Let's change the notion of what is normal in what will be one of the most visible international sporting events for the next two and half years," she said.
"The world's best sailors will test their limits and we want to ensure that the Argo Challenge is there."
Photo: Keith Burhans, Christian Giannini, Lars Grael, Lynn Fitzpatrick, Niki Birrell and Jens Kroker celebrate Argo Challenge gathering at 2011 Rolex Miami OCR.

Lars Grael is a truly sailing legend: A f our time Olympian and double bronze medalist in the Tornado, now sails in the Star Class.
In September 1998, Lars suffered a serious accident in Vitória, Espírito Santo
, Brasil caused by the negligence of an irresponsible boat driver that left the boat propeller uncovered, which amputated one of his legs.
His brother Torben is current Volvo Ocean n#1 skipper, AC veteran and also holds several Olympic medals too.

Jan 24, 2011

F18 Australian Nats: Results

Photo: Lulu Roseman

Photo: Lulu Roseman

Photo: Lulu Roseman

Photo: Lulu Roseman

Photo: Lulu Roseman
Thanks to Lulu Roseman for the results and pics.
Click left image for full results.--
Darren Bundock couldn't defend AHPC colors this time, but the owners and designers were up to the task, Greg and Brett Goodall achieved a title that eluded them for years. To complete the party, Steve Brewin and Jack Benson were 2nd on a Capricorn.
The only change in the top 3 was the 3rd place for the rising star of the Australian cat scene, Jason Waterhouse sailing with Josh McKnight on a Hobie Wildcat.
Tough fight for that 3rd with four crews between the 45-46 nett point range.
First Windrush was Brett Burvill and Ryan Duffield.

The AHPC team will reach next worlds with a more solid experience and performance tuning on their C2s than last year, and with Bundy, Carolijn, Brewin and the Goodalls as the core team the Australian based cat company will put on a good show at Lake Balaton next July.
Till now no new F18 design has won on its first try...

More pics and winners talk at http://www.f18nationals2011.blogspot.com/

Jules Verne Trophy: BPV 169 Miles ahead of Groupama III reference time

www.voile.banquepopulaire.fr - 24/01/2011 - 5:00:00 p.m
After a second night at sea a little less agitated, the Maxi Banque Populaire V still cruise at high speed. 16hrs marks an advance of 169.2 miles on the reference time but the wind will gradually ease off in a few hours and will slow down the Maxi.
By Wednesday, the crew will have to negotiate a difficult passage around Cape Verde.
Meanwhile, on board, Pascal Bidégorry and his men take their marks in spite of living a little difficult given the sea conditions and humidity.

Record to beat
To become a record holder, the Maxi Banque Populaire V will be back no later than 11 March 2011 to 19 hours 55 minutes 37 seconds (Paris time).
Reference time
Groupama 3 (Franck Cammas) : 48j 7h 44min 52s Groupama 3 (Franck Cammas): 48j 7h 44min 52s
16h00 Advance / Retard 16:00
169.2 miles ahead of the reference time


F18 Australians Nats: Crown for the Goodalls

From f18nationals2011.blogspot.com--
"The father and son combo, Gregg and Brett Goodall who hail from Bendigo in Victoria have taken out the Australian F18 National Championships. Steve Brewin and Jack Benson (NSW) were the runners up followed by young guns Jason Waterhouse and Josh McKnight .

Adam Beashel and Grant Pellew jumped up to a respectable fourth place after getting a bullet in both the first and third race of the day."
No more info available yet

New Extreme Series Team lead by Roland Gaebler

From Extremseries.com ----
"The Extreme Sailing Series, welcomes the latest team to join the 2011 global circuit, taking the tally up to 11 world class teams. ‘Team Extreme’ will be skippered by experienced Olympic multihull sailor Roland Gaebler: “Together with our team we are proud to be part of this Series and we cannot wait to see the other legendary teams show up. We are very proud to sail with such great sailors”.

Using the platform of the Dusseldorf Boat Show, the world’s largest yacht and watersports trade fair, Gaebler made his announcement alongside Extreme Sailing Series ‘Official Clothing Supplier’ Marinepool, who this year celebrate their 20th anniversary.

One of the world’s most accomplished multihull sailors and International Tornado class president, Roland Gaebler is not new to the challenges of Extreme 40 racing. In 2009 he skippered the German Extreme 40 ‘Team Wirsol’ at the Kiel event and in 2010 Gaebler led the Hungarian team, Team Nokia Hungary.

Bruno Dubois (CAN) and Sebbe Godefroid (BEL) complete the core crew and the three have an impressive collective CV with 9 Olympic Games, 2 Olympic medals, 7 World Championship titles, 3 America’s Cups and 2 world sailing records between them. There will be no shortage of experience within Team Extreme! The fourth and final crewmember will come from each of the host nations, providing an opportunity for that country to showcase their best national or local sailing talent.Gaebler’s team have not yet sailed an Extreme 40 together despite all having been involved in the circuit since its inception in 2007: “We’re starting from the beginning with this project so we don’t have expectations on the results initially,” said Gaebler. “We will give it our best and see what happens, and we will have a lot of fun with this great boat. We love to sail and ‘fly’! We will sail with great passion and the results will, hopefully, reflect this. We are planning an intensive training session in Oman to build up and synchronize our team. With Bruno Dubois and Sebbe Godefroid I have great sailors at my side and some great events with amazing boats are waiting for us”.

Jan 23, 2011

F18 Australian Nationals: Day 2

The Goodalls on their own C2 design are leading the highly competitive Australian Nationals, 36 entries shows a good growth for the local fleet.
2nd place for Jason Waterhouse-Josh McKnight on one of the Wildcats recentrly arrived to Australia , and 3rd for A-Class guns Steve Brewin-Jack Benson on a Capricorn(? This pioneer wave piercing F18 seems to stand firm against the newest designs)
P F18 Skipper
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 T N
1 C2 Greg Goodall Brett Goodall -13 1 2 5 1 5 1 1 6 35 22
2 WildCat Jason Waterhouse Josh McKnight 10 7 1 1 -21 1 7 3 2 53 32
3 Capricorn Steve Brewin Jack Benson 4 3 3 6 4 6 8 (34 3 71 37

For full results click image below:

Jan 20, 2011

BeachCat Atlantic Crossing: Biondina Nera capsizes, crew OK

Glad to know the crew is doing well.--- http://www.matteomiceli.com/: Our brave skippers tried hard to set Biondina Nera in position again , the score was immaculate but the catamaran capsized and broke the mast. 30 knt of gusty winds and 8' waves are no joke ! A ship is on its way to collect our seamen whose morale is high and are doing well.

Jan 19, 2011

AC34: Get used to it

Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget

Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
By CSN...
'Rumors' of a mono match race cup going on with some teams that are not participating yet in this Cup. With due respect I must say they can´t be such losers.
Prior to the last Cup the same guys were laughing at the choice of Multihulls by Oracle as Bertarelli had vast exerience on cats, they also laughed at the Tri design as being quite standard and non innovative.

Which was the advantage that BOR had previous that Cup? Which was the experience James Spithill on Multis?
The Wing: it was a huge bet, guts and hard work were the key for their success.

So now challengers and dinosaurs sailors alike are complaining of the advantage for Oracle on cats & wings, but the organization is providing a 'test' boat for each challenger to take advantage over their own design team from the start, do you see any other organization doing the same?

Alinghi did a great job, already said it here many times, and with their A5, they set lots of new designs trends-
They are the team we need to complete this high performance and extreme F1 style sail race.

Any doubt on boat selection by EB if Alinghi would have won? Catamarans for sure.
So Relax and enjoy, multis are here to stay as the team winning next cup will race again on them- (infinite loop)

AC45 Sail test II: 25knots

Jan 17, 2011

Winged AC45 Video

Yes, you're right, go back to monos....pfffffffffffff

Australian F18 Nationals

Photo Copyright: Teri Dodds
By James Ogilvie
Less than a week to go for the Joint Australian F18 and F16 Nationals at Gosford Sailing Club.

New boats hitting the water prior to this years Nationals in all states and we are expecting up to 40 Formula 18's and 14 Formula 16's. Over the past 12 months Australia has seen a large growth in the Formula class and this year looks to be nothing short of spectacular. New "Edges" from Windrush, more AHPC C2's launchs , Nacra Infusions with skinny boards and finally some Hobie Wild Cats coming to Aus to play.

Updates and photos will be posted at the following links daily,

Jan 16, 2011

AC45: 1st Test Sail

Photo Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com

Photo Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com

Photo Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com

Photo Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com

Photo Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com

Photo Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com
If Dennis Conner's Stars&Stripes winged cat was a milestone in catsailing, and Alinghi the breaktrough for big performance cats, the AC 45 Class is the epitome of catamaran racing to date (lets wait also for the AC72 and their more complex 3 section Wings and other hi-tech features..)

The C-Class guys like Steve Clark , Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke should be proud of their work too, that has lead the Wing technology for years and now they are seeing their huge contribution going mainstream.
Reading some history on the AC, you'll agree that tehnology was a key part of the old days, so detractors of speed and performance should stay put, as the AC sailboat applied tech pioneers must be smiling up there...

LOA: 44.13’ (13.45m)
BEAM:22.6’ (6.9m)
DSPL:1,400 kg
Mast Height:70.5’ (21.5m)
Sail Area:1430 sq’ (133 sqm) (up w/main & gennaker),
2,259 sq’ 210 (sqm) (dwn w/main & reacher)


1st AC45 Launched!

Photo Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com

Photo Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com

Jan 14, 2011

Hong Kong F18: 2011 Class Championships

The newly formed Hong Kong Formula 18 Class is celebrating its birth with their first official regatta on January 15-16 2011.
Please check their website for more info http://web.me.com/brendadavies/HKF18/2011_Class_Champs.html

Jan 12, 2011

1st AC45 takes form

Author: Gilles Martin-Raget

Ivor Wilkins/www.americascup.com

Author: Gilles Martin-Raget

Author: Gilles Martin-Raget

Author: Gilles Martin-Raget

F18 Australian Nationals 2010: January 21-24

Photo: Andrea Francolini
Info sent by Leanne Gould - NOR here
"Hi Everyone, It is just over a week until the F18 Nationals at Gosford Sailing Club. At this stage we have 26 entries and the numbers are growing. We have extended the deadline for registration until Wed 19th Jan. You must register online before the regatta. Any late entries will be charged a $50 late fee on top of the other race fees.

The full NOR is attached with all the race details. The $280 regatta fee is to be paid on Friday 21st Jan. Cash or cheque please but we have NO CREDIT CARD facilities. All competitors need to be members of the Australian F18 association .
The paperwork needs to be done online on the website and pay on Friday 21st at the club. $90 full membership for skippers and $50 associate membership for crew. All sailors need to be YA members and boats need to be fully insured. On race weekend we can except cash or cheque or even direct debit but no credit cards.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Gosford Leanne Gould

Jan 10, 2011

Formula 16 Australian Nationals, January 21-24

New Australian F16 from Phil Brander: The Razor
The 3rd Australian F16 Catamaran Nationals Notice of Race has just been published.The event will be run in conjunction with the Australian F18 Catamaran Nationals Championships from 21st to 24th JANUARY 2011 at the Gosford Sailing Club, NSW.
More info at http://aus-f16.blogspot.com/

Download a copy of the NOR here and nominate for the event at http://www.ausf18.org.au/ENTRY/ENTRY.html.

Marstrom 20: Curved Upgrade for usa1

Bret Moss and John Casey won the Steeplechase Long Distance Race. Curved boards are making their way as a default feature for high performance cats.
Below feedback
sent by Marstrom staff on Bret's M20, now equipped with curved boards. More on JC's web www.johncaseyworldwide.com
What’s your general feeling of the M-20 design
Bret: The M-20 has shown to be a very capable platform in a variety of conditions. Forward reserve buoyancy is always good to have, and the increased stiffness gives good feedback to the helm.
John: Light, stiff and durable. Moving the M20 around on the beach is unbelievably easy due to its weight. However, when I started sailing the boat the stiffness is most impressive. Racking is the biggest problem with modern beachcat designs, but with the M20, the bows stay locked in and there is no twisting of the platform. Extremely light yet extremely stiff. I think you can't go wrong with that! The platform materials are so dense and stiff that I could not only hear the waves hitting the hull, but felt them in my feet!

The fact that the M20 floats above the water instead of trying to penetrate the water makes a difference in keeping the boat in the groove. The M20 likes to turn on the foil. In most newer designs the bow goes too deep in the water and the hull wants to drive straight instead of allowing the driver to turn the boat to achieve proper sailing angle. This difference is very noticeable in the design.

You have sailed the M-20 both with the straight boards and then changed to the curved foils. Can you please tell us the effect of the change
John: Stability. When we sailed the boat on it's lines the fore/aft pitching was very much less than with the straight boards. I would equate the feel to a luxury car ride with a Ferrari engine. The platform has more acceleration with less heel than the straight boards. The hull rises out of the water with less wind, but it slowly flies to a certain height and is easy to control with much more response to cunningham and sail trim. The boat doesn't 'trip' over the foil nearly as much.

Downwind, when the power comes into the boat, since there is less pitching, the boat stays on it's lines instead of the bow sticking into the water. It is easier to get into the proper sailing angle, which equates to less rudder movement which equals more speed and a deeper angle. Even though the original design has plenty of forward buoyancy, the curved foils give an effect in this aspect as well.

The biggest difference in sailing the boat with the curved foils is balancing the forces on the foil. With straight foils the boat is sailed in a more bow down configuration, but with the curved foils we sailed the boat at the proper angle for the horizontal part of the foil to achieve the most lift with the least amount of drag.
Bret: The M-20 was always fun to sail , but the curved foils have made the boat really come on balance. There is the effect of minimized surface to hull reaction, as some load is now carried on the foils. An added positive effect is the boat steers a little easier and the sweet spot range is improved. The new foils allow us to clear weeds while still staying strapped in to the pressure.

We also like the look very cool after years of straight boards.

Moth vs Foiling Cats

ETH HyRaii Foiling Cat - Students project

Photo: Thierry Martinez - Moth Worlds 2011

ETH HyRaii Foiling Cat -

Whites Dragons Project
Moths are well advanced in their foiling capabilities to course racing , beachcats are in the development stage. Although the Hydroptere is the fastes sailboat around, and the SYZ project is still on, the idea here is to provide a simpler solution, Moth style, to make foiling cats work for racing.
Fischer is still woking on his flying A-Cat, so we'll have to wait for a solid and proven solution to even start thinking in challenging the stablished Moths.

The students at ETH made a different approach than Whites Dragons with a single foiling rudder
ETH foiling cat project: hyraii.ethz.ch
ETH flying Video

Whites Dragons Project
Moth Worlds 2011