Jun 28, 2012

A-Class Europeans 2012: Andrew Landenberger 1st

All images All Photos Roberto Vuilleumier /Promovideo.tv | 600 Images Here Selected Gallery at CSN FCBK
--Landy is Back. An excellent championship for him after being out for a while without even being able to walk! Great event for the A-Class Association too, organized by Circolo Vela Arco. The top three were close, Chris Field only lost his chances on race 8, and Brad suffered a collision that left him out for the last 3. He was finally re dressed and ended 3rd, leaving Scott Anderson 4th after 3 last consecutive 2nd places.

As per the reports they had the full range of winds, so it was a truly competitive event with Landy performing   in every condition.
In the final races bullets for Ben Moon and Brewin that peaked early, maybe getting used to his new mast.
Mischa Heemskerk only lacked consistency as he managed several top ten results. I think some A sailors need to return favors and participate on the F18 too making sinergy between both classes.

AC45s @Newport: Day 1

"Live" transmission was not good, you had a delay fleet race while they were racing the matches and at the same time they were reporting Live in Twitter MR results, 2 minutes later they broadcast those same duels, worth little to watch being informed of their results minutes ago beyond some good action going.

Match Racing SemiFinals Schedule:
ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill vs Artemis Racing
ORACLE TEAM USA Coutts vs Luna Rossa Piranha

Fleet Race One, Provisional Results:
3. Luna Rossa Piranha
4. Artemis Racing
5. Energy Team
6. Emirates Team New Zealand
7. Luna Rossa Swordfish
8. Team Korea

AC45s @Newport: Dean's Touch & Go...

Sequence Guilain Grenier - Click for hq.

A-Class Europeans @Garda: Day 4, Landy secures lead with 1 to spare

All images All Photos Roberto Vuilleumier / Promovideo.tv | 600 Images Here

1st Dervio Team Race: June 30, 2012

A new format that is catching up some popularity, initiated by Mischa de Munck. Now Lamberto Cesari is organizing one at home. --- 
30th of June. Dervio Teamrace to raise founding for the damage of the earthquake in Emilia,Italy  last month.

Same format of the Bolster Knockout, and we are developing Sailing instructions together with ISAF umpires. The goal is to develop an official "format" for F18 Teamraces.
Among the partecipants Vittorio Bissaro, Silvia Sicouri, Vincenzo Sorrentino (former Tornado sailor).

Jun 27, 2012

Raid Revenge 2012: Report & Images

All Photos by Love Strandell This Raid is getting bigger every year, and the Nordic Archipelago scenery is just too good to give it a try.
Report by Petter Karlberg
Raid Revenge 2012, 3rd Ed, another success. raidrevenge.com
This year's Raid Revenge offered a more than all-star line-up and far exceeded our expectations.
Last in and with only a week to the start, Darren Bundock, reigning F18 World Champion with Jeroen van Leeuwen (and reigning Raid Revenge champions), got a gap in his America's Cup schedule and was keen to participate again. This added to our already surreal line-up which also included the current world two team of Mischa Heemskerk and Bastian Tentij.

World champion in the Tornado Lordanis `Dani´ Paschalidis participated for the second consecutive year with Swede Gustaf Dyrsen. When I told Dani that it was great that he had come back again I got the answer with a warm voice, "Petter... I will always come to Raid Revenge as long as it exists".

Carolijn Brouwer sailed with our beloved bearded `Raid Uncle´ Thomas Ekefalk (reigning Swedish Champion with Magnus Lövdén). Carolijn has competed in three Olympic Games, sailed the Volvo Ocean Race and recently made history when she became the first women to win Round Texel (35th Edition).

Our neighbours in Norway were well represented by Nordic Champion & Olympic medalist Ole-Petter Pollen who sailed with Paul Kirkebø.

The weekend offered ideal conditions with good breezes by day and fine sunny evenings for dinners, relaxation and saunas. We could not have asked for more as the overall feeling was great when we arrived in port on Sunday after the 150-200 nautical miles over the three days and 21 hours solid racing in the beautiful Stockholm archipelago!

Day 1:
The start on Friday was scheduled for 10:30 but was delayed by one hour while waiting for the wind.
But the wind came and built up to become a steady and smooth double trapezing all the way down to Rånö, this year's base camp.
During our progress so we got an unexpected obstacle on the course, a submarine that seemed less thrilled to get 25 F18’s tacking back and fourth around him. But we appreciated the meeting, except that it was a little in the way perhaps..
Tim Shuwalow with Charlie Begemann nailed both of Friday's stages and I think the term `underdog´ could be used in the context of a very formidable line-up to say the least. We know that Tim is faster than the wind normally, and accompanied by Charlie (3rd at Dutch Open 2012) proved to be faster than both the top 2 in the world and various Olympic medalists as well.
Once at the Rånö there was a great BBQ dinner and `bar´ and the beautiful evening was enjoyed with good friends. A perfect start to a perfect weekend.

Day 2:
Saturday started with wind and rain, grey skies continued with a steady 12-16 knots – simply super raid conditions.
Mysingen offered good waves and comfortable surfing conditions, wonderful!
The big challenge was a shortcut that most could not resist and unfortunately ended with 10 daggerboards and a boat being broken which unfortunately had to retire from the race after their dagger boards went back into the hull .

FIN 36 with Mikko and Matti Nieminen got help to get their boat to the mainland and later joined everyone again in the evening for dinner and excitedly said "we'll be back next year, without a doubt"!
After a lunch stop on the water at Nynäshamn the second leg of the day got underway with the first of only two waypoints to north of Muskö.

With special permission for the international teams to enter a passage categorized as military zone past the Muskö Navy Base there was a tricky choice - either a far shorter inshore route past past the base or the longer leg out on Mysingen in stronger undisturbed wind.

Robert Albinsson, my dear soulmate and crew and I chose the outer road and it was a fabulous long lovely reach with daggerboards howling in all different octaves, standing on the back double trapezing with more than 20 knots speed at times with increasingly difficult waves that added a little extra adrenaline to the experience.

When hanging off the back of the boat in trapeze flying and everything just howling I was struck that there is a very special sense of well being and you feel that you’re really living 100% in the present, a super boost for the soul, the meaning of life..
It turned out that the longer leg was the fastest, and I suspect that it was the most fun choice too!
Saturday's first leg was nailed again by Tim and Charlie and the 2nd leg by Darren and Jeroen.

The position at the top leaderboard after Day 2 was:
Tim Shuwalow / Charlie Begemann 7 points (with 3 bullets from 4 races!)
Darren Bundock / Jeroen van Leeuwen 9 points
Carolijn Brouwer / Thomas Ekefalk 14 points
Mischa Heemskerk / Bastiaan Tentij 16 points

Once in port again some teams set to work repairing clipped dagger boards and various other things.
After the work was done it was time for a sauna in the beautiful setting sun and a well deserved beer, total harmony, happiness, and then a very welcome dinner enjoyed whole heartedly by all. According to information the happy sailors consumed over 30 kilos of meat, about half a kilo per person!

They were all pretty worn out but very happy and satisfied after today's demanding conditions so the evening was quiet for most people as it was a priority to rest and gather strength for Sunday's strong wind forecast. It emerged during Saturday evening that winds were to be 22-28 knots and increasing to 16-30 and it felt like maybe we could be blown away.

Day 3:
On Sunday morning the wind reports were reduced to moderate wind and it looked like it might break up and be sunny later in the day with a little more pressure, like a dream!
In fog and what turned out to be light wind we started and the field spread out all over Mysningen pretty quickly with everyone seeking more pressure.

Sailing close to the left on the edge of Muskö proved to be beneficial and the boats that did started to pull away. We felt it was pretty hard to be on the right at the time, in less pressure and it was a long way over there and the leaders began to disappear off into the fog.

Once over to the `right´ side and with 200% focus we began to advance in the field to our great joy.
Incidentally, at one point in the past I did a week’s training with Helge Sachs (GER), because I thought I would try to improve my sailing skills. What I remember the most from the week was Helge's rock-hard German urging, “Petter! YOU ARE NOT focusing!” For the first time in recent years, I felt that I really focused

WITHOUT having the voice of Helge speaking in my head!
After that we sailed around the southern end of Ornö and the wind picked up so we found ourselves again on a lovely long reach with howling dagger boards to the first stage finish.

During a short lunch break the wind increased slowly but surely picked up and started giving me a little nervous feeling thinking that Saturday's forecast might come true with 26-30, not so much fun and survival sailing.
Just before the start of the 2nd leg the breeze was really strong with small waves building. At least one boat was knocked over on the way down to the starting line and I thought now the key to success is just to stay upright!

But the wind dropped down a bit and it was a super cool long upwind all the way to Saltsjöbaden and the conclusion of our adventure. Once at the finish we all got a warm reception by the happy fans and groupies on the pier, whistles, hand clapping and cheering.
Wow what a weekend!
Tim Shuwalow and Charlie Begemann sailed fantastically consistent and took the victory by a small margin of one point over last year's winners of Raid Revenge, Darren Bundock and Jeroen van Leeuwen.

CONGRATULATIONS to Tim and Charlie, who can now enjoy the great honor and claim of having the prize of a gold Buddha Frog on display. Take good care of it, for now I think stocks are exhausted and we may have to come up with a new prize for next year!
Petter Karlberg

SWE 777

A-Class Europeans @Circolo Vela Arco: Day 3

All images All Photos Roberto Vuilleumier / Promovideo.tv | 600 Images Here

Jun 26, 2012

AC45 Youth Team from Argentina

I always like how the old guard and naysayers get frustrated when they try to debunk natural evolution like cats in the Americas Cup:  "Coutts this , Coutts that", "Cats can´t Match Race", "What whapened with the Youth AC", "Paint is faster"... (ah no that's from other old and non informed guard), "Development kills a class" (Tell that to the 100 sailors at Circolo Vela Arco racing the 2012 Europeans) and  blalbalblabla...

Jun 25, 2012

A-Class Europeans: Day 2

Images by Roberto Vuilleumier / Promovideo.tv

One race completed only today. Landy still leads with another bullet. Great event just looking at the pics. Hey, watch out, as if this class catch up in Arg we will travel en masse! Where is 2013 Worlds?

Equipment analysis is futeless, forget about it, as a Landy told me, there is too much combo around, so the class proving once more that the latest toy wont get you anywhere if you are not up to the highest racing level  of this 100 boat fleet.
I'm wondering why Thilo wants a wing...??? He is third right now and some little bird told me with an old used sail. Oracle design team member, Mike Drummond also racing well (Coutts is calling him for the AC45s?).  When people are going to throw their Lasers away? These machines are simply too good to not be riding one. Congrats to the class for the continuous good work, 100 boats at an European in these times is quite an achievement in this high tech development class.

Some girls also racing. I guess this class in the future in Europe will hold +150 Worlds event like the F18.

1st class pictures by Roberto Vuilleumier/Promovideo.tv  371 Images at http://www.slidebox.it/CircoloVelaArco/Europeo-Classe-A/  
Results and info at www.acateuro2012.ch
Selected pics at Catsailingnews FCBK.

Full Resutls after Day 2 http://www.acateuro2012.ch/dp/sites/default/files/a-class_day_2.pdf

No Sailno
Tot 1 3 3
2 GBR 7 FIELD CHRIS, 10 2 3 5
3 GER 45 KELLER THILO, 23 5 6 12
4 ESP 11 CALAVIA MANUEL, 24 4 17 3
5 AUS 10 COLLETT BRAD, 26 15 5 6
6 GER 14 BAIER BOB, 32 6 10 16
7 AUS 4 BREWIN STEVEN, 32 10 12 10
8 AUS 902 ANDERSON SCOTT, 35 1 14 20
9 NZL 945 DRUMMOND MIKE, 36 24 8 4
10 GER 12 BEIKE DONALD, 41 19 20 2

AC45 Airborne: More images by Guilain Grenier

All Photos Guilain Grenier - Click to enlarge.

F18 Worlds 2012 @Long Beach: Are you Ready?

I don´t know about you, but the ABYC, John Williams along  US and ARG teams are ready, 11 (!?) Argentine teams confirmed and registered... Speaking of commitment, supporting and caring for the Class major events.
To compare, current A-Class Europeans: 100 Boats, F18 2011 Worlds 100 boats.
On International Class matters you'd better think global. Manage your local class affairs at will. In 2016 I think we will hold the Worlds in Buenos Aires.

AC45 Airborne: Ehhh.... Excuse me?????

OK....... http://www.voilesetvoiliers.com/popup/34e-coupe-de-l-america-s-cup-san-francisco-scoop-l-ac45-d-oracle-a-chausse-des-foils/ Photo: Giulain Grenier / Oracle Team USA.

Link sent by Thibault Laudren. We've seen the previous non flying pics and the Viper flying video: http://www.catsailingnews.com/2012/02/ac45s-ahpc-airborne-lfoils.html, but this image is too strong. It's different from an Hydroptere one or any other high complex setup, as we can relate to it, even a small beachcat like the Viper used it, so it is technology at hand. Incredible how stable it looks. Wait for more news on another Flying project soon.....
Check the T foil rudder on the windward side. Right there lies the control and how stable the platform looks.

A-Class: 100 boats @Europeans: Day 1

Photo: Dominik Scheurer. Landy is back after some time on land due to a horse accident in Australia. But now it seems he is riding no problem his Scheurer and his new membrane Maxx mainsail. (to confirm as he was training with several different equipment)
A-Class a mini Worlds, 100 boats limited, yep the class is on crisis...............
Chris Field is racing a Catamaranparts.nl Vision.
Thilo is riding the Wing? So much tobeinformed,  someone should make a report! No pics or additional report available yet:www.acateuro2012.ch/

Full Results http://www.acateuro2012.ch/dp/sites/default/files/files/a-class_day_1.pdf

No Sailno
Tot 1 2
2 GBR 7 FIELD CHRIS, 5 2 3
4 GER 45 KELLER THILO, 11 5 6
5 AUS 902 ANDERSON SCOTT, 15 1 14
6 GER 14 BAIER BOB, 16 6 10
7 AUS 10 COLLETT BRAD, 20 15 5
8 ESP 11 CALAVIA MANUEL, 21 4 17
9 AUS 4 BREWIN STEVEN, 22 10 12
10 USA 11 MOON BEN, 24 11 13

Jun 22, 2012

Hobie 16 North Americans 2012 for Enrique Figueroa

Photos Pressure-drop.us / hcana
Left Quique Figueroa concentrated ... on the AC45! while winning with 10 bullets, this is an instant classic.
More info and pics Hobie Class North America

AC45s Training @Newport

 All Photos. Gilles Martin Raget

Spanish Long Distance Cup 2012

Sent by Adecat--  More info at Catassur.com

Jun 20, 2012

A-Class: Europeans 2012 @Garda, June 22-29

Above, 2012 German Nats movie Produced by Catarina Jentzsch and filmed by Johannes Obermaier, who made the very best sailing short I've seen for the 2011 edition :  http://www.catsailingnews.com/2011/10/class-german-nats-short-film.html
Lake Garda - Arco, June 22nd – 29th 2012

Lets see if Thilo test his wing, Landy will be racing his Membrane main as he is walking again it seems after some accident in Australia.
Top European rider Bob Baier, riding a Nikita, the timeless 2001 design by Nils Bunkenburg, and the 2011 World Champ Steve Brewin will also be there. 100 boats and limited??? Make two fleets guys! Full list at www.acateuro2012.ch/dp/node/21

Jun 18, 2012

CSN Interview: Carolijn Brouwer

Photo: Astrid Van der Niet.
I'm trying to figure out which other classes have girls like Carolijn racing 1 on 1 against the elite boys, and I can´t recall a single one. This speaks highly on her but also on the versatility needed to race multihulls, brute force or the supposed superior physical edge for men are not enough, you need finesse to ride multis, and Carolijn is one of our best riders and promoters along Nahid Gaebler, Celine Van Dooren, Audrey Ogerau and all the girls involved in the catracing scene, from H16 to the F20.
Beyond her Olympic Tornado campaign, Winning the Texel was a great achievement,and I also put her as my choice for winning the 2012 Worlds at LA some weeks ago.Needless to say that if she goes to Rio many might be already racing for silver? I can only add that we must expect even more from her in the future.

Texel 2012
- How was winning the Texel for the first time, and in the process marking history for girls at the event.
Carolijn Brouwer:It was an amazing and special day in lots of ways. First of all, a big thank you goes out to the organisation of the event. To postpone the event from Saturday to Sunday was a huge task but they did it and made it happen...impressive.

Jun 17, 2012

Bol d'Or 2012

Photos Chris Schmid / LadyCat / Artemis / boldormirabaud.com

Not much info available and no record as Alinghi had last year, although is interesting to see how part of Energy Team is racing with LadyCat... Alinghi and Artemis racing the Boldor and the D35 circuit. Last event was won by LadyCat. Photos: Chris Schmid. i bet on an Energy Team funded in the background by the Bertarelli family.

Also I can´t believe how much money and effort are being invested in building "fast" monohulls.

Fast and effcient monohulls are the Volvo Ocean Race ones, those are hardcore boats and sailors...but these foiler and trap monohulls lake racers performance attemps are oxymorons... just invest in building multihulls , you'll get the speed you are looking for in a wider range of conditions.

Monohull images by More info at boldormirabaud.com
Order Time Race Number Sail Boat Helmsman Class
1 10:52:28 907 SUI 7 Realstone Sailing CLERC M1
2 10:59:26 903 SUI 3 de Rham Sotheby's Cardis M1
3 11:37:05 904 SUI 4 Zen Too LE PEUTREC M1
4 11:41:31 901 SUI 1 Alinghi 1 Bertarelli M1
5 11:49:24 910 SUI 10 Ladycat Bertarelli M1
6 11:49:48 908 SUI 8 Romandie.com MOURA M1
8 12:08:59 902 SUI 2 Okalys-Corum Grange M1
9 12:25:21 921 SUI 10 KSR PFISTER M2
10 12:31:42 934 SUI 17 Team Tilt SCHNEITER M2

GT300 Raid for John Casey & Dalton Tebo

www.gt300.com20 hours of racing in four stages at the last of  the main coastal events in USA after the Worrell and the Tybee 500 were gone. But the GT300 is holding strong after 10 years.
Photos Steve Piche / GT300.com
Image Gallery here. - Legs results here
Read their report below:

PBoat NameHelmCrewCBoatRtgElapsedCorrectedBCE
1CIRRUS R USACASEYTEBOF18CIRRUS.62420:46:061:9:16:5700:00:00
22WIRESAILINGTOMKOBILLINGSF18AHPC C2.62421:18:231:10:08:4100:32:17
3SAILBOAT SHOPROHRERHOLTF18TIGER.62422:36:271:12:13:4801:50:21


GT 300 - Last Leg Top 10 List -  www.gt300.com
Ten years of sailing the Great Texas and I officially declare yesterday’s leg the craziest ever! So, we have lots to cover in this top 10 list. Enjoy!

1. Pressure Outside: So how did John Casey pull off the big win yesterday? After we got out on the course, we had pretty good wind for a spin reaching at first but it only lasted about 10 minutes. When it died down, JC saw Lee Wicklund running good speed a little further out. He also saw a cell up in front and offshore. He decided to head out and get in the pressure with Lee and head for the cell. John was closer to the shore and ahead but got trapped on-shore with the light wind and could not match JC’s move. JC, Lee and Mike Rohrer got hooked up in the pressure outside and rode it to a big lead as everyone else dogged it in light wind.

Jun 14, 2012

Raid at Texas, GT300: Day 2

Great work for the GT300 crew and Jeremy Leonard on broadcasting Live from the beach. I saw it yesterday and the quality was pretty good, specially sound.
Fight at the top between Tomko/Billings and Casey/Tebo after 2 stages.
All photos by Jeremy Leonard / SurfCityRacing
More pics at CSN Facebook
Check it Live every day at GT300.com

12WIRESAILINGTOMKOBILLINGSF18AHPC C2.62411:33:0418:30:4100:00:00
2CIRRUS R USACASEYDALTONF18CIRRUS.62411:41:0218:43:2700:07:58
5SAILBOAT SHOPROHRERHOLTF18TIGER.62412:45:1820:26:2701:12:14
8YO BABY!GALWAYATWOODF18TIGER.62414.32.0723.17.372.59.03

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