Sep 30, 2012

Young Americas Cup: Flying Dutchies

With that team name and seeing the actual members, there was not much to add to the title. If the French teams already had some talent and now they even have joined both groups,  these Dutch youths have some pedigree on the big leagues. Among other titles Thijs Visser is F18 World Champ and Charlie Begemann was crowned Vice F18 Champ at LA weeks ago. Combined with some teen talents like Jolbert van Dijk plus the rest of the team, that include some 49er sailors I think they are forming a nice diversified group.

We met in LA for the F18 Worlds and we made a recorded interview. They seem very focused, beyond their sailing abilities they gathered a very professional scheduled plan. People like Darren Bundock, Carolijn Brouwer and Pim Nieuwenhuis are giving them some key support too.
They will be on the Youth finals.... in some years we might see them on the LV too.
Flying Dutchies Team Members
- Thijs Visser
- Karel Begemann
- Remy Oomens
- Bart de Haan
- Marcel Ceelen
- Pieter Van Notten
- Franck de Waard
- Jolbert van Dijk
- Olivier Witeeven
Interview made at Long Beach--
CSN: How did you guys got together, how the project started?

FDTeam: Charlie was in Venice when they announced the Youth AC, and when he came back he talked with Thijs about the project and what we could do about it.

Sep 27, 2012

US Multihull Championship 2012: Hobie Alter Trophy, Nov 15-18

Sent by Mark Townsend-- Alter Cup 2012
November 15- 18, 2012
Pensacola Beach Yacht Club
Pensacola Beach, FL

US Sailing would like to remind all the competitors that the US Multihull Championship is open to any sailor.  They have changed to an open format, in part to increase the level of competition at this event but also to make it more accessible. While only an American citizen or permanent resident can win the title, anyone can win the championship itself.  It will take place  November 15-18, 2012 at Pensacola Beach Yacht Club, Pensacola Beach , FL  in F16s.

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Tornado Worlds Video

Mondiali Tornado Torbole 2012 from Roberto Vuilleumier_Promovideo on Vimeo.
Jasper: We need one of these for next F18 Worlds

Sep 25, 2012

Windsurf Session at St Malo by Eric Bellande

Like Jasper was key at Long Beach, Eric Bellande was the man at Erquy 2010. Eric follows the PWA and windsurfing in gral and by chance he was on Erquy and we got him on the water.

Sep 24, 2012

F18 Dutch Nats for rising Stars Zeekant-Begemann

They didn´t won at LA, but I was close (2). Now Oskar Zeekant & Charlie simply dominated the 2012 Dutch Nats. Heemskerk-Tentij 2nd, Geijssen/ Van Asselt 3rd, watch them closely too.. Pics Rob Bossink & Jasper Van Staveren from LA. Full Results Here

Sep 23, 2012

Olympic Cat Rio 2016: Nacra 17 Test by Silvia Sicouri & Lamberto Cesari

A truly professional made review that Silvia and Lamberto made for and Vela e Motore.
With the T out of the race, I was glad we had some new toys to choose from. Going from and idea/cad to win a selection event in such a short time is quite an achievement for Nacra & Morrelli & Melvin.

Seeing in this video how sensitive the boat is, on being so light but with the powerfull F18 platform/rig as a starting base plus carbon mast and curved daggers, confirms what I thought when I knew, and later wrote, about the project before the trials.

Olympic sailors will have to master this new N17, and although it may be overpowered on the lift generated by those extra long curved daggers, it is actually a good challenge for the sailors dedicating the next 4 years of their lives racing it.

Specific fine tuning/trim will be key beyond raw racing talent. Get your N17 asap if you are willing to campaign for Rio.Next an interview with Gunnar recorded at Long Beach on the status of the new Olympic cat.

Thanks to Lamberto for sharing this valuable video.
Powered by Rivista Vela e Motore and Saily Ilportaledellavela
Images: Marco Iazzetta
Editing: FilMotion Luca Carton
Sailors: Silvia Sicouri and Lamberto Cesari

Tornado Worlds 2012 for Paschalidis & Trigonis

2012 Tornado World Championships - By Andrew Dowley. Paschalidis and Trigonis take the title for the 2nd year.

The final day of the 2012 Tornado World Championships saw some awkward racing in light and fluky winds. Many of the sailors had their discard race and places changed dramatically.

Sep 21, 2012

Sep 20, 2012

F18 Worlds 2012: Hobie Wildcat Team

Led by the Italian team, Bissaro- de Paoli . Hobie had also the Arg team of Esteban Blando and Nico Aragones and local team Greg Thomas-Jack Bernier- The youth Tiger was flying too. All images Jasper Van Staveren.

Pending Work

I had a great time at LA, thank all for the good vibes. I tried to enjoy the event to the max, so I wasn´t in full CSN mode and maybe left some pending interviews, but will do them by skype/mail as with wonder boys Taylor&Matthew. Those others looking for me got their interviews recorded. I had pending recs for Soldano/Dave Ullman, the Flying Dutchies AC45 team and Gunnar on the new Nacra 17.
Also had a short but interesting design talk with Mike Drummond (ex Oracle Design Team) at Long Beach, he was racing with his son,  I will have an interview with him soon too on the AC72 and his projects. Mike will be present the A Worlds too.

Now the Tornado Worlds are taking place, more info later. Main event coming is the A-Class Worlds at Isla Morada on October 19-27. The AC45s will be racing again at SF.
Lamberto Cesari made an excellent video for on the new Olympic boat, will publish on monday.

The Open Project still going, and I have lots of feedback for the group.
As I'm putting lots of hours on the site and the idea is to continue traveling and covering more events. I want to thank the brands and companies supporting Catsailingnews, as with their help I can invest more time on providing all the info available in the multihull World.

Landenberger One Design
BNR Watersports
Ronstan US
GSEA Design

As you all know, you don´t need to have an ad to be featured in CSN, you just send your info and it will be published for sure, it may just take a little on the amount I'm getting every day.
Also thanks to the photographers like Jasper, Jeremy and all those linked permanently in the right column for being a key part of this web.

F18 Worlds final wrap up next week as I have some addtional people to thank like the Glasers.

Toro 34 First Sail

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Motive Tri 25 Launched

Press Release. Persak & Wurmfeld and Motive Trimarans were excited to debut the brand new Motive 25R trimaran daysailer at the Newport International Boatshow last week. The first all carbon fiber production trimaran in its class, the Motive 25R captured the attention of the judges for Newport for New Products, winning Best New Sailboat.

The judges commented: “Everything was well thought out with super clever design elements,” and “If I could use her for a day - I might never come back!”

The Motive 25R will also be showcased at the Annapolis Sailboat Show in October and the Salon Nautique International De Paris in December. Visit for more information and sales inquiries.

Tornado Worlds 2012

Sent by Andrew Dowley.
Lake Garda delivered some fantastic conditions once again for day two of the 2012 Tornado World Championships. Three races were held on Tuesday in around 15 knots of breeze.

Sep 18, 2012

AC34: Oracle AC72 Back on Track

Press Release:
...“We continued the commissioning process of our AC72,” said Grant Simmer, general manager. “It was only our second day on the water, so we were focusing on loading the boat slowly to make sure there are no structural issues. We sailed with the Code Zero and the Gennaker for the first time, and we were checking all of the systems.

“It went well,” Simmer said. “We went out a little bit jury rigged, but it was still a valuable day for us. As we’re limited to 30 days of sailing between now and February 1, we want to get as much out of each day on the water as we can.”

Globaltech F18 Worlds 2012 Air Vid

Sep 15, 2012

F18 Worlds 2012: Backes&Vandame Champs

Image by Jasper Van Staveren - This was one of the most competitive Worlds ever, confirmed by many and also by just looking at the results and the level of the top 30. event. When you have Bundock.Van Leeuwen on a 7th overall you know about the level of the fleet. Olivier Backes grabs his 2nd F18 title after Erquy 2010, this time with Mathiew Vandame.

My bets for this year were: Caroliljn-Wouter , that led the event but fell down. Then Oskar Zeekant & Karel Begemann that were 2nd on a speedy C2 and the Dark Horses Styles-Sighs, were the fastest of the fleet on their Phantom (this said by one of their close competitors) but have some bad luck with a daggerboard damaging the dagger case. Just a pity for Hugh, after being hit at Erquy, but I hope with Alan they continue to race together.

Saying that Olivier or Bundy were going to be champs was easy so I always look to some guys performing in previous events. Oskar and Charlie proved me right again, although this time I missed the Champion.
Also the ones 'surprising' were Besson-Lagarrigue, just for racing on a lent standard Infusion picked up at the

Great event at Long Beach hosted by the Alamitos Bay Yatch Club. Will make a more complete wrap up later on the week.

Full results

P Nat Sail HelmName CrewName  Q1  Q2  Q3  Q4  Q5  Q6  F1  F2  F3  F4  F5  F6  F7 T Nt
1 FRA 36 Olivier Backes Matthieu Vandame 2 3 6 6 3 2 1 3 4 (ocs) 1 3 -15 110 34
2 NED 2 Oscar Zeekant Karel Begemann 5 5 -10 3 2 5 -10 7 2 10 3 2 8 72 52
3 SUI 1 Billy Besson Jeremie Laguarrigue 3 6 1 1 4 7 2 4 -24 11 -14 8 6 91 53
4 NED 7 Mischa Heemskerk Bastiaan Tentij 8 8 5 12 2 1 9 1 3 -18 4 4 -30 105 57
5 NED #### Gunnar Larsen Gerhard van Geest 7 5 6 2 6 8 6 2 7 -15 7 1 -26 98 57
6 NED 3 Coen De Koning Thijs Visser 3 15 8 13 3 6 3 -17 6 -21 6 5 1 107 69
7 AUS 888 Darren Bundock Jeroen van Leeuwen 9 11 3 2 5 1 5 5 9 -28 8 (bfd) 27 174 85
8 SWE 7 Tim Shuwalow Thomas Ekefalk 6 4 4 7 7 5 15 (dnf) 23 3 13 6 -42 196 93
9 FRA 4 Gurvan Bontemps Benjamin Amiot 17 16 18 4 1 3 7 18 1 (ocs) 2 7 -44 199 94
# USA 11 Michael Easton Tripp Burd 4 13 1 3 10 13 -31 14 -21 5 16 14 2 147 95
# FRA 5 MANU Boulogne Frederic Moreau 18 9 3 14 1 3 11 8 5 16 11 -31 -40 170 99
# USA 284 Taylor Reiss Matthew Whitehead 8 3 -29 5 4 4 12 -23 10 4 10 22 20 154 102
# BEL 888 Carolijn Brouwer Wouter Samama 4 2 2 6 6 -29 14 11 14 22 5 18 -29 162 104
# NED #### Jorden Veenman Frank de Waard 10 1 5 4 12 7 -21 15 18 -20 12 9 13 147 106
# FRA 99 Pierre Le Clainche Antoine Joubert 11 8 12 12 7 8 4 9 15 7 15 -16 -46 170 108

F18 Worlds 2012: Team Cirrus R

Met Manu Boulogne (Fra5 Aereal Pic) this week, already a legend and recently launching quite interesting and extreme design like the Cirrus R. Manu is doing quite well at LA with a brand new crew. Mischa-Bastiaan, Gurvan-Bontemps & JC-Tebo are also part of the team. 3 Cirrus  in the Top 10 right now.  Pics: Van Staveren, Chritophe Favreau (Air) , Dafna Brown.

F18 Worlds 2012: "The Zebra" for sale

Image Jeremy Leonard/ .
New F18 Phantom Year 2012. Great opportunity. Available just after the F18 worlds in Long Beach
Contact my good friends Pierre Le Clainche/Antoine Joubert at ABYC or by mail at pleclainche (at) sold---

F18 Worlds 2012: Aereal Images by Christophe Favreau

Today we have a chopper following us. It was Christophe Favreau / taking some amazing images.
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F18 Worlds 2012: Day 4, Results

Images by Jasper Van Staveren

Another great day, and we are counting 4. Only Tuesday was light ,choppy mess. The rest has been just perfect. Best start of the event for us on the second, Champagne sailing, perfect double confortable trapeze conditions, flat water, we were crossing tacks in front with Baeckler on his Cirrus (James is dominating the Silver on having 3 dnc on the gral) , arrived around 5th to the 1st mark, mantain rythm previous to the final short upwind leg where once again we messed up badly, and ended 24.
Today they changed our tracker, but it seems it didn´t work again... I wanted to review our good moments at least! In the last race we had some minor issue and we just cruise to finish line.

Learning a lot, specially this outer-inner course with long reachs we rarely sail at home on the F18 , plus how to start on large fleets. Truly a great experience for every F18 sailor to participate at least in 1 Worlds.

Big crash (heard all over the place) today that left Jason and Brett out for the day. On top of the Gold things are getting defined but still 3 more to come tomorrow. Images to come, I hope...

Full Resutls at

Rank Nat Sail HelmName CrewName  Q1  Q2  Q3  Q4  Q5  Q6  F1  F2  F3  F4  F5  F6 Total Nt
1st FRA 36 Olivier Backes Matthieu Vandame 2.0 3.0 (6.0) 6.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 3.0 4.0 (OCS) 1.0 3.0 95.0 28.0
2nd NED 2 Oscar Zeekant Karel Begemann 5.0 5.0 (10.0) 3.0 2.0 5.0 (10.0) 7.0 2.0 10.0 3.0 2.0 64.0 44.0
3rd NED 7 Mischa Heemskerk Bastiaan Tentij 8.0 8.0 5.0 (12.0) 2.0 1.0 9.0 1.0 3.0 (18.0) 4.0 4.0 75.0 45.0
4th SUI 1 Billy Besson Jeremie Laguarrigue 3.0 6.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 7.0 2.0 4.0 (24.0) 11.0 (14.0) 8.0 85.0 47.0
5th NED 1933 Gunnar Larsen Gerhard van Geest 7.0 5.0 6.0 2.0 6.0 (8.0) 6.0 2.0 7.0 (15.0) 7.0 1.0 72.0 49.0
6th AUS 888 Darren Bundock Jeroen van Leeuwen 9.0 11.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 1.0 5.0 5.0 9.0 (28.0) 8.0 (BFD) 147.0 58.0
7th NED 3 Coen De Koning Thijs Visser 3.0 15.0 8.0 13.0 3.0 6.0 3.0 (17.0) 6.0 (21.0) 6.0 5.0 106.0 68.0
8th SWE 7 Tim Shuwalow Thomas Ekefalk 6.0 4.0 4.0 7.0 7.0 5.0 15.0 (DNF) (23.0) 3.0 13.0 6.0 154.0 70.0
9th FRA 4 Gurvan Bontemps Benjamin Amiot 17.0 16.0 (18.0) 4.0 1.0 3.0 7.0 18.0 1.0 (OCS) 2.0 7.0 155.0 76.0