May 30, 2014

A-Class French Nats 2014, Day 2: Gabart leads, Besson 2nd.

F18 French Nats 2014, Day 2: Haineville-Haineville lead

Close racing after 6 'manches' completed. Charles Haineville & Maxime Haineville are leading by 3 points over Gurvan Bontemps & Benjamin Amiot, who won today's 3 races . 
Charles is also racing in the new Diam 24 Trimaran Circuit.
Third place for Thomas Normand & Antoine Joubert followed close behind by the kids that I told you were going to perform: Lois Berrehar & Hugo Le Pomelec. Both crews showed lots of potential at Carnac. 

GC32 Austria Cup, Day 2: 'The Next Level', Images by Sander van der Borch

GC32 Austria Cup 2014: Day 3 Live

Replays at
Check Interviews by Clean with Langford, Macca and others at

May 29, 2014

F18 & A-Class French Nats 2014

Both events are being held simultaneously. Billy Besson & Gabart are sailing the As at Cercle nautique La Baule and another super competitive fleet is racing in the Formule 18 at Yacht Club Bray Dunes
Every year I try to remark these classes need to coordinate calendars, as they both might lose competitors to each other event.

Nevertheless two great championships in of the leading catracing countries. 

Excellent racing conditions in both venues, with 10-15knots , 3 races and +40 boats fleet each.  
Charles Haineville leads in the F18 and Jean le Coq in the A-Class.  

More info, pics and results later when available.

- Update: A-Class Full Results & Images at IACA Web
- F18 Reference Results & pics at French Assoc FB

Schweriner Cat Cup 2014

GC32 Austria Cup: Day 2 Live

Replays at
Check Interviews by Clean with Langford, Macca and others at

May 28, 2014

GC32 Austria Cup 2014: Day 1

Mattia F18 & Oxo Sails: Winning Combo

Local equipment is winning races in Italy. Report sent by Marco Radman: "In this first part of the 2014 season in we are seeing two Italian designs doing well. The first is definitely the Banga F18 built by Luca Filippi sailed by Saragoni-Filippi, and the other is the Mattia with the new Oxo Sails by Manuel Vaccari.
Oxo Sails is a very well known sailmaker in the A Class among others.
This year Mattia F18 crew, Radman-Cioni, is sailing with Oxo Sails (Main, Jib , and Gennaker).

The first two races of the national F18 circuit went very well for us, with two wins at Punta Ala and in Vada (look results in )! The mainsail "Testatonda" seems to have a lot of potential and it works superbly in upwind."

May 22, 2014

Delta Lloyd 2014, Day 3: Images by Grenier & van der Borch

Dutch A-Class @Hellecat: Heemskerk flying 1st, by Equipment & Technique

A-Class North Americans 2014: June 9-14 @Sail NC

Image ABYC: 2013 Champ, Matt Struble sailing his own design at San Diego. Press Release, NOR & entry list links at .

Glad to see Peter Johnstone racing and supporting the event through Gunboat. He should go to Bordeaux Europeans after the NAs... 

Raid Emeraude 2014: June 27-29 @St Lunaire

Sent by Florian Noel: "The Raid Emeraude gathers nearly 250 competitors at each edition and it has become a privileged meeting for the amateur and professional of sport catamaran sailors in the region. Dates are 27th to 29th June 2014 at Saint Lunaire, the 12th edition will include :
- France long-distance inter-series championship
- The 3rd stop of the Diam 24 One design's series
- The 39 miles sports raid through Erguy, le Cap Fréhel and Saint Malo's bay
- A mini raid dedicated to the 12-16 years old (5 miles)

Some great names will be attending: Vincent Riou, Franck Yves Escoffier & Victorien Errussard... all in splendid surroundings and a friendly atmosphere.
We would be glad to welcome you to our Raid." Florian

May 18, 2014

Bolster Team Race 2014

RSBC Youths Flying the Phantom @Carnac / Eurocat 2014

Images Pierrick Contin, Nicolas Felix/Phantom International & - Video Phantom International.
This was a great day at Carnac with the Royal Belgian Sailing Club Youth foiling the

May 17, 2014

Dutch A-Class @Hellecat 2014: Mischa leads Flying Mode

Finally a good long video of Mischa Heemskerk racing/flying the DNA by Danny Broersen . Danny builds the Roughneck Marine line of  Ribs and took this great footage at Hellecat, Netherlands. Today's results at
Mischa is achieving some serious speed... More info and pics on Monday...

May 15, 2014

F18 Worlds 2014: @Bangor, Ireland, July 4-11th

The entry list is getting filled with some talent. The Eurocat @ Yacht Club de Carnac saw great racing with new big players performing like Iker Martinez and new Safran skipper Morgan Lagraviere. But also new promises racing with their fathers like Jean Boulogne and Tim Mourniac, both are going to Bangor to keep learning from their experienced dads.
Ireland Worlds Official Website

Waiting for AC35 Protocol: Oracle training in Sidney

Not much info on next Americas Cup, waiting for rules definition to have a Q&A with guys at Morrelli & Melvin.

May 12, 2014

Eurocat 2014: Long Distance Record for Bontemps & Amiot on the FP

Great Image above by Pierrick Contin taken at Carnac, click for HQ - Eurocat Raid Video footage by Catsailingnews. -- 
Long Distances regattas are for taking your best weapon and breaking records, as Sunnucks has been doing for years at Carnac & Texel with the Marstrom 20, and then Nacra with the F20c.
Bontemps-Amiot went with the Flying Phantom to Carnac, and it took them 2 hours 5 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the Eurocat 2014 Raid, smashing the previous Eurocat record by

F18 Worlds 2014 @Ireland: Ferry/Transport info

Image: Eurocat 2014 by Catsailingnews. | At Carnac David & Elaine Taylor did a good job promoting the event and providing info to the sailors. As reported during the week, some big names were present at the Eurocat racing in the F18, as the Class remains as the best choice & Open alternative to test your double handed skills. This year the Worlds will be held at Bangor, Northern Ireland and it will provide the grounds to develop the local Class as done with Hungary, LA and Buenos Aires in 2016.

For info on Bangor and how to get there check:
- Ferry specific Data:
- How to get there & Transportation info:
- Worlds Official website at

Eurocat 2014: The course & Long distance racing at Carnac

A-Class, US Fleet: 5 de Mayo Regatta for Bailey White

Image by Kirk Jockell - Report, pics & results by US Class president and winner of this Regatta at

May 10, 2014

Remembering Andrew 'Bart' Simpson

A Sailing Centre & a Global Regatta are great ways to honor a sailor's memory. Details posted at 'The Bart Project FB':
"May 9th. It’s been one year already. Many of the times I have sat down to write the next update for ‘The Bart Project’ it has been a pretty easy process, to be honest. As an honest celebration of the wonderful Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, the words have often composed themselves, or been reflections and repetitions of the many, many messages and conversations that we have shared with you collectively or individually.

Today is plainly not so straight forward. It is an all too obvious reminder of who and what we have lost, a painful throwback to those raw emotions of a year ago and an anniversary that none of us wish to be a part of. The one person who we would choose to share today with will not be here to do so and let’s not kid ourselves, that’s a really hard and unpalatable fact of life. We miss you, Bart.

After posting this, I am off to Weymouth to help turn this desperate anniversary into something that we hope will make May 9th a positive

May 8, 2014

Bolster Team Race 2014: May 17 @Marina Muiderzand

Video: Nathan Outteridge first ride on the FP @Carnac 2014

The first part of video shows Nathan out of the box first helm ride on the Flying Phantom. The second part was shoot at the end of the day, Outteridge sailing with a youth from the RSBC.
The video shows how easy is to foil in those specific conditions, check the end and how he is just cruising. After that ride I got on board to crew for him. Some minutes to adjust and later it was the same relaxed ride, I even left the mainsheet at ease for moments. Once the boats sets in trim, the word to describe the ride is

May 7, 2014

Exss 2014: Despite the hit Alinghi wins @Qingdao

A-Cats @Eurocat 2014

I was surprised to see some As at Carnac. I highly recommend this event to A-Class sailors.

Left: Jean Darnaude, Tibo Laudren and Hervé Ledue. Photo above, Jean racing in the C1 interseries.
Report by Tibo Laudren at

May 6, 2014

Raid de l'Espace 2014 @Saint Martin de Brehal, May 9-10-11

Sent by Benoit Daval : "Espace Voile Bréhal is glad to invite you to the 4th Raid de l’Espace, next 9-10&11th may in St Martin de Bréhal (Normandy, France)
About 50 catamarans are expected, a nice mix of youth Tyka, SL16 and HC16 fleet, and of course a strong F18 fleet. Some C1 cats are already registered.
This year, with the support of AFF18 (, Friday 9th will be a training day with Thibaut Vauchel-Camus, one of our greatest French F18 guru !

Round-the-cans racing is scheduled on satuday 10th and a long distance Raid toward Chausey islands on Sunday 11th
Please check the blog for Notice of race, registration form and all info" (Reduced entry fee until 1st may)

May 1, 2014

Eurocat 2014, F18 Day 1: Blown Out

Rainy morning at Carnanc, the sky got clear later with a fresh building 20knots breeze. Fleets went out but later race was cancelled for the day.
First pic Christophe Mourniac and his son Tim. Many big names present this year beyond the migration to the N17. AC45 wing trimmer and former F18 World Champ Arnaud Jarlegan, is teaching to race multis to

Morgan Lagraviere, 49er sailor. Both racing for Safran team.
I also finally  met the other part of the former Dark Horse team, Lamberto Cesari, who is racing for Hobie with another good known to me Italian guy, Carlo de Paoli.
Eurocat official website

F18s gettting ready @Carnac 2014

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