Jul 30, 2014

Nacra F20 FCS vs Flying Phantom

Updat: Informal Upwind Test Video made in BA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcPLiIPVgaY  -- Sailing Images Pierrick Contin & Sander van der Borch. - I've been asked several times on which boat to buy

Diam 24 Tri: New boat for the Tour de France à la Voile

Full details at www.tourvoile.fr

Jul 29, 2014

Rocket Factory Trimarans

Glad to have Tony Grainger onboard. As many know I've been publishing his work for years. He is now also working in the Rocket Factory Trimarans project. With some of the best designed weapons I've seen in this range.
Check their Trimaran line at www.rocketfactorytrimarans.comOn his work on Cats / Tris you can check Grainger label.

Formula 16 Europeans 2014 @Le Touquet: Day 2

Daniel & Nathan Van Kereckhof lead (Viper) after 5 races with 3 bullets in a close fight with Victor Arnaut & Viktor Klaas in second place 1 pt behind. In 3rd place Manu & Jean Boulogne with the Cirrus Q.
F18 & FP sailor Ben Amiot rewing for Kim Anne Le-Formal in 5th place. No pics available.

Below Day 2 Report sent by Antoine Meunier. Iverall Full results at F16 FB Page
Race 3:
"Wind 16knots from North against the tide which is going up, cloudy in waiting the blue sky promised by forecast this afternoon.
Start in right line like soldiers, to the west the boats are against wind and waves which are begining to developp.
BEL308 is 1rst at the buoy1. At gate, BEL308, FRA80, AUS218, BEL666
- Results:
1 BEL308 Arnout & Klaas
2 FRA80 Emmanuel & Vianney
3 AUS218 Daniel & Nathan
4 BEL666 Kim Anne & Benjamin
5 BEL3 Henri & Emile

Race 4:
Wind 18-20knots, from north against always tide but a little to east 5°.

Formula 16 Europeans 2014 @Le Touquet: Day 1

For those asking/complaining why some boats/classes have more exposure than others... if someone can point me out results and pics I can publish them. No info on the event website yet: sites.google.com/site/assofrf16/european-f16-2014

Report below posted in comments. Sent your report/pics/results to catsailingnews gmail com
Sunday: Training Races
"With a sunny conditions and 9 knots from west flat sea, 2 races made with many fights on startings yet!
First is dominated by the Falcon with Kim Anne & Benjamin every where. 2nd BEL100 with Aurelie and Alec. Third the SUI1 with Andreas & Dominik
Second race was very disputed on starting. First BEL3 with Henry & Emile, followed by 2 teams on top : 2nd SUI1 Andreas & Dominik , Third Kim Anne & Benjamin
The championship is launched early!

Monday : 2 races
Several Vipers are coming from Erquy to defend their brand position from 2013 Travemunde.
First race:
Sunny with wind from north 15knots, high tide.
Start with a big rainy storm cloud oblige to modify the strategy of many teams.
The fleet is shared.
At the first round, AUS218 Viper with Daniel & Nathan are first followed by Cirrus with Boulogne & son

Jul 27, 2014

A-Cat: DNA 2014 smooth ride by PJ Dwarshuis

Video sent by DNA builder PJ Dwarshuis. Smooth rides on his new 2014 design. Same conf used by Ashby at Bordeaux. Four production builders are now offering foiling setups now: Exploder, Scheurer G7, Askell and DNA.
The beauty of the current proven foiling solution is that you still need to be a good sailor to fully take advantage of this mode while racing.

You can have stable foil rides for fun after some training and pitchs are almost gone. But as with downwind trap mode you need skills to make it work in the course. To me that should remain untouched, thus wands and other automatic/mechanical system should never be allowed in the A-Class.

I had a blast at Bordeaux in floating mode, and it was enough for me, but this is what we have now, so no much room that to adapt and enjoy the ride.
Sailor skills and the ability to maximize a non automatic flight control mode should remain key while racing though.

Right now foilers won in almost every condition as seen at Bordeaux, from 4 to 18knots. This is a great advantage the As have over the Moths, beyond the wider range of sailors weights an A can support.
Don´t get me wrong, Moths are incredible cool flying machines, I just like Multis better. 
Mastering both classes as Outteridge does would be the ideal scenario.

Moth Worlds 2014: Nathan Outteridge Champ

All Images Tom Gruitt / Yachtsandyachting.com - Full gallery, Report and Results at Yachtsandyachting.com. Nathan Outteridge is missing the A-Class World title to grab the ultimate Triple Crown (49er, Moth & A-Cat/Multi) to become officially the most complete sailor of his generation, and the greatest performance class sailor ever.
Got the chance to met him at Carnac in May, and fly the FP with him: Down to earth humble guy & pure talent.

For Sailing having this type of characters for the kids to look up to it is a bless for the Sport. Nathan, you need that A-Cat trophy on you shelve, next Worlds are going to be held at Punta Ala in 2015. Video below by Beau Outteridge.

Tornado Europeans 2014: Paschalidis-Trigonis Champs

Jul 24, 2014

Tornado Europeans 2014: Day 1, Paschalidis-Trigonis lead

Moth Worlds 2014, Day 6: Nathan Outteridge lead

Image Tom Gruitt / yachtsandyachting.com Americas Cup helm and flying Moth / Multi Maestro, Nathan Outteridge is leading the 2014 Moth Worlds after 6 Races.
Full results, pic gallery & event coverage by Y&Y at www.Yachtsandyachting.com
Check also this interesting post by Y&Y on the Moth Home Builders.

Jul 23, 2014

Viper Worlds 2014 @CVBErquy Day 3: Le Chapelier-Le Bouedec in Control

F18: English Channel Crossing Record Attemtp

Video & Tetxt sent by Hugo Lavayssiere - Report of the English Channel Crossing on a Sirena-Voile Shockwave MKII F18. This is the 3rd attempt on an F18. The Shockwave on its volume it is for sure a good choice to do 100miles on a 18' cat.
Report by Hugo Lavayssiere : "Hugo Lavayssière and Joris Cocaud crossed the English Channel on a sport catamaran on Sunday, July 13, 2014! With a time of 07h11mn they rallied Roscoff, after departure from Plymouth at 9:49.

This navigation record originally, was taken from Brittany Ferries that were crossing the English Channel at its widest point, around 100 nautical miles.
In 2011, Yvan Bourgnon and Karine Baillet were the first to show the way on a catamaran sport, they put 7:42 min. Brittany Ferries record had never been attempted before on such a small boat. In 2013, Pierre-Yves Durand and Eric Defere through in 6:57 in tough conditions.

During the F18 Worlds 2014 at Ireland, we were following the evolution of the weather. The ideal weather

Jul 19, 2014

Americas Cup 35th: Fiasco Challenger x 2...

Image TAUS. End of the journey for Team Australia. When we labeled the recent released Protocol as a Fiasco, it was mainly on how the Challenger accepted many impositions that were out of common sense for any Club wanting to actually Challenge Oracle for the Americas Cup. After the critics Ian Murray, Team Australia CEO, said it was the fairest protocol ever.. days after many changes were proposed by Oracle.
Check IM comments by Sail-World at Sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=124684

One of the most strange points was, and is still is, not having a defined venue. Making life hard for contenders to get the desired funding. Now the 35th Challenger, Team Australia, has abandoned the ship just like Onorato did in AC34. In both occasions the next Team in the line is a rather a partner for Oracle than a tough Challenger as maybe Team NZ could become.

The only ones looking bad in each occasions are the Clubs that put their names for becoming the 'Fiasco Challengers'...
Below Press Release by Americas Cup: "The America’s Cup organizers have received notification from the principals of Hamilton Island Yacht Club of their intention to withdraw Team Australia from the 35th America’s Cup.
“We are very disappointed to be receiving this news,” said Russell Coutts

Jul 18, 2014

Bimare S.9 at The Foiling Week

Report sent by Bimare -- "The rapid process & evolution of 'S.9 could not miss the presentations and concept testing of the Foiling Week.
A brilliant event of the 'third dimension' of sailing: Flying above Water!
I've never seen so many designers sharing and illustrating their "secrets" like in this Forum and those chats were even posted by the Foiling Week YT Channel.

The pioneering spirit of these exciting times has no equal in the history of sailing except perhaps the mythical winglets of Australia II.

The America's Cup is the source of inspiration for this S.9 creation by Michele Petrucci, who was among the first to believe in the full range of foiling catamarans without exceeding in complicated gadgets.

The boat had to be an allrounder and manageable by one person, with the wand systems the goal has been fully achieved, making customers & newbie testers alike to enjoy the feeling of flying in a few hours of testing in water.

The platform and the volumes of this new  medium size cat allows to foil in a very easy , lightness and manageable way.

What were the lessons learned by the TFW Festival? That the platform is great and that development can be limited to profiles easily interchangeable with T wings foils to increase the speed (Final phase of the project planned after the reliability period) as has recently been done with Moths.,

The S9 new profiles are already in the production phase. We want to thanks some lessons learned from  Foiling Masters as Grogono and the always available Edo Bianchi.
Thanks also to the excellent idea and organization of Boffi, Rizzotti and Fraglia Vela Malcesine. A big thanks to photographer Martina Orsini with always perfect shots.

Last but not least, the satisfaction to have the request to test the S.9  by Sebastien Col. Within his sailing experience on the boat he has kindly dispensed useful advice as only true champions can do.
As an additional gift for us we had the first and second place in the cat category !
See you next Year, as we are unable to to resist the Unique sensation of sailing at Lake Garda ...."

Jul 17, 2014

AC35: Oracle Foiling Camp

Full flying is now defacto standard training for ACup sailors. But I would like to see them training an 'A-Cat Foiling Camp' too, as with current legal As, you don´t have much additional controls than your body trim. Moths are not easy to learn but once flying you have an automatic bow wand to control height plus fine tuning on the hand held rudder flap control. 
Stable flight with the As now requires training and skills, but I also saw at Bordeaux some incredible rock solid stable flights from Jason Waterhouse in his Exploder, also Ashby in the Dna and Sandro with the G7.

Jul 16, 2014

The Foiling Week: Foiling Pioneer James Grogono

When you look back carefully in history you can backtrack almost any ailing/hydro/aero recent development to a previous attempt or achievement. Glad to see foiling pioneer James Grogno (Icarus foiling Tornado) was present at the Foiling Week at Garda.  The major improvement these days is having this technology applied to course racing effectively.

Read full Grogono background at foilingweek.com/people/james-grogono/
Full interview list at  TFW at foilingweek.com/tag/interview/

Jul 15, 2014

F16 Europeans 2014: July 26th-August 1st @Le Touquet

Sent by F16 Press: - Taking on the challenge in France -
"With the F16 worlds, A-cat Europeans and Round Texel just past, the F18 worlds and Nacra 17 Europeans ongoing and the F16 Europeans coming in just over 2 weeks cats seems to be all over the place at the moment. Nice fleets, fun competition, a true boost for catsailing world wide.

To continue the momentum we currently have in catsailing and in the F16 class we are happy to annouce to have Kim-Anne Le formal and Benjamin Amiot will be competing at the F16 Europeans. We are convinced that having a top French team on the boat will boost the interest in the F16 class in France.

France is an important catsailing country, so also for the F16 class. The French F16 fleet has been dominated by

UK: East Coast Pier Race 2014 sponsored by Zhik

Sent by Andrew Dowley --
East Coast Piers Race sponsored by Zhik
"On the weekend of the 5th and 6th July 55 competitors took to the water at Marconi Sailing Club for the annual East Coast Piers Race in aid of The Cirdan Trust and Essex Air Ambulance.

The event sponsored by sailing clothing company Zhik, sees sailors from across the country take part in a long distance race from the club, out of the Blackwater Estuary and along the Essex coastline.

Two consecutive races are held, the Piers Race which requires catamarans to sail as far as Walton on the Naze and the Colne Point race which goes half the distance.

With camping available all weekend free of charge many of the competitors arrived on Friday to get set up early for Saturdays first races...

Jul 11, 2014

F18 Worlds 2014 @Ireland: Final Day Images by Jasper van Staveren

F18 Worlds 2014 @Ireland: Final Day , Larsen-van West Champs.

Gunboat 55, US Built

Images: Billy Black / Chris Grooby - Good to see the final product of the new GB factory in the US after  they opened it in 2012. Pics from 'Rainmaker' at NY sent by Lauren Battaile: The 55 pictured is the first of the series to launch, and the first US built GUNBOAT. ‘RAINMAKER’ was delivered early June, and is based in Manhattan for the summer. Subsequent hulls are following closely behind, with Hull 02’s launch anticipated in August.

Early feedback for the series has been stellar, “The 55 has enough sail area to make even a Lagoon get up on a plane, and speeds that climb through a consistent linear increase without any humps. Trucking on a reach at 20% above wind speeds in the light stuff, and moving along at an easy 18kts once the breeze hits the teens.” Capt. Chris Bailet

Rainmaker will be headed to Newport to catch the end of race week July 18-20. The slick cat is expected to turn heads, and may very well become a fixture at NYYC events.

Jul 10, 2014

F18 Worlds 2014 @Ireland: Day 4 by van Staveren

F18 Worlds 2014 @Ireland: Day 4, Larsen-van West regain Lead

Image: Jasper van Staveren. With Two discards now in play and after 12 races, Gunnar Larsen & Fer van West are leading by 4 pts over Reiss-Whitehead who were leading up to the 11th.
Light weather racing today, in contrast of yesterday's 20knots. 

Gunnar scored today 5,9 and a bullet by miles that gave him and Fer the lead overall, responding to the Youth attack. The US talented kids 3,4 and a 13th (worst results so far) that ended as their second discard.

Ashby & Goodall return to race and 8,1,6. Yesterady they had to repair the port hull and missed 4 races, that in the end it could be too much loss and one of the reasons the As have 2 races per day.
I think to keep it fair in the F18 for all levels and ages a maximum of 3 x days should be Ok.
After the two leaders, the French fleet is pressing for podium places lead by current Nat Champs Bontempts-Amiot, Carnac Long Distance winners, Lagraviere-Jarlegan  and followed by 3 Junior skippers : Tim Mourniac, Robert Solune & Lois Berrehar.

BEL Patrick Demesmaeker and ARG Rodger are currently 7th & 9th respectively and the top ten closes with the sixth FRA flag with Emeric Dary & David Fanoulliere.

- N17 Europeans with another day of no racing.. check posts below.
- Daily Pics by Jasper later. Official website http://2014.f18worlds.com

- Live Twitter account at https://twitter.com/F18worlds2014
- Full Results at http://2014.f18worlds.com/results-practice-race.html

Arg Pride 2014

Argentina reaches a World Cup Final after 24yrs. Final #5 for Arg.
I've seen 3 finals since I was born: 1978 (win Vs Ned),1986 (win vs Ger) & 1990 (loss vs Ger).
The best thing about this one is having my two kids experiencing that same great feeling of reaching a Final. 

I said many times that as a country we are a waste of lost opportunities. Football and Sailing are just sports but makes Life more entertaining, and one thing that remains untouched for us in any endeavour is full passion for what we do , for good or bad results of course, we left all we have, this site is a humble display of that passion applied to Catsailing.

In Football just check/read what Mascherano & Zabaleta did yesterday and you'll get a grasp of what that passion means.

For Catsailing news check below for  F18 Worlds, Nacra 17 Euros, GC32 doing 37,9knots, Scheurer G7 doing 24,3Knots and more. Live updates from Ireland  thanks to the great local coverage by the organization at twitter.com/F18worlds2014 &  Twitter bar to the right. Images by Jasper van Staveren