Sep 30, 2014

Loick Peyron's BP Tri @Defi Azimut 2014

Peyron has left his 'Happy' vintage project pending to sail BP Tri Solo towards the Route du Rhum 2014. Here Loick is participating along some MOD70s in the 2014 Defi Azimut. More info on the race at

Sep 29, 2014

Route du Rhum 2014: Guichard Solo Handling the 40mts Beast

Seeing Spindrift live at La Trinité Sur Mer was one of the highlights of my May trip to Carnac (pic below). Incredible boat and logistics, sailing her Solo is just madness, check video for the work needed to sail the former BPV.

F18 Sweden Nats 2014

18 boats for the 2014 Sweden Nats won by Leff Dahl & Johan Fischer. The Swede fleet used to have Capricorns as preferred design, for some years now they have migrated to the Goodall Design C2.

Report and full results at

A-Class Weekend Racing: British & Danish Nats 2014

Image: British Nats 2014 at Rutland SC - Local classes continue their efforts to grow fleets and show the work they are doing. Check post I uploaded of the Danish Nats 2014 carnage  by Thomas Paasch at  , plus Gordon Upton's wrap-up of the British Nats at  

Sep 28, 2014

TS42 'Imagine' by Christophe Launay

Racing the GC32

Flying the Phantom was a great experience. Being able to foil it super stable in 8 knots plus watching Bontemps-Amiot sailing/racing full throttle gave me a first hand looks on how well the TNZ foil systems works. With that experience behind I can imagine the power and drive the GC32 can provide.  I got the local guys going first for the F18 in 2006, then for the As, later for the Flying As, now the foiling FP & Nacras 20s are coming, and I'm already drilling their heads to charter one these weapons for next season...
Onboard Video and comments below sent by PJ Dwarshuis
"I got the opportunity to join some racing on the GC 32 event in Marseille.
Along my mate and Co-designer on our Gunboat G4 project , Rudo Enserink, we were invited to race with Team Magic Marine & Team Armin Strom.

We had a hell of ride . Really Good . The GC 32 class  was founded in 2013 by Laurent Lenne and Andrew MacPherson. It was initially received with some scepticism, but I can tell you first hand that after transforming this boat into a foiler , this class can become a hit.

The size is just big enough to get an ' AC experience ' for a fraction of the price .
The boats provide perfect handling , but they are still challenging and pretty affordable for private and sponsored teams

Probably the biggest bang for the buck .. besides an DNA A class off course ;-)

For Me and Rudo it was very useful to get the feel with a pretty big foiling cat, as we are working hard on our Gunboat G4 project , the first ' cruiser foiler'
The first boat is underway now at Holland Composites , and this will a bigger ' cruising brother ' of the GC 32.
It was good to see that the GC 32 felt really safe . A foiling A class is much more stressful i can tell you.

The GC 32 guys Laurent Lenne , Macca and new class manager christian Peer deserves a big thumbs up"

PJ //

Sep 27, 2014

F18 Italy: Ferraglia-Bianchini 1st at Arco

Circolo Vela Arco has the best clip production of of any Club World Wide. Having the Trentino  area supporting them plus the perfect scenery of Lake Garda also helps. Some of the best vids I published are from Circolo Vela Arco A-Class regattas.
This time for a F18 event, won by locals Mateo Ferraglia & Lorenzo Bianchini , sailing the Australian Edge F18 / Ullman sails.

Circolo needs to organize an annual International event for the F18 as they are doing now with the As.

Top 5 below Full Results at

1 - Ferraglia-Bianchini 2,1,1,-4,1,4  9pts
2 - Fantasia-Recalcani 3,3,2,-16,4,1 13pts
3 - De Paoli-Cesari -6,5,5,1,2,2 15pts
4 - Vettori-Pinter 4,2,3,2,-dns,6 17pts
5 - Radman-Cioni 5,4,-6,5,3,5 22pts

Report, video and links sent by 2014 Italian Champ Marco Radman
"Two days of sailing at Arco (North Garda Lake) for the the penultimate round of the season organizated by Circolo Vela Arco.
Perfect conditions for these catamarans with 15-18 knots range. Sunshine and mild temperatures of late summer have complete a great package. So fast and fun, and six races completed, all those scheduled in the program by the Race Committee, that showed timely management and organization.

Also at shore the club has shown throughout their hospitality. The winner are the "locals" Circolo Vela Arco Ferraglia-Bianchini, with 4 bullets lefting no chance for the others competitors, second place for Fantasia - Recalcati, already third in the Italian Championship, close to the podium Vice Champion Italian De Paoli-Cesari.

As per tradition, Formula 18, are rewarded with the fourth-ranked Vettori- Pinter and the fifth, the young Andrea and Matteo Viganò.
Next race of the racing season to a close in Calambrone (LI) on 4-5 October."

Sep 26, 2014

Gunboat G4: Demolding 1st Hull

The Next step in Cruiser cats is definitely the Gunboat G4, currently being built at Holland Composites owned by DNA builder PJ Dwarshuis.
The other day I went visit a Fusion 40 kit being assembled here in BA, it look good,  not much space as a Lagoon but it can sail much efficiently. The G4 is the 3rd Generation of modern Cat cruisers focused in sailing even faster, a full carbon machine which as reference, the demolded half side hull is weighting 137kg as reported by Peter Johnstone.

More pics on the built at Holland Composites FB

Sep 24, 2014

AC 35th: Artemis & Oracle Flying Phantoms

Images sent by Nicolas Felix / FP International. The Flying Phantoms are being delivered. Two Americas Cup teams have officially ordered 2 each: Artemis & Oracle. Luna Rossa will get theirs too.
The Red Bull guys, Hagara & Steinacher launched their new Black Phantom and Artemis also have received and christened theirs, check Artemis Twtitter for pics.

In some months I will have 1 FP here to test again after I sailed her at Carnac, did not sailed much though and this time will be in our waters, this FP is bought by a local sailor. Also 3 Nacras F20 will arrive through the Nacra dealer.
So you will get lots of first hand info on matching performance, equipment and else. Plus some foiling Exploders & DNAs.  We will have 'Full House' in BA within some months.

Check more construction images at Phantom International FB Web

A-Class: Bimare Statement on Foiling

Below Bimare's updated position on foiling in the A-Class I've been requested to publish. In addition they remind me that some sailors have formed the Italian "Classic" Assoc, aiming to maintain floating racing mode. 
Next post, Italian A-Class official position that has been already published at the official IACA website.

Note that this new group has put  "I.A.C.C.A" as short name for this new Association, adding a 'C' to the ISAF official recognized entity, that can only generate confusion on a detail quite easy to solve and avoid.
Statement sent by Bimare -
"At Bimare we do not believe in any way that FOILING is the future of the A class.
After two year of painstaking experimentation carried out on the “Flying Stunt, a 14-foot singlehanded catamaran purposely designed and built, (we made this choice in order to avoid to destabilize the A class with a flying A cat project), we have come to the conclusion that, within the current set of rules, the A class will never fly (at least when sailed by the average week-end warrior).

In fact we were able to get a stable foiling only with the adoption of a wand-controlled double T foil system, which is not allowed by A cat rule.
However,despite our beliefs, we have decided to start to offer our A cat in three different versions (same daggerboard case) to satisfy whichever customer’s preference:

1) with straight boards;
2) with constant radius curved boards;
3) with new-latest generation- J/Z boards.

We have been constrained to take this decision exclusively for marketing reasons,

Sep 23, 2014

Shockwave F18 MKII launch @Ireland Worlds 2014: Q&A with Emeric Dary

All Images Jasper van Staveren @Bangor, Ireland Worlds 2014. The Shockwave F18 is back to competition and to the top ten in an F18 Worlds after being 1st tied in pts in Belgium Worlds 2009. Later some issues on the laminate core selected for the build cause the boat to stay standby for a while, until Sirena-Voile acquired Loday-White. Now they are offering an improved version: the Shockwave 'MKII'.
Emeric Dary with David Fanoulliere sailed it at Bangor F18 Worlds 2014 with an excellent top ten result after only few days of receiving the new rig/sails.

The Shockwave already performed since its launch as mentioned above in 2009, when I labeled Wilson & Lynch as favorites for that year.
Glad to see this Loday-White design back as a top competitive alternative for all those wanting to race in the F18 Class. As always more choices = more boats and sailors on the water, which  is the ultimate goal of any Box Rule class, encouraging boat and cat builders to deliver their own F18s.

Below a detailed interview with Emeric Dary on the boat and his F18 Worlds experience at Bangor.
- CSN: Why it took so long to launch an MKII version?
Emeric Dary: The company Sirena Voile became Loday Whites’ owner in 2012. Since this milestone their strategy has been focused on the sailing school for catamarans, a safer and more valuable market.

There was also a great management effort needed to keep competitive prices producing their boat in the UK and in France. This year they finally decided to come back on the racing field by accomplishing a competitive version of the Shockwave (MKII)

- Remind us about the concept behind this Loday/White design
ED: The philosophy of the designer, Yves Loday, was to design a top performer  F18 while remaining more accessible than other designs for weekend sailors, allowing to achieve good performance with very few sailing practice hours.

- Which are the changes / improvements of this version?

F18 Dutch Nats 2014: Van West, Dubbeldam & Larsen Champs

Sep 21, 2014

Nacra 17 Worlds 2014 @Santander: Besson-Riou Champs x2

All images courtesy of . Excellent work for Jesús, Bárbara and Pedro, if weren´t for them high quality and quantity iamges for these Worlds would have been scarce across all classes. Still don´t get how ISAF didn´t hire them officially, more being locals | 
What a Medal Race, collisions, changes of leads, and silver medal definitions by cms with Jones-saunders getting ahead Waterhouse-Darmanin at the finish line, also with Lange-Carranza leading all the way to lose the Medal to Santi's apprentice, Mathias Buhler.

Great show provided by the Nacra 17s after the Finn Medal Race. It is 9pm here in BA, and just finished to see the Live feedback replay, as we we spent the day racing F18.

Off the Scale: Billy Besson and Marie Riou repeat 2013 World Title, and they Nr 1 favorites for Rio right now by a great margin. By far best sailors in the fleet.

But just when you thought the fleet was stabilized on the top contenders, 53yrs Old Santiago Lange & Cecilia Carranza took the podium by storm to score a Silver Medal after so little time sailing together and even less hours for Lange on the Nacra 17, even less hours for Cecilia on Multis.
We were racing F18 at the Rio de la Plata when we knew about their Medal, later at the Club we were all talking about them. We are so proud of Santi and Ceci, that have secured the slot for Argentina two years ahead from Rio.

On Santi, what can I say, he with Camau Espinola were one of the reason I got involved with Multis in 2002, Oldest competitor in SAntander now he is holding a record not many ever will have (Just Bundock is capable to match/surpass this Multuhull Class combo):  Two Olympic Medals + a World Title on Tornado,  now Silver Worlds Nacra 17 plus a ticket to Rio, and still much to come...

Third place for Australians Waterhouse & Darmanin, these two are showing their potential since their Hobie 16 days, and are a huge threat for Bundock-Curtis to see who will represent Australia in Rio 2016.

Italians Vittorio Bissaro & Silvia Sicouri were 2nd before the Medal Race, did a great port start but were in the middle of the fleet when they got delayed on the collision bowling rebound cause by Vaireux.

The main aspect of this event though are the 10 slots assigned for Rio 2016, and the Italians have secured their country one. The 
10 Slots for Rio 2016 have been awarded already are :

1 FRA , 2 ARG , 3 AUS ,4 ITA, 5 NZL, 6 SUI, 7 GBR, 8 DEN, 9 AUT, 10 NED
Medal Race replay at from 4:08

Arg Youths:
On Mitch's comments on Buhler, he said Matias was Santi's Coach for Beijing, in fact it was more of helping at large and coordinating and of course giving coaching feedback, but not in a sense of a long time experience coach. It is Santi's way to give new talented Youths a chance to acquire knowledge, as now he is doing with Mateo Madjalani. Mateo is labeled as 'Coach' for Santander, and although he is a super talented kid who ended helming the AC45, you will get that is not coaching Santi & Ceci in the whole sense of the word.

He is there to learn. Look what this method did for Buhler years later he coached Santi at Beijing, he is now one of the top Nacra 17 helms, 3rd last year and a slot secured for Rio to fight for the Olympic medals against Master Lange. Only problem and due to lack of support he is racing for SUI now..

Seeding with youths is the only way to secure your legacy will stand in time. But the main responsibility it is always from the local Federations, and they a re the ones responsible to secure new generations replacing the currents ones.

Top ten below, Full results Here

Pos Sail Number Crew Race Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Net
1 FRA 1 Billy Besson 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 -12 7 5 6 39.00 27.00
Marie Riou
2 ARG 226 Santiago Lange 5 11 3 2 8 3 3 20 6 -25 4 90.00 65.00
Cecilia Carranza Saroli
3 AUS 256 Jason Waterhouse 6 9 7 9 6 -10 10 1 2 6 10 76.00 66.00
Lisa Darmanin
4 ITA 200 Vittorio Bissaro 9 17 1 3 1 7 4 2 -30 11 14 99.00 69.00
Silvia Sicouri
5 NZL 222 Gemma Jones 12 2 5 7 12 2 13 3 8 -16 8 88.00 72.00
Jason Saunders
6 SUI 220 Matías Bühler 1 2 13 1 8 5 -32 13 12 19 2 108.00 76.00
Nathalie Brugger
7 GBR 257 Lucy Macgregor -17 3 10 13 3 11 16 7 1 2 12 95.00 78.00
Andrew Walsh
8 GBR 76 Pippa Wilson 4 4 2 4 3 13 8 -32 5 18 20 113.00 81.00
John Gimson
9 AUS 64 Darren Bundock 8 6 5 5 2 6 -18 11 17 7 16 101.00 83.00
Nina Curtis
10 FRA 225 Moana Vaireaux 6 3 1 8 4 9 14 16 -22 14 18 115.00 93.0
Manon Audinet

ISAF Santander Worlds 2014: Final Day Live Feed

Championship crown is already defined with Billy Besson & Marie Riou grabbing the title before the Medal Race.
Update: Nacra Medal Race replay above, check from 4:08

10 Slots for Rio 2016 have been awarded already:
1 FRA, 2 ITA , 3 AUS, 4 GBR, 5 ARG , 6 NZL, 7 SUI ,8 DEN , 9 AUT. 10 NED

ARU, PUR, USA & Spain will need to secrure their spot in next 2015 Worlds or Continental wildcard.

Current Results at Rio 2016:

Sep 18, 2014

Nacra 17 Worlds 2014 @Santander: Besson-Riou lead into the Finals

Nacra 17 Worlds 2014 @Santander: Results after 5 Races

ISAF Live Coverage from Santander was chatting on the "Laser" name while the Nacras are blasting the course race with 20knots....Great work as always by ISAF..... -Now some decent streaming with Women Laser Medal Race- 
Image: Jesús renedo / | The Nacra fleets are finally racing again, the Blue one could manage to complete a 2nd race and now we have a filled scoreboard.

2013 Champs, Billy Besson & Marie Riou are leading , 2nd place  Matías Buhler & Nathalie Brugger (3rds in 2013) .   Third overall for Flora Laugier & Vincent Borudin, we didn´t saw much these past season from them but this crew is putting pressure over Cammas, Vaireux and the super talented French team.

- Update after 3: Moana Vaireux & manon Audinet currently in 3rd overall after 3. Top two continues to be Besson , Buhler. Bissaro-Sicouri climbs to 10th overall.

- Update after 5; Check results below. Report Later.

10 Slots will be granted for Rio after this event. Remember is one per country.
Fleets racing right now, check official links for results updates and CSN Twitter bar to the right.

Full Results Here

AC35th: It is official: AC45s will Fly Race

Image: Luna Rossa Challenge | As reported last week It was a matter of time to confirm officially that the AC45s were going to be upgraded beyond the tests Oracle, Artemis and last week Luna Rossa did on their own 45s.
If the floating AC45s provide the most exciting racing many of us ever saw, imagine a fleet of them foiling aroudn the course race. The perfect Cat just got improved.
Below Press Release sent by  Americas Cup.
The six America’s Cup teams have agreed to a project that will see the existing fleet of AC45 catamarans modified into fully foiling catamarans for racing in the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS).

Importantly, the teams have also committed to continue to race the foiling AC45s on the America’s Cup World Series circuit in 2018, following the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.

“I’m pleased all of the competitors have agreed on a way forward, beyond the current America’s Cup cycle,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup.

“To have the teams give certainty to all stakeholders as to what will happen following the racing in 2017, regardless of who wins, is a huge step forward for all involved.”

The teams have undertaken the project to modify the one-design AC45s into fully foiling catamarans with a view to racing the foiling versions as early as the 2015 ACWS season.

A feasibility study has been commissioned to determine whether the mods will need to wait until the 2016 season as the timeline to make changes to the entire fleet ahead of racing in 2015 is extremely tight.

The competitors have also appointed a working group to select a Regatta Director, as required by the Protocol.

Sep 17, 2014

ISAF Worlds 2014: Wednesday Images by Sailing Energy

ISAF Youth Multi: Bimare's view

Below Text sent by Bimare on the selection of the new ISAF Youth Multihull - Regarding their comments on the RBSC (Royal Belgian Sailing Club), I think the F16 is one of the boats sailed by their Youth, as the RSBC has a full comprehensive program as shown here several times with smaller Hobie cats as first steps for the kids. 

But those with the level to aim for an ISAF Worlds, like 12yrs F16 World Champ Henri Demesmaeker, are ready to sail a performance boat to prepare their path to Nacra 17. So we need to separate, feeder classes from those special groups committed fully to sail at the highest level of Youth Racing.

On costs, I think some prices are inflated, and if we can close a project we are preparing in Europe sailors will be able to buy a F18 for 12-13k plus sails.

On the Youth Multi, to leave things as they are, just stick with the SL16, and we will have not much to argue on yet another Class..
"BIMARE chose not to bid for having one of its catamarans as the next ISAF official Youth Multihull for financial reasons basically the same already made known by Goodall Design with their recent press release. The calculations carried out by Brett Goodall are self-esplanatory and we have nothing to add.

However we disagree with Greg, Goodall, the authorities of the RBSC and yourself (as far as we argue from your article about the new NACRA 15) on the fact that the F16 is the best choice for the “lower cost sailor development” requested by ISAF to “build grass roots sailing”.

The F16 is for sure an excellent catamaran, (our X16, a full compliant F16, is on sale from several years) but too close in terms of costs, weight, sails’ surface and “practicability” to the Olympic NACRA 17.

In the current economic climate, especially of the European countries, the average price of a F16 (around EUR 20K) seems too high.

According to our opinion the best option for the National Sailing Federations willing to grow up the next Olympic Multihull champions is our 14 footer, the 4-Teen, which features a state-of-the-art carbon mast, epoxy carbon curved boards, epoxy carbon rudders and all the thrills and frills of a pure racing machine.

This outstanding boat is offered at EUR 10.500, weights 85 Kg ready to sails and suits best 100-110 kg crew.

For details and pics :

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Nacra 17 Worlds 2014 @Santander: Tara Pacheco & Iker Martinez

Image Jesús Renedo / | Toughest sailors in the Nacra 17 campaign are definitely girls crews like Tara Pacheco. Check his arm, 

Tara was injured weeks ago but with Iker they decided to compete. Sadly they had to quit this event as her recovery was not 100%. Hat off to Tara Pacheco. Hope to see them back soon, as they were raising their level constantly, as shown by winning the 2014 Nacra 17 Europeans. Great Image by Jesús Renedo / 

Jesús & Pedro Martinez are working freelance at Santander , but surely providing the best images of the event. Contact them for your pic Here

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