Jan 31, 2015

Marinique Cata Raid 2015: Stage Le Vauclin-Le Robert by Pierrick Contin

Nacra 17s @Miami ISAF WC 2015: Bissaro-Sicouri in control

Lamberto Cesari reports that Vittorio & Silvia have won the event beforehand the Medal Race. The Italian crew, winners of this event in 2014, are currently 34pts ahead of Saxton-Groves with 66 and 92pts respectively. Besson-Riou way behind with 113pts total.
With the title in the bag for Bissaro (former F18 Youth World Champ)-Sicouri confirmed by ISAF report the fight  will concentrate tomorrow on the 2 places left in the podium

As always really happy for these two Italian sailors, on of the favorites crews of Catsailingnews of course. Top 5 below, full results at www.sailing.org/worldcup/results

'Rainmaker' dismasted, crew is Safe & sound now.

As reported in CSN Twitter account yesterday, Gunboat Rainmaker dismasted 200 miles SE of Hattereas.
Happy to report now All crew is safe & sound now.

Below earlier press release from Gunboat with details on the incident:
RAINMAKER was dismasted today 36 hours into her passage out of the Gunboat yard about 200 miles SE of Hatteras. From the very brief and patchy sat phone call, and various brief texts, the following is all we have been told:

*Everyone is accounted for aboard, including the owner, his son, and three professional crew.
*The rig was promptly cut away.
*The boat was not holed.
*At the last update there were no injuries.

Conditions are evidently quite severe. It is not uncommon for the cold NW winds to accelerate over the Gulf Stream to windspeeds well above what may show on grib files. They have a large South swell, and are faced with deteriorating conditions with a building NW breeze in the Gulf Stream. Waves and swells have been observed from onboard to be getting worse over the course of the day.

An onboard decision has been made to be airlifted off of the boat. The US Coast Guard expects to be on site within 30 minutes.

These people are a part of our Gunboat family. Please say a prayer for the safe recovery of the RAINMAKER crew and the safety of the USCG rescue team that has been dispatched. An airlift is not an easy operation in any conditions, never mind these conditions. The Atlantic in February is a merciless place.
Praying for their safe recovery and return."
Edit: Now the crew is safe & sound as reported above.

Jan 30, 2015

GC32s: Gitana Team & Spindrift will join the Tour

The GC32 Tour has seen changes lately but as we predicted, we are seeing now a shift from the X40s to the GC32.
The highlight of the 2014 tour was the great show & performance provided by the 4 boat fleet at last 2014 Austria Cup with two AC teams included.
Gitana Team / Edmond de Rostchild & Spindrift have confirmed their participation. Spindrift press release here.  
Left: image published by Gitana twiter account.

23-26 April Warm-Up, Marseille / France / Official Practice
27-31 May Austria Cup / AUSTRIA / Lake Traunsee
24-27 June Cowes Cup / ENGLAND / Cowes
30 July-2 August Sailing Cup Kiel / GERMANY / Kiel
27-30 August Trofeo di Roma / ITALY / Rome Fiumicino
30 Sept-3 October Marseille One Design / FRANCE / Marseille

Jan 29, 2015

Nacra 17s @Miami ISAF Wc 2015: Day 4

Images ISAF / Walter Cooper. A special note for the lack of photos from ISAF this time, the highest authority of the sport not providing material to promote it is rather a shame.--
Bissaro-Sicouri maintain lead over Saxton-Groves , and Besson-Riou with 2, 14 & 1 for the day.

On the US & Spanish split teams, Newberry-Whitehead currently 21st and Casey-Lane 41st. Last Tornado gold Medalist Echevarri-Pacheco 9th and Iker-Lopez 14th

A crew consolidating their performance is NED Mulder-de Koning.

ISAF report at sailing.org/worldcup/news/39670.php

Top 5 below. full Results at sailing.org/worldcup/results

A-Cat Aus Nats 2015: Video by Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club

Video by Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club www.lcsc.org.au  /
"The A Class nationals are all done and we are all back at work, but if you want to relive the experience, or if you missed the action be sure to check out this short video that one of our members out together. "

Check details of the Aus Nats 2015 won by Brad Collet at http://www.catsailingnews.com/2015/01/a-class-australian-nats-for-brad-collet.html

UK Catamaran Racing Association @RYA Dinghy Show 215

Sent by Brian Phipps / UKCRA: "When visiting the biggest dinghy show in Europe make sure you step on the UK Catamaran Racing (UKCRA) stand C28 to find out all there is to know about catamaran sailing and racing in the UK.
New to cats? - Thinking of buying a cat? - Need more cat info? - Latest cat developments? - Anything else to do with cats?

The UKCRA stand will have the information, an informed cat team and UK

Nacra 17s @Miami ISAF WC 2015, Day 3: Bissaro-Sicouri lead

With Jones-Saunders scoring a double +28 and going back to 4th place the Italian crew scored 14,12 & 3 to grab the lead only 1pt ahead of Saxton-Groves. Nr one Nacra 17 crew, Besson-Riou currently in 3rd place.

Top 5 below, full results at http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php?rgtaid=18007&evntid=34440&view=fleetevent#results__18007

Jan 27, 2015

GC32s @Key West 2015: Impressive Short by Nick Bowers & Kettle Cinema

Sent by Nick Bowers / Kettle Cinema www.kettlecinema.com. Add this Short to top list of Catsailing footage ever made, this clip has even better shots/scenes than the already excellent AC 34 coverage at San Francisco.
Nick also comments that these films were created with a proprietary stabilization system.

Martinique Cata raid 2015: Day 1 by Pierrick Contin

Jan 26, 2015

Nacra 17s ISAF WCup @Miami 2015: Day 1

Video by Thomas Zajac // Tanja Frank - Sailingteam , source https://www.facebook.com/goforgold2016 | -- No images available at the moment.// Gemma Jones & Jason Saunders lead after 3 races. Bissaro/Sicouri 1 pt behind in second and Besson/Riou 3rd. Too much DNCs & DNFs and no additional data for many crews. I will update tomorrow with more details.
Edit: ISAF report:
Nacra 17
"Taming the Nacra 17 beast came as a challenge to many of the 49-boat Mixed Multihull fleet. With gusts hitting the 30 knot mark, thrills and spills were inevitable and that was certainly the case with as many as 26 boats either unable to finish the second race or deciding enough was enough in advance of the start."

A night of boat work and maintenance will be in order for several of the competitors whilst leaders Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL), Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri (ITA) and Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) will all rest easy after a job well done from three races.
Iker Martinez , on a break from the Volvo Ocean Race Team Mapfre, is back to the Olympic arena now with Marina Lopez. Also from Spain and last Olympic  Tornado Champ, Fernando Echevarri is reported racing in Miami with Tara Pacheco, ex Iker crew, they are currently in 13 pos. Iker is 15th.

So now we have the last 3 Olympic Tornado Medalist racing in the Nacra 17: Echevarri, Darren Bundock & Santi Lange.
Regarding the US teams Sarah Newberry has parted ways with John Casey who is now helming with Kristen Lane. Sarah is now sailing with one of the best crews around and third at last 2014 F18 Worlds, Matthew Whitehead.

Top ten below.  Full results Here

Americas Cup @Bermuda: Job Listing till jan 28

Do you want to work inside the Americas Cup organization? Hurry up and send your cv before Jan 28. Source www.americascup.com/en/jobs.html
The America's Cup will be hiring in wide variety of positions.
Current openings are listed below, with an application deadline of January 28, 2015.
Please send all responses to advertised positions (with the job title in the subject line) via email at: jobs@americascup.com

Or register your interest in working for the America's Cup at: jobs@americascup.com

Jobs listing:
- Graphic Designer - Bermuda
The America’s Cup Event Authority is looking for an experienced graphic designer to join the ACEA team and be responsible for the implementation and roll-out of the America’s Cup brand and logos...

- Event Manager - Bermuda
The America’s Cup Event Authority is looking for an experienced event manager to join the ACEA team and be responsible for planning and overseeing the delivery of the commercial and spectator aspects of the 35th America’s Cup...

- Community Outreach Manager - Bermuda
The America’s Cup Event Authority is looking for an experienced Community Outreach Manager to join the ACEA team and be responsible for planning and overseeing the delivery of local community programs...

- Receptionist - Bermuda

A-Class Worlds 2015 @Punta Ala: OIfficial website launched

Image: 2015 Worlds website, Sascha Wallmer , 1st at Punta Ala 2014 Italian Nats. The Italian Association has launched the 2015 Worlds official website : www.acatworld2015.it
The event will be held September 5-12, 2015 at Punta Ala.

On my foiling learning process this weekend I finally managed to fly the Exploder in 10knots, got the right setup plus 3 consecutive sessions in 14, 10, 9 knots each with plenty of time on the water finally payed off. Far from effective VMG to race, but being able to get airborne, ( pretty high ) and start gaining control while flying was one of the greatest feeling I ever had, it was a blast.

Meanwhile in the US and in light wind conditions Woody Cope with a floating Nikita against some latest generation designs. Pics by Emmanuel Cerf and results at www.a-cat.org/?q=node/520

Jan 25, 2015

Martinique Cata Raid 2015: January 26-31

Pierrick Contin has made famous the St Barth Catacup with his great pics, and also is working on promoting Martinique Cat Raid. Several top F18 riders participating like Charles Haineville,  Manu Boulogne, WIlliam Sunnuncks , Antoine Joubert and others. Entry list here.
Preview pics from training at Pierrick's  FB page.
Official website at martiniquecataraid.com

GC32s Key West: Armin Strom 1st

Quantum Key West Race Week. Photo ©: Jen Edney / www.edneyap.com Edit: Video removed as it was raw footage and the filmaker didn´t authorized its publication by members of a GC32 team in YT.
Info & pics at https://www.facebook.com/GC32Racing.
Gitana Team has acquired a GC32 to race in Europe, pics at Gitana Team Twitter

Key West gral Rsults at Here

GC32 Final Results :
1.SUI 3 ARMIN STROM Flavio Marazzi 3 1 2 3 2 2 1 2 1 2 19.0
2.FRA 007 ZouLou Erik Maris 2 3 3 1 3 1 2 1 3 1 20.0
3.USA 128 ARGO Jason Carroll 1 2 1 2 1 3 3 3 2 5/DNC 23.0
4.NED 25 Leenabarca Alexander Jackson 4 4 4 4 5/DNC 5/DNC 4 4 5/DNF 5/DNC

Press release sent by GC32 Racing
Quantum Key West Race Week provided the opportunity for the GC32s to make a spectacular debut in the USA.

"During the five days of racing held in balmy temperatures off the southernmost tip of Florida, crews experienced a range of conditions. The beginning of the week saw lighter winds in which the foiling catamarans could sail at almost twice wind speed and the 20 knots on the final day enabled them to foil not only downwind, but upwind too.

Four GC32s took part: Flavio Marazzi’s ARMIN STROM Sailing Team and Erik Maris’ ZouLou made the trip from Europe to line up against two US teams – two time Melges 32 World Champion Jason Carroll on ARGO and fellow Melges 32 sailor Alex Jackson racing Leenabarca.

ARGO set the pace at the regatta. Despite Quantum Key West Race Week being its first competitive GC32 outing, Carroll’s team benefitted from training time in Key West prior to the start and familiarity with the race course and seemed to relish the light to moderate winds early on. ARGO led up until the penultimate day, but was not dominant,

Australian F18 Nats 2015: Waterhouse-Goodall lead

Image:  Humpy Bong yacht Club  FB . -
No sailing images available at the moment. 

The 20 boat fleet is racing final day. Tight fight for the lead with 2 top teams like Jason Waterhouse - Brett Goodall  and Brett Burvill - Ryan Duffield and   two different designs, both Australian built: Goodall Design C2 & Windrush Edge built by Brett Burvill .
So  the Builder title also at stake.

Top ten below. Full Results at http://hyc.net.au/f18-nationals-2015/#results

Jan 23, 2015

Gunboat G4 #1: Getting there

Official news by Gunboat: "The first of the GUNBOAT G4 series is another step closer to launch. The hulls have been painted Gunboat electric orange and the coach roof has been permanently installed. Glass installation is underway and systems installation continues to progress. JB Braun and the team at North Sails are working fervently to complete the flying cat’s sails. Sights are set on a spring debut at Antigua Sailing Week. Want to learn more? Check out the full specifications and contact Meg Minetree for pricing and delivery details."

Jan 22, 2015

Ben Ainslie Racing: Foiling the Nacra 20FCS at Bermuda

Images BAR FB.- Ben Ainslie has been racing in Bermuda for years, local knowledge will help his project to bring the Cup back to England. Being the first to start foiling at the 2017 will help that dream even more.

We already saw how good this guy is on the AC45 Series and if they can get a good AC62 design they will serious contenders for TNZ, Artemis & Prada to challenge Oracle in the Finals.

Erwin & Jaap Flying their Phantom : 2nd Session at Hellecat

Sent by Erwin Kerstens & Jaap Straakenbroek.  The original video (embedded below) was filmed one handed on an Iphone and it wasn´t that good to publish. I asked them the file and I managed to trim & stabilize (and same music as requested ;) some good sections to confirm what I've been telling you since my trip at Carnac: This boat is Rock Solid stable.

Althoug Erwin & Jaap are experienced A-Class sailors but  they are not expert FP sailors like Ben & Gurvan we use to see in the videos, or freaks like Outteridge for ie, this only to remark how the boat reacts to any level of foiling experience, or the lack of it. Beyond the stable platform is clear in the video these two Ned sailors know how to sail on their refined helm and handling. This is their second session and having some serious airtime.  It seems also there are already some controversy on the local Netherland rating to be assigned to the FP... more info next weeks. 

Remember the Eurocat at Yacht Club Carnac has also a great round the Island raid, don´t miss it this 2015 season.
"Herewith a video with stable foiling of our new Flying Phantom sailing at The Haringvliet - Holland, Catsailing Club Hellecat.
Filmed single handed by Rob Klootwijk at 5 januari with 3 Degrees Celsius and about 14 knts wind speed.
Nice day of practice and a lot of progress compared to the previous day! Very nice cat to sail and an amazing experience so far!!

We will keep you posted and enjoy reading your site….keep up the good work!!!!
With kind regards,
Team Zeeland - The Netherlands

Jaap Straakenbroek & Erwin Kerstens

F18 2015 Season Teaser by the French Assoc & Easy Ride

While the Olympic Class is seeing a process of people selling their boats as many countries have their riders for Rio rather defined, the F18 class is gatheringg great momentum again with record entries for Kiel 2015 Worlds and the news of builders like Goddall Design selling out their entire F18 production till July as informed today.

Helping the movement we have the F18 French Association, that has been working on promotion for some years with these top videos from  St Barths. 
2015 teaser vid sent by James Baeckler / F18 French Assoc made by Easy Ride"Please found bellow link for our new 2015 class video waiting next week to realize a fully new website.

In this video we are also presenting our 2015 National to be held from  14 to 17 of May in Loctudy (Brittany) and introducing 2016 European Championship dates from the 5 to 13 of July 2016 in Brest giving 4 months for shipping to Worlds in Argentina!"


F18 Worlds 2015 @Kiel: Charter boats available

Image: Jasper van Staveren - Good move from  Nacra, as they have made arrangements with local German dealer to offer Infusions MKII to charter. Price is 2750euros. 4 Boats initially available. Details at http://www.f18-international.org/2015/01/first-charters-available-for-f18-worlds.html

Last week I contacted Brett Goodall for C2 charters for an Arg crew, as the Goodalls are always trying to provide alternatives like in LA and Ireland last year, but 'sadly' he told me no C2 will be available this year for Kiel as he has sold the entire C2 production till July. Good news for Goodall Design and specially for the F18 Class , building momentum again.

Jan 21, 2015

Hobie 16: Keeping the Spirit Alive

Video by Hobie Class / Gary Jobson - I started sailing in a Hobie 16 and without a doubt there is no other OD Class that can match the comradeship and competition level, plus being an excellent learning platform. If you can sail & race a Hobie 16 above 16knots you are ready to sail anything.

I hope Hobie as a company and a Class can look forward to maintain those great values in the long term, as creating H16 new fleets from scratch is rather rare nowadays.
I would definitely launch a new Hobie daggerless 16 for the long long term to being able to form these new fleets  to keep the Hobie way alive for many years to come.

GC32s @Key West 2015: Day 2

Images and Full Report at facebook.com/GC32Racing - Day two at Quantum Key West Race Week was a long one.
"The RC attempted to run a race in 5-6 knots in the morning, but this was canned after the wind turned inside out on the first run, leaving even the speedy GC32s floundering.
Thankfully patience paid off and the wind filled in after lunch. Two races were held in 8-12 knots, which for the GC32s meant flying a hull upwind, crews hiking hard and fully foiling on the downwinds, hitting 20+ knots in the puffs.

In the first race ARGO won the favoured pin as the other three GC32s started on port. After a long haul out to the left, Jason Carroll’s team was clearly ahead, picking up a nice line of pressure along the port layline into the top mark and extended away from there with Flavio Marazzi’s ARMIN STROM Sailing Team picking up second..."

GC 32s:

1.USA 128 ARGO GC 32 Jason Carroll 1 2 1 2 6.0
2.FRA 007 ZouLou GC 32 Erik Maris 2 3 3 1 9.0
3.SUI 3 ARMIN STROM GC 32 Flavio Marazzi 3 1 2 3 9.0
4.NED 25 Leenabarca GC 32 AlexanderJackson 4 4 4 4 16.0

Jan 20, 2015

GC32s @Key West 2015: Day 1

Images & Report by GC32 Racing. Results Here-
"Quantum Key West Race Week set sail today with the GC32s playing with the ‘big boys’, sailing on the same course as but starting five minutes later than the Mini Maxis.

Two races were held in a light, patchy 6-9 knots, meaning that the tacticians had their work cut out to seek out the best pressure on the course. In these marginal foiling conditions, hunting down an extra couple of knots made all the difference, as ARMIN STROM Sailing Team skipper Flavio Marazzi put it: “It was hard to see the breeze, and which breeze would work and to make sure you started in the right position. Upwind, in 6-8 knots if you catch a little bit more you are around 4-5 knots faster immediately. So it makes a big difference.”

Race one was claimed by Jason Carroll’s ARGO Team, a fine achievement in their competitive debut in the GC32 class. Marazzi’s team came home third, which the Swiss former Olympic Star helm put down to taking too much risk which resulted in the boats on the right side of the first beat finding better pressure. However ARMIN STROM Sailing Team, which is the most experienced GC32 crew competing in Key West, came good to win race two.

However at the end of play on the opening day it is ARGO with two time Melges 32 World Champion Jason Carroll on the helm that leads Marazzi by a point. Erik Maris with his French crew on ZouLou is third and newbie Alex Jackson on Leenabarca is fourth.

Today it was only possible to foil downwind so those leading into the top mark were able to extend away down the run. Fortunately the forecast for more wind is looking more promising for tomorrow".---

Jan 19, 2015

GC32s Racing @Key West : January 19-23

Press Release sent by GC32 Racing Tour. More pics at facebook.com/GC32Racing -
GC32s in the starting blocks for Quantum Key West Race Week
"Foiling catamaran racing comes to Quantum Key West Race Week with the GC32 class joining the action this week at North America’s leading winter regatta. Held off the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys, racing commences on Monday, 19th January and continues until Friday, 23rd.

For the GC32s, Quantum Key West Race Week is a stand-alone event and does not constitute part of the GC32 Racing Tour, which kicks off on Lake Traunsee, Austria on 27th May.

Flavio Marazzi, GC32 Class President and skipper of ARMIN STROM Sailing Team, explains: “It is a nice opportunity to showcase the boats in the USA, because many potential future owners are there. We have a one design boat which is fast and fun and Key West provides a chance to show what the GC32 can do in idyllic conditions.”

With this week’s forecast indicating winds of 15-20 knots most days, the GC32s will be reaching speeds of 30 knots and their crews will no doubt be quietly wondering how many scalps their nimble, flying catamarans can claim from the substantially larger Mini Maxi monohulls, that will be starting on the same course 10 minutes before them.

Four foiling GC32 catamarans, similar but smaller

Jan 18, 2015

F18 Worlds 2015 @Kiel: 176 entries, 200 anyone?

Image: Windrush F18, Aus Nats 2013. This is getting out off the scale, I envisioned 180-200 and at this rhythm the Germans will reach 200 no problem as I know many are not still registered. Again check quotas by country and dates to confirm your participation within your local Class Assoc rep.
Entry List  Here

Meanwhile the Australian Nats will be held this January 23rd. NOR and details at http://hyc.net.au/f18-nationals-2015/

Gunboat G4 will Foil

One thing is seeing a render and wonder if these guys (Gunboat & Holland Composites) are really targeting the 40' carbon light cruiser to foil... but having an image of the 'TNZ' foil production mold is a big proof of their intentions.

We've seen the 72s and the GC32s stable flights, so the technology is proven, although getting that package on a cabin cat will be a shocking sight if any, and I wonder of the logistics/systems to be implemented to handle such a machine, as is not targeted for a full racing crew.  

Click left image for more detail. More info of the production plans at gunboat.com

Jan 16, 2015

Stunt 9 Foiler: Production Series is On

AC 35th: Luna Rossa AC45 training at Cagliari

Moth Worlds 2015: Peter Burling Champ

Peter Burling was crowned today 2015 Worlds Champion, Outteridge who grabbed the title in 2014 finished second. Both are building what could become one of the greatest sailing rivalries of all times.
I hope to see both at Punta Ala A-Class Worlds in September to see see who is the complete Master, in 2016 we will witness also their fight for the 49er Gold at Rio which will crown one of them as the Nr 1 sailor of their generation.

Full results at http://www.sscbc.bvit.com.au/site/yachting/event/65411/overall_2.html?Tkn=151137

Jan 15, 2015

Banque Populaire VII: IMOCA 60 Foiler

Banque Populaire has been supporting sailing for years in giant Trimarans, now they target an IMOCA 60 designed by VPLP (Top Notch big Multi designers) & Guillaume Verdier (TNZ & Groupama C-Class). In a sense (and outside the IMOCA Class) trying to optimize monos to the limit may reach a dead end where the next step is just going with Multis for more speed.
Will try to contact VPLP on this one. Thanks Tibo for the link

Moth Worlds 2015, Day 5: Burling, Outteridge. McKnight

Jan 14, 2015

Phantom Delivery for Dutch A-Class sailors

Solid stable rides for the FP as usually. Local Arg guys still waiting for theirs, and me too, to shoot the 1 to 1 20FCS vs FP comp nobody has shown yet.

Moth Worlds 2015: Touch & go for Day 4

Testing the coinditions and Capsizing in Day 4 taht as reported yesterday racing was cancelled. Still waiting for today's news but it seems they didn´t race either as results are the same as yesterday: http://www.sscbc.bvit.com.au/site/yachting/event/65411/overall_2.html?Tkn=65334

Jan 13, 2015

Best Images of 2014 Portfolio: Christophe Launay

All Images Copyright Christophe Launay / www.sealaunay.com - 
Click for high resolution. Full complete gallery with 38 sent images at CSN FB. Thanks Christophe for a great 2014!