Apr 30, 2015

Flying Phantom Teams training for Carnac Eurocat 2015

St Barts 2015: Registration starts April 30 to May 17

Image Pierrick Contin , Franck Cammas & Matthiew Vandame  @2014 Edition. Hurry up as available slots are taken in seconds after each year registration opening. --  Press release sent by Dominique Ladouceur : 
Next edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup : November 18 to 22, 2015
The 8th edition of what is claimed as being THE international F18 not-to-miss event is back this year from November 18 to 22, 2015. Amateurs and professionals from all over the world will come together for one week of races and activities. Registrations are from April 30 to May 17, 2015 on the event Website: www.stbarthcatacup.com

What :  8th edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup
Who: F18 amateurs and professionals
When :  From November 18 to 22, 2015
*Registration : April 30 to May 17, 2015
Where : St-Jean Bay, St-Barthélémy

Apr 29, 2015

GC32s @Marseille 2015 by Antoine Beysens

G4 @Antigua Sailing Week 2015

The G4 keeps charging on what she was built for, 'wiping out' a 117 boat fleet at Antigua Sailing Week a la Herreshoff
If you want slow super stable cruising cat you have Lagoon and many others, If you want to have some good spartan comfort to sleep , have a dinner with friends and next morning go for round the Island Racing in the Caribbean and win races over hundreds boats, then the G4 is for you. Again the boat itself defines its target. Is a no brainer for the 100% targeted possible buyers. 
Check last week capsize from an onboard cam view here.

Full results at http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_detail.cfm?Race_Number=5
Antigua Official web https://www.sailingweek.com/v4/

Apr 28, 2015

F18 Worlds 2015 @ Kiel: Early entry fee ends April 30th

Image: Jasper van Staveren - There are still some places to to get 200 boats at Kiel and take advantage on the lower fee till April 30th. I have an specific requirement for a C2 or Phantom to charter, if somenone has let me know-.
Stay tuned next week also to see the progress on the new F18 build project at Exploder.

Kiel Worlds Registration link  here
Kiel Worlds Entry List here

Stunt 9 video & final specs

Image DenisLucci.com /   Michele Petrucci has been innovating for a while now in the recreational foiling ground. But his project has plenty of development to the point where the A-Class R&D might reach his small but more efficient concept. 
Not talking about the T & wand system foils, that can surely be refined to race , but on the overall pacakage &  full foiling cat.
I have many friends here that only want to fly for fun solo, and the current A requires an incredible amount of hours and dedication to make it foil. Great feeling at the end of the road but not everyone can achieve it.

Thus Arno's project of a full foiling A-Cat. In the meantime  Michele is the only offering a full foiling production beachcat as even the FP & F20 are still floating /skimming upwind in the lower wind range.
Michele's work is going to be vital for the next flying As generation.
Check the video for final specs

Apr 26, 2015

Nacra 17s @Hyeres 2015: Besson & Riou ....

All images Laurens Morel / www.saltycolours.com , full gallery at Nacra FB --
Who needs Medal Race to define Nr 1?  I'm getting out of titles with Billy & Marie winning events with MR to spare.
The Dutch teams, Mandy Mulder-Coen de Koning & Renee Groenveld-Steven Krol, confirmed the 'comeback' reported yesterday, and Bundock-Curtis finished 3rd in the MR for a final 4th overall.

Full Results  at .sailing.org/worldcup/regattas/hyeres_2015...

Pos Sail Crew

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Net
1 FRA 1 Billy BessonMarie Riou 8 3 1 1 12 3 12 1 -14 9 5 2 71.00 57.00
2 NED 244 Mandy MulderCoen de Koning -25 24 3 4 4 2 5 15 6 4 13 4 109.00 84.00
3 NED 243 Renee GroeneveldSteven Krol 2 6 18 12 2 18 8 7 -20 1 12 12 118.00 98.00
4 AUS 242 Darren BundockNina Curtis 14 5 14 14 8 -16 2 11 1 13 15 6 119.00 103.00
5 GBR 254 Ben SaxtonNicola Groves 16 7 4 7 13 8 4 14 15 -18 1 16 123.00 105.00
6 FRA 065 Moana VaireauxManon Audinet 3 9 -28 15 21 5 23 6 9 8 2 8 137.00 109.00
7 AUS 3 Jason WaterhouseLisa Darmanin 6 1 19 2 10 17 9 3 -26 24 9 10 136.00 110.00
8 DEN 199 Lin Ea Cenholt ChristiansenChristian Peter Lübeck 4 8 6 6 18 6 10 18 11 6 -20 18 131.00 111.00
9 CAN 271 Luke RamsayNikola Girke 18 15 17 9 6 1 17 8 7 -19 7 14 138.00 119.00
10 GER 211 Paul KohlhoffCarolina Carolina Werner 19 2 (40)
8 1 11 11 2 5 30 16 20 165.00 125.

GC32s @Marseille 2015: Pre event Highlights

More info on the Marseille Pre event at GC32 Racing FB

Apr 23, 2015

The Quest for the Full Foiling A-Class: Arno Terra's 'Flying Carpet'

Arno Terra's Flying Carpet concept, Cads by MV / Catsailignews.com . Click image for actual size, ---
I've been exchanging mails and technical chats with Arno since the early  CSN & then DNA days where this web was showing the boat first steps thanks to Landy & Felix telling me a new A-Cat was being launched. Arno is an experienced A-cat sailor and with PJ they broke new grounds in the A-Class delivering boats in series production, in the process the Dna has won last 3 WC-

After leaving DNA last year Arno wanted to go a step further on what he and the Dna team along Mischa achieved on the foiling ground with the first J foils. That work  launched the class to a full foiling path with a first milestone being Ashby , Burling  and Tuke refining their concept to win the 2014 Worlds in foilign mode downwind, where Nathan Outteridge also showed excellent flying performance (specially in in the low range winds winning with ease some races)  using Jakub's Exploder J version, and the T rudders that were used by Dna and others later on their flight development.

With foiling boats now a reality , after many said As will never fly on  Martin Fischer first racing attempt with Jakub's boat in 2011(they were the racing / flying pioneers in the A-Class) boat builders and top sailors alike are seeking to improve current versions and now the target has clearly become a full foiling A in upwind / downwind modes while seeking the earlier flight possible , just like the Moth.

With this Background, experience and goal in mind Arno has come out with his brain child , the  'Flying Carpet' concept.

The only problem is that beyond he is good sailor with many years on the A, and having achieved top technical skills & knowhow on the Dna project, Arno can't  draw a circle on paper!  

So I offered help to put his ideas on to, a working functional 3D CAD-

I grabbed my already drawn A, and started refining to Arno's concept & ideas. Then with Arno's clear knowledge of foil design and functionality I draw from scratch several new foil versions based on Arno's precise data.

The concept was to have a refined A-Class hull , smaller than current DNA & Exploder , minimizing aero drag, assy hull bottom to maximize foil span, angled front beams, precise beams forward positions , special tramp,  Z boom a la latest Moth, shorter mast height, straight traveller, sail area and overal dimensions (that is a 3D sail also in the cad/render done by the simple but effective Sailcut, a great tool to dimension and draft your sails) , and many details Arno will describe next.

I put some long hours into drawing CAD lines plus details, and then some on rendering, the first draft results can be seeing above. (AC48 hull renders was scaled from this A)

Below Arno presents his his 'Flying Carpet' concept in detail.
'Flying Carpet' by Arno Terra :
"Terra’s Flying Carpet presents the first upwind foiling A-class cat
Foiling downwind on the J and Z boards is great but the time for a full foiling A-class cat has come. I want to bring this new technology to the A-class community and it seems the right time to do it.
It is not a minor upgrade it is a totally different concept and makes foiling easier, faster and more accessible. It is the first A-class designed purely for upwind foiling. It is the boat I want to sail myself and see my friends on.

Once you realize that upwind foiling is possible and that is both the natural and inevitable way to go you enter a new design box. Bigger foils are no longer slow upwind but faster as you will foil most of the time, hulls can be smaller as you no longer need long high volume noses, you can get rid of the curved traveler etc.

What will be delivered is simplicity, good handling, a better aeropackage and better systems. This makes allround foiling happen in 5-25 kts, both upwind and downwind. Not only for the pro’s but for anyone in the A-class community.

The new boat will not get up the foils in 5-6kts either as with any foiler you need 7-8 kts to get up but

Apr 22, 2015

Nacra 17s @Hyeres ISAF WC 2015, Day 1: Waterhouse-Darmanin lead

A-Class NED: April 18th @Muiderzand 2015 by van Staveren

GC32s @Marseille 2015: April 20-26th

Image: Loris von Siebenthal - With Alinghi & spindrift joining the the game, the GC32 this year will be even more interesting to follow. It was already pure adrenaline with 3-4 boats last year. Martin Fischer's design is the Star of the racing circuit only below the AC boats.

More info on the 2015 Marseille event check http://www.gc32racing.com/limbering-up-at-the-marseille-test-event/

Brian Lake Pro Kite Foils designed by Scott Graham (TNZ Design Team)

If you wanted to know, or at least see  little more of  what  Kite foilers are using, here you have a good look at Brian Lake's weapon. As I remarked today on the Eagle, I think we will see this type of foils refined for cats in the future, specially for personal foilers like Stunt 9
Here in BA I've published some shots of Gonza Costa Hoevel Kite foiling, Gonza has won the Formula WS Worlds past week and will aim now for the Kite Foil title. Gonza is foiling in 5knots with a similar board and a foil kite (no inflatable ribs)

Video shot and sent by Parker Shinn, I will contact them next week for more technical info, now back to cad & rendering.
"Hi, my name is Parker Shinn and I’m a big fan of your site!
I shot this video of my friend Bryan Lake who is one of the top kiteboarders in the world.

Bryan is riding a foil he made himself that was designed for him by Scott Graham who was the Designer/Hull & Appendages CFD for Emirates Team New Zealand.


Apr 21, 2015

ISAF Hyeres World Cup 2015 , French Team warm-up by Launay

Eagle Cat 20 Hydro Foiler

This might be the first set of foils aiming to what kites are doing on refining the foiling wings. Also windsurfing boards have a super stable ride with similar setup, no wands, but  full body trim & control , which is difficult to replicate (the crew influence on the flight by body dynamics) on a 20' double handed cat, but I think on a Stunt 9 things can get interesting.

Nevertheless the Eagle team seems to have achieve some quite stable flight as reported by Roland, will be interesting to see a video next. Kudos to Eagle for innovating that path that in my view could

Flying Phantom OD Racing @Eurocat 2015 with Besson & Cammas on board

Apr 20, 2015

US A-Class: HYC Elissa Speed Week 2015

Nice initiative by the US fleet gathering together all the toys and sail together as we are  doing here in BA
They organized course racing and a 500mts speed line pass. :
"On April 10-12, the Houston Yacht Club did a fantastic job hosting a new "Speed" division in its 29th Annual Elissa Regatta. The idea, created by A-Class sailors at the club, was to bring together anything that's small and fast so we could share our latest developments, and to race with no ratings on different types of courses. 

Classes included the A Cats, Foiling Kiteboards, Windsurfers and a Flying Phantom that just arrived the day of the event." ..

Check complete report and video links by Bruce Mahoney & Bailey White I posted at IACA web http://www.a-cat.org/?q=node/549

F18 & A-Class Racing @Muiderzand, April 18th, 2015

WIP Foilers video : Stunt 9, Kite & Windsurf

Excellent clip from Stunt 9 photo session, sent by Remi Finiel. Video made by Horue Movie.-
To contact Michele mail him at 12piedi@gmail.com

Apr 19, 2015

G4 Wipeout Video at St Barth by Jesús Renedo

Heli Video by Jesus Renedo - Typical dumb F18 sideways capsize indeed. Judge for yourself. Although they need to solve the full turtle final position. Floater/airbag at mast top like the AC72s wing for instance as they implemented at SF. Incredible that they only broke some battens after a fully upside down final stance.
The Racing G4 now needs the re work to use a possible Racer / 'cruiser' label, as we've been saying, this is a thoroughbred carbon racing weapon (more when they decided her to foil), specifically Targeted for ie  to sailors like my local friends with racing experience, with all the flying toys and the resources to buy it.

Comments by PJ: "Fantastic day of sailing ended with a dumb capsize.
Ticked that box of the test program too. Everything fine, mainsail only some broken battens, and my iphone didn't survive..
Need a quicker main dump valve on the hydraulics that's what we learned !
Only way to develop a great product even better is to test it ....

Image Sequence by Ultimate Sailing at https://www.facebook.com/UltimateSailing

Apr 18, 2015

New Eagle 20 HF , double T Foiler a la Stunt 9

Errata: I took this boat for a 'Flyer' yard built  as the mail mentioned that word,  but it is Not, . 
This Cat (the new Eagle 20 hf) is developed and made only by Heiner Wolshofer from Muhr am see in Germany.

A 20' Foiler with double Moth T system like the Stunt 9.

The Gaeblers flew her this weekend,
More info when available. Image sent by Moreno Bourquin.

G4 capsized at St Barth

High bet with risks inherited as mentioned in many posts regarding the G4, but at the same very special targeted boat and things happens to those working and innovating, to avoid any risk you stay at home and better not leave your chair.
Not much info we'll wait for Peter's report that always are wide open and with details. 

The nice thing boat is upright and ready to go again. Good sign of built quality at least.
Will be interesting to see what really happened, as foiler do have an additional safer rider downwind on the lift and winglets control.
Minor injury reported to one crew reported.

Update: Info I have is, sideways capsize, that is clearly some handling error, as no cat , Ttransoceanic Tri or whatever can handle overpowered or not releasing for x reason.  

Remember t Virbac Paprec MOD70?

As Santi Lange told me when asking about Cats/Tris for the Volvo: " Multis gives you a clear measure of the handled power and you can react accordingly, in Monos  they push hard in 30knots and they end breaking them"

More info tomorrow.

Update from PJ:  "Fantastic day of sailing ended with a dumb capsize.
Ticked that box of the test program too. Everything fine, mainsail only some broken battens, and my iphone didn't survive..
Need a quicker main dump valve on the hydraulics that's what we learned !
Only way to develop a great product even better is to test it ...."

Peter in FB "Awesome team. Awesome boat. Climb back on the horse and keep riding. A dumb capsize by us...." Pics at Ultimate Sailing FB https://www.facebook.com/UltimateSailing

F18 NED, 2015 Season, 1st event at Muiderzand, pics by van Staveren

Apr 16, 2015

F18 Archipelago Raid 2015: Bundy & Carolijn in, 3 places left.

Image: Love Strandell - This is one of the most famous raids in the F18 circuit. Been publishing with different names (Archipelago, Revenge, etc)  along the years but the incredible scenario remains the same.
Some entries left , check stockholmarchipelagoraid.com/ to enter.  Bundock will race again, this time with Volvo Ocean Race tour racer & wife Carolijn Brower, they might take Kyle as navigator holding the ipad. 

Bundy won the 2011 edition with Jeroen Van Leeuwen, check his report at catsailingnews.com/2011/06/raid-revenge-bundock-vanleeuwen-1st.html

Les Voiles de St Barth 2015

Image Jesus Renedo / Gunboat - Text from Gunboat FB  :
"It’s really fun to be the last group starting, because its a blast passing TP52’s and the other big boats. We felt confident enough in the boat to pull off the port start, which we felt was the best point of attack. Most importantly, the boat behaved like a dream in the waves, we were very excited to see how well the foils calmed the sea state. The guys were in great spirits, everyone stayed motivated to push hard through the long course and we finished the day with huge smiles and high fives all around." -- Mischa Heemskerk after the first day of racing aboard the new GUNBOAT G4. Stay tuned for live updates from the racecourse today! "-- ///

Regatta official Website lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com/site/us/
Multihull Results:  app.regattaguru.com/lesvoiles/100085/class_results/100688

Italian Style

Images: Laurens Morel - Prada might be out of the Cup, but the Olympic campaign still has the Italian flag well up & flying. My favorite Nacra 17 team is by far the Italian 'super stars' Vittorio Bissaro & Silvia Sicouri. With the logistical and media support of Lambi Cesari they are on a mission for Rio 2016.

Finishing 4th at the 2014 Nacra 17 Worlds they have secured the Italian spot, and now they will compete against several other talented local crews to decide who will represent their country at next Olympics.  Same process pending for other top teams like UK, France, Australia & Ned.  Arubies, US & Spain  are still looking for a spot.

Vito and Silvia have been showing top level and they are well positioned, nevertheless still much to go . Lamberto has reminded me to follow their campaign at their official web and a new fb page.

I might go to Punta Ala in September and will check if they are between events to visit them at home.

Apr 12, 2015

Gunboat G4 @St Martin: The Video

Ehh. blab. .blal, bla;.."bla".... 
Just watch the video. Filmed by Oceanimages.co.uk

Apr 11, 2015


No racing today , 20 knots , later decreasing. Club PRO prefered to race tomorrow with better forecast. Although Nacra F20 crews were ready and sailing. The FP team was missing in action. Only justification , little hours sailing together, but it was a no show.

Two of the F20FCS went to blast the South East, Cruz & Mariano put the spi up going for it. That is a direct result of the FP using it in every condition, I know Nacra is going for some updates on their Spi.
Kudos to them for pushing the limits. Juan & Nico went out too.

Lets see tomorrow if we can complete the challenge.
Spi image taken from coast, no quality but good to see how the foiled with Spi up in 20knts with the Nacra F20FCS.

Apr 9, 2015

FP vs F20FCS: Round 2 this weekend @BA & dates for F20 Clinic @Eurocat

Image: MV / Juan & Nico. - No much testing to show followed the initial one, although they have been sailing some mins together. But now this weekend the 3 F20 will race against the lone ranger FP on a Long Distance scheduled for SAturday.  I pretend to shoot/film, you will have the results also.
All weather permitting.

This season in Europe Alex told me they expect around 15 FPs for the Eurocat, and Nacra will be present doing a clinic like the one Fer van West did in BA this summer. Excellent move for Nacra there to be present at the 2015 Eurocat on April 30, 16hs , remember to attend if possible, "Champagne" sailing at Yacht Club Carnac.

In our local matchups: who will win? Tough to say still,  if a long reach involved or calm weather the 20 will shine, if a more traditional course racing mode (we will use a fixed mark) and good foiling conditions  then the FP might stand the F20 power.

Apr 8, 2015

Americas Cup 35 new rules: Arno Terra's view

Arno has been a driving force in last years with the DNA project he started with PJ Dwarshuis. They were among the first to focus on a series production delivery in the A Class cntributing to its grow,  was deeply involved in the DNA flight development till latest Z boards, also he was part of the initial G4 project.
Currently his envisioning the new stage of the foiling A-Class, he wants full foiling boat a la Moth.

Below his view on the new rules, too much OD and I agree, beyond boat size, that for me was Ok, limiting too much aspects will make for little less surprise in the technical or development side taking away one of the greatest assets the Cup has. Next weeks, Gonzalo Redondo's take.

Above AC48 Rule render I started to get the rule and finished styling it for Roland Gaebler, have a good check as all will look the same on board lenght, case position and many other restricted aspects.
Later comparisons with AC62 and else, this is no plain colorful drawing, this is a full 'workin'g CAD, someone can build this thing a race it ...!  - Rules link can be found here
Arno Terra - AC 35 Repeating Mistakes
"The format of the AC35 has recently been changed by introducing a new class. A much smaller and more standardized boat.

A lot of both fair an unfair criticism has spread over the Internet mostly aimed at Oracle's Sailing Team boss Russel Coutts. I do agree with some who say that this ''beachcat class' is not in line with the long tradition of the America's Cup. Not because I think too that these new format lacks style or elegance. I do not associate too rich kids who practice

Guido Pirrini, A-Class Legend, Passed Away

Being remembererd in such way by your peers, it's a mark of life well lived. Pier Faccin and the Italian A-class Assoc remember Guido Pirrini , a long time a founder of the A-Class.
Cesenatico , March 28th, 2015
"Italian Assoc reports that Guido Pirrini has passed away.
It is with great sadness that A Cat Italia reports that Guido Pirrini has passed away on last Saturday after a short illness: nor his physical strength nor his great courage have been effective against this fate.

Guido was a skilled and experienced sailor, characterized by a formidable competitive spirit, in line with the best tradition of Romagna, his land of origin and land of inveterate sportsmen. Among the first to join the Cat A Italia’s founding members, since then and just up to a few years ago, he animated with his unique presence the national and international A Class regattas, even achieving some personal satisfaction in terms of final classification. In this long militancy he has represented the Cesenatico’s CongregaVelisti, his loved sailing club, in some of the major events around the world: he was in Australia for two editions of the World Championships (Lake Cootharaba 1996 and Port Philip 1999), in Long Beach (USA) in the 1998 and, has never failed to qualify in many other European editions.

Guido has been gifted with a noble and generous spirit, which only came out when he got the opportunity to help others. It has been so when, during a challenging race of the Vele di Pasqua regatta, just a few years ago when he was close to his seventy, he abandoned the race and a good position in order to help another sailor, who had lost the contact with his boat after a capsize. Taken out the exhausted sailor from the cold water, he put him back on his boat and then he resumed his race finishing the regatta. Once at shore, he firmly refused to ask the Regatta Committee for a redress: in the Guido's opinion the discard of this result from the series was more than enough.

A Cat Italia expresses its sincere condolences to Guido’s family and friends"

Pier Faccin / Italian A-Cat Association - 

Raid L'Space 2015: April 11-12

Sent by Benoit Daval --
"Get ready for the 5th edition of the RAID DE L’ESPACE this week end at St Martin de Bréhal!
From the little Tyka to the larger F18/C1, all catamarans are welcome to enter.

The race program includes round the can racing on Saturday and a long distance raid (St Martin, Granville and maybe Chausey archipelago ) on Sunday.
The weather forecast looks perfect so don’t miss the action!x

More Info on http://raidespace.over-blog.fr/ & https://fr-fr.facebook.com/RaidEspace
Notice of race: http://ddata.over-blog.com/0/54/21/86/raid-espace-2015/AC_Raid_espace2015.pdf