Aug 30, 2015

AC45s @Gothenburg 2015: New Zealand 1st

All images Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing / Americas Cup Media / Team New Zealand. On Saturday I couldn´t watch a thing, today I managed to view (on a decent broadcast, and not pirate streams thanks to some sailors tips at SA forums) both races in light winds with some lead changes. But is not like past ACWS with a bigger AC45 fleet, where even in 5knots we were hooked on the racing on the constant fight for positions. With 6 boats that scenario is reduced greatly in light winds.

Full results at

In the end very frustrated with the people involved in taking broadcasting and media rights decisions. One of the key aspects of this new format with cats was attracting new generations and a broader audience. In fact they are doing quite the opposite restricting & blocking access. This  looks like an exclusive event from the old days  dedicated to a tiny audience.
Is such an unbelievable failure that there is no need for much words, you simply cannot watch the action, not even paying,

Nothing is lower than that. Shame having such machines that can attract new crowds to the sport being wasted on poor management/commercial agenda.
You don't need to be Larry Ellison to figure this out, you just need common sense: More people more exposure for sponsors, and if you want an exclusive regatta, at least let that niche crowd to actually see what is going on with a viewable paid broadcasting.
Current management is definitely clueless, more after a great media effort & first class coverage from last Cup.

Below serve yourself with a 1:50 mins  ""highlights"" .... Lame....

Aug 29, 2015

GC32s @Rome 2015: Day 3

F18: Stockholm Archipelago Raid 2015, Day 2 by van Staveren

Now this is the Archipelago Raid! All Images Jasper van Staveren - Full gallery at Archipelago Raid FB. Meanwhile in Gothenburg something is happening with the AC45s...

Aug 28, 2015

AC45s @Gothenburg 2015: Practice Day Vid

Nice video with a beat sound a la Nick Bowers footage we mixed past weeks. On the AC45s, Artemis had a capsize , thus might be the absence in the video wrap-up.

Pic left by sander van der Borch, he reports no injuries and minor Wing damages.

GC32s @Rome 2015

Aug 26, 2015

Transat Jacques Vabre 2015: Macif Trimaran first sail

IMOCA 60/Tornado/F18/FP sailor, Francois Gabart will participate in the 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre with the new Macif Trimaran designed by VPLP. Last edition Gabart abandoned on a dismast of his IMOCA 60.
The Transat Jacques Vabre recalls past 'Route de Cafe', a 5400 miles Atlantic crossing from Le Havre to Itajaí, Brazil. Official web

Aug 25, 2015

Red Bull Foiling Generation 2015: Sweden Series for Burlin-Bengtson

AC45s @Gothenburg 2015

Plenty to see for this second foiling AC45 event  ... NOT

C-Class Little Cup 2015: September 12-20th

Image: Alex Udin. The C-Class Little Cup 27th will be held this September. Pity it's schedule together with the A-Class Worlds at Punta Ala to be held September 5-12th, as is clear it brought  some overlap on sailors that could attend both events, like known A sailor Thomas Paasch who will be sailing  Team Sentient Blue C-Class. More info on the event next week.  Franck Cammas won last Little Cup with Groupama Team. Check C-Class label below for past articles.

Check Official website
Location: Lake Geneva , Société Nautique Geneve

- September 6-11
- Thursday 10th September
12:00 Mandatory presence of all teams and C Class boats
Welcome Briefing for all Teams
14:00 training Day , C-Class branding
- Friday 11th September
Last Day for issuing C-Class measurement certificates
- Saturday 12th September
12:00 Team Briefing
- Between 13 and 20th September
Little Cup Races.

Aug 24, 2015

A-Cat Dutch Nats 2015 @Hellecat: Heemskerk Champ

All images Henk de Graad , 2nd pic PJ Dwarshius sailing Mischa's windsurfer rig.
Not much changed from  Saturday '5 Bullets' show at Hellecat for the 2015 A-Class Dutch Nats.
Sailors didn´t went out on Sunday on a high 20s wind forecast, but the committee was out waiting for them, only Alexander Zylka went out to race alone. The rest of the fleet got dns, overall lead was left untouched and Mischa was crowned Champ. Final results and additional report at Dutch Assoc FB

This event could become a milestone for the Class on rig/sail development, although we reported that Pete Melvin already sailed a similar setup at Takapuna and Mischa also used it before, it is the first time this setup can be assigned 'some' efficiency.

Mischa's designed sail/solution along his sailing/racing skills was an important asset for his dominance over Ashby. He reported now 7 to 11knots on Saturday, I asked him on the gap with Ashby and he commented on a 4 mins in a 37mins race and +35secs margin obtained only downwind in other race, timed officially.

Not many top sailors are sailing their own designed foils (Dna Zs) & sail to left the might Ashby wondering what happened. The Worlds will be a good final benchmark for Mischa's rig design, but if Ashby shows up with a windsurfer rig a la Heemskerk, be prepared to modify your boom and quote a cut for your current sail.
Checking PJ's photo, I think a double windsurf boom might be needed though.

Mischa reports on his tiny top sail head design helping to stabilize his DNA while foiling, having much concentrated cloth area down the foot, is depowering the top of the sail , which is a logical result of such design. 7-11knots was the range for the 5 consecutive Bullets over Ashby.

With more wind this design can be even more efficient, only doubt will be calm wind racing, where Mischa reports not having better results on him being 91kg, which is actually a lot for a 75kg boat.
Punta Ala is going to be a great event to watch and follow.
Last Photo Left: Richard Gladwell. Pete Melvin at Takapuna Worlds 2014.

Extreme Series: GC32s will replace X40s

Image: Sander van der Borch. We asked for it several times and they delivered.  The Martin Fischer designed GC32 will replace the X40s for next Extreme Series calendar. Right decision not going for yet another Class.
Read complete official report at

Aug 23, 2015

Nacra 17s @Rio Test Event 2015: Waterhouse & Darmanin Champs

Images: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / Australian Saling Team - The Australian kids are putting pressure on 3x World Champs Billy Besson & Marie Riou. Waterhouse & Darmanin are starting to compete with the French crew for the dominance of the Olympic Multi circuit previous the final stop in 2016.
At this Rio Test Event 2015 the crown was decided in the Medal Race between these two teams. Besson-Riou finished 2nd behind Zajac-Frank while the Australian Youths scored a 5th that secured them the title with a 5 pts gap.

The Australian team to my knowledge hasn´t defined yet who is going to represent them at Rio in the Nacra 17, but the peaking performance of Jason & Lisa, plus the former Olympic medalist Bundy & Nina wanting the spot , plus Landy (former Tornado Olympic Silver) as Coach, the Aussie Team is gathering momentum towards Rio in a brilliant and pretty solid way.

I hope to see Jason at Punta Ala Worlds in two weeks, he told me he will try to attend. Reviewing what he'd done past year at Bordeaux A-Cat Euros with few hours in the Class (2nd behind Glenn), he can easily now be again a threat to top contenders like Mischa,Brewin & Ashby.

Waterhouse is called to keep the Australian Multihull flag at the pinnacle of the sport, Olympic & Americas Cup included.
Read his interview we did some months ago and find out how also Lisa has been a key part of their success racing from H16s to the Olympic arena at

Top ten below. Full results at
Pos NOC Crew Race Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Net
1 AUS Jason WaterhouseLisa Darmanin 7 5 2 5 6 2 1 1 4 -8 4 10 55.0 47.0
2 FRA Billy BessonMarie Riou 3 3 7 8 5 3 5 -12 9 4 1 4 64.0 52.0
3 NED Mandy MulderCoen de Koning 1 4 10 6 2 4 3 4 (18)
1 7 18 78.0 60.0
4 GER Paul KohlhoffCarolina Werner 6 1 4 2 1 1 -13 10 6 13 5 12 74.0 61.0
5 NZL Gemma JonesJason Saunders 2 2 -14 1 3 13 2 6 2 10 13 8 76.0 62.0
6 DEN Lin Ea Cenholt ChristiansenChristian Peter Lübeck 4 6 1 7 -12 8 8 2 7 2 2 20 79.0 67.0
7 ITA Vittorio BissaroSilvia Sicouri 12 8 12 10 9 (18)
4 3 1 5 16 6 104.0 86.0
8 AUT Thomas ZajacTanja Chiara Frank 8 7 11 9 10 7 6 (18)
5 14 12 2 109.0 91.0
9 ARG Santiago LangeCecilia Carranza Saroli 16 15 6 3 8 9.4
9 9 (18)
7 3 16 119.4 101.4
10 ESP Iker Martinez de LizarduyMarina Lopez -17 17 13 11 7 5 12 5 3 3 14 14 121.0 104.0

Aug 22, 2015

A-Cat Dutch Nats 2015, Day 2: 5 Bullets for Heemskerk over Ashby

Image courtesy of Henk de Graad. - I've Been following the A-Catrs for some years, even before starting to sail them, reporting on  almost every single regatta world wide, and I cannot remember right now any single one where Ashby was denied a bullet 5 times in a row.

Mischa Heemskerk started sailing As at 2011 Worlds in Aarhus, and he already showed lots of potential which peak at Isla Morada 2012 where he was crowned World Champ over Landy in a pre hurricane wind event.
At Takapuna 2014 he didn´t had a good regatta and later didn´t attended Bordeaux 2014 Europeans,
Confirmed this year for Punta Ala Worlds in 2 weeks Mischa is sailing at Hellecat 2015 Dutch Nats with a non standard rig tested some time ago with not much results due to poor light wind performance.

Yesterday at Hellecat they held two races in light  winds and Mischa scored 5 & 4 , he is not a light wind specialist either way, but today with more breeze and having Glenn Ashby as the highest benchmark possible in an A-Cat regatta, Mischa smoked the day in perfect 9-11knots conditions and scored 5 consecutive bullets over Glenn, showing his equipment is responding in a great way.

Lets see tomorrow and also conditions at Punta Ala, but Ashby must be worried right now, as he still has to wonder how Brewin and the Swiss Scheurer Camp might have for the Worlds. Glenn &Mischa are sailing the same DNA / Z boards, L rudders platform , the main big difference is Heemskerk windsurfer rig/sail.

On their annual meeting the Dutch Assoc voted to keep Rule 8 in place, as Australia already did. The US bid might have trouble getting 2/3rds at Punta Ala.
Check more updates plus some impressive flights from Ashby in super light winds and Mischa with more breeze at IACA FB page:

Top 5 after 7 Races. Full results at Dutch Assoc FB:
1- Mischa Heemskerk Z DNA (5),4,1,1,1,1,1 Tot 9pts
2- Glenn Ashby Z DNA (3),1,2,2,2,2 Tot 11pts
3- Sjoerd Hoekstra 6,2,4,4,6,(8),5 Tot 27pts
4- Roland Weltholt (10),6,3,5,6,4,4 Tot 28 pts
5- PJ Dwarshuis (ocs),8,6,6,3,3,3 Tot 29pts

Aug 21, 2015

Rolex Fasnet 2015: On board Spindrift 2

A-Class: Arno Terra on Rule 8 & Max foil Span

Arno Terra must be one the most informed and experienced sailors & designers in the A-Class flying process we've seen last years. Together with Dna builder PJ Dwarshuis & Mischa Heemskerk they lead the path towards full foiling racing As.
One last comment I will add to this before Punta Ala: Removing Rule 8 main achievement will be leaving the entry level and older guys happy with the fact they will be able to fly in no time, (in straight line + tack&gybes extra handling hassle) without going to the long (but really fun) process on flying with current equipment.
That's  all you are going to achieve the next second you remove this rule.

Not much in fact regarding magic or winning solutions from night to Day. But a lot to measure if you keep development inside the Class and keep those wanting to enjoy flights without much hassle playing within legal environment.

All the current R&D will continue in a progressive way but you will  give the chance to those with not much time to learn the new foiling techniques (which are not easy at all, although great fun involved)  to stay happy within the Class while the top sailors and builders continue the pursuit of  optimal flying mode with additional margin to try new designs.
Check previous post for Dutch Nats 2015 being held today and this weekend. Below Arno Terra's view on Rule 8:

Arno Terra: "Rule 8 effectively limits the development of the foiling A-class. Something which frustrates many. We already see people flee to full foiling boats or boards.
I do not want give my personal opinion here, just show how rule 8 limits further development and suggest two options to overcome this.

 -Rule 8 has two parts:
The put in from the top rule and the not closer than 75 cm to middle position of the daggerboard tip.
The put in from the top rule limits Moth style (active T-foils) and Flying Phantom style (uptip foils). Both type of foils lead to more stabling foiling than Z of J boards but at some cost.
With the uptip boards you have to raise the windward board to be competitive and the active boards do increase the complexity of the set-up as you need more parts.
The advantage of the active boards is the high drag to lift ratio of the foils,

A-Class Dutch Nats 2015: Day 1

Only one race held till now due to light winds. On another good proof of what we've been saying on the wind range, Jaap Straakenbroek with a standard C boards Dna won the race. The fleet is waiting for more breeze to complete additional races.

Photo left, new sail from Mischa Heemskerk for PJ Dwarshuis. He got a OCS on first race so we don´t know yet its performance. A similar setup was already tried by Mischa & Pete Melvin in the past. Detailed pics at Dutch Assoc FB

Update: 2nd Race for Glenn Ashby held in 2Bft as reported by Kees Krigjer. A little more wind and Glenn is already ahead the C top sailors. At Bordeaux was the same. He could hold ground (top 3) in the lightest of breeze.

Top 5 after 2R:
1- Glenn Ashby Z DNA 3,1
2- Jaap Straakenbroek C DNA 1,3
3- Mathias Dietz Z Exploder 2,5
4- Sjoerd Hoekstra 6,2
5- Mischa Heemskerk Z DNA 5,4

Full Results AFTER 2 at Dutch Assoc FB

Moth US Nats 2015: Day 3 by Nick Bowers

More first class quality filming sent by Nick Bowers / Kettle Cinema.

Aug 20, 2015

Glenn Ashby @Holland Composites

Glenn Ashby is currently in the Netherlands to participate on the A-Class Dutch Nats 2015, he will be racing a DNA like at Bordeaux Euros & Takapuna Worlds 2014 , as a preparation towards Punta Ala Worlds in 3 weeks.
The boat on the pucture at Holland Composites (builders of the DNA A-Class) being laminated of course is not an A but the 2nd Gunboat G4 hull.

I'm waiting for some updates from PJ & Peter on the G4 project, but as we are seeing here another one is being built. More info soon.

Nacra 17s @Rio Test Event 2015: Waterhouse-Darmanin lead

Aug 19, 2015

Best of F18 Worlds 2015 @Kiel: Jasper van Staveren Portfolio

All Images by Jasper van Staveren / This is Jasper best Portfolio yet, excellent shots from the 170 boat 2015 F18 Worlds held at Kiel, with much to see in each pic. Click for HQ, 1600px, Check for hundreds more at  Next 2016 will be held at home waters in Buenos Aires, web available soon.
From Kiel around 40 pics in this post, more below...