Nov 30, 2016

Diam24 OD Updates

Photo: Jean-Marie Liot from Haineville Team - The Diam24 OD Class aims to continue its floating mode and it is the right path to follow, like the F18 we need top level multihull classes where anyone can race and sail from 5 to 25knots. Foiling devel is not right there for small cats to offer safe rides for every level. The 3pt TNZ foil set up is extremely fast but not for rookies above certain wind range and the A-Class 4pt foil conf, now adopted by Nacra 15/17 and Phantom Essentiel (to be seen at Paris next days) are in the right path but still need to demonstrate an easy going flight mode beyond the excellent and additional margin downwind provided by the foils lift.

So Diam24 OD Trimarans remains a great option, and as always I would certainly race with friends onboard, I think is the right size and perfect multi alternative to Melges fleets and the like.

Below updates sent by ADH Inotec / Diam24OD on the Class and why they wont be displaying a boat at coming Paris Boat Show.
« Nautic » : WHERE IS THE DIAM24OD? 
Objective 2017
To innovate and adapt to the evolution of sailing. To maximize your time for sailing and leisure by removing as many of the constraints as possible. Since the inception, our concept of the Diam24od offers an environment conceived to optimize your leisure time and dedicate it exclusively to the pleasure of sailing.

Thrilling sensations and speed, ALL for pleasure: it is the Diam24od « way of sailing ».
After 3 seasons, the Diam24od is satisfying all levels of sailors (multihull beginners, amateur speedsters and regattiers as well as the seasoned professionals – age doesn’t matter). Accessible for everyone and truly “fun”, she offers a wide range of use from high level regattas to festive long-distance sailing as well as simple day sailing. It is a boat with a universal appeal!

The Diam24od is full of tricks:
Some people only see innovation in sailing through “foils”. We have a different vision: our main

Vendee Globe 2016: Le Cleac'h & Thomson head to head

Video source: Vendeé Globe Twitter - Great footage taken onboard by Armel Le Cleac'h / BP VIII while the French navy salutes him near Kerguelen Islands. Alex Thomson / Hugo Boss is 13NM behind and Sebastien Josse  / Edmond de Rothschild , trailing  +600NM back.

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Oracle & North 3DI Tech

Source: Oracle Team US - Tech series might be the best media production of this cup cycle. Of course we cannot see boats racing but that's a minor issue...

Nov 29, 2016

Americas Cup Vid: AC45 Turbos Training @Bermuda

Video source: Americas Cup Twitter. Why you would use Youtube ??.. Detail apart, finally some seconds of the AC45 Turbos flying at Bermuda, excellent venue without a doubt.

MOD70s, RORC Transat 2016: Maserati port hull Foiling only

All pics RORC / JamesMitchell - Pics above (Click for HQ and bigger size)  show the starboard standard setup we described yesterday on Maserati being possibly in floating mode, and their port T rudder and L ama foil. Looking further in their gallery and after reading their own reports you can see now how they are racing with a combo of floating & foiling setups in each ama.
Thanks DL for the shout on this (port side foiling conf) yesterday.

Excerpt of Soldini Team reports: "...The race multihull record to beat was set by Phaedo3 just last year in a time of 5 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes and 3 seconds. It will be very much a two-boat battle between her and Maserati Multi70 as the latter will be attempting to get the most out of the “flying” L-foil and T-rudder working together on her port side..." Source Maserati Soldini web:

Latest onboard report by Soldini: " ...Giovanni Soldini gave us this snapshot of the situation aboard in this morning’s sat phone link: «We finally got out of the wind-less zone a few hours ago and we’ve started to really eat up the miles: we are making peak speeds of 35 knots on this dark, moon-less night. The boat goes silent when she flies and accelerates like a bolting filly. We’re absolutely delighted with our progress and how Maserati Multi70 is coping on the ocean waves which are much longer than in the Mediterranean. We are managing to foil in conditions that would have been unthinkable until yesterday. I can’t wait for the sun to come up to get a better idea of what’s happening».

- More at
- RORC Transat Live Tracking:
- Below , Giovanni Solidini reports 35knots of boat speed:

Nov 28, 2016

MOD70s, RORC Transat 2016: Phaedo 3 vs Maserati

Photos: RORC 2016 / - MOD70s Phaedo 3 and Maserati going for the blue ribbon at the RORC Transat 2016. Maserati seems to be using standard MOD70 foil conf. Pity as it was a good chance to see the performance gap between two identical platforms but with two diff modes and foil setups.

Fleet tracking :

Updates by Maserati, they confirm to be using foiling conf ( Main T foil as race pic left shows a rather standard C ama foil):  " Storms, unstable winds and peak speeds of 38 knots. That was the situation Maserati Multi70 left in her wake as she emerged from the second night of the RORC Transatlantic Race. Now at the same longitude as Cape Verde, she is continuing her race north to catch the Trade Winds this evening.

Aboard there is great satisfaction with how Maserati Multi70 is performing on the ocean in flying trim as Giovanni Soldini confirmed this morning by sat phone (at 09.00 GMT): «The boat is doing really well: last night, we foiled for a couple of hours in complete darkness. Flying between the Atlantic waves at 33/36 knots with not even a sliver of moon was quite stressful but we’re happy with how the foils are coping with the long ocean waves».

The current weather situation in the North Atlantic (12.00 GMT) sees Maserati Multi70 still grappling with a weak N/NE airflow that doesn’t get above 15 knots. The coming hours will be pivotal for the Italian multihull which is now 170 nautical miles from the American trimaran, Phaedo3, which took the southerly route and is sailing in a 15-knot E/SE wind.

Soldini explained: «We are trying to pass a bubble with very little wind to position ourselves even further north where the Trade Winds will come in good and strong tonight. They will then stay with us for the next 500 miles as we sail west. Unfortunately, we are slower than anticipated and at south Phaedo3 has more wind than we thought she’d get. But now she’ll have to go north to avoid the dead calm ahead of her. Our paths will cross in a couple of days at around 30°N and 36°W».

Arg Pride & the Art of the Comeback

Photo: / Corinne Dubreuil / Paul Zimmer . If you saw Lange's Medal Race at Rio and yesterdays Davis Cup final, you will get a picture of what Argentines call plain and simple 'Eggs' (guts).
And you need big ones to continue pushing hard till the end. Lange-Carranza & Del Potro & the Arg Davis Cup team are a remainder to that cliche phrase: "never give up" , but never more true and better applied in these incredible achievements that included a lung surgery for Lange and at least two wrist ones for del Potro, beyond winning , yesterday we just wanted Juan Martin to put everything , and he did it big time, win came later after trailing 2-0. Hats off to the entire Arg Team. As a kid Vilas was one of my idols, seeing this generation taking the Cup home it's a great gift a hard working example to follow.

Nov 27, 2016

Vendee Globe 2016: Foilers still going & leading

News are that the non reliable first prototypes of Transat Jaques Vabre  are standing still and leading the fleet. Alex Thomson continue to lead followed closely by Armel Le cleach'c.
Both featured in pics above by Alex Thomson Racing & Banque Populaire
These monos are truly weapons and we hoe they can go all the way this time around.

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Live Rankings page at

Day report at

Nov 25, 2016

GC32 Racing Tour: 2016 Wrap up official vid

Official web: - Great news coming for Argentina regarding the GC32s... more info soon.

Nov 24, 2016

A-Class Arg: Non Stop Flight (& Fun)

This weekend many of us we went back to sail and this time also race A-Cats. It was great fun, 7-9 knots on Saturday, flat and good pressure for moments. 4 races held and a real joy to race As again, for me it was since Bordeaux 2014.

We have a good mixed fleet of rookies and local top guys sailing all kinds of equipments like F1, Dna '15, '13 and Exploders A14.
For full foiling downwind it was almost marginal conditions with some good pressure gusts,  the perfect scenario for Mehl to apply his great learnt technique to foil the entire downwind legs to establish +5mins gaps.

Second place was for recently crowned F18 World Champ, Pablo Volker (Photo left & former 420 WC too) who is currently sailing Moths and As. I have a mission for the kid: For him to grab both major titles in the future. Pablo sailed Mischa Punta Ala Dna and finished ahead the other two F1s.

I sailed an A14 and it was a blast, I managed to get two races from an F1 and finished Sat 4th race meters behind Volker's Dna 15. It was pure hours for me and floating vmg on the downwinds with some flights/skimming. Upwind legs I broke the Decksweeper boom before the start of the first race, and luckily I had a plate to sail no boom, but it was not placed correctly so heading to windward was tough.
Eitherway trapezing up & downwind was a change from the F18 helm mode , where at no time you trap downwind.

On Sunday 4 races held in 5-6 knots with full in and flat downwinds to train in full floating mode.

The best part of the event was having the new guys participating, young and older, I had to put some pressure previously though for them to enter, I explained that racing a windward/leeward course was the perfect training and learning opportunity. In fact the first race some got issues finding the right course downwind and all finished next races on a reasonable time after us (and us after Mehl.. on Sat)
After the racing you can saw their satisfaction and sense of accomplishment in their faces.
For me was the same, and I just wanted to keep sailing and improving.

Next December 2,3 & 4th weekend we will organize the first Nats at a lake 150kms from downtown BA. We wanted a no chop/wave venue for all to keep learning and also go for some flat foiling runs.

Check video above from Mehl from past Friaday, those are unsteady 8knots maybe similar to Sat races conditions. 1.20mins flight non stop, that was the difference on Saturday with the rest of us, on A14 or even F1s. So it was finally the sailor skills which defined the races.

Of course for two leveled helms, the F1 or a D3 will have some edge, but still you have to race and complete the course ahead of the rest. The other great result of the regatta was confirming you can have the A & 'B' fleet racing together, and it is the best way to pass knowledge and learning for the new guys entering the fleet.

In the past, I remember around 2013, the different As designs were having almost no handicap like the F18 between each platform, nowadays is obvious we are not facing the same scenario in the A-Class, but there is room for all to start in the same lineup.
A parallel ranking (as we've been requesting and implemented by the US fleet for years now) is the definitely the way to go. Not a separate, but a parallel ranking, maintaining the overall.

In the end, great event for us to continue formalizing the local A-Class. More to come next weeks.
Lets see if  we can get Lange onboard... I told him this week that he might have all the deserved Glory , but he is missing an A-Cat flight like the one above to complete his trophy & achievements shelf.

Americas Cup: What's Next on the Road to Bermuda 2017 by TNZ

Photo: Team New Zealand AC45 Turbo.  Data sent by Team New Zealand. Check graphic version of schedule and more details at
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series wrapped up in Fukuoka this week after 9 events around the world over the past 18 months.

Each team, except Emirates Team New Zealand had at least one home event to bring the racing to the public and give the fans a taste of what is to come in 2017 in Bermuda.

But just how much of a taste was it of what is to come next year?
The short answer is, not a lot.

The AC45’s sailed on the LVACWS are complete one design boats, which were designed and developed five years ago by the Defender Oracle Team USA as the boat to use on the 34th America’s Cup preliminary World Series event, long before the concept of foiling was ever imagined.

Fast forward 4 years and these AC45’s were retrofitted to become foiling boats, after Emirates Team New Zealand bought foiling into the world of the America’s Cup in 2013.

And these are what the teams have been fleet race sailing around the world since July 2015.

Compare this to what will be on the water in 2017. For a start all racing will now be one-on-one match racing, no more fleet racing which has been what the World Series has been about.

The boats, the AC45 vs the America’s Cup Class boats commonly referred to as the AC50, which are 15 meters in length will be in a different stratosphere.

“Comparing the two boats would be like comparing a formula one car with a Toyota Corolla” explains Skipper Glenn Ashby, “Not that there is anything wrong with a Toyota Corolla of course, they are just different cars or boats for different purposes.”

“So I guess it would be fair to say, after watching the LVACWS, you ain’t seen nothing yet, in terms of how fast and manoeuvrable the AC Class boats are going to be next year in Bermuda.”

The America’s Cup has always been about designing the fastest boats, and without the fastest boat, it is near impossible to win the America’s Cup. So for the next six months all of the teams’ focus is now completely on design and development of their ACC boats and 4 race daggerboards which according to the protocol are allowed to be launched at anytime from the 27th of December 2016 or 150 days prior to the first scheduled race of the qualifiers.

So essentially the next time we will see boats line up against each other is on Friday the 26th of May 2017 in six months time, and the reason for this?

Under the current Protocol rules, competitors are not able to sail or train with each other their AC class yachts before the start of formal racing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers.

Article 35.5.(b) of the 35th America’s Cup protocol states:

Competitors shall only sail or test an AC Class Yacht in a coordinated manner with another Competitor at the Host City of the America’s Cup Qualifiers (if any) and/or at the Host City of the Match during periods to be specified by the Commercial Commissioner, in consultation with Regatta Director. Such dates shall be published no later than one (1) year prior to the first scheduled race of the America’s Cup Qualifiers.

Due to an apparent oversight, no dates or notice of coordinated sailing between competitors were ever published by the due date and now all teams are prevented from testing, or sailing in an organised fashion with each other in the AC Class yachts.

This may affect the strategies of the teams who have been training together in Bermuda in their test yachts and especially the Defender Oracle Team USA and challenger SoftBank Team Japan who are sharing design information and for all intent and purposes act as one team.

The effect of all of this for the fans is positive. The unknown performance between teams will only add to the intrigue of how each team compares to each other on the first reach of each match up together.

Traditionally this real intrigue doesn't peak until the first race of the America’s Cup match, but with the unprecedented move of allowing the Defender Oracle Team USA to sail against the Challengers in the early rounds of the challenger selection series everyone will get a fair idea of how the America’s Cup will eventuate in the first few days of racing in May.

With Land Rover BAR winning the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, they earned 2 points to carry into the first round of the challenger selections series, or as it is officially called- the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, Oracle Team USA, the Defender, who came second earned 1 point to take into the first round of the Qualifiers against all of the challengers.

This is not the end of the opportunity to earn points forward.

Oracle Team USA, pull out of the racing after the end of the two round robins of the LVAC Qualifiers. If they win they will carry a point forward into the first to 7 points, America’s Cup Match.

But if one of the challengers wins the LVAC Qualifiers, they will be able to take a vital point forward into the America’s Cup Match, but obviously only if they go onto win the Louis Vuitton Cup Final, or as it is officially called, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Playoffs, and right to race in the America’s Cup Match.

July 2015 - November 2016
Format: 9 x events accumulate points to find 1st & 2nd places who earn 2 & 1 point respectively
Status: Completed

26th May 2017 - 3rd June 2017
Format: Double Round Robin racing
Result: Lowest ranked team is eliminated from 35th America’s Cup racing
Oracle Team USA drop out of racing to prepare for America’s Cup Match

6th June 2017 - 8th June 2017
Format: The winner of the Qualifiers chooses their opponent in the semi final
2 x first to 5 point match race series
Result: 2 x losing teams are eliminated from 35th America’s Cup racing

10th June 2017- 12th June 2017
Format: 1 x first to 5 point match race series
Result: The losing team is eliminated from 35th America’s Cup racing.
The winning team will race Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup Match.

17th & 18th June / 24th- 27th June 2017
Format: First to 7 points match race series
Result: The winner takes home the America’s Cup.

Nov 23, 2016

A-Class US: Woods Regatta 2016

Some great photos courtesy of Kirk Jockell Photography, check event full gallery at his web  -

This weekend we had a first formal A-Class regatta here in BA which included two well defined groups of sailors, those with more hours and the rookies. It was great fun and made me appreciate the work done in the US by Bailey, Ben and all the US & North American A-Class members on how good is to gather the group together beyond the current differences in A-cat equipments, age & skills.

In the US and thanks to Bailey's report & Kirk Jockell pics, knowing  Ben Hall at his young 70s is still sailing & performing is a huge inspiration, of course I need plenty of hours and regattas to even start thinking on reaching his racer & sailors skills, but  I will be more than happy just being able to get onboard an A-Cat 30 years from now!
Same for Bob Hodges and other US A-Cat sailors who continue to push the limits at their 60s.

Below check report sent by Bailey White, US Class 'Presidente' and IACA new Gral Sec.from the 2016 Woods Regatta held at Lake Lanier.
2nd Annual Woods' Regatta
"Last weekend marked the 2nd Annual Woods' Regatta at Lake Lanier outside Atlanta, Georgia. The event is held just before the US Thanksgiving holiday as portions of the northeastern fleet start the drive to Florida for the winter series and stop at Lake Lanier for weekend race.

The forecast was brutal, calling for winds to over 30 knots on Saturday and wind chills below freezing on Sunday morning. Friday was light, almost no breeze, high in the 80's. Beautiful summer day. Two boats went out and floated. Most others rigged, and fussed with boats.

Friday night was a great sale at Zhik, with most guys buying arm loads of new gear at really, really great prices. Friday dinner at the Ale House was picked up by Zhik and the regatta fees. THANKS MIKE KRANTZ and ZHIK!

Saturday was breeze on, with some gusts reported to 43. We postponed, and then a few brave men took to the water at about 3pm, about two hours too early. Chris Bolton, heavy air welterweight Warren Mitchell at 135 lbs, Richard Stevens, and Andrew Woods went out on classic boats as did Randy Smyth. Randy is beginning the process of conversion to a foiler and was going so fast upwind that the power boat with the pro photographer couldn't catch him.

Andrew flipped, righted and then flipped again in the heavy air. The second flip broke his mast. Three power boats filled with Acat sailors went to the rescue. Daniel Seagraves, a new A-cat sailor from Los Angeles, established his seamanship abilities, having helped rescue Bora Gulari in Newport in a capsize and now Andrew.

Dinner was a South African buffet cooked over three days with the leadership of Deborah Doyle with Mike Krantz providing an assortment of sipping rums from his personal rum cellar. The class presented two of Karen Ryan's photos mounted on metal to Mike Krantz and Ben Hall as a thanks for their continued class support and sponsorship.

Sunday started cold but was a great day of 5 races in 12 to 15 knots of breeze with big gusts and very light air at the top mark. We joked one lap was like a Vendee Globe race with doldrums and Cape Horn all in one leg. Overall the conditions were manageable and a lot of fun. J24 sailors came in bragging of over 9 knots of boat speed so it must have been windy.

Ben Hall arrived at the top mark first or in the top group several times at age 70 going on 50 with an AD3 eXploder setup for the light air he expected with C boards and no rudder elevators. He was fighting to the win the classics before retiring after 4 long races.

Larry Woods showed ferocious speed but also capsized something like 8 times including one where he flew eight feet high on the trapeze as he swung the boat into a bear away and jibe while starting to foil on an overstood last race beat. In race one, Larry and Bailey traded the lead on each tack and jibe upwind and downwind, racing so hard that both made the ugliest leeward roundings on the racetrack and were panting at the finish.

Chris Bolton showed that a straight board A2 can still go very fast in heavy and variable conditions, winning the classics and placing fourth overall. Randy Smyth showed his expertise in starting, winning most of them and working out the kinks in some of his new systems. Andrew Woods borrowed a mast and sailed all Sunday, but after growing an affinity for the sound of carbon breaking, broke two tiller extensions. Mike Krantz dealt with a broken mast rotation control but still managed a second in the last race of the foilers with a huge lead in the first beat.

By the end of the races, some people were so tired they could barely talk. Two of the Woods brothers thought that with the low lake levels they could hop off the boats and walk them onto a launch ramp. Until they grow to be 20 feet tall, that's a no-go. Their boats ended up looking like gigantic moths, pinned to a dock to leeward as other sailors helped them recover in heavy winds.

Results are attached. Bailey White combined enough consistent downwind foiling to get all bullets even when he flubbed a start and started last. His best finish was one where he foiled nicely upwind across the finish line but upwind flight was rare.

We had several spectators who enjoyed the races and all came away sharing what they saw in the water and helping the sailors understand the different techniques they saw on the water. The $40 entry fee covered lunch, two dinners, drinks, and racing thanks to Lake Lanier Sailing Club, Zhik, and the volunteer race staff.

Some quotes:
"The Best $40 I've ever spent, dinner Friday night, Dinner on Sat and Sunday and free beers and Rum." Larry Woods
"Andrew and Larry Woods, synchronized docking." Todd Woods.
"Fantastic, we will come back just for the food." Kiwi aka Andrew Burdett
"Awesome place, awesome people." Mark Skeels.
"Good ole boys on a wild lake." Daniel Segraves
"Big league regatta, and it was fantastic" Richard Stevens
"I'm going to the gym and sail all 5 races next year." Ben Hall
"Don't you dare take a picture of me capsized on the dock." Andrew Woods.
"Hahaha, too late." Bill Vining
"The wind was almost as crooked as Hillary." anonymous
"its my Trump scooter, loud, dangerous and kills the environment." Warren Doyle.
"Tacks better and is so much more responsive than my F16. Best day I have had sailing." Dean Mayke on his first A-Class regatta.

Kirk Jockell took many pictures which can be seen here.

Bill Vining also provided a few pics that show an effective upwind passing move by Chris Bolton and highlight the windy conditions.

Full results in pic below. Click for bigger size.

Nov 22, 2016

AC45s WS, Artemis @Fukuoka by Sander van der Borch

All Images Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing.  No live footage, no live replays , nothing to see, but at least we had Sander taking great pics as always. Full gallery at
ACWS & final Fukuoka results and report by ACEA published at

Nov 20, 2016

St Barts Catacup 2016: Le Clainche & Joubert 1st

AC45 Series 2016: Land Rover BAR wins @Fukuoka & overall series

All images Ricardo Pinto / ACEA , click for HQ & slidewhos. Below  Press release sent by Americas Cup / ACEA.
Land Rover BAR win Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series - British team earns bonus points for Bermuda (V2 including Skipper quotes)

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series - OVERALL Leaderboard

1. Land Rover BAR -- 512
3. Emirates Team New Zealand -- 485
4. Artemis Racing -- 466
5. SoftBank Team Japan -- 460
6. Groupama Team France -- 419

Land Rover BAR - the British challenge headed by Olympic legend Ben Ainslie - has won the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series with a first place finish at the ultimate event in Japan this weekend.

Ainslie's team sailed extremely well to secure the overall title with a race to spare. With the overall

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