Jan 31, 2017

New Phantom Essentiel: Video footage

Video sent by Alex Udin - The Phantom Essentiel weights 171Kg and it has a base cost around 22,000Euros, using latest A-Class 'Z' foil tech which was also adopted by Nacra / Morrelli Melvin for the new Olympic Nacra 17 MKII.

This first video (previous was a teaser) shows the Essentiel with the wing seat configuration and the crew finding the sweet spot to get the new platform airborne. More hours and fine tuning is needed as with all new boats but what we can see here is how the 4pt foiling provides (specially in double handed platforms equipped with jib/gennaker) a more relaxed and controlled ride for your first foiling steps.

If you grab an FP /F20 for the first time , you are going to need some rides to adapt and maintain the platform leveled, even once you learn , you will have your share of wipeouts, mostly windward drop downs.
Add to this fact you don´t need to raise one board in each tack/gybe on the Essentiel and you are sailing this new platform just like we sail floating ones.
So the Essentiel is providing at first glance what is offering, a more relaxed and easy going foiling program.

In the other hand the FP & F20 once tamed will also get you ballistic and rock solid flights, some short videos from past weekend in Arg to follow.
Will be interesting to match new nacra MKII 4pt Foil setup, and the Essentiel sans wing and double trap vs these two weapons fitted with original TNZ  3pt Foil system.

Z foils & L rudders designed by Gonzalo Redondo seem to offer good stability, check at 0:48 for instance. In our experience with the A-Cats, the T rudders are more stable, but the Essentiel team chose L for safety reasons.

Still Gurvan & Ben or other experienced FP crew needs to give it a try and put the new boat to a good test in a wide range of conditions, they will find the limits and optimal fine tuning of the Z foil and L rudder conf.

Below details on the video above , more data on the tests at Phantom International fb
"Foiling with the Essentiel in 15 knots of wind and 2°C air temperature! Arthur Boc-ho (18) and Leo Lefebvre (21) were testing the new Flying Phantom foiling catamaran yesterday and after a few minutes of sailing, they were fully flying! For those who might not know him, Arthur Boc-Ho is a young but already experienced cat sailor who won the Red Bull Foiling Generation in La Baule (France) in 2015. He took his friend Leo, a windsurfer who only sailed a beach cat twice before, out sailing on a cold and beautiful winter day, and his first impressions are extremely positive..."

Jan 26, 2017

Francis Joyon / IDEC Sport smashes Jules Verne Trophy Record

All Images and press release IDEC Sport Press Photo Francois Van Malleghem / DPPI  -  www.idecsport-sailing.com .  They French sailors continue to raise the record bar, one year ago Joyon and his crew completed the Jules Verne route in 47 days, it was not enough. So what? We'll try it again next season, and here they are breaking Peyron / Banque Populaire record by 4 days. Full details in official press release below.
26 January 2017

The Maxi Trimaran IDEC SPORT sailed by Francis Joyon, Clément Surtel, Alex Pella, Bernard Stamm, Gwénolé Gahinet and Sébastien Audigane won the Jules Verne Trophy, the outright round the world sailing record, this morning. They crossed the finish at 0749hrs UTC on Thursday 26th January 2017. Francis Joyon and his crew sailed the 22,461 theoretical miles in 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds, at an average speed of 22.84 knots.

Out on the water, they actually sailed 26,412 miles at an average speed of 26.85 knots. They shattered

F18 Australian Nats 2017: Day 1

Jan 25, 2017

Americas Cup: Team New Zealand bypass new Framework Agreement

A framework for future Americas Cup without the sign of Team New Zealand is rather a weak one. As the Kiwis can dismiss any current arrangement if they win the Cup. Remember how they wanted to go back to Monos if winning the Cup at SF? They have their own agenda as shown in this cycle also when they refused along Prada to change from AC60.
The other day I wrote they might win the Cup this time so anything can happen after Bermuda.
Meanwhile Burling won a World Match Racing event at Swan River, Australia: wmrt.com/burling-takes-wmrt-swan-river-match-cup-title-and-flies/

Regarding this Cup , certainly they did not brought more teams with the One Design and the media stream for the new generation is non existent or not broadly available, we had to rely on Chris Cameron to be able to watch two full minutes of an AC45 Turbo.
For Americas Cup responsibles the only thing I see in their media channels is constant focus on selling local tickets!? In the era of Internet Live stream...
Check video above, someone need to tell Larry that no matter how exciting, F1 comparison and blablab....  We cannot see S!

For F1 I just switch TV on and can watch the entire tour. Hope at least they'll stream the Finals at Bermuda.

Below New Framework Agreement Press release sent by Americas Cup.
New Framework Agreement Creates Strong Future For The America’s Cup
A vision for the future of the America’s Cup has been agreed by current competitors that would see long-sought stability and continuity in the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport.

“This is a hugely significant moment for the America’s Cup,” said Sir Russell Coutts, a five-time winner of the Cup and the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority.

“For the first time in more than 165 years, the teams have got together for the benefit of not only themselves but for the America’s Cup.”

“People who want to enter this race now know how much it will cost, what kind of boat they need to

Nacra 17s @Miami WC 2017: Day 2

Jan 24, 2017

Martinique Cata Raid: Day 3 by Pierrick Contin

Excellent images by Pierrick Contin.  Click pics for slideshow. Full gallery Day 3 at martiniquecataraid.com/fr/Mediatheque-2017
Simon Northrop & Simon Farren (Infusion / Hyde Sails) won their second consecutive stage  but are trailing in the overall on a dnf on day 1.

Manu & Jean Boulogne, are leading the overall in the F18 after 3 stages with their Cirrus R.  Second place for Benjamin Dutreux & Joris Cocaud  and third for William Sunnucks & Freddie White racing the Australian built Windrush Edge. Stay tuned for coming Australian F18 Nats next week.

Boulogne Cirrus R & Sunnucks Edge both equipped with Simon Northrop's Hyde sails.

Bontemps & Amiot lead the Flying Phantom fleet. Check Tomko & Atwood sequence, John has already completed a foiling gybe and he continues to push the FP to the limit.
Check photo #7 above: Re windward heel, I told today a design Engineer sending me feedback on TNZ foil, that original  J  foil version already had a great tendency to heel to windward and is the main cause for wipeouts here in BA on the FP or the F20s.

Results by day & overall after 3 Days : martiniquecataraid.com/fr/La_course-Classements/

F18 results here
FP results Here
F16 Results here

Jan 23, 2017

AC35: TNZ Blasting Speed video by Chris Cameron

Video & Photo by Chris Cameron Photography. Click image above to watch video as cannot be embedded. I know is a little bit old (Nov 2016), but by far the most impressive video from this Cup circle filmed in by Chris Cameron, who used to be TNZ official photograph. A pity not having him this time around covering their campaign as the media or photos from Kiwi camp are too few or nonexistent.

Regarding their AC45 Turbo foil (photo left also by Cameron)  I'm checking with some design pros to learn about the purpose of the double curved sections, and some say its for a more vertical entry and to achieve 90° the horizontal section.
My appreciation is also a rather logical one on them trying to achieve more span, in the As is achieved placing the bottom exit more outwards, and here they reach same goal , at least a visible one, by the pronounced inverted S curved vertical section.
Update: Another feedback I just received from a Pro is that they are aslo looking to gain winward heel a la Moth

I'm confident Team New Zealand will innovate again, little room to play for this edition, but if they can match at least Oracle foils and system, they will have the Silver bullet onboard, which is their top notch talented crew.

I see Burling & Ashby going for the Cup no strings attached and full bore ahead. If you can select a perfect combo for helm & trimmer & Skipper combo, they will surely be at the top of the list.

In fact, I think they will win the Cup at Bermuda.

Martinique CataRaid 2017: Day 2

Phantom Essentiel & 'Elite' to be built by McConaghy

Cobra factory is left behind confirming some rumours many had, remember many others cats are built there like Cirrus R, C2 & Nacras. Below press release sent by Phantom Int.
Info on the new Essentiel here
Phantom International announces boat building partnership with McConaghy

World renowned boat yard McConaghy will build the Phantom International range, including the new 18ft foiling catamaran Flying Phantom Essentiel, launched at Paris Boat Show in December last year.

« This partnership is a major milestone in Phantom International history. We are very proud to work with McConaghy. Very few boat builders met our extensive requirements in terms of technology, quality and delivery. Looking at the sales forecast we wanted to give ourselves the right production tool », declared Alex Udin, founder of Phantom International.

McConaghy have been building high performance yachts since 1967, from small 18 foot skiffs to America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race boats. They have decades of composite knowledge. More recently, they have built the AC45f world series foils, as well as the MACH2 foiling Moth.

Jan 22, 2017

Martinique Cata Raid 2017: Day 1 by Pierrick Contin

All Images Pierrick Contin / Martinique Raid 2017 - Full gallery at martiniquecataraid.com/fr/Mediatheque-2017/ - click images for bigger size & slideshow.

Check 4th pic above featuring the 'Alado', one of the original F18 designs by Jacques Valer and predecessor of another legend , the Hobie Tiger.
Martinique Cata Raid 2017 edition full results not available yet but Gurvan & Bontemps won the first stage in the Flying Phantom Class, at least 3 more FP present including, Sebastien Rogues &  Jean-baptiste Gelee and Tomko & Atwood.

In the F18 Benjamin Dutreux & Joris Cocaud grabbed first place, others top riders at Martinique are Manu & Jean Boulognes plus Simon Northrop & Simon Farren.

Full Entry List available at martiniquecataraid.com/fr/La_course-Inscrits/

AC: Groupama Team France Mountain Training

All images © Eloi Stichelbaut / Groupama Team France. Click images for bigger size & slideshow.  This is great training for Cammas team. Good to see two World Champ F18 sailors like Matthew Vandame & Arnaud Jarlegan remain part of the core French team towards Bermuda.
Full gallery & report here