May 27, 2017

America's Cup 2017 @Bermuda: LV Match 1: USA vs FRA

Images Gilles Martin Raget / Ricardo Pinto / ACEA - Two great pics, second one quite special for us F18 sailors, those two crews are Arnaud Jarlegan & Matthew Vandame, F18 Worlds Champs in 2010 and 2012, both with Olivier Backes as helm. Tremendous shot telling a great story behind on these two top notch Catsailors from France we've featured here many times, that image has to go as header to the IF18CA website these weeks.

Team France doing a great effort, the info I have is they were behind in budget which is hurting their chances. Thus we weight our support to those with chances like Artemis & TNZ. BAR has 2 points ahead though and the French hopefully can improve? Hope so. Barker & Draper have the goods and skills also.
In any case super proud for the F18 World Champ crews sailing in the America's Cup for  Groupama Team France.

Mike Drummond's Custom Tracking App: "Tactical Seagull"
As posted two days ago Mike Drummond (A-Cat/F18 sailor ,NZ 2x Cup Winner, former Oracle head Designer, Wing responsible in 2010 and the list goes on here..)
has developed a really cool tracking app in excel, for those not being able to follow stream or TV broadcast or acea app:

The excel app is developed to display ACEA public race data for teams or anyone to build up their own tracking system.

Find below some steps to install it, you will need excel too. We'll try to stream a screen too if possible on his blog. Latest version "C" is doing pretty good after the tests done yesterday.

Really necessary app for this Cup when there is no open stream like past Cup. On ways to see locally check   , Official App is restricted too , check availability in previous link. Donwload here

For Mike's own app which has no restriction for personal and non commercial use follow steps below:

Mike Drummond's Tactical Seagull V2
1: Go to
Download "D" Version of Tactical SeaGull app by Mike

2: Go to ACEA web and download PeliSimInstall.zippy
Rename .zippy to .zip

3. Read Mike's excell app pcompanion TacticatSeagullInstructionsV2.Doc
and ACEA pdf in PeliSim package-

Read Mike's comments too:

Match will start Sat May 27, 2:00PM Bermuda Time. New Schedule available at

Saturday May 27th
Race 1: USA vs France
Race 2: Sweden vs Japan
Race 3: France vs NZ
Race 4: GBR v Sweden
Race 5: NZ vs USA
Race 6: GBR vs Japan
Opening Ceremony

Sunday May 28th
Race 7: Sweden vs France
Race 8: USA vs GBR
Race 9: Japan vs NZ
Race 10: USA vs Sweden
Race 11: NZ vs GBR
Race 12: Japan vs USA

Monday May 29th
Race 13: GBR vs France
Race 14: Sweden v