Sep 30, 2017

German Nats @Campione Univela: Day 1 by Martina Orsini

1st DAY

Posted by Campione Univela on sábado, 30 de septiembre de 2017

All images by Martina Orsini  / Campione Univela , full gallery at CUV Fb . Video by Campione Univela .  Results not available yet. Event web  here

A-Class Dutch Nats 2017: Report by Rutger Krijger

Photo: Rutger by Laurens Morel / , more here . Report sent by Kees Krijger & written by Rutger Krijger.
Dutch A-cat Nationals 2017 - Coen de Koning champ!
From the 22nd till the 24th of September the Dutch Nationals were hosted as they usually are by the great catamaran club of Hellecat.
Racing started on Friday with three races in fantastic conditions. Sunshine, 10-12 knots of breeze and flat water.
Coen de Koning, PJ Dwarshuis and Rutger Krijger emerged as the three front boats after the 1st day, showing some good foiling speeds.
On Saturday conditions were also very pleasant with lots of sunshine, but a lot less wind with 4-7 knots of breeze. Caroline van Beelen on her Nikita showed very good speed and tactics winning 2 of the 3 races and scoring 5th in the other race to be best boat of the day.
Jaap Straakenbroek on his foiling Vision showed also good speed and tactics, scoring 2,2,3 for the day moving him into 3rd overall, tied on points with PJ in 2nd and Rutger in 4th , with Coen still leading.
Sunday 4 races were held with a bit of chop and a breeze of about 6-9 knots. The breeze also had some holes in it, making foiling quite challenging!
Coen proved quickest on the downwinds when foiling was possible, here he made big gains. In the 3rd race of the day though the wind dropped to about 6 knots, with foiling not possible. Jaap sailed this race very well and managed to win, putting him in a good place to end up on the podium.
The last race of the day was held in 9 knots, making foiling possible again and giving some great racing.
Coen managed to win the championship in convincing fashion, winning 6 of the 10 races.
PJ finished in 2nd overall, with Jaap a very popular 3rd!

Top ten below, full results at

R Skipper Sail Mast Boat SailNo Foil Tot R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Totl N
1st Coen de Koning Mischa sails DNA DNA F1 NED 75 Yes 34 1 1 2 -4 1 -4 1 1 2 1 18 10
2nd PieterJan Dwarshuis Mischa sails DNA DNA NED 28 Yes 52 2 3 1 3 -8 -7 2 2 3 2 33 18
3rd Jaap Straakenbroek Bryt Saarberg Vision POL 17 Yes 55 -5 -7 5 2 2 3 4 4 1 4 37 25
4th Rutger Krijger Mischa sails DNA Fiberfoam DNA NED 14 Yes 35 3 2 3 -7 4 -5 3 3 5 3 38 26
5th Gert Jan Kos Mischa sails DNA explorer NED 96 Yes 48 4 4 4 -12 3 (dnc) 5 10 4 5 69 39
6th Caroline van Beelen Mischa sails Saarberg Nikita NED 41 No 39 8 -9 -10 1 5 1 7 9 6 9 65 46
7th Wim Plokker Mischa sails DNA Fiberfoam DNA F1 NED 93 Yes 55 6 6 6 8 -12 8 8 5 -12 6 77 53
8th Wiro Zijlmans mischa sails DNA fiberfoam Exploder AD3 NED 44 Yes 53 9 8 8 9 -10 9 6 7 -13 8 87 64
9th David van Aart Bryt Sails Saarberg Exploder AD3 NED 111 Yes 45 7 5 7 -14 11 13 -14 6 14 7 98 70
10th Theo van Hilten Msicha sails DNA DNA F1 NED 8 Yes 68 -12 10 -12 11 6 10 9 8 7 11 96 72

Sep 28, 2017

GC32s, US Team joins ESS @San Diego & Los Cabos: Lupe Tortilla Demetrio

Photo: FP Series by Martina Barnetova - So good to see John Tomko & Jonathan Atwood making the jump the the GC32. John comes from the F18 and the process of gathering this GC32 team for the Extreme Series is similar to the Arg F18 sailors and the GC32 Racing Tour Código Rojo Raving Team.
Together with Atwod they participated in the FP European series with nice results. Going to the GC32 is the next step.

The new Luper Tortilla Demtrio GC32 is filled with US F18 sailors talent, check his top notch crew:
Skipper: John Tomko
Crews : Jonathan Atwood , Matthew Whitehead , Tripp Bird ,Trevor Burd

All the best to John and the guys in this new challenge. Below press reelase sent by  ESS /
US-flagged wildcard squad Lupe Tortilla Demetrio is to join the world-class international fleet for the remaining two Acts of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ in San Diego and Los Cabos.

The all-star American syndicate - which is sponsored by Texan restaurant chain Lupe Tortilla and Demetrio Tequila - will make its debut on the GC32 as the Series hits the waters of San Diego Bay on 19 October.

Judson Holt, CEO of Lupe Tortilla, outlined the intention of the entry: “It is our hope that these two events will serve as a spring board for our team. Our goal is to attract American spectators and sponsors so that the USA can be represented in the Extreme Sailing Series at all events internationally in the years to come.”

The team recently finished competing in the 2017 Flying Phantom Series, which was held at the

Americas Cup 36th, Protocol Annoucement

75 Foot Monohull. Lets hope we will not see 10 guys hanging legs showing us what  "Real Sailing" is all about.... !
Protocol available for download here. Live replay of the annoucement stream here


The Protocol of the 36th America’s Cup was released today at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron after a focused and friendly period of negotiation between the Defender and the Challenger of Record Circolo della Vela Sicilia following Emirates Team New Zealand’s victory in the America’s Cup only three months ago in Bermuda.

This Protocol is intended to reflect the true spirit of the America’s Cup established by The Deed of Gift ( a perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between foreign countries ) whilst pioneering high-performance technology, inspiring sports fans around the world and uniting the sailing world.

Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton presented the Protocol globally via Facebook Live and outlined the roadmap and rules that the 36th America’s Cup will be sailed under.

“It gives me great privilege to release the Protocol today.” said Dalton
“From the moment we won we have felt a responsibility to release this document as soon as possible

Americas Cup: TNZ - Prada Live stream on new Protocol

36th Americas Cup Protocol Announcement
Posted by Emirates Team New Zealand on jueves, 28 de septiembre de 2017

Sep 27, 2017

A-Class French Nats 2017 @Bordeaux: Nov 1-4

Bordeaux 2014 Europeans was a great trip, perfect place to sail and excellent location. Would definitely return for another regatta. This year the 2017 French Nats will be held at the same venue. Another historic event where the Glenn Ashby won sailing the DNA Z foils  which defined the new benchmark for the new foiling era in the As.

Below data & schedule on the French Nats 2017 sent by Thibault Laudren.
2017 French A Cat Nationals will be held from the 1st to the 4th of November in Maubuisson, near Bordeaux, same place than the 2014 Europeans, It's usually good flat water, windy and tactical conditions making it a very interesting and fun place to sail for either foiling or non-foiling A cats.
This event will be the last regatta of the French Championship and possibly the last major event of the 2017 A-Cat European season, before storing our boats for the winter.

It will also be part of a bigger catamaran event named Grand Prix de l'Armistice who has been a French must-do for many years with 200 boats +, also holding an F18 regatta this year.

We already have 30 sailors who have pre-registered for this event, and we are reasonably expecting between 40 to 50 boats, with some Spanish, Belgium, eventually Italians and Swiss as Bordeaux is well connected.

It should be a great event and fingers-crossed, weather will be on our side !

We encourage all foreign sailors to come and join us. The regatta will start on the Wednesday and will end on the Saturday giving a free Sunday for the way back.

Event schedule:
Wednesday 1st November 9h -12h: Registration and boat measurements
14h : 1st Warning Signal
19h: Welcome drink
Thursday 2nd November 11h : 1st warning signal
Evening: AFCCA Assembly
Friday 3rd November 11h : 1st warning signal
Evening: Crew dinner
Saturday 4th November 10h : 1st warning signal
Prize giving and farewell drinks.

Link to the notice of race:
Sailors can register directly on the event website:

That period will have French schools on holidays, so even if accomodation shouldn't be a problem, it's still better to get it sorted soon.

Accomodation options:

F18 French Nats @Duc d'Albe 2017: Mazzuchi & Lisignoli Champs

Photos left: Winners Elia Mazzuchi & Jacoo LIsignoli sailed a Goodall C2 with an Oxo DS. -
French Nats pics & report sent by James Baeckler / AFF18. Official Duc d'Albe web
"After a large survey conducted last winter the French class decided to change the national format to regroup the class by selecting a popular long distance event which in some way confirms the roots of the class.

The Duc d’albe event is one of the largest catamarans event on the Mediterranean coast. The 2017 edition welcomed 147 boats from SL 16 to Flying 20 feet weapons. The particularity of the event is that you may choose to race only on Saturday and Sunday if you have a busy week or join the event on Friday for a an additional one day race called Golden island cup.

For the F18 class the Notice of race included Golden cup to take fully advantage of the fantastic playground of the bay of Hyeres surrounded by 3 very exceptional islands. From the first day our Italian Friends Elia and Jaccopo took the lead of the fleet, they confirmed the second day in a steady light wind and did the same the last day in a sustained 15/20 KTS of breeze despite a light crew weight.

So for the first time an Italian team will have their name on the perpetual trophy. Aside the overall result, in the Corinthian group Birgit and Christian took the first place returning to Caribbean home whit a new kite offered by our sponsor 1D One design sails.

The performance of the new decksweeper sail used by the winners has been clearly demonstrated,  leaving a former F18 World Champion very appreciative of the new concept. It is noticeable that the design used in Hyeres were not an extreme cut leaving a corridor for boat handling whit a surface fully in line whit the measurement certificate calculations.

The associate members attended a very intense meeting after a very friendly picnic. The board has been unanimously accepted for a new term and a large survey will be conducted during next days to gain the whole class position regarding some extreme DS designs.

Whit a very promising revamped 2017 edition for next year the class will join a long distance event in Brittany.

AFF18 /
Top ten, Full results at

Rgs Ident. Concurrents Grp/Cl Tps réel Ecarts Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
1  69 MAZZUCCHI Elia LISIGNOLI Jacopo F18 0j.05:52:31
  01:18:33   02:51:18   01:42:40
2  5 MARTIN Orion GATE Charles F18 0j.06:11:46 00:19:15   01:25:54   03:02:50   01:43:02
3  969 FANTASIA Giovanni RECALCATI Davide F18 0j.06:14:56 00:22:25   01:21:44   03:08:26   01:44:46
4  901 BOULOGNE Emmanuel BONIFACE Lucas F18 0j.06:15:34 00:23:03   01:26:26   03:05:34   01:43:34
5  200 DE GRENET Riccardo MARZORATI Claudio F18 0j.06:20:13 00:27:42   01:29:23   03:02:46   01:48:04
6  597 PEDUZZI Clement BLONDEAU Maxime F18 0j.06:21:27 00:28:56   01:24:50   03:07:32   01:49:05
7  10 LUTZ Andreas SCHLATTER Ray F18 0j.06:22:00 00:29:29   01:29:17   03:07:13   01:45:30
8  595 DARY Emeric FIGUE Jean-baptiste F18 0j.06:28:40 00:36:09   01:31:07   03:10:40   01:46:53
9  51 MINARDI Jean richard VENANT-VALERY Alain F18 0j.06:33:52 00:41:21   01:30:12   03:03:30   02:00:10
10  39 KRAHE Birgit ROUX Christian F18 0j.06:37:07 00:44:36   01:27:24   03:14:04   01:55:39

Hobie Wildcat Italians Nats 2017

Sep 26, 2017

F18 AUS , Nedlands YC Cat Classic 2017: Colby & Dalton 1st

Photos by Jeanette Kinsey published in the Australian F18 Assoc. -
I was posting the article on this event when I received a mail from Gavin Colby with a report from the regatta.
Having him sailing the Scorpion its great news, one of the most talented catsailors inthe World with a couple of H16 Worlds Titles and podiums, racing the lines I draw for the F18 OP its a great satisfaction, as I started sailing cats on a Hobie 16 myself.

Gavin & Jayden Dalton won the Nedlands YC Cat Classic this weekend over another top crew, Brett Burvill & Ryan Duffield on the super proven Windrush Edge, so Colby-Dalton win has double merit.

They sailed and won with a boomless Brewin DS (for those thinking a boom is mandatory)  and shorter foot by Steve Brewin. Report below. Full results here.
2017 Cat Classic report:  "eXploder Scorpion powered by Brewin Sails Decksweeper main, jib and kite wins the Hobie Class Association of Western Australia annual Cat Classic Regatta.

Sailed at the Nedlands Yacht Club in Perth the 37 boat mixed fleet consisted of multiple World and National Champions including Cam Owen, Gav Colby, Brett Burvill, Darren Smith and current youth Nacra 15 National Champion, Shannon Dalton.

The mostly light to moderate conditions hurt the non-spinnaker boats with the F18's leading the charge to secure the top spots.

Gav Colby & Jayden Dalton's brand new eXploder Scorpion powered by a graphite set of Brewin Sails with the new 'Decksweeper' design main sail proved the fastest in all conditions. Despite not finishing race one the eXploder showed some impressive upwind speed to win over Brett Burvill and Ryan Duffield on a F18 Edge.

First impressions of the Decksweeper main sail, the first in West Australia were that it was instantly fast, easy to trim and seemed to improve in performance upwind as the breeze built. Gav also commented: "I would be calling Stevie Brewin asap to order one. The horse has bolted now and if you have not got plans to get one call your sailmaker. They are that much better!"


Sep 25, 2017

Falcon F16 to be built in Holland

Glad to read the news Gill de Bruyne sent me today. He and Kathleen Vandenbulcke have been racing and promoting the Falcon built by Matt McDonald in the US along the F16 Class for years. Now the Falcon F16 will be also built in the Netherlands. Check details below.
----------------------------------------- – Falcon catamarans - Ostend, Belgium, 24th of September 2017
Falcon catamarans takes the next step in its strategy to deliver high quality products close to market

“We are happy and proud to announce that we will produce the Falcon F16 from now onwards also in Europe”, says Gill De Bruyne, Owner of

Since the launch of the Falcon F16, 9 years ago, and the Falcon F18 in 2013, Falcon catamarans has grown in the catworld. Pushed by the growth of the F16 class the Falcon F16 has become one of the most sailed and raced F16s in the world.

“We have always followed a different path compared to our colleagues” says Gill. Where most brands have moved production to Thailand to keep competitive prices, Matt at Falcon Marine has invested in new production techniques to keep labour costs lower and drastically improve quality. In this way we managed to keep producing close to our customers and create a truly optimized F16.

Now we take the next step in this strategy and will produce the Falcon F16 both in the USA and Europe, to be close to our 2 main markets for sales and in that way keep leading in the service we offer.

The Falcon F16 will raise the bar again with its production in Europe. The beams on the standard boat will be in carbon adding additional stiffness to the platform. Hulls, beams and foils will be produced at Meeusen Composites in Breskens, Holland.

Producing at Meeusen has many advantages. We speak the same languages, customers can hop in to see the production of their boat and Steven has a huge experience in high tech and high quality lamination work. He was involved in building parts for many big projects such as the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup to name 2. Steven is full of passion to help create the best possible cat platform for our European customers.

All components on the European produced boats will be fully interchangeable with the existing US produced boats. The proven concept of a comfortable, world champion F16 design will not change, but some minor updates to suit the European market better will be done and we are proud almost all components are sourced with local Belgian or Dutch suppliers. So the Falcon F16 will have a smaller environmental footprint then most of the other designs around.

When buying a Falcon you know it has a really complete kit, it’s designed with bot speed and comfort in mind and it’s built with passion.

Here you can see how the Falcon is built in the USA using vaccuum infusion:

If you want to know more about the Falcon in Europe, visit or for US and worldwide distribution.

Grand Prix de clôture SNG: Alinghi 1st & 2017 D35 Trophy Champ

All imags Loris von Siebenthal / D35 Trophy., more at their fb page.  Alinghi won the last event of the 2017season, the Grand Prix Cloture held at SNG.

The Swiss team also won the 2017 Trophy winning 8 events out of 9 held during the season.  Overall D35 Trophy positions available here.

Alinghi also won the Bol d'Or , so Bertarelli is closing a perfect run on his D35.
Official web

Below results of this weekend regatta:

Grand Prix de clôture SNG 2017
1 SUI 1 Alinghi 5 14 1 1 1 1 1 9
2 SUI 6 Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier 16 22 6 4 2 2 2 6
3 SUI 7 Realteam 20 29 3 2 4 9 6 5
4 SUI 11 Swisscom 21 27 4 6 5 6 4 2
5 SUI 4 Zen too 24 32 8 8 7 5 3 1
6 SUI 8 Racing Django 24 31 5 5 6 7 5 3
7 SUI 9 Mobimo 25 34 9 3 3 4 7 8
8 SUI 2 Okalys 27 36 2 7 9 3 8 7
9 SUI 5 Phaedo 2 36 45 7 9 8 8 9 4

Sep 24, 2017

Dutch A-Class Nats 2017 @Hellecat: Coen de Koning Champ

Image by Laurens Morel , more at his Fb page.
Coen de Koning, former x2 F18 World Champ, crowned himself this weekend as the 2017 A-Class Dutch Champ. 10 races held at Hellecat , 6 bullets for Coen. PJ Dwarshuis finished in second place , both racing DNA F1.
Third place overall for Jaap Straakenbroek on a Vision A-Cat / Saarberg. A good highlight was Caroline van Beelen scoring two bullets with her Nikita. Full results available only  at the Dutch Assoc Fb.
Mischa Heemskerk did not participated of the event.

UKS Navigo F18 & A-Class Open, Sep 23-24 2017

All images UKS Navigo Catamaran Club, Sopot. More pics & at their Fb page. Last event of the 2017 organized by the UKS Navigo , Club which held the 2017 A-Class Worlds. Nice to see Tymek & Anna Świtajska racing again F18 (they went to Denmark) and also Kuba Surowiec sailing with Kasia Goralska. Tymek & Kuba finished 2nd & r3d respectively in the A-Cat Worlds in the same venue some weeks ago.
Clearly both might be targeting a Nacra 17 campaign, no doubt they can can do really good in the N17 MKII foiler.
But the F18 is really the place to start and become competitive in double handed racing.

Tymek & Anna (who also raced the A-Cat Worlds) won over Kube & Kasia after 6 races, with 5 bullets for the winners who raced an Exploder Scorpion but also have more experience sailing the F18 as noted on their Denmark Worlds trip.

In the A-Class Jacek Noetzel won all bullets and a DNF in the first race.
Find full results at

Sep 23, 2017

French Nats @Hyeres: Mazzuchi & Lisignoli lead

Comments by James Baeckler, in line with what I've  been writing for a while on the a shorter DS foot and lately on Brewin's new sail past days:
"The Italian team of Mazzuchi & Lisignoli seems untouchable in light wind using an Oxo decksweeper sail prototype which is not as extreme in foot size as some others designs, thus leaving a large corridor for both crew to pass under the boom when tacking. A possible design to regroup all F18 sailors whit this sensitive evolution.

Overall after 2 races :
1 ITA 69 Mazzuchi/Lisignoli
2 FRA 5 Martin/ Gate
3 ITA Fantasia/ Recalcati

Tomorrow west wind 15/18 kts is expected, we will see if that Decksweeper is confirming to be superior in stronger wind too"

Sep 22, 2017

Dutch A-Class Nats 2017 @Hellecat: Day 1 by Laurens Morel

Great images courtesy of Laurens Morel /, more at his Fb page. Day 1 Results pending, check Dutch Assoc fb site  & Hellecat Fb for updates