Oct 30, 2017

Banque Populaire IX Maxi Trimaran Foiler launched

All images & tech report by Banque Populaire Voile. Click images for HD Slideshow , full gallery at www.voile.banquepopulaire.fr -

Video by  JPL Lorient.

What a Weapon. While the Americas Cup  goes back to real sailing in monohulls...  the French sailors, designers & yards are delivering the most impressive ocean crossing machines.

Central T foil also for BP IX, like Verdier's Gitana's latest setupGabart's Macif Tri does not features one,  also confirmed by Gabart at the time. For Macif J boards check this post.

If Macif stays put in terms of central T foil we will have an interesting matchup between the giant Trimaran Foilers in coming crossings & records attempts to see which conf pays weighting  additional lift vs drag in calm weather.

On the MOD 70s, Maserati could not beat yet standard floating Phaedo 3. But at this stage Gitana & BP along VPLP/Verdier might have found the right compromise.

Check third pic above of the amas J foil, that sections is similar to what the AC50s used at Bermuda, also these Js are featuring an elliptical planshape, opposed to the more straight tapers used in the first TNZ Js generation and all its beachcat counterparts that followed the same design concept.

The size and sail power of these Tris is off the scale. We need to thank the French sailing community for pushing the limits. Right now if sailing development depended on the Kiwis & Prada, and the old same guard that banned Herreshoff Amaryllis all of us would be sailing 5 knots logs.

Oct 29, 2017

Nacra 15 Youth Olympic Games 2018 Qualifiers @Medemblik: Final Day

Volvo Ocean Race: Vestas 11th Hour Racing wins Leg 1

Photo: Jesús Renedo/VOR, full gallery at his fb page. Video & report by VOR / volvooceanrace.com  media. Dongfeng with Carolijn Brouwer & Marie Riou as team members finshed in 3rd place.

Pos Team Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 Leg 8 Leg 9 Leg 10 Leg 11 Extra Tot
1 Vestas 11th Hour Racing 7 - - - - - - -

1 8
2 MAPFRE 6 - - - - - - - - - - - 6
3 Dongfeng Race Team 5 - - - - - - - - - - - 5
4 Team AkzoNobel 4 - - - - - - - - - - - 4
5 Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 3 - - - - - - - - - - - 3
6 Team Brunel 2 - - - - - - - - - - - 2
7 Turn the Tide on Plastic 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 1

Vestas 11th Hour Racing have won Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line in the River Tagus in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday afternoon.

It's a tremendous victory for American skipper Charlie Enright and his team, who earn 8 points for their efforts (including a one point 'bonus' for winning the leg).

It wasn't easy. The wind shut down on the final approach, and an early morning lead of 34-nautical miles over second-placed MAPFRE was whittled down to 10-miles, with the finish in sight, but the current in the river even pushing the leaders back out to sea in some of the lulls.

But the crew on the Vestas boat held their nerve, tacking first up and then down, zigzagging towards the line, into agonisingly light headwinds.

Click HERE to read more.

Oct 27, 2017

TF10 Sea Trials: DNA report from Barcelona

All images by Tomàs Moya/DNA Performance Sailing. Pics & Press release sent by DNA Performance Sailing. As reported yesterday the TF10 turned some heads at Barcelona European Yacht of the Year being held at Barcelona.  Aside the foiling rides impressing the Cruisnig yachts journalists the crew also had a dismast, below details the issue and  on the trials.
Bummer on the mast, pushing the limits has it risks, although a mast down is not proprietary of foiling multis,  its always better going wide open and report yourself.

Best quote from the sailing report is this one  from Mischa Heemskerk :  “A number of the journalists seemed uncomfortable at first, going from the other champagne-filled charter yachts to our little speed racer, but after a few minutes behind the tiller, we couldn’t get them to put it down!”

Flying TF10 Trimaran Exceeds Expectations During Mediterranean Sea Trials
Port Ginesta, Spain (27 October 2017) – An unending parade of reporters, racers, and prospective owners became acquainted with the leading edge in sailing technology this month with the all-new TF10 foiling trimaran, the first sailing boat in history designed from the ground up to provide an exhilarating yet unintimidating flying experience to sailors of all skill levels.

Thanks to an ingenious combination of Z-Foil Technology and electronic foil control, the TF10 replicates much of the performance of a modern foiling America’s Cup boat but without the crashes, flips, or power requirements: The 36-foot long racing sailboat is versatile and exciting in all weather, easily sailing at 2-3 times the wind speed in lighter air and comfortably flying along at 25-30 knots in stiffer breeze.

Designed by Southern California-based Morrelli & Melvin, the same team behind both the first foiling multihull (Team New Zealand’s AC72 Aotearoa) and the foiling Olympic catamaran, the TF10 was commissioned by a group of Newport, Rhode Island-based sailing enthusiasts looking for something entirely different.

“As a group, we knew we wanted something that pushed the boundaries of what is possible in foiling boat design, and it looks like the designers and builders have created something completely unique and exceptional,” said Dr. Malcolm Gefter, owner of Hull # 1 and the driving force behind the new boat and class. Dr. Gefter explained that he and rest of the TF-10’s first owners are all experienced racers trying to create a class with state-of-the-art performance but without the kind of “arms race” and cost escalation from which most grand prix sailing classes suffer.

Netherlands-based builder DNA Performance Sailing conducted two valuable weeks of sailing and sea trials along Spain’s Costa Brava, assisted by multiple catamaran racing World Champion and DNA advisor Mischa Heemskerk , who said the learning curve was ‘steep but manageable.’ “We’ve had dozens of people steering and crewing the boat here in 14 days, and not a single person got off the boat without a big smile on their face,” said Heemskerk, referring to not only potential customers, but also the journalist judges who came specifically to Spain to test the TF10 and several other yachts nominated for the prestigious European Yacht of the Year competition.

“A number of the journalists seemed uncomfortable at first, going from the other champagne-filled charter yachts to our little speed racer, but after a few minutes behind the tiller, we couldn’t get them to put it down!” he said.

As the testing period entered its final phase on Wednesday morning, a perfect Northerly breeze rolled in.  Led by Heemskerk at the helm, the full crew immediately set off for another session, this time with Spanish yachting photographer Tomàs Moya in tow. With a crew of experienced sailors aboard the racing yacht and for the first time, no guests, crew continued to test new settings without drama.

The boat easily accelerated past 25 knots in the quiet, flat water - a perfect beginning to a day scheduled for the new owner’s first sail since the boat was splashed in Holland early this summer. Just minutes into the sail, a
loud “Bang” announced that the day wasn’t as perfect as they’d hoped: the high-modulus carbon fiber
mast crumpled to the deck immediately, breaking in parts on the way down.

A-Class and F-18 catamaran world champion Heemskerk is no stranger to dismastings, especially with his extensive work on the fastest and most modern of foiling boats, but he was surprised to see the mast let go in such light air. “It seems we may be quite a bit faster than the simulations predicted, which means we could be developing too much power for the mast design,” said the Dutch racer, who said breakages have been an important part of the development of all foiling boats – especially the big ones.

“Foiling in big yachts has only been possible for a few short years, so sea and sail trials are an extremely important tool to find the weak links in these cutting-edge designs,” he said.
Heemskerk said the yacht’s designers and builders are already investigating the breakage to determine what modifications are needed before the production run gets fully underway, and they’re confident the fix isn’t complicated.

“The silver lining here is that we had a great month of sailing with a respectable
showing for the Yacht of the Year competition, we learned a ton about the boat, and aside from the mast and a couple of insignificant bits and pieces, the boat performed flawlessly,” said Heemskerk.
As a longtime research scientist and pharmaceutical inventor, Gefter knows firsthand the tough road that innovation can require, and the former Professor of Biochemistry Emeritus at MIT was introspective when he saw the topless racing machine sitting at the dock. “The first of what my students used to call ‘Gefter’s Laws’ may apply here: If an experiment comes up with exactly what the result you wanted on the first try, you will never be able to replicate that experiment again,” said the former professor, adding that “We wanted to change this sport, which is why we picked designers and a builder who truly understand how to push the envelope, and if it doesn’t break in the experimental phase, you just are not trying enough.”

Dr. Gefter said he was pleased the team was working so hard to identify any issues, and that he was
confident the boat would ready to race in South Florida over the coming winter.

Photos rights free for editorial use with credit: Tomàs Moya/DNA Performance Sailing.
Full specs on the TF10 as well as other DNA Performance Sailing products here.
For media or sales information, contact: Thijs van Riemsdijk, dna@hollandcomposites.nl, +31320281877

Sign up for the TF10 Newsletter here: www.tf10class.com

Oct 26, 2017

Spindrift 2 announces Jules Verne Trophy 2nd record attemp

Second Jules Verne Trophy attempt for Spindrift 2 , team owned by Dona Bertarelli and skippered by one of the finest French Multihull sailors, Yann Guichard.  Their first attempt was 47 days 10 hours 59 mins . Current record is held by Francis Joyon / IDEC Sport : 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds  catsailingnews.com/2017/01/jules-verne-trophy-francis-joyon-idec_26.html

Spindrift 2 is former Banque Populaire V, the Maxi Tri sailed by Loick Peyron for his own record back in 2012.

Below excerpt from Spindrift announcement, full article at spindrift-racing.com

Spindrift’s skipper, Yann Guichard (FRA), has carefully selected a crew of eleven sailors who bring with them a depth of sailing experience from the worlds of Figaro, Olympics and racing multihulls. His crew include seven who formed part of the first attempt on the record, with the other five bringing multiple complementary skills to the team.

Yann Guichard (skipper)
Erwan Israël (navigator)
Jacques Guichard (watch captain/helm/timmer)
Christophe Espagnon (watch captain / helm / bow)
Xavier Revil (watch captain /helm /trimmer)
François Morvan (helm / trimmer)
Antoine Carraz (helm / trimmer)
Thierry Chabagny (helm /bow)
Ewen Le Clech (helm / trimmer)
Sam Goodchild (helm / bow)
Thomas Le Breton (helm / trimmer)
Tanguy Cariou (helm / trimmer) / Erwan Le Roux (helm / trimmer)

Nacra 15 BA 2018 Youth Olympics Qualifiers: Day 3

Benno Marstaller & Chloe Collenette (GBR) are leading after 12 races. Second place overall for  Shannon & Jayden Dalton (AUS) and third place for Mac Wallenberg & Amanda Njork-Anastassov.
The Nacra 15 Class has defined today that an 8:1 cunningham purchase is the only legal setup. 16:1 is not permitted. Check Nacra 15 Class fb for details and comments from  two key youth coaches like Sebbe Godefroid & Darren Bundock.

No pics available from yesterday or today. Event web is  nacra15class.com/european-yog-event/

Top ten below, full results at nacra15class.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Total-after-12-races.htm

No Zeilno Naam Punten 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1 GBR 19 Benno Marstaller, Chloe Collenette 31 3 -13 3 1 6 1 3 5 -12 4 1 4
2 AUS 37 Shannon Dalton, Jayden Dalton 39 1 4 1 2 11 -13 (bfd) 1 2 11 3 3
3 SUI 81 Max Wallenberg, Amanda Bjork-Anastassov 54 4 7 2 9 8 -12 5 3 -22 1 10 5
4 NED 93 Bjarne Bouwer, Eliott Savelon 71 2 2 12 5 4 9 12 -15 -16 14 9 2
5 GBR 70 Bobby Hewitt, Freddie Simes 71 11 5 -19 7 3 -15 9 11 3 3 6 13
6 AUS 45 Georgia Payne, Emma Jones 77 13 8 8 8 10 8 4 2 7 9 (ufd) -14
7 FRA 99 Doran Gouron Le Roch, Axel Nicoleau 77 5 -21 6 6 7 2 8 -21 9 8 16 10
8 GER 39 Silas Muhle, Romy Mackenbrock 80 12 -17 11 14 1 10 1 10 -19 7 8 6
9 FIN 69 Filip Store, Vilma Rikala 89 15 -23 9 4 -23 5 2 16 21 2 14 1
10 POL 5 Tymoteusz Cierzan, Oskar Niemira 94 8 11 13 15 2 11 (bfd) 8 6 12 (ufd) 8

DNA TF10 Foiling Tri @Barcelona

Photo Tomàs Moya/Sailing DNA Performance Sailing. The TF10 Foiling Trimaran is making an impression at Barcelona for the European Yacht of the Year competition, where 12 magazines are testing the 2017 nominees.
The TF10 designed by Morrelli & Melvin flew out of the box, giving DNA the chance to built a long term project aside their G4/F4 racers, as the TF10 already was born by demand from a group of sailors from the NYYC.

Photo above is the best so far of the TF10, foiling on Z foil system which was adapted from the A-Class developments, where DNA was the first to nail the proper  Z foil design which established the benchmark for further devels.

The best thing on the TF10 is the ability to sail floating or skimming, being a Tri the platform has an inherited excellent balance and the chance to foil is an additional asset to an already fast boat.

We would like to see bigger cats using the 4pt foiling system and compare to the already vintage TNZ 3pt Js alternative.

Background & the sailors behind the TF10 project here

VOR: Vestas 11th Hour Racing lead fleet around Porto Santo

Vestas 11th Hour Racing by Volvo Ocean Race media. 
Tracking:  volvooceanrace.com/en/dashboard.html
October 26th Report by VOR
The fleet is around Porto Santo, heading downwind and pointing at the virtual mark some 200 miles to the north...
October 26, 2017
06:32 UTC
written by Peter Rusch
Vestas 11th Hour Racing continues to hold the lead with the leaders putting the first gybes in after leaving the island of Porto Santos to starboard.

© James Blake/Volvo Ocean Race
Next on the agenda is the new 'virtual mark' - a waypoint called Porto Santos North - due north of the fleet, before a slight right turn will take them to Lisbon and the finishing line.

"It's about three in the morning I think, and we're just coming to the rounding (Porto Santos) now," said Simon Fisher, the navigator on the Vestas boat.

"We'll be going back downwind now and pointing almost at Lisbon."
Full report by Peter Rusch at volvooceanrace.com/en/news/10181_Vestas-11th-Hour-Racing-lead-fleet-around-Porto-Santo.html

Oct 25, 2017

M32 WMRT Match Cup China 2017

That's Qualifying DONE
END OF QUALIFYING STAGE and 36 Below Racing TOP the standings and will be top seed going into the SUPER 16 Stage. Tomorrow we begin with Sail Off to find the last remaining spot in Super 16
By World Match Racing Tour

Images by Ian Roman / wmrt . Video & report sent by World Match Racing Tour press / wmrt.com
America’s Cup Veterans Battling for Survival in the Sail Off
Shenzhen, China (October 25, 2017) – There are no fools among the 18 teams battling for supremacy at the 2017 Match Racing World Championship, but after two days of fleet race Qualifying three skippers are battling for survival through to the Super 16 Stage. This is the final of the World Match Racing Tour, so the heat is on for the young Australians Steve Thomas and Matt Jerwood who are joined by young Dane Joachim Aschenbrenner in the Sail Off. This will determine which one of these three progress to the knock-out stages in the match racing.

Thomas has managed to recruit three veterans from the recent America’s Cup on to his crew,

Oct 24, 2017

Nacra 15 BA 2018 Youth Olympics Qualifiers: Day 1 by Laurens Morel

Transat Jacques Vabre 2017: Gitana sets sail to Le Havre

Video & Press release sent by Gitana Team - www.gitana-team.com
Tuesday, October 24, 2017  - Up close and personal with the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crew

Tomorrow the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will set sail from her port of registry in Lorient for Le Havre, which will host the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre in 12 days’ time. The latest addition to the Gitana fleet is expected in the Norman port by Friday 27 October at the latest, which is the date that the local festivities will commence. Aboard the boat during this 300-mile delivery trip punctuated by light airs, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel will take up position. It’s time for the duo to take the latest generation maxi-trimaran on her very first sporting challenge.

Josse-Rouxel: complicity, cohesion and friendshipTheir association in a double-handed race is a first, and the Jacques Vabre is a first for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild too! It may have taken years to come to a head but the idea of setting sail together on the course from Le Havre and Brazil has been in the pipeline for some time. The dream will become a reality on 5th November at 12:35 GMT, when the starting gun releases the fleet from Le Havre for the 13th edition of the Route du Café.

On shore, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel are friends; surfing, foiling Moth sailing, kitesurfing... they enjoy many of the same activities! Their long-standing complicity is one of the primary

Oct 23, 2017

C-Class Rafale II mold built by ÉTS

Didactic mold built  video sent  & made by the students at École de Technologie Supérieure located in Montréal , of their C-Class Rafale II, a new version of their previous C built in 2015.

- Project web : etsclassc-rafale.ca/fr/home.html
- FB: facebook.com/projet.catamaran.ETS

Original project details here

Nacra 15 Qualifiers for Buenos Aires Youth Olympics 2018

Images by Laurens Morel - Saltycoulours.com / Nacra 15 Class Assoc , full gallery here. Nacra 15 Qualifiers for Europe & Africa. Live Tracking at sailracer.org/eventsites/live-screen-tracking.asp?eventid=210949

Nacra 15 Class www.nacra15class.com

Monday 23rd : 14.00 Practice Race
Tuesday 24th : 11.30 racing (4 races back to back)
Wednesday 25th : 11.30 racing (4 races back to back)
Thursday 26th : 11.30 racing (4 races back to back)
Friday 27th : 11.30 racing (4 races back to back)

GC32 Extreme Sailing Series @San Diego 2017: SAP Extreme 1st

Oct 20, 2017

GC32 Extreme Sailing Series @San Diego 2017: Alinghi leads

Images & report sent by Ryan Hall  & Extreme Sailing Series . Tomko & the F18 US crew  on board Demetrio Lupe Tortilla had their racing debut on the GC32s. They will need time to adapt, as no matter how you are, you need to get to know the beast. Same process the Arg F18 guys have to endure, and continue to experience.
Alinghi leads, followed by Land Rover BAR, Ainslie at the helm.
LAND ROVER BAR ACADEMY SHOWS ITS FORM BUT ALINGHI SNEAKS AHEAD ON OPENING DAY IN SAN DIEGOFirst six GC32 races, opening day of kiteboarding invitational highlight successful Extreme Sailing Series debut in America’s Finest City

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 19, 2017 – Alinghi and Land Rover BAR Academy were the teams to beat on the opening day of the penultimate Act of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ in San Diego on Thursday. But it was the Swiss who demonstrated their prowess in the light winds and took the overnight lead as they left the Brits floundering in the final race.

For Alinghi’s helm Arnaud Psarofaghis it was a good day at the office. The defending champion currently sits in third on the overall leader board and the pressure is on as it nears the end of the season.

“We’ve had a great day. The boat was going fast and we had consistent results. We had some really