Nov 30, 2017

Flying 40' Monohull concept by SEAir

After their mini transat , flying rib among other foiling vessels SEAir nows point higher to a 40' monohull. Renders & details below sent by SEAir /
Things are taking off in the foiling world. The new custodians of the America’s Cup have created another key landmark in foiling development with their announcement of a ‘fully flying’ monohull, the new AC75 which will be the new boat for the next America’s Cup. Also playing an important part in the development in the new hydrofoil world, SEAir has announced the first flying 40 foot monohull which will begin construction in 2018.

Following the maiden flight of the Mini 747 in 2017, SEAir, led by Richard Forest and Bertrand Castelnerac, has established itself as a key player in creating foiling flight solutions. With patented systems and two years of studies that allowed the Mini 747 to fly above the sea’s surface, SEAir’s design office looked at flying larger boats and have now created a foiling 40-footer (12 metres).

“Imagining a line of big brothers starting with the 40-footers, is becoming more normal for us. Our design studies and tests have also led us to ask some essential questions. Developing this type of boat takes a long time, there are no shortcuts. But it is clear that, whatever the size of the foiling boat, it will be faster than non foilers of the same size in most conditions” says Bertrand Castelnerac, co-founder of SEAir.

But the 40-foot foiling SEAir is more than simply a concept and already has 6 potential major clients around the world. This type of boat is well suited to both record attempts and offshore races as well as being an exciting looking boat. The first 40-footer is expected to be launched in late 2018/early 2019.

Sights set on the America’s Cup!
Having recently announced the design of the new boat for the next America’s Cup, the New Zealand Cup team has caused a stir, as well as paving the way for SEAir to become leaders in the field of foil design and build.

“The future AC75 ‘Full flying’ monohulls as announced by the New Zealand America’s Cup team reinforces SEAir’s efforts in foil research, particularly when it comes to canting. Because we are swinging the foil and not retracting it, we can achieve better stability with a lower centre of gravity. Given the complexity of the foils on the AC75, you then have to ask, who can build them? This is where SEAir’s experience in automated manufacturing of carbon foils comes into play. We have already discussed these issues with three different America’s Cup teams”, added Bertrand Castelnerac.

The future has taken off and is in full flight for SEAir with this flying 40-footer as well as some potential Cup projects.

SEAir is a partner of the Yacht Racing Forum which took place on the 27th and 28th of November in Aarhus in Denmark, a global event that brought together industry experts from the sailing world.

Nov 29, 2017

Schedule announced for 2018 GC32 Racing Tour

Video & report sent by GC32 Racing Tour.
Schedule announced for 2018 GC32 Racing Tour
For its fifth season in 2018, the GC32 Racing Tour aims to continue providing the ‘best foiling experience’ for its competitors in several of yacht racing’s top venues. Attracting both professional teams and those with owner-drivers, the circuit for ultra-high speed foiling one design catamarans will visit five southern European venues chosen to offer the best chance of providing optimum foiling conditions.

GC32 Racing Tour races are short, but the venues chosen allow large enough courses for the flying catamaran crews to experience racing the GC32, one of the world’s fastest one design sailing boats, at its maximum speed of 30+ knots.

The circuit received a significant boost earlier this month at the World Sailing Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, when the GC32 was awarded World Sailing Class Association status.

In 2017, the GC32 Racing Tour visited five venues across southern Europe with 13 teams from ten countries from as far afield as Australia, Japan, Argentina and the USA, competing over the course of the season. For 2018 the circuit will continue its relationship with at least three of these venues, with a mix of stand-alone GC32 events and multi-class events.

2018 GC32 Racing Tour schedule:
23 – 27 May: GC32 Class Championship / Riva del Garda, Italy
26 – 30 June: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
31 July – 4 August: 37 Copa del Rey MAPFRE/ Palma de Mallorca, Spain
12 – 16 September: TBA
10 – 14 October: TBA

The season kicks off with the second GC32 Class Championship, following on from the first, held in Muscat, Oman in March. Unique on the GC32 calendar, this is the only event when the stars align allowing the GC32s of both the GC32 Racing Tour and Extreme Sailing Series to line up on the same race track.

Run by Fraglia Vela Riva, the 2018 Championship will be held out of Riva del Garda, in the northern

A-Class: 2017 Woods Regatta Report at Lake Lanier

Sailing photos Kirk Jockell Photography - Addtional pics pulbished yesterday, complete gallery  here,

Regatta report sent by Bailey White / US A-Class Assoc.
2017 Woods Regatta Report at Lake Lanier
The “Eh Y’all Watch This” Winter Series Kickoff
The 2017 Woods Regatta is one for the history books in many ways: excellent turnout, a classic boat winning overall, talk by Peter Block, and a 75 mph unexpected storm.

Sailors started to arrive Tuesday evening with the club open for camping, RVs, and off the beach sailing. Bruce Mahoney led classes Wed, Thurs, and Friday. Class members as far as California, Colorado, Rhode Island, and Toronto came to practice and race.

The fleet has a wide-ranging composition made up of DNAs, eXploders, Nikitas, EVOs, Flyers, and others. It is great to see so many different boats and approaches, and in light air, the older boats are generally quicker.

When Saturday racing came, the sky was overcast with light winds and offered very marginal foiling. With about 35 boats starting, it was critical to get off the line well and keep a lane. Those who tried to foil too early lost out.

Race 1 was largely firmly planted to the water, with little ability to foil for anyone. Race 2 and Race 3 had runs or portions of runs that some could foil in light airs and even nice breeze where many flew, but no one ever sailed both runs on the wire all the way.

With flat water and many modes of sailing, the racing was a great test for all sailors. The wily fox, Nigel Pitt, hit corners and showed his light air prowess on his 2012 DNA C board boat to come out first overall after Day 1 with Bailey in second.

Breakouts by division showed a slightly different order with Bruce first foiler and Nigel first classic.

Saturday evening was very special. Peter Block, past United States A-Class President, presented his perspective on the history of the class. Peter has more experience than any other current sailor, having attended 25 North American Championships in a row with his first one in 1967. Using a collection of photographs, he described the development that has taken place over time, with innovations like winch-controlled flexible masts, boomless sails, hull shapes, and more evolving to what we have today.

Peter lives on the lake at Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Lake Hopatcong is the birthplace of the A-Class in the United States, with sailors there building their own boats until 1985 when the first commercial boats were purchased.

Saturday brought another surprise. At around 11 PM, a 75 mph storm passed through the club unexpectedly. The storm lasted only moments but shook all that were there. As sailors started to walk the dry slips, beach, and lawn in a light rain, we found many boats damaged. Some had tipped over and broke rigs. One had broken its tie down line and vaulted with another boat about 50 to 75 meters over 420s and onto a concrete ramp, severing most of a bow. Another had pitch poled on the pavement and was frozen with just its starboard bow on the pavement the rest of the boat suspended on others. Another blew through a wood fence and broken its mast in two places. Somehow one of its daggerboards came to rest on its upside down tramp. One boat was strapped to a heavy steel trailer and managed to lift the trailer and metal sailbox to 45 degrees before being pulled back down. That trailer saw its metal box blown open even though it was latched closed.

On Sunday morning we decided after convening a skippers meeting to freeze the results as of Saturday due to the extensive overnight damage and run additional races on Sunday. Andrew Woods won convincingly on his new AD3 eXploder with a smaller fleet.
Full results below:

Nov 27, 2017

Tour de France a la Voile : Diam 24OD Sailing in the breeze

Excellent clip sent by Charles Haineville of his Diam 24OD Team Installux, the Diams Tris sailing in big fleets all over France, cannot get any better.

Spindrift Racing & the Jules Verne Trophy

While Gabart does the round the World Solo,  Spindrift Racing (former Banque Populaire V) prepares for their new Jules Verne Record attempt.
Official web

Nov 26, 2017

F18 Arg Nats 2017: Krevisky & Lopez Segura 1st

All images Jorge Cousillas / El Ojo Nautico from Friday 24. - Great competitive championships, with high talented crews with latest DS sails, plus other top sailors with standard mainsails. It was a light to medium winds regatta, starting always with 5knots and ending in good double trap 10-12knots for the last race of each day.
In short the event confirmed our thoughts on Decksweeper sails once more. You still need to race the course properly and train hard to win, aside your equipment selection.

Agustín Krevisky & Billy Lopez Segura had a great regatta and managed to overcome some diff in speed while double trap vs the DS sails teams, but also had an edge in lighter stuff, where aside any equipment devel, they are lng time specialists.

In short with lighter winds Deckweeper sails have no perf edge whatsoever from what we've seen here, all 3 teams though were using them for the first time, and more hours will bring better trimming for that specific light winds conditions.

It was a close fight for the title, Salerno & Grimaldi had an excellent event and had chances too (Phantom / Std SI Mainsail) .  Volker-Mehl led first race today but lost chances with a final 5th, plus a pin start in the last race that left them last with a penalty, mnaged to climb to 5th , it was not enough. Cruz & Mariano did a great effort learning how to sail no boom DS for the first time. These top notch guys finished 6th at Denmark Worlds 2017, 2nd at St Barth  but racing home they hade tough competition as the local crews performance is part / one of the reasons of their level at international regattas.

In double trap, the scenario was clear, DS provided a noticeable advantage and the gap with others was quite clear. Still when unstable 2 trap conds were served standard mainsails teams could get a bullet as Agustin & Billy did in the last race. Course management was key within the 9 races completed.

In the end the simple fact of getting a new DS mainsail wont bring you a Nationals title, top sailors with standard mainsails will hunt you down.

I see further developments too for Deckweeper sails, as my personal experience showed that we could point better with my helm's Phantom in light winds, even matching top Infusions angles & speed which is much to say. Aside that, the recut DS didn't saved us from my friend first regatta in the F18 as helm, or my lack of training as a crew, although I got quite better last races..

Like St Barth 2 weeks ago, the F18 sailors sent a clear message to those wanting to ban devels inside the box rule, no need to. Decksweeper handling is even simpler in my own experience, tacks in front mast are quite smooth no hassle, and gybes with crickets at hand for a 1mt foot DS is also quite easy. I really liked to crew on a DS sail conf.

Top 5 , full results here

Pl Sail Crew From T R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 R 5 R 6 R 7 R 8 R 9 Boat Sail
1 1248 Agustín Krevisky & Eduardo López Segura CNP 13 3 2 -4 1 1 -5 1 4 1 Phantom SI Standard Mainsail
2 71 Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser YCA 16 1 -7 3 3 3 3 -4 1 2 Infusion 1D Boomles DS
3 6 Hernan Salerno & Andrés Grimaldi CNMP 17 2 -9 2 2 -5 4 2 2 3 Phantom SI Standard Mainsail
4 7 Pablo Volker & Sergio Mehl CNSI - AGUILA 21 -5 4 1 -6 2 1 5 3 5 Scorpion Mischa DS
5 666 Ian Rodger & Eugenia Bosco CUBA 26 -6 3 5 -8 4 2 3 5 4 Phantom 1D DS

Nov 25, 2017

Gabart / Macif Tri Solo Round the World : 665NM ahead of Coville's Record

Gabart keeps eating Nautical Miles peakin galmost 40knots aroudn the World , Solo.


Average Seed 26.8  knots  |  Last 24hs 30.3
Max Speed 38.7 knots  |  Last 24hs 35.1
Total Distance 13525.54 NM  | Last 24hs 726.2 nm

Nov 24, 2017

F18 Arg Nats Day 1 + DS Retrofit/Handling

F18 Decksweeper Mainsail: Cut & Sail (II)

As promised I finally could cut one of the standard F18 mains I had. This work was done last 2 days by my local sailmaker, who did a really good job considering the time frames I gave him.
Sail was handed yesterday late afternoon, now I need to cut battens , re check some minor details and we'll be racing 12pm Arg time.

Will be crewing, light winds expecting, not much performance expectations, as my helm is new to the Class, his first race helming, but it will be lots of fun and learning how to sail & trim the new Decksweeper Mainsail cuts.

Also I managed to hook my friend even more with his F18 he bought after 2016 Worlds, so an excellent program all for this weekend.

Later more pics with sail up with proper batten settings etc.
Here we write & speak a lot, but I always try to walk the talk, you can cut your current F18 sails no problem as done with the A-Class ones.

Nov 22, 2017

F18 Arg Nats 2017: Decksweeper Mode ON (II)

The  Arg crew that finished second past week at St Barth Catacup brought home Paschalidis & Trigonis winning 1D boomless DS.

Feedback from today's first sail: Powerful sail but special & tricky to trim on being boomless.

Brewin  in the As & F18s have shown the concept works, the Greeks won last F18 event on one, so its a proven solution.

But one thing to note is you will need time to adapt.

Check other DS participating in coming Arg Nats in previous post:

F18 Arg Nats 2017: Decksweeper Mode ON

Nov 21, 2017

VOR inshore Foiler proposal by VMG Yacht Design

After seeing the strange & complicated attempt yesterday by TNZ to design a fast AC vessel while maintaining 1 hull to please the old guard (?) , we received some fresh air from another VOR inshore proposal, this time an scaled up S9 coupled with D35 heritage +  twin mast rigged alternative.  VMG Yacht Design has discarded the proven AC72 / AC50 3pts foiling conf for a 4pt T foil system which has been working really good in recreational foiling cats but not seen yet as full bore racing one.

The T foiler conf they have added 2 different rigs options, check below details by the designers.

Renders & text below sent by Fabrice Germond / VMG Yacht Design /
"Lately we have seen publications of some of the foiling cat projects that were submitted for the Volvo In-Port Series, and today we are very pleased to share our own vision for the Series. As we live in Switzerland, we were very much inspired by the famous D35. We kept thinking how fun it would be if two exciting circuits could race the same platform. So we proposed two designs, one that matched the requirements of both circuits, and another that answered strictly to the Volvo tender. One thing to keep in mind was that there are very specific wind conditions on Lake Geneva. We had great fun working on such a demanding tender, and we definitely hope that other teams will also publish their project, as we are sure that very interesting solutions were submitted. We would like to thank all the people that would have collaborated with us on this project, as well as everyone we solicited along the way.

VOR flying multihull proposal by VMG Yacht Design
Design Proposal 1:
This is a state of the art 35' feet flying catamaran that includes all the latest features. This catamaran is a “limited risk project” and is an evolution of the current trend of foiling catamarans. This boat can race in either of the following mode: Archimedean or Foiling. Therefore, this boat is somehow a “3 in 1” boat that is compliant with the specificity of being a full foiling boat on short In-Port Series, an exciting one design boat for long distance racing and a boat that can deal with very light winds encountered on some lakes.

Design Proposal 2:
The second project is the result of a brand new approach to the concept of foiling multihull. The innovation lies in turning the concept around, whereby the foils are the central piece of the boat. This 39‘ catamaran is light and efficient with a twin rig with soft wing sails. The hulls are limited to the strict buoyancy requirement to maintain the boat afloat when not foiling. The overall flight stability is clearly enhanced as the distance between the main foil and the rudder is maximum. This new approach does not represent high speed sailing as we know it today. However it reflects the future of sailing whilst having appeal to sailors and non sailors alike.

PDF presentation available on our website:


Fabrice Germond
Architecte Naval
+41 79 782 41 03

Nov 20, 2017

New Americas Cup Mono Foiler Concept revealed by TNZ

These guys are top notch designers , plus they also have a proper method on previous scale testing before going to production, but right now concept above seems like a crazy idea , tricky and a bit of fantasy...  But who we are to say anything to the team that came up with the first efficient foiler racing Cat and delivered an humiliating performance edge over Oracle at Bermuda.

Feeling a bit for the monohull purists though... leaving AC50s Cats for this, is like inventing the wheel all over again. 75 foot to target a faster AC design past Cup.
Well, lets see if this concept can reach a final built, or is one of the ideas to be refined.

Check first render above below the video. That is some pretty dangerous foil hanging out there to race in close Match Racing, aggressive AC helms will be handed a lethal weapon...

Video , renders & data source sent  Emirates Team New Zealand Press  /

VIDEO above: A look to the future: The ground breaking AC75 America's Cup Class yacht.

An exciting new era in America’s Cup racing has been unveiled today as the concept for the AC75, the class of boat to be sailed in the 36th America’s Cup is released illustrating a bold and modern vision for high performance fully foiling monohull racing yachts.

The Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa design teams have spent the last four months evaluating a wide range of monohull concepts. Their goals have been to design a class that will be challenging and demanding to sail, rewarding the top level of skill for the crews; this concept could become the future of racing and even cruising monohulls beyond the America's Cup.

The AC75 combines extremely high-performance sailing and great match racing with the safety of a boat that can right itself in the event of a capsize. The ground-breaking concept is achieved through the use of twin canting T-foils, ballasted to provide righting-moment when sailing, and roll stability at low speed.

The normal sailing mode sees the leeward foil lowered to provide lift and enable foiling, with the windward foil raised out of the water to maximise the lever-arm of the ballast and reduce drag. In pre-starts and through manoeuvres, both foils can be lowered to provide extra lift and roll control, also useful in rougher sea conditions and providing a wider window for racing.

Although racing performance has been the cornerstone of the design, consideration has had to be focused on the more practical aspects of the boat in the shed and at the dock, where both foils are canted right under the hull in order to provide natural roll stability and to allow the yacht to fit into a standard marina berth.

An underlying principle has been to provide affordable and sustainable technology ‘trickle down’ to other sailing classes and yachts. Whilst recent America's Cup multihulls have benefitted from the power and control of rigid wing sails, there has been no transfer of this technology to the rigs of other sailing classes. In tandem with the innovations of the foiling system, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa are investigating a number of possible innovations for the AC75's rig, with the requirement that the rig need not be craned in and out each day. This research work is ongoing as different concepts are evaluated, and details will be released with the AC75 Class Rule before March 31st, 2018.

The America's Cup is a match race and creating a class that will provide challenging match racing has been the goal from the start. The AC75 will foil-tack and foil-gybe with only small manoeuvring losses, and given the speed and the ease at which the boats can turn the classic pre-starts of the America's Cup are set to make an exciting comeback. Sail handling will also become important, with cross-overs to code zero sails in light wind conditions.

A huge number of ideas have been considered in the quest to define a class that will be extremely exciting to sail and provide great match racing, but the final decision was an easy one: the concept being announced was a clear winner, and both teams are eager to be introducing the AC75 for the 36th America's Cup in 2021.

The AC75 class rule will be published by March 31st 2018.

GRANT DALTON, CEO Emirates Team New Zealand:

“We are really proud to present the concept of the AC75 today. It has been a phenomenal effort by

St Barth Catacup 2017: Paschalidis & Trigonis 1st

Nov 17, 2017

St Barth Catacup 2017: Day 2 Live tracking

Race 2 & 3 below Official web - Click full screen icon on the Georacing window to expand map.

Race 2 below: