May 20, 2018

Flying Phantom Series: Baie de Quiberon 2018 Results

Flying Phantom Hull updates

Excerpt from Phantom International press release from May sent by Alex Udin/Phantom International. In short:  Flying Phantom Ultimate & Flying Phantom Essentiel will use new designed hulls. Click images for orig size. Ultimate's new hulls are the ones presented some months ago.
Also check below also their nice Windsurf foiling / Essentiel clip below by Wanaii Fims.
Phantom International , May News  : On track for another foiling summer

- A clarification about Phantom design rights:Phantom’s ability to design, produce and deliver foiling catamarans

Following various publications in the sailing media, Phantom International would like to clarify the situation. The Flying Phantom Essentiel and Ultimate are designed in collaboration with D3 Applied Technologies and are not concerned by any court issues. Phantom has the full ability to produce and deliver these boats.

-Test Tour update
Next stop: Quiberon (France) this week-end for the FP Series and Extreme Sailing Series. The opportunity to test the FP Essentiel whilst watching the fantastic show that the FP Elite and GC32 will offer on the water.

Then Phantom will be heading to Germany, Holland, Italy and Switzerland.
All dates and details here

To book your test, please contact Jessee Besson :

-Defi Wind wrap-up
It’s been an extraordinary event again this year with 1200 windsurfers gathered in Gruissan (southern France) for 4 days of competition. Phantom International showcased its windsurfing line and received a strong interest from the public and the professionals thanks to its technological approach and price philosophy.

We have a new stock available, ready for delivery.
Check out our website and order your gear asap. We have limited quantities.

-What's next?
Phantom R&D and engineering team is currently working on a windsurfing foils line. These foils will feature the latest technology and materials available in the industry. We can’t wait to tell you more about it soon.

For now, check out this test session VIDEO with Benjamin Tillier in Dinard!:


Defi Wind 2018

Another epic edition of Le Defi Wind, clip above is not as good as this masterpiece we published in 2014, but still great scenery and event, only Texel could pair this I think, but now they have limited cat fleet numbers due to safety reasons.

May 16, 2018

World Sailing Confirmed pending events for 2024

One of the most interesting events for 2014 could be the Foil Windsurfing event. Currently being pushed by Argentine top Windsurfer and winner of last PWA Foiling event in Japan, our friend & truly great person, Gonzalo Costa Hoevel, through Star-Board . Their aim is to replace Neil Pryde RSX. As current PWA Foiling also works in floating mode, and are getting airborne (as reported by Gonza and video above) in about 6-7knots I see it as a convertible option being able to works boats ways as the Nacra 17.
Check this Windsurf Foiling race from the recent Japan event: here

2016 Nacra 17 Gold Medal by Lange & Carranza has a strong windsurfing background behind, as Lange's former crew was double Silver Windsurfing medalist Camau Espínola, who later helped Lange to get his first two Olympic medals (Tornado), totalling 4 (2 Mistral & 2 Tornado) for Espinola

M2 Speed Tour @GP de Nyon 2018: Swiss Medical Network 1st

May 15, 2018

A-Class France: Criterium Europeen 2018: Emmanuel Dodé 1st

Images by French A-Class Assoc. -  34 boats gathered for the Criterium 2018 Regatta organized by the French A-Class Association (AFCCA) which is the local official A-Class under the International A-Class Assoc (IACA/ With the IACA now classifying Foiling & Floating fleets, maybe its time for specific floating sailors to start sailing all together again, as even different Classes like F18/F16 or on this case A-Class/French F16, are able to sail in the same event, I really don't see a reason for the A-Cat platforms to race in separated Associations , now with the official iaca split rankings.

Emmanuel Dodé (Dna F1) won over Jean Louis Le Coq. Third place for Micky Todd.
Top ten below, full results here
Pos Helm T R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8
1 DODE EMMANUEL 10 -7 -6 2 3 1 1 1 2
2 LE COQ JEAN LOUIS 16 1 3 5 6 2 2 3 -7
3 TOOD Michael 17 4 2 4 -8 4 -5 2 1
4 DONY LOIC 26 3 10 1 -13 3 4 -OCS 5
5 BUECHE CHARLES 34 -20 5 11 2 6 -11 7 3
6 ROTURIER ALBERT 40 -15 1 3 -15 12 10 8 6
7 CASANOVA ANDRE 40 6 7 7 7 9 16 4 11
8 LEDUE HERVE 41 2 4 13 12 -20 7 6 10
9 MUYZERS PHILIPPE 47 9 9 12 4 10 8 9 8
10 CAPELA LABORDE VINCENT 48 12 14 16 -19 5 3 5 9

May 14, 2018

French F16 Nats 2018: Le Chapelier & Le Bouedec 1st

Photo: Voiles Funsete , No more pics available at the time. - Another regatta where two Classes held their events together, yesterday we posted on the German F18 & F16 Nats at the same dates/venue, and now the French sailors gathered the Formula 16 Nationals along an event of the French A-Class calendar.

The F16 is the perfect light crew and youth performance Cat, combined with the chance for parents to sail with their kids. A great chance that was neglected by the former isaf when they selected the Nacra 15. But the F16 is still there and I recommend to any parent looking for cat for their kids (and for themselves) to target an F16: Nacra F16 (we recommended to be selected official Youth cat instead of the N15) , Viper, Bimare, Falcon etc, you name it.
Your investment will pay much more for such a versatile platform than can also be raced alone Class legal within the F16 rules.
If you want facts on assessments above, just look at "long time" F16 youth sailors like Thomas Proust & even Henri Demesmaeker performance at past Nacra 15 Worlds.

But the F16 also provides a competitive challenge for top sailors like Emmanuel le Chapelier & Eric Le Bouedec, who are use to dominate the local F16 regattas, a performance achieved attending all International F16 events of course.
They won this 2018 French F16 Nats with 7 bullets out of 8 races.

Second place for Thomas & Eric Proust and third overall for Christophe & Denise Sainglin.
Top ten below, full results at

10 VENANT-VALERY TOM MALLET SYLVIE (10 8 5 11 15 12 11 12)

Nacra 15s @Dutch Youth Regatta 2018: Cittadini & Romairone 1st

Photos: Dutch Youth Regatta - Watching Lange & Carranza grabbing the Gold at Rio was awesome for many of us, but I can tell you we are as happy to see the new generations starting so young racing cats for  Argentina abroad.

Already an excellent Worlds for Dante Cittadini & Teresa Romairone (4th overall) past week and now they won the Dutch Youth Regatta ahead Henri Demesmaeker & Frederique van Eupen (N15 WChamps, and plenty else titles for Henri alone)

Third place overall for Armanaud Grange & Marie van der Klink.
5th place for the other Arg crew, Massimo Contessi & Agustina Castro Fau. They started the event with 4 consecutive bullets, then some high scores relegated them a bit, but they close the regatta with another win. Making for a solid Argentinean Team towards coming Buenos Aires Youth Olympics 2018.

I remember telling Contessi's father, to put the kid on an F18 and race the 2016 Worlds, imagine what those additional hours could have done for them. Both Arg Nacra 15 teams have lots of hours racing dinghies, but too few racing Nacra 15s or even cats for the matter.
Now of course they are catching up... pretty fast I must say!

Top ten below, full results at
Pos Sail Crew Tot R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10
1 ARG 146 Dante Cittadini Teresa Romairone 24 4 2 2 2 -10 4 (ufd) 1 3 6
2 BEL 133 Henri Demesmaeker Frederique van Eupen 25 2 4 4 3 -5 2 -5 4 1 5
3 SUI 083 Arnarnaud Grange Marie van der Klink 30 7 6 (ufd) 5 -15 1 1 2 4 4
4 NED 027 Laila van der Meer Bjarne Bouwer 32 3 -7 3 4 4 -7 3 7 6 2
5 ARG 145 Massimo Contessi Agustina Castro Fau 35 1 1 1 1 9 -14 -15 8 13 1
6 BEL 158 Lucas Claeyssens Anne VandenBerghe 39 5 5 -8 -9 6 6 7 5 2 3
7 POL 164 Tymoteusz Cierzan Katarzyna Piernicka 50 10 3 6 6 -12 -11 6 3 8 8
8 BEL 159 Soetkin Orbie Fred Van de Walle 68 -14 -14 13 13 1 10 4 11 9 7
9 NED 93 Svea Karsenbarg Eliott Savelon 70 9 9 5 8 8 -16 12 -25 10 9
10 POL 165 Maja Niemira Oskar Niemira 71 8 8 9 10 -16 12 -17 9 5 10

May 13, 2018

F18 & F16 German Nats 2018 held @TSG-W Lindau - Zech

German F18 & F16 Nats report sent by long time CSN reader & F18/F16/A-Cat sailor Johannes Kemler. Although I always reply to mails I would like to thank all the supporters and followers through these 10 years, specially those putting the time to promote their local regattas sending pics or reports. Big thanks to Johannes, Alberto Ballester for previous post Spanish A-Cat report, and all others, keep them coming.

On the racing, nice to see Bob Baier, racing F18s, former Tornado sailor and of course top European A-Class performer.  I'm seeing several A-Cat sailors now racing F18s, it might be the Class has becoming cool again, and recently much faster of course.

Also good having our friend Gill de Bruyne , Falcon F16 European dealer/builder, racing solo in the F16 Class. Read Johannes Kemler report below for details of the event & results.
German Nationals in Formula 16 and Formula 18 2018 sent by Johannes Kemler

"The 2018 German Nationals in Formula 16 and Formula 18 were held in the Bavarian part of Lake of Constance as a combined event from 10th to 12th of May. The sailing club TSG-W Lindau – Zech, which can be seen as the center of catamaran racing in the big Austrian/Swiss/German Lake due to the enthusiastic work of some local sailors, was proud to welcome 33 teams to the event as the final highlight a Lindau catamaran week: The well-known catamaran regatta Katpokal for multiple classes with a big F18 fleet took place a weekend before followed by the annual F16/F18 clinic given by the former F18 world Champions Christian and Helge Sach earlier the week.

The event started with a really bad weather forecast for the first day: A lot of rain, wind and even thunderstorms were expected. But the race committee managed to do two races in better than expected conditions. In the first race the breeze was close to 20 knots, during the second the wind was already going down to light wind conditions at the end. In F18 class the always fast Swiss Andy Lutz and Raymond Schlatter (Falcon with Landenberger decksweeper) take the lead showing again the speed potential of a decksweeper main in the breeze and that it seems also competitive at lower winds.

The second day our Lake was showing his best side. Five races could be held in nearly perfect sailing conditions with the typical westerly winds at a sunny and warm day between the impressive mountain scenery and the Lindau Island with its famous lighthouse and the Bavarian Lion. Steady 10 to 12 knots during the first three races, less winds in the last two made possible tough racing in both fleets. Before the last day the result was still open in both classes. In the F18 class Manuel and Fabian Wunderle (Nacra with standard Performance Sails) could take a close lead over the new in class but well known catamaran sailor Bob Baier and his son Marc (Windrush with 1D decksweeper). In Formula 16 class the local Sailor Marc Kühn assisted by Carmen Wenz could hold the lead over the Gill de Bruyne, who was showing how to sail a F16 singlehanded in a competitive way.

At the last day of the event again the typically westerly winds occurs, but unfortunately not to strong this day. Two races were held, the first in around 8 knots, the last race of the event in steady decreasing wind making it a though mentally game for the leaders. In F16 class Gill could take the lead after a win in the first race, but Marc Kühn strike back in the last race: Winning this 9th race means also the overall win. In the F18 fleet the local heros Gerd Schmitzer and Tina Vercouteren (Nacra with standard Performance Sails) could climb to the stage with two second places at this final day. The overall win was open till last meters, finally the Wunderle brothers after a win in the first race of the day could hold a 1 point lead over the Baier family, securing the well-deserved title International German Formula 18 Champions 2018 for the young sailors from the Munich Yard Club Lake Starnberg!

Top 5 Formula 18:
GER 33 Manuel Wunderle / Fabian Wunderle (Nacra)
GER 15 Bob Baier / Marc Baier (Windrush)
GER 10 Gerd Schmitzer / Tina Vercouteren (Nacra)
SUI 10 Andi Lutz / Raymond Schlatter (Falcon)
GER 12 Kim-Patrick Tolsdorf / Vreni Vorderwülbecke (C2)

Top 3 Formula 16:
GER 2 Marc Kühn / Carmen Wenz (Falcon)
BEL 666 Gill de Bruyne (Falcon)
SUI ??? Dominik Leuthold / Stefan Wieser (Falcon)

Full results at club page:
More pics, videos and infos at facebook, will be published at the club homepage later.
Report written by Johannes Kemler
Pictures: TSG-W

A-Class Spain, Valencia Region Championships 2018: Manuel Calavia 1st

Spain has gathered a solid fleet of A-Cats, attracting Olympic sailors and providing one of the current very best International A-Class sailors, Manolo Calavia. The level of the local fleet is getting better every year.

Below a complete report sent along pics by Antonio Ballester on the Valencia Championships held past weekend:
Valencia Region Championship of Catamarans (5th-6th may 2018)
"Last weekend the Valencia Region Championship of Catamarans was held in Pobla Marina (Valencia-Spain), and event scheduled within the Spanish A-Class circuit.

A total of 23 A-Class enrolled in this regatta that is by now a classic on the local calendar. The Championship began on Saturday May 5th and concluded on Sunday 6th, having completed a total of 6 races: 4 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. In this edition, the Foiling and Classic fleets competed together, the classifications were separated, having participated the best of the Catalan, Galician, Andalusian, Murcian and Valencian fleets.

The weather conditions were awesome on Saturday, starting the first leg of the day with approximately 6 knots of wind and finishing the fourth race with about 12 knots. On Sunday, it was much more difficult because the wind did not exceed 7 knots all day, with descents up to 5 knots.
In the Foiling Fleet:
Already from the first legs of Saturday Manuel Calavia ESP-11 with his Exploder 2018 and Abdón Ibañez ESP-74 stood out in the classification. In the first race on Sunday Abdón arrived in first place with his DNA-F1 2017, being only one point away from Calavia (which was first in the ranking).

In the penultimate downwind of Sunday's last race, a starboard side of Calavia, together with a hard fight in the last upwind and a no less fought downwind, made Abdón lose all possibility of beating the gold (although winning the last race of the day, Ibañez would have been together in points with Manolo).

Also in this edition, the Olympic Luis Martínez Doreste ESP-92 with his 2014-refitting DNA shone in third place behind Calavia and Ibañez and the Olympic and gold in Beijing, Antón Paz ESP-32 with his Exploder 2017, which it was in fourth position.

Behind were sailors like Santi Nieto ESP-84 with his Exploder 2017 and Toni Ballester ESP-75 in sixth position with his DNA-F1 2017 and Pepelu López ESP-52. Interesting was the participation of Kiko Espí ESP-100 with his Exploder 2018 Fiberfoam short mast, Brewin boomless sail that had brilliant moments on Saturday in the most wind pressure legs but could not finish on Sunday, punished by a rigging that apparently hurts him in the low pressure races.

In the Classics Fleet:
The Scottish Micky Todd ESP-7 once again shone in this edition obtaining a first place with his blue Scheurer after a lot of pressure from Enrique Cornejo ESP-5 Exploder 2017 with curved foils and Santi Monjo ESP-2 with his DNA-2013, who did not stop fighting until the last moment.

• 1º Manuel Calavia ESP-11: Exploder 2018; mast FIBERFOAM; SAIL NORTH SAILS (SATURDAY) Brewin Boomless (SUNDAY)
• 2º Abdón Ibañez ESP-74: DNA-F1 2017; mast FIBERFOAM; SAIL HAMMER
• 3º Luis Martínez Doreste ESP-92: DNA 2014 REFFITTING; mast FIBERFOAM; SAIL NORTH SAILS
• 8º Kiko Espí ESP-100: Exploder 2018; short mast FIBERFOAM; Brewin Boomless

Complete Rankings
• Foiling Fleet & • Classics Fleet:

May 10, 2018

Nacra 15s @Dutch Youth Regatta 2018


Video By Nacra Sailing fb - Many of the crews who participated in recent Nacra 15 Worlds are also racing at this year Dutch Youth Regatta.  Today I received a message from Nico Aragones,  now training the kids along Nicolas Schargorodsky. Happy to see for the first time  Argentinean youths racing cats at the highest level, and from thi air as nacra 15 Worlds were their 2 regatta at most on the Nacra 15. Now with that major event behind, where Dante Cittadini & Teresa Romairone finished 4th overall on a 60 boats fleet, the two Arg crews are leading the Dutch Youth Regatta after 4 races. This time Massimo Contessi & Agustina Castro Fau in first place ahead their fellow crew.

Third place for the 2018 Nacra 15 World Champs, Henri Demesmaeker & Frederique van Eupen. Still much to go but what a start for the Arg crews, so proud to see next generation racing Multis and happy for their coaches, Aragones is one of the top F18 crews and several Arg Nat Champ, and  Schargorodsky finished 3rd with Jason Hess in 2016 Worlds.

So the F18 experience is paying off and being passed away to the kids, who are learning fast to sail & race cats.

Top ten below, full results at

May 9, 2018

D35 Trophy, Grand Prix d'ouverture 2018: Video footage by CINE Margot

D35 Trophy web Not a Short film , but excellent video production by CINE D35s are Lake racing weapons as no other.

D35 Trophy: SNG Grand Prix d'Ouverture 2018 by Loris von Siebenthal

F18: New DS Aero snuffer chute ban proposal by the IF18CA

The IF18CA Exec Co is about to propose a voting to ban the snuffer fiberglass spi chute Brett Burvill developed for his Windrush Edge F18 for recent Australian nats.
The event was won by an Edge without this chute, second place neither used it. So the new chute which provides an endplate effect for the Jib (like the tramp for the Main) did not showed any noticeable performance gain so far.

Crews actually sailing with one have remarked that they facilitate the in front mast tack , now in place due to the Main sail DS shape, that leaves a smaller space for the crew to pass below as with previous straight low boom main sails.

With Epoxy and convertible concept being approved by an overwhelming majority, and with DS mainsail here to stay, I don't the see this new chute to be that critical on being allowed.
Changes above have revamped the Class, new boats and sails are being sold all over the F18 Worldwide community, confirming our intentions on proposing epoxy / convertible, and later supporting the DS development by Mischa.

Re this new chute devel any Exec Co official and the F18 Class itself needs to consult at least those who actually have sailed this new equipment to provide a vote with some substance behind. Or make some onsite tests as done with DS.

If not it will be like those expressing their terminal opinions on DS mainsails without ever sailing one. Of course we all have the right to have X or Y position, but always better to have all the information over the table.

For instance remember how the IF18CA once called for a banning on painting before receiving a technical report saying clearly no advantage was involved.

In short, I don't have a formed opinion on this new chute devel, but I would like for all parts involved to be able to show Pros & Cons if any.
Without epoxy, convertible, DS or this new chute, F18 prices have gone up plenty last years, so I don't see it as a factor, and again, no performance gain has been proved till now.

Read the official annoucement by the IF18CA at

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