Jun 29, 2018

2018 GC32 Racing Tour @Lagos, Portugal : Day 2

F18 Europeans 2018 @Costa Brava: Preview

Photo: Arg Scorpion + boomless Mischa DS. Brand new Nacra Infusion MKIII. - Plenty of top crews and candidates are present at Costa Brava for this 2018 Europeans. 70 boats lineup at Ballena Alegre camping resort. We are receiving pics & good comments from the place, which looks like a perfect venue.

Measurement today, practice race on Saturday and Sunday already 1st official race.

Van dijk & de Waard (Infusion MK3/ Performance DS) , Brett Burvill & Max Puttman (Edge/Nextgen DS) , Simon Northrop & Josh O'Brien (Edge / Northtrop DS) , Patrick Demesmaeker & Gilles Tas (C2 / Goodall Design DS) , Danny Paschalidis & Kostas Trigonis (Scorpion / 1D DS) and Mitch & Ruben Booth (Scorpion / 1D DS) are the top candidates.

Also from Italy Vettori-Stella (C2/Goodall) Bianchini-Rigatti (Scorpion/1D) are crews to follow along Martin-Gaté from France. On our fellow countrymen from Argentina they will be launching brand new sails or boats, Volker-Mehl will race a new Scorpion with new Mischa DS sails design, and Smith-Heuser will also launch for the first time the new Infusion MKIII equipped with a 1D DS , so we hope they can adapt and trim quickly enough to compete 1 to 1 to the candidates above. They are certainly two of our best crews.

The Infusion MK3 features epoxy hulls, which design remains unscathed. Dagger case has been moved forward, following the trend established by Martin Fischer on the Wildcat / Phantom, that I followed too on the Scorpion. The MK3 is also equipped with convertible daggercase.

2017 World Champs Mischa Heemskerk & Sptephan Dekker will not attend, as A-Class Euros are too tight schedule next week, but Mischa is looking forward to attend Sarasota Worlds.

In terms of equipment, this will be a key historical event for the F18 Class development box rule. After Mischa & Stephan Title past year, sail devel has exploded again and this will be the first event with almost all designs and brands using DS sails, as seen above around 10 top competitive crews sailing different combinations of equipment, establishing an scenario for the first real tests on latest loft devels , along the new Epoxy hulls.
An historical event for the F18:  New looks , added performance and gladly a path looking forward to a long term survival of the class.

With a more open mind and common sense the Class voted yes for Epoxy & Convertible platform, also allowed DS and now analyze each new devel weighting pros and cons as it always should, like latest aero snuffer devels.
Burvill tried to pass his aero snuffer at measurement without success, check latest voting from the IF18CA on the matter : here

Check entry list here
Official F18 Europeans web ballena-alegre.com/en/events/f18-european-championship/

Europeans 2018 Schedule:
- Thursday 28th June 09.30-18.30h Registration and measurement
- Friday 29th June 09.30-18.30h Registration and measurement
- Saturday 30th June 09.30-18.30h 15.00h 19.00h Registration and measurement , Warning signal for practice race. Opening Ceremony and reception
- Sunday 1st July 14.00h 19.30h , 1st warning signal of the day.
- Monday 2nd July 12.00h 1st warning signal of the day.
- Tuesday 3rd July 12.00h 1st warning signal of the day. – Mid week party, dinner and music
- Wednesday 4th July 12.00h 1st warning signal of the day.
- Thursday 5th July 12.00h 1st warning signal of the day. Prize giving ceremony and reception
- Friday 6th July Official departure day

Jun 24, 2018

Volvo Ocean Race 2018: Dongfeng 1st in closest finish ever

Photo: Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race . Press release sent by Volvo Ocean Race media. VOR web volvooceanrace.com. Finish at the Hague Live reply above. So happy for the Bundock-Brouwer family, having Carollijn Brouwer winning the Volvo onboard Dongfeng is a massive event for our Nr 1 Catsailor girl. Same for Marie Riou another top notch catsailor (dominated the Nacra 17 Class duringn 4 years with Billy Besson)  & member of the Dongfeng team. Months ago both were presented by Dongfeng. Two great sailors contributing to an Historic VOR edition.

More pics later.
Dongfeng Race Team has won the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 in the closest finish in race history.
Skipper Charles Caudrelier led his team to victory on the final leg of the race, a 970-mile sprint from Gothenburg, Sweden to The Hague.
Incredibly, it marked the first leg win for the team -- it couldn't have come at a better time.

Three teams started Leg 11 of the race on Thursday in a dead heat on the overall leaderboard. The

Nacra 17s @Kiel Week 2018: Gimson & Burnet 1st

Nacra 17s @Kiel Weel 2018: Medal Races Live Replay

Check at 3hs:23mins for Nacra 17 Medal Race

Volvo Ocean Race 2018: Leg 11 Finish Tracking link

Super close finish to The Hague for this final 11th stage of the Volvo Ocean Race 2018. Check live tracking at www.volvooceanrace.com/en/tracker.html.

Fight between Mapfre and Brunei, with Tuke and Burling  onboard respectively, a win in this stage will also grab the entire VOR 2018 trophy for any of them will mean the first Triple Crown ever to be achieved : Olympics, Americas Cup & the Volvo.

Our own Carolijn Brouwer is onboard Dongfeng, with chances also to win.

Live stream https://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html

Jun 22, 2018

Nacra 17s @Kiel Week: day 7 Live Stream

Go with video player slider to the left, and watch Nacra 17 races held today.  Results here. Nathan Outteridge is racing, more info later.

Jun 19, 2018

Yoann Richoemme's Lift 40 progress by Launay

Photos sent by Christophe Launay / sealaunay.com : Yoann Richomme and his Lift 40 ( Class 40 ) designed by Marc Lombard Design Group build at Gepeto Composite.
We published built shots from Christophe some months ago, happy to see the project progress.
For more info check Yoann's web: yoannrichomme.fr/

If you want to promote your project or regatta, the main thing you need are pictures. Launay is an specialist in putting limelight to several projects we might not heard otherwise.

We are lucky enough to be in his mailing list.
Contact Christophe Launay at sealaunay.com

Tornado German Nats 2018: Jürgen & Sarah Jentsch Champs

Photo & report sent Jürgen Jentsch :
German Tornado Nats 2018 
"Jürgen and Sarah Jentsch, Segelclub Füssen Forggensee (SCFF) were able to defend last years German National Championship title in the Open and Mixed category.

The German National Tornado Championships took place on the Bavarian mountain lake Walchensee (850m above sea level) with good 10 -14 knots.
Two races in sunny and stabile thermic conditions with two bullets of Jürgen and Sarah Jentsch,more than 400m in front of the fleet.

On the 2nd day with began with difficult wind conditions, thunderstorms on the horizon influenced racing with shifts and gusts. After day one with 2 bullets, came 3-3-4.

The sensation of the weekend were Estela Jentsch and Johannes Sattler (16 and 17yrs old, Estela Miixed Tornado World Champion with Brett Burvill and 3rd overall in the 2016 Worlds in Lindau, Germany and Johannes ex- 29er and German National - trainingteammember as 49er helmsman). On day 2 with the results 2-2-1 leaving the two teenagers from the Segelclub Füssen Forggensee, in 2nd place overall.

3rd, came German National Tornado Class President Markus Betz with his 19 year old son Nicolas Betz, from Segel- and Motorbootclub Radolfzell, Lake Constanz.

The organizing club of Segelfreunde Walchensee did a great job on the water with a fleet of more than 50 Catamarans.

For the Tornados It was a pleasure to join all the cat sailors F18, F16, Hobie 14 &16 , Topcats and Darts as well as others in one race with lots of tradition in Bavaria, the „Walchenfass“.

The next 2019 German Nationals are planned to be held on Lake Konstanz in 2019.

F18 Italian Series @Punta Ala 2018: Vettori & Stella 1st

Jun 16, 2018

Round Texel 2018

Photo: Niels Smit / www.bootinbeeld.nl / Ronde Texel Fb. Xander Pols & Collin van Vugt won the 2018 Round Texel blue ribbon. Boat is a Nacra F20FCS with Wings and Performance DS.
No live tracking, no results, no more info at the moment.

Official web roundtexel.com/
Fb: facebook.com/roundtexel/

Jun 15, 2018

A-Cat & F18 Spanish Cup 2018: Day 1

Day one for the 2018 Spanish Catamaran Cup. Organized by Club Ballena Alegre, which will host the 2018 F18 Europeans in coming weeks. This annual Spanish Cup gathers the F18 & A-Class each year. Mitch & Ruben Booth (Scorpion/1D) lead after 3 races. Followed by Jordi Sanchez & Alberto Torné (Wildcat/ 1D) and Fabián Migoya & Alexis Parcerisa.

In the A-Cats, Manolo Calavia leads, and surprisingly he has not dominate as he is used to. Manolo is one of the top 3 A-Cat riders in the World.

Top 5 for each class below, full resuls at cvballena-alegre

Texel Dutch Open 2018

Grant & Adm Piggot (F18 Edge/Grant Piggot DS) led the 2018 Dutch Open, warm-up regatta for the annual Round Texel which will start tomorrow. Dutch Open held on a mixed Class fleet scored under the Texel Rating, Sunnucks & Self are racing the M20 Vampire. Texel offcial web: roundtexel.com/

No racing yesterday, and not more info today. Results as per Wednesday :

Jun 14, 2018

GC32 Extreme Series @Barcelona 2018: Day 1

Photos: Lloyd Images. - Report & pics sent by Extreme Sailing Series.
14/06/18  Big breeze gives boats a boost in 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ Barcelona opener
The first day of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3, Barcelona did not disappoint, with big breeze propelling the high-speed GC32 catamarans around the course from the word go.

Incredible wind and boat speed throughout the day saw the teams fly towards each mark, using clever tactics to push past their competitors at each busy rounding. Foiling at full-pelt, hitting speeds of up to 26.2kts, these boys meant business.

Austrian challenger, Red Bull Sailing Team, shot straight into the limelight. Charging through the ranks, the crew demonstrated exemplary boat handling, clocking five podium finishes over the course of the day.

Red Bull Sailing Team Sport Director, Hans Peter Steinacher, was thrilled with today's results, the crew having suffered a few blows to the points in both Act 1, Muscat, Oman and the GC32 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy.

"The team is young and the sailors play on the playground out there," he said. "This is how you win Extreme Sailing Series events. They are focussed – you have to create your own mode but as a team, we are really strong."

"There's always more to work on though," added a cautious Roman Hagara, the team's skipper. "Still, if we keep doing what we're doing, we'll be fine."

The Austrian contingent hopes to improve on last year's result in Barcelona, where they eventually finished third after a tough battle with Oman Air.

Snapping at the heels of Red Bull Sailing Team, last year's Barcelona Act winners Oman Air also showed fighting form. Their GC32 foiled with finesse but a few poor decisions forced extra manoeuvres, wasting time and costing them several places in the rankings.

"The conditions were really tricky out there today," Skipper Phil Robertson explained. "Staying stable on the foils is difficult in a relatively big sea state. It was actually very hard to get the boat in a good mode and sail simply. We'll be working on that for tomorrow."

Current Series frontrunners SAP Extreme Sailing Team sailed true to form once again, finishing the day just behind Red Bull Sailing Team in second. However, it was all eyes on comeback kids Alinghi in the final races, following issues with their mainsail that caused a retirement from race three, and prevented their participation in race four. They were pulling no punches upon their return to the racecourse, snatching a win from Red Bull Sailing Team in the fifth race of the day.

Local boys Spanish Impulse showed sheer determination, scoring a string of fourth place finishes in three of the six races. Skipper Diego Botín was pleased with his team's performance:

"We are super happy with today's results; being able to fight it out with all these boats, and face these sailors, it has been a success for us."

The home team closed the day in sixth overall, just behind British-flagged INEOS Rebels UK. Team México round up the fleet.

Over on the Flying Phantom racecourse, it was Idreva Zephyr Foiling who took the top spot, finishing ahead of current leaders Team France Jeune.

Local sailors Jordi Booth and Joan Costa onboard Red Bull Sailing Team also grabbed a podium finish. Helm Jordi Booth commented on their third place finish.

"A great day for us. It was challenging for sure but overall we were pretty consistent with our results – it was a good start for us."

With hopes of continued breeze for tomorrow, the teams are already deep in the debrief after today's action. The Flying Phantoms are due to begin racing from 12:15 CEST, with the GC32s scheduled for 15:00. The free-to-enter public Race Village will be open from 10:00, offering food from the Van Van market and refreshing drinks from the public bar, both provided by Estrella Damm.

For more information and to follow the racing, visit the Extreme Sailing Series website, Facebook -

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Act 3, Barcelona standings after Day 1, 6 races (14.06.18)
Position / Team / Points

1st, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Chris Taylor, Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara: 62 pts
2nd, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Morgan Larson, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 59 pts
3rd, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey: 57 points
4th, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 57 pts
5th, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Mark Spearman: 54 pts
6th, Spanish Impulse (ESP) Diego Botín, Joan Cardona, Luís Brito, Kevin Cabrera, Florian Trittel: 47 pts
7th, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, James Peters, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 42 pts

Flying Phantom Series Act 3, Barcelona standings after Day 1, 6 races (14.06.18)
Position / Team / Points
1st, Idreva Zephyr Foiling (FRA) Charles Hainneville, Thibault Julien: 113 pts
2nd, Team France Jeune 1 (FRA) Solune Robert, Antoine Rucard: 109 pts
3rd, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Jordi Booth, Joan Costa: 104 pts
4th, Culture Foil (FRA) Nicolas Ferellec, Théo Constance: 103 pts
5th, Flying Frogs (FRA) Pierre Le Clainche, Arnaud Vasseur: 103 pts
6th, UON (POR) José Caldeira, Helder Basilio: 88 pts
7th, EVO Visian ICL (GER) Raphael Neuhann, Elias Neuhann: 85 pts
8th, Masterlan (CZE) David Krizek, Milan Harmacek: 77 pts

Jun 13, 2018

A-Class British Championships 2018: Adam May 1st

Photos Helena Darvelid / sailrocket.com.  Long time Moth & A-Cat sailor, Adam May was also head of Design at Artemis in past Americas Cup. Last weekend he grabbed another UK title winning the 2018 A-Cats British Nats at Weymouth sailing an Exploder D3/Brewin boomless DS.
Second place for Paul Larsen also racing a D3. Larsen is a sailing Legend already, for those who don't know who he is, read our interview here.

Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy will host the 2019 A-Class Worlds on August 25-30th. 2019 Worlds Official web: www.acatworlds2019.uk

British Nats 2018 full report & results by Gordon Upton: a-cat.org/?q=node/1247

Jun 12, 2018

Bol d'Or Mirabaud 2018: Vid by Phaedo 2

Video sent by Rachel Fallon-Langdon / Phaedo 2. Report & pics by Phaedo 2 were published here

Jun 9, 2018

Nacra 17s @Marseille 2018: Medal Race Live Stream

SAP Live Tracking here. First attempt abandoned due to a big wind shift.

Jun 8, 2018

Bol d'Or Mirabaud 2018: Live Stream

Follow the biggest inland Lake race in stream above. To review Start go back with video control slider.  More info at boldormirabaud.ch/en-ch

Live Tracking here

Nacra 17s @Marseille 2018: Day 3

Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing. No racing yesterday, but the fleet could complete 4 today. Tita & Banti extended their usual lead winning the four races, establishing a gap of 13 pts vs Gimson & Burnet. Third place overall for Bissaro-Frascari, the Italian crew continues to improve in each event, Vittorio is sailing now with Maelle Frascari, he parted ways with Silvia Sicouri who will be become a new Mom.

First day Lange & Carranza had a DNF & DNS, it was due to a top deck daggercase insert breaking while racing. The insert which retains and setups daggerboard rake came out loose, forcing the Arg crew to abandon the race and miss the next one.

High complains from Ceci Carranza on her Instagram on the boat reliability and the OD one builder mode, but that is nothing new for Nacra 17 sailors, and we have spoke plenty on the matter and how Nacra needs to put their customer service up to the Olympic level, it is the double sword edge of becoming an Olympic Class, you will have all the sales secured at any price but you will need to improve and mazimize your service to the sailors in every way.
Then, breakages will be always a part of the job, being OD one builder or many.

On Lange-Carranza comments,  just seems to be affecting more to  now thus they went pretty mad and vocal on the matter.

Top ten below, full results here.

Jun 4, 2018

A-Class European Spring 2018 @Circolo Vela Arco: Wrap-up video

Video Published by Circolo vela Arco. Pics Results & reports in previous posts.