Jul 30, 2018

M32 Match Cup Norway : Phil Robertson 1st

Francois Gabart: Diam24 auto pilot & Foil Sup

That remote control looks like what TNZ AC50 had at Bermuda, and the image is getting quite close to our proposal for skippers to helm the coming AC boats from the beach through a remote control..!

Fun experiment by MACIF Trimaran rider Francois Gabart, current Solo round the World record holder.

Jul 29, 2018

Young Guns on the Rise: Thomas Proust

Images Eric Proust / F16 Europeans. In the past we've followed Henri Demesmaeker's  career since he was a kid and now we are lucky to see the rising of talented French sailor, Thomas Proust.

Having his father Eric working the in the catamaran business surely helps, also crewing for Thomas is an excellent experience for both but the kid's talent continues to shine on its own.

This past weekend Thomas & Eric finished in second place at competitive F16 Europeans, scoring bullets and putting high pressure to the final winners.
Last year father & son won the Armistice Regatta at Bordeaux and finished second at the 2017 Euros too.

A few months ago Thomas sailing with Martineau Clement finished 3rd overall at the first Nacra 15 Class Worlds, and winning the U16 division, racing against all U19 in the top ten and the former wonder kid Henry Demesmaeker, who went winning the event.
The highlights for Thomas & Martineau were not those mentioned aspects though, but how they scored 6 bullets out of 10 races.

Serious talent , and a bright future for Thomas Proust.

Below some words on Thomas from his father Eric:
"Thomas Proust is a very young rider, we cannot  stop him anymore. This year he was crowned World Champion U16 Nacra 15, 2nd in the National Cup F16 and winner of the National Viper and this week 2nd European Champion of Formula 16 with dad in the Netherlands.

From the top of his 11 spring, Thomas Proust is always smiling. In Barcelona, ​​at the end of April, he and his teammate Clement Martineau won the Nacra 15 World Championship title. "We were going to evaluate our level," said Thomas before the regatta.

But now ... At the end of the first day of the event, the U16 crew is leading the general, "We had fun, and we did what we knew to do. And the result just  fell in place".. summarizes the new Under 16 world champion and 3rd (under 19) all ages.

Thomas's family is a family of sailors (both cruising and regatta), dad champion catamaran and professional runner for many years, Thomas fell into the sport when he was 5 years old.

At 7, he start sailing catamarans. "So this is my fourth year on a catamaran and I'm happy with the results," says Thomas...! (Ed: well you better be kid!)

School studies are going well. " I am in sixth grade. It is necessary to carry out the studies and the boats in both fronts. It's not that simple every day routine" ..  Thomas admits, who must make up the homework due to his school absences due to regatta attendance.

"The near future is to continue to have fun while sailing in foiling with my Moth and competing in foiling catamarans as well. "

Jul 22, 2018

A-Cat Europeans 2018 @Warnemunde: Highlights vid

Video produced by the German A-Class Association , sent by Georg Reutter. The German A-Cat Class always investing in top notch promotional material. Excellent filming & edition by provideos.pl

Lake Balaton Volvo High Tech Regatta 2018

Nice video sent by Marton Balazs from 1D Sails. AC45 vs SL33 vs 50/50 and others, all will be present at the annual Lake Balaton Round will take place next week.

Jul 19, 2018

Nacra 15 WS Youth Worlds 2018 @Corpus Christi: Day 4 Results

Argentine crew, Dante Citadini & Teresa Romairone, winners before the last race to be held tomorrow. They established a gap of 33pts ahed of  their closest competition with 12 races completed.

More details tomorrow, photo provided by our friend and coach Nico Aragones.
No official images available yet.

Greta Stewart-Tom Fyfe (NZL) , Andrea Spagnoli-Giulia (ITA) Fava and Laila Van der Meer-Bjarne Bouwer (NED) will fight for the reamaining top 3 spots tomorrow.

Top ten below, complete results & offcial event web available  here , then select Nacra 15 tab.

Pos Flag HelmName CrewName 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Nett
1st ARG Dante CItadini Teresa Romainone 3 2 3 1 1 1 5 3 3 1 3 -6 32 26
2nd NZL Greta Stewart Tom Fyfe 10 -12 4 9 2 2 1 5 4 11 4 7 71 59
3rd ITA Andrea Spagnolli Giulia Fava 8 5 6 11 4 10 2 2 -14 8 2 2 74 60
4th NED Laila Van der Meer Bjarne Bouwer 6 -15 2 5 11 3 15 4 2 3 7 5 78 63
5th SUI Arnaud Grange Marie van der Klink 5 4 7 4 -12 11 6 6 6 9 5 8 83 71
6th BEL Henri Demesmaeker Frederique van Eupen 2 1 (dnf) 3 9 dsq 13 1 1 4 10 4 98 73
7th FRA Doran Gouron Kenza Coutard 4 11 8 7 3 7rdg 3 14 8 -15 1 9 90 75
8th USA Nicolas Martin AnaClare Sole 7 3 -18 12 7 4 17 9 11 6 6 1 101 83
9th ISV Mia Nicolosi Teddy Nicolosi 9 10 5 6 -16 5 7 8 5 5 9 14 99 83
10th AUT Laura Farese Matthaus Zochling 16 (ufd) 10 2 19 7 4 7 19 13 8 3 133 108

Jul 17, 2018

Nacra 15 WS Youth Worlds 2018 @Corpus Christi: Day 2

Tornado Worlds 2018: Pachalidis & Konstantinidis 1st

Photo, Video & report sent by Icarus Sports.
Tornado World Championship 2018 - Day 6
Saturday, 14th of July was the sixth and final day and the competitors’ faces were filled with sadness: storming clouds had invaded the sky of La Grande Motte, plus the end of the event was coming. At least, there was another racing day remaining!

AP went down and the Tornado fleets started perfectly aligned with 10-12 knots of winds for the 8th race of the day. AUT 3 started at full speed close to the Race Committee boat and rounded the first mark ahead of GRE 1.

Unfortunately, the wind gradually dropped enough to force the abandonment of the race.
The new start for the 8th race was given at 2:00 pm with a nice evening breeze and GRE 1 finished first.

So, that was the end of the 2018 Tornado Worlds and titles were decided.

Iordanis Paschalidis & Petros Konstantinidis, GRE 1, are the Open Tornado Champions for the second consecutive year! Another impressive performance from Iordanis Paschalidis who, alongside Konstantinos Trigonis, was winning this title since 2011. He is now a Tornado World Champion for the 8th time in a row, since nobody has managed to beat him.

Mixed Tornado Champions are the youths Estela Jentsch, the 16-year-old but also the 2016 Mixed World Champion and Daniel Brown, 18 years old Nacra 15 and F18 promising and winning sailor. They also finished third in the overall ranking.

Jurgen Jentsch, the Tornado Class President ended the prize giving ceremony organized at the "Yacht Club de La Grande Motte" by inviting all participants to join him at the 2019 World Championship, to be organized in New Zealand the coming January.

Be there!

Jul 15, 2018

A-Class Europeans 2018: Glenn Ashby 1st

Nacra 17 Europeans 2018: Tita & Banti 1st

UK: East Coast Pier Race 2018: Simon Northrop & Caleb Cooper 1st

2018 Edition won by Simon Northtrop & Caleb Cooper. Report sent by Sophie Hurrell-Smith / Press Secretary, Marconi Sailing Club. East Coast Poer Race web : eastcoastpiersrace.com/
Fb: facebook.com/eastcoastpiersrace
The 2018 East Coast Piers Race (ECPR) weekend was another success with 86 boats registering to take on the challenge of sailing 48 miles from Osea Island Pier to Walton Pier.

The ECPR is a weekend of sailing held at Marconi Sailing Club (MSC) in Essex. It is held in aid of the Cirdan Sailing Trust and Essex Air Ambulance, with all money raised from the weekend going to support these charities and the vital work they do.

This year the event also became part of the Allen Endurance Series – a 3-part event designed to test sailing crews and their equipment in contests of skill and endurance.

MSC has hosted ECPR for over 30 years, with the event growing from strength to strength and

Jul 14, 2018

Nacra 17 Europeans 2018: Medal Race Replay

Medal Race wrapup from yesterday. Later report & final results.

A-Class Europeans 2018 @Warnemunde: No racing on final day

Late update for those guessing what happened at Warnemunde yesterday. Only 5 races held. Ashby won the regatta & Manolo Calavia the European title.  Later complete report by Gordon Upton and our view o rare event on the conditions plus number of races, but still some room for a thought or two on latest devels.

Jul 13, 2018

Nacra 17 Europeans 2018: Gold Fleet Race 7 Highlights

Gold Fleet Race 7 highlights. Event web nacra17.org/events/2018-european-championship/
Overall Results here

Tornado Worlds 2018 @La Grande Motte: Day 3

Report & video sent by Icarus Sports / Tornado Class Assoc / tornado-class.org
Tornado World Championship 2018 - Day 3

The sun rose above the sky of La Grande Motte and the emerald sea, announcing the beginning of the third day of racing of the 2018 Tornado World Championship. The slight decrease of the temperature from 34° to 28°C degrees from the previous day meant that a lighter thermic wind was on its way.

The Race Committee had already informed the crews about a slight delay on the schedule. After one hour of delay, race N°4 started with a wind of 8 to 10 knots.

Competitors were very close to one another, waiting nervously to the pennant side of the starting line. GRE 1, GER 44 and FRA 15 started way too early. Besides GRE 1 and FRA 15's comeback rounding the pennant boat, GER 44 went on sailing and was ranked as OCS.

The wind increased from 10 to 12 knots during the second lap, and on a flat sea, GRE 1 proved much faster than any other competitor. They crossed the first downing gate with a clear lead, which got bigger and bigger throughout the race.

After one hour and one minute of racing GRE 1 won with more than two minutes of difference over the second, ITA 46, who, after a superb race, managed to keep that position from the first rounding of mark N°1. AUS 3, who came third, gained one place over the mixed crew of GER 11 during the last downwind leg.

Ten minutes after the arrival of the last boat, race N°5 was about to start. This time the boats, spreaded along the starting line, were much more vigilant and the start was clear. At the end of the first lap, GRE 1 led once again with AUS 2 and AUS 3 about 50 meters on its back.

AUS 2 and AUS 3 constantly competed against each other, but finally it was AUS 2 who took the lead. FRA 2, 8th and 5th up until that moment, lost one place at the provisional overall ranking from GER 11!

After the race, the crews were invited by the local organization to a superb dinner on a boat cruise on a canal from the city of Le Grau du Roi to the ancient city of Aigues Mortes, surrounded by original ramparts. Five centuries ago, the city was closer to the sea than it is now, due to the sediments of the Rhône river.

With five races completed, today is reserved for resting. Time for the sailors to gain their strength back, enjoy a visit to the vineyards and participate in a wine degustation followed by a local lunch. More to come on Friday...

Text Credits: International Tornado Class Association
Photo Credits: © Nikos Pantis

Jul 12, 2018

A-Class Europeans 2018 @Warnemunde: Day 3 Vid Highlights

Day 3 Highlights, from Wednesday. Results published in previous Day 3  post here

Below report sent by Gordon Upton from Day 3 (2nd of Racing):
Weed and waves characterise day two's racing at the Euros.

The second days racing at Warnemunde  ‘A’ Cat Euros was a wet affair.  The racing was scheduled for 1pm so the fleet spent the morning in a leisurely manner standing around talking or tweaking things on their boats after the battering they sustained the day before.  Rain started to arrive at about 10am and is was on and off most of the day.

The fleet launched at 12pm from the sandy beach at the Hohe Duene resort.  All went well except for

Nacra 17 Europeans 2018: Day 4

Photos  Drew Malcolm / www.drewmalcolm.com.au ,  Full gallery here . Just when I thought Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti were leaving their usual domination the Italians score 3 bullets in the last 4 races to grab the lead from Gemma Jones & Jason Saunders. Report below sent by Nacra 17 Class media. Event web nacra17.org/events/2018-european-championship/

Nacra 17 Top 5 – Full Results
1 ITA Ruggero Tita, Caterina Banti 16
2 NZL Gemma Jones, Jason Saunders 18
3 ESP Fernando Echavarri, Tara Pacheco 25
4 ITA Ben Saxton, Nikki Bonniface 33
5 USA John Gimson, Anna Burnet 42

Italy’s Tita/Banti Continue Dominance In Nacra 17 Cat
Spanish Junior Sailing Sisters, Including Teenaged Crew, Take Over Outright Lead in Olympic 49erFX Finals

Despite a long onshore delay and shifty and unstable conditions on the water today as the Finals began in the 2018 49er and Nacra 17 European Championship. With the fleets split by their ranking

Jul 11, 2018

A-Class Europeans 2018 @Warnemunde: Day 3

All images Gordon Upton / DNA Perf Sailing / IACA. Full gallery at IACA Fb . Manolo Calavia managed to get a bullet out of Ahsby. On the fly... later more details and Gordon's report when ready.

Top ten below, full results here

A-Class Europeans 2018 @Warnemunde: Day 2 Vid Highlights

Nacra 17 Europeans 2018 @Gdynia, Poland: Day 3

Photo & report sent by  Nacra 17 media. Official web nacra17.org/events/2018-european-championship

Disappointment and Joy For Championship Contenders As Qualifying Ends 
Nacra 17 Scandinavians With First Chance at Gold
The two Nacra 17 qualifying fleets suffered the worst at the hands of capricious breeze and lumpy chop, with multiple recalls and race abandonments calling an end to the foiling catamarans’ day after scoring just one race in both qualifying fleets.

The usual suspects moved through easily to gold fleet with few changes on the day, though a few new faces will join Gold Fleet tomorrow.

Despite sailing in the Nacra together for 5 years, top Norwegians Nicholas Martinsen and Martine Mortensen were all smiles when they found out they’d not only made their first Gold Fleet at Europeans, but they’d made it comfortably, in 20th place. “It’s great to finally get some results, to be up there,” said Mortensen. Martinsen said they’d made big changes to their campaign this winter, and they are really making a difference. “For the first years we were all by ourselves with no partners or coaches,” he explained. “We now have some support from Norway Sailing Federation, and the coach they provided is really helping our game out.” Martinsen also said that their winter training camp with a number of other teams in Cagliari, Sardinia helped their game as well. “Winter was lots of racing, lots of boathandling, lots of starts, and lots of fun,” said Martinsen.

Top Swedish Nacra skipper Emil Järuud made his first-ever gold fleet at a major Nacra championship despite a forgettable performance in his single race today. “It just didn’t feel good out there today. Nothing worked, we had trouble keeping speed up in the chop and light winds, trouble keeping our lanes, just really not good,” said Järuud, who felt strong about the next few days. “We think we figured out the problem by the end of the day, and we feel ready to have good finishes the rest of the week.”

The Top 25 teams in 49er and FX split off today to sail in Gold Fleet tomorrow, while 27 Nacra 17s will do the same. FX and Nacra scoring in the bottom half of the fleet move to Silver Fleet, while the bottom 64 teams in the 49er will split into Silver and Bronze fleets.

Nacra 17 Top 5 – Full Results
1 NZL Gemma Jones, Jason Saunders 8
2 GBR Ben Saxton, Nikki Bonniface 12
3 ESP Fernando Echavarri, Tara Pacheco 14
4 ITA Ruggero Tita, Caterina Banti 14
5 USA Riley Gibbs, Louisa Chafee 23


Black Flags, Chaotic Waves, Unsteady Breeze Mean A Messy Day in Poland

Lady luck shone on the men’s 49er skiff fleet this morning, as the final day of qualifying for the European Championship began just off the beach in Gdynia. There wasn’t much, but a relatively

Jul 10, 2018

A-Class Europeans 2018 @Warnemunde 2018: Day 2

Great images by Gordon Upton / DNA Perf Sailing / IACA. Full gallery at IACA fb. Looks like powerful sitdown conditions for last race. Gordon reports carnage for that one. His report later, but before World Cup Semis!
3 races held today.  Three bullets for Ashby and then mixed results for the top ten. More info later along photos when available. 80 boats racing at Warnemunde Week.

 Also check 2nd picture by Gordon above. Sequence after the start, Ashby goes full airborne upwind. Glenn Ashby is Grand Maestre of the A-Class, he will take his talent and secrets with him, I don't think you can teach this level of domination racing A-Cats, equipment aside, he will win , always no matter what.

Take notice he spent the night setting up his F1x as reported by Upton, as equipment failure in practice race.

Read full detailed report by Gordon Upton at IACA's official web: www.a-cat.org

Top 10 below, full results here -

M32 WMRT @Marstrand 2018: Östling and Guichard , Champs

Photos & Repot : WMRT Media. Yann Guichard and his Spindrift Racing team won at marstrand over a group of talented Match Raceers. Excellent achievement for the French multihull specialist.
Östling and Guichard Are Champions as Marstrand Celebrates a Quarter Century of Match Racing.

Marstrand, Sweden (July 8, 2018) - After five days of glamorous conditions in Marstrand, GKSS Match Cup Sweden delivered crowd pleasers all round in its 25th anniversary year, with local victory in the GKSS Women’s Trophy and a photo finish for the WMRT Open Class.

Competing for the GKSS Women’s Trophy today was M32 and WMRT regular Anna Östling, up

Jul 9, 2018

A-Cat Europeans 2018 @Warnemunde: No racing for Day 1

Photos by Gordon Upton / IACA. Too much wind so no racing today at Warnemunde. Tomorrow an 11AM start is scheduled.
Above Glenn Ashby sanding his DNA F1x updated foils. PJ reported in his Fb that final production foils were developed with Glenn and Harry Mighel along Mischa and the DNA team : "After months of developing and testing different rudders and new z boards for the new DNA F1x , we finally got it ..
The new production foils are designed by Glenn Ashby and Harry Mighel, with a lot of input of Mischa Heemskerk and the rest of team DNA.
Mischa is on the video here yesterday on Ijsselmeer in ideal testing conditions and typical short chop which are not the easiest for these boats..."

Glenn had some broken rudders on the practice race, check Gordon Upton's onsite report from yesterday. On the new foils video was made in choppy conditions but I cannot say it is an impressive footage more on the reference we have here in Rio de la Plata choppy Land, still the real verdict will come this week from Warnemunde.

DNA has "All the meet over the Grill" as we say here meaning their top notch WChamp riders are there, Exploder D3 has Manolo Calavia , Adam May, Jacek Noetzel and rising star
Michal Korneszczuk who won Easter Cup & Sopot Cup over Jacek past weeks among other D3 sailors.  Check A-Cat label for previous A-Class posts

D3 Polish Top Guns Tymek Bendyk & Kuba Suroviec are racing Nacra 17 Europeans along Brewin at Gydnia, Poland.

Scheurer will continue to test their new G7 2018 foils, Sandro won Euros Spring at Arco this year with them.  Scheurer like DNA both yards have follow Exploder D3 Z22 concave shape and min drag oriented shape, specially DNA on their more soft and elliptical plan compared to their orig Dna Z.
But then Exploder trailed behind some years trying to catchup. But not much worries for the A-Class builders, all happy to evolve on each other devels.

This benefit sailors as for foiling mode flights are becoming more stable and are easier to maintain.
Don't want to fly ? No worries, the IACA has a separate floating/Classic ranking for you at international and local level.

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