Aug 31, 2018

Americas Cup. Team INEOS UK: Foiling Mono footage

Source Team Ineos UK. Although we still think this concept by TNZ it's an awkward tinkering exercise, INEOS is showing that it might work. Stable flights and looks super fast.
Only issue we see is the sudden dropdown tendency a la FP/F20 (0:45).
The AC50 did not had such tendency at all, and if so the entire windward hull delivered a smoother recovery.

I see some problems on this aspect for future AC foiling monos, not even to speak again on close Match Racing, one of the ever criticized points for racing Cats, who showed indeed you can MR Multis no problem.

Now the monohull "purists" have delivered this monster that will require teams to stay a well marked distance from each other, a fact that will take out part of the MR fun and aggressive moves.
I don't see famous hardcore helms going against each other full bore this time around.

Notes apart, the tinkered Monos is flying pretty good. Congrats to team INEOS UK on the work done implementing such strage concept.

Aug 22, 2018

Tribute & Trophy to recognize Lallo Petrucci

Recognizing those who forged our sport it is a mandatory duty for all the sailors that came after them, benefiting from their hard work and passion for Catsailing.
Lallo Petrucci is without a doubt one of those special characters, and a Trophy with his name its a well deserved tribute.

Info on the Trophy sent by Gerard Letrenne.
Tribute and trophy L. Petrucci
The Sanguinet sailing club & partners, BIMARE France and sailing class associations ACCF (A Cat Classic France) , AFTOR (French association Tornado), will pay tribute, during the GPA regatta on October 13 and 14th to the man who dedicated 40 years to the promotion of sport catamarans.

Michelangelo « Lallo » Petrucci founded his shipyard BIMARE in 1970.

Though his first productions were Olympic Tornado’s, on which he sailed himself, it was in 1985 that he began constructing A class catamarans, inspired by A Lions and Newzelander SCAL designs. This new single-handed catamaran met with rapid success among competitive helmsmen. New A class catamarans were seen in Hyères (1990), Berre (1992), and Mandelieu (1994), but already in 1985 at Sanguinet where, still today, there are 23 A class, among which 19 are BIMARE.
BIMARE have won 3 world championship titles, and since 1987, 19 French national titles.

A class remains BIMARE’s legendary design though another of his designs (18HT) was declared « the world’s best boat » (Bateau de l’année) in 2003 and his F16 is extremely popular.

Numerous BIMARE designs (Bim 2000, Javelin, XJ,V1,V1R, Zero) have answered the needs of the constantly developing A class racing catamarans.

Lallo, after 40 years in Bellaria, passed the torch to BIMARE France, located in Bordeaux, to continue the Petrucci tradition.

Bordeaux already has the necessary infrastructure to satisfy the demands of racers in terms of platforms and appendices for numerous designs.

Let’s make for a beautiful race to honor the man who created and internationally known brand and whose name is legendary among sailors.

Aug 21, 2018

MV Design Draft : Windsurf Foil Board

Windsurf Foil Board design Draft V1. August 21, 2018. I've been busy past weeks so not much news updates were possible, plus my latest project: I'm working on is a WS Foil board design. I tried to get some production ones, and also you can retrofit older Formula boards to achieve good initial costs, but as always I decided finally to solve the problem from its roots, and went to design one myself (as done with the first F18 here and alter with the Scorpion). I designed in 2016 a recreational WS/Sup foil, but this board will be targeted for racing and thus will be fitted with a dedicated racing foil.

Above first foil board quick draft concept, a foiling oriented board with hard rails back transitioning towards the solution done for racing Kiteboards. Of course less rocker than traditional Formula boards ,  with less volume on the bow to minimize aero drag.  Also straighter outline as carving will be done in the air, thus no need for a rounded shape.
Just a teaser, more details as the project advance, some talks already with some to produce it.

On latest devels check for instance latest devel by Starboard below, 2019 Foil boards designed along top notch Argentine sailor Gonza Costa Hoevel. Starboard is at the top of devel but we will follow a different path regarding overall outline along bow shape & volume distribution.

Racing Kiteboard: Photo Pedro Martinez/ Sailing Energy.  --

I went for a more Kitefoil board oriented design, and I found yesterday Exocet have done the same on their 2018 Foil racer version. Review their design talk video below and compare vs Starboard solution.
Clearly we favor the Kitefoil board /Exocet path.

On width new PWA rules call for a 91cm width limit thus will be the standard from now on.

Starboard 2019 board quiver :
Exocet Foil boards:

Aug 19, 2018

The 2019 Worrell Reunion Race; a Crucible Reborn

Photo: Mike Worrell gazes out over the Jensen Beach checkpoint on May 8, 2001 – Credit Walter Cooper Photography //

John Williams have been racing and working for the US Catsailing scene for years, including 2012 F18 Worlds org at LA, plus his involvement in H16, and F16 Classes. Official CV reads: "John Williams is a four-time national champion catamaran sailor, a former member of the US SAILING Development Team, represented the United States at the 2011 Pan American Games, and will be the principle race officer for the 2019 Worrell Reunion Race. "

John is one of those key guys you need to have in any fleet to get things going, and it's no wonder he has been appointed as PRO for the coming Worrell Reunion Race, a regatta to honor and relive the Legendary Worrell 1000.

We will be following this project with great interest. Official web . Below some insights on the new Worrel sent by John Williams.
John Williams
18 August 2018
Seal Beach, CA

The 2019 Worrell Reunion Race; a Crucible Reborn
“What do you think, Johnny?”

I stood, leaning against the boardwalk’s wooden rail, squinting against the blowing beach sand. The onshore breeze was a flag-snapping 20 miles per hour and the surf seemed to roil rather than break. I was gripping my VHF radio a little too tightly. I’d been reminding myself to not grind my teeth when Mike Worrell casually matched my posture against the well-worn rail with a smile and a mild tone that didn’t at all reflect my internal DefCon 3 anxiety.

“Will you race them in this?” I asked.

Mike didn’t answer right away. He turned to look out across the shoreline, but it seemed to me he wasn’t seeing what was in front of us. He was thinking. Maybe he was replaying in his mind the hundreds of other mornings he’d stood on a beach with a decision to make. Maybe he was thinking about what he’d had for breakfast. It was an uncharacteristically private moment with a busy man.

“Let’s see what it looks like in an hour,” he said in that unmistakable drawl, patting my shoulder in encouragement and walking away.

It was May 8, 2001 in Jensen Beach, Florida and I was working for the Tommy Bahama Sailing Team in the Worrell 1000 – a brutal, punishing year in the almanac of the endurance sailing race from South Florida to Virginia Beach. The course was 1000 miles of open ocean on a beach catamaran that tested, and sometimes broke the men and women that dared the challenge. It was only my second time at the event; I’d previously been the manager for a 1st-year team that made it to the finish line. That experience and some good friendships had been enough to land me the manager position for a much higher profile team with significant resources. I learned that more hands don’t always make the work easier, but the experience solidified for me that the race was something special. I knew I wanted more.

In 2003, a cascading series of circumstances saw the event cancelled. There were bad feelings, broken hearts and broken friendships that year. People lost money, confidence and sponsor relationships. In the intervening years between the last event in 2002 and Mike Worrell’s death in 2010, other events were organized and attempted, and Mike himself worked doggedly to rekindle the fire from ashes. Events like the Tybee 500 gave offshore distance catamaran sailors a “fix” for a time, but nothing approached that pinnacle – the Worrell 1000 remained the Tour de France, the World Series, the Super Bowl of the beachcat community. There are catamaran sailors in the current fleets who weren’t yet alive the last time the Worrell 1000 was run, but even they have heard of it.

Now a dedicated core group has resurrected that spark. The 2019 Worrell Reunion Race is a reality in a way that previous organizing efforts couldn’t quite achieve. The team has been quietly working for a year with strong headwinds from an aging fleet’s long memory and understandable skepticism. The focus has been not “if,” but “how?” They decided to focus on the logistics; nailing down checkpoints, dates, permits… whatever had to happen to make the race possible, with a hope that if it were built the fleet would come. The mistrust, the old resentment, all were set aside as unresolvable without the tangible: a start line and a race committee. Maybe in the end, the strongest driver was simply that the clock was running out – nobody’s getting any younger and it seemed like now or never.

Like any family reunion, I expect there will be some tension. But that’s going to fall well short of the nostalgia, stories and warm greetings between old friends, and that’s the part the new blood will be left with after the beach is cleared and the last trailer leaves the parking lot in Virginia.

And now, inexplicably and beyond any imagined future, I’ll be standing in the Florida beach sand next May with a decision to make. And it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone whose voice will be in the back of my mind…

“What do you think, Johnny?”

Aug 18, 2018

Nacra 15 Europeans 2018 @Lake Como: Cittadini & Romairone 1st

Photos by Arg Team. Official images from Laurens Morel available at Nacra Racing fb.-
What a joy seeing a new generation of Argentinian kids racing cats, and even to this level. Dante Cittadini & Teresa Romairone have shown this season (their first racing one) they have some serious talent. Past months they finished 4th at the first Nacra 15 Worlds, later they won the Nacra 15 Youth Worlds and yesterday they crowned themselves 2018 Nacra 15 European Champs.

Just spoke with Nico Aragones, who along Nicolás Schargorodsky , is coaching Dante & Teresa.
The Arg team has been training hard this winter in Buenos Aires, alone of course as no N15 or youth fleet available yet. That hard training in the cold choppy waters payed off big time for their newly learnt catsailing handling, but is clear the kids have grownup competition skills of their own. The've previously sailed Optis & 29ers, which was the standard path for perf sailing in Arg.

The Nacra 15 Europeans were defined in the last race. BEL, ITA & ARG all had chances for the title.
The Italian crew scored a bullet in R12, putting them in good position  for the last one. The Arg crew needed to finish two pts ahead of them and wait for Bel to score +7.

Last race the Southamericans were 5th, Ita just behind in 6th. Both team pursuing the leading pack , both managed to improve their positions to 2nd and 4th, 100mts to the finish line and Spagnoli-Fava got into right of way situation and were left to 8th place, with Demesmaeker-van Eupen getting a 9th the Arg team thought they finished the regatta in 2nd overal.
It was until they reached shore they realized they've won the event.

Impressive display under pressure for Cittadini & Romairone, crowning a season to remember and sill looking forward to the 2018 Youth Olympics to be held here in Buenos Aires.

Although we always criticized the N15 selection as Youth Multi, it seems the participation and close relation to the Nacra 17 heritage is providing a good competitive platform for the kids to make they way up.

We are watching future World & Olympics champs on the making without a doubt.

Final results not published yet, below transcript from a photo sent by the Arg team.
Updated final results thanks to Pieter Oskam link here

Pos Flag Helm Crwe R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 Net
1 ARG146 Dante Cittadini Teresa Romairone 4 2 x15 6 4 5 2 x7 7 2 4 4 2 42
2 BEL133 Henri Demesmaeker Dominique van Eupen x15 1 8 5 2 4 1 1 5 5 2 x11 10 44
3 ITA29 Andrea Spagnoli Guilia Fava 10 x18 5 x24 3 2 4 2 8 1 3 1 8 47
4 SUI83 Arnaud Grange Marie van der Klink x37 3 2 12 6 6 5 4 4 x31 8 2 13 65
5 NED27 Laila van der Meer Bjarne Bouwer 7 x12 x24 9 7 1 10 3 6 3 4 5 11 66

Aug 14, 2018

Nacra Multi Europeans 2018 @Lake Como: Day 1 by Laurens Morel

F18 Raid Worlds 2018: Video by van Staveren

Jasper van Staveren went to Erquy to shoot the 2018 Raid Worlds, and his photos gave life to the scenery of Erquy as we've never seen before.
While taking pics, Jasper also did some video takes that can be seen in clip above.

Aug 12, 2018

Nacra17 Worlds 2018 @Aarhus: Tita & Banti World Champs

Nacra 17 Worlds 2018 @Aarhus: Medal Race Live (Cancelled)

Live stream schedule: RSX Medal , later Nacra 17.
Live SAP tracking here

- Racing cancelled, positions remains as they were after 13 races completed on Friday.
Our view of the event later tonight.

Aug 10, 2018

Nacra 17 Worlds Aarhus 2018: Live Stream (Laser Medal / Radial / N17)

Laser Medal Race, later Radial and after them Nacra 17 Gold Fleet. Racing status for each fleet plus SAP tracking links here.

Later our report & pics, above you can review race 11 Live stream replay after Laser & Radial Medal Races. Check Top ten after 13 Races Gold fleet, Complete list here:

Aug 9, 2018

Nacra 17 Worlds 2018 @Aarhus: Nathan & Haylee Outteridge lead

Photo SAiling Energy / World Sailing. Nathan & Haylee Outteridge enjoying the ride today.  The Rookies are leading the 2018 Nacra 17 Worlds being held in Aarhusm, Denmark.
Scoring plenty of  top tens is the key for the Ausrtalian talented bros.
Today someone commented how this two are leading with so little time in the Class, but their perf is not being pulled out of luck. Nathan is a Master foiling A-Cat & Moth sailor and Haylee has top 5 experience in the 49er Fx Class.
On an interview some months ago the commented last time they sailed together they had 5 & 10 yrs old. Two decades later they are sailing together again and leading the most exciting Olympic Class.

Today the Outterdiges started with a bullet, later a 3rd and sinished the day with another 5th place. While previous leaders, Lange & Carranza had a bad for them with  11,ufd & 13. The Argentines were relegated to third overall by Cenholt & Lubeck (5,21,3 for the day).

Brazilians Albrecth-Nicolina Sá maintain a good overall 4th position.
Tita & Banti had a perfect regatta start, a so so middle stage and the Italians return to the top 5 arena today finishing 3,5 & 2. Try to review Race 8 tracking, they were 26th and progressively gain positions for an impressive 3rd coming from behind.

Then from 6th to 10th overall there is a tight fight in points to obtain a medal race spot. Tomorrow will be last 3 Final stage races, plus the Medal Race to be held on Saturday.

Speakin of the most exciting Olympic Class today my eyes were hurt badly after seeing the 470 crew antics, say what!? That's sailing? Along the Finn and Laser handling and speed no wonder Sailing risk its place in future Olympic Games.
All Ok with those Classes, but clearly not the ones to show as the pinnacle of the sport nowadays or to attract new generations or grant Sailing a place in the biggest sport gathering.

- Nacra 17 Races follow up & tracking replay links here

Overall top ten after 10 races, complete results available here

Nacra 17 Worlds 2018 @Aarhus: Day 5 Live Tracking Link

Photo: Sailing Energy / World Sailing. Lange & Carranza, current leaders looking ahead to the Gold Fleet races.
- Race 8  Live SAP tracking will be available here. 8knots reported by tracking wind sensors.
- Nacra 17 Races follow up & tracking links for coming ones here
- Current & live updated positions here
- Status for rest of  the Classes here

- Live stream for the day here

More info/updates later.
Overall top ten after 10 races, complete results available here

Aug 7, 2018

Nacra 17 Worlds 2018 @Aarhus, Day 3: Lange & Carranza lead

Photo: Sailing Energy / World Sailing. If yesterday was and Arg day with Majdalani & Bosco owning the yellow fleet today it was another white & light blue day on the overall lead.
Current Olympic champs, Santi Lange & Cecilia Carranza were the only ones to maintain consistence through the 4 races held today for the blue fleet (2,3,5 & 4) , the Golden crew obtained the overall lead after a total of seven races completed for both fleets in this qualifying stage.

South America got another performer today, almost a perfect day for Samuel Albrecht & Gabriela Nicolino de Sá scoring two bullets a 2nd plus a 14th to position themselves in 2nd overall. Defazio & Knuppel , from Uruguay and coached by our good friend Andrew Mac Pherson also got a 1st in race 6.

Waterhouse & Darmanin had day to forget yesterday, not even a full race and they got BFD on failed black starts, but today the Aussies actually could sail R5,R6 & R7 (4th were dsq and didn't start) and three top 5 places put them nack on track for a 3rd overall.

Yellow fleet sailed only two races, Cenholt & Lubeck 2 & 10 for the day and Majdalani & Bosco 20 & 2, a good recovery for the young Arg crew, who were caught in R6 off guard along many top teams.
A capsize from the first day put them a little back now in 5th position overall, but plenty left and the kids continue to score impressive performances.

After owning Day 1 in the foiling breeze Tita & Banti got  a bit complicated within the tricky course conditions from last two days. Unable to display their superior foiling speed the Italians are suffering Aarhus unstable breeze this week: dsq, 16,13,16 in that last four races for the team which used to dominate the Class ... two days ago! Still much left for this Worlds so no discount them at all.

Top ten below, full results available here

Nacra 17 Worlds 2018 @Aarhus: Day 3

Photo: Stream still Race 4 Blue fleet from yesterday. Watch R4 & R5 Live replay here. -

Today Tuesday Lange's fleet has finished Race 4. Yesterday yellow fleet managed to finish 2 races, the day went for Madjadalin-Bosco from ARG, scoring a bullet and 2nd place.
Lange-Carranza have scored  a 2nd in R4 behind Albretch to grab the overall temporary lead. Their fleet needs to sail one more to match Yellow fleet 5 races done. Still Lange will maintain lead on discards.

Live results updates available here. More info through the day as racing progress.
Races status here.

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Aug 6, 2018

Nacra 17 Worlds 2018 @Aarhus: Day 2 Live Stream

Official Tracking & updates here - Prov Results as they come here - Or Follow our Twitter account for results updates, also visible at left website column.

Only yellow fleet managed to complete 2 races today , watch Live replay above.

Aug 5, 2018

Nacra 17 Worlds 2018 @Aarhus: Day 1 Results

Photos by Sailing Energy / World Sailing.  Intense day at Aarhus with 18knots of breeze and full on racing. Fleet divided in two groups, and plenty of contenders, but Tita & Banti continue to excel with three perfect bullets. Lots coming this week but seeing Mateo & Euge scoring a bullet in the first race was epic.

Santi & Ceci showing their class as usual, flaotin gor foiling, scoring 3,2 & 2 for a shared 3rd overall with Bissaro & Frascari. Zajac & Matz are holding 2nd overall.

A-Class top foiling guns like Brewin, Bendyk are still catching up, plenty more hours needed for them and their crews. Outteridges finished today 11th overall.

Hope to see some actual video stream tomorrow. Today was only RSX & 49er Fx.

Top ten below, complete results at

Raid Worlds 2018 @CVB Erquy: Champanhac & Dhallenne, Champs

GC32 Racing Tour @Copa del Rey 2018: Ineos Team UK 1st

Photos & report sent by GC32 Racing Tour media. Official web
British Cup team secures first GC32 Racing Tour victory
INEOS Team UK has won the GC32 competition at 37 Copa del Rey MAPFRE, run by the Club Nautico de Palma. With 19 races held across four days on the Bay of Palma, the British flying catamaran secured the overall win with a race to spare, despite this being just the second ever GC32 Racing Tour event for Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team.

2015 GC32 Racing Tour winning skipper Leigh McMillan, helming the black boat for Ainslie this week, commented: “It felt like we were good in the starts, getting ourselves out in front and holding on to those good races when they were there.”

At this event, INEOS Team UK benefitted from having Rio 2016 Finn gold medallist Giles Scott calling tactics and a new recruit - two time America’s Cup winner Joey Newton - among her crew. “Giles made some great calls when we were in the thick of it,” continued McMillan. “And we've improved our boat speed. On day one it felt like we had a bit of catching up to do. We've always felt fast downwind, but NORAUTO had a click on us upwind. We've made good improvements, but getting to know each other as a team is really what did it for us.”

Like yesterday, McMillan said they had to change their mindset to upwind (instead of reaching) starts which the race officials, led by PRO Stuart Childerley, had set due to today’s generally sub-10 knot southwesterly winds. “Obviously that changes your whole strategy. Then we had to keep an eye on NORAUTO, who have been hard to shake off all week. Today we had to ensure we got the points we needed over them.”

Nine points astern, Franck Cammas’ NORAUTO finished a valiant second, the French team’s winning streak in the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour finally coming to an end.

It was a top day for the owner-drivers, who won all today’s four races: Simon Delzoppo’s .film Racing claimed the first (his second of the event), leading from the top mark on. Knocking it out of the park today was Erik Maris’ Zoulou, showing a return to her GC32 Lagos Cup form by winning both today’s second and fourth races.

“We didn’t have very good starts – so that wasn’t the explanation,” said Maris. “We went to the right side and had good speed upwind. The rest was down to good crew work. In this fleet once you are ahead, life is so much easier than when you are in the middle of the pack.” Their win in race two was built from being first to head right on the initial upwind leg. In the final race, they had their hands full but prevailed over NORAUTO, despite Cammas crossing ahead going into the leeward gate.

For a second consecutive year Zoulou (named after Maris’ two daughters, Zoé et Luna), won the ANONIMO Speed Challenge, having yesterday recorded 23.54 knots, the highest average speed of the regatta. For this Maris received an Anonimo Nautilo GC32 Racing Tour edition timepiece. “We do take it seriously and we have fun doing it and we have probably got a good technique for the turn,” explained Maris of how he secured the latest addition to his wrist-wear collection.

Alongside INEOS Team UK and Zoulou, Jason Carroll’s Argo was joint top scoring boat of the day. The US team won race three today, and was leading for most of the second too, which they would have won had they not picked the wrong, light wind side of the last run. “It seemed like the left side was paying a bit more for us, but perhaps we missed out a little more on that yesterday.” Carroll paid tribute to the regatta and its venue. “I love sailing here - the host facility, the city and the people are great. It is an awesome regatta.”

The next event of the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour is the GC32 Villasimius Cup in southern Sardinia, taking place over 12-16th September.

Pos Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 Tot
1 INEOS TEAM UK 3 2 1 1 2 4 1 2 1 4 3 3 1 2 3 2 2 4 5 46
2 NORAUTO 1 1 2 2 5 5 3 1 4 1 7 2 3 1 1 5 6 3 2 55
3 Argo 9 4 3 4 4 6 5 4 2 5 1 1 2 4 5 3 3 1 6 73
4 Zoulou 2 7 6 5 7 1 6 3 3 6 5 4 6 6 8 4 1 7 1 88
5 Realteam 5 5 5 3 3 7 8 5 8 2 2 5 4 7 2 8 5 2 4 90
6 .film Racing 7 3 4 8 1 8 2 6 6 3 6 7 5 5 7 1 7 6 3 95
7 Frank Racing 4 8 7 7 6 2 7 7 5 9 8 8 7 3 4 6 8 5 8 119
8 Código Rojo Racing 6 6 8 6 8 3 4 8 7 8 4 6 8 8 6 7 4 8 7 122

Nacra 17 WS World Championships @Aarhus 2018: Day 4 Live Stream

Nacra 17 & 49er are scheduled to be streamed live at 2:30PM Aarhus local time. Above Live stream by World Sailing from Aarhus.
Tracking will be available here

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R1 Yellow Fleet : Prov Results