Nov 12, 2018

A-Class Australian Nats 2018: Day 1 report by Ben Hall

All images taken by Ben Hall , click pics for slidehow and orig size. - Report & pics by living Legend Ben Hall (aka The Admiral) and sent by US Class Assoc. Recognition to the US A-AClass Assoc as they were indeed the first implementing the now called "Classic" rankings in the US. Nowadays the IACA has officially adopted the two fleet concept and they are even getting separate fleets courses within same event.

Text and photos descriptions by Ben Hall:
-First pic above: The Admiral with two of the sponsors who have adopted USA 99 as there “boat to follow”. Good idea for Emmanuel for 2020 as this has given the sponsors a chance to be more involved. Great guys...hope I can do them proud
-2nd: Mischa with new DNA foils
-3rd: Red A is Classic flag. Black is foilers.
-4th : Benny Hooper putting on Worlds 2020 sticker
-5th pic: Matt Keenan pulling off old stickers...ready for bow numbers. Matt is sailing Mike Krantz’s Foiler. Mike will be sailing Emmanuel’s new Exploder Classic...musical boats

-Exploder custom TNZ rudders setup: "ETNZ rudder adjustment system...not as trick as DNA but has ability to set angle of attacks for lift and downforce for upwind foiling. Glenn, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke using this system. It was like monster garage watching them blast through this mod.

-Glenn polishing the Exploder D3
-Last: Brucie fitting rudders on DNA (Glenn’s boat but Bruce sailing it)

First day for the 2018/19 Australian Nats : 
Shortly after the flags shot the AP flag went up and never came down. Too much wind...gusts to 28 special briefing outlined tomorrow’s schedule.

Classics will start at 9:30 and have 3 races ( and an option for 2 laps). After Classics finish the Foilers will have 3 races on the same course. Reason for sailing on the more inshore course is that the wind and seas are lower. Wind tomorrow is close to the same as today so hopefully we can get some racing in!!

Lots of great banter in the boat park about foils, rudders, Classic rule, sails and masts.
A lot of positive vibes on the general health of the class...lots of new young sailors.

We in the US have definitely lead the way in the Classic division. Europe is slowly catching on. Exploder has made a nice Classic and now DNA will make a Classic model which will use many of the same components as their slick foiler but with much simpler systems to keep the cost down.

Hopefully have a racing report tomorrow.
Cheers from Oz
The Admiral

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DNA Performance Sailing appoints Mischa Heemskerk as Director

Info sent by DNA: ----------------
Performance Sailing appoints Mischa Heemskerk as Director.
Lelystad, The Netherlands: November 12th, 2018

For immediate release.
DNA Performance Sailing (DNA) is happy to announce Mischa Heemskerk as the new Director of the company.

Mischa Heemskerk is a three-time World Champion, multiple vice-world Champion foiling multihull sailor. He’s been part of the DNA family for years, not only as a sailor, but also as a DNA Development Engineer. Mischa has contributed to several of DNA’s major development projects including the TF-10, G4, F4, F1x foiling multihulls. Mischa will report to Bastiaan van Nunen.

Bastiaan van Nunen, Managing Director of Holland Composites commented: “We are fortunate to have someone of Mischa Heemskerk’s caliber and experience step up to lead DNA Performance Sailing. He’s a very experienced sailor and gifted engineer with a strong imagination. He is action driven, a team player, values ideas and sees positivity in all. A real mechanical engineer who can work and think in materials, design, build and instantly relate this to race course situations. The perfect combination of skills needed to take DNA Performance Sailing to the next level”.

Heemskerk said: “I am honored and excited to lead DNA. We believe that the world of boating is changing due to the foiling revolution. Our mission is to make foiling available for every one. I am looking forward to working with the whole DNA team as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth”.

Nov 9, 2018

AC36: Team American Magic launches "The Mule"

Source Team American Magic. Akthough quite an awkward and complicated solution these foiling monos look such a weapon when flying , super smooth. Spare the whirpool capsizes we saw from INEOS UK proto, hope development can solve those problems for the AC75s.

Still the new Americas Cup monohull machine relies heavily on expanding its righting moment outside its own monohull, just trying to mimic multihulls wide platform features & intrinsic advantage.

Above American Magic's proto. 90 degrees main wings for the foils towards their own "mast"/or foil vertical blade arm. Fastest conf you can get and the team is surely delegating control to the new available and permitted systems.

Our friends from D3 Applied Technologies are part of this AC project.

Nacra 15 "FCS" Foiling Version launched

Press release sent  by Bob Hensen / Nacra . Click images for bigger size.
The evolution of Nacra 15
Now offering multiple sailor led options for high performance multihull sailing

In 2015, the Nacra 15 was designed from scratch primarily to the World Sailing criteria to become the official Youth Multihull. The fast growing Nacra 15 Class in its C-foil (curved dagger boards) configuration has become an on-going and integral fleet of the Youth Sailing World Championships and uniquely the Youth Olympic Games. The Nacra 15, offering high performance, super competitive racing with speeds up to 20 knots and beyond. A performer in its own right, the Nacra 15 is also a smaller version of the original Olympic Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull, creating a true Olympic pathway.

Boys and girls working hard to represent their home countries can live their dreams at the World Sailing Youth Sailing Championships and Youth Olympic Games. Equipment supplied events organized at the coolest world venues, all possible while Nacra Sailing will supply and support their provided Nacra 15.
Importantly, the Nacra 15 is not only about international racing and making new friends around the world, it’s also about having fun locally whilst just enjoying the thrill of teenage performance sailing. Giving our young athletes a great, healthy and varied foundation in life’s skills.

Now, on top of all this, Nacra Sailing is announcing the all new Nacra 15 FCS (Flight Control System) and the singlehanded Nacra 15 FCS ONE (which will be appealing not only to youth, by the way). First deliveries are scheduled for the beginning of 2019.

Nacra 15 FCS:
Following the evolution of the Olympic Nacra 17 Class, Nacra Sailing introduces the full foiling Nacra 15 FCS multihull. Nacra 15 FCS will be offering the ultimate sailing experience.
Sail plan is the same as the original Nacra 15, with just the FCS foiling package being ‘plug and play’ as part of a new boat package or an additional option for existing Nacra 15 owners.
Nacra Sailing is dedicated to maximize safety in multihull sailing and especially when considering our youth. Our sport is evolving and we are innovating with that development. Nacra Sailing worked in tight partnership with leading design house Morrelli & Melvin on a new design of a L-rudder, including kick-up system. Additionally, sailing garment manufacturers are also making big steps towards ever improving impact protection accessories providing a far safer, more robust ‘high performance’ sailing experience.

Nacra 15 FCS ONE:
Answering the increasing popularity of single-handed sailing, Nacra Sailing is proud to present the Nacra 15 FCS ONE, a full foiling, single-handed version of Nacra 15 FCS. The key difference is the sail configuration including a super efficient deck sweeper main sail, without jib. Single-handed sailing is independent, can be highly competitive, but fundamentally is so much fun. Beautifully illustrated by the growth of international classes, the N15 FCS ONE offers a versatile, robust single-handed performance.

Nacra 15 FCS prices starting at €17.750 ex vat, ex works
Nacra 15 FCS specifications
Boat length: 4.70 m/15.4 ft
Boat width: 2.35m/7.7 ft
Mast length: 8.10 m/26.5 ft
Area mainsail: 13.6 m2/146 sqft
Area jib: 3.3 m2/36 sqft
Area spi: 16.5 m2/177.6 sqft
Dagger board: Full foiling Z dagger board
Rudder: Full foiling L rudder

Nacra15 FCS ONE prices starting at €16.734 ex vat, ex works
Nacra 15 FCS ONE specifications
Boat length: 4.70 m/15.4 ft
Boat width: 2.35 m/7.7 ft
Mast length: 8.10 m/26.5 ft
Area mainsail: 13.6 m2/146 sqft deck sweeper
Area spi: 16.5 m2/177.6 sqft
Dagger board: Full foiling Z dagger board
Rudder: Full foiling L rudder

Nacra 15 prices starting at € 14.927 ex vat, ex works
Nacra 15 specifications
Boat length: 4.70/15.4 ft
Boat width: 2.35m/7.7 ft
Mast length: 8.10m/26.5 ft
Area mainsail: 13.6m/146 sqft
Area jib 3.3m/36 sqft
Area spi 16.5m/177.6 sqft
Dagger board: Curved dagger board
Rudder: Rudder with stabilizer

For more information or pre-orders contact your local Nacra dealer or Nacra Sailing at

Nov 2, 2018

TNZ: Ashby, Burling & Tuke training for 2018 A-Cat Worlds

2018 A-Class Worlds will sart November 11.  4 years have passed since the iconic 2014 Worlds at Takapuna. First foiling Worlds where the Ashby, Tuke & Burling  finished top 3 in that same order.

Equipment has been developed greatly since those early flights and this year we will see some top notch sailing from these 3 plus Brewin, Bundock and others.
2018 Worlds will be the pinnacle of A-Class development towards 100% flying, we already saw some upwind foiling at the 2016 Worlds by Mischa, Bundock & Brewin and also at this year Europeans by Ashby.

Can the A-Cat dethrone the Moth as the top foiling single handed machine? Still room for development but lets wait for the end of this Worlds to see the actual theoretical gap.
Burling & Tuke got the pace of early A-Class foiling back in 2014, with current platforms and led by Ashby anything can happen.

Brewin, Bundock & Mischa will be there too challenging the Team New Zealand Squad.
A-Class Worlds will be held at Hervey Bay, Australia. Entry list here.

Video & text below by Emirates Team New Zealand:
"Emirates Team New Zealand’s sailors Glenn Ashby, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have their eyes set on one event: the 2018 A-Class World Championship.

The sailors have been training this week in McCrae - Ashby’s hometown – and will move to Hervey Bay, about 300km north of Brisbane, in time for the start of the races on November 11th.

Glenn Ashby is a veteran of the class and is aiming for his 10th A-Class World Championship title this year, whereas almost 4 years have passed for Pete and Blair since their last regatta - the 2014 Worlds. That time Ashby won his eighth title and Tuke and Burling ended in 2ndand 3rdplace respectively. Ray Davies who continues to fill the role as Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team member is in Australia now as a coach helping the guys to improve their performance and the boats setting.

The A-Class catamaran is a developmental class sailing catamaran for single-handed racing and often leads over other classes in terms of design development.

It’s 18ft long with a total allowed rig area of 150ft2, but weighing in at a mere 75kg. In the last few years, developments have seen this class take off, quite literally, with the introduction of foils (rudders and daggerboards).

“Emirates Team New Zealand has played a role in the development of the class” remembers Ray Davies “In 2014 we took delivery of half a dozen ‘A’ cats and set about seeing how far we could push them. It worked as the boats started to fly.”

“I’m just trying to remember how to sail these boats!” said Blair Tuke “They are a lot more faster than when we sailed them 4 years ago. There have been great improvements in the class and now we can also fly upwind. We are learning a lot and I’m looking forward to going racing.”

Burling: "It's been pretty loose this week, we have had strong stuff as well as lighter conditions so it has been great. ”

“We had a really fortunate week weather-wise.” continued Glenn Ashby “We had the chance to test all the settings: sails, mast, foils. You can learn a lot about flying on these boats, which is essential for the future and can help us press on with our America's Cup development.”

The Worlds will start in 10 days and have registration from over 100 sailors from 13 nations.

Stay tuned!

Nov 1, 2018

Route du Rhum 2018 preview: On board Maxi Edmond de Rothschild

Video by Gitana Team showing the cockpit of the foiling maxi Trimaran "Edmond de Rothschild".
Route du Rhum will start Nov 4

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