Last video from from the FP Essentiel. Not the FP (now ‘Elite’) but you can appreciate my previous comments on Alex’s kite. Crew can work on body trim and just leave the spi sheet ‘stuck’, I think you can even put a clam in controlled wind conditions. This is exactly what I reported from my experience crewing the FP ‘Elite’ here in BA. No wings for the racing version so crew body trim is more
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Video, Press release below and q&a with Maurice all produced and sent by Phantom International. Essentiel New official video ! “Summer is near in the Northern Hemisphere, everyone is back on the water… How about going foiling this year ? Foil sailing is becoming more common and more accessible. It is not the future of sailing… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
All images Pierrick Contin . Video Phantom International. – So good to see Maurice Floch flying on the Essentiel. I met him at Carnac 2014, he was working with Alex for the Flying Phantom project. I remember that week I spent some time with him and we talked on cats and life itself. Maurice is a great guy and avid catsailor at 63yrs old now, Alex later told me also he was a… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Finally a good video of the Essentiel showing how efficient 4pt / A-Cat Z foils are. Essentiel foils were designed Gonzalo Redondo. The video crew is even seated on the wing, which for me limits a bit crew weight compensation, but they are having a smooth easy ride without much adjusting, which in the end is the purpose of the Essentiel. More info and additional videos at facebook.com… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Video sent by Alex Udin – The Phantom Essentiel weights 171Kg and it has a base cost around 22,000Euros, using latest A-Class ‘Z’ foil tech which was also adopted by Nacra / Morrelli Melvin for the new Olympic Nacra 17 MKII. This first video (previous was a teaser) shows the Essentiel with the wing seat configuration and the crew finding the sweet spot to get the new platform airborne… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
All Images Pierrick Contin / Martinique Cata Raid. Click images for slideshow, full gallery at martiniquecataraid.com/fr/Mediatheque-2017/ – This year Martinique saw 28 F18s and the addition of the Flying Phantom Class, which continues to offer the only circuit for production foilers. In the F18 Manu & Jean Boulogne (Cirrus R / Hyde Sails) won the Raid after six stages timing 16hs:18:53… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Excellent images by Pierrick Contin. Simon Northrop & Simon Farren (Infusion / Hyde Sails) won their second consecutive stage but are trailing in the overall on a dnf on day 1. Manu & Jean Boulogne, are leading the overall in the F18 after 3 stages with their Cirrus… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Cobra factory is left behind. Press release sent by Phantom Int. Info on the new Essential here – World renowned boat yard McConaghy will build the Phantom International range, including the new 18ft… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
All Images Pierrick Contin / Martinique Raid 2017 – Full gallery at martiniquecataraid.com/fr/Mediatheque-2017/. Martinique Cata Raid 2017 edition full results not available yet but Gurvan & Bontemps won the… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Video source: Phantom International Fb – Four foils down is the way to go for new foilers, recreational or racing alike. Yesterday the Phantom International team launched the Essentiel within some pretty good waves, so a nice chance to see out of the box how the boat reacts with it’s new conf as it has the same hull as the Flying Phantom. Just a teaser and more footage coming but we can…
(December 5, 2016) – In 2017, the 11th edition of the Extreme Sailing Series will include the Flying Phantom at some of its global events, joining the featured GC32 that was introduced to the Extreme Sailing Series in 2016.
With a fleet of 12 to 15 Flying Phantoms zipping around in some rather tight spaces, the racing promises to live up to the high-octane action that the Extreme Sailing Series has consistently delivered over the past decade. The Flying Phantom was used in the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final that concluded in Newport, RI.
“I am really thrilled to welcome the Flying Phantoms Series and cannot wait to see them tearing it up at our Acts,” commented Extreme Sailing Series Event Director, Andy Tourell. “Our aim is to help create opportunities and a development pathway for young sailors by providing them with a platform for competitive world class racing, while also enabling them to leverage our global media product to raise their profile.”
Tourell continued: “We already have a strong programme for providing opportunities for young sailors, and often welcome local optimist racing in our venues as part of our Acts. The addition of the Flying Phantom Series will ensure a real festival of sailing for spectators and VIP guests to enjoy throughout the day.”
The Flying Phantom is like a scaled-down version of the GC32 catamaran raced by the world-class teams in the Extreme Sailing Series. It is sailed by a crew of just two and benefits from a similar hydro-foil set-up, which means that as the boat gets up to speed it lifts off the surface of the water and accelerates rapidly.
Thomas Normand, Flying Phantom Class President, welcomes the partnership: “We have the powerful boat and the exciting racing and now, collaborating with the Extreme Sailing Series, the leading event of its kind, we have the platform to showcase our amazing class to the sailing world and develop a new generation of foiling racers.”
With the Extreme Sailing Series bringing sailing to within metres of the shore and drawing spectators in their thousands to watch the Stadium Racing, it presents an opportunity for the fresh-faced Flying Phantom sailors to shine on the global stage.
Normand elaborated: “The international media network that the Series attracts could soon be communicating about the next generation of foiling masters as they take their first steps on this brand new development pathway. In the not too distant future we could well see young athletes who found their feet in the Flying Phantom class ‘graduate’ to the Extreme Sailing Series, competing in some of the top teams on the planet.”
Thibaut Vauchel-Camus, a regular skipper on the Flying Phantom Series was equally as enthusiastic about the partnership, commenting: “The Extreme Sailing Series provides a platform to bring the sport of sailing to the public. Having taken part in the Series myself in 2009, I know how incredible it feels to sail in front of an audience, something not many sailors get to experience. The Flying Phantoms are an excellent gateway for young sailors to get into the world of foiling boats.”
Flying Phantom Series calendar will include a warm-up special event in La Baule, France (May 18-21) before joining the Extreme Sailing Series in Portugal, Europe (TBD), Germany, and United Kingdom.
11th Season – 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ calendar
March 8-11 – Muscat, Oman
April 28-May 1 – Qingdao, China
June 29-July 2 – Madeira Islands, Portugal
July 20-23 – Europe
August 10-13 – Hamburg, Germany
August 25-28 – Cardiff, UK
October 19-22 – San Diego, USA
Nov 30-Dec 3 – Los Cabos, Mexico
Background: 2016 is the tenth season of the Extreme Sailing Series, with this year’s eight event tour travelling through Asia, Europe, and Australia. The platform used is the one design foiling GC32 catamaran, with the format highlighting ‘stadium’ short-course racing in front of the public.
Photos Alex Udin, click images for larger size & slideshow – The render is now a real boat, specially the foils & rudders and how they implemented the optional wings and roler furler as the hulls are the same as the FP & 2016 F18 World Champ design . This model might get more sales than the Flying Phantom. For details on the Essentiel check the Q&A we made with Alex Udin past weeks:
All renders Phantom International / Alex Udin. – Interesting to see how ideas converge driven by experience & RD and common sense. We’ve been writing about 4pt foiling on double handed cats for a while, even before the adoption by Nacra/Morrelli Melvin for the 15 & 17.
In fact this project , the new Phantom ‘Essentiel’ is basically what we have in mind as plan B for the F18 Scorpion hull, and
Having a first class product is already an achievement, getting its due media coverage is mandatory. And if there is one project or brand that knows how to promote their products and regattas is the Flying Phantom Project & Series. Video by Tiger Productions.
The US Lupe Tortilla is leading after 3 races over a French FP fleet. Full results at marseille-onedesign.com/public/js/ckfinder/
Nice video to see… Forward euipment! With that production you need to show more sailing footage. But Charles Hainveville is a long time follower and great sailor too, so here the due promotion for his multi boat/sport project along his brother Maxime: Flying Phantom, Diam 24 OD & Kitefoil. Already told Charles to put together another clip with raw footage as we like to see here…
Photos: Martina Orsini / TFW full gallery at The Foiling Week. Quite rare to see all these weapons sailing one to one on a long distance race. The Kite foil has an advantage , but it’s also a quite different weapon. Moth has a similar status against foiling cats, so pretty interesting to see them even as John Tomko describes and final results show.
From the many tests we did here
Great Images Courtesy of Jasper van Staveren – www.jaspervanstaveren.com – Shots from the Red Bull Foiling Generation Belguim Series from last week. More to come. Click images for slideshow & HQ.
Great Images Courtesy of Jasper van Staveren – www.jaspervanstaveren.com – Shots from the Red Bull Foiling Generation Belguim Series from last week. More to come. Click images for slideshow & HQ.
All Images Courtesy of Jasper van Staveren – www.jaspervanstaveren.com – Shots from the Red Bull Foiling Generation Belguim Series from last week. Lots of nice shots by Jasper to publish so I will make a series of posts too from each day. Click images for slideshow & HQ.
Photos: Martina Orsini / Foiling Week Garda 2016 – Loading & Foil shots & text sent by Charlie Mayer. That S9 foil doesn´t look that small in area compared to the FP one, more when the S9 has two working T foils at any given time. On the weekend I asked a Pro Engineer on AC48s upwind foiling and he remarks area is key for those new L shape foils.
Will be interesting to see how those bigger
All images courtesy of Jasper van Staveren – Click images for Slideshow & HQ Full gallery at Sailshoot.com and Jasper fb page, “July 13th till July 17th 2016 in Lelystad (Netherlands) . Winners: Laser sailors Niels Broekhuizen (20) and Duko Bos (21)” –
The kids had Master Mischa to teach them the fundamentals of foiling, he also went for some rides. Along flying the As Mischa has been
All Images Loris von Siebenthal & RebBull Foiling Generation. Complete gallery at https://web.facebook.com/RedBullFoilingGeneration/ – No updates on final results yet.
The Flying Phantom camp is managing to have owners and some pro teams racing One Design beyond the Long Distance & Raids participation. They continue to gather momentum after the usual peak stage after production launch, we don´t know the future reach of the FP or F20FCS OD fleets, but It’s always rewarding to see your own or 3rd party projects like Alex’s coming from the drawing board , to
All images Phantom International – Full gallery at https://www.facebook.com/PhantomInternational – Results pending. From the new double handed foilers the only one gathering momentum for an OD Class right now is the Flying Phantom. Long distances and Raids will continue to provide a great chance which is the faster , but for the moment the FPs are taking the advantage in racing One
Video above by Ecole Nationale de Voile et Sports Nautiques , which will have 3 teams at Cannes. Good numbers of entries for the FP OD Series at Cannes. Tomko & Atwood are attending from the US, plus 3 British crews including Tom Phipps , 8 local French teams with several F18 sailors like Mourniac Father & Son, Thomas Normand & Antoine Joubert, and from Germany two teams with Jens Uwe Tonne &
Photos Pierrick Contin.- DVSP official Fb here – A new team formed to race the FP 2016 circuit was gathered by Defi Voile Solidaires en Peloton including two former F18 sailors, Benjamin Lamotte & David Fanouilliere. Below video of the photo sessions with Pierrick.
All Photos Graeme Murray/ Red Bull – Video & Report Source by Red Bull . Official web redbull.com/nz/ – A mixed team won the NZ RB Flying Phantom series, that is a strong statement in the land of the best sailors in the World. With next Youth Americas coming in 2017 onboard the foiling AC45s we might see one of these youths onboard, as we saw Burling in past Youth AC. The New Zealander is now…
The 2015 Flying Phantom Series, which was planned to take place in Bermuda on November 29-December 2, was cancelled due to an error in shipping. The container carrying 10 boats coming from Europe had arrived in Bermuda on November 16, but then was mistakenly shipped to New York. Competitors elected to cancel the event due to further delays in returning the container. Details – Event Website
Image Pierrick Contin – Outterdige-Jense, Besson-Vandame & Bontemps-Amiot might put on a show for the last stop of the FP series 2015. If Oracle crews cannot race and they charter their FPs, I might get some really good Arg crew to compete at Bermuda. Press release by sent by Phantom International.
D-6 FLYING PHANTOM SERIES BERMUDA
This week-end will start the final act of the 2015…
Excellent Images by © Vincent Curutchet/Red Bull Content Pool – The French sailing youth are a privileged group, France gives plenty of alternatives for the kids to choose from many great watersport like Multihulls & boarding sports like Surfing & Windsurfing or waterskiing. And those who embark themselves in the competitive aspect of these sports…
All Images by Richard Ström. The Nordic girls are showing the boys how its done at every level, Danish Nacra 17 sailor Lin Ea Cenholt lead the Olympic pack at Delta Lloyd Regatta 2015, This past August 9 Celina Burlin showed the Sweden youths how to fly the FPs. Both girls following Nr 1 Catsailor Carolijn Brouwer. Report & pictures sent by Mario Schoby.
Foiling photo finish in…
Catamaran crew Celina Burlin became the first chick in history (we think) to win a foiling regatta this weekend, and we salute her as the Sailor Chick of the Week, and we applaud the Red Bull Foiling Generation event that’s putting Flying Phantom foilers into the hands of 16-20 year olds to find out if any of them have a future in flight. We haven’t paid much attention to a Red Bull series that seems like more of a carnage hunt or PR stunt than real racing, but with sailors like Celine in the mix, we just might start.
Congrats to her and skipper Oscar Bengtson on their Malmö victory, and thanks to Mario and the RB boys for the note and Richard Ström for the shot.
Phantom International and the Royal Bermuda Yacht club will host the final act of the 2015 Flying Phantom Series in Bermuda on November 29-December 2, 2015. An international fleet of Flying Phantoms will come together for 4 days of racing on Bermuda’s Great Sound.
A number of the America’s Cup teams will have established their training bases in Bermuda in time for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in October, where they will remain to prepare to compete for the 2017 America’s Cup.
More than fifteen Flying Phantoms will compete in the event with boats coming from Europe, USA, Canada as well as from Bermuda as Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing have based their own Flying Phantoms there.
The Flying Phantom Bermuda event is based on an original idea from Tom Slingsby, Oracle Team USA’s Sailing Team Manager, and Philippe Presti, Oracle Team USA’s coach, who experienced for themselves sailing their Flying Phantom on Bermuda’s Great Sound and found that the environment to be perfect venue to run a Flying Phantom regatta. Adam Barboza of America’s Cup Bermuda and members of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club are involved in the organization of this event, which will be the grand finale to the 2015 Flying Phantom season.
The races will take place in the Great Sound, the large body of water surrounded on almost all sides by the islands of Bermuda, with just seven knots needed for the foiling catamarans to sail at two and half times the real wind speed.
Flying Phantom Series 2015
The Flying Phantom Series are Flying Phantom specific events across the world with One Design regattas and long distance races. Main events on the 2015 calendar:
May 1st– May 3rd EUROCAT in Carnac, France: FP One Design racecourse & Long distance race
June 4th – 10th in GENEVA, Switzerland: FP One Design racecourse
June 27th – 28th RAID EMERAUDE in St Lunaire, France: Long distance race
July 1st– 5th FOILING WEEK on Lake Garda, Italy: FP One Design racecourse & Long distance race
September 4th – 6th RAID DES CORSAIRES in St Malo, France: Long distance race
November 29th – December 2nd BERMUDA in Hamilton, Bermuda: FP One Design racecourse & Long distance race
This happened past weeks but is was going to get lost in the F18 news. John Tomko sent this video showing the first filmed proof of full flowing and complete airborne foiling gybe for a beachcat. Gabart has one almost nailed. This one seems to be full flowing all the way.Officially this is the first foiling gybe we’ve seen , and goes to ‘Lupe Tortilla’ Flying Phantom Team , with crew Jonathan
All Images Pierrick Contin , click pcs for slideshow & full size- Complete gallery at his Fb Page
Full results not available yet. Official web www.raidemeraude.com
Results Flying Phantom:
1 Gurvan Bontemps – Benjamin Amiot : 07:36:29
2 François Gabart – Benjamin Lamotte : 07:56:20
3 Thomas Normand – Antoine Joubert : 08:08:12
4 Eri Fukasawa – Grégoire Courtel : 08:59:25
5 Pierre Etienne
All Images Alex Udin / Phantom International. The FP gang went to Geneve to race their OD Series along the D35s & M2s. After results at this year Texel I hope they can be part of that hardcore race in 2016.
Our best local crew and one of the best young talents,, Nico Aragones (F18 Nat Champ x 2, AC45 Wing trimmer 49er Campaigner, F20 rider) went to Geneve on a break from the
John Casey checks back in from the first real foil-off between the FLying Phantom and his Nacra 20 FCS. His photo, and of course our title reference to one of the funniest shows of the 2000s.
If you’re having a light conversation with someone and they say, “Hey, you should come down to the Keys for a sail,” you meant yesterday. The sun was peering down on us, the wind was around 12 knots with low puffy clouds drifting over the shore and the water was about the same balmy temperature as the wind. It was absolutely pleasurable.
The real story of our day came courtesy of large clumps of sargasso lining up on their march to shore, just hanging out waiting for us. Yes, they play havoc with our daggerboard boats, but a unique and surprising thing happens when the FCS foils through the weeds; they slice right though them. What we thought was going to be the biggest hindrance on this flat water leg from Islamorada to Key Biscayne was actually helpful to us, as the slower boats had to clear their boards far more often. We called our day ‘mowing the lawn’.
The Nacra performed brilliantly as we foiled the entire upwind/close reach day except for a couple lulls and when we had to pinch up high to get over the sandbar protruding from Elliot Key. We finished in exactly four hours. The powerful sail plan definitely helped in the lighter conditions, as the curved board Nacra 20 Carbon arrived to the beach in second place 20 something minutes after us. It’s really all about sawing that mainsheet as well. My crew, Colin Page, played it like a tug-of-war anchorman all day. Sail trim is so important for the balance you need to stay smooth on the foils.
The tried-and-rock solid Nacra 20 crew of Steve Lohmeyer and Jay Sonnenklar are leading the biggest fleet of Nacra 20s.
For more action, check out the Florida 300 site, and stay tuned for my final report over the weekend.
All Images Alex Udin, Full gallery at Phantom FB page – This is looking good, the Flying Phantom Team has Billy ‘All Mighty’ Besson racing with F18 World Champ Matthiewu Vandame , plus the most experienced double handed cat foiling Team to date and also top F18 riders, Gurvan Bontemps & Ben Amiot.
All training along some new owners for the FP OD Course Racing and the great awaited 2015
by Bruce Mahoney and Bailey White
When your boat has speed, you have the need to feel it, which was the genesis for a new “Speed” division at the 29th Annual Elissa Regatta on April 10-12, hosted by Houston Yacht Club.
The idea, created by A-Class sailors at the club, was to bring together anything that’s small and fast so we could share our latest developments, and to race with no ratings on different types of courses.
Classes included the A Cats, Foiling Kiteboards, Windsurfers and a Flying Phantom that just arrived the day of the event. Throughout the weekend we sailed 500 meter time trial courses, W/L buoy races and a distance race. We all wondered who would win overall. The kites would be fastest on the time trial, but how would they fare in the buoy racing? How would the Flying Phantom with its cloud of sail and masthead gennaker do against the A’s? This event would help us learn, and no matter what, be a lot of fun. Plus it would appeal to a wide variety of sailors.
People came from as far as New Jersey to try the event. Just in the A-Class, we had entries from at least four states, including New Jersey, Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas. And the class had a variety of equipment from DNA Z and J to eXploder Z and JZ to LR5s and EVOs with Cs to a straight board Marstrom making for an interesting regatta.
We started Friday afternoon with a 500 meter course, set as a beam to broad reach. Everyone got a maximum of five attempts per day on the course and your best time counted as your position in the 500m “race”. The weather started at 18kts that quickly dwindled down to about 6kts. The early runs were the best and we all came in with grins as the format was really fun. The A Cats led the day as for various reasons they were the only ones on the race track. Top 500m average on Friday was 16.2kts in less than ideal conditions, but it’s pretty fun to get in your boat and just see how fast you can go without caring about VMG.
All craft started on the same line, with the kite boarders and windsurfers starting beneath a mid-line pin mark and the cats starting above it to ensure that no mast got tangled in strings. Worked perfectly.
In the light air, John Tomko & team aboard the Flying Phantom had their day in the sun after smoking the A Cats and Windsurfers downwind. The A’s would claw back upwind, the kites couldn’t get moving and the windsurfers got a good rowing workout, but the Phantom was fast and deep with the masthead kite up and looking good. You can see the highlights of the whole race here:
Sunday was a 6-mile distance race around the upper bay with a short beat, long run and several reaching legs before beating to the finish in 9-15kts. The distance race was won by Bob Hodges in the A Cat, and again several other classes were not able to make it to the course for various reasons.
It was great again to sail some reaches and a 3 mile run on the foils most of the way.
I don’t think any of us have ever sailed through as many small fish. Some rudders were kicked up because of them. Bailey White managed to get a fish off one of his rudders while trapezing downwind during the run. He probably wasn’t the only one who had to do this. A new skill for sure. Take a look at some footage here:
We raced against the clock to get some 500m runs in before the 2pm deadline, and squeezed in a few passes in a puffy 14-22kts with plenty of start line chop. Conditions were getting big quickly but backed off shortly after the 2PM limit. Philip Crain on his Foiling Kite laid down the best pass with a 21.1kt average. The RC stayed out with us so we could do more “unofficial passes” where we had a 17.2kt A Cat average. These numbers might not seem that famous but the competitors had their hands full to lay down a clean run in the challenging conditions. We all spent some time that afternoon discussing how to tune the boat for “Next Time” which is always a good sign that the format was fun.
Bob Hodges won the weekend, with Bruce Mahoney and Bob Webbon tying for second one point behind. That’s 2 foiling A Cats and a well sailed C board boat within 1 point. The different types of courses were each won by a Foiling Kite, Flying Phantom and Foiling A Cat showing that each has their strengths.
We plan to schedule similar events later this year, and hope that we’ll get some Moths and other crazy fast boats to come and play for round two.
Click here for full results.
by Ben Yeager, Outside
The energy drink and extreme sports empire announced March 4 that two Olympic champions and Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team members, Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, have begun searching for sailors ages 16-to-20 to fill the roster of a new race circuit they will direct, called Red Bull Foiling Generation. The new global competition will feature races involving four Flying Phantom class catamarans, which the men designed to fly on hydrofoils at speeds of 40 mph.
Flying Phantoms are a fraction of an AC72’s weight and risk. But racers will receive only two days of coaching and practice on the $40,000 vessels, Red Bull announced. Candidates must have experience racing skiffs or other catamarans, and be “extremely well-prepared, technically and physically,” Steinacher said. Each of the 18-foot-long, 155-kg boats, piloted by two people and capable of hitting “speeds unheard of a few months ago,” will compete in a “knockout” style race, with two boats qualifying for a next round. The races will be quick—20-to-25 minutes—like the America’s Cup. Seven events all over the world will be televised on a Red Bull channel.
“There’s a lot of danger involved, especially when you’re foiling on trapeze,” which is that tenuous position in which sailors are suspended by a wire, standing off the side of a hull, says professional sailor Anthony Kotoun. He added that the stadium-style racing is like “a bunch of NASCAR cars going around a turn.”
Racing these cats requires lightning-quick reflexes. Kotoun, though he considers himself a “safety nerd,” fears the combination of a lack of experience, the potential for a trapeze to snap, and the presence of fast-moving hydrofoils in the water. The hydrofoils are like “samurai swords slicing through the water,” he says. “It’s going to be really good racing,” he says. “It’s gone from a golf mentality to a moto-cross mentality.”
Red Bull says the circuit will be a clear-cut path to professional sailing for young racers. “I am always looking for the most exciting and challenging parts of the sport,” Steinacher told Outside. “The most important expectation is to find the best talented sailors on planet Earth.” But the race, which will begin April 17 in Japan, is also clearly following Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup plan to up the stakes in sailing.
“I think the America’s Cup showed us that this can be a dangerous endeavor,” says catamaran designer Gino Morrelli, who designed the Nacra 20 FCS, a major Flying Phantom competitor. “I think [multihull racing] is going to turn into a sport that requires this protective gear. It’s going to get that extreme sport mentality. We’re like the Wright Brothers—we’re going to crash a few planes before we get this right.”
Full story on Outside: CLICK HERE