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 posted by Bulari-Scutt Racing – This is by far the best Nacra 17 MKII video posted till now. Flat waters indeed, but much can be appreciated. Like Bora’s foiling hours, vs some other videos of the MKII out there, and how Nacra seems to have missed a bit the gennaker draft/shape (if this is the new prod one for foiling). They had the same issue with the Nacra F20FCS, first spi was…
The future of foiling may be all chicken winged, if the latest from foiling design leaders VPLP is anything to go by. Called Voilavion, it’s a little black windmill of a 16-foot cat designed to be easily foiled by beginners at sailing schools, clubs, resorts, and the like. This certainly ain’t the first tilting rig, but it would be the first to use a tilted rig to help a boat get – and stay – on the foils in little more than a mosquito fart. Makes sense in theory and on paper, and time will tell if reality corresponds to the thinking.
It may be a little early to call the thing a success, but it’s fun to talk about. Folks are monitoring the project here…
It was great to get an update from Phil Sharp on Imerys and his drive to win the Classe 40 Championship, but what about the future for the charismatic Brit? Hit this 17-minute audio interview on Soundcloud about Sharp’s Vendee Globe aspirations, the pros and cons of hydrogen/fuel cell technology, which historical figure he’d most like to sail around the world with, and more. One issue with Sharp’s claimed goal to be the first to race around the world with zero carbon fuels: Didn’t Conrad already win that battle?… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
The first edition of Charleston’s Fort 2 Battery looked more like a back-alley drug deal than a sailing race. Last-second registrations, lots of confusion, and competitors being distributed “race packs” in overstuffed brown paper bags late at night in the alley behind a downtown Charleston building… In just three years since the race became the biggest of its type in the hemisphere; it was the first to use chip timing (which captured a .005 second split between the 2nd and 3rd place finishers in 2016), it was the first to provide prize money for the winner, and it led to the spinoff Foil Mania regatta – the first ever to pit foiling kites vs. moths, course racing from the same starting line. And of course, it’s the first to offer a genuine Professional Wrestling Championship Belt as the overall prize! James Island Yacht Club has come along and helped class-up the operation, but fortunately not beyond a ‘weekend at the motorcycle track’ vibe. Their welcoming atmosphere is more ’go’n getcha brother a corn dog!’ than anything remotely yachtie… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
La Semaine Affoilante 2017 on April 5 to 9 was an event dedicated to hydrofoils at Saint Pierre Quiberon, France. Video published on Apr 14, 2017… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Click images for HD & Slideshow. When speaking of easy foiling the S9 and the Whisper where the first to target ease of flight going for the Moth x2 wand system. On a growing market scenario for foilers of every type we received this great Whisper protfolio sent by Henry White from their first owners gathering at Quiberon. Henry White: “Whisper had… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
With the first of the new full-foiling Olympic Nacra 17 scheduled for delivery very soon and the ranking-essential Euros just around the corner, one of Team USA’s best hopes for a medal was messing around in Holland, preparing for the coming battles above the water. The Keith Brash video above (and there’s another gorgeous one here) is of double Moth world champ Bora Gulari along with his new crew, 2016 FX competitor (and soon to be Stanford Masters grad) Helena Scutt. And clearly, smart is fast – check out this video for the first-ever of a Nacra 17 nailing a foiling gybe. Head over to Bora and Helena’s Facebook Page here and like and share them. Let the Olympic flying begin! For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Excellent clip from SoftBank Team Japan, explaining the basics concepts for this Cup foil design process. Source softbank-team-japan.americascup.com. For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Foiling Nacra 17 jibes! – For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Downwind surf foiling off Toulon, France… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
We haven’t seen ‘average’ sailors so charged up about a new singlehander in a decade, and with UFO production hull # 1 currently in the mold, shit’s getting real for the US-designed and built ‘people’s foiler.’ Get to know the genesis of the project and the latest news right here on SA, and head over to the new builder’s website to find out more… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Clean Report – For episode #20, we caught up with three guys who represent some of the brave new thinking in the sport of sailing. Longtime SA’er Chris Woolsey runs the reborn Miami Havana Race for a reborn SORC, and we get into the whys and hows of recreating this complicated international race to one of the world’s most unique race destinations. After that, we catch up with Tim Fitzgerald, founder of Charleston’s Fort2Battery Race, to talk about his motivations for creating the successful harbor sprint. We also get into Tim’s experience as one of the drivers behind Selden Masts growing dinghy business, discuss the first new hardware change in the 420 in years, and learn what Tim’s learned about getting millennials and Gen Z excited about sailing. Finally, we turn to one of those Z’ers, young Peter Cronin of the Mudratz. This clever kid discusses the team’s experience sailing amongst the big dogs in the Melges 24 and J/70 Class and the philosophy behind their growing Mudratz youth sailing movement in the Northeast… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
A compilation of sailing foiling fails… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Despite the coming of the Foiling Revolution, there remain very few sailboats capable of breaking the 30-knot barrier. We all know the Moth is one with speeds recorded into the low to mid 30s in the right conditions, but average speeds near 30 are extremely rare. S’african video specialist Keith Brash managed to find one of those days with Quantum Racing skipper Bora Gulari, ripping together the above video of a 30-knot moth sesh. For more excellent Quantum content, including full time-lapsed TP52 races from Miami this week, head over here... For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Click renders images for HQ & Slideshow. Exploder F18 pics hulls by Matías Capizzano , F18 Exploder with Brewin Deckweeper sail by Alex McKinnon /F18 Aus Nats 2017 — Since I started working with the F18 OP hull back in 2012 the parallel idea of having a low cost foiling platform was always there, I remember sending the final cad to Jakub telling him “if doesn’t do well… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The first sighting of the frightening 7-foot tall, red-eyed, ten-foot wingspanned Mothman occurred in Virginia nearly 50 years ago. While the residents of Point Pleasant continue to celebrate the mystery of ‘their’ creature every September, a shot captured by US Mothie Jonny Goldsberry in Richmond, CA may prove this elusive creature has migrated more than 2000 miles to the West. Of course, this hairy critter may be sporting the US Moth logo on his way to go rig up his foiler, but we like our explanation better. Tell Nugs what you think this dude is up to over on Facebook... For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Video filmed (while driving the rib) by Pro Sailing coach Martin Flores. – One of the best sailing videos I published is Martin’s clip of Vittorio Bissaro & Carlo di Paoli on the Wildcat, excellent footage for seeing top guys doing maneuvers , body trim and speed drive. When you have a video you watch over and over, you have the mark of an excellent done clip. This time Martin went out with 3… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Clean Report – The Gunboat G4′s famous flip in St. Barth’s a couple of years ago didn’t do wonders for the marketing plan behind that ‘cruising’ foiler, but the dedicated racers developing the DNA F4 one-design spinoff of the G4 have been following a different, more logical path. Two-time America’s Cup winner Shannon Falcone (who sailed the G4 extensively) and the team at DNA have been working up the 30-knot-plus machine in Antigua to find her limits before going into full production, and they found those limits a few weeks ago while testing the boat on a squally day off the West Coast of the island… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
All images by Arno Terra & Michael Miller. – Nice to have Arno testing the iFly 15, I have sailed the F20, FP and sal regularly foiling As, but didn´t have the chance yet to sail the S9 (couldn´t sailed it at Punta Ala 2015) or the new iFly. Arno has been helping to develop the double luff Heru sail for his A-Cat and now also equipped in the iFly 15… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Renders sent by DNA Performance Sailing , click images for HQ & Slideshow.- The TF10 Trimaran was born on the initiative of Andrew MacPherson, aka Macca, he has working on it for some time before the recent launch announcement and is always nice to have him behind all the new weapon multihull projects. Macca was there for the development of the Nacra F20, also for the initial steps of the… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Longtime Anarchist Dave Clark updates all of you foiling freaks on the new UFO. Ask him specifics in the thread. Hey Folks, Time to get excited! Things are coming together over here in Rhode Island. The UFO is finally through the stage of production preparation that I’ve come to refer to as “Industrial foreplay” and it’s go time… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
It’s just two weeks into registration, and with 182 entries on the official list, the 2017 Moth Worlds has already broken the all-time fleet size record! Earlybird entries closed on Tuesday with sailors from 25 countries registered for the event to be held at the Fraglia vela Malcesine in late July. Follow the event progress here or find MothWorlds on FaceBook & Twitter… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
With their all-titanium keel (which fell off), the best-looking paint jobs on the water, and lots of other interesting tech during their Open 60 campaigns, French satellite, submarine, and wargame maufacturer Safran may have spiced up the IMOCA world for the past decade, but failures have apparently stacked up too quickly for the millions they’ve spent on boats that can’t blow anything up… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Uncut onboard footage by Garmin, good to see among gps data wing trimmer work, quite similar in reaction to racing beachcats… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
We frequently hear how “foiling is the future”. We don’t dispute that foiling is a remarkable development, and continues to find application further into the sport, but is it the future? Will we soon see flying boats of all forms be the norm? The Foiling Week, an event launched in 2014 to gather the foiling community, produced a video that seeks to inspire and promote foiling as the future… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
With the Solitaire Du Figaro (née Course L’Aurore) getting close to it’s half-centennial birthday, the brilliant illustrators at Chevalier Taglang have put together a beautiful pictorial history of the of the world’s most prestigious solo coastal race. The post itself (as translated by Raven Yacht Sailing Trivia here) includes line drawings and more on every winning Figaro design since the beginning way back in 1970… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Click Here to watch video as cannot be embedded. I know is a little bit old (Nov 2016) but by far the most impressive AC video filmed by Chris Cameron. A pity not having him this time around covering their campaign… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Francis Joyon and the crew of IDEC Sport are doing incredible things out there as they blaze their way to a likely smashing of the outright round-the-world record. After watching the video above, we are, quite simply, in awe, and praying for no record-ending problems. There’s up-to-the-minute info in the thread, and a nice graphical interface for the trip here. Below is a translation from SA’er ‘Laurent’ of the latest info regarding light air and repairs:
“We are in some kind of ridge that is regenerating itself as we progress. Eventually, two wind systems from the general direction of South East will merge and become the true SE Trades wind. We should be able to use it up to the Equator. We should escape from the current light variable winds sometime in the middle of the night.
“We had some computer problems. We fixed the bow and then the mainsail traveler. We had to dismantle it and put it back together. The gennaker furler drum freed itself and dinged the hull in a dozen places. I fixed the small holes to make sure that the honeycomb will not get torn off by waves. We took advantage of the light winds to fix everything. One hour wasted now does not delay our crossing at the Equator. Whether we go fast or not right now does not really matter.
“We go fast because the guys cannot help themselves… As soon as there is a puff, they trim in the sails, and then we fall in the next wind hole… It is in their nature, you cannot stop them. It is just as well like this.“
Also, Marcel van Triest explains that between a close-to-Argentina route, with a lot of close hauled sailing and a looong curved route towards the East, they decided to take a median route. It is a little bit “chaotic” (fast, stop, fast, stop) but they are satisfied with it.
We suspect this little nugget is simply yet another example of the mess that is the Vendee Globe’s official English coverage, but maybe – just maybe – there’s more to the lower/thirds title slip up caught by an observant Anarchist watching the 28 Dec “Vendee Live” show on Facebook.
Look carefully under Alex Thomson team member “Neal McDonald” and you’ll note it says “Alex Thomson Racing Volvo Race Skipper”, and we’re not quite sure why. Did the VG producer simply forget to put Mac’s ‘title’ on another line, or did someone sending over title graphics make a freudian slip because they know too much? Could it be possible that Alex – and Hugo Boss’s – next big challenge will be a crewed one? VOR boss Mark Turner and Thomson go way back and there’s precious little going on in IMOCA world for quite some time…and of course, much stranger things have happened. What do you think?
I found this little gem reviewing my last Exploder A14 flight on CSN yt channel.
Video embedded above shows some impressive foiling on a Exploder A15 equipped with a Landy standard main sail. On the match , the Moth should be faster, but either way, an excellent A-Cat Flight by Mathias . Mathias personal page at facebook.com/MathiasBorreskovSailing
When Francis Joyon took nearly two weeks off the solo RTW record in 2008, we figured it would be a long, long time before anyone became king of that particularly mountain. Today, a new king will be crowned in what should go down as the most impressive feat of the year. Thomas Coville is set to take more than a week off of Joyon’s still incredible mark when he arrives in Brest in a couple of hours, achieving a time that would beat even the crewed records until just a few years ago. It’s interesting to note that fewer people have sailed around the world alone, nonstop in a trimaran than have walked on the moon – just Ellen Macarthur, Francis Joyon, and Coville, and each of them now have owned that all-important trophy.
Coville, along with his sponsor – convenience-store-sandwich-maker Sodebo – deserve massive accolades, and not just for the second-most important ocean sailing record in the world: Their perseverence and tenacity has been nothing short of incredible! This is Thomas’ 6th attempt at the same record, and to come back and do it again after just the sheer heartbreak of missing it by just hours in 2014 – that’s the stuff of legends.
If you’re in the area to welcome in this soldier of the sea, be sure to check out the #ABrestPourThomas hashtag for the latest info for spectators. If you want to understand what it means to the French to have such ownership of the most important records in the sport, watch this video of a French naval pilot talking to Thomas a couple of hours ago.
Armel Le Cle’ach rounded Cape Horn on a sunny summer day, once again showing he can do no wrong in this edition of the Vendee Globe. His 47-day tally from France to the Horn shaves an incredible 5 days off Francois Gabart’s record-destroying benchmark of just four years ago, and with Hugo Boss more or less useless upwind on one tack, it’s all over but the cryin’ for him – and in fact, Jeremie Beyou on the Master of Cock has a real chance of reeling in the unlucky Thomson.
Stephane LeDiraison got the worst of recent bad luck, and he blames his dismasting quite specifically on a shattered Harken runner block. Here’s some of his words as translated by SA’er Laurent:
It is middle of the night, there is 6 Beaufort, The sea state is already well-developed; I am ahead of a cold front. The boat is doing about 16-17 knots. The boat speeds up in a gust, and I hear something like a gun shot. A very violent noise, something very sudden, very short, very loud.
I run outside, and when I turn around and look forward, I realize that…the mast is gone. Almost nothing is left. There is a 1 meter piece of the mast still tied to the deck and another 4 meter long piece, with shrouds and spreader attempting to punch holes in the deck. Everything else, the rig and the sails are dragging in the water.
So I go back inside, put on my survival suit, a harness, take with me some spotlights and go back on deck to do a quick assessment, which ends up very dire, of course. Not only the rig is gone, but I have damaged the daggerboards, stanchions are gone…and the rig is threatening to hole the hull.
It takes me several hours to clean up the mess. You have to understand the conditions: breaking waves washing the deck, wind is getting stronger and stronger…Very cold water, all in the middle of the night. It is really not easy to manage…First, I keep the rig and the sails attached to the transom, thinking that I will be able to recover some sails. After several trials, it is obvious that it is impossible to do. It is even dangerous, because the whole rig behaves like a sea anchor, attached to the transom, stopping the boat in the breaking waves. The wind is now 8 Beaufort, the swell is about 5 to 6 meters high, so each breaking wave is crashing in the cockpit, sinking the rear of the boat. It is now puting the boat, and therefore myself in danger. So I decide, heartbroken, to cut off everything and let the rig go.
Watch it all unfold in the thread here.
Goodall Design has announced officially past months ( catsailingnews.com/2016/10/goodalll-design-viper-new-looks-flying.html)
they were preparing a foiling version, along a hull redesign (deck/bow mostly), of their successful Viper F16.
Today this pic was published in GD Fb, and it has a catch or at least it was intentionally selected in my view. The prototypes were tested with TNZ Js (3pt
Defying the odds – and the rapidly disintegrating Open 60 Le Souffle Du Nord, Thomas Ruyant has thankfully made it to port at the Southern tip of Kiwiland. Stuart MacLachlan posted the first shot of his first sleep in a long time; there has rarely been a more hard-earned rest after the front fell off…
In other news, it looks like fourth place Paul Meilhat may have run his race as well, but unlike Ruyant, Meilhat is as far from rescue as is possible on Earth. the winning 2012 boat – now called SMA – seems to have a cracked keel ram cylinder. As of an hour ago, his team posted (as translated by Gtrans): “This afternoon at 3:15 pm French time, Paul Meilhat contacted his team to report a problem of keel ram. The cylinder was cracked for 40 centimeters and resulted in the rocking of the keel downwind of the boat…It was after a suspicious noise at the beginning of the afternoon that the skipper of SMA went to inspect his well of keel. He immediately realized that the oil in the hydraulic circuit had flooded the cylinder compartment. He first suspected the rupture of a pipe of the hydraulic circuit, before finding a crack of 40 centimeters on the cylinder itself.”
Meilhat is roughly 2000 miles East of New Zealand, and if he can’t lock down the keel, the situation could quickly become dire. Monitor in the thread.
Images & video sent by Henry White. – Two weeks ago Henry sent me some pics of the Whisper to publish, and as we didn´t publish much info on the Whisper till now we took the chance to know more about the UK double handed foiler using 2x a la Moth wand systems. Along the S9 from Michele Petrucci and now the new IFly, they complete the lineup of production foilers going for 4x T Foils…
Another sailing podcast joins the fray, and this one is hosted by 20-something ex-college sailor Brooks Clark. He grabbed another (relative) grommet – our longtime pal Tim Fitzgerald, creator of the biggest foiling event in North America – for this 40 minute chat about the Charleston Fort2Battery Race. Dig it.
If you don’t get the title of the podcast, kill yourself.