Posts Tagged ‘Foiling’
US A-Class Presidente Bailey White gives us the goods on the biggest regatta of the US season for the foiling singlehander, along with a controversial and exciting new direction for the extremely healthy US and Canadian Class. Thanks to Walter Cooper for the great shots, and get in on the rules debate over here.
The A-Class Catamaran North American Championship is entering its last day here in Panama City, Fla., and I can guarantee no one wants it to end. We’re not sure what the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club sacrificed to the weather gods to get it, but every day has had perfect, solid breeze – not too much, not too little, and you can see how the new foiling guys are improving each day.
The leader board pretty much solidified after day one, with previous North American A-Cat Champ, iceboat world champion and Moth sailor Matt Struble, last year’s NA champion Bruce Mahoney, and USACA president Bailey White going 1-2-3 respectively. Struble returns to the fleet after a two-year absence and is using Ben Moon’s A-Cat. In yesterday’s perfect foiling conditions, as soon as he and Bruce Mahoney rounded the top mark, their event turns into a match race on foils. These guys just have another gear, going lower and faster than anyone else. In yesterday’s six – 10 knots and flat water, at times they finished five minutes ahead of a very competitive fleet.
But more on the regatta report later … let’s talk about the yesterday’s excellent class meeting for Canada and USA members. We have voted to suspend the Class Rule 8 for two years. That’s the rule that limits foiling technology for the Class. We have not modified any other rule, and this is a change just for our two countries, designed to give us the information we need to make a proposal to the International Class members.
The A-Class is the fastest growing and possibly largest foiling class of any kind in North America, with almost 50 foilers coming online in the last 9 months, We now have people aged 20 to 70 foiling at the regatta, and our new change means we can now put foiling boards in from the bottom, eliminating all other restrictions to encourage members to experience the incredible sensation of flying.
In addition, at our skipper’s meeting, we unanimously approved having a fixed spectator boat in the middle of the fleet. Yesterday a gorgeous 50-foot trawler hosted Panama City commissioners and guests so they could enjoy the action up close. This is one progressive community, where the City is actively pursuing hosting major events here – there is the support of the mayor, city commissioners and the local businesses to entice sailing to their area.
It’s not too late to check in to the action. Today’s the last day of the North American Championship, and racing kicks off at 12:30 CT. Superstar sailing PR Laura Muma and her team are sharing updates on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and testing out the new Twitter Livestream app, so you can watch the starts and roundings as they happen.
May 23rd, 2015 by admin
The world’s first outward-facing J/foil made its debut last week, and Morgan Lagraviere seems to have the Open 60 Safran going pretty well. This little shot is a screen grab from the video here of the shakedown cruise, and be sure to check out the 2016 Vendee Globe thread to keep up with the very latest news. For a bonus foiling story, check the Google Trans of a very comprehensive Voiles et Voiliers interview with Gitana’s Seb Josse here.
May 21st, 2015 by admin
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.
May 15th, 2015 by admin
If ever a boat died with its boots on, it was this one – David Wallace and Richard Grantham’s ancient Nacra 6.0 has lived through several Worrell 1000 races and countless hours on the Georgia Coast, but a 3.8 mile sprint in 20-25 knots on Charleston Harbor was the end of her days. Wallace and Grantham drove up from St. Simon’s Island, GA, and they said there’s no question they will be back. They didn’t say whether they’d be racing or spectating!
Big congrats to St. Pete’s Zack Marks for absolutely destroying Bora Gulari’s record run from last year – official time is 6:10 for the 3.8 mile course. We’re not great at math, but that sounds like somewhere around a 33-knot average to us.
Billy Goldsberry gets the Rescue of the Week award for this one, and you can see a gallery of really cool land-based and sky-based shots of this unique race here.
- Tags: beach catamarans, catamarans, charleston, foiler, Foiling, Fort2Battery, kiteboard, moth, nacra, nacra 6.0
April 13th, 2015 by admin
It has been a long time since we’ve seen this much excitement around a new boat launch, but we reckon if ever a boat deserved it, it’s the world’s first fully foiling cruiser/racer. Sick work from all the Gunboat G4 build/design team, and we’re proud to host this World Premier of the beautiful film of Timbalero 3′s sea trials earlier this week (thanks to Richard and Rachel).
Mr. Clean heads down to Antigua at the end of the month for his in-depth, Anarchy look at the G4; in the meantime, head to the thread for all the news and analysis here.
April 11th, 2015 by admin
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April 9th, 2015 by admin
New York Times correspondent Chris Museler was so inspired by our coverage of foiling boats over the past year that he’s doing something really interesting with it, and he wants you to all be part of it – live, online, or via Twitter; your choice.
Tomorrow, Thursday April 9th, Chris will run a live, webstreamed talk called ‘Foiling In The USA”, where he will talk to some of the most interesting folks in foiling and answer your Tweeted questions about the foiling landscape. It all starts at 1900 (7 PM) EST, 1600 PST, 2300 GMT. If you want to ask your question in person, head over to the Doyle Long Island loft for free pizza – everyone’s invited.
This is all about having an open discussion on how the rapid development of hydrofoil technology is going to change the way we enjoy sailing!! Will we all be cruising on hydrofoils in the future? Will kids be flying out of the water on mass-produced plastic foilers at their learn-to-sail camps? Here’s the line-up to answer those questions:
-New York Times correspondent CHRIS MUSELER makes sense of the latest developments
-GunBoat founder PETER JOHNSTONE on live SkypeVideo chat about the foiling G4 cruiser/racer catamaran in trials THIS WEEK!
-The Foiling Week founder Luca Rizzotti will chime in from Lake Garda to explain the vibe when the world’s top foil designers get together to create the future of the sport
-AND contributions from other influential visionaries including radical kite foiler Bryan Lake, Waterlust Project filmmaker Patrick Rynne, US Sailing Executive Director Jack Gierhart and more!!!
Big thanks to Mark Washiem from Doyle Sailmakers Long Island for the space (and Pizza!) to share cool ideas with Strong Island sailors. And a huge thanks to US Sailing for stepping up to support foiling in the sport by Sponsoring the LiveStream broadcast.
Finally, Tweet your questions to @OakcliffSail, and thank them for sponsoring and running the Twitter feed.
April 8th, 2015 by admin
A stoked Peter Johnstone reports that the hard-working design and build team at Gunboat have done it! The full-foiling G4 cruiser/racer is ticking all the test boxes during her St. Martin sea trials, and here’s today’s sailing report directly from test pilot and mast builder Ben Hall:
“An epic day of sailing the new Gunboat G4! The orange rocket handled the 18-20 kt breezes off St Maarten with ease. Foiling was fast and steady. I got to drive upwind and hit 15.4 kts…incredible!
Downwind with R1 we peaked out at 25.7. On the foils we had really good VMG with TWA of about 160. On the final burn into the harbor with the solent and full main the top speed was 29.7.
Probably one of the best days of sailing ever for me…all on a boat with a cruising interior, a nice fridge and stove, electric sail drive and cockpit for the best of parties.
Screw the AC48 – they should just do the America’s Cup in these things.
Watch the G4 thread in Multihull Anarchy and Gunboat’s Facebook Page for the latest photos and reports, and check back here later in the week for the full video. Photo courtesy of Rachel Jaspersen/Ocean Images.
April 6th, 2015 by admin
Andrew “AMAC” McDougall is always a good chat, and we grabbed him at the end of the Moth Worlds to talk about his umpteenth win as Grand Master (and ignore the fact we thought he won Master as well – that honor went to the newly-turned-45 Dave Lister). We also took the time to learn the essential bits of what is a far more interesting development – the soon-to-be-revealed Waszp. At less than the cost of a one and a half Lasers, this fiberglass and alloy ‘foiler for the masses’ might just provide the engine for an explosion in sailing that we’ve not seen since the Hobie 16 or the Laser itself. Reality or hype? Listen to Amac and decide for yourself, and get psyched for next week’s “Moth Worlds: The TV Show” from Penalty Box Productions with support from Sperry. We’re not done yet.
January 30th, 2015 by admin
Photojourno Jen Edney got her flight wings today on a trip out to the course for Quantum Key West Race Week, and got this beautifully playful shot of the Team Argo boys, who lead Flavio Marazzi by just a point after two races. GC32s are doing a little reporting over here.
January 20th, 2015 by admin