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Posts Tagged ‘Foiling’

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Fort 2 Battery Race founder Tim Fitzgerald has done it again, attracting another record fleet of kiters, mothies, and fast boat owners to the shortest race in all of sailing.  82 entrants will hit the line to the 6 mile race at full speed at 1400 today, and if you’re in town, join the massive spectator fleet (we counted some 150 boats watching last year) on the harbor.  For those who can’t make it, head over to Sailing Anarchy Facebook at 1300 ET/1000 PT for the full, bumpy, 40-knot live stream video of the prologue and race.

Here’s a video look at last year’s race from Petey Crawford/Penalty Box Productions.

April 29th, 2017 by admin

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The foiling scow-bowed Arkema Mini has grabbed her first podium, a second-place out of 69 entrants in the Pornichet Select race.  Welcome to the sharp end of the fleet for a boat that barely looks like one. More info at the Arkema site.  Photo credit: Vincent Olivaud/Team Arkema Lalou Multi

April 29th, 2017 by admin

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As expected, in any breeze at all, the Bermuda America’s Cup will be sailed entirely above the water if Emirates Team New Zealand’s most recent practice is any indication.  Watch the 11:30 mark of this video from AC junkie MyIslandHomeBermuda for an incredible sequence of foiling tack/foiling rounding/foiling gybe and note the stability on the Kiwi AC50; is ETNZ once again too stable for speed, or do they finally have it right?

 

April 24th, 2017 by admin

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Screenshot 2017-04-20 11.20.28The 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…

 

April 20th, 2017 by admin

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 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.

The best Sailing Club in Charleston has stepped it up once again for 2017. On April 29 the college bowl atmosphere among the spectators will be bigger than ever; the competition ain’t just on the water – it’s at the club, and anyone coming down will be treated to a perfect front-row seat to the mayhem on the Harbor and at the JIYC Barbecue Championship1.  If you think you’ve seen a “Race back to the dock” before, just wait until these foiling craft pick up the scent of that sweet, sweet swine.  Just like 2016, you can watch Mr. Clean’s pre-race beach walk and the whole race LIVE on Sailing Anarchy from around 1pm, with the race start targeted for 2:00.

foil mania posterLast year saw slalom racing on Friday which continues again, and the Intercontinental FOIL MANIA Championship Belt will be on the line through the weekend as the Foiling craft slug it out in a more traditional regatta format. Registration is on pace for another record attendance, and this year could even see an E-Scow or two looking for glory in the “floating boat” grouping. We’ve seen the Mighty Hobie 20’s smoke the E’s on a circle track, but it will be interesting should it become a VMG downwind race. Will they show? Or are they allergic to corn dogs?  Find out on April 29 right here on Anarchy.

Gill North America and Charleston’s Holy City Helicopters who have both been on board since day 1 will be on hand to keep Fort 2 Battery racers looking sharp. The new Kite-Foil One Design Class CR:X will even be there which allows racers to fly in with a backpack, charter gear and be part of the big weekend! April sure delivers in Charleston with the biggest regatta- Sperry’s Charleston Race Week just the weekend before.

With Foil Mania, Fort 2 Battery and a BBQ contest, you can bet this version of Charleston’s most exciting race will be “Good enough to slap yo’ mamma!”

Relive last year’s excitement with the Rev’s Penalty Box edit of the 2016 Fort 2 Battery.  Register Here. And if you like our promo poster, there’s more pics of that photo shoot over here.

-Tim Fitz, Founder, F2B

April 15th, 2017 by admin

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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!

 

 

April 11th, 2017 by admin

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Bravo to Groupama for maybe the best foiling tack we’ve seen yet from an AC cat, along with a pretty good dismount from what appears to be the wing trimmer getting clear from danger with style!

Go here for more from the local videographer who caught yet another AC oops, and stay up to date on Franck & Friends in the Team France thread.

 

April 11th, 2017 by admin

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UFO Production - 1

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.

March 22nd, 2017 by admin

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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.

Our next Sailing Anarchy Podcast will come to you from Havana Cuba, and you won’t want to miss that one!  Don’t forget to subscribe to the SA Podcast for instant notifications when each one drops.  (iTunes   Stitcher)

 

March 14th, 2017 by admin

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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.

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According to most crews who’ve sailed them, the Diam 24 hasn’t lived up to her ultra-sexy VPLP trimaran looks.  Sure, there are some top teams sailing the now-beachy Tour De France, but that’s one of the only options for crewed teams looking to race in France.  But thanks to months of testing, design, and construction work and the perseverence of Francois Gabart and his team, the Diam is now a full-flying 35 knot beast they’re internally calling the Macif 24.

For more on the flying Diam, head over here.

March 10th, 2017 by admin

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