Monthly Archives: November 2015

Cats and the Cup: the first encounter over a century ago

by Foiling Week.

Nathanael Greene Herreshoff 1st was an American naval architect and mechanical engineer. “Captain Nat,” as he was known, revolutionized yacht design, and produced a succession of undefeated America’s Cup defenders between 1893-1920.


©Herreshoff Marine Museum – Amaryllis II, 1933 (Amaryllis – 1876 – replica)

Amaryllis was a catamaran sailboat designed by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff and launched in 1876. It was notable for its significant victory in the 1876 New York Centennial Regatta, which resulted in multihull sailing vessels being banned from organized sailing competitions. Ironically, Herreshoff was later to become a celebrated monohull designer. His America’s Cup winners were Vigilant, 1893 (of which Herreshoff was the helmsman); Defender, 1895; Columbia, 1899 & 1901; Reliance, 1903 and Resolute, 1920.

Extracted from 1870-1887 American and British Yacht Designs (François Chevalier & Jacques Taglang, 1991)

Extracted from 1870-1887 American and British Yacht Designs (François Chevalier & Jacques Taglang, 1991)

On June 24th, 1876, the day after the Centennial Regatta, The World printed:
The catamaran Amaryllis, constructed by Mr. Herreshoff, of Providence […] fairly flew along the Long Island shore, passing yacht after yacht as if they were anchored. As Amaryllis dashed over the line a winner she was saluted by guns from the yachts that were lying at anchor, and the excursion steamers screeched their loudest in honor of her victory.

The World also printed an editorial on page 4, excerpt:
A Revolutionary Yacht
Nobody protested against entering her for the race yesterday, for the reason probably that everybody expected to beat her, but everybody seems to have objected to being beaten by her. It behooves the owners of the large schooners, however, to take counsel together lest somebody should build an Amaryllis a hundred feet long and convert their crafts into useless lumber. It is a matter quite as important as keeping the America’s Cup.

Amaryllis blew the hatch covers off the crack sandbaggers, leading her nearest rival home by more than 20 minutes. The upstart boat, which her inventor called a “catamaran,” was instantly banned from organized racing. The excuse was Amaryllis had no cruising accommodations. Capt. Nat pointed out his cockpit could be completely enclosed with a boom tent, giving standing headroom, and was quite comfortable to sleep in on an air mattress. But this fell on deaf ears.

The Centennial regatta and the little catamaran aberration would have seemed very distantly related to the traditional America’s Cup schooners of very large size, but the reporter spelled out a glaring premonition: the future of regattas, and indeed, the America’s Cup itself, were put into question on the day that the very first American catamaran set sail. Eventually, the America’s Cup was defended with a catamaran, Dennis Conner”s Star & Stripes in 1988 and since 2010 seems to be the new way.

– “Multihulls Discovered: Part 1: Their origins, myths, magic, mana… and caveats that go along with these craft that have evolved from ancient heritage.” by Randy Thomas on Yachting, June 1985


Heaven Can Wait

by The Royal Gazette


The Flying Phantom Series finale has been cancelled.

The regatta featuring 18-foot foiling catamarans, which was scheduled to take place on the Great Sound next week, was supposed to start on Sunday.

However, the start was postponed after a container housing ten Phantom catamarans from Europe arrived on the Island on November 16 on the Oleander cargo ship, but was mistakenly then shipped to New York the following day.

Despite efforts to salvage the event, including having the boats returned to the Island by Monday, the decision has been made to cancel the regatta.

Local organisers have yet to comment.

However, a spokesman for the Phanton International said: “Everybody is very disappointed, the sailors, the RBYC and all people that participated to the organization of the event. This mistake on the container management induced the cancellation of the event.

“We will evaluate with the class and RBYC to reschedule an event next year and would like to thank you and partners that supported the RBYC and the regatta.”

Yesterday, Warren Jones, the chief executive officer of Polaris Holding Company, the parent company of Stevedoring Services, apologised for his company’s mistake in sending the boats to New York.

“Certainly a mistake was made and they did go out, and we have made every effort to get them back as soon as we possibly can,” Jones said.

“I accept that responsibility and expressed my apologies to the organisers. We consider this as a very serious matter and take great pride in what we do. We are taking every effort to ensure that, as far as we can help it, that it doesn’t happen again.”

Jones said the container was mistakenly viewed to be an export.

“We’ve looked at what occurred, how it occurred and put steps in place to minimise it happening because in this business it can happen and does happen.

“Our business is serious and every mistake we make can cost thousands, so we are doing everything we can to ensure it doesn’t happen.

“There were other things that could have happened to mitigate this as well that have nothing to do with us. But the main thing is that if it didn’t go on the boat those things wouldn’t happened either.”

Phantom International and Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the regatta hosts, considered bringing the container back by cargo plane. However, that solution was abandoned because of Thanksgiving.

World On Water August 2015, Global sailing news. Multi 70 at 45knts, The Foiling Week One Design … more

by Geoff Waller


In this month’s Multi WoW we feature the French beast Gitana Multi 70 trialling at 45 knots, The Foiling Week has Phantom and One Designs racing on Lake Garda, Ben Ainslie wins one and the silverware in the 2 race Louis Vuitton Americas Cup World Series in Portsmouth, on request we feature the Cup Experience explanation on Crew, Workings and Wing Sails on the AC 45F boats and finally Day 2 in the Bullitt GC 32 Kiel

la France accueillera L’America’s Cup en septembre 2016



A l’occasion du salon Nautic de Paris, Team France annoncera une étape française qui accueillera un America’s Cup World Series en septembre 2016. En attendant l’équipe avance sur son programme.

Après les trois ACWS de 2015 qui se sont achevés aux Bermudes, les équipes poursuivent leurs entraînements. Team France va commencer dès la semaine prochaine avec deux GC32. L’un acheté et l’autre loué à l’ENV. L’équipe s’entraînera à Quiberon avec deux équipages après le recrutement de cinq nouveaux marins qui ont rejoint l’équipe il y a un mois.

Une deuxième équipe naviguante
– Hervé Cunningham, il a déjà navigué avec l’équipe notamment en Extrem Series où il avait remplacé Devan Le Bihan et il était auparavant avec Gitana 40.

– Thomas Lebreton. Il commence la compétition à 12 ans. En 1995, il passe en Laser, puis intègre le Pôle France de Brest en 1998. Après 13 ans de Laser, dont une 6e place aux Championnats du Monde ISAF 2006, Thomas décide en 2009 de passer au Finn où il sera 3e mondial en 2011. En 2012-2013, il intègre l’équipage du MOD70 de Sidney Gavignet, Oman Sail pour les saisons 2012 et 2013.

– Olivier Herledant – Grand spécialiste du match racing, cet ingénieur est considéré comme l’un des meilleurs sinon le meilleur embraqueur du monde. Presque deux mètres de haut, des épaules de déménageur et le quintal athlétique, Olivier, c’est le gars qui winche plus vite que son ombre et qui, lorsqu’il se met au rappel, a tendance à remettre le bateau à plat.

Nicolas Heintz : Il était aux côtés d’Arnaud Psarofaghis en Extrem 40 dans l’équipe suisse, régleur. Champion de France de Match racing en 2009.

Adam Minoprio : Néo-zélandais, c’est l’un des plus jeunes champion du monde de match-racing. Il a fait la Volvo Ocean Race à bord de Camper et participer à la Coupe avec Luna Rossa. Ce sera lui le barreur du deuxième bateau.

Une partie de l’équipe participera à la Youth America’s Cup. A noter qu’Arnaud Psarofaghis, le tacticien actuel quittera l’équipe en fin d’année pour des raisons personnelles.

La construction d’un AC45Turbo
Le design Team Martin Fischer, Juan Kouyoumdjian et Horacio Carabelli sont au travail pour concevoir, avec le consultant Michel Desjoyeaux, l’AC50 le plus performant possible.Le bateau est prévu pour avril-mai 2016. L’équipe compte actuellement 25 personnes au bureau d’étude sur un total de 40 à 45 personnes au total.

Team France au Salon Nautique
L’équipe sera présente avec son AC45 au salon Nautic en décembre prochain. Ce sera l’occasion pour le public de rencontrer l’équipe. A cette occasion Team France annoncera que l’America’s Cup viendra en France l’année prochaine au mois de septembre avec une étape ACWS. Lorient, La Rochelle, Marseille et Toulon font partie des quatre villes qui pourraient cet évènement.

Un calendrier chargé l’année prochaine
L’équipe de France aura beaucoup d’occasion de s’entrainer face aux meilleurs l’année prochaine.
Le calendrier officieux des ACWS est le suivant :
– New York en mai
– Chicago en juin – Officiel
– Portsmouth en août – Officiel * les billets sont déjà en vente
– Une ville française en septembre
– Tokyo en octobre

Taking off with a wingsail and foils

by OracleRacingTeam

The wingsail on ORACLE TEAM USA’s racing yachts and the wings on airplanes operate in similar fashion. As Ian “Fresh” Burns explains, a significant amount of force is generated to propel the boat faster or lift a plane off the ground. And, the team is utilizing the aerodynamic know-how of Airbus to help achieve optimum performance on the water.




Delivery of AC45s testing boat to mark next www of development program

SoftBank Team Japan will take delivery of their first AC45S in December and according to sailing team manager and tactician Chris Draper, the sailors can’t wait to put the turbocharged race yacht through it’s paces.

Draper and his crew will take delivery of the first AC45S test boat that ORACLE TEAM USA built and had been using as a training platform this summer.

“Being able to sail our own AC45S test boat really marks a significant step up in our development,” Draper said. “As a sailing team, up until now, we’ve been restricted to racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events.

“Our plan is to take delivery of the new boat early in December. We’ll get it ready, make some adjustments, get our full sailing crew relocated here to Bermuda after the holiday break and start sailing in January.”

Draper says having access to the first development boat produced by ORACLE TEAM USA will make the team competitive despite its late start as a new team.

“Getting a jump start on our development is fundamental to being competitive on the water in 2017,” Draper said. “It’s a very similar model to what we did with Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand last time.”

As helmsman of the Italian Luna Rossa team in the last America’s Cup, Draper raced a boat built to a Kiwi design. The close training relationship between the teams then led to a strong bond between Draper and SoftBank Team Japan CEO and skipper Dean Barker that remains to this day.

“I learned a lot about Chris through working with him during the last America’s Cup so it was natural to reach out to him when we started building SoftBank Team Japan,” Barker explained.

“Looking forward, both of us know how important getting this AC45S boat is to our team. It really makes the challenge possible. By early January, our Bermuda base will be operational and we will be out training with our sailing team on the Great Sound.”

Barker and Draper, along with General Manager Kazuhiko Sofuku, are currently in Japan overseeing crew tryouts with the aim of recruiting two Japanese crew members.


A-Class: Floaters and Foilers



What went from three Canadians inviting themselves down on their way to Florida, became a 27 boat flash regatta on November 21-22 at Lake Lanier Sailing Club in Atlanta, Georgia. In fact, we had over 30 boats planning to attend but a few had to miss out due to container deliveries and other things in life.

Lake Lanier provided the perfect, central location for A-cat sailors to drive for a weekend regatta. With sailors coming from New Orleans, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and even as far as Toronto, Canada, the first ever Woods Brothers Invitational Regatta was a serious success. Entry fee was a big $25 for the weekend with $10 for dinner Saturday night. Grand Prix baby with two pro photographers and unlimited drinks.

Friday brought numerous sailors to the water for 2 practice races in extremely light conditions, with the trail continuing to the Tannery Row Ale house for dinner with one of the largest HD LED displays in the country. Something about gambling and an interstate poker club. The design and development conversation raged on through the evening… was topic number one…

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