Monthly Archives: March 2016

Funk rules Key Largo

by Nick Bowers

2016 Moth US National Championship on March 19-20 in Key Largo, FL.

Results:
Sailed: 12, Discards: 2, To count: 10, Entries: 19, Scoring system: Appendix A

Funk is first in Key Largo

Rank Helm Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Total Nett
1st Brad Funk (6.0) 4.0 (DNF) 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 3.0 45.0 19.0
2nd Jonny Goldsberry 2.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 (6.0) 3.0 (8.0) 1.0 3.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 33.0 19.0
3rd Patrick Wilson 1.0 2.0 1.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 5.0 1.0 (6.0) (6.0) 6.0 40.0 28.0
4th Matt Knowles (DNF) 3.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 1.0 3.0 4.0 (5.0) 3.0 4.0 4.0 57.0 32.0
5th Nat Shaver 4.0 (5.0) 3.0 5.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 (7.0) 3.0 2.0 48.0 36.0
6th David Loring 3.0 (6.0) 5.0 6.0 5.0 6.0 5.0 (7.0) 6.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 63.0 50.0
7th Emma Gravaro 7.0 (8.0) 6.0 (8.0) 7.0 8.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 90.0 74.0
8th Ben Moon 5.0 7.0 (DNF) (DNF) DNF 7.0 6.0 6.0 7.0 9.0 7.0 9.0 123.0 83.0
9th Collin Leon 9.0 (11.0) 9.0 7.0 9.0 10.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 (11.0) 10.0 10.0 113.0 91.0
10th Chris Museler 12.0 10.0 7.0 (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF 10.0 11.0 10.0 11.0 11.0 162.0 122.0
11th Guillaume Verniers 10.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 (DNF) 12.0 (DNF) DNF DNF DNF 165.0 125.0
12th Thomas Allin 8.0 (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF 11.0 10.0 5.0 9.0 8.0 171.0 131.0
13th Ned Goss 11.0 12.0 (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 223.0 183.0
14th Travis Odenbach (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0
14th Blake Cabassa (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0
14th Jeff Bonanni (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0
14th Mark Hadlock (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0
14th Michael Johnson (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0
14th Ainsley Thomson (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0

NACRA 15 – Three versions, One platform

by Nacra Sailing.

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An update on the various options concerning the Nacra 15.

The approach to this concept is THREE VERSIONS in one platform.

  • BASIC Nacra 15 (aluminum straight daggerboards)
  • World Sailing Nacra 15 (curved daggerboards)
  • Flying Nacra 15 (Z-Shaped daggerbords)

Customers can upgrade or downgrade the NACRA 15 as a platform from:

  • BASIC Nacra 15 to World Sailing Nacra 15
  • World Sailing Nacra 15 to Flying Nacra 15
  • Or back from Flying to Basic.

It is all possible by changing the cassettes that hold the dagger boards. We are offering three solutions in one boat. That’s it. Our dealers will help you on pricing once available on upgrade kits or down grade kits. Just ask us.

The main focus for 2016 is the roll out of the World Sailing Nacra 15.

That is the chosen multihull for the (ISAF) WORLD SAILING YOUTH WORLDS 2016 where we will supply Nacra 15’s for the countries competing there. It was supposed to be held in Oman but Oman has withdrawn themselves from the event. So, as we speak, World Sailing is finding and securing a new venue for end of this year for these youth worlds. While we continue to deliver over the year more and more Nacra 15’s so teams can train and qualify.

Flying NACRA 15 (concept)

  • Flying daggerboards
  • L-Shaped rudders
  • Original trusted Nacra rudder system
  • Same mainsail, jib, spinnaker
  • Can still adopt all options
  • Can be changed to : Basic Nacra 15 or World Sailing Nacra 15
  • Expected launch beginning 2017
  • Will sail during Youth Olympic Games 2018 as the only sailboat

The differences between the Flying and the other versions (Basic and World Sailing, with curved dagger boards) are all on the appendices

For more information you can contact Nacra Sailing

The Fastest Ship in the US Navy

by DOCUMENTARY TUBE.

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The Boeing Pegasus-Class Hydrofoils.

This video depicts some of the Boeing-built hydrofoils named after Tucumcari, New Mexico, it was the basis for the technology used in the subsequent Pegasus-class patrol boats and the Jetfoil ferries. Its unique feature was a waterjet propulsion and a computer-controlled fully submerged foil configuration of one foil at the bow and foils on the port and starboard sides. The Tucumcari was one of two prototype boats contracted by the Navy for the purpose of evaluating the latest hydrofoil technology with a top speed of 50 knots. The second boat was the rival Grumman built USS Flagstaff (PGH-1).

Read more at:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus…

Foiling USA

by S9 Team.

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The S9 Project is a designed by Michele Pretucci and the first Prototype was built and test in the summer of 2012 and the good result from the test was used for build the new and one desing Stunt 13.9. The construction of the S.9 was established due to the evolution in sailing competitions and the new tecnology about foil apply to the sport catamarans.

The Michele Petrucci project has landed in the US at Canyon Lake, Texas. Video above shows perfect easy foiling of the first two boats delivered overseas. The italian boat is an excellent little cat, probably the best recreational foiler nowadays.

The Vampire Project

by William Sunnucks.

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The Vampire Project is a collaboration between catamaran sailor William Sunnucks and boat builder Graham Eeles to develop a new breed of foiling catamaran in Brightlingsea Essex. It is based on the the International Moth foil design which is quite different to the America’s Cup line of development.

Heroes and Legends: The moth class today

by Phil Oligario – yachtsandyachting.com

Ben Paton on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay

Ben Paton on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

The moth class is a thing of beauty. It has been around for longer than most of its current membership worldwide and continues to thrive to this day. How is this possible? I believe it’s down to the spirit of the class and the essence of what it represents and as a result the type of people that it attracts.

The old adage ‘like a moth to a flame’ is not lost on those drawn to sail these amazing boats so what exactly is it that compels men and women across the world to take on the challenge of conquering these tiny boats?

If we look at the type of person that sails these boats we can split them into two categories, Heroes and Legends. The heroes are the ones we all know, sailing superstars who have forged their professional careers in all disciplines of sailing from Volvo Ocean Race Yachts to Olympic class dinghies, Melges 24s to Solos.

Dylan Fletcher on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photos © Mark Jardine

Dylan Fletcher on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photos © Mark Jardine

These heroes are a recent and welcome addition to the class and with the advent of the America’s cup moving to hydrofoiling, a natural choice for many professional sailors. Our heroes list is pretty much a world roster of top sailors across the globe. Here in the UK, most of our top 10 are made up of professional sailors with such accolades as Volvo Ocean Race winner, Olympic medallists, I14 POW winners and National Champions in a variety of fleets.

These men and women are made of different stuff, driven by a passion and commitment to racing that many of us mere mortals can only dream of. They push the envelope of development and tuning to places unforeseen by others. Committed to winning, they focus their energies on their given craft and their bodies, Racing to them is their life and winning is what drives them.

The fleet on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. photo © Mark Jardine

The fleet on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

But it wasn’t always like this in the moth class…

Back in 2007, I saw my first youtube video of foiling moths. This was essentially the UK moth fleet consisting of just a handful of boats. Among those names were Alex Adams (who went on to become part of the Vesta’s world record breaking Sail Rocket team), Adam May (now working with America’s Cup team Artemis), Simon Payne (Multiple World, European and National Champion in the moth), Mike Cooke (Builder of the Ninja and the Rocket and also National Champion, filming at the time but nonetheless amongst those present) and James Roche who went on to be part of the design team of the 2014 Winter Olympics Gold winning Skeleton and is now part of the Ben Ainslie America’s Cup design team.

Alex Adams on day three of the International Moth worlds at Horsens, Denmark

Alex Adams on day three of the International Moth worlds at Horsens, Denmark. Photo © Th.Martinez / www.thmartinez.com

Simon Payne on day 6 of the Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds at Campione del Garda. Photo © Th.Martinez / Sea&Co / www.thmartinez.com

Simon Payne on day 6 of the Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds at Campione del Garda. Photo © Th.Martinez / Sea&Co / www.thmartinez.com

These guys formed the nucleus of what we see today in the UK and without their pioneering spirit, many of us would not be in the class today. Skip to the other side of the world and down under a similar movement was taking place. Rohan Veal was the poster boy of Mothing at the time having joined forces with Amac (THE man behind the game changing Mach2), we had people like Bruce McLoud proving that homebuilding a moth was possible. Taking that to the next level was David Lister who was one of the first people to foil tack consistently and is arguably the fastest mothie alive.

Rohan Veal on day one of the International Moth worlds at Horsens, Denmark. Photo © Th.Martinez / www.thmartinez.com

Rohan Veal on day one of the International Moth worlds at Horsens, Denmark. Photo © Th.Martinez / www.thmartinez.com

In the UK, fleet numbers are now up to 70 plus at a National Championship so the question is… who are these people?

The current demographic is hard to pin down because no two mothies are the same. We have a huge mix of self employed, high flying city execs, craftsmen, artists, designers, IT professionals, recruitment consultants and pretty much everything else, so trying to pin it down to career path is a tricky one. The only thing that I have been able to ascertain from my years in the class is that we are all slightly mad. We are unique in that we share the same goal of being on the edge of control in challenging situations whilst happening at the speed of light. Some are more determined than others and that is reflected in their position at regattas. On the other hand, some of us have more time to commit than others and this also helps to move up the ranks however, moving up the ranks is not on everyone’s mind. Some of us love having the opportunity to just race these fantastic machines alongside some of the greatest sailors in the world and on occasion, beat them.

If you ask any moth sailor what it is that keeps them coming back for more, it’s always the same answer. Here is what some of our heroes have to say:

Rob Greenhalgh, current European Champion (Volvo Ocean Race winner among other titles) says, “I’ve been in the moth since 2012 and I keep coming back for more because the moth is the most technically advanced singlehander on the planet and, being a development class, gives me options to evolve elements and work on new stuff.”

Robert Greenhalgh on day 5 of the International Moth World Championships. Photo © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

Robert Greenhalgh on day 5 of the International Moth World Championships. Photo © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

Chris Rashley our multiple European and UK National Champion says, “I started in the moth just over 5 years ago after watching the highlights on youtube of the 2009 European Championships in Lake Silvaplana, Switzerland. I keep coming back because the boats are getting faster easier to handle and the standard of the competition and the racing improves all the time. I won’t be going anywhere until I win the the World Championships.”

Chris Rashley on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

Chris Rashley on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

And from some of our legends:

Neil Baker, current ‘voice of the UK fleet’ has this to say about what mothing is to him: “I’ve been sailing a foiling moth since November 2010. But I had a gentleman Jim lowrider (similar to magnum 8) from 96 to 1999. I continue to sail it and no other dinghy appeals. There aren’t any other boats that are enough of a buzz that I’d bother to go practice in. Frankly I could never race the moth and just go for a play in it every now and then and be happy, I only sail because I love racing. All my other sailing was based around regattas. And there aren’t many that equal a moth event so you just get bored and sell it.”

Neil Baker, a wise International Moth sailor. Photo © Martina Orsini

Neil Baker, a wise International Moth sailor. Photo © Martina Orsini

James Sainsbury, the only man to build a competitive moth in his front room (no exaggeration!) started sailing foiling moths three years ago and simply says: “It’s fun, it’s fast and you’d be hard pushed to get the feeling you get in a moth anywhere else.”

James Sainsbury on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

James Sainsbury on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

Ricky Tagg who is known to many, having been sailing since before the 2nd World War says, “I had my first sail in a Moth, a Mistress back in 2006/7, courtesy of my old friend David Ellis. I learned to sail at age of 5 and for nearly 40 years I got to race against and coach great sailors in iconic events and locations across the world. However, whilst I enjoyed the various campaigns and successes in a wide range of boats, I just got bored of racing and sailing.

After that one sail in a Moth, I just had to sail again and I didn’t care if I raced or not. In those days the boats were unrefined at best, however today, with much better boats and control systems, you pay no heed to the fact that you are doing mid to high 20s downwind and it still makes me smile and poke my tongue out! Am I tempted to change class? HELL NO.”

Event winner Ricky Tagg during the Draycote International Moth Grand Prix. Photo © Fabian Katz

Event winner Ricky Tagg during the Draycote International Moth Grand Prix. Photo © Fabian Katz

As for me, Seven years in and the class has become a part of me and visa versa. I cannot think of anything else I’d rather be doing then building them, sailing them, thinking about them or talking about them. I never foresaw this in my life years ago and I would like to think that I’ll be involved with them for many years to come.

The moth today is a strange class in that it draws out the legends and the heroes from all walks of life. One thing is for sure, once you’ve sailed one, you’ll never be the same again. It is such a force of nature that it has changed the face of sailing forever, proving the concept that foiling is possible even with a 72 foot catamaran. Anyone who sails a moth is a legend!

Original post here

IKA invite brands to register kites, boards and hydrofoils for the new Formula Kite Class

by IKA – International Kiteboarding Association

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After the decision of the last Annual General Meeting to evolve the Formula Kite class from 70cm raceboards into a foiling class, brands are now invited to register equipment, especially hydrofoils to be used in the upcoming continental and world championships.

While for kites (and 70cm boards) the same registration criteria as in the past apply (registration deadline: October 2016), hydrofoils will become eligible for competition immediately after registration (for already existing models) and new models have only a 4 week waiting period to ensure that the hydrofoils are available to everyone.

The Formula Kite class sets a strong focus on publically available equipment and does not allow prototypes, neither for kites, boards nor hydrofoils.

The next events will be the European Championships in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy from 16 to 22 of May, and the World Championships in Weifang, China, from 9 to 15 of September.

The new Formula Kite class rules (foiling registered production equipment) will also be used in the Sailing World Cups in Weymouth and Melbourne, and the Sailing World Cup Final (date and location TBC).

Interested brands please contact the IKA office for more details on registration