Monthly Archives: January 2016

The foiling phenomenon – how sailing boats got up on foils to go ever-faster

by yachtingworld.com

The latest America’s Cup foiling cats are providing a wonderful spectacle as they scorch round the racecourse, but how did foiling start and what are the issues involved? Matthew Sheahan investigates

Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget

Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget

Here’s a challenge. Design a way to support the weight of five saloon cars on a plate the size of your desk on the water. That was the task that faced America’s Cup designers in their bid to make the new breed of Cup boats fly.

If that’s a bit tough, here’s an alternative. Support a 70kg person and their boat in the water on a plank the size of a cricket bat. This one is much easier, the GCSE of hydrodynamics by comparison, with plenty of examples as to how it can be done thanks to the proliferation of foiling Moths around the world.

Getting boats to fly above the water surface is simple in theory, but tricky in practice and has challenged designers for over a century, but in the last decade one class appears to have cracked it.

On the face of it, … Read entire article on yachtingworld.com

ORACLE TEAM USA on the move in 2015

by OracleRacingTeam

2015 was a critical year for ORACLE TEAM USA and its campaign to win the America’s Cup in 2017. The team moved to a new base in Bermuda, competed in three Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events and has launched and sailed two AC45S test boats, with a third nearly ready to go in the new year. It was a busy year, and 2016 looks to be just as exciting. “We’re trying to always the raise the bar and get faster and faster,” says helmsman and sailing team manager Tom Slingsby.

Des séances de tests en bonne compagnie pour François Gabart

by macifcourseaularge.com

© Alexis Courcoux / MACIF

© Alexis Courcoux / MACIF

Le M24 de François Gabart, trimaran de sport de 24 pieds  développé en 2014* en parallèle de la conception du Trimaran MACIF, était de sortie en baie de Port-La-Forêt en fin de semaine dernière. L’objectif était de tester différentes formes de foils en situation réelle sur ce petit trimaran conçu par VPLP (comme le trimaran MACIF).

Le M24 permet à François Gabart et l’équipe technique de valider des évolutions dans les différentes formes des appendices pour une optimisation à moyen et long terme du trimaran MACIF. Ce support est un outre un excellent outil d’entrainement pour le skipper.

Jeudi et vendredi derniers à Port-la-Forêt, François Gabart a pu tester sur le M24 un nouveau safran réalisé par son équipe. L’objectif est de valider la performance et la tenue de ce nouveau profil de safran dans le but de confirmer la fabrication du second. A noter que les safrans du M24 et du trimaran MACIF sont tous les deux équipés de plans porteurs.

A l’occasion de ces navigations, François Gabart avait convié Yoann Richomme (Skipper Macif 2014) et Vincent Riou, le skipper de PRB (IMOCA 60), récent vainqueur de la Transat Jacques Vabre dans sa catégorie et lui aussi vainqueur du Vendée Globe (2004) lors de la sortie de jeudi.

Sur un plan d’eau plus « musclé », François naviguait vendredi  à nouveau avec Vincent Riou, Antoine Gautier (Responsable Bureau d’études MerConcept) et Guillaume Le Brec (avec qui le skipper du trimaran MACIF avait participé aux régates d’avant-saison en Diam24 en 2015).

Les marins ont donc travaillé à la validation de ce nouvel appendice et ont profité de ces sorties sous un beau soleil d’hiver pour voler quelques instants !

L’équipe est, quant à elle, à Lorient pour avancer sur le chantier d’hiver du trimaran MACIF avec  l’objectif de retrouver le plus rapidement possible l’élément liquide pour aller voler à son tour.

*sur les bases du Diam 24, monotype utilisé sur le Tour de France à la Voile

Des foils sur un Diam 24

by letelegramme.fr

Nous avons vu un Diam 24 équipé de foils avec François Gabart, Vincent Riou et Guillaume Le Brec à bord. S’agit-il de tests en vue d’une éventuelle modification du bateau ?

Il n’y a pas de secret sur ce sujet-là. François Gabart a acheté un Diam pour s’en servir comme laboratoire pour son maxi-trimaran Macif (ndlr : qui, lui, est équipé de foils). Il s’en sert pour tester plusieurs formes de foils. Il a acheté un Diam 24 classique avec deux flotteurs supplémentaires dans le but d’effectuer des essais.

Donc, il n’y a aucun changement à l’horizon ?

Nous sommes très satisfaits du Diam 24. Je crois que, fin février-début mars, le chantier (1) va livrer sa 60e commande. Ça fonctionne très bien. Pour le reste, disons qu’on regarde François Gabart le faire voler et peut-être que le coup d’après… On ne se met aucune pression, nous n’avons aucun planning, mais on s’est dit : « Dans quelques années, peut-on avoir une version de ce bateau avec des foils ? ». On a vu que c’était une petite bombe avec des foils. Donc, ça interpelle.

Un Diam 24 volant, c’est pour demain ?

Il n’y a aucune date d’arrêtée. Cela se joue à plusieurs années. Il faudrait d’abord que ce soit économiquement viable. Une grande partie du succès du Tour et de ce bateau-là, c’est la donne économique, le fait qu’il coûte 55.000 euros. Une solution volante avec des foils et certains renforts à droite et à gauche, cela veut dire 25.000 ou 30.000 euros de plus. Je me répète, il faudrait que ce soit jouable économiquement parlant, de l’ordre de 15.000 euros de plus. Mais soyons clair, nous ne sommes pas du tout dans des phases d’essais pour le Tour de France. Il y a des marins comme François Gabart, Vincent Riou et d’autres qui s’amusent pour voir ce qu’on peut en faire. Disons qu’ils le font sous notre oeil bienveillant.

Tout le monde vole ou veut voler aujourd’hui. Le Tour de France peut-il échapper à cette tendance ?

C’est le sens de l’histoire donc il n’y a aucune raison que le Tour ne s’inscrive pas, un jour, dans cette tendance. Je ne vois pas pourquoi le Tour n’irait pas et si ça peut se faire avec le Diam 24, ça aurait du sens.

Des foils demain et une aile rigide après-demain ?

L’aile, c’est un autre sujet. C’est à la fois une problématique budgétaire et une problématique logistique. Notre format impose des montages et démontages fréquents, du transport donc cela voudrait dire une aile démontable qui se transporte rapidement. Le Tour de France n’est pas la Coupe de l’America. On leur laisse le soin de faire du développement et de la recherche. Nous, nous suivons la tendance. Mais tout cela est assez excitant.

(1) : ADH Innotec à Port-la-Forêt

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Lake Garda: Beginning in May STICKL FOILING CAMP

As the first watersport-center to do so, in 2016 Heinz Stickl introduce FOILING. We take off and fly at kitesurfing, windsurfing and especially while sailing on Moth, WASZP, foil-catamarans and the QUANT 23, a flying keel-yacht. Beginning in May at STICKL FOILING CAMP.

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QUANT 23, a flying keel-yacht

After the successful season 2015 where we offered first foil trainings on the Moth Mach 2, we have the strong believe, that foiling is not a short term trend, but will be a permanent development. New materials in boat construction make it possible to take off and fly on super light boats and catamarans at barely 3 beaufort. Flying above the water while others putter around is fun, is to learn and brings new emotions into the world of watersports.

With the FOILING CAMP we want to offer our guests the opportunity to take on this new challenge and test various devices during test-events. Beginning at the new mini-dinghy WASZP to flying catamarans and even the Quant 23, a 7 meter flying keel-yacht. But even foil-kiting and foil-windsurfing offer new challenges for surfers. Additionally to these events, the FOILING CAMP already offers trainings and rental for the entire season.

Either the INTRO-TRAINING combined with a rental package: TRY & FLY – the Quant 23 and catamarans, that can be sailed independently by experienced sailors after a short briefing.

Furthermore, we offer weekly courses from Monday to Friday as well as weekend courses for example on the WASZP, where the weekend course is minimum preparation.

There will be new foilers added to Stickl Foiling Camp continuously. Some for testing and some as part of the fleet of boats that are available from April to October for course program and rental.

A new era just begun and you can be part of it on boats that fly and are incredibly fun to sail!

Click here for more info on STICKL FOILING CAMP

2016 MOTH AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: Interview to Kirsten Norris, how does a regular female club sailor get into foiling?

By Jonny Fullerton, Grand Prix Sailing

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Image by Rick Steuart of Perth Sailing Photography

Jonny Fullerton: How did you start sailing and in what classes?
Kirsten Norris: I started sailing when I was 10 years old sailing a local WA class the Pelican and then 420’s as a kid, then I moved to match racing and keel boats and a bit of Tasar sailing.

JF: Thats very different to a foiling boat like a Moth when did you get the bug to go foiling?
KN: I found that I had become strong as an allrounder in sailing over the years but the area I hadn’t tried was skiffs so I was keen to give skiffs a go and obviously the hydrofoiling side became very popular so I had a go on one of my friends boats once and was hooked so I decided to give the skiffs a miss and go straight for Moth foiling.

JF: So once you got the Moth how long did it take you to get used to sailing it and then foiling
KN: So what I did was, I probably went out about 4 or 5 times with a friend of mine and we had a Laser and a Moth out and I would take the Laser and when once we were away from all obstacles I swapped to the Moth and towards the end of the 3rd time, I started sailing the boat in by myself so then I could sail it and tack basically, but to be sailing well, it took me about a couple of months. I could foil well but it takes a bit longer to master tacking and gybing on the foils but I am getting better all the time.

JF: It is one thing getting up on the foils and another thing foiling around a race course, thats another step?
KN: Yes absolutely I am just working on that step at the moment, I am looking at upgrading to a more competitive boat, I have become hooked and so keen to give this racing thing a hard go rather than just the joy of foiling.

JF: What are your ambitions for the future?
KN: It’s really addictive after you give it a go, its nothing like anything you have done before, its really challenging, its a whole new aspect of sailing, its really fun, its terrifying when its windy but I am coming to terms with that and hopefully I will get more confident in the wind as well.

JF: Any tips you can give any female club sailors wanting to get into foiling boats like the Moth?
KN: Yeah they are difficult boats to sail, you really need to be good at sailing another dinghy class before you give it a go because a lot of your responses need to be instinctive but once you do anybody can try it at a ‘Try Sailing Day’. You just need to have someone there who does know what they are doing who can give you pointers.
Go sailing in the right conditions, when its not windy you are not going to hurt yourself, you just fall in the water al lot, you just have to persevere. When it gets windy it gets difficult but make sure you tell someone you are going out and make sure there are people around and work up to the stronger breezes.

JF: The boats are very technical aren’t they?
KN: I focused on getting a relatively basic boat that was well set up to start with at first so i could focus on trying to sail it and using all the settings as they were and now I am starting to tweak it more.

JF: Good luck with the rest of your season
KN: No worries, thanks very much

2016 Moth Australian Championship: Interview to Emma Jane Spiers – 1st female

By Jonny Fullerton, Grand Prix Sailing

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Image by Rick Steuart of Perth Sailing Photography

Jonny Fullerton: What type of boats have you sailed before you got a Moth?
Emma Jane Spiers: When I came to Australia I had a 29er and then a 49er, then I bought my first Moth six years ago in 2010.

JF: Coming from a skiff background that gave you a good background for foiling but what inspired you to try Moth foiling?
EJS: There was an opportunity to have a go on a demo boat in Woollahra (Sydney) and that was it, I just wanted one, I was hooked!

JF: How long did if take you to get foiling?
EJS: It took me quite a while, I’d say about 6 months before I was able to get around the race track regularly but I had a lot of help from the people at Woolara so I think that was key for me, having other people at the club who could give me advice on how to get a bit quicker.

JF: You have been quite successful in the Moth class?
EJS: I have had success at the Nationals but not at the Worlds!

JF: Well the majority of the female competitors at the last Worlds were Olympic sailors but for the amateur club sailor, what advice would you give to other club sailors wanting to get foiling in Moths?
EJS: Find a club where there are other Moth sailors because it is much easier to fast track is to find people who can explain how the boat works. It is a very friendly class, there is heaps of information on the internet and class sites. You can find videos. If you reach out and ask questions, people will always help you so it actually not as daunting as some might think.

JF: What are your regatta plans for 2016
EJS: I would like to go to the Worlds in Japan if work doesn’t get in the way! I will be very focused on the Worlds in Lake Garda, Italy the following year but I really want to sort out my fitness so I am going to do a lot of cycling this year to improve my fitness.

JF: I wish you all the best with those plans
EJS: Thank you

Franck Cammas : «Notre retard en design est comblé »

by voilesetvoiliers.com

Ne croyez-pas que Franck Cammas se prélasse dans son canapé durant sa convalescence suite à son accident de décembre (double fracture ouverte tibia-péroné) ! Le skipper de Groupama Team France est tous les jours ou presque à la base de Lorient, au four et au moulin… alors que la construction de l’AC 45 Turbo vient de démarrer sur trois sites distincts. Petit point à un an et demi de la 35e édition aux Bermudes.

Photo @ Didier Ravon

Photo @ Didier Ravon

Voilesetvoiliers.com : Déjà, comment va ta jambe ?

Franck Cammas : Ça va plutôt bien. La plaie n’est pas tout à fait rebouchée, mais les os commencent à se consolider selon les radios. J’ai attaqué la rééducation à Kerpape (l’un des centres d’excellence en France en la matière ; ndlr). Quand je vais pouvoir poser le pied par terre et pouvoir mettre du poids dessus, je serai content.

Voilesetvoiliers.com : Tu espères pouvoir re-naviguer quand ?

F.C. : Franchement, je ne peux pas le dire à ce jour, mais j’espère fin … continue reading on voilesetvoiliers.com