Monday, 30 September 2013

Armel Le Cleac'h departs on Transmed record attempt Marseille(France) to Carthage(Tunisia)

Armel Le Cleac'h has departed on the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire VII in an attempt to better the Transmed record currently held by Thomas Coville on Sodebo.  It looks like he is about neck and neck with the reference time at the moment.

You can follow his progress with the tracker below:

Armel Le Cleach departs on solo multihull record attempt Marseilles to Carthage. Update: attempt abandoned inadequate weather window for record back on standby

From the following entry (in French) on the Banque Populaire VII website:

 It is 13 h 14 min and 50 sec this Sunday that Armel Le Cléac ' h, the skipper of the Maxi Trimaran Solo Bank Populaire VII raced to try to beat the record for the crossing of the Mediterranean alone. The skipper of the Bank Populaire VII must cover the 458 miles course rallying Marseilles to Carthage in less than 25 hours 36 minutes and 36 seconds.

In a wind of 15 knots and seas, crossing line is made at a speed of 22-23 knots, Armel must demonstrate determination and fighting spirit to overcome the great blue!

* Record held by Thomas Coville (Sodebo). The tracker is here

Banque Populaire VII departs on Marseille to Carthage record attempt, Photo Y.Zedda/BPCE
The note posted up on the postponement and going back on standby for record attempt in Marseille:

America's Cup update, Hamilton Island Yacht Club sign on as Challenger of Record

From the following article on Reuters by Ronnie Cohen

Sept 28 (Reuters) – An Australian winemaker and his son, who own an island off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, have officially challenged software mogul Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA for the next America’s Cup, a source with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

Bob Oatley and oldest son Sandy signed the challenge on behalf of their Hamilton Island Yacht Club in Queensland, Australia, the source said.

read more here

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Extreme Sailing Series 2013, Act 7 Nice France 3-6 October

From the following article on the Extreme Sailing Series website:

- Act 7 Nice presented by Land Rover prepares to welcome Extreme 40s for penultimate 2013 showdown - watch the Act promo video here.
- All-French crew of multihull experts complete a full grid of eight Extreme 40s.
- Pressure mounts with only eight days of racing left this season and up to 64 races to put points on the Series leaderboard.
- Watch all the Extreme 40 action live online, 1500-1600 BST/1600-1700 CEST (4-6 October) at

The Extreme Sailing Series fleet of Extreme 40s are getting ready to flex their seafaring muscles at the penultimate Act of the 2013 Series in just one week presented by Land Rover. Set against the backdrop of the world famous Promenade des Anglais, Nice on the French Riviera will provide the playground for the eight Extreme 40s including the home nation entry, the first club by ALL4ONE Racing Team from the 3-6 October. This Act is all about putting valuable points on the leaderboard to set the teams up for the final clash in Florianópolis, Brazil.

read more here

Thursday, 26 September 2013

America's Cup final, Oracle Team USA stage amazing comeback and retain the America's Cup

Oracle Team USA today retained the America's Cup with a thrilling come from behind victory in the final do or die deciding race in San Francisco.  

In the end their upwind foiling technique was once again what made the difference, enabling them to power past the Kiwis upwind and turn a three second deficit at the leeward gate into a 26 second lead at the end of the beat and a 44 second winning margin at the finish.

ETNZ had grabbed the early advantage off the start to hold the controlling inside berth at the first turing mark and lead for the entire downwind leg. Oracle survived a huge nosedive just before the turn but remarkably were quickly up and running again.

By the start of the second half of the run they .were hot on the Kiwis heels again - less than a boat length directly behind at times - and when the teams split at the leeward gate there was just three seconds between them.

read more here

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Farrier F-22 production trimaran, more updates on refinements and boat out for second sail

Ian Farrier has posted some more photos of the production F-22 trimaran in the water for the second sail.

More details on the production log at

F-22 unfolded at the dock ready for second sail, photo courtesy Farrier Marine

Corsair Marine news, Cruze 970 trimaran to be on display at upcoming Annapolis Boat Show

From the following entry on the Corsair Marine website:

From October 10th to October 14th, 2013

Come to Annapolis, Maryland for the nation’s oldest and largest in-water shows. A new Cruze 970, Dash MKII and Sprint MKII will be showcased at dock B by Steve Marsh from Finish Line, Kurt Jerman from West Coast Multihulls and Bob Gleason from The Multihulls Source Inc.

read more here

Searail 19 Sports 2014 model, larger ama's and carbon beams on upgraded model

From the following entry on the Searail 19 trimaran website:

The SeaRail 19 Design Team has just launched the new 2014 model - complete with larger amas!

The volume of the new floats has increased by more than thirty per cent and are secured by carbon beams.

The SeaRail 19 has gone through an additional six months of rigorous sea trials, covering three continents and has sailed through a multitude of conditions in excess of 20 knots.

read more here

and a video of the upgraded boat in action.

America's Cup final, Emirates Team New Zealand vs Oracle Team USA

Cruising the Whitsunday Islands on the Formula 40 trimaran "Spirit" by Jason Gard

You can read up on Jason's ongoing adventures on "Spirit" on his blog:

America's Cup final, Emirates Team New Zealand vs Oracle Team USA

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Macif Team to join the Ultime Class with new 100' VPLP designed trimaran

From the following article (in French) on

September 23, 2013
the rough bing translate is below
The Macif group will continue its commitment in the offshore race over the period 2015-2019 with a trimaran of about 100 feet, skippered by François Gabart. This new program of racing's top level will depend on Ocean records solo to the benefit of solidarity causes, races and events for all of its audiences (members, employees, delegates).
Halfway through the MACIF 60' program and a victory of exception on the Vendée Globe, the Macif Group decides to continue its commitment beyond the Route du Rhum 2014 and to go further in the competition of high level with an oceanic multihull of 100 feet.
This exceptional boat, designed by the architectural firm of VPLP, will be spearheading the Macif solidarity sea program and her skipper François Gabart served as Ambassador.
With this new program of offshore racing, Macif group has the will to allow its 9,000 employees, 2,000 delegates and 5 million members to vibrate at the discretion of new human and sporting adventures until 2019.
Through sponsoring sailing and this future challenge, the Macif Group intends to invest New Territories to demonstrate that it constantly renews itself to go forward.
This commitment in the veil of high level also reflects the Group Macif stand by deploying a communication differentiating strategy. Sports sponsorship allows you to tell a story about the long term and share its values with the greatest number multiplying field events.
"For sustainable performance in business, it is necessary to register in the long term, to listen to its environment and to reinvent itself continuously. Through sponsoring sailing and this future trimaran Macif, the Group intends to invest New Territories to demonstrate that it renews and innovates constantly' commented Gérard Andreck, Chairman of the Macif group.
"This new sporting challenge aboard the trimaran Macif will allow me to face real challenges human and technical wearing high the colours of Macif and its values of solidarity that we share for 4 years now. I hope that this new story of adventurer of the seas will me once more me and dream as many"indicates François Gabart.
The boat
A trimaran of about 100 feet long in the final category, intended for offshore navigation alone.
Length: 30 m
Width: 20 m
Mast height: approx. 35 m
Surface of sails to the close: 600 m²
Downwind sail surface: 700 m²
Provisional calendar
* From here end of 2013: Phase study and selection of service providers
* 2014: Construction site
* 2015: launch by summer and testing
Forecast plan of race
The Macif trimaran should be launched by the summer 2015 with focus on this first year, François Gabart to become familiar with this new medium. Then come large records solo before embarking on a world tour.
2015AutumnEvent Macif in Mediterranean / first record attempts
Possible first ocean race
2016SpringEvent Macif in Atlantic
 SummerAtlantic record
2017SpringPossible race Atlantic
 SummerEvent Macif / records solo inshores
 WinterAround the world
2018SpringRecord Atlantic
 SummerEvent Macif in Manche
 AutumnRoute du Rhum
2019WinterRound the world record

and another article in English on the dailysail here:

International C Class Catamaran Championship 2013, news from day 1 of racing in Falmouth UK

Video streaming by Ustream

Video streaming by Ustream
Results from Races 1 - 3

America's Cup Final, Emirates Team New Zealand vs Oracle Team USA

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Little America's Cup/ C Class Championship underway in Falmouth, UK

The C Class catamaran championship (Little America's Cup) has returned to the UK for the first time since 1969 and is being held in Falmouth.  There are a number of new teams which are competing this year including the new Swiss HYDROS team and the Groupama team and Franck Cammas.  The event is just about to get underway I find it best to follow the action on their facebook page.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

America's Cup final, races 8 & 9 Emirates Team New Zealand vs Oracle Team USA

Thomas Coville and the Sodebo team validating modifications made to the maxi trimaran prior to going on standby for another attempt at the solo round the world multihull record

From the following article (in French) on

and the rough bing translate below:

Five weeks before the start of the stand-by for the record of the round the world single-handed (18 October-Brest), the schedule is very busy for Team Sodebo. Adjust, calibrate, validate and ensure, the smallest detail that will improve the performance of the maxi-trimaran and facilitate life on board for his skipper. Wednesday, Thomas Coville and his crew volunteered an express return to the estuary of the Gironde. Training of 24 h, in varying conditions 10 to 23 knots, summed up in two words by Thomas Coville: pleasure and satisfaction!
Still as fabulous!
After his injury this winter on the road to the discovery and a season to navigate on Sodebo M34, Thomas was eager to regain the helm of his trimaran. Back in La Trinité-sur-Mer, the smile is there and the look still amazed on this beautiful bird of 31 meters. " I'm made for this, the multihull, speed, sliding... It is a pleasure boat, I have a lot of luck! « » Launches the Sodebo skipper, always surprised, never weary of the sensations that provide such a boat. " Downwind is magical because it does nothing, it is very demanding. There is a mixture of adrenaline and anxiety when it is sailing at more than 30 knots. It is a positive voltage. I had to utter the same words to describe the M34 this summer because I love sailing, being at sea and in the race, but there is definitely not the same thing! "Smiles Thomas.
Within centimetres...
After several outings in the day, Team Sodebo entered the heart of the matter with this first training of 24 hours at sea. Left Tuesday evening, Thomas and his team have headed south with a downwind descent to Bordeaux and a rise at the close, the opportunity to test the trimaran in the configuration "World Tour" after his summer construction in varied weather and rough seas. « I am very pleased, we have really gained in speed and performance by optimizing the management of the boat. We have worked on auto-pilot control on night navigation and its specificities in terms of instruments and the sails. We especially tested our two gennakers turns to compare under similar conditions. With Martin Gaveriaux, responsible for performance within the Team, the idea is everything noted on their use depending on the environment, the corner of navigation, so that we have similar references during the World Tour. We will pick the small detail that could make the difference. »
Teamwork to record solo.
If it is not alone on board, his teammates are there as observers. The skipper of the maxi-trimaran Sodebo realizes it even maneuvers and bar 90% of his time. I am the only one to feel the boat in this way, to realize on a shipment of sailing or on a manoeuvre if cela force abnormally or not. Many, it would distort our data but we are communicating a lot between us on this type of training. It is nice to have outside eyes on my way of doing things. »
After three laps of the world single-handed (two in a multihull and a monohull) and seven years of navigation on the trimaran, the skipper is broken in solitude and endurance exercise. For this 4th the Record attempt around the world single-handed, work on performance is so privileged! " I have more need to spend a lot of time at sea. 24 or 36 h, it's good timing. Beyond, on cumulative fatigue. It is better that I forbid and that I physically strengthens me to Earth at a few weeks of the stand-by. » Says Thomas.
The program of the coming days, still drives! Whether at sea or ashore, now, Thomas Coville has more than one thing in mind: make the tour of the planet by the 3 caps within 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds, record held since 2008 by Francis Joyon.
Sodebo maxi trimaran, photo courtesy

Friday, 13 September 2013

America's Cup update, Emirates Team New Zealand easily defeat Oracle Team USA 2-0 in todays races, Spithill notes major modification of Oracle's AC72's on the cards during lay day

From the following article on the excellent Sail Racing Magazine website:

No surrender from Spithill as Oracle weigh up major boat modifications.

Despite facing a gargantuan points deficit in the 34th America's Cup Final Oracle Team USA skipper James Spithiil is very far from willing to contemplate and thoughts of conceding defeat.

Today Spithill's team, including subbed in tactician British Olympic hero Ben Ainslie, lost both of their races against the challenger Emirates Team New Zealand who are now just three races short of putting the America's Cup on a plane to New Zealand.

Spithill's crew need to win a staggering 10 races to retain the Cup - a feat which would surely go down as one of sailing's, if not sport in general's, most remarkable comebacks.
Asked what his team needed to do to pull this off, Spithill said they would start by not giving up.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

America's Cup final, races 6 & 7

Maxi trimaran Spindrift2 to attempt to break the crewed multihull record on the Discovery Route

From the following press release on the Spindrift Racing website:

Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard will continue their preparation on board the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 this week off the coast of Brittany. A long training session, which should culminate with a round trip to the Azores, begins today in race trim, with the team. With that under their belt, the plan to sail increasingly in ocean conditions will see the team deliver the maxi to Portimao in Portugal at the end of September. From there the intention is to attempt to beat the record time for The Discovery Route between Cadiz and San Salvador in the Bahamas (7 days 10 hours 58 minutes and 53 seconds).

read more here

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

2013 Lock Crowther Memorial Regatta, biggest yet with addition of the Multihull Rendezvous

The 2013 APC Logistics Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta (LCMR) is set to be the biggest yet with this year’s event adding a fun-filled Multihull Rendezvous to complement its traditional racing program.

Set over the October long weekend, 4-6 October, 2013 the LCMR sees the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay join forces with Multihull Solutions to create an event that caters for both competitive and cruising multihull enthusiasts.

As well as the traditional LCMR racing program that includes a series of offshore and inshore races, the Multihull Rendezvous invites cruising multihulls to enjoy an unforgettable social rally in the beautiful waterways of Broken Bay.

Multihull Solutions, Australia and New Zealand’s leading multihull brokerage, has run the popular Whitsunday Multihull Rendezvous for several years, and the LCMR Regatta now enables southerners to experience this successful cruising concept.

The Multihull Rendezvous is open to multihulls of all makes and sizes, including Fountaine Pajot, Seawind, Grainger, Schionning and Oram catamarans, and the event comprises a relaxed itinerary of casual sailing, themed parties, and social events that embrace a spirit of fun.

Meanwhile competition is expected to be fierce in the LCMR’s racing division with a large number of entries expected from all around Australia including Shaun Carroll’s new Seacart 30 trimaran Morticia, Foxy and Two Tribes from Lake Macquarie, and Indian Chief, Voodoo Spirit, Quickstep and Lukim Yu from RMYC’s fleet. Corsair and Farrier trimarans will also be setting a hot pace against their catamaran rivals in the Blue Water Classic ocean race on Friday as well as four exhilarating inshore races on Saturday and Sunday.

Both racing and cruising entrants will enjoy a social programme that includes a welcome BBQ on Friday and a fun, themed party on Saturday evening. The weekend will close with a Presentation Dinner on Sunday where winners of both divisions will receive prizes provided by the event sponsors.

Trailerable multihulls having access to a launching ramp and parking, while berths and moorings can be organised by contacting the RMYC on 02 9997 5511.

This year’s event enjoys its eighth year of support from principal sponsor, Australian-based international air and sea freight forwarder, APC Logistics. The 2013 LCMR is also supported by Quantum, Tactical Directions, Hood Sailmakers, Barracouta Sails, Contender/Selden, Multihull World magazine, Summit Coatings, Geddes Optical, Mitre 10 and Two Rivers wines.

Come and join us for some fun in Pittwater on the October long weekend – for more information, including the racing Notice of Race and the Rendezvous invitation, click here or go to

America's Cup news, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Percy reflect on the achievement of getting the Artemis Team AC72 catamaran to the starting line of the Louis Vuitton Cup

Monday, 9 September 2013

America's Cup final, races 5 & 6 Emirates Team New Zealand vs Oracle Team USA

Multi50, FenetreA Cardinal team convincing winners of the 2013 Trophee du Port de Fecamp

From the following article (in French) on

and the rough bing translate below:

-˜windowâ Cardinal won the trophy of the port de Fécamp

-The crew won all rounds run

-A good omen before the Transat Jacques Vabre

He had said: the crew of ˜windowâ Cardinal would surely still more sharpened for the trophy of the port of Fécamp. Erwan Le Roux was right: the cohesion of crew, which has increased little by little as as Yann Elies was taking its brands within the sailing team has also benefited from training in double that Erwan and Yann are taxed to come to Fécamp. With in the end, a domination without sharing under the upper-Normandy cliffs.

Grand Slam: it's not every day that in regatta, a crew dominates the others, at this point, the head and shoulders. Although Erwan Le Roux was rather confident before the start of the Trophée de Fécamp, nobody on Board could have foreseen this amazing scenario. The configuration of the water was actually more favourable to men ˜windowâ Cardinal, with longer routes to the breast which the intrinsic speed of the boat was more important. The weather more tonic to Saint-Quay Portrieux also played for the red and black trimaran. But from there to leave only crumbs to his opponents, there was a market that nobody would have dared to take on board.

But now it is days where everything succeeds. Departures well placed, excellent speed, a faultless tactic, and the finger of success necessary for performance of exception, all was there. And the crew took advantage, playing on the virtuous dynamics that often accompanies the good results. These moments of total fluidity are sufficiently rare in a life of marin does not live until the end.

They said :
Erwan le Roux: "It is clear that it was a notch above. Everything went well: a nice speed, maneuvers nickel, the good starts, always just strategic choices, everyone did what he had to do in good timing, it was amazing. The entire crew was perfect. I'm even surprised at the difference in level from the Route of the Princes. It has gained in speed thanks to the new sails, but I thought it would be tighter.
In addition, it is good for confidence before the Transat Jacques Vabre. There are still training to do rides together with Yann to refine our duplicate, but we know that we are on the right track. In the meantime, Let's enjoy because of moments like that, there are not fifty in a marine life."

FenetreA Cardinal in action Trophee du Port de Fecamp 2013, photo courtesy

and the final rankings for the event from the Multi50 facebook page:

1- FenêtréA-Cardinal – Erwan Le Roux – 9 pts
2- Maitre Jacques – Loïc Féquet – 25 pts
3- Actual – Yves Le Blévec – 27 pts
4- Arkema Région Aquitaine – Lalou Roucayrol – 27 pts
5- Rennes Metropole Saint-Malo Agglo – Gilles Lamiré – 49 pts
6- Rayon Vert – Alain Delhumeau – 59 pts
7- Biscuiterie de – Pascal Quintin – 67 pts
8- Gamin – Pierre Antoine – 67 pts
9- Delirium – Joris de Carlan – 86 pts
10- – Jean-François Lilti – 87 pts
11- Nootka – Gilles Buekenhout – 90 pts
12- PiR2 – Etienne Hochedé – 100 pts

America's Cup final, press conference after day 2 of racing

Farrier F-22 production trimaran, more reflections from Ian Farrier on first test sail

Ian Farrier has added a bit more detail on the first sail of the new production F-22 trimaran.

F-22 trimaran launched, new composite trailer in foreground. Photo courtesy Farrier Marine

Saturday, 7 September 2013

America's Cup final, Emirates Team New Zealand versus Oracle Team USA races 1 & 2

Interview with Wayne Barrett in regards to his new trimaran design for home or custom construction the M80

Wayne Barrett has entered the trimaran design market previously with his excellent 24' MOJO trimaran a spiritual successor to the Crowther Buccaneer 24. His new foray into design is called the M80 a folding trimaran design constructed in developed plywood flat panels. I thought I'd contact Wayne and get the low down on his new design.

Trimaran Project Wayne what was the inspiration behind the new design and what requirements is it designed to cater for?

Wayne Barrett After years of building high performance multihulls on a professional level I know very well the huge amount of hours that they consume. With up to sixteen people working full time for months on one project alone you can then gain some idea of how quickly time passes and always to the best estimates time wins.

Thoughts started rumbling to build a boat of my own being at the wrong end of the age scale there is no time to be delving into the high tech process. This is where the original MOJO was initiated purely for my own use and most importantly a boat that I could comfortably and safely handle on my own. Seemingly the boat that suited me was not for the majority, after studying the feedback from MOJO I decided to draw up the M80.

The M 80 had to be more convenient than MOJO so the folding system was included in the design, a standard accommodation layout was adopted with greater flexibility than the split accommodation of the center cockpit. To cut to your question the M80 is for the sailor who has the time and desire to build his own Trimaran that can be easily assembled within a reasonable period of time.

M80 trimaran, courtesy of Wayne Barrett
Trimaran Project How would you rate the construction of the new design in terms of difficulty? Is it a project a handyman who has no prior boatbuilding experience but is equipped with some basic skills could take on with a high probability of success?

Wayne Barrett The construction or assembly as I prefer to call it is possibly the most basic one can achieve and still provide a good looking tri. If the builder uses the DXF files and has all the parts cut the process is very quick, Finished parts will appear in no time and the enjoyment of self-building will be sent on a new high. With the advent of CNC every small component is accurately precut, eliminating the risk of incorrect measurements. Even the building frame is precut slotting together in the egg crate principal, I have included the float frames within the same assembly as the main hull thus reducing time even more. Any handyman can put together the M 80 and achieve a high standard of finish.

Trimaran Project Trailerability seems to be the new essential does your set of plans include plans for a trailer as well? Or can a generic boat trailer with minor modification be used?

Wayne Barrett At this stage the plans for a trailer are not included, the majority of standard trailers available can be modified to suit.

Trimaran Project There are a lot of variables I know but what are your thoughts as to an approximate costing to build the boat from scratch?

Wayne Barrett Yes the variables are hard to contend with but my best estimates the cost will be around $45 - $50K. maybe a diligent and resourceful builder could build it for less On the other hand with upmarket deck gear, sails, electronics etc. the cost if not watched could skyrocket, this of course is true with any purchase being a boat, a house, car etc.

Trimaran Project Will the boat be available as a precut kit?

Wayne Barrett Yes as mentioned above it is available in a precut version and in my opinion the best way to build, everything is supplied in the plywood kit, with small items like flanges for the deck hatches, Ring frames for some bulkheads, flanges to support the windows, surrounds for the drop boards and the drop boards. There are 35 2440 x 1220 x 9mm. sheets of plywood involved plus a dozen sheets of 16 mm. cheap ply or chipboard for the building frames.

Trimaran Project How does the folding system work? Is it similar to a Farrier system?

Wayne Barrett Yes it employs the same folding principal.

Trimaran Project Grey area I know but what sort of performance do you envision for the boat if built and sailed light?

Wayne Barrett Never have intentions of being the first boat home (or the last) the M80 has a modest rig with a mast height of 10.4 mtr. M 80 sports a self-tacking jib, a prodder can be set of the bow, Which I have drawn at one meter, so quite conservative, I think she will move along quite nicely, the main hull has a reasonable lwl ratio, the floats are very buoyant and the beams Have excellent clearance. The dagger board is quite high aspect with the rudder having plenty of area for control in the light

You can contact Wayne for more details through the contact us form on a website will be up for the new M80 design soon.

M80 trimaran design, render courtesy Wayne Barrett

Multi 50, FenetreA Cardinal victors on day 1 of Trophee du Port de Fecamp 2013

Trophée du port de Fécamp - DAY 1- Victoire FenêtréA-Cardinal from Easy Ride on Vimeo.

America's Cup update, less than 24 hours to go till start of the America's Cup final Emirates Team New Zealand versus Oracle Team USA

Farrier F-22 trimaran, production F-22 hull #1 goes for it's first test sail

From Ian Farrier of Farrier Marine on the launching:

"After over 12 years of thinking about it, 6 years in development, the all new production F-22 is finally launched.  It sailed and handled beautifully, with everything working as expected."

more to be posted on the production blog in the next few days.
F-22 hull #1 out for it's first sail, photo courtesy Farrier Marine
Launched at the dock, photo courtesy Farrier Marine


Friday, 6 September 2013

America's Cup update, Skippers press conference Dean Barker and Glenn Ashby of Emirates Team New Zealand and Jimmy Spithill and John Kostecki of Team Oracle USA

Multi50, Trophee du Port de Fecamp 6th - 8th September 2013

The Multi50 class next event is the Trophee du Port de Fecamp which runs from the 6th to 8th September.

The program for the event is here:


Farrier F-22 trimaran, Hull #1 ready to sail but conditions not cooperative for launching on first attempt

Hull #1 of the new F-22 production trimaran is ready to sail but when they arrived at the ramp conditions were not safe or conducive to launching the new boat with a strong onshore breeze and no breakwater they retreated to try another day so no sailing report as yet.

You can read the latest entry on Ian Farrier's production progress blog here:

New F-22 trimaran on trailer and ready for launching, photo courtesy Farrier Marine

Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta 2013, Notice of race and details published

From the following Sail-World article submitted by Doug Cuming

The 2013 APC Logistics Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta (LCMR) is set to be the biggest yet with this year’s event adding a fun-filled Multihull Rendezvous to complement its traditional racing program. Set over the October long weekend, 4th-6th October, the LCMR sees the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay join forces with Multihull Solutions to create an event that caters for both competitive and cruising multihull enthusiasts.

As well as the traditional LCMR racing program that includes a series of offshore and inshore races, the Multihull Rendezvous invites cruising multihulls to enjoy an unforgettable social rally in the beautiful waterways of Broken Bay. Multihull Solutions, Australia and New Zealand’s leading multihull brokerage, has run the popular Whitsunday Multihull Rendezvous for several years, and the LCMR Regatta now enables southerners to experience this successful cruising concept. The Multihull Rendezvous is open to multihulls of all makes and sizes, including Fountaine Pajot, Seawind, Grainger, Schionning and Oram catamarans, and the event comprises a relaxed itinerary of casual sailing, themed parties, and social events that embrace a spirit of fun. 

read more here

For more information, including the racing Notice of Race and the Rendezvous invitation, go to

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Red Bull Youth America's Cup update, New Zealand Sailing team win the innaugral edition of the Youth America's Cup

From the following article on

“It’s amazing. It’s exciting. It’s wet, fast and fun.” That’s how Will Tiller, the skipper of Full Metal Jacket described sailing the AC45 wing-sail catamaran but he could very well have been talking about the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup itself.

The new competition for national teams of youth sailors aged 19-24 provided thrills, spills and plenty of action over four days of intense racing on San Francisco Bay. The New Zealand Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand had a strong closing day to beat their fierce rivals on Full Metal Jacket (NZL) and the ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team from Portugal to win the inaugural title.

“It’s been amazing to actually take the win,” said Peter Burling, the skipper of the New Zealand Sailing Team. “We got a lot better during the racing. It’s amazing to take the win and quite humbling to do it under the Emirates Team New Zealand banner.”

His rival, Will Tiller, made this a Kiwi one-two on the leaderboard with a strong, consistent performance over the four days of racing.

read more here

Resolution of rules infringement by Team Oracle USA for non approved modifications to AC45 catamarans competing in the America's Cup World Series

From the following article on the excellent Sail Racing Magazine website:

Oracle Team USA docked two America's Cup Final points, fined $250,000 and sailors and shore crew excluded from Cup.

The America's Cup international jury has handed down what is being viewed as the toughest penalty in the history of the America's Cup after finding Cup defenders Oracle Team USA guilty of gross misconduct during the America's Cup World Series.

First up the American team owned by Californian software billionaire Larry Ellison has been fined $250,000, but what will hurt Ellison's squad most is having two points deducted in the first to nine race America's Cup Final Series which begins on Saturday.  The jury ruling prescribes that Oracle will lose the points from the first two races they win once racing begins.
The jury decision also affects several members of the Oracle sailing team and shore crew, some of which have been excluded from any further participation in the 34th America's Cup. Amongst the sailors sanctioned are wing trimmer Dirk DeRidder and grinder Matt Mitchell. Trimmer/Grinder Kyle Langford was also implicated but appears to have escaped with a warning.

read more here

The decision made by the international jury in regards to the penalty applied to Oracle Team USA

The statement released by Oracle Team USA in relation to the judgement.

More detail on the individuals within Oracle Team USA who were penalised for the rule infringement:

Sodebo Maxi trimaran relaunched after refit, Thomas Coville goes on standby from October 15th for next solo round the world record attempt

From the following article (in French) on the Sodebo website:

and the rough bing translate below:

The maxi-trimaran Sodebo makes his comeback!
As nearly 12 million children, the maxi-trimaran Sodebo has made its back to school Tuesday to La Trinité-sur-Mer. After a little more than two months of summer construction, the giant went to water under the eyes of her skipper Thomas Coville, eager to return to the bar after first part of season devoted to the monohull on Sodebo M34. In the program, a month of training and navigations press before the start of the stand-by for the Record of the round the world single-handed on October 15 in Brest.
Sunny, light breeze, conditions were ideal Tuesday for the launching of the maxi-trimaran Sodebo. An always tricky to carry and grüter a trimaran of 31 meters long and 16.55 meters wide on the 200 meters separating the base Sodebo to Multipole de Saint-Philibert of the launching slipway! Well established in fiscal, Sodebo team carefully orchestrated maneuvers. : matting, establishment of the appendages, sails, the operation requires a half day's work. Once the boat in his element and moored in her home port of La Trinité-sur-Mer, the relief was visible within the team. « It is always important upgrade water! . Is there any part now... "We are en route to the world ' launches Thomas Coville, who went to recharge your batteries in the mountains this summer. " This allowed me to be physically away from the boat and devote myself solely to my athletic preparation. This makes the property change of air which has not prevented me serenely project on some World Tour key passages. »
A review site.
If the maxi-trimaran Sodebo has changed since the last attempt of the Record of the round the world single-handed from 2010/2011 - 2012 winter site had allowed forward floats and change the position of the foils - this summer, no significant changes, but rather a general up check. " This remains a consistent construction because it takes a lot of time to remove, check and reassemble all the parts one by one ," said Elie Canivenc, technical manager of Team Sodebo. " We especially worked on the sails in the spring and we were sharper on some details with the arrival of Loïc Le Mignon. We come to maturity, the boat is really as I wanted to, as I imagined. "Adds Thomas.
A busy comeback!
As of Thursday, the maxi resumes the sea for first adjustments and calibration of electronic navigation. An output which will be followed by two sessions of 36 h at sea, crew and 'fake-solo"Thomas Coville will perform with Jean-Luc Nélias his router during the World Tour. The skipper will also host the media aboard her for a ten days before devoting only Solitaire.  The maxi-trimaran Sodebo and the team will be standby on October 15 at the Port of the castle in Brest where will leave the 4th attempt at the Record in Thomas Coville solo World Tour. 

Red Bull Youth America's Cup, Race 7

Monday, 2 September 2013

Multi50 update, FenetreA Cardinal victors in Trophee Prince de Bretagne 2013

From the following article (in French) on the Multi 50 Class website:

and the rough bing translate below:

As promised, this is a final breathless intensity that concluded this Sunday the 5th trophy Prince de Bretagne - Côtes d'Armor, marked by the duel at the top between ˜windowâ Cardinal (Erwan Le Roux) and Maître Jacques (Loïc Féquet) throughout three days of racing in contact on the water of Saint-Quay-Portieux. As promised, the verdict was in the final lengths of the last afternoon race, won by Arkema France (Lalou Roucayrol). The aquitanian crew wisely took the fratricidal struggle between the best enemies of the quinoceen venue to steal this victory with the third step of the podium.

 "The conditions are wonderful this morning. Between 12-13 knots of wind, bright sunshine, a nice departure from master Jacques, who true to his usual raced in a timing perfect, followed very closely by Arkema Region Aquitaine, and ˜windowâ Cardinal returned to force due to its speed on the edges cross to propel themselves in mind. It is a superb match that we offer the crews. Older vessels are not forgotten, they are also fighting in very beautiful way..." reached by VHF on voiced village of the event, Franck-Yves Escoffier, the Multi50 class president, former skipper broken in these battles of shells still very spectacular, set the scene and presents the actors. It gives especially the extent of the last series of regattas at the end of which will be designated the winner of an appointment, which certainly does not lie its level of competitiveness. Invited to do not miss anything show on water, both from the bleachers installed at the end of the dike of the port of Armor, than from the deck of the stars of the Sept îles multiplying rotations, the public, come many, has not shunned his pleasure to be in such sports festival.

Inning of game
The magnificent second make the most beautiful winners. It is this relentless observation that ends the Prince de Bretagne - Côtes d'Armor 2013 trophy. Difficult in effect of unsharing Erwan Le Roux and Loïc Féquet, crews which have never ceased to fly the politeness on the departures as on the incoming lines in favourable conditions for many reversals of situation. Tie points last night, still tied at the end of the penultimate regatta, it is at the rate of a round of very removed match the Trinitiain accompanied by Yann Eliès, Daniel Souben, Antoine Carpentier and Didier Le Vourc'h ' h has finally prevailed out of some short bows. The five man crew can let explode their joy and express their satisfaction. Their fighting spirit, their perseverance and their reactivity to make the most of their platform allowed them to not let escape a final victory throw-in on each edge of each of the twelve races contested in three days.

A victory for a podium

The St. Malo have indeed not unworthy aboard their multihulls trying all for all to push their rival to fault in a wind of 10 knots and under a radiant Sun. It is in is necessary, while their side men of Arkema France (Lalou Roucayrol), to fight with the crew of Actual (Yves Le Blévec) for the third step of the podium, did not miss intuition to let these two here bickering until the end and in their corner. First all the long of the two towers, a neck victory that makes them big.

Ray green, second winner
On the side of the older boats, led by amateur crews have animated the waterbody of their enthusiasm and their pleasure of sailing aboard multihulls historical, witnesses the vitality of a series that renews itself as much as it perpetuates. The 6th place, that of all the honors for this category of trimarans who always under the floats back to Rayon Vert (Alain Delhumeau). His crew, newcomer on this Prince de Bretagne - Côtes d'Armor trophy, which has been committed to shine and do not yield to kid (Pierre-Antoine), did not go unnoticed. During the award ceremony, he was warmly congratulated by the public for her beautiful performance on this sporty and friendly confrontation, combining big names of sailing and boating enthusiasts, who ranks today among the great classics of appointments of re-entry on the coast of Brittany.

Erwan le Roux (Cardinal ˜windowâ):
"We are really happy, this has been a struggle for top-flight against perennial and tough competition. It is well that it ends like this, it's top! Guys well worked. We were a little surprised when they (Maître Jacques, Editor's note) came to pick us up in a match just on the last, they we taken on the left, they were priority and it took tear himself away to return. Arkema Region Aquitaine arrives to win a round, and master Jacques, who is a vessel of 2005 showed he was squarely in the shot. "This means many things: that the class is dynamic and that the level of competition is guaranteed."

Loïc Fequet (Maître Jacques): "We are very happy with this result. It's great to fight at this level here! Both crews were able to win the event, it is played to nothing. "The crew did super well sailed, the boat confirms its potential at the small time and we took in also to test a new gennaker which gives, too, any satisfaction."

Lalou Roucayrol (Arkema France):
"It ends much better that it started for us. We had not much to lose, we were very motivated to finish on a good note. This is a good move since even if we finish equal on points with Actual, round victory allows us to get on the podium. We much transformed the boat since our victory on the Princes Highway. On board we have a little suffered have not much been able to train before coming here in Saint-Quay-Portrieux, and run with old sails. On the other hand, we also saw that we could be at ease on certain phases, and especially that the machine navigates well. "Yesterday and today, we had ideal conditions, we still also welcomed here, it is a pleasure."

Thanks to the following entry on the Multi50 class website:

1- FenêtréA-Cardinal (Erwan Le Roux) - 14 pts
2- Maitre Jacques (Loïc Féquet) - 15 pts
3- Arkema Region Aquitaine (Lalou Roucayrol) - 32 pts (dont une victoire de manche)
4- Actual (Yves Le Blévec) - 32 pts
5- Rennes Métropole Saint-Malo Agglo (Gilles Lamiré) - 50 pts
6- Rayon Vert (Alain Delhumeau) - 65 pts
7- Gamin (Pierre Antoine) - 66 pts
8- Delirium (Joris de Carlan) - 83 pts
9- Nootka (Gilles BUekenhout) - 86 pts
10- Biscuiterie de Saint-Brieuc (Pascal Quintin) - 90 pts
11- PiR2 (Etienne Hochedé) - 105 pts
12- (Xavier Gosselin) - 106 pts

FenetreA Cardinal and Maitre Jacques had a closely fought series, photo courtesy Multi50 class

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Red Bull Youth America's Cup, races 1 & 2

Magnetic Island Race Week 2013, series race results for cruising and racing multihull divisions

Results from the recent Magnetic Island Race Week

cruising multihull race and series results:

racing multihull - race and series results:

Red Bull Youth America's Cup, Speed trials event completed racing starts tomorrow

One of the preliminary events of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup "the Speed trial" has been completed.  The results are listed below along with links to each of the teams Facebook pages:
RBYAC Speed Trial results:
1. All In Racing GER) - 23.91 knots
2. Objective Australia (AUS) - 23.87 knots
3. Team USA45 Racing (USA2) - 23.38 knots
4. TEAM TILT SAILING (SUI) - 22.90 knots...
5. Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL1) - 22.76 knots
6. Swedish Youth Challenge (SWE) - 22.49 knots
7. American Youth Sailing Force (USA1) - 22.42 knots
8. Next World Energy Energy Team France (FRA) - 22.00 knots
9. ROFF Cascais Sailing Team (POR) - 21.96 knots


Multi50 update, Trophee Prince de Bretagne 2013 racing underway

From the following article on Prince de Bretagne's website (in French):

and the rough Google Translate below:

As expected, the wind strengthened this Saturday for the second day of the trophy Prince de Bretagne - Côtes d'Armor. In a small breeze North, Northwest reinforcing over the hours up to 17-18 knots late in the afternoon, crews were again chained sleeves redoubling sports part intensity and other of the fleet. In the lead, the match between Maître Jacques (Loïc Féquet) and ˜windowâ Cardinal (Erwan Le Roux) turned today through the second, more scalable and more swift as soon as the breeze gets involved. Tonight the two boats are equal on points, as kid (Pierre-Antoine) and Rayon Vert (Alain Delhumeau) to fight for the place of honour on the side of older vessels.

Good day yesterday gave him wings? This is the impression that could dominate this Saturday morning at the end of the first round of the day won the top bow by Maître Jacques, imperial on the water of Saint-Quay-Portrieux. Yet, in beginning of round, nothing not foreshadowed such an outcome, since Loïc Féquet and his family were in third position after a first round. But it was then not to mention with the reading of the course of his predecessors, ˜windowâ Cardinal error, followed by current (Yves Le Blevec) and Arkema France (Lalou Roucayrol) who were heading towards the buoy's release instead of going directly wrap buoy show wet before the water stands. In was not more to roll out a red carpet to the crew Maeda, always as precise and fluid in manoeuvres, which won one more victory along the coast of Goëlo.

Never two without three...
Stringing together immediately with a race on the same course, Erwan Le Roux and her crew of shock is there are not deceived twice. They take advantage of the conditions to immediately delete this poor performance. Better, while the wind takes the trunk allowing the multihulls, float in the wind in the air, accelerated, they continue their momentum and account for the two rounds to follow. Aboard ˜windowâ Cardinal, Erwan, Yann Eliès, Daniel Souben and others know that they have more right to error while at the four corners of the fleet, the slightest inaccuracy or a small delay in the execution of the manoeuvres will pay cash. With their three wins of the day, they are now back to tie of Maître Jacques.

Same topo: ex aequo
On the water, the jostling to buoy crossings and sound injunctions accompanying them testify to this intensity rising crescendo. In the transoms of the five boats the latest who occupy the first lines of the classification, it is the same topo. On the side of the "oldies", history repeats the same scenario while this Saturday conditions more readily smile at Rayon Vert (Alain Delhumeau) face kid (Pierre-Antoine), faster in the light airs that dominated yesterday. Result after the four rounds of the day: these two boats stand equal on points. Tonight, they are also tied. Evidence is that Sunday will be crucial with these two duels at the top especially identified, illustrating the level of competition on the water costarmoricain. Suite and end tomorrow in wind conditions a lighter touch which promises to stir up the suspense...
Yann Eliès (Cardinal ˜windowâ):"We had a very good day. Aside from the point that was given on a small error, we made a flawless. The crew is well welded, it allows to overcome more difficult time and come back tonight to tie of Maître Jacques. Everything will play out on the day tomorrow, it's perfect! On 50-foot multihull, I find, the adrenaline, physical challenge, the speed that I have already had on multihulls ORMA or of MOD70. "Really, the series doesn't have to blush, offered sensations are the same as those provided by the larger multihulls."

Pierre-Antoine (kid):"Here, there are really two categories: modern boats and others." The trophy has started very well yesterday, we were at the top of the old boats. Today, we had small concerns, as sailing threading problems with before, and things have been a little more complicated on these extremely short courses which do not leave the place to the slightest error. In the end, it remains at the top of the package. I hope that tomorrow we can confirm our position in the fleet."

Lalou Roucayrol (Arkema France): "We have a little more windy conditions and it is nice on the water. On this type of racing, we are not yet at the level of the other boats who are fighting at the top, but we are really confident in performance and potential of the boat that we were more prepared for the broad. We saw with our victory on the Route des Princes which was our first race, the machine super market well."

Gilles Lamiré (Rennes Métropole - Saint-Malo agglomération):"The boat is no stranger to this type of exercise since it's the Prince of Brittany 1, the former trimaran of Lionel Lemonchois. I picked it up recently, and we take our brands on these races. Today, with more wind, we walk better. The crew is progressing well over the sleeves, we are more in the shot, and it is a pleasure."
Overall standings (after 8 races)
1 - ˜windowâ Cardinal - Erwan LEROUX (10 pts)
2 - Master Jacques - Loïc FEQUET (10 pts)
3 - Actual - Yves LE BLÉVEC (21 pts)
4 - Arkema Région Aquitaine - Lalou ROUCAYROL (25 pts)
5 - Rennes Métropole - Saint-Malo agglomération - Gilles LAMIRÉ (35 pts)
6 - Kid - Pierre ANTOINE (44 pts)
7 - Ray green - Alain DELHUMEAU (44 pts)
8 - Biscuiterie de Saint-Brieuc - Pascal QUINTIN (57 pts)
9 - Nootka - Gilles BLUEKENHOUT (61 pts)
10 - Delirium - CARLAN Joris (70 pts)
11 - - Xavier GOSSELIN (71 pts)
12 - PIR2 - Etienne HOCHEDE (76 pts)
And a videos from the racing: 

Un Trophée pour tous from Prince de Bretagne Mer on Vimeo.