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Foiling Week Garda Final Day 



Class Racing

The local ‘Peler’ Garda breeze filled in early in the morning on the final day of Foiling Week to bring the class racing to a fitting finale. The northerly breeze lasted until mid day before fading, the southerly ‘Ora’ never able to materialise.

The Moths were the largest class racing with 42 boats from 13 nations, all getting valuable practice time before the Moth Worlds to be held on the same waters in two weeks time. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) is no stranger to the Lake having won the regatta last year. Greenhalgh fired off an impressive 8 bullets in 9 races to comfortably win the regatta. Improving steadily in second was Scott Babbage from Australia who has had quite a lot of time out of the boat working with the SoftBank Japan America’s Cup team. Babbage finished just two points ahead of Ben Paton (GBR).



The Flying Phantoms have become regulars at Foiling Week Garda. The overall regatta became a close contest between the two Realstone boats from Switzerland. Throughout the 12 races held, the two training partners enjoyed regular place changes but Bruno Barbarin & Cedric Schmitt (SUI) came out on top with a string of wins. Robin Maeder & Janik Roempp (SUI) were second overall and the German team of Sven Klingenberg & Stefan Rumnf GER who are still learning in the class, in third.



The S9 class has continued to develop the design and have become a popular foiler at Foiling Week. Seven boats sailed 9 races and the top three boats were all Italian. Vincenzo Sorrentino won the regatta with 7 wins. Second overall was Elia Mazzucchi and third Michele Petrucci both with consistent results.

The Kite boards who always provide a real spectacle at Foiling Week, raced just south of Malcesine on a separate race course. The top three kites on the podium were also Italian riders. Mirco Casale scored the most wins, followed by Enrico Tonon and Valeria Venturi.



Foiling Trials

The light conditions proved ideal for more women and youth sailors to get out on the lake and try foiling for the first time. The Waszp and the F101 were the popular choice.

Occasional sailor and entry level foiler Petrina Rizzotti and her 9 year old daughter Ottavia had a go in the Waszp.

“I tried once but I couldn’t foil but on the second time I managed to foil twice and it was great, it left the feeling that I want to try it again. I definitely want to learn and do it again.”

Ottavia aged 9 went out on the F101 and became the youngest foiler of 2017 Foiling Week. She said, “It was great, it feel very good.”



Griselda Khng from Singapore who usually sails a 49er FX skiff, had this to say about her Waszp flight.

“I had a lot of fun, I have tried the Moth but I think I was in a lot more control in the Waszp because i am pretty light, I was really impressed that I was able to control the boat a lot better than the Moth. Also the Moth has side stays and last time I tried to gybe I crashed and that was the first and last time I tried to gybe, I was actually pretty scared before I went on the Waszp today.”

“But when I was up on the foils I thought it was really fun, I didn’t feel so much vibration on the foils like the Moth, and I thought if I crash, at least I wouldn’t hit the stays and injure myself.”

“It is a lot different to sailing a two person boat because on the FX you are on a trapeze so I was definitely working my legs a lot more hiking out. Yes I would love to buy one and sail more.’”

During the afternoon a group of youngsters got the thrill of their lives with rides on a v20 Electric foiling solar powered vessel as they paraded up and down the lake in front of Fraglia Vela Malcesine.

Foiling Week Garda 2017 enjoyed four days of frantic foiling fun at a superb location. There are more Foiling Week events scheduled later in the year and early in 2018. Events are planned in Miami, Punta del Este and Sydney. Details will be revealed shortly.


Final Results

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Trial Sailing at Foiling Week Garda



Foiling Week Garda – Day 3 Summary


Lake Garda continues to deliver with yet another warm summer afternoon of sailing for all types of foiling craft. The theme of the day was ‘Accessibility’ and the light afternoon breeze was perfect for women and young sailors to get the opportunity to try foiling.

Following their presentation at the Forum in the morning, the Magenta Project initiative arranged foiling sessions out on the water for budding enthusiastic female foilers coached by Magenta ambassadors Jo Aleh, (New Zealand Olympic Gold medallist) and Josie Gliddon (GBR) coach and regular Moth sailor.

Jo Aleh delivered a boat full of wet, fatigued but thrilled young female sailors to the dock. “I was surprised by how well they all did and they were so small.”

“The biggest difference was that the girls were such good listeners and they got it almost immediately.”

Kathleen Swalling a first time foiler from Australia, living in Dubai, shared her experience of the day.

“Oh wow, amazing, beautiful scenery, great people, fantastic being with a bunch of women and top class sailors. Foiling for the first time ever at this amazing location it was just divine, I am so lucky.

I tried two types of boat starting with the F101 and got that up and foiling which was just incredible.”

A family of American Optimist sailors drove for 2 days from an Opti regatta in Belgium after hearing about the event to take part in the trials.

“Another family told us about the event and once my kids heard about it, we had no choice but to come”

Racing continued throughout the afternoon for the Moths, Flying Phantoms, S9, A Class and Prototypes.


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Gurit Forum Day 3 – Theme ‘Accessibility’

The formal speaking section of the Forum began with a round table discussion with a diverse group debating the accessibility of the sport across gender, age and ability.

The full and engaged audience listened to Magenta Project ambassadors Aleh and Glidden kick off the discussion describing physical, psychological and cultural challenges women face in sport.

Even though the professional foiling classes require a tremendous amount of strength and agility, Aleh believes that whilst technology is making the boats easier to sail, it is obvious to her that the role of women in current boats is behind the helm.

“Foiling is giving more opportunities to women sailors than ever before.”

Audience member Don Montague, an originator of modern kite surfing, offered the suggestion that proposals be given to classes and events to shape the make up of fleets.

“Everyone is supportive of what you are trying to do” Montague added.

The panel accepted that there are still cultural barriers to increasing the numbers of female participants in sailing but that the introduction of new class rules can help shift the gender balance.



Increasing participation for children was a goal tackled by Adriano of the Waszp class, building on the concept of role models mentioned earlier in the Forum by noting the impact of female coaches bringing young sailors throughout the week.

Filippo Ciarchi described an ambitious initiative between Acque Libere Association, top foil designer Guillaume Verdier and Italian Boat builders Persico Marine, to design a 3 – 4 person foiler for able bodied and disabled sailors to foil together.

Ciarchi added that in foiling boat trials at Foiling Week Garda,

“We had a disabled sailor who test sailed the F101 and was foiling within minutes”

There was an abundance of presenters updating progress on existing foiling projects and exciting concepts for production and entry level foilers.

High speed pioneer Paul Larsen of Vestas Sail Rocket explored the successes and failures of his previous campaigns and gave a glimpse into a future trans-oceanic foiling motor sailer that has the capacity to transport goods or people in comfort. Though most of the project is conceptual and under wraps, Larsen believes developing the concepts from his world record hunters have real applications in ocean sailing and the utilisation of renewable energy.



A broad range of designs were shared with the Forum from a trio of solar electric foilers to a purpose built foiler for sailing schools and a luxury 60ft catamaran designed as part of a Masters thesis.

Included in these presentations were the Sea Air, a foiling Mini Transat and a primer on the expensive analysis tools for engineering these fantastic craft by  Paolo Manganelli from event sponsor Gurit.

The final day of 2017 Foiling Week Garda includes a v20 Electric foiling solar powered demonstration and races for all classes followed by the prize giving and buffet at host club Fraglia Vela Malcesine.


Foiling Week Garda Day 2



Foiling Week Garda – Day 2 summary


Lake Garda was a mass of foilers for another steamy hot day at Foiling Week 2017.  By midday 12 knots was the sweet spot for all boats tuning up for the Downwind Dash.

On the water entry level foilers were again getting up as first time riders. As the breeze tapered during the afternoon the most impressive result was that the production foilers were still able to foil in 6 – 7 knots of breeze. All the foil technology is getting better for lower wind ranges which helped the smaller sailors, kids and female sailors.

The Downwind Dash consisted of a 10 km race starting off Assienza just South of Malcesine on the East side of Lake Garda and finishing in front of a crowd watching right in front of Fraglia Vela Malcesine, host club of Foiling Week Garda.

Around 30 craft contested the Downwind Dash, a mixture of kite boards, Flying Phantoms, A Class cats, S9’s, Moths and a whole range of prototypes.

The race started in a faint southerly breeze which fluttered between 6 and 10 knots with big holes around the lake. The kites immediately broke away, able to foil much lower angles and remain on their foils. Most of the fleet got caught in patches of no breeze dropping off the foils and getting stranded in pods around the lake shore.

The first three foilers to cross the finish line were Sam Bullock from New Zealand, Enrico Tonon (ITA) and Valerio Venturi (ITA).



First Moth and fourth boat to finish was Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) sailing an ‘Exocet’ followed by fellow Brit Ben Paton also sailing an ‘Exocet’ Moth.

In the multi-hulls the Flying Phantoms enjoyed an early dog fight between the lead two Real Stone boats from Switzerland skippered by Bruno Barbarin and Robin Maeder.

The two cats sailed in tandem until confusion about the race finish line allowed Robin Maeeer to get the jump to finish first of the foiling cats.

Bruno & Cedric summarise their race.

“The wind for the race was very patchy and light but we had a good start and after we were very fast reaching just behind the Moth, but the other Flying Phantom (Robin Maeder & Jank Roempp) had a little problem with their spinnaker so we got a bit more advanced. But we couldn’t find the finish line so we missed it and gave them the win.”

“I think the holes in the breeze around the lake made the difference between us and the Moths. They are good in the transition in the light winds.

“Lake Garda is quite different from lake sailing in Switzerland, it is flat water but we have more wind here and it is more stable. We train a lot and we also improve the boat speed and flight so we like sailing here. We have very close racing in the Flying Phantom series and we would like to make Foiling Week Garda part of our series.”




Foiling Dinghy Expo

An exhibition of foiling dinghies (Whisper, F101, iFly 15 and Waszp, lined the shore of the Fraglia Vela Malcesine with their designers and representatives on hand to give guided tours of the craft. Trial sailing continued afloat with the lighter conditions again proving more suitable to learning foilers.


Julius Hornung test sailed the iFly 15

“Looking at the bare hull and what you saw on the dock it looked a bit clunky and stubby but I was quite surprised when I got on the water it was very light footed, very fast and really easy to get on the foils even with two people on board. I sailed for a while with a trainer then took over singlehanded.”

“The boat really accelerated and compared with a foiling mono it delivered a much more intense experience mainly because you are trapezing, you are hiked further out and riding a lot higher up. The four foil tips make the boat really stable and responsive. You can easily de-power the main and remain foiling in a gust.”

“It does exactly what you want it to do. At one point we tried a foiling gybe but I couldn’t get off the wire so the boat slammed down but because of the chunky hulls I didn’t nose dive or capsize.”



Gurit Foiling Forum Day 2

The core subject on day two of the Gurit Foiling Week Forum concentrated on  ‘Sustainability’

The common theme that came out of the round table on the subject of sustainability was that the foiling marine industry needs to work together in combining resources to improve sustainability and reduce carbon emissions.

The foiling industry has the technology to create the designs for efficiency with reduction of waste and even re-cycling.

Enrico Benco who represents Go Sailing for a Change made the comment:

“We need to keep educating kids to make sustainability cool”

Every year one of the largest dinghy regattas takes place at Lake Garda with around 1000 Optimists.

Benco made the comment: “Put an Opti made out of recycled materials in front of the kids at a 1000 boat Opti regatta in Lake Garda and you capture their interest, and from there they are aware of sustainable practices and what that looks like”

Benco’s company have also constructed a foiling Mini 6.5 sail boat completely out of re-cycled product.



Luca Torlaj from Polyant, a company that works on recycling carbon components and fibres, re-iterated the need to combine resources and ideas on sustainability working closely with the automotive industry.

Pierrerick Cassin from Agiplast, who produce marine and sports equipment with the re-use of plastics, encouraged the audience to look at regeneration rather than recycling.

Chris Ballen from event sponsor Torqueedo explained the value of using efficient electric sports boats for running races.

Luca Rizzotti, the founder of The Foiling Week, spoke about race management and reducing the carbon footprint at events. A specific initiative mentioned by Rizzotti for race management is the use of mark set floating drones. Another idea used at the 2017 Foiling Week is car pooling using BMW e-cars & use of BMW e-bikes for competitors attending the event.



The sustainable theme continued into the afternoon with test drives of the BMW sponsored 100% electric i3 car. Parts of the frame work and doors where made of recycled carbon fibre from the same process presented earlier in the day by Luca Torlaj from Polyant Carbon.

New Zealand 470 Olympic gold medallist Jo Aleh was the first to test drive the i3 and was thoroughly impressed.

“We use our cars way to much in New Zealand, this is just such a great car with incredible acceleration”

John Downey a self proclaimed ‘wing nut’ gave an update on his latest wing development for a custom A+ catamaran. Downey used the forum as an opportunity to seek ideas on the future of the C Class catamaran and the Little Cup. As John explained,

“The C Class and Little Cup has been somewhat eclipsed by the latest format at the America’s Cup”.

Marc Menec, Tanguy Le Bihan and Bruno Andre presented on their new company Foil & Co who manufacture foils for a number of pleasure craft projects including kites, windsurfers and surf paddle.

Menec pointed out that there are an estimated 25 million users in surfing and SUP foiling taps into that as well. Menec also gave details of a new market with huge potential. ‘Surf Paddle’

Tanguy Le Bihan explained how hydro foils are opening up new areas for windsurfing and kites and that there are now new users on new lakes and now surfers are surfing in new spots on new waves.

The third day of the Gurit Foiling Week Forum carries the core theme of ‘Accessibility’.


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Foiling Week takes off at Lake Garda



Foiling Week Garda 2017


The first day of the 2017 Foiling Week was bathed in warm sunshine and humid sailing conditions on Lake Garda with the typical ‘Ora’ afternoon breeze never really building to full strength. It did however prove ideal for trial sailing onboard the armada of foiling craft on show.

Classes including the Flying Phantoms, S9 and a host of prototypes took part in organised racing as part of a Foiling Week regatta series whilst a varied selection of foiling craft were made available for trial sailing. The list grows each year at Foiling Week Garda and now includes: the Waszp, S9, F101, iFly15 and the Whisper.

Jerry Hill from the F101 was particularly pleased with his first day of trials onboard the new F101.



“We had a good day on the water today, conditions were a bit light at times but we had enough wind to go foiling, we had a number of people trying the boat for the first time and these were guys who sail Lasers, Dragons and other boats but had never foiled before. We managed to give all of them about 15 minutes in the boat and out of 9 people on the boat today, 8 of them successfully foiled. This included a disabled sailor. All came in with a massive grin on their face saying it was phenomenal! So I think we put that down as a good day.”

The S9 continues to develop and each year the class grows at Foiling Week. With established fleets in the US and in Italy and growing interest in the UK market the small foiling catamaran is an ideal entry level foiling boat for all ages, sizes and abilities. Alfredo Bernad from Spain is racing the S9 this year after a trial in the boat at last years Foiling Week.



“The S9 is a very clever boat, its like a sailing school boat for flying, it is a good boat for a beginner and can be handled very easily. I think it is a good boat for the future. It’s an ideal boat for kids and female sailors because it is not so much about the strength but technique. Its like an entry level catamaran.”

There are more and more Moths arriving every day to practice on Lake Garda ahead of the Moth World Championships taking place at the same venue in Malcesine in a few weeks time. The entry list has more than 220 boats and confirms the venue as one of the foiling capitols of the world.



Exhausted sailors came ashore after long day on the water to the now infamous Foiling Week pasta party at host club Fraglia Vela Malcesine to replenish the energy reserves and share their experiences with other first time foilers.


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Gurit Foiling Week Forum Day 1


The first day of the Gurit Foiling Week Forum focused on the core subject of Safety.

John Craig – (PRO 2013 America’s Cup and deputy PRO 2017 America’s Cup) and (Regatta Director for the Extreme Sailing Series), spoke about the lessons learnt from the last two editions of the America’s Cup and the need to continue to improve race management at major high performance regattas.

After discussions at Foiling Week Newport in 2016, a World Sailing (Safety Working Group) was established to initially draft racing rules and safety requirements for ‘fast boat events’ predominantly aimed at professional events with on the water umpires.

With accidents at both the 2013 and 2017 Americas Cup still very raw and close calls at other regattas including the Extreme Sailing Series, particular attention focused on the 3 boat length zone and the ultimate requirement for much greater room for safe mark rounding and also the training of support boat/media boats as part of the race management safety plan. Even with chase boat qualifications the support boats/media boats need to be much further away from race course marks in Craig’s view.

“We still have a long way to go” he said on progress, “but at least there is momentum.”

International Moth Class President, Scott Babbage has come straight from Bermuda as part of SoftBank Team Japan to get some valuable practice time on the waters of Lake Garda. With an entry list of more than 220 boats, this years Worlds will be the biggest fleet ever and a logistical hurdle in terms of race management.



Scott is aware of the issues and advises us that the fleet will be split into groups and raced on separate race courses. Scott also told the Forum that the class has a great respect for the 3 boat length rule in the zone and that the class is to a degree self policing, but that specific race rules have not been necessary for big regattas to date, but it is something the Moth class continues to monitor.

At the Forum experts like Francesco Feletti, an extreme sports medicine specialist and Marcello Bencini from Dainese, who created the body armour for Emirates Team New Zealand, showcased the protective gear created specifically for high performance sailing competitors.

Davide Tagliapietra, a structural engineer for Groupama Team France said,

“Its up to us to put pressure on the rule makers to include human safety in the design packages of our foiling craft, for example impact and protection around cockpits”.



The Forum then heard from teams involved in the 35th Americas Cup in Bermuda. Andy Claughton from LandRover BAR shared his perspective on how the kiwis got the upper hand in the 2017 Americas Cup by providing an insight into the strategies that helped the team win back the ‘Auld Mug’.

On the successful Emirates Team New Zealand team he said,

“It took 5 years for the sailors to expand their confidence and sail this design without freaking out”

“The kind of mentally that ETNZ had was, “Throw the ball as far as you could and try and reach it”

“Sailing these boats is like balancing a pencil on the top of your finger.”



The Round Table discussion included Bobby Kleinschmidt (Appendage designer at ETNZ) who briefed the Forum on the trickle down effect of knowledge and analysis from the Americas Cup.

“The exciting thing for me is that we are able to use technology developed in industry and apply it to sailing”

“The immediate trickle down is that people working on these cup boats will be working on other boat designs in the future.”

The Forum on day 2 (Friday) will focus on the core topic of ‘Sustainability’ including a sustainable Mini 6.5 craft and innovative ways to reduce emissions in regatta management.


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MOD70 Concise 10 sets new Round the Island record


The MOD70 trimaran Concise 10 sets a new record in the Round the Island Race © Paul Wyeth /


It was an absolutely flying start from the MOD70 Concise 10. Nobody thought that the course record set by another MOD70, Phaedo3, last year would fall. But their fast time to the Needles and rapid progress down the back of the Island set them up for a solid time. Then favourable winds allowed them to make the finish line on one tack, setting up a last gasp dash to the finish line.

Crossing the line after 2 hours 22 minutes and 23 seconds means they beat Phaedo3’s record by exactly one minute! Congratulations to skipper Ned Collier-Wakefield and his team.

It was probably, in truth, not the glorious start that most had hoped for with breeze in the high teens and a little bit of rain combining to give the sailors competing in this 81st edition of the race something of a shock to the system. Still, nothing like a fine bit of British weather to help wake you up at 5am!

But despite this damp start the skies have since become much clearer, the clouds have broken, the rain has gone and the sun is shining. Though the conditions may not have been conducive to lounging in the sun, they certainly gave all of the sailors a fast ride down to the Needles.

We did initially expect to see a large number of boats over the startline with the tide pushing everyone to the west. But, caution seemed to play out for most and, though there were recalls in most classes, the tendency seemed to be just one or two keen starters in each fleet.

Foiling Week Garda 2017




On Thursday, July 6th, sailing begins at the first Foiling Week of 2017 at Fraglia Malcesine. The fourth season of Foiling Week is scheduled for another three events after Malcesine, with Foiling Weeks in Miami, Punta del Este and Sydney.

Foiling Week Garda this year is enriched with an Expo, Trial & Experience Camp. At the usual morning Forum programme and the afternoon races, the major foiling boat manufacturers will show and demonstrate their creations throughout the day.


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The Waszp and the Foiling 101 monohulls, the catamarans S9, iFly 15, Whisper and the electric boats by BMW and Torqueedo will be the main attractions for the public, who will be able to see and try the foiling experience first hand.

This year the Gurit FW Forum has three main themes, ‘Safety, Sustainability and Accessibility’. These topics will be the key drivers for three days of the Forum from Thursday to Saturday.

Every morning a round-table will open the Forum’s work and will be followed by presentations and comparisons where the protagonists of foiling will bring experiences and projects related to the main discussions of the day.



Gurit FW Forum Programme – Thursday to Saturday


Thursday, July 6th Friday, July 7th Saturday, July 8th
America’s Cup
Foiling dinghies
Foiling e-Boats
America’s Cup
Foiling dinghies
Foiling Offshore




Safety is one of the most urgent issues currently being debated with regard to foiling. Are the racing rules for traditional sailing boats still adequate?

Foiling boats have amazing high speeds, much bigger than those for which the rules have been written. The protagonists of the last America’s Cup will explain how they are going to make the change and the first experiences they encountered in Bermuda.


Sustainability is the theme for which Foiling Week is most fond of. A conscious way of dealing with the sport of sailing which is ecological by its very nature. With this theme, the forum seeks to analyse what sustainability policies the foiling industry is implementing and what projects are going to bring the technological avant-garde of foiling into production, making it sustainable and ecological.
To further sustainability support, Foiling Week, with its partner BMW, has launched a reward programme for those who come by car to race. If two or more crews come with the same car they will receive a prize of 50 Euro and the free use of BMW’s e-bikes for travel between the club and the hotel or camping site where the crews reside.


Until now foiling has been largely only an option for expert sailors. This is the theme of the last day of the Forum to identify which strategies the market is implementing to bring ‘the third mode of sailing’ to beginners and disabled people. Foiling Week together with Persico Marine yard set up a foiling boat project for disabled sailors.

Foiling also wants to be a lever to promote sailing amongst women. Sailing has always been a boon for men but now is the time that sailing opens its doors to the female audience.

At Foiling Week Garda, with the support of GAC Pindar, Jo Aleh and Josie Gliddon of the Team Magenta Project, after a Volvo Ocean Race and two seasons of the Extreme Sailing Series, witness how to be competitive in a mainly ‘masculine’ sport like sailing.



Fun Downwind Race – Friday

Thanks to Marlow and Slam, racing will include a fun downwind competition. On Friday, July 7, in addition to class races, Flying Phantom, S9 and A Class catamarans and the monohulls Moth, Waszp, Prototypes, Kite foil and Wind foil will race on a 24-mile race course. All against everyone, without class distinction, to determine the fastest boat and the best sailor.



Class Racing – From Thursday to Sunday

Competitions represent the afternoon program of Foiling Week Garda. Many professional sailors are found sailing foiling boats. The sharing domain that Foiling Week has created, transforms the environment so that you can admire Olympic champions and America’s Cup professionals exchanging experiences and secrets with Sunday sailors and amateurs.

Foiling Week is one of the few events where you can appreciate how the passion for sport places everyone at the same level, being here broadens horizons and encourages the experience.

Foiling Week is the event for every passionate sailor looking for an intense and exciting experience whilst sailing 3.0!



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Emirates Team New Zealand win the 35th America’s Cup



Emirates Team New Zealand have won the 35th America’s Cup in emphatic fashion. A 7-1 victory over Oracle Team USA was a fair result for the total dominance Peter Burling and his team have shown throughout this campaign.

The Kiwis had to completely rebuild after their devastating defeat in San Francisco, where Oracle Team USA came back from 8-1 down to win the 34th America’s Cup. Funding had to be sourced, new personnel recruited and time was short… but the New Zealand team have always proved to be great innovators, and in this they have completely changed the game.

Ahead of the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco it was the Kiwi team who managed to foil the huge AC72 catamarans, but they showed their hand early and the other teams, in particular the defender OracleTeam USA, were able to develop their own foiling technology and, with a huge amount of resource, overtook the New Zealand team on the boat speed front to snatch victory when it looked certain that the cup was heading to New Zealand.

Emirates Team New Zealand learnt from their mistakes. As the 35th America’s Cup approached they were training indoors to perfect their ‘cyclor’ system for generating power, but this was just the start of their innovation. All the other teams had similar L-foils and conventional – or as conventional as a 50ft foiling catamaran can be – control systems. Nearly everything about the New Zealand boat was different: heavily canted foils with marked kinks on horizontal element, extreme rudder elevators and ‘X-Box’ style controls for Glenn Ashby on the wing trim. They knew they had to be extremely innovative and aggressive on their design philosophy and they’ve changed the game.

It’s not just in the design that Emirates Team New Zealand have proved dominant. On the water they won seven of the nine starts against Oracle Team USA and have been tactically brilliant around the race course. Of course boat speed makes you a tactical genius, but their only real mistake was when they chose not to cover the American team upwind in the one race that they lost.

Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand are truly worthy champions. Jimmy Spithill was magnanimous in defeat and clearly emotional on the water when he congratulated the Kiwis.

A number of questions now arise; when will the next America’s Cup be, what will it be sailed in and will the America’s Cup World Series continue?

Circolo della Vela Sicilia (Luna Rossa) have been announced as the Challenger of Record and the one point that’s certain is that it will be held in Auckland. Grant Dalton has promised announcements in the next couple of weeks.


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Race 9

Race nine started with both Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA enjoying clean starts and engaged in a drag race to the first mark, the US team edging just ahead but then losing ground to their rivals on the run to the second mark.

Burling was serene at the helm of the Kiwi boat, displaying no nerves as he steered his team towards glory, but Spithill and the OTUSA crew were not giving up, pushing harder than ever to try and take the tie to race ten. However, it was not to be.

By the third mark the Challenge’s lead was up to 26 seconds, increasing further still at the fourth mark, up to 34 seconds, and from that point, barring mistakes by Burling and his all-conquering Emirates Team New Zealand crew, the die was cast.

Oracle Team USA managed to peg back their rivals slightly in the latter stages of the race, but New Zealand sealed their win in impressive style, crossing the finish line for the final time in the 35th America’s Cup 55 seconds ahead of the US team.



Race Results

Race Nine:

Emirates Team New Zealand bt Oracle Team USA by 55 secs


Overall Result

Emirates Team New Zealand 7 v Oracle Team USA 1




Peter Burling, helmsman, Emirates Team New Zealand:

“We’re just blown away. We came here to win the America’s Cup and right now we’re taking the America’s Cup back home to New Zealand.

“To be able to win eight races in Beautiful Bermuda in front of a big crowd of our own fans is overwhelming, we’re just happy to be able to share this moment with them, we’re just blown away.

“I’ve grown up watching this competition as a fan and to be a Kiwi and taking this Cup home is a dream come true.

“To be able to win this event at such a young age is an unreal feeling. However, I’m just a tiny part of a massive team and it is incredible to be able to reward the hard work of those hundreds of people who have supported us, not only here but back home in New Zealand as well.

“We’ve had to go through some incredibly tough times to get to this point. It has been an incredibly tough path to get past the rest of the challengers and then Oracle Team USA and it’s credit to every team that competed.

“It’s so unique to get to sail these boats, every day they can be different. Our incredible shore team gave us that edge and to be able to reward their hard work and bring this Cup home with us is an amazing feeling.

“It’s just sinking in really and I think that will be the same feeling for all of those Kiwi fans watching us win the America’s Cup back home.

“For me I think the reason we won was because of what happened four years ago. This team has gone through some really tough spots from San Francisco and to be able to reward this team with the America’s Cup is the best feeling, because they are such an incredible team.

“I’d like to say thank you to Bermuda. It has been an amazing venue for a sailing event and I’ve absolutely loved this place, I’d love to come back at some stage.


Glenn Ashby, Skipper, Emirates Team New Zealand:

“It’s just an amazing feeling of satisfaction to have finally won the America’s Cup.

“It has been an incredibly tough journey to get here. We came across late to Bermuda from New Zealand and to be able to get the boat into good shape in such short time is all credit to our amazing team.

“I’m just so proud to be a part of this team and to be able to bring the Cup home and I want to thank the support of the whole country.

“What happened in 2013 was a brutal experience for everyone involved, to be so close was extremely disappointing and is something that will live with all of us for the rest of our lives.

“So to be able to come here a few years later and pull off an unbelievable victory has really redeemed that situation for New Zealand and it feels like justice has prevailed.

“I think we’ve seen some unbelievable advancements here with the boats and the type of races we’ve seen and it’s great for our sport. From a sailing perspective it’s going to be hard to sail anything else after what we’ve seen in these boats, the technology is just absolutely amazing.”


Grant Dalton, CEO, Emirates Team New Zealand:

“We’ve done it, finally!

“We probably don’t realise how big a deal this is back in New Zealand. I’ve been told that there was traffic jams at 4am with people trying to get to work just to see the races, which is utterly incredible.

“We’ve had a phenomenal group of guys, we’ve battled some serious adversity but as a group we’ve overcome everything. There have been a lot of people behind that and none more so than Matteo De Nora, who has stuck with the team through thick and thin and believed in everything that we have done. New Zealand owes a lifetime of gratitude to him for what we have achieved.

“We thought outside of the square and we did it our way. After San Francisco we knew we couldn’t out-spend other teams here so we had to out-think everyone. One of the things to come out of San Francisco is that we were out-designed and we knew this time round that we had to push that area.

“This time round we had no restrictions on design. We just wanted to see what we could come up with and we have achieved some truly amazing things that have been revolutionary in this sport.

“After San Francisco we had a pretty tough debrief and came up with 20 points that we had to change. One of those was that we had to invest in technology and the people that provide it. We also had to get our arms around the next generation of yachtsmen that were coming through and Peter (Burling) was one of those.

“He told me he wanted to be helmsman, so it was all about investing in the right people and giving them the responsibility to go out and achieve what we knew we could.

“It is important that we make the next America’s Cup affordable but we also need to remember that it is the America’s Cup and it is one of the top sports and not a little beach regatta. It is never going to be cheap.

“It is a fine balance between not making it prohibitively expensive, but not being so cheap that it devalues the competition.

“At the core of what we believe, we have to create an event that takes a lot of the good that has happened here, because there been a lot of good here. Just because we didn’t sign the Framework Agreement, that doesn’t mean to say there weren’t elements we didn’t agree with, it was just didn’t agree with every element.

“To me it is a privilege to host the America’s Cup. It is not a right and we will put in place rules and an organisation of our own that will do everything to be good enough.”


Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, Oracle Team USA:

“On behalf of the whole of Oracle Team USA, congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand. What an incredible team. They’ve been a class above everyone in the 35th America’s Cup and we take our hats off to you. Well done.

“They sailed better than anyone else out here and so, rightly so, they are the 35th America’s Cup champions.

“The defeat hasn’t really sunk in yet and it is definitely weird looking at the trophy and knowing we won’t be taking it home.

“With hindsight there are a lot of things you would like to change but I think it’s far too early to say what might have gone wrong.

“Finally, I want to say, to Bermuda, you’ve welcomed us to your beautiful island and we’ve loved every moment of it. Thank you.”


Sir Russell Coutts, CEO, America’s Cup Event Authority, was quick to acknowledge the first New Zealand victory in the America’s Cup since 2000, saying, “I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations and praise to everyone in Emirates Team New Zealand for winning the 35th America’s Cup. 

“Helmed brilliantly by Peter Burling, with the guiding influence of skipper Glenn Ashby, supported by a world class sailing, design and shore team, they performed magnificently here in Bermuda, winning in dominant fashion.

“I know just how much this victory means to the team and to the people of New Zealand. This is a remarkable achievement, one that will be rightly celebrated in Bermuda and across New Zealand and I hope those celebrations live long in the memory, much as the team’s victory in Bermuda has now written a new chapter in the history of the America’s Cup. Congratulations Emirates Team New Zealand. You deserve your victory, you deserve the accolades coming your way, and now, you deserve to enjoy it.”



Match point to Emirates Team New Zealand



35th America’s Cup presented by Louis Vuitton


Day four of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, belonged firmly to Peter Burling and the New Zealand team who comfortably won the two scheduled races of the day, races seven and eight of the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup.

Having won race six on Saturday, Oracle Team USA went into the second Sunday of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, looking to gain more ground on their Kiwi rivals, but the New Zealand juggernaut had found its pace again and was unbeatable in similar weather conditions to day three, Saturday 24th June.

The leaderboard now stands at 6-1 to Emirates Team New Zealand who need only one more race to take the ‘Auld Mug’ back to their home country.

“We were absolutely delighted with how the day went,” said Peter Burling after claiming back-to-back victories to take his team to the verge of their first America’s Cup success since 2000.

We were disappointed to give away a race yesterday but we certainly made up for it today.

“We’ve got a fantastic team and you can see that out on the water. We’ve all got the same understanding of what we want to achieve and we are all on the same page.

“Despite the lead we won’t get ahead of ourselves because we still know we have a job to do and it’s still an incredibly tough ask.

“A lot has been said about what happened four years ago but I love the pressure. If you want to come all the way to Bermuda and win the America’s Cup then you have to deal with immense pressure. As a group we feel the pressure is bringing the best out of us and I think we’ve more than answered those questions.”

For Oracle Team USA, this is familiar ground, and nobody would write off the Defenders who so memorably staged one of, if not the, greatest comebacks in sport when they pulled back from an 8-1 deficit to win the 2013 America’s Cup 9-8 against the same rivals.

“They [Emirates Team New Zealand] sailed better than us today and made a lot fewer mistakes,” conceded Jimmy Spithill on what was a disappointing day for Oracle Team USA.

“They deserved to win both of the races because we clearly made far too many mistakes out there. We’re in a tough situation now and all we can really do is take this one race at a time.

“The plan certainly wasn’t to be in this position again, I can assure you of that, but we are here now so it is up to all of us to respond and react.

“You wouldn’t have been surprised to see a bit of a bad reaction out there today but the boys kept fighting and that’s great. Potentially, in a situation like this you could see a team split apart, but when we got ashore everyone pulled together because we know this isn’t over. 

“I still think we can win races with this boat. We’ve proven we can races against these guys if we sail well but if we make too many mistakes like we did today then we won’t win races.”

Having made changes to their boat since the opening weekend Jimmy Spithill was asked if there might also be changes to personnel on the boat ahead of day five, to which he replied, “Anything is on the table. Every single team member in OTUSA will do whatever they can to help the team win.

“That includes me. If the team feel they have a better chance of winning with me on the wheel, I’ll be on the wheel, if we feel we have a better chance with me off the wheel, no problem. Our attitude has always been you put the team before yourself.

“Once again we will go away and review everything and tomorrow we will put out the boat, the configuration and the team we feel will give us the best possible chance to win some races.

“We don’t need to think too much about the end result, all we need to focus on is winning one race, and one race at a time. We have to learn from our mistakes and come out fighting stronger tomorrow, that’s it, that’s all we will be thinking about.”

Racing is scheduled to resume at 2.00pm on Monday 26th June with races nine and ten in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, taking place on Bermuda’s Great Sound.




Race 7

It was a drag race over the startline in race seven as both teams made clean getaways, Emirates Team New Zealand just ahead as they rounded mark one. Spithill blinked first, making the turn before Burling and slowly inching closer to the Kiwis as they headed towards gate two. On leg three there was very little between the two teams but the Kiwis extended their advantage again as they headed upwind, giving themselves a 32 second lead as they headed into leg four.

Despite the growing gap, OTUSA did not give up, continuing to try and claw back the advantage the Kiwis were building, but it was largely to no avail. The New Zealanders put on a dominant display, extending their lead to 40 seconds by gate four and then slightly back to 35 seconds at the fifth gate.

On leg six it looked as if ETNZ would wrap up the victory cleanly, but a bad jibe gave OTUSA a glimmer of hope. Spithill and his crew did everything they could to stop the leaderboard ticking round to 5-1 to ETNZ, reducing the deficit to 13 seconds at the sixth gate, but they were unable to bridge the gap completely and that left the Kiwis celebrating victory in race seven.




Race 8

The second of Sunday’s two races started with Emirates Team New Zealand putting clear air between them and Oracle Team USA well before the startline after Spithill had failed to box in his rival, having to watch Burling accelerating into a 13 second lead before Spithill had even crossed the start.

“We thought we would be able to pull a manoeuvre off but clearly we couldn’t, it was a big mistake,” admitted Spithill on the poor pre-start. “That really handed it to Peter and these guys were in a pretty easy situation to hook us and that’s game over really.”

By gate two that lead was already up to 24 seconds and Spithill chose to split the course, a decision that appeared to pay dividends as the gap started to decrease, but a penalty on leg four as OTUSA sailed outside the boundary effectively ended their hopes in race eight.

Again, Emirates Team New Zealand continued to extend their lead, reaching 36 seconds ahead at mark four, sailing their America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat perfectly. This was in contrast to OTUSA whose minor issues kept increasing the difference between the two teams on the racetrack.

Finally, another dominant display by Burling and the New Zealand team culminated in a 30 second win in race eight over OTUSA, putting them on the brink of winning the 35th America’s Cup.


Race Results


Race 7: 

Emirates Team New Zealand bt Oracle Team USA by 12 secs

Race 8: 

Emirates Team New Zealand bt Oracle Team USA by 30 secs


Overall Standings

Emirates Team New Zealand 6 v Oracle Team USA 1



Finally a fightback by Oracle Team USA


One race a piece between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand on day 3 of the 35th America’s Cup Match – photo © ACEA 2017 / Gilles Martin-Raget



35th America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton – Day 3


Day three of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, was full of drama, incident and history-making action, but the big story of the day is the fightback Oracle Team USA staged against their rivals for the Auld Mug, Emirates Team New Zealand.

The US Defenders of the America’s Cup found themselves 3-0 down to their Kiwi rivals after the first four races of the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup. However, from the start of race five, the first race of day three, it was clear that OTUSA had found significant boat speed since the two teams last raced on Sunday 18th June.

Race five went to Emirates Team New Zealand, who took full advantage of mistakes made on the US boat to put themselves 4-0 up, but in race six the tables finally turned, Oracle Team USA winning their first race of the 35th America’s Cup Match. With that victory, skipper Jimmy Spithill made more history, tying Sir Russell Coutts’ winning record in America’s Cup Match races, recording his 14th victory, the same as Coutts.

That win means that the 35th America’s Cup will continue into Monday 26th June as neither team can reach the seven points needed to win the 35th America’s Cup in the two races scheduled on Sunday 24th June.

However, the win also signifies that the clear advantage Emirates Team New Zealand had over their US rivals in the opening weekend of the America’s Cup Match, has gone, and that means even more compelling racing is guaranteed in the remaining head-to-heads between the two teams fighting for the oldest trophy in international sport.

The battle on the water also carried on into the press conference after the action concluded on the Great Sound with the rivals looking back at the two races on day three, and the week they’ve both had to prepare for the resumption of hostilities on Saturday 24th June.

“We felt like we gave away that last race a bit, but it is great to see a little fight out of these boys,” remarked Burling, on OTUSA’s revival, to which Jimmy Spithill replied, “It is only just beginning mate.”

Reflecting further on his team’s vast improvement and the importance of Oracle Team USA cutting the overall deficit to Emirates Team New Zealand, Spithill added, “We all saw that the boat is faster, obviously we are not sailing as well as we should do, but the important thing is that the boat is faster.

“We’ll be going straight back out on the water today to work on a few things. That’s a good position to be in, knowing there is more on the table and that the changes are working, the boat is getting quicker.

“It was five very long days but the good thing is we’ve been able to reward the entire shore crew with a win. We now have confidence in the tool we have, which is the most important thing.

“It does remind me of San Francisco when, once the guys can see that the boat is faster, then you start building some momentum.

“Getting that first victory was important today but I believe there is more speed in the tank.

“The boat is clearly faster because of the changes and it showed in the second race that if we as athletes can do a good job then the boat responds.

“We know we can do much better, but all in all we are just happy with the performance of the boat, to be able to get that race win, and to know that the boat is faster.”

In reply, Peter Burling acknowledged the new greater threat from the cup holders but remained confident in Emirates Team New Zealand being able to hold their advantage.

“We knew to expect a battle and now it appears we have got one,” remarked Burling.

“We felt they were a little rusty last weekend but we are under no illusions. When we entered this we knew we were in for one hell of a battle. It was nice to get those first wins and take a lead.

“We came out of a good battle today and managed to take another win but we feel we have plenty more to come.

“We didn’t sail particularly well today but it was great to walk away with another win. We’re really happy with the lead we have got and we’ll come back stronger, expecting a really great battle in the coming races.

“It’s no secret that when you look at our team, we are all very young and the advantage that gives us is that we are all pretty open and learn fast. We have an incredibly talented group of guys and we’re excited to get back out there and race again tomorrow.”



Race 5

After five days away from racing Jimmy Spithill’s Oracle Team USA’s fightback against Emirates Team New Zealand started in the worst possible style in Race 5, the team being handed a penalty for crossing the start line too early, allowing Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand to sail into a clear lead.

“All of our onboard gear had us behind the line at the start but it was wrong,” bemoaned Spithill of the early penalty. “We both rely on pretty sophisticated software at times and in these boats you get one knot of difference and it changes everything.”

However, despite the setback, the American team responded spectacularly, closing the gap completely rounding the second gate before taking the lead in the first pass of this America’s Cup Match, on leg 3/7.

However, just as they had taken the lead, OTUSA were punished once again as the boats crossed for a second time on leg 3/7. Both teams appealed against the other but it was Jimmy Spithill who was penalised, his team having to fall two boat lengths behind his rival, effectively handing them the race victory.

To add insult to injury, the Defender’s pursuit of ETNZ was hampered even further as a poorly executed manoeuvre then saw them lose all momentum, allowing the Kiwis to sail well clear on leg 4/7.

The Kiwi team’s advantage stood at just over a minute at the fifth gate and by the time they crossed the finish line Emirates Team New Zealand were two minutes and four seconds ahead of their rivals, putting them 4-0 up at the end of race five.


One race a piece between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand on day 3 of the 35th America’s Cup Match – photo © ACEA 2017 / Gilles Martin-Raget



Race 6

With the pressure mounting on Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA, they finally halted Emirates Team New Zealand’s charge, securing a timely and vital 11 second victory over the Kiwis in the sixth race, to cut the deficit to 4-1.

In contrast to the first race of the day, both teams crossed the start line cleanly, with OTUSA beating ETNZ to mark one for the very first time in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

The lead then changed hands twice on leg two but it was Jimmy Spithill’s team which held a slender 12 second advantage at the third gate.

At gate four Spithill took a gamble, jibing in the run up to the next gate, but it proved to be an error and Burling took the shorter course to the gate to edge ahead of his rival.

However, OTUSA’s new-found speed paid dividends on leg 5/7 as they cut the gap to their rivals and engaged in close-quarter racing. Two passes then ensued between the two teams, with Spithill coming out on top, nudging ahead at the fifth gate.

Having eradicated the mistakes that had held back OTUSA in race five, Spithill kept his rival at bay in the run up to the finish line and sealed an 11-second win which, vitally, keeps Oracle Team USA firmly in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

“We had a couple of good leads but some bad manoeuvres allowed them to catch us up,” conceded Peter Burling on defeat in race six. “We made a couple of mistakes and we lost some metres, however, full credit to them, they sailed better than us in that race.”



Race Results

Race 5: Emirates Team New Zealand bt Oracle Team USA by 2 mins 4 secs

Race 6: Oracle Team USA bt Emirates Team New Zealand by 11 secs


Overall Standings

Emirates Team New Zealand 4* v Oracle Team USA 1

  • Emirates Team New Zealand started the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton -1 due to Oracle Team USA’s win in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers



Landrover BAR grabs title In last gasp upset



Nail biting final race for Land Rover BAR Academy during the Red Bull Youth America’s Cu p Finals (c) HarryKH


Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda


Great Britain’s Land Rover BAR Academy have been crowned Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Champions in the most dramatic of fashions, following a fantastic final day of racing on Bermuda’s Great Sound. New Zealand and Switzerland rounded out the podium.

Having headed into the climactic day of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in fifth place overall, defending champions NZL Sailing Team of New Zealand mounted a monumental comeback. The Kiwis looked to have successfully retained their crown after claiming a perfect set of race results on the day with three consecutive victories, while the leaders after day one ofthe Finals, Land Rover BAR Academy, had endured a difficult afternoon and were still on the course with the rest of the field, languishing in fifth place.

However, with the New Zealanders set to celebrate onboard their boat, incredible late drama conspired against the reigning champions. Land Rover BAR Academy clawed their way up to second on the final leg, including passing SVB Team Germany who hit the mark, to land the trophy. The British team’s eventual second place in the race proved enough to see them finish on 50 points, just two ahead of NZL Sailing Team in the final standings.

“We had some slightly bleak thoughts for a little while watching on in that final race,” conceded Land Rover BAR Academy skipper Rob Bunce, reflecting on the dramatic final race. “We were just praying for an opportunity from somewhere and then we saw the drama that was unfolding in front of us, that was our opportunity. It feels fantastic to be able to bring the trophy home with us.”

Bunce also revealed that one very important spectator, Land Rover BAR Team Principal Sir Ben Ainslie, was on hand to pass on his congratulations on the water after the final race

Developed by Sport Directors and Olympic sailing legends Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was introduced in 2013 as a launch pad to a professional career for the world’s best young sailing talent aged 18-24. The competition’s thrilling final day of action saw Switzerland’s Team Tilt join Land Rover BAR Academy and NZL Sailing Team on the podium in third place overall.

“I’d just like to offer my personal congratulations to the British youth team for winning the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup today. This is a fantastic achievement,” said Jimmy Spithill, the two-time America’s Cup-winning skipper and helmsman of Oracle Team USA, which is vying in this week’s America’s Cup Match racing

Of the remaining teams contesting the final, Sweden’s Artemis Youth Racing finished fourth, followed by Team France Jeune, Spanish Impulse by Iberostar and SVB Team Germany. Local heroes TeamBDA, who had exceeded all expectations by reaching the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Final, finished their incredible journey in eighth place, having enjoyed momentous highlights including a fairytale victory in the Final’s opening race.

Sport Director Hagara noted that nine members of the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup are now on senior America’s Cup teams, including Peter Burling, the helmsman of the winning boat in that 2013 youth regatta, who now helms Emirates Team New Zealand.

“Look for the sailors you’ve seen here in this 2017 edition of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup to be in the next America’s Cup four years from now,” Hagara stated.

“These young talents are the superstars of the future, and after seeing the level of skill and competitiveness they’ve shown here in Bermuda, there’s no doubt they’re going to take the sport to the next level.”


Red Bull Youth America’s Cup 2017, Final overall standings: 

  1. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 50 pts
  2. NZL Sailing Team (NZL) 48 pts
  3. Team Tilt (SUI) 42 pts
  4. Artemis Youth Racing (SWE) 37 pts
  5. Team France Jeune (FRA) 35 pts
  6. Spanish Impulse by Iberostar (ESP) 34 pts
  7. SVB Team Germany (GER) 33 pts
  8. TeamBDA (BER) 33 pts


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