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McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds at Sorrento, Australia



New Zealand’s Peter Burling reeled off four straight wins to take the lead on day 2 of the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 International Moth World Championship on Port Phillip Bay in Sorrento, Victoria, sounding the warning bell for the other 159 competitors.

With the fleet split into Blue and Yellow fleets, Burling was in the Blue group on a course closer to shore. Defending world champion Nathan Outteridge (AUS) was in the Yellow on a course further out and on the receiving end of bumpier conditions and scored 3-2-2-1 results.

Two drops are in place following the seven qualifying races. Burling is on 5 points and Outteridge on 7. Tomorrow the fleet will be divided into Gold and Silver, with the top half of leaderboard going through to the Gold fleet.

Ashore Burling said: “I won all four races – the last one by over a lap, which is pretty pleasing in this fleet. it’s all come together here,” he said referring to his disappointing results at the Worlds in 2011 and 2013.

“I did well in the light and shifty weather yesterday and today was as good. I put a lot of work into improving my game for this event.”

“We were in flatter more manageable water than the Yellow fleet, but even so, I dropped off the foil at one stage and fell back to 11th, but I still got back and won. Everyone had a swim, or crashed or overtook,” the 2012 Olympic 49er silver medallist said of the course which was closer to the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, host for the event.


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On Nathan Outteridge, Burling said: “Both of us have different commitments now – me with Emirates Team NZ and him with Artemis Racing (AC syndicates). We’re still good mates, but things are slightly different now. He is my biggest challenge for this title, of course.”

He named Chris Rashley and Chris Draper from Great Britain and Australians Tom Slingsby, Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen, Josh McKnight and Scott Babbage as other threats.

For his part, Outteridge said of Burling: “I’ll face him tomorrow, because qualifying is over and we’ll be in the Gold fleet. I beat him on the first day in light air – that’s what I’m best at, but tomorrow’s meant to be even windier than today… I’ll be OK, but I prefer the light.

“I was OK for the first race today, but then the current changed – the last race especially was full-on and I was just trying to keep up with the leaders. It was bumpy and hard going and we all swam at some stage; everyone’s feeling it.”


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On his Yellow fleet opponents: “Five of us shared it around, me; Chris Rashley (GBR), Josh McKnight (AUS), Scott Babbage (AUS) the top four from the last Worlds in the Yellow fleet, so it was never going to be easy. Dave Lister got (AUS) amongst it too.”

Babbage is tucked into third place overall, a win in Race 6 giving him the jump on Outteridge’s 49er crew and fellow Artemis Racing team member, Iain Jensen, who sailed in the Blue fleet and is fourth overall after, “three good races, but I broke a bunch of stuff in the fourth… It was bumpy, crazy and full-on in the last two races,” he said.

Babbage led the last race of the day on the yellow course until a fatal face plant within 100m of the finish line. Having recovered he limped to the line only to wipeout twice more before crossing in fifth. His misfortune handed a vital race win to Nathan Outteridge.

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Tom Slingsby suffered major wing damage on race 1 of the day and had to nurse his Moth around the course with excess water in the hull for the remaining races, still managing to score a 4,2,5,2 for the day and hold fourth overall shared with Josh McKnight and Iain Jensen.

Also not so lucky was 2008 Olympic Tornado silver medallist and multiple multihull world champion Glenn Ashby (AUS). The Emirates Team NZ wing trimmer suffered extensive damage after a crash with one of the American boats in Race 6, dropping him down the board and cutting him out of Race 7, for which he will ask for redress.

“Lucky I’m a Sailmaker, so I can fix that, but I’ve got a broken foil and bow damage that will take a bit of fixing. Apart from that, it was a tough and bumpy old day, but awesome sailing.”


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There were numerous stacks and wipeouts all over both courses, even the best Moth sailors were struggling in the last race of the day. The workshop was full this evening will a vast range of casualties working all night to fix the damage.

Racing will get underway from 1300 hours tomorrow in gold and silver fleets split after the end of the qualifying series today.


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Results are being finalised on the official website here.

Nathan Outteridge gets early jump

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McDougall + McConaghy 2015 Moth Worlds at Sorrento, Australia


Reigning Moth world champion, Nathan Outteridge (AUS) kick-started his defence in style, getting the early jump at the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 International Moth World Championship which started on Port Phillip Bay in Sorrento, Victoria today.

Outteridge, the 2012 Olympic 49er gold medallist skipper, fired off two bullets and a fourth (his drop) on the first day of the Qualifying series to take an early lead.

Peter Burling (NZL), the 49er 2012 Olympic silver medallist skipper, who fellow Moth competitor Tom Slingsby forewarned would be the biggest threat for the series some weeks ago, is in second place after scoring 7-2-1 results, while Outteridge’s 49er gold medallist crew, Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen, is third. The top three are each separated by one point.


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Pete Burling pushes Nathan to the limits – Photo c Thierry Martinez


“There’s a lot of kiwi rivalry going on,” Outteridge said tonight. We raced against them (Burling and Blair Tuke) in the 49er and now here we are again. Peter is top in my group, so we’ll see how we go tomorrow.”

Jensen agreed. “Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who were our training partners in the 49er are our biggest rivals. Peter’s in Nathan’s group and Blair’s in mine; he’s only sailed a Moth for three months, so his win (in Race 3) is pretty impressive,” Jensen said of Tuke who is currently in 21st place.


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The 2012 Moth world champion, Josh McKnight (AUS) is poised nicely in fourth place, with Chris Draper (GBR), Tom Slingsby (AUS) and 2013 Moth world champion Bora Gulari (USA) trailing him, with very little between them at this early stage.

Former two-time world champion and Moth exponent, Rohan Veal, is on the comeback trail, having not competed since 2008. A little rusty, he is in 35th place. In 2005 he won every single race of the Worlds in stunning fashion. The best placed female is Wakako Tabata (JPN) in 65th place.

With 165 entries, the fleet was split into two (Blue and Yellow) on two course areas, a big job for race officials. Originally, PRO Garry Hosie planned to hold four races, but conditions decided otherwise.


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Two races were held in a 6-10 knot south/south-easterly breeze. Race 1 was fairly quick, but by Race 2, patchy fickle winds slowed the fleets on both courses and the sailors struggled to foil. Then the breeze fizzled to little more than 2 knots.

The AP flag was raised and the sailors waited it out. Finally a third race was underway in more light patchy airs. Race officials shortened the race to one lap, and once it was over, they were forced to call it quits for the day and competitors returned to Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) which is hosting the Worlds.

The record entry fleet is represented by Italy, Austria, Ireland, Japan, Great Britain, Denmark, Switzerland, USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong, France, Sweden and Australia are all well represented.

The qualifying rounds of the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 International Moth World Championship continue tomorrow from 1300 hours local time.


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Nathan Outteridge prepares for Sorrento showdown 


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McDougall & McConaghy 2015 Moth Worlds in Sorrento, Australia


The Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) has received a record 165 entries for the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 International Moth World Championship due to be sailed in the popular seaside town of Sorrento from 9-16 January, 2015, on Port Phillip.

Among the entries is defending world champion Nathan Outteridge. The NSW 2012 Olympic 49er gold medallist and America’s Cup skipper for Artemis Racing will attempt to defend his title and in the process become one of the first world champions in the New Year.

Outteridge is well aware those he will race against are just as credentialed. Concentrating on his 2016 Olympic 49er campaign in Rio and the Worlds in Santander, he has also been flat out in his role as skipper for Artemis Racing in San Francisco these last few months.

“I actually haven’t sailed my Moth at all since the 2014 Worlds in Hayling Island back in July,” said the multi-skilled sailor.

“I’ve been watching all the videos of the Oracle boys sailing at my home club in Wangi Wangi (on the NSW Central Coast). I’m good mates with a lot of them, especially Tom Slingsby,” he says of the Oracle strategist and 2012 Olympic Laser gold medallist.

“I’ve had my brother (Beau) there and have employed his video skills to do some secret spy work for me so I can keep tabs on them,” Outteridge says laughing.

“It’s great to see such a huge entry list. I believe the biggest ever. I can see a battle between the AC teams developing; there could be some good banter.”

Almost entire America’s Cup teams will be represented by Oracle Team USA, Emirates Team New Zealand and some from Artemis Racing. So it will be a double edged sword, as fellow America’s Cup and Olympic crew members go head-to-head for the title.

With regards to the major threats in defending his title, “Where do I start?” Outteridge questions.

“Probably Boar (Bora Gulari, 2013) and Josh (Josh McKnight, 2012), who have won Moth World titles before will be tough to beat. They’ve been training really hard all year.

“Then there are the fulltime Moth sailors who for the past few years have populated the top ten; like Scott Babbage, Chris Rashly (GBR), Ben Paton (GBR), Dave Lister, Anthony Kotoun (USA), Rob Gough and Amac (Andrew McDougall, also co-sponsor of the Worlds).

“They may not be pro sailors, but they are dedicated to their Moth sailing and would love nothing more than to take the title.

“And let’s not forget the America’s Cup sailors, many who were key in the 2013 America’s Cup and are new to the class: Tom Slingsby, Kyle Langford and Rome Kirby from Oracle; Chris Draper from Luna Rossa and Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Glenn Ashby, Ray Davies and Dean Barker from Emirates Team New Zealand.”

Outteridge will also be joined by a small group of sailors from Artemis Racing; Iain Jensen, Paul Goodison BR), Freddy Loof and Loick Peyron. “It’s going to be a great chance for us to spend time together outside of our Cup duties, and we’ll get to know each other better.”

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By Di Pearson, McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds Media



Foiling cats join the conch republic party


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28th Edition Quantum Key West Race Week


High-speed foiling catamarans, powerful 72-foot Maxi yachts, innovative High Performance Racing designs and large classes of exciting sport boats are heading to the Florida Keys. Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 will once again showcase the full spectrum of sailboat racing amid the beautiful setting of aqua-colored waters and warm sunshine.

Many of the world’s best sailors will come to the Conch Republic for the 28th edition of Key West Race Week. For the fourth consecutive year, Quantum Sail Design Group will serve as title sponsor of the iconic event, which is organized by Premiere Racing.

A touch of the America’s Cup will come to Key West for the first time with the addition of the GC 32 class. GC stands for ‘Great Cup’ and the state-of-the-art foiling catamarans mimic the larger models used in the most recent America’s Cup by providing an airborne racing experience.

The GC32 Racing Tour will be held from May through September out of such European sites as Austria, England, Germany, Italy and France. Key West will serve as somewhat of a training and tuneup event for the Argo program along with at least three others from Switzerland, the Netherlands and France.

From a spectator standpoint, the most majestic racing machines in Key West will be those racing in the Maxi 72 class, which typically requires a crew of 17 to race. Minneapolis-based skipper Hap Fauth and his crew aboard Bella Mente return after capturing class honors in 2014 and will do battle with a pair of familiar foes in Numbers and Shockwave (George Sakellaris).

Premiere Racing is very pleased to have a pair of J/Boat classes making one design debuts at Key West Race Week. To date , the J/111 has attracted seven boats while J/88 has six on the scratch sheet.

The Farr 280 will make their Key West debut next January. Four boats will battle for one design sub-class trophies within a larger PHRF class.

Regatta dates are January 18 – 23, 2015

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Zhik Mothapalooza™ set to be even more of a spectacle this year


The 2015 McDougall + McConaghy Moth World Championship is set to be even more of a spectacle this year, with the return of the Zhik ‘Mothapalooza’ which promises a potential head-to-head with teams of America’s Cup and Olympic sailors.

The event will take place alongside the Moth Worlds in Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, between 10-16 January 2015.

This year, the Zhik Mothapalooza has evolved into a unique two-event series for individuals and teams, all devised to test the competitors’ innovative foiling skills and boat handling to the extreme.

An individual event, ‘How Slow Can You Go’ is a test to find the ‘slowest foiler’ sailing between two points. You read that right – the slowest! Competitors will sail at 90 degrees to the wind over a straight 100 metre course.

Whichever sailor takes the longest time while still keeping their boat foiling at all times, without tacking or gybing, will be the winner! Anyone who has tried foiling for themselves will quickly recognise just how difficult this test will be.

The team event will be the World’s first foiling ‘Sailing Relay Race’. Teams of four, many of whom are Olympic and America’s Cup sailors will have to pick up, carry and deliver a baton to a floating bucket, then get out of the way so the next team mate can grab the baton and head back in the opposite direction.



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Set to be an exciting event that will test all sailors’ ability to work as a team, we expect there will be some very close calls! Any Moth Worlds entrants can team up together to battle it out for overall honours and generous prizes awarded by Zhik.

With names including Tom Slingsby, Rome Kirby, Kyle Langford, as well as Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, Ray Davies and Peter Burling, there is potential for another race off between Oracle Racing and Team New Zealand.

Other well-known names include defending world champion Nathan Outteridge, former world champion Bora Gulari, British Laser Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison and 49er Olympic bronze medallist Chris Draper. Will we see ‘Moth Team Oracle’ or ‘Moth Artemis’, or even perhaps the Aussie Olympic medallists’ team up?

With $5000 worth of Zhik prizes up for grabs, this is an event not to be missed by competitors and public alike!


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Mothapalooza promises some serious fun on the water and off!

Brian Connolly, founder and CEO of Zhik, said, “The Zhik Mothapalooza is an outstanding test of the sailors’ skills, and enormous fun for the spectators to watch too. We are delighted to be involved with this event. The Moth class is right at the forefront of dinghy sailing technology, and Zhik is right there with the sailors all the way.”


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America’s Cup & Olympic stars heading to Sorrento for 2015 Moth Worlds


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America’s Cup stars, Olympic medallists and world champions are among the record 150 plus sailors who will converge on Port Phillip in the New Year when the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) in Victoria hosts the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 Moth World Championship from 9-16 January, 2015, on Port Phillip.

Defending Moth world champion and Artemis America’s Cup helm, Nathan Outteridge (AUS), heads the line-up. Like so many others, Outteridge, the 2012 Olympic 49er gold medallist, will take on fellow crew and rivals from the Olympics and the America’s Cup, among them his 49er medallist crew and fellow Artemis member, Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen.

Other Artemis entries are Loick Peyron (FRA), who has four ORMA titles and a Transat win among his illustrious results, and 2008 Beijing Laser gold medallist Paul Goodison (GBR).

Intermingled with other big names are winning Oracle Team members Philippe Presti (FRA), Rome Kirby (USA) and Joey Newton (AUS), while Emirates Team New Zealand boats Glenn Ashby (AUS) and Kiwis Dean Barker, Ray Davies, and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, the 2012 Olympic 49er silver medallists.

Burling and Tuke are Outteridge and Jensen’s rivals, and not just in the 49er, according to Tom Slingsby, who slates Burling as the biggest potential threat for the Moth world title.

“Peter Burling is the man to beat. I’ve been watching him, he’s sailing really well and improving all the time,” says Slingsby, the first Australian to be named ISAF World Sailor of the Year (2010) and Oracle strategist.


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Slingsby is running himself ragged in the lead-up. Competing in the Moth class at Sail Sydney along with other Moth Worlds candidates, on Tuesday he will call tactics aboard Perpetual Loyal in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour and in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. In between, the 30 year-old will skipper Oman Air in the Extreme Sailing Series from 11-14 December, but insists he is enjoying every minute.

“I had a break from sailing – I needed it. But now I’m enjoying all the opportunities that are coming my way,” said Slingsby, a multiple world title holder in the Olympic Laser class and former Etchells world champion. “The Extreme is a great opportunity to sail with some of my Oracle crew and it will give me time on the water and practice for the Moth Worlds,” he said.

“Realistically, there are 10-15 people who could win the Worlds. People are coming up with new twists all the time. The Moth is developing all the time, as can be seen with the foiling,” explains the Terrigal sailor who with his Oracle team mates has been practicing on the home turf of Outteridge and Jensen at Wangi Wangi on the NSW Central Coast.

“I’m more local than they are now,” he says laughing. “The Oracle guys have spent a bit of time there because the conditions are perfect for Moth sailing – it’s quiet – there are no distractions, so we can concentrate on sailing.”

Tornado Olympic medallist Glenn Ashby owns more world championship trophies across a broad range of multihull classes than anyone else. Leaving the woes of losing the America’s Cup behind him, the Bendigo sailor commented: “it will be, without doubt, the single most high-performance regatta I’ve ever done.

“There’ll be at least eight Olympic medallists, three Moth world champions and 15 America’s Cup sailors,” added sailmaker Ashby, who is already in Sorrento practicing regularly with Emirates Team NZ crew.

Bora Gulari, the 2013 Moth world champion returns this year after taking a year off. Since his win in Hawaii, the American has been training with the Luna Rossa America’s Cup syndicate.

Missing in action will be America’s Cup winning skipper, Jimmy Spithill, who is having his elbow operated on, but another Spithill will take his place. Younger brother Tom will try his luck in this fast-paced high-level foiling class and has also been putting in practice.

In the younger set too is 2012 Moth world champion, Josh McKnight (AUS), who has to be considered a threat after winning the title at his first Worlds. He was also crowned the 2013 NSW Moth title and in July, won the Open Italian Moth Championship.

Women have thrown their hats in the ‘Moth sphere’ too, notably local sailor, Sam England. The 2011 Moth Worlds Women’s winner is training hard to bring the trophy home again. Multi-skilled Wakako Tabata, 470 Women’s Japanese representative at the 2012 Olympics, also competes in the Laser Radial and Mixed Nacra 17, while Annalise Murphy (IRE) finished fourth at the 2012 Olympics in the Laser Radial.

Japan, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Austria, Hong Kong, France, Ireland, Sweden and Australia are all well represented.

It is not the first time that SSCBC, located in the pretty seaside holiday destination of Sorrento, has hosted a major event; numerous competitors are familiar with the waters having contested the 49er Worlds here in 2008.

“The Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club enjoys a first-class reputation for managing and running major sailing events,” Andrew Plympton, SSCBC’s Commodore commented. “And we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone here. Already Glenn Ashby and others from Emirates Team New Zealand are training here,” he said.

“The McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds will be the centre of attention during our typically busy January period and 10 days of sea breeze, sunshine and flat seas have been ordered.

“Planning with the Moth Association and our club started some two years ago,” he said of the event organised by SSCBC in conjunction with the International Moth Class Association.


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Co-sponsor of the Moth Worlds, McConaghy’s Jono Morris said: “McConaghy Boats has had an enduring association with the Moth class. As foiling started to become the norm for the fleet, we started to work with Andrew McDougall on the Bladerider project when we set up in China in 2006. Between 2006 and 2008, we built around 300 Bladeriders together.

“In 2008 we launched the Mach2, which took everything we had learned collectively from the Bladerider and improved it in every respect. Today, we’ve built over 500 Mach 2’s, combined with 300 Bladeriders; that’s 800 hydrofoiling moths and counting,” he said.

McDougall is also a stalwart sailor of the class and will have his work cut out taking on the younger guns in the fleet. “I’m realistic. A top ten finish would make me proud. I no longer have a serious speed advantage over the fleet, because they’ve got the gear I developed, so it’s a more even playing field now.”

Spectators can catch a glimpse of what is to come when the SSCBC hosts a round of the Victorian Moth Grand Prix sponsored by KA Sails this weekend and the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Australian Championship ahead of the Worlds from 6-8 January. Those keen to go on the water to view the Worlds can register their interest with Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club.



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Exciting prospects in 2015 for the Flying Phantom


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One year ago, the Flying Phantom One Design was presented to the public during the 2013 Paris Boat Show. The success was instantaneous with a unanimous, warm welcome from the press and the sailing community.

Some weeks after the first sailing sessions occurred, the order book started to fill up with orders from customers around the world. In order to face this high demand, Phantom International recalibrated the production capabilities, while ensuring the product matched the high-end requirements, reliability targets and the essential reproducibility for One Design. The Flying Phantom is made using a very high tech process involving carbon pre-preg with Nomex honeycomb sandwich cured at high temperature and then painted with epoxy, so specific industrialization tools are needed to sustain the volume of production and ramp up the capacity from 3 boats per week up to 4 boats per week starting next month.

So far, 60 Flying Phantoms have been ordered, with 30 boats now shipped out of the factory, while the backlog will be resolved by the end of January 2015.


During 2014, the Flying Phantom sailed by Gurvan Bontemps and Benjamin Amiot obtained nice successes on racecourses like the Eurocat or on Lake Geneva. Furthermore, dozens of sailing days were clocked up to ensure ongoing improvements and to optimize racing settings and boat performance. These flying sessions were also an opportunity to share the foiling experience with famous skippers such as François Gabart, Philippe Presti, Loick Peyron, Nathan Outteridge, Franck Cammas, the Red Bull Sailing Team … as well as youth and amateur sailors.



The Flying Phantom Series: the 2015 European Tour

2015 looks exciting; as the Flying Phantom fleet will grow quickly during the first quarter of the year, with the first event of the Flying Phantom Series due to take place in Carnac, France during the Eurocat from the 29th of April to the May 2nd. Prior to the event, Phantom International will organize technical, tutorial and training sessions for Flying Phantom owners to prepare for this first, fantastic event. The race format is being prepared, with the aim of setting up race courses like in the America’s Cup with reaching starts and finishes to guarantee enjoyable racing for the sailors and the spectators. The Flying Phantom fleet will also take part in the long distance race with the clear goal of beating the record set by Gurvan Bontemps and Benjamin Amiot this year.

Following the Eurocat, the fleet will compete in specific events with the same One Design regatta format during Foiling Week in Lake Garda and Travemuender Woche, as well as racing in long distance races like the Round Texel, the Raid Emeraude and the Raid des Corsaires.

Phantom International is also in discussions with the Marseille One Design organizers to assess the possibility of joining the event that will be held in Marseille in September 2015.



Main events on the 2015 calendar

April 29 – May 2 Eurocat in Carnac, France: FP One Design racecourse & Long distance race

June 6 –  Round Texel in Texel, Netherlands: Long distance race

June 8 – 14  Geneva, Switzerland: FP One Design racecourse

June 27 – 28  Raid Emerauade Aid Emeraude in St Lunaire, France: Long distance race

July 1 – 5  The Foiling Week on Lake Garda, Italy: FP One Design racecourse & Long distance race

July 17 – 25 Travemuender Woche in Travemuender, Germany: FP One Design racecourse

September 4 – 6  Raid des Corsaires in St Malo, France: Long distance race



The Phantom Sailing Team

In 2015, the Phantom Sailing Team will be a 2 boat team with Billy Besson – Matthieu Vandame and Gurvan Bontemps – Benjamin Amiot. Both crews will compete in the 2015 regatta season and will foil the Flying Phantom around the world.

Billy, Matthieu, Benjamin and Gurvan are sport catamaran specialists. Billy just won the ISAF World Cup, was twice Olympic catamaran world champion in 2013 and 2014 with his team mate Marie Riou, 2013 Formula 18 World Champion and finished second in the International C-Class Catamaran championship. Matthieu was 2012 Formula 18 World Champion with Olivier Backes on the Sail Innovation Phantom F18 and crewed for famous skippers such as Franck Cammas and François Gabart. He is also pursuing an Olympic campaign with Audrey Ogereau. Gurvan and Benjamin represented the Phantom Sailing Team in 2014, when they started to show what the Flying Phantom could achieve in some multihull regattas. They are also vice 2014 Formula 18 World Champions.


The Red Bull Foiling Generation

From the spring of 2015, the famous energy drink company Red Bull will organize an international circuit for youth sailors between the ages of 16 and 20. This circuit, which has been given the name of the “Red Bull Foiling Generation” will be raced with Flying Phantom catamarans and will include multiple events around the world with one in France. Details concerning race formats and registration procedures will be issued shortly. The “Red Bull Foiling Generation” is a true revolution in the world of sailing as it provides youth sailors with a unique opportunity to step into the world of flying multihulls.


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French rev up for 2015 GC32 Racing Tour


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In 2015, the state of the art GC32 foiling catamarans will compete in a five event European series starting in Austria in May and finishing at Marseille One Design in September.

France is well known for its love of extreme multihulls and multihull racing, so it is appropriate it is represented on the GC32 Racing Tour. To date two French teams have announced their participation – Sebastien Rogues is fielding a professional sponsored team, and privateer Erik Maris will employ some of the best who previously sailed with him on the Extreme 40.

While Rogues is still recruiting his crew, Maris will employ some of the best including five time America’s Cup and ex-Groupama trimaran sailor Thierry Fouchier, plus multihull veteran Jean-Christophe Mourniac and six time World Champion Jean-Sebastien Ponce.

“Then we have two newcomers in the team: Gurvan Bontemps and Benjamin Amiot, two great multihull specialists, who share our values.”

Maris, who has been more active racing cars the last two years, explains. “I was expecting foiling to become a ‘must’ even before trying the GC32, but now I’m convinced: Once you’ve tried it, it is hard to do anything else. This is what attracted me back into a sailing project for the first time in more than two years.”

Sebastien Rogues is well known in sailing circles, but for racing offshore in monohulls rather than inshore in foiling multihulls. A favourite for the 2011 Transat 6.50, he won the opening leg, but during the second suffered an injury forcing his retirement.

But Rogues has achieved his best results in the Class40. Aboard his Mach 40 GDF Suez, he won everything he competed in during 2013, the highlight of his season being victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre.

Further teams joining the GC32 Racing Tour will be announced over the coming weeks.

Events will be held in: Lake Traunsee, Cowes, Rome Fiumicino, Marseille and Germany.


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Foiling Week ready for take off again in July, 2015


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The 2015 Foiling Week ™ at Lake Garda, Italy – July 2015



The Foiling Weektm is the first and only global event dedicated to the amazingly fast foiling boats, their sailors, designers and builders.

The first edition (2014) was announced in December 2013 and held at Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy in July 2014.

More than 60 boats including foiling monohulls, multihulls, kite-surf boards, windsurfers, and a wide variety of prototypes were sailed by 100+ sailors including professionals such as Sebastian Col, Nils Frey, Josh McKnight, Rob Gough, Stefano Rizzi, to name just a few…

20 high profile speakers enlightened a fully booked Forum for three days. Designers, sailors and builders including Tom Speer, Martin Fischer, Kevin Hall, Davide Tagliapietra, Mark Somerville, Chris Edwards and Andrew ‘AMac’ McDougal, provided detailed analysis, explained projects and shared informative discussion on the art of foiling and ideas for future developments.

Following on from the success of the inaugural event, The 2015 Foiling Weektm edition will be held during the first week of July in Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy.

Class Regattas, Long Distance Races and a Speed Contest will take place from Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th  July.

Forums and Workshops will be scheduled during the mornings and at the end of  racing in the afternoons from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July.

A number of new foiling designs have been launched this year and have joined the Foling Weektm 2015, so up to six different dedicated classes are expected to be racing on the waters of Lake Garda.

Classes that have already confirmed participation include monohulls, multihulls and a range of foiling kite boards and windsurfers.

There will also be an exposition of foiling craft and test trials onboard some of the boats, providing a rare opportunity to try the third mode of sailing:


Foiling! – Fast, Furious and Fun


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A video teaser from the 2014 Foiling Week

GC32 Racing Tour announces 2015 season dates & venues


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Photo © Sander van der Borch / The Great Cup



For 2015, its third season of racing, the GC32 foiling catamarans are to compete around Europe on a five event circuit known as the GC32 Racing Tour.

Representing the state-of-the-art in catamaran design, the GC32 is attracting considerable interest due to its conceptual similarity to the AC72 and AC62 foiling catamarans pioneered in the America’s Cup. However as the GC32s are smaller one designs with soft sail rigs, they provide both professional teams and private owners with the opportunity to experience airborne catamaran racing and all the excitement of the larger AC catamarans, but on a much more modest budget and on boats that are far easier to handle while still having the potential to achieve top speeds approaching 40 knots.


The 2015 GC32 Racing Tour schedule:

27-31 May: Austria Cup – Lake Traunsee, Austria
24–27 June: Cowes Cup – Cowes, UK
30 July–2 Aug: TBA – Germany
27-30 August: Trofeo di Roma – Rome Fiumicino, Italy
10–13 September: Marseille One Design – Marseille, France


The season kicks off on the mountain-lined Lake Traunsee in Austria, where the boats will be based out of Gmunden at the northern end of the lake. This will be the third occasion the GC32s will have competed on the picturesque lake after a successful event this year when the line-up featured sailors from the Luna Rossa and Oracle Team USA America’s Cup campaigns.

Christian Feichtinger, CEO of the Traunsee event’s organisers PROFS Marketing, said: “We are very excited about the latest development of the class. It has proof that we took the right decision two years ago when we started with GC32 races on Lake Traunsee. The past two events were quite successful, but we can´t wait to see more boats and more action on our waters. We believe that this is the best sailing product on the market right now and we are proud of being part of it.”

After two GC32s competed in the 2014 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, with one claiming line honours in what was one of the lightest events on record, the GC32 Racing Tour returns to one of world’s most historic race courses – the Solent. Here, during the circuit’s UK stopover, racing will take place over three days before the grand finale in which the GC32 fleet will once again race around the Isle of Wight. While the Round the Island Race was first held in 1931, this course was also famously that of the first America’s Cup held in 1851 (when it ran in the opposite, clockwise direction).

Mike Peskett, Race PRO of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race commented: “The Island Sailing Club is delighted that the GC32 class will be attending the 2015 edition of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and that the Club will be also running the UK leg of the GC32 Racing Tour. As organisers of such an iconic yacht race, we continually work hard to broaden its appeal to our worldwide audience, followers and race partners.”

Full details of the GC32 Racing Tour’s German stopover will be announced soon, but will be followed at the end of August by a new event being held off the beach at Fiumicino, just 8km from the centre of the Italian capital, Rome. With Italian sailing fans being enthusiastic supporters of the America’s Cup and fielding their own team, the Trofeo di Roma is certain to attract the crowds.

The GC32 Racing Tour once again will culminate at Marseille One Design, where the GC32s will participate alongside other foiling classes. Backed by the Ville de Marseille in the build-up to the French Mediterranean city becoming European Capital of Sport for 2017, racing will once again take place on the waters of the Rade Sud to the south of Marseille’s main city centre. At the end of Marseille One Design the GC32 Racing Tour champion will be decided.

In 2015 Marseille will also be the venue for an early season training regatta both for teams and race management, a ‘Pre-Event’ to be held over 16-19 April.

Didier Réault, Deputy Mayor of Marseille in charge of maritime affairs, commented: “The Marseille One Design 2014 showcased the extraordinary progress that has been made in sailing via your amazing GC32s. On behalf of the City, I am delighted that your class association has chosen to host its first gathering of the season at the Roucas Blanc Nautical Arena in April 2015. I’m also especially thrilled that you’ll once again round off your European tour in our harbour, within the context of the Marseille One Design 2015. In fact, we’re imagining that at the end of this final race in September, some of your crews might winter and train in Marseille as they wait for the warm-up sessions to kick off on our waters once again in the spring of 2016.”

The standard format for each event will be to run between six and eight races each day. However PRO David Campbell-James is being permitted some flexibility with the race schedule to include speed trials, long distance races and other formats at his discretion. As always there will be an opportunity for VIPs, journalists and corporate guests to sail on board the GC32 foiling cats during racing as a ‘sixth man’, provided conditions permit this.

GC32 Class Manager, Christian Peer concludes: “In the name of everyone involved in this Class, I would like to thank the organisers for their support and trust. The 2015 schedule is covering great sailing markets and most of our teams next year will sail once in their home waters. We thank Laurent Lenne for his support and look forward to seeing new teams coming to join us for 2015. All in all we are very happy with the current situation.”

A minimum of six to eight teams will compete in all the events with new participants already signed from across Europe and the USA in addition to GC32 founder Laurent Lenne’s SPAX Solutions team and Marwin Sailing Team of Swiss Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marazzi. Details of the new teams will be announced over the next weeks.


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