Yearly Archives: 2014

Nacra 20 FCS, Solent Whisper, Bemare S9 : 3 catas, 12 foils

From Voiles et Voiliers


Après l’engouement suscité par le Flying Phantom en 2014, trois nouveaux catas de sport volants sont apparus sur la Nautic de Paris 2014 : le Nacra 20 FCS, le Solent Whisper et le Bemare S9. Trois bateaux montés sur foils, mais dont les autres caractéristiques (taille, prix, complexité) diffèrent sensiblement. Revue de détail avec Pierre-Marie Bourguinat.

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Adrian Newey gets to realise America’s Cup dream in tie-up with Sir Ben Ainslie

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Adrian Newey, F1’s pre-eminent designer, has always dreamed of being part of a challenge on the America’s Cup yacht race and a tie-up announced today with British sailing hero Sir Ben Ainslie brings him into that world.
Newey has withdrawn from front line, day to day F1 activity, to work with Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Ben Ainslie Racing is partnering with RBAT in the field of advanced simulation and mathematical modelling.
“RBAT will apply its simulation and modelling skills to assist Ben Ainslie Racing in various areas of their campaign, as BAR aims to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain,” said a statement this afternoon.
Meanwhile Sir Ben Ainslie said: “BAR are really excited to be partnering with Red Bull Advanced Technologies. We are in a unique position in this country, and this campaign is about assimilating the very best of British in design and engineering – RBAT epitomises this.”
Ainslie is challenging for the 35th America’s Cup, hoping to win it for Britain. He won it as a skipper for the USA team last time out, coming in to turn around a deficit to Team New Zealand of 8-1 into a stunning 9-8 victory in San Francisco and his pedigree as an Olympic sailor is unmatched.
Ainslie said of Newey, “He’s a really lovely guy and the most successful designer in Formula One history. He’s keen on racing in the America’s Cup, it’s great for us.”
“It’s all about aerodynamics and hydraulics so we’ve already started discussions with the motorsport teams in the Formula One world.”

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Newey has long talked about the America’s Cup as a challenge that stimulates him beyond life in F1. He looked around for a new challenge last season, talking to Ferrari about a possible transfer to Maranello, but Red Bull persuaded him to stay in Britain and in their family, rather than to compete against them.
RBAT trades on the intellectual property, engineering excellence and technological know-how developed through F1 competition.
Newey’s designs have won world championships for Williams, McLaren and Red Bull in a career spanning over 25 years.


Flying Phantom will race at 2015 Foiling Week™



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 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 29th – May 2nd EUROCAT in Carnac, France: FP One Design racecourse & Long distance race
June 6th ROUND TEXEL in Texel, Netherlands: Long distance race
June 8th – 14th in GENEVA, Switzerland: FP One Design racecourse
June 27th – 28th RAID EMERAUDE in St Lunaire, France: Long distance race
July 1st- 5th FOILING WEEK on Lake Garda, Italy: FP One Design racecourse & Long distance race
July 17th-25th TRAVEMUENDER WOCHE in Travemuender, Germany: FP One Design racecourse
September 4th – 6th 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.

Come and visit us
The next date on the calendar for the Flying Phantom and Phantom International is the Paris Boat Show that will be held at the Porte de Versailles in Paris from December 6th to 14th. Come and visit us and meet the team at booth M49-Hall 1.

Défi Wind 2014 (& foil)

By Horue Movie: 1000 windsurfers at the biggest windsfurfing race worldwide, including 1 windfoiler. This amazing movie is dedicated to windfoil during the “Défi Wind 2014” of Gruissan.

About the Défi Wind: Réunir pros et amateurs sur une unique ligne de départ autour de la passion du windsurf, voici l’esprit du Défi Wind de Gruissan depuis ses origines. L’association de Wind magazine et de Gruissan dès 2001 et surtout la passion de l’équipe d’organisation menée par Philippe Bru, ont rapidement fait de cet évènement une référence mondiale incontournable. Plus grand rassemblement de windsurfeurs au monde,  près de 1000 stars et anonymes s’y retrouvent chaque année pour une longue distance hors norme, à fond au planing. Concerts endiablés, animations et Festival du Film de windsurf s’ajoutent à la compétition pour le plus grand bonheur de tous.

Official Défi Wind de Gruissan 2014 video


K2 Kiteboat Helicopter shoot 6/5/14

The Kiteboat Project has existed in some form since 1997, when Don Montague first began attaching kites to boats. Between 1997 and 2006, Don worked with a team in Hawaii to develop kites for use with surfing canoes, small catamarans, and large motored cats; their accomplishments included wave-riding and several island crossings. Between 2006 and 2008, Don worked on modifying and testing the Trifoiler and Quadfoiler test platforms through Makani Power, a Bay Area wind power company that he co-founded in the fall of 2006. The current team began to take shape in late 2008, when the Kiteboat Project acquired funding from the Marine Science Technology Foundation and moved to its own workshop in Alameda. We have since secured other funding and have put together a team of marine architects, sailors, and software developers dedicated to realizing the Kiteboat vision through building and testing the first platform of its kind built specifically for kites.

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