Recent comments from Members

  • 25/09/2012 - 13:38
    I had the pleasure of joining them for the first sea trial in Los Angeles. What a stunning piece of engineering! The ride in the open sea is extremely smooth and very fast. I wish them only the very best of fortune with their endeavours. David
  • 21/09/2012 - 10:17
    In response to: C-FLY looks offshore
    Hello to the tech-sailors, This boat is truly a marvelous technological achievment. It is the fulfilment of a lineage of dreamers like the canadian engineers of De Havilland with "Bras d'Or" and Fulgencio Garcia Hernandes with "Volador", 2 hydrofoils fitted with the "LBF" (Lozenge-Bow Foil ) system. The impressive improvment made by the C-Fly team is this flexible lozenge configuration which plays the role of wave shock damper. Bravissimo ! Rémi Laval-Jeantet,PhD Hydrodynamician CEO FLUXYZ
  • 11/09/2012 - 09:10
    I know it's too late, but surely kiteboarding should be a demonstration event in Rio. I'm not even sure it should be under ISAF's jurisdiction. But then I expect we had all those arguments about windsurfing however many years ago that was.
  • 11/09/2012 - 09:04
    It clearly works, but is this a real contender - or a red herring to get the competition to waste valuable time investigating foiling? I seem to remember that others have struggled to get cats to foil faster than they go in displacement mode, e.g. Fred Eaton's C-Class 'Off Yer Rocker'. Just a thought...
  • 29/08/2012 - 17:37
    I'm all for a development class at the Olympics. However, having the representative body of the industry calling on MNAs to give their industry members millions in development cash over the next cycle is fairly rich, and stating that the choices are solely box rule or monopoly is childishly absurd. It will be cool to have kiteboarding at the Olympics, but the IKA would do well to remember how lucky it is to be there and not use this simply as a chance for self promotion. Poor start.
  • 28/08/2012 - 14:02
    If I was an athlette wishing to kiteboard in four years in Rio what would I buy to start training? Are these guys serious with one olympic cycle to go still discussing what the equipment looks like. From what I have seen round our way no one is using course racing boards. Do they even know what size kite you can use? Will any of the grade 1 sailing events be running kiteboarding events this year or next?
  • 28/08/2012 - 13:37
    looks like a reason NOT to include kite boarding in the Olympics, not a reason to include a development class... which will be expensive once the Rich MNAs start their development leaving the poorer nations way behind. It's got to be one design
  • 28/08/2012 - 12:27
    Great day sail with the greatests! job well done James!
  • 20/08/2012 - 20:53
    Fantastic!
  • 13/08/2012 - 09:22
    We have since learned that Malcolm Page's replacement is likely to be Will Ryan
  • 06/08/2012 - 00:26
    Good on you Ben!
  • 02/08/2012 - 14:17
    It's Morgan ReeSer. 1992 Silver Medal in the 470.
  • 01/08/2012 - 17:33
    What a hero!
  • 01/08/2012 - 16:38
    surely he's added on 40nm rather than taking them off the record??
  • 25/07/2012 - 09:44
    Hmmm tough year! Ainslie? Scheidt? Cammas? ....
  • 19/07/2012 - 17:11
    why did you remove the video???
  • 18/07/2012 - 21:23
    Dear James, you are right, the flap chord fraction is between 57 and 60%, which is much more than the 40 to 44% of the C-Class cats. This will lead actually to greater cambers, but not necessarily to greater lift coefficients as it was proven in the wind tunnels. Rémi Laval-Jeantet
  • 18/07/2012 - 13:05
    A well-informed spy of ours in Auckland confirms that the innovation is indeed in the hidden control arms and notes that the wing has quite a large rear element, compared to the front one. What appears in the photos to be a step may be just a fairing to the flap. The vertical supports may be there to vertically support the bowsprit before the wing is stepped. They are then removed.
  • 18/07/2012 - 08:28
    Interesting - so there is a step in the wing. I wondered if it wasn't the light/paintjob playing tricks
  • 18/07/2012 - 07:43
    Remi's comments are going to make my observations seem even more low brow but was lucky enough to watch them stitching the pieces together from my office window. The photos don't really do justice to the step up in size from the AC45 - it is an absolute monster. It will be a hell of a challenge to get the boat out of the Viaduct but can't wait to see it unleashed in open water. Pete Melvin is like a kid in a sweet shop when pressed about how the platform will perform.