Recent comments from Members

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 18/07/2012 - 07:35
    Hello to everybody, I was the designer of the wing for the french OTIP C-Class in 1990. I had carried out also several wind tunnel tests over single slotted and double slotted wings, especially the Yellow Pages ones. About the TNZ's wing, I can notice 2 major innovations : 1 > They put inside the wing the commands of the flaps (crank, cam, lever arms) to remove the parasitic drag and they probably replace them by internal cam + tracks + bell crank ). Never done before. 2 > They put a step just behind the hinge of the flappino ( second element which controls the curvature transition and the slot gap), probably on to allow a perfect flush fairing of the suction side when the internal cranks have moved. The wing is, aside this, a classical one-slotted wing. Rémi Laval-Jeantet; PhD Aero/hydrodynamicist CEO of FLUXYZ CFD company Rémi Laval-Jeantet
  • 14/07/2012 - 10:29
    As a keen windsurfer,catamaran and Dinghy racer over many year I am sorry to see infighting between different types of wind powered craft and feel it is counter productive. Sailing, Windsurfing and Kite Surfing are superb sports accessible to all, and it is vital for the health of sport that it embraces new developoments and technology. I remember all too well the protestations and posturing of the established classes when windsurfers and catamarans were introduced, but look what they have done to open up new and exciting areas of water sport to participants and spectators alike. It will be the same for Kite Surfing, it is new it is exciting and just because you can't or don't want to try to do it (I tried and failed but still love to watch it!) doesn't mean it has any less value than any other form of wind sport. In fact my personal view is that the new high performance end of sailing or kiting is essential for the future health of sailing as it is pushing frontiers and young people who are the future of sport want to push frontiers and go further and faster than their predecessors. Finaly in terms of media appeal, the new developments of high performance skiffs, hull flying catamarans, windsurfers that can blast along in next to no breeze with a 12m sail or perform arial ballet off waves and now kite surfers who fly back and forth on or off the water, present an ever more visual and exciting spectacle for the public that will hopefully encourage more people to get involved. Having followed the Extreme 40's in action and witnessed the AC45's in Plymouth this year and seen the huge public interest they generate, I feel the only challenge for the sailing community is not to see which class can post higher credentials for this that or the other in the media, but how they can learn from the X40 and AC45's and bring the racing and competition right up close and personal to spectators both in terms of positioning of event ciruits, but also getting the right camera installation and media savy promotion on web sites, u-tube and television (this latter one however continues to dissappoint in terms of water sports coverage, and may well be soon irrelevant)and get more people out there sailing dinghies or cats doing windsufing or kite surfing, it doesn't matter. Fashions change all the time and you can't fight it, shouldn't fight it, just enjoy your bit of it and try to grow and promote wind powerd sport as a whole. Apologies for such a long rant. Mike Arstall
  • 12/07/2012 - 18:29
    Well done to Frank Cammas and his team. A MOD 70 campaign might be possible before the next Volvo, the European tour next year and possibly the World tour as there is one ready to go! I hope so. Mark