Sails : Sails 24 February March 2014
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Call us today! 1300 609 900 SA - (08) 8248 5600 WA - (08) 9448 1100 Full reviews available on our website Test sails available sail BAV Feb_Mar 14.indd 1 1/23/14 12:45 PM first seen the nautic show in paris late last year and then more recently at the huge dusseldorf Boat Show during January, this new cat puts flying on a multihull now within everyone’s reach – not just america’s cup pro sailors and billionaires. gliding above the water lifted by foils, upwind and downwind, while touching 30 knots is no longer an experience reserved for the america’s cup. the flying phantom one design enables everyone to experience the feel of flying under sail. this revolutionary craft was developed based on an f18 catamaran platform... except it flies and is the world’s first series foiling catamaran. the flying phantom guarantees unprecedented excitement as flying over the water is now something everyone can do, thanks in particular to a clever foil adjustment system. to keep it simple: the foil is connected to the crewman’s trapeze. it raises itself up when the crewman changes tack, as soon as he pulls on his trapeze. So you don’t need to be franck cammas, françois gabart or gurvan Bontemps – the top champions who tested the flying phantom and contributed to its development – to be able to use this new cat. the guiding principle behind this flying multihull is to enable everyone to experience the unparalleled thrill of flying, balanced on the combination of l-shaped foils and t-shaped rudders. those, who already know how to sail a racing cat, for example, will soon get to grips with how to handle the foiling variety. amateur sailors also contributed to the development, as the designers’ goal was to come up with the first series-built flying cat aimed at the general public. designed by Martin fisher and marketed by phantom international, a firm launched by the Sail innovation company run by alex udin (whose phantom f18 was incidentally 2012 World champion and 2013 runner- up), the flying phantom took three years of research and development. She is the brainchild of fisher, one of the designers of franck cammas’s groupama class c, winner of last year’s little america’s cup. a team from the “big” america’s cup has in fact already ordered a few of these flying catamarans. the flying phantom takes off and rises out of the water in just seven knots of wind and can ‘fly’ at two and half times the real wind speed. it is easy to get it up and speeding along at up to 30 knots boat speed. upwind, skimming the surface of the water, she flies from 12 knots at around 55 degrees to the wind. the asking price is currently around $26,000 euros. plans are to set up a european and american racing circuit for these one design foiling cats, though when the first example makes it to australia, time will tell... www.phantom-international.com Best in both worlds by Frank Quealey Two of the highest profile sailing classes for more than 100 years have been the America’s Cup and the 18-foot Skiffs. While the 18’s have always been famous for their spectacular speed and wild rides/capsizes, over the decades the America’s Cup has been contested mainly by large, slow moving monohull yachts of various designs and length. This has changed dramatically in recent years with the introduction of high-tech catamarans for the America’s Cup, and in 2013 this reached a high point with the 72-footers racing on San Francisco Bay. Comparing these two vastly different, high profile racing machines is far from easy but one of the best people to make the comparison must surely be Sam Newton. Sam, who is one of Australia’s most talented sailors, was part of the 2013 winning Team Oracle USA in the 34th America’s Cup and is also a four-times JJ Giltinan (world) champion on Gotta Love It 7 in the 18-foot Skiffs. Now back in Australia sailing on Gotta Love It 7 in search of a fifth Giltinan title, Sam took time out to discuss what he sees as the differences in the two boats. “The 18’s and America’s Cup cats have many obvious differences but a lot of similarities as well”. “I had the pleasure of doing a lot of sailing and racing on the AC45’s and AC72’s over the past 2 years and between them I also experienced a lot of similarities to the 18ft Skiff”. “When Oracle set the Protocol for the 34 America’s Cup, their concept had a lot of similarities to what the 18-foot skiffs have been doing for decades”. “It was all about creating a spectacle for sponsors and fans, something the skiffs have done well for a long time. The racing is short and intense and the venue is close to vantage points to ensure it encourages a big following”. “On board the boats, the main differences between an 18-foot skiff and an AC72 catamaran are obvious. Two hulls and a wing sail compared to the small single hull of an 18-footer and a conventional mainsail. Another is the much larger team of eleven sailors aboard the AC72, which brings in a whole new dynamic (in racing)”. “It‘s been great to be back out sailing on Sydney Harbour. From my travels, it’s still the best harbour in the world to sail and play and I’m enjoying being back with my long time sailing partner Seve (Jarvin)”. The Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve, Sam and Scott Babbage will go into the 2014 JJ Giltinan Championship as favourites in March, but will face a challenge of more than 30 skiffs from six countries in the regatta, which this year will celebrate 75 years of the world’s greatest 18-footer championship. FLyING PHANTOM Flying for Fun In the wake of the 34th America’s Cup last year, a French catamaran builder has created the world’s first beach-launched, recreational foiling catamaran – the Flying Phantom.
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