Foiling Week – A Five Day Festival of Foiling

Have you witnessed a flying boat yet? It’s a sight and makes you wonder if perhaps you’re seeing things! Foiling is the way of the sailing future and with kites, catamarans, lasers even taking to the air, foiling is reaching new heights and popularity amongst the younger sailing population.

We told you about the Vineyard Cup which added foiling kites to their formerly water based event last week on Martha’s Vineyard. The event was very well received, the weather was perfect and the fleet of flying foiling kiteboards were blasting around at top speeds with an excellent turnout.

So of course the Euros have to take it to another level with a whole week of foiling fun. Read this report from the event website and watch the video and be the judge: are you ready to take your sailing to this next level? I’m happy to watch, thank you!

Website Report:  Foiling Week 2015 came to a close last weekend after a five day festival of foiling in superb conditions at Lake Garda. The weather really turned it on for three days of fast and furious foiling with Lake Garda an eclectic mix of foiling craft.

The sun came out every day and the pristine clear waters off Malcesine proved a big hit for the visiting sailors. The early morning Peler from the North switches off around lunchtime to make way for the afternoon Ora from the South which blew in 12 – 18 knots almost every day. Add the occasional summer thunderstorm in the mix and you have some awesome foiling conditions.

The Kitefoil Invitational proved such a hit amongst the visitors that international kite rider Marvin Baumeister is keen to organize a major kite event in Lake Garda as early as next year.

“The circuit is growing in strength and if we come here in Summer it doesn’t get much better, its not only a place that has really good conditions for some very fast racing, its also the panorama and the scene here just adds that extra element.”

Winner of the Long Distance Race, kiteboarder Torvar Mirsky from Western Australia agrees: “I have had a lot of fun here, this Foiling Week concept is great, the venue is great, the organization is spot on so we have had such a pleasant time.” (read more)

Sounds like fun to me, but still – i’ll take the video. Enjoy!


US Sailing Youth Championships are in Town

Just as the carnival, parade floats and 4th of July gawkers rolled out of town on Sunday the 5th, there was a parade of youth sailors entering town. Bristol, RI – who, as we told you, is host to the nation’s oldest 4th of July parade – saw over 300,000 people line the red, white and blue striped parade route (the stripe in the road is literally r, w & b). Today marks the start of the US Youth Sailing Championship Regatta bringing over 160 of the top young sailors in the country to the Ocean State for this pinnacle event for youth sailors under 20 in the U.S.

The invite only regatta has five classes racing on Narragansett Bay and Mount Hope Bay beginning today through Friday, July 10. Many of this week’s winners will qualify for the US Sailing Team Sperry Youth World Team and compete at the 2015 ISAF Youth World Championships in Malaysia.

The event marks the grand opening of the nearly completed Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center at Roger Williams University.  The sailing center is perfectly suited for the event and allows the University to shine as a recent addition to top college sailing teams.

Classes being sailed are:
– Laser Standard – Laser Radial – Int’l 420 – 29er – F16 catamarans

Check out the photos, viewing info, event updates and more here.

Laser Sailor Sets Record for Longest Distance Sailed in a Dinghy

Report from Sailing Scuttlebutt:

Robert Suhay (USA) completed his attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for record for longest distance sailed unassisted in a dinghy. After launching his Laser from the Sail Carteret Sailing Club dock in Morehead City, NC on June 30 at 06:00, Suhay, age 52, arrived in Annapolis, MD on July 4 at 00:08 at the dock of Severn Sailing Association. During the route he was not allowed to make landfall or receive any aide.

“He only took one sleep break on Thursday night (July 2) and drifted on to a sledge and briefly grounded when the tide went out,” reports his wife, Lisa Suhay. “However, he did not at any time make landfall or set foot on land. Satellite imagery of that event makes it look as if he’s on an island but when you play the GPS Track you can see the boat drifting in circles for a few hours as he slept. Boats up on the hard don’t drift in circles. But since we expect that to be something we will have to document with the help of Fish and Wildlife, we are currently placing the record breaking at the point just before he went to sleep at the sledge. That was 295.3 nm.”

According to the GPS Yellow Brick tracker final report, Suhay sailed a total distance of 346.1 nm. The official record distance will be determined by Guinness World Record. Suhay holds the current Guinness World Record of 283.5 nm for the longest singlehanded distance sailed in a dinghy by a male. UpdatesTracker

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