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Groupama getting vaporized

Photo © Helena Darvelid

Ok so here’s the deal C-Class fans: the foilers are fast, in a big big way. Of the foilers Groupama seems to be the fastest. At least it is  definitely the fastest upwind and has been by far the most consistent. However the fleet race portion of the 2013 ICCCC hasn’t worked out as simply a battle between the foiler boats, and then a struggle by the rest to win the non-foiler division. There is a lot more to it than that.

Throughout fleet racing Franck Cammas has been pretty dominant on board Groupama C. None of the foilers are particularly fast on the beats. That is until the breeze gets up enough that they can foil upwind, which it only did on Day One. However, while the Hydros boats are pretty average upwind until the breeze really comes up, Franck seems to have a point mode that nobody else has. He has basically spent the entire week to this point doing the same thing – he starts at the boat on starboard, climbs over the top of the fleet, crosses everyone as they tack onto port, then he covers and is in the drivers’ seat for the rest of the race. At one point Billy Besson on Hydros I tried to stop Franck having it all his own way at the start, and came over to the boat to slam the door on him, forcing Franck to back out and get a late start. It went exactly according to plan for Billy, but Franck simply pulled in the strings, walked right up behind him, then put the bow down and reached over the top. Franck simply has an upwind point mode that no one seems able to match, so he’s getting to the windward mark well ahead more or less every time. Then he turns the corner and pops up on his foils, and he’s foiling so clean that he’s well in control from that point on.

So, Groupama has clearly been the fastest boat thus far. However after that it gets murky. There is absolutely no denying the Hydros boys speed off the breeze. When they go around the top mark on their foils they walk past the non foilers like they are standing still. In fact, there was definitely a point on Day Two when Mischa Hemaskeerk seemed to be sailing Hydros II every bit as fast as Groupama on the runs, but a good five degrees lower. However in the light to intermediate breezes they are having some trouble on the beats, which has allowed the fast slippery light air boats like Cogito and Canaan to get involved. In the intermediate breeze of day two Lars Guck consistently had Cogito to the windward mark before atleast one, if not both of the Hydros boats. But then they would turn the corner, start foiling, and it became a different race. On Day Three, when to breeze came down a little further Billy Gooderham was able to gun Groupama down on Canaan once Franck was no longer able to get the windward hull out of the water. 

It really comes down to this; none of the foiler boats are particularly fast upwind, at least not until the breeze really comes up. However Franck is pointing significantly higher than anyone on the race course, foiler or non. This is giving him all the leverage he needs. When the breeze comes up enough the foilers are completely in a league of their own, and Franck is leading the way. When it gets light things get interesting.

Looking ahead to the match race, if I were Billy Besson and Jeremie Lagarrigue I’d be hoping for breeze. That may seem counter intuitive to some as Franck has not only been the fastest boat thus far, but of the foilers he has been the most consistently under control. From an outsiders’ perspective there definitely seem to be times when the Hydros guys are just barely hanging on. However there is no denying the raw power of the two big black boats. They struggle upwind at times, and they are definitely a little sketchy on the runs when the breeze is up. However their top speed would seem to be their greatest asset. Billy hit 31 on Day One. No one else is hitting those numbers. Thus far they haven’t been able to maintain their speed around the entire course the way Franck has. However it’s still their best bet. If it gets light Franck is going to be pretty hard to cope with on the beats. But if the breeze comes up Billy should be able to stay attached and then perhaps chew into him off the breeze.

That’s my best guess at least. Others might view it differently, but that’s the way I see it.


Photo © Meredith Block

France, Switzerland Advance To Finals, Defender Comes Up Short

By Alan Block

Mylor Harbour, UK (25 September 2013) – More light air on Falmouth Bay played into the hands of Franck Cammas and his Groupama C as they sailed to two more wins and a third place on the final day of qualifying for the 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship.  Cammas and crew Louis Viat scored a perfect 7 points from 7 races after dropping their two high scores.

Billy Besson and Jeremie Lagarrigue aboard Team Hydros’ SUI 1 were neck-and-neck with teammates Mischa Heemskerk and Bastian Tentij until a strategic error by the Dutch sailors aboard SUI II saw them retire from Race 8 and score a last place in the final race.  With that error, Besson/Lagarrigue clinched the final spot in the one-on-one match racing final for the International C-Class Catamaran Championship Trophy.

Two-time Little Cup Champions Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke (Fill Your Hands) sailed a strong day to finish third overall in the qualifying standings, missing the finals match by just 3 points, while Americans Lars Guck and Max Kramers aboard Steve Clark’s non-foiling veteran boat Cogito turned in a blinding performance to sneak ahead of Heemskerk for fourth place.  The fleet will square off tomorrow to challenge for the final podium position in a fleet racing format.

The final match begins Thursday at 1100 GMT, with fleet racing beginning once two match races are completed.

Results after nine races (two discards):

1 – Cammas/Viat, Groupama C, 12 points

2 – Besson/Lagarrigue, Hydros I, 35 points

3 – Eaton/Clarke, Fill Your Hands, 38 points

4 – Guck/Kramers, Cogito, 56 points

5 – Heemskerk/Tentij, Hydros 1, 59 points

Full results here

Event Links: 

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2013 C Class Cup : The first French C Class Catamaran Event
May 22nd-26th, 2013, Quiberon,France

Quiberon, FRA (December 19th, 2012) – At the 2012 International Boat Show in Paris, Challenge France, the French challenger for the 2013 International C Class Catamaran Championship (ICCCC) in partnership with the French National Sailing Centre (Ecole Nationale de Voile et des Sports Nautiques – ENVSN), announced details about the C Class Cup, the first French C Class Catamaran sailing event.

The C Class Cup will take place at the ENVSN – Saint-Pierre-Quiberon, France, from 22nd to the 26th of May 2013. Four sailing teams already registered for the C Class Cup including Swiss team HYDROS lead Jérémie Lagarrigue, the French Groupam team with Franck Cammas and the French Challenge France team with Karine Fauconnier and Gwénolé Gahinet.

The event lasting four days will include the distinct racing formats: Fleet Races, Match Racing and Speed Matches. It will be a unique opportunity for the teams to compete, train and see how their boats measure up in the same sort of environment that they will encounter during the ICCCC, the class’s world championship in Falmouth, UK in September 2013.

The C Class Cup promises to be an important event in the spring of 2013. To support the promotion and organization of the C Class Cup, the organization is seeking a title sponsor and technical partners.

Quote from Steve Clark : Chairman of the International C-Class Catamaran Association

“France has been at the vanguard of multihull development for many years, yet has been absent from the C Class competition which has always been the most advanced multihull class […]. We hope this regatta is the start of a new union between the French passion for speed and development with the C Class which has been the principle proving ground for new multihull technology.”

About the C-Class Cup
22nd to 26th of May 2013
Where : Ecole Nationale de Voile et des Sports Nautiques (ENVSN)
Beg Rohu – 56510 Saint-Pierre-Quiberon – France
Website: www: http://www.CClassCup.com

About the C-Class Catamaran:

The International C Class Catamaran Championships (IC4) hosted at New York Yacht Club in Newport, RI from August 22-28, 2010. The IC^4 is the successor to the Little America’s Cup as the championship event for the C class catamarans.   Racing begins w

Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke of aboard Can 9 “Canaan” at the 2010 ICCCC in Newport, RI. Photo © Christophe Launay

The C Class Catamaran is a very Open Class: The boat has to be a catamaran, with a 27.87 mÇ max sail surface (300 square feet), a 7.62 m max length (25 feet), 4.267 m max width (14 feet) and a crew of two. This Class has been one of the most open and innovative over the past few years. Among the recent One Design trends, the C Class remains the most innovative from a design and technological perspective, strengthening the interest of the boat and encouraging sailing enthusiasts from around the world to compete.

As an example, whereas wingsails only recently appeared in the America’s Cup with the AC45 and AC72 catamarans, wingsails have equipped C Class Catamarans since 1972.

About Challenge France:
Challenge France team comprises Karine Fauconnier, Gwenolé Gahinet, Hervé Penfornis and Benjamin Muyl. The team has been training at the ENVSN, on Quiberon Bay for 18 months with Patient Lady VI, a legendary C Class Catamaran. Challenge France has been backed by ABM Manutention since July 2012. The team is still looking for additional partners and sponsors to continue ongoing developments and in particular to start the construction of a new generation of C Class Catamaran for the 2013 program.

website: http://www.ChallengeFrance.fr

About the Ecole Nationale de Voile et des Sports Nautiques (ENVSN)

The French National Sailing Centre (Ecole Nationale de Voile et des Sports Nautiques) is a major historical player in the world of French sailing and has been involved in all areas of sailing as a sport: training, education and competitions. This centre is defined as a centre of excellence in France and is one of the key assets for the French Sailing Federation (Fédération Française de Voile) for the training of top class athletes for the Olympics, Paralympics, and inshore sailing events, including Match Racing.

Address: Ecole Nationale de Voile et des Sports Nautiques
Beg Rohu – 56510 Saint-Pierre Quiberon – France

website: http://www.envsn.sports.gouv.fr/

By Nicolas Felix

Some More C-Class Art

More photos courtesy of ClarkSail photographer Sam Moore. He’s not your average photographer, he’s an artist.

USA 105 "Aethon"

USA 105 “Aethon”


C-Class teams at the last ICCCA meeting in November

C-Class teams at the last ICCCA meeting in November. Photo © ClarkSail

With all the recent buzz surrounding the C-Class catamaran, including news that both Franck Cammas and Michel Desjoyeaux have entered the class, there is some confusion in the sailing world regarding exactly which team is which and what team is building what. ClarkSail provides a brief summary of all the existing C-Class teams and what their plans are going forward.

The United States –
The Cogito Project”

The standard bearer of American C-Class sailing since 1996 Steve Clark’s team has USA 105 “Aethon” fully functional while USA 104 “Cogito” is moving toward the water. The 104 spar that was destroyed in 2010 has been stitched back together and is currently being detailed at Guck Inc. Meanwhile Clark is also considering altering the surfaces on the 105 wing during the winter. Barring setbacks both boats will compete in Falmouth in 2013.

Canada –
Team Canada”

Fred Eaton’s squad, having sold CAN 4 “Alpha” to France still has the defending champion CAN 6 “Canaan” fully functional and prepared for Falmouth. The platform for CAN 7 “Fill Your Hands” is finished as are designs for a new wing. The team is contemplating building a new wing over the winter.

Switzerland –

The swiss team is currently in the midst of two builds, one of which will be a foiler built using L’Hydroptere technology. The first set of hulls are already out of the mold at least one of the swiss boats will be sailed in Quiberon, France in May at the 2013 C-Class Cup. The team plans to race both boats in Falmouth and expects to be in England as early as July for training.

Italy –
“Challenge Italia”

Roberto Grippi’s group based in Palermo, Sicily intend to build four platforms with the first hitting the water in January and the second in March. At least two of the Italian boats will be sailed in Falmouth, one by Luna Rossa’s Francesca Bruni, with a third possibly sailed by another Italian group that are high on enthusiasm but currently low on funding.

France –

“Challenge France” – Sponsored by ABM Manutention Benjamin Muyl’s program Challenge France has been sailing “Patient Lady VI” for the past two summers and are pursuing sponsorship for their next generation C-Class build.

“Franck Cammas Racing” – Partially backed by Groupama, Frank Cammas Racing has acquired CAN 6 “Alpha” from the Canadians and plans to race in both Quiberon and Falmouth. Construction of their own design is currently under way and Cammas expects to be ready for the water in plenty of time for Quiberon.

“Mer Agitee” – Michel Desjoyeaux’s squad has also announced it’s entry into the class. Having already developed their wing prototype and tested them aboard Nacra 18’s the build is already well in progress. Desjoyeaux has not committed to the Quiberon event but expects to be ready in more than enough time for Falmouth.

England –
“Team Invictus” –
 The longest standing C-Class team outside of the United States, the British are currently having their new wing constructed at a Portuguese shop in Cascais in exchange for their wing design. The team plans to use their existing Invictus platform in Falmouth with a new wing and foil set.