First sail of the Falcon F16 in Europe!

This weekend we finally had our maiden trip with the Falcon. And it was awesome :-)

We sailed at Lac l'eau d'heure, a lake in the middle of Belgium. At this time of the year this location is great because even if there is a lot of wind you will have almost no waves and no chance of getting too wet in the still very cold weather!

Temperature was about 10°C and the sun even came out for a little while. We had almost 3 hours on the water and it was good to get to know the boat. It's very stable in the water, very easy to handle. I liked the spin tack release to pull the spi forward during the spreader run.

There was not that much wind (3 BFT?) but we had alot of power with the spi on.

Here are the first pictures!

All the pictures can be found on our
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And they will be uploaded to our website also later on together with some video stuff!

Article on CatsailingNews

Martin Vanzulli wrote a nice article on CatSailingNews. He compares the new Falcon F16 to the Nacra Infusion, something we also think to be true. Head over there to read more.

This weekend we'll put the boat together and next weekend we will have our first sail at Lac l'eau d'heure, cannot wait!

Stay tuned for more pictures.

Spring is in the air...

The sun is finally shining again in Belgium! And that sure feels good. We are counting the days to go back on the water again. Next Saturday, March 6, our new Falcon F16 enters the Antwerp harbor and from there it will be transported to our house in Ostend. Let's hope the container transport goes well. And than we can finally touch our new beauty :-)

In lack of real sailing we are already planning carefully where we will attend and how much we will sail this spring/summer. Our first race will be in Belgium, on March 27 and 28. Like last year we will be attending the Season's Opening on Lac l'Eau d'Heure (inland water, so no waves and easy winds should make for a nice wake-up event). We hope to have some practice before the race, so we will be already there as from Friday, to give our new Falcon F16, his/her first run.

I am also really looking forward to the first big international event, Eurocat Carnac, which will only be 3 days this year (2 days of buoy races and 1 day long distance). We'll be there for one whole week to enjoy the beautiful environment and to be prepared real well for the fierce international competition.

And then there is also the F16 Europeans, which will be held at Lake Como this year. For a whole week around July 21 (our Belgian national holiday) we will be sailing in plenty of sunshine, tasting excellent food and partying with alot of F16 sailors, woehoe!

So in short lots to look forward to and ofcourse we will keep you updated!