On Sunday June 10 2012, female helmsman Carolijn Brouwer (BEL) with crew Wouter Samama (NED) won the 35rd Zwitserleven Round Texel Race. This is a historical victory, because Brouwer is the first female helmsman to claim the overall trophy on corrected time. Dutchmen Xander Pols and Stefan Dubbeldam took line honours and finished second overall. They crossed the line after 2 hours 50 minutes and 21 seconds with a big lead. The race had a thrilling conclusion with close racing. Also it was the first time in history that world's biggest catamaran race took place on Sunday.Exactly at noon on Sunday June 10, 250 cats started in the prestigious catamaran race round the Wadden island Texel. Nobody crossed the line too early, which is a great performance. Current and wind from behind pushed the professional sailors and amateurs to the line. John de Vries and Diederik Pauli (Nacra F20 carbon) were in the lead on the first leg on the North Sea to the lighthouse, but had to give that up just before the first gate to William Sunnucks and Oliver Egan (GBR).
It's the boat with bite and attitude to burn and now the Viper is preparing for the start of its most important race to date making it onto the 2016 Olympic sailing program in Rio.
Already a big hit with sailing's Generation Next as well as current and past champions, the high-performance Viper will strut its stuff at the International Sailing Federation's Multihull Evaluation Trials for the 2016 Olympics at Prince Felipe High Performance Sailing Centre in Santander, Spain, from March 17-25.
This is the chance for a boat already turning heads for its results on the water to win over a new legion of fans looking for a class to showcase sailing's future, its willingness to move with the times, its desire to be high-performance and media savvy and its desire to create a level playing field for men and women.
Multiple Olympian Carolijn Brouwer and crewmate Brett Goodall have sailed their Viper to victory in the Pattaya International Multihull Festival with the boat outperforming its rivals for a spot on the 2016 Olympic program at the week-long event.
In total seven boats will strut their stuff at the upcoming evaluation trials in Spain to determine the new multihull class for the Rio Olympics, with Dutchwoman Brouwer and Australian Goodall beating all four of their rivals (Hobie Tiger, Tornado, Spitfire, Nacra F16) who raced in the same division in Thailand for the overall crown.
Darren Bundock and Celine Van Dooren have struck a major blow for mixed sailing with the new sailing combination claiming the world Formula 16 crown in their first ever regatta together on a Viper catamaran.
Dutchwoman Van Dooren and Australian Bundock, sailing for The Netherlands, were the stand-out team in the regatta raced on Lac de Carcans in Maubuisson, France, and in which Vipers filled the top eight places.
It was the first time Van Dooren has raced off with a world crown with she and Bundock only teaming up for the event in France at the last minute.
His need for speed enticed him onto the water at the start of his career but it was Australian skipper Darren Bundock's skill in the light which saw him pick up his 13th world sailing crown in Hungary this week.
The two-time Olympic medallist and crew-mate Jeroen Van Leeuwen raced off with the 2011 Formula 18 world crown on Lake Balaton in Hungary.
"I know lots of sailors have heaps of superstitions but I have never been one of them", said Bundock, who raced a C2 Formula 18 at the event.
"But even I am glad to have got the 13th without any sort of mishap, just some really close, good racing".
DRAMATIC COLLISION KNOCKS WIND OUT OF OLYMPIAN AND NEW MUM CAROLIJN BROUWER'S COMEBACK TO MAJOR RACING
Olympian and former round the world sailor Carolijn Brouwer's long-awaited return to sailing after the birth of her first child ended in dramatic fashion before the start of the famous Round Texel catamaran race with the Dutch sailor admitting she and crewmate Jeroen van Leeuwen were both lucky to have escaped serious injury.
"If Jeroen had been 30cm either way he would have been slammed. It would have been awful," a shattered Brouwer said after she and her crewmate returned to shore following the pre-start incident in The Netherlands on Saturday.
"We were sitting head to wind and then this boat just came out of nowhere. It landed on top of ours and smashed it and their bow went through our sail.
"We are all lucky no one was injured but it's pretty shattering. We couldn't wait to race and the conditions were looking really good for the Viper.
Olympian and former round the world sailor Carolijn Brouwer is returning to the competition arena less than four months after giving birth to her son Kyle Nico with the well-known sailor to contest the famous Round Texel regatta this coming weekend.
Brouwer will team with Dutchman Jeroen van Leeuwen for the event which annually attracts hundreds of the best cat sailors in the world and will be raced on Saturday 25th of June.
The pair will sail a Viper with Brouwer to steer and Jeroen acting as crew.
While Brouwer is looking forward to returning to competition in Texel and the lead-up Dutch Open event which will be raced from Wednesday to Friday this week, she admits it will be hard to be away from baby Kyle Nico while out on the water.
Multiple Olympian Carolijn Brouwer has issued a challenge to off-water partner and on-water rival Darren Bundock that she plans to end his recent undefeated run in the C2 Formula 18 the next time the pair match-up at a major regatta.
And more than just pride is on the line with Brouwer spicing up the challenge with something she knows Bundock loves - chocolate cake.
Brouwer and crewmate Wouter Samana, also sailing a C2, finished just a point in arrears of Bundock and his crewmate Jeroen Van Leeuwen at the Belgian Formula 18 championships on the weekend where C2 boats claimed four of the top five places.
"So close but yet so far," a frustrated Brouwer said at the end of the regatta.
Holland-based sailor Darren Bundock and new crewmate Jeroen van Leeuwen have extended their impressive winning run in Formula 18 racing with the pair racing off with their third successive victory on the C2 Formula 18 cat in just 3 weeks.
Almost a decade after he won the first of his two Olympic silver medals at the Sydney 2000 Games, Bundock, a former Olympic class Tornado sailor and multiple world champion, has shown age has only made him better as he and van Leeuwen sailed to victory at the Dutch F18 championships.
"From the moment we first jumped into the C2 Formula 18 together we have just clicked," the Australian said of his and van Leeuwen's on-water partnership.
While former round the world team-mates Carolijn Brouwer and Liz Wardley are hoping girl power will sweep them to their second major win as a Viper team, multiple Olympic medallist Darren Bundock will be relying on youthful exuberance and enthusiasm to keep at bay a rising tide of young sailing talent.
The two-time Olympic Tornado silver medallist has enlisted the aid of teenage Viper skipper to match it with some of the top multihull sailors in the world and the rising stars of the game on beautiful Lake Como in Italy in this weeks F16 Euro Challenge.
Dutch sailor Froukje Feenstra, just 17, will be calling the shots on the Viper with Bundock assuming the unusual role of crew for the event which starts today.
In a sport where bananas, anything green, starting a voyage on a Friday and even whistling are considered "unlucky" on boats, dual Olympic medallist Darren Bundock said he doesn't have a superstitious bone in his body ahead of his campaign for a 13th world sailing crown.
The two-time Olympic silver medallist in the Tornado class said he knows plenty of rivals who would be nervous even to mention the "unlucky" number 13. But for him it's not a problem.
"I know people who won't try to win, let alone even finish, an invitation race before a regatta because they consider it unlucky and would freak out completely if there was anything green on their boat," said Bundock, who has won a record seven world titles in the Tornado class, three in the F18 and two ISAF world sailing crowns in his stellar career.
Multiple sailing Olympian Carolijn Brouwer won her first battle on land when a coin toss secured her the skippers position on her new Viper and claimed her second triumph soon after when she and partner Darren Bundock raced to victory in the Belgian open multihull championships in Knokke on the weekend.
The pair was a newly formed mixed crew racing at the event but dominated from the start, winning five of their seven races during the two-day regatta.
Brouwer has now recorded back-to-back victories on the Viper following her history-making win with crewmate Liz Wardley at the recent Eurocat regatta in Carnac, France, and the first win by a mixed crew in the two-day Belgian open multihull championships on the North Sea.
Two former round-the-world team-mates have written a new entry in sailing's record books with with Carolijn Brouwer and Liz Wardley the first all-female crew ever to win the famous Eurocat regatta in Carnac, France.
Barely 120 kilo dripping wet, the catamaran lightweights excelled in a variety of conditions to claim the 16-foot division in a Viper they had raced together for the first time just three days earlier.
Brouwer, from The Netherlands, and France-based Australian Wardley, finished no worst than 3rd over the entire weekend with their discard result following some equipment problems and Wardley falling overboard in the final race of the regatta in Carnac.
For the first time since they raced across some of the most dangerous stretches of water on the planet in a Volvo Ocean Race, multiple Olympic sailor Carolijn Brouwer and renown single-handed sailor Liz Wardley will join forces on a Viper catamaran in a quest to write their names into sailing's history books.
Two of the most accomplished female sailors on the international racing scene, Brouwer and Wardley have jumped at the chance to reunite on the water for a shot at creating history in the three-day Eurocat regatta in France from Friday.
"No all-female crew has ever won the Eurocat regatta," said Brouwer, a former world Europe dinghy champion who with old crewmate Sebastien Godefroid won a silver at the 2007 world Tornado championships in Portugal.
Former Olympic sailing rivals Darren Bundock and Will Howden have forged a formidable partnership to take on two former team-mates at this week's famed Eurocat regatta in Carnac, France.
Multiple world catamaran champion and two-time Olympic medallist Bundock will jump aboard the C2 Formula 18 with Howden, a former world Tornado silver medallist, at the three-day regatta which starts Friday.
Now based in The Netherlands, Australian Bundock and English sailor Howden will square off a strong international fleet which includes two sailors they both know well and have raced with and against for more than a decade.
Rivals on the water for years, multiple Olympians and sailing world champions Darren Bundock and Carolijn Brouwer have joined forces in a new business venture set to create waves for a new generation of sailors.
With the Tornado catamaran dropped from the Olympic program for 2012, the talented multihull sailors are starting a new chapter in their lives which they hope will help spark a resurgence of interest in the sport of sailing.
The long-term goal of the pair is to establish a circuit for the best young sailors in the world complete with professional teams, professional racing, professional coaching and professional media coverage.
The new C2 Formula 18 is the next generation of F18 catamarans. While the Capricorn was considered one of the highest performing F18’s the new C2 is even better.
The new bow shape of the C2 Formula 18 has improved the water flow and volume in the front section of the hull, while utilizing the maximum possible water line length.
With shifting the main beam aft, the C2 Formula 18 has more bow than any other Formula 18 on the market. This, in addition to the increased bow buoyancy, results in a significant increase of performance downwind. The square transom and raised rear beam are designed to decrease beam slap and increase large wave handling.
The successful mast and beam sections from the Capricorn have been carried over to the new C2 Formula 18