The foiling Moth class is one of the most innovative and technical classes on the water, and BlueWorks is the latest company to enter the market offering the newest high-performance parts for the Moth; The BlueWorks ONE hydrofoil.
The guys at BlueWorks have spent years designing and refining their new main hydrofoil for the foiling Moth class. It is truly a huge step forward in terms of design and quality.
The 2019 WASZP Games was easily one of the best regattas ever. Held in late January 2019 from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth, Western Australia, all aspects of the event were amazingly organised, flawlessly executed and the racing was exciting and intense every single day!
Hartas Productions is proud to have been affiliated with the WASZP Class since the very first WASZP Games in 2017, and we have provided coverage for many WASZP events since then. However, the 2019 WASZP Games was one of those rare regattas where all the promises made in the lead up to the event were not only fulfilled, but exceeded. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing, and the spirit and culture of the WASZP class was stronger and more cohesive than ever.
At the beginning of the event, the WASZP Slalom Race was held right in front of the clubhouse at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, and we provided a full blown multi-stream live production with multiple drones, live replays, on-screen graphics and commentary for this incredible day of racing.
The 49er, 49erFX and 29er fleets all had their Australian National Championships in the first week of 2019 at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, and it was a spectacular event.
The 49er and 49erFX fleets had runaway winners but the competition in the 29er fleet was intense, with the fight for the podium coming down to the very last race.
On the final day, all fleets got three races in, and the 49er fleet were loving the conditions as they flew around the race track at top speed. After another faultless performance today, Will and Sam Phillips became 2019 National Champions, sealing off a perfect score card of 16 bullets from a possible 16 races. James Grogan and Charlie Dixon were close behind the winners finishing in second overall, with Oliver Manton and Jack Lloyd rounding out the podium in third overall.
Following on the success of Season 1 of our Pro-Sailing Adventure Vlog, which you can view here, Alexander Ringstad from the Calora Innovation Racing Team and Ollie Hartas from Hartas Productions teamed up again and left the cold and rainy weather of November in Scandinavia, heading for the warm tropical climate of the Caribbean!
The Martinique Flying Regatta was to be held in late November and the boys thought it was a great opportunity to have some more adventures and do soem more sailing!
This time, the trip was supported by the new BlueWorks ONE foil from BlueWorks Inc. in Finland, Varsity Headwear from Norway and, of course, Calora Innovation. The regatta would be the perfect place for Alex to test the new BlueWorks ONE foil, which is the latest foil to hit the Moth market and it is taking the community by storm! This is the most advanced foil ever, and everybody wanted one and this was Alex’s chance to try it out!
The 2018 Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event for wounded, sick and injured service men and women.
The word ‘Invictus’ means Unconquered. According to the event organisers, the Invictus Games ‘embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and personifies what these tenacious men and women can achieve post injury.’
Created by Prince Harry after being inspired by an event for wounded veterans that he attended in the United States, the Foundation promotes the importance of sport and physical activity in the rehabilitation journey of wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans.
It was incredible to see these amazing athletes overcoming their physical and mental handicaps and show the rest of the world the true spirit of the word courage. Hartas Productions was on site to capture these moments of glory, and also was able to snap some pictures of the Royal Patron of the Invictus Games, Prince Harry and his wife as they came out on the water to witness the sailing and cheer for the competitors.
Earlier in 2018, the largest dinghy regatta, Royal Swedish Yacht Club Olympic Class Regatta was settled, and Hartas Productions was on
hand to cover the event! During the racing, three new Swedish champions where crowned and, additionally, the Junior SM regatta was settled on the waters off Saltsjöbaden near Stockholm, Sweden. In total, more than 400 sailors participated in the iconic championship and Junior SM reached a new record! Never have so many two-man-boats have competed for the SM medals! It was truly a magnificent sight to behold with all the competitors in many fleets across multiple race courses on the beautiful waters of Sweden’s Archipelago!
2018 WASZP Cup Norway is an amazing Championship held over three events throughout the year at varying locations around Norway. Stage 1 was raced at Glaesver, and you can find out more about that by clicking this link. Stage 2 was held at Åsgårdstrand, which is famous as the home of renowned artist Edvard Munch, and the conditions were picture perfect!
2018 was one of the warmest summers on record in most of Europe and Norway was not exempt! Gorgeous blue skies and temperatures in the high 20’s provided glamorous sailing conditions for all competitors! Unfortunately, the warm air meant that the wind did not blow more than 15 knots during the event, but nonetheless, the sailors had a great time and the racing was tight!
The thirds and final stage of WASZP Cup Norway was held again at Lake Bygdin, over 1000 meters above sea level! Despite the amazing summer that had featured so strongly this year, the weather up at Lake Bygdin was very different! For the first time in Hartas Productions history, we covered a sailing event that was held whilst it was snowing!
Who won the 2018 Stockholm Archipelago Raid? All teams of the raid who pushed themselves to the limit, leg after leg, mile after mile through all the islands, rocks and open sea in quite tough wind conditions! And all teams who battled with the teams around them and sometimes gained a point or two and sometimes lost. And all teams who took part in the adventure and made it to the remote islands and skerries where seals and seabirds live. And also all the people of the Race Organisation who made the race so successful, the food so tasty, the sauna hot and the beer cold and the whole experience so nice.
All teams were winners, but some teams were more winners than the other teams. Three teams stood out from the crowd this year:
In 2018, Hartas Productions began making a new kind of video content. We teamed up with Norwegian pro sailor Alexander Ringstad to follow his adventures in the 2018 UK Moth nationals, the 2018 Moth European Championships and, later, the 2018 Martinique Flying Regatta!
Alexander Ringstad is one of the best sailors in Norway. He is sponsored by the Calora Innovation Racing Team which supports him as he travels and competes with the best Moth sailors around the world. It is tough to train as there are not really any other Moth sailors in Norway, which means Alex HAS to travel in order to train and compete.
Held at Borstahusens Segelsällskap in Sweden, the 2018 Moth European Championships was hotly contested and ultimately, gave David Hivey his first ever major Championship win! You can see pictures and video from the event here!
The sailing conditions were near-perfect with tricky, choppy conditions in the beginning, the weather soon calmed a bit, with the second half of the regatta being held in lighter winds and flatter water. Unfortunately, seaweed made racing difficult for some, but sailing is a sport of challenges!
Despite the long walk from the rigging area out to deep water, sailors relished the opportunity to race these high performance foiling machines against each other, and also enjoy themselves off the water with the excellent social environment that only sailors can produce!