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Bladerider News - December 2007

'Around the World' in 90 Minutes

Bladerider Team Sailor Rohan Veal broke the 'Around the World' Record in Dubai on the 12 November, claiming it in a time of 1:29.37 sailing on a brand new Bladerider straight out of the box. This time was more than 12 minutes faster than the previous record held by a Extreme 40 catamaran.

Veal later commented that in more suitable conditions (ie flat water and an off-shore breeze), it would be possible to sail around the World in less than 80 minutes. He is now working with locals in the UAE to hold an multi-day event where competitors will get as many attempts as they like to not only get the fastest time for the day, but to also break the 80 minute barrier. Other fleet and slalom short-course racing events are also proposed in both Dubai and nearby Abu Dhabi.

2007 ISAF Conference

It was not good news for the Bladerider 2012 Olympic Event campaign, as there was a strong push to ensure that the current Olympic Events are maintained, leaving the only option for the Bladerider in 2012 is to go up against the Mens Dinghy Event, ie The Laser. This is extremely unlikely and therefore extreme sailors will have to wait four years until ISAF decide on the Events for the 2016 Games.

In addition, Bladerider Team Sailor Rohan Veal was short-listed as a finalist for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year for the second time, but missed out on this prestigious award from what seemed like a narrow margin from Alinghi helmsman, Ed Baird.

New Bladerider Gear Bags


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Production Update

Well over 120 Bladerider X8's have been sold already and milestone boat number #100 is scheduled to be shipped on the 3 December to a lucky customer (more on this in next month's newsletter).

If there is anyone still interested in getting a boat before the end of the year, here is the list of the available boats (however as we are selling 5 boats on average every week, these boats won't last long)...

Boat #

Hull/Trim Colour

Shipment Date

99

White/Black - SOLD!

3/12/2007

100

White/Black - SOLD!

3/12/2007

101

White/Black - SOLD!

3/12/2007

102

Black/White - SOLD!

3/12/2007

103

Red/Black - SOLD!

3/12/2007

104

Clear/Red - SOLD!

10/12/2007

105

Black/Red - SOLD!

10/12/2007

106

Black/White - SOLD!

10/12/2007

107

Red/Black - SOLD!

10/12/2007

108

White/Black

10/12/2007

109

Clear/Red - SOLD!

17/12/2007s

110

Black/Red - SOLD!

17/12/2007

111

Black/Red - SOLD!

17/12/2007

112

Black/Red - SOLD!

17/12/2007

113

Black/Red - SOLD!

17/12/2007

114

Red/Black - SOLD!

24/12/2007

115

Red/Black

24/12/2007

116

Black/Red - SOLD!

24/12/2007

117

White/Black - SOLD!

24/12/2007

118

Clear/White - SOLD!

24/12/2007

119

Red/Black

31/12/2007

120

Black/Red

31/12/2007

121

Black/White

31/12/2007

122

Clear/White - SOLD!

31/12/2007

123

Red/Black

31/12/2007

(Note that due to the Christmas rush, deliveries are taking longer than expected.)

New Freight Charges Starting 2008

As of the 1 January 2008, we will be introducing new Air and Sea Freight charges to different zones around the World. This is due to additional charges from our handlers from the increase in oil prices and the varying administration costs of sending boats to so many different countries. The prices will vary from country to country, but most will be increased by 10-30%.

This maybe a good reason to order a new boat for delivery in early 2008, by locking in a low freight price and free covers now. Note that there is plenty of spots left at the moment, but that might change in the next few weeks! more...

YouTube Video Competition

Click here to see our latest competition. Here are some of the entries so far...


Markus had never sailed a boat before (any boat that is).
He had done a bit of windsurfing and waterskiing, but that is it! Amazing!!!


Times are tough in Dubai as highflyer Glenn Raphael can only drive his 911 Turbo
to the club to go for a sail on his new boat. Glenn had to sell Bugatti as he was short on cash ;-)

Spare Parts Kits

The DKSP3 Spare Parts Kits are now available for purchase. The new 'part specific' kits will be available in January and each of them includes all the important spare parts that are either hard to find or easily lost. Prices on these kits will be available soon. more...

December Price List Available

For customers that would like to get the latest version of our price list, please click here to download it.

Customer Feedback

"I'm since a few weeks a proud owner of a Bladerider, bought the boat via Kalle Koster. It is truly an amazing boat!" - Eelco Boers, Holland

"The Bladerider was such a thrilling experience; like one I have never experienced before...foiling and going such high speeds is something I look forward to experience again once the Olympics are over!!" - Anna Tunnicliffe, Miami, USA

"It was such an exhilerating experience for me because man has wanted to fly for so long and for a sailor to experience his passion for sailing while flying is the best of both worlds. The Bladerider is a challenge I look forward to mastering and carrying the new skills I learn to other boats." - Brad Funk, Miami, USA


Mike Owen proving that he has finally got the hang of sailing the Bladerider in the UK.


Watanabe christening his new Bladerider in Japan with beer of course!

Used Boats For Sale

  • If you would like to purchase any of these boats, please contact us and we will send you an invoice for payment.

AUS 9352 - Prototype Boat #003

Click to enlargeThis is the third X8 prototype made and has been thoroughly tested and raced by designer Andrew McDougall to finish 3rd in the 2007 NSW State Championships. The boat will cosmetically improved in Melbourne and then sent to Italy where it was been used by our Bladerider Ambassador (Raimondo Tonelli) in the 2007 Moth World Championships. There is some small non-structural damage on the side of the hull that can be easily repaired by the new owner. It includes the following:

  • Clear 3K carbon finish
  • Boat cover, mast cover, boom cover and foil covers
  • 3 month old sail
  • Steel trolley
  • No warranty

Availiablilty & Inspection: Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy.

Price: 7,000 Euro (VAT paid)


NED 1 - Production Boat #002

Click to enlargeThis is the second production boat made and was delivered in February 2007 to Kalle Coster in Holland. There has been some minor reinforcement done to the boat, but is now fully repaired and ready to race. The boat will include the following:

  • Clear 12K carbon finish
  • Boat cover, mast cover, boom cover and foil covers
  • Steel trolley
  • No warranty

Availiablilty & Inspection: Hamburg, Germany

Price: 8,000 Euro (VAT paid)


UAE 3228 - Production Boat #067

Click to enlargeThis boat was delivered in October 2007 to Chris Graham in Dubai. The hull received a small hole in transit and has since been structural repaired in Dubai, however it has not been repainted. The boat and foils have been tuned and set up by Rohan Veal and sailed less than 10 times.

The boat will include the following:

  • Boat cover, mast cover, boom cover and foil covers
  • Alloy trolley
  • 90 day warranty period from purchase date

Availiablilty & Inspection: Dubai, UAE

Price: AU$16,000 (taxes paid)
Brand New Price: AU$19,500 (incl taxes and air freight)



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