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Mothis Vela UniPd at Foiling SuMoth Challenge

The members of our team all come from an already existing team named Mètis Vela UniPd, which is a group of research established at the University of Padova. As a team, we have been working on boat design for a long time now, with our first project dating back to 2008; in Mètis Vela we designed, built and sailed five skiffs, three of which are made of composite material. Our goal is to design and realize competitive sailing boats focusing on innovative materials and working techniques while paying attention to their environmental impact, learning how to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Every year in September, we attend the “1001Vela Cup competition”, a regatta specifically organized for students of universities from all over Europe. The team took part in almost every edition, always finishing the race with at least one boat, sometimes even more, on the podium. In July 2019 we finished building Athena, our latest boat which has the peculiarity of being almost 100% recyclable. Athena scored the 4th place in the regatta mentioned above and this represents a proof of the possibility of building a skiff with both high-performance level and recyclability. This achievement was a huge success for the team, but we are not done yet: we want to test our skills to the limits for design, construction and sailing. We needed an even harder challenge and the foiling world caught our attention.

We have joined the SuMoth Challenge as it is a great opportunity to experiment with state-of-the-art technology related to composite materials in a challenging environment; therefore we want to use the expertise acquired during the years in Mètis Vela and starting from there we are going to try to explore new possibilities with the foil appendix. The work of the team will focus on fluid dynamics studies for the best foiling experience by using our 10-year-long knowledge with sustainable composites. We are also going to integrate leftover materials used by third party industries in the construction process to further improve our sustainability factor. This is a very important aspect among the members of the team: it has been years since when we first started to be involved in life cycle assessment researches. We are committed to improving this topic as much as we can and we are highly motivated in doing it: the team is already investigating about innovative construction techniques, focusing on biomaterials that hopefully will be ready to use for the moulds. All of that will lead to further improve the sustainability and economic factor.

We perceive this challenge as an opportunity to increase our knowledge on a multiscale level. We want to develop a solid knowledge about foils, a field of research in which no member of the team has previous experience and that brings the concept of sailing on a completely new level. Moreover, we are aware of the fact that meeting students from all over the world, confront them and race against them is a chance to grow as a team and individually as scientists.

The strengths of our team are our background in different areas of expertise and our practice of working together, as in the last years we have become a close-knit and motivated group. Our team line is composed of:

  • Mirko Juretic, captain and skipper. He is now attending a master’s degree in material science. He already sailed for the Métis Vela and with him, at the helm of the boat, the podium is always assured.
  • Marianna Peditto, she is our second skipper, biomedical engineering with a huge passion for sailing. She competitively sailed for 8 years and her determination brings a useful contribution to the team. Starting from 2019 she is part of the team Mètis, not only a member of the sailing crew but also as a construction team member. With this new competition, she wants to test herself and proves that she is up to the situation.
  • Alessandra Pierantoni, communicational officer. She is attending a master’s degree in pharmaceutical biotechnology. She has prior experience in both hull construction and social managing. With her enthusiasm and desire for learning new skills, she is fit for this role.
  • Giovanni Pagnon, material engineer. He has years of experience as team leader of Métis Vela, as well as in boat construction and design. With his firmness and analytical approach, giving him the role of the logistic officer is the obvious choice.
  • Michele Cracco, life cycle assessment officer and a part of the shore team. He already worked on a life cycle assessment for the latest boat of Métis Vela as a thesis for his bachelor degree in environmental engineering. Therefore, we are sure that he is the perfect choice for this suMoth challenge. Thanks to his expertise, Michele is a key member of the team for both construction and sustainability-related problems.
  • Simone Scuccato, the shore officer. He is the mechanical engineer that will be the meeting point between the design and the construction of the moth since he has great experience in both fields. He will supervise the design of all components, but he will lead the building process.
  • Sergio Caramel, our rig officer. He is already team leader of the Arkanoè sailing team, skipper of Melges 24. With his aerospace studies and wide sailing experience, he is an important addition to the team. He is deeply involved in the nautical sailing world, with great awareness in all rigging aspect so he will surely fulfil the task.
  • Alessandro Campice, chief designer. He is an aerospace engineer specialized in structural design. For the last four years he worked as a designer for Métis Vela, he tested his capabilities as a designer facing increasingly challenging problems and is now ready to face the complex challenge of designing a flying boat.
  • Nicolò Zacchettin, structural officer. He has been involved in the boat’s design for three years now. Thanks to his studies in mechanical engineering, he was often in charge of solving the most complicated structural problems. He is a crucial addition to the team, as he will help us to build the lightest boat.
  • Nicola Benvenuti, aerodynamic officer. He is an energetic engineer, chief of designers for Métis Vela and he has a strong interest in foils and wings. Nicola is a right and appropriate choice for this job, thanks to his great knowledge in computational fluid dynamics as a design tool. Indeed, he will be the one that will let the boat fly.
  • Professor Andrea Lazzaretto, the team manager. He is a professor in the energetic engineer degree course and a very skilled sailor. He has been team manager of Métis Vela since the very beginning of the project. He has been fascinated by the foiling world as much as all the team, so he has decided to guide us again in this new challenge.

As a team, we feel connected to the meaning of the Greek word métis, that means the combination of wisdom and cunning. This talent was considered highly admirable, and Odysseus was its embodiment. That is the reason why we decided to recall our link with the past both in the name and in the flag. Therefore, we evolved from Métis to Mothis. As for the flag, we started from the Métis Vela symbol that represents a boat sailing off the wind at sunset, and we figured out that the mirrored image results in a moth-like figure.

Mothis Flags

We set the work on a structured approach split in five stages to get the sailboat on the water by the 15th of April. First of all, we went through a Planning stage. Definition of the team members, understanding the class rules and risk analysis were the main points of this process. As soon as we identified our value proposition, in September, the Product Design & Development could start. The design of the hull is optimized to reduce drag while sailing in displacement condition.

Then the preliminary FEM analysis pointed out where and how to set internal structures, wings and spars. Indeed, the foils are the core of this project, so we decided to pursue an iterative method. By December we are crafting a set of foils whose geometry was an object of a previous study in our team. This will be a test to achieve an optimized design until March. In the next weeks, we are focusing on Process Design & Development. Given the date of launch and other constraints like our manpower, the output is going to be a flow chart of the whole process. Following a make-or-buy decision, we will be able to get

a precise schedule of time and costs. Production will be performed in our internal building site since we manage techniques of wood and aluminium crafting and composites realization. The experience of our team members allow us to accomplish activities in short time, also the project itself is not that complex so we don’t expect this stage to be so long. Testing & Corrective Actions stage will take place after the launch. Working on reports from our athletes we know we can improve our Moth performance and fix potential issues.

This will be a complex project, but we are thrilled about this possibility, we wanted to test our self on a higher level from the design to the construction techniques, also because this experience will enrich our backgrounds and will allow us to specialize in a field that we have never approach before. This is a unique opportunity also for our future since the expertise that we will acquire during these months will shape our mind even for future jobs. Our highest aim is to create a skiff with composite material and a high percentage of recyclability and yet competitive. We want to get at Garda’s lake aware to have done everything possible in the best way and then we will try to win also on the battlefield.

The Foiling SuMoth Challenge was created by Foiling Week™ to support and promote sustainable boat building practices. Sponsored by 11th Hour Racing, the SuMoth Challenge will challenges students to construct competitive Moth class-compliant foilers while also considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the manufacturing process. The teams will compete in their full designed boats at Foiling Week 2020 in Lake Garda, Italy.

Solent University at Foiling SuMoth Challenge

by James TOMLINSON, SuMoth Challenge Solent University team Communication Officer

Enter the world of one of the fastest one person dinghies in the World. A class where not only extreme speeds sailing speeds are achieved, but also a class that allows for innovation and now sustainability.
1974 saw the first innovation of the foiling moth since it has captured the awe of sailors. The class has developed from small class to an international circuit, attracting over 120 boats at the last world championships.

Foiling Week is an annual event held at the Fraglia Vela Malcesine, or more commonly know as Italy Lake Garda. A location that provides a unique backdrop, and near-perfect sailing conditions for sailing. Foiling Week is more than just racing, it is a week-long event where industry are invited to come and deliver talks to create a forum of design and construction.
The SuMoth Challenge is created to engage competitors, designers and industry leaders to network.

The Schedule

The event will take place during the Foiling Week in the middle of July 2020 at Garda Lake in Italy. The Fraglia del Vela Malcesine has hosts hundreds of sailing events every year and attracts people from all over the world. The Foiling Week forum adds to this and brings the industry all together at this spectacular venue.

The Event + Plan

Foiling Week present the following challenge for Universities around the World;

Challenge: To design, engineer and race a fully functioning Moth built from sustainable materials, and developed sustainably.

The competition is judged on a split weighting:

  • 30% Dynamic – Fleet Racing and Speed Test
  • 70% Static – Design, Manufacturing and Sustainability

For our team, a strong emphasis will be put into the Static part of the competition- which will be conducted locally where we are based in Southampton.
Here Mario and Giovanni will form the Design team and create a design that incorporates effective materials and efficient design. Arnaud and James will form as the Build team, with help from the group. The intention is to have a boat functioning before May, allowing the sailing team to start testing and the entire team to asses where we are at 2 months before the event.

Lake Garda is regarded as one of the most unique and stunning places to sail in the industry.
The shear mountainous backdrops capture the awe of sailors from all over the world and bring a large international group of people together to attend the Foiling Week forum. The forum attracts industry-leading organisations, and not just from the sailing industry. It is the ideal place and event to showcase what could be regarded, as the future direction of our industry.

Our journey will begin here in Southampton and lead to Lake Garda next year. We invite you to follow and join us on the journey over the next 8 months.

Meet the Team

Vittorio BOCCOLINI (ITA),
Vittorio joined Solent University in 2018 after having taught for years in further education. Following his passion for sailing, Vittorio studied Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Napoli Federico ii. Here he gained a PhD and MEng. In his free time, Vittorio loves cooking, sailing his Laser, travelling and spend time with his family. As part of the Lecturing staff, I am really excited to supervise the Solent students for this project. The challenge that the SuMoth project put on a relatively small group of students goes beyond the simple application of the taught subjects: time management, building technique, presentation skills and sailing capabilities are just some of those added values that they need to learn and use to have a successful campaign. I do expect they will be able to be innovative and think out of the box by using all the possible resources and material most sustainably.

Team Captain:
Arnaud ANDRE (FRA), Mature student in the second year of Yacht Design and Production. Born and raised in France I started sailing when I was 8 years old. In the late 80’s I qualified as a dinghy coach- coaching a team of rising stars in classes like Europe. I then moved into professional sailing in the 90’s sailing on 12M/J class, and world champion in 1994 onboard 8M/J class. I became the team manager for a challenge for the Tour de France a la Voile and following on Motor and Sailing Yacht captain during 12 years. For my second life, I am now a student at Solent University. Always interested in reducing our impact on the planet, this challenge might open our eyes on the impact this industry can have and reduce it.

Communication Officer:
James TOMLINSON (SWE), my background revolves around sailing and sailing media. I started out sailing and have now moved into freelance media. Working with events, teams and suppliers. I have been fortunate to work in the top performance of the Yachting Industry and have seen first hand the move towards more sustainable methods of boat building and the way events are run.
Foiling Week is a great event and a very strong forum, and a perfect chance to connect with industry. For Foiling Week to promote this project to the forum is very valuable. I think SuMoth presents a great opportunity for us to create something special, but also for people to follow the journey and get involved in areas.
I look forward to seeing where the project takes us.

The Designers:
Mario TRINDADE (BRA), Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, sailing was in Mario’s blood since he was very young. After about ten years of Professional Sailing, Mario decided to join Solent University to upgrade his skills and become a Yacht designer.

As a Sailor, Mario has accomplished many titles such as Multiple National Titles, Multiple South American Titles and 3 World Championships in multiple classes.

Mario will head the design side of the team to create an innovative, simple and efficient design

 
Giovanni MENGUCCI (ITA), Born and raised in Italy, Giovanni started dinghy sailing, and then sailed his way up to offshore. After a long involvement in a class40 around the world project (Roma Ocean World), Giovanni moved into a smaller but equally competitive and challenging class- the Mini Transat. More recently Giovanni helped prepare two Mini 6.50’s for this year Mini Transat. In 2020 Giovanni will be starting his own Mini Transat campaign with his boat. His campaign will share values of the SuMoth Challenge, with a focus on sustainability and reducing the impact of his campaign on the environment.

The Sailing Team:
Peter DILL (BDA), I have somewhat of a unique sailing background. I’ve always taken every opportunity to get my feet wet, but my exposure to high-performance sailing is largely thanks to the 2017 America’s cup being hosted in my home waters in Bermuda.
During this time, I had the opportunity to work for Oracle Racing as a shore crew member and secured a spot on Bermuda’s Youth America’s Cup team as a boat captain/sailor. I not only have sailing experience on these boats but practical knowledge on maintenance and systems. The moth is a different beast than a foiling catamaran but there are cross-overs and it is a boat I have worked on extensively and have some less competitive experience sailing. It is in everyone’s best interest to keep our environment healthy, and sustainability is a problem of increasing importance. This is the primary reason I’m excited to take part in the SuMoth challenge. Mostly to learn about more efficient/sustainable boatbuilding methods but equally to learn the design challenges and what goes into the engineering of one of these boats.

Adriana PENRUDOCKE (BDA), I am keen to take part in the challenge, as overall I am a very keen sailor both in the racing world (in the laser radial class competing at European and world championships), as well as foiling on the WASZP. From this project, I would not only gain from skippering on the SU Moth, but I am also very keen to gain more experience from more hands-on experience in different sustainable materials from not only our team but others. With having qualified for multiple world championships and regattas in places like Lake Garda and other iconic sailing venues, I have a wide range of experience in the racing spectrum and would like to continue broadening my sailing experience by taking part as a skipper in the SU Moth challenge. As you can see from both a professional and leisure standpoint that I am keen to join in for the SU Moth Challenge 2020. Furthermore to sustainability, this project/challenge will broaden my list of different sustainable materials that I may have not thought of in the process.

Opportunities to join the project

From the Team Manager:
We think this event is a great opportunity for us to put our name on the charts as now sustainability is a real concern in our industry and as youth designer or production manager we need to learn and apply this to our day to day working life.
Solent University has a great opportunity to also show the sailing world its interest in sustainability and new material, technics.
Vittorio.

Areas of support
The SuMoth brings costs with it. There are allocations in the rules that allow us to buy old components of existing moths to work with. Luckily for us, we have full access to the University to help with R&D and manufacture.
Key areas we are seeking support involve deck hardware, rope, travel and accommodation at the event.
Foiling Week has an international reputation and is publicised over all social media streams. At the forum, there are guest speakers every day of the event. Here there are great opportunities for exposure.
Foiling Week create a great scene to be associated with; Sustainability; Youth; and Innovation.

From all of us in the team, thank you for reading and learning about our project. We hope you choose to follow our journey as things begin to start happening. There will be some challenges ahead, and we feel prepared together to get through them and come out on top with a Sustainable Moth ready to take on the Foiling Week.
James T.

The Foiling SuMoth Challenge was created by Foiling Week™ to support and promote sustainable boat building practices. Sponsored by 11th Hour Racing, the SuMoth Challenge will challenges students to construct competitive Moth class-compliant foilers while also considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the manufacturing process. The teams will compete in their full designed boats at Foiling Week 2020 in Lake Garda, Italy.

Team Rafale at Foiling SuMoth Challenge

Rafale, formerly known as Rafale Class-C, is a student design team of the École de Technologie supérieure, ÉTS, in Canada. The team designs and fabricates sailing vessels with a focus on technology and innovation, as there is no limit to progress, even in an area that has been around for more than 10,000 years. Our ambition is to compete with experienced teams, in order to demonstrate the strong skills of our university.

Emerging in 2015, RAFALE I was a real success, a catamaran Class-C having participated in the 27th Little Cup world championship which took place on Lake Geneva, in Switzerland. A pure machine made entirely of carbon fibre, introducing the most innovative technology on the nautical market, hydrofoils. RAFALE II, the improvement of the catamaran RAFALE I, qualifies for the Miami Foiling Week 2018 and participates among all passionates and professionals. Truly, the most inspiring competition one team could participate in.
Due to the dismissal of the Little Cup, as well as the lack of student competition, the École de Technologie supérieure could no longer afford to finance a project of this magnitude without a concrete goal. The project was no longer, the disappointment was great, however, the motivation to build flying ships was, nonetheless, well present. Thus, on the other side of the Atlantic, a student competition rises from one of the great organizations in the sailing industry, the Foiling Week. Launched by a former member of the Rafale I team, Bruno Giuntoli, in partnership with Luca Rizzotti, the competition includes exactly the three main pillars of our club: Innovative design, Sustainable design, Energy-efficient manufacturing. The competition is called the Foiling SuMoth Challenge. Greatly attached to all of what this competition can offer, the team headed right into it.

Tacking!
From across the Atlantic Ocean, the team tacked around to head full time into this new and exhilarating competition. Being a group of 4, much needed to be done in order to be able to compete. A few posts and a whole lot of advertisement later, the team was complete, 25 new members joined the team. Surprisingly, not more than fifty per cent of the team had sailed before. Why did they decide to jump aboard this crazy adventure? The thrill and desire to be part of something new. Plus, the overwhelming curiosity to know-how in the world a sailboat could possibly fly a foot above the water. In addition to this wave of new members, the Rafale team signed a merger with a group of McGill university students. This partnership aims to combine the skill set with a neighbouring university, as well as to permit McGill students to take part in this competition.
Following the recruiting phase, we headed straight into brainstorming and planning. Thoughts burst out, questions emerged, and concerns arose. “How should we make our vessel? What kind of materials should we use to fabricate this? How should we fabricate this? How much does this cost in SuMoth $? Does our boat have to fly, or can it just be ecofriendly?” From these questions, answered slowly came up to finally shape the canvas that will be used to direct the following eight months.

All hands on deck
After the master plan was settled, the team split into specialized groups: Hull, Hydrofoil, Rudder and cassette, Ladder, Embedded electronics, Rigging, and Communications. Everyone started working on their own parts in order to maximize productivity. The first step is to design each piece of the boat by computer. The computer design makes it possible to calculate the stresses in each of the pieces, thus making it easier to choose the right materials and the manufacturing methods in order to combine performance, costs, and sustainability. In concordance to the performance, the design teams have imagined various innovative manufacturing methods and have reflected on the use of unconventional materials. For example, to limit the number of moulds, thus the waste of materials, the hull has been designed in a symmetrical profile. This way, the shell will be manufactured with a single mould, unlike two in the case of conventional manufacturing methods. In terms of materials, teams are studying the possibility of using alternative composite materials: flax fibre, basalt fibre, biologically sourced resin, etc. Refurbishing parts from Rafale I and II is also a solution to reducing the cost, as well as the total environmental impact of the project.
The stage from January to the end of April is the manufacturing phase. During this period, the team will have to leave offices and computers to spend time in the workshop to make each piece of the boat. It will be a time where more experienced members of the club will take the time to teach others about the ropes of the manufacturing methods. Considering only four members were part of the previous Rafale, the new ones will have to learn quickly in order to respect the schedule. In addition, reckoning the composite will be the most challenging aspect, it will need to be the priority on the list. This will be a time-consuming period for all club members: infusion, sanding, glueing and drilling will be daily activities. For the first year, as indicated in the rules, teams will be able to purchase a used mast; however, for the following years, it will be mandatory to implement it in the production line.
The final goal is to have a boat fully ready to sail early May. In Quebec, Canada, sailing is certainly not the national sport. Residents do not all own an Optimist, nor is it common to have a legacy of sailing in the family. This is mainly due to the fact that the sailing season is quite restricted. Docks are set in the water at the beginning of May and are taken out by the end of September. This allows sailors to navigate to a maximum of 5 months a year. In this case, the team will have time to finish building Rafale III, and the sailing season will just be beginning. It will be necessary to maintain this schedule, in order to test the boat, as well as to allow the skippers to train before the boat is sent to Italy in early June for the regatta that will take place in early July. Indeed, since the regatta is held in Italy, the vessel needs to be shipped a month prior to the competition.

Our compass
The main goal is to participate in the competition in July 2020. It is clear that designing and building a boat in 9 months will be a real challenge. Indeed, since, not only does it have to float, it also has to fly! The objective is to be able to design a foiling sailboat, fabricate it with the knowledge and skillset of the team, train on the bodies of water that surround us and race Rafale 3 among all the other universities who will have come so far to be part of such a great competition.
Another goal for this year is to create a cohesive Rafale team that will be able to sustain the project for years to come. The various Rafale teams went through many phases since it has been created. Many of which were caused by the absence of development in the Class-C organisation. Moving on to this new competition brings hope to the older members and new opportunities to the new ones. The idea is to develop a team who will not only participate in the first Foiling SuMoth Challenge, but it will also grow among this new organisation. It is then essential to building a strong community who will work together in order to preserve the development of the project throughout the years.
Finally, we want to make our project shine as much as possible. Without needing to emphasise on that aspect, it is clear that Rafale I & II is what made our team shine. However, designing and fabricating a Moth is nonetheless quite an impressive achievement. It is with pride and excitement that we will present our new project to our surrounding community. Throughout the upcoming months prior to the race, we wish to participate in several events, including various sailing fairs, innovation exhibits, as well as composite symposiums. We also aim to publish articles and actively post on social networks. The goal is to carry the image of the school and our project, moreover, it will be an asset in our search for sponsorships.

Come aboard!
The Rafale team is particularly motivated to carry out this project. For most members, it is the biggest project they have ever taken on. We recognize that much needs to be done in order to accomplish our goals. However, we recognize that it is with the help of many that we have progressed all this way so far. Special thank you to our primary sponsors Texonic, FDDAEETS, ÉTS, as well as all our other sponsors for supporting us throughout this adventure.
Do not hesitate to follow us on social networks to have regular news of our progress!

Facebook: @RAFALE.ETS
Instagram: @Rafale.éts
Email: rafale@etsmtl.ca

Presented by Team Rafale
Written by Antoine Carignan-Turcotte

The Foiling SuMoth Challenge was created by Foiling Week™ to support and promote sustainable boat building practices. Sponsored by 11th Hour Racing, the SuMoth Challenge will challenges students to construct competitive Moth class-compliant foilers while also considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the manufacturing process. The teams will compete in their full designed boats at Foiling Week 2020 in Lake Garda, Italy.

PoliMi Sailing Team Presentation

PoliMI Sailing Team

The PoliMi Sailing Team was born in 2007 thanks to the collaboration of teachers and students from the Design, Aerospace Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Chemistry departments of the Politecnico di Milano. Since then, there have been a number of changes: the team members, the technology used for designing boats and, this year, the competition we are taking part in. But, through years of constant evolution and innovation, one thing never changed: our passion for sailing and the idea that a more sustainable sailboat design is possible.

Currently, our team is made up of 22 students from Engineering (particularly Aeronautical and Mechanical), Architecture and Design majors. We are divided into four sub-teams (Structural Design, Performance, Materials Technologies and Logistics & Communication), all with their own sub-team leaders, who co-ordinate the sub-teams work between its members and the others sub-teams. All of them, in turn, are co-ordinated by our Team Manager (Arianna Bionda) and Team Captain (Alessandro Scarpellini). At the moment, we are selecting students to create a new sub-team: Sensors. This team will be in charge of designing sensors that will collect data for the designers and the skippers.

We have chosen to take part in The SuMoth Challenge because we fully endorse the three pillars of the Foiling Week (accessibility, sustainability and safety), for the project’s freedom of use and research of new eco-sustainable technologies, and because this kind of event raises awareness of the environment, especially in the new generation of the working class. It is also a project that matches our ideas of sustainable sailboat design and allows us to channel our studies into our passion; sailing.

Thank you for your consideration,
Looking forward to the SuMoth Challenge,

Chiara De Felice
(Communication Manager)

The Foiling SuMoth Challenge was created by Foiling Week™ to support and promote sustainable boat building practices. Sponsored by 11th Hour Racing, the SuMoth Challenge will challenges students to construct competitive Moth class-compliant foilers while also considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the manufacturing process. The teams will compete in their full designed boats at Foiling Week 2020 in Lake Garda, Italy.

Eight teams have joined the 2020 SuMoth Challenge

SuMoth CHallenge Workshop at 2019 Foiling Week Garda

Foiling Week and 11th Hour Racing are pleased to announce the teams participating in the 2020 SuMoth Challenge.

Eight university teams from around the globe have joined:

CANADA
Team Rafale. From École de Technologie Supérieure, ÉTS – Montréal

FRANCE
Centrale Nantes, From Audencia Business School and ENSA Nantes (Nantes is the city)

ITALY
PoliMi Sailing Team. From Politecnico di Milano Design, Aerospace Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Chemistry departments.
PoliTo Sailing Team. From Polytechnic University of Turin
Mothis Vela UniPd. From University of Padova
UniNapoli Team. From University of Naples Federico II

UK
UK Team. From Solent University – Southampton

USA
USCG Team. From United States Coast Guard Academy – New London, CT

Starting today we will post the presentations of each team. Please support these students by sharing your favourite team’s presentations and news about their SuMoth Challenge participation.
The winner will be decided at Garda 2020 Foiling Week, Italy, June 24th-28th.
The evaluation of the teams involves a dynamic phase in which the sailors will compete in the water and a static phase in which the judges will evaluate the technical characteristics of each project, including costs, design, production and sustainability.
Good luck to all the teams!

The Foiling SuMoth Challenge was created by Foiling Week™ to support and promote sustainable boat building practices. Sponsored by 11th Hour Racing, the SuMoth Challenge will challenges students to construct competitive Moth class-compliant foilers while also considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the manufacturing process. The teams will compete in their full designed boats at Foiling Week 2020 in Lake Garda, Italy.

suMoth Challenge last call to entry

photo by Bamboo Moth

Deadline alert! November 30th is the last day to join Foiling Week’s sustainable Moth competition. More info and challenge rules here

“The ultimate goal of this competition is to promote sustainable practices by challenging the young naval architecture and engineering students on a friendly, technical, and sportive competition.”

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We are all in the same BOTTLE

From July 10th to 14th, at Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Lake Garda, Foiling Week will launch the initiative “We are all in the same bottle”, the goal is to stop single-use plastics on the Lake Garda. #stopusingleuseplastic.

Lake Garda is a shining geographic gem and one of the world’s most famous sailing destinations. From kitesurf and windsurf to mountain bike and climbing, Garda is one of Italy’s most important tourist destination with over 20M visitors yearly. But with its dramatic cliffs and deep blue, inland sea, this lake gives surprising insight into a global pollution problem that won’t go away, without the sort of attention and collaborative efforts the Foiling Week represents.

Local councils and communities already take good care of Lake Garda: the waters are generally considered clean, however, microplastics are in issue. Lake Garda is one of Europe largest alpine lake and its microplastic can end up in downstream rivers and eventually in the Adriatic sea.

The European Union has approved on October 24th a measure to ban single-use plastics from 2021. In Europe some cities, councils, regions have taken the step to ban immediately single-use plastics.
We propose that all city councils on Lake Garda take the same step and ban immediately the use of single-use plastic.

Foiling Weeks are one of world most prominent sailing events, started on Lake Garda in 2014. We consider it our “home base” and care for its future. Sustainability is one of the Foiling Week core values. Single-use plastic is banned from Foiling Week events. For this reason, we started a petition to extend this ban to all the Lake Garda shores.

If you want to sign the petition please follow this link: https://wp.me/p83KMA-1Ck

By supporting Foiling Week and initiatives like these, you are becoming part of a responsible, worldwide community dedicated to innovation and social and environmental progress. As Lake Garda’s waters eventually flow to the sea that connects all nations, we are all in this together, inside the same bottle that is our planet Earth.

 

Foiling Week Regattas (July 10th to 14th)
Within the event, few key elements .are part of the show: First off is the FW Regatta: Moths, Waszp, Flying Phantom Elite, ETF 26 and a plethora of foiling boats grouped in the “all foiler” category will race on the one design race course, and then all together will race the FW Long Distance Race on Saturday.
Regattas will be streamed thanks Sailmon system.

Gurit Forum (July 11th to 13th)
Another compositional mainstay of the event is the world-class Gurit Forum, that will be run in the morning and will have topics such as Foiling Latest Developments and the Foiling Week Design Competitions.

Foiling latest developments (Thursday, July 11th)
Francois Gabart, Hugo Kerhascoet (Macif), Umberto De Luca (69F), Simone Bartesaghi, Renaud Bañuls (Sodebo), Neils Frei e Yves Detrey from Alinghi will show the latest foiling developments on offshore and inshore.

Foiling SuMoth Challenge kick-off workshop (Friday, July 12th)
The Foiling SuMoth Challenge is a competition inspired by the need for more sustainable and efficient sailboat designs and manufacturing methods. The ultimate goal of this competition is to promote sustainable practices by challenging the young naval architecture and engineering students on a friendly, technical, and sportive competition.
The Foiling SuMoth Challenge is sponsored by 11th Hour Racing, an international organization that establishes strategic partnerships within the sailing and maritime communities to promote collaborative, systemic change benefitting the health of our ocean. 11th Hour Racing is proud to support this unique design competition and foster sustainable boat building practices that consider the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the manufacturing process amongst future engineers, designers, and builders.
Participating University students will have the opportunity to discuss how to design and build sustainably an International Moth, plus how to sail it properly together with naval architects, composite builders and foiling coaches.

Multi-Purpose eFoiler submissions presentation (Saturday, July 13th)
The Multi-Purpose eFoiler design challenge is a design competition aimed at professional naval architects, engineers and designers willing to create a revolutionary electric hydrofoil concept.
The goal of this challenge, sponsored by Gurit and Torqeedo, is to encourage and promote energy-efficient transportation of people on the water, by using eco-friendly electric engines and hydrofoils.
The competing naval architects will have 20 minutes each to present their solution.

Here is the link to book your free seat at Gurit Forum: https://wp.me/P83KMA-1DU

Finally, in addition to the traditional Regattas and Forums mentioned, FW will have a Moth coaching by Francesco Bruni and a Waszp Clinic plus Learn To Fly courses and free Foiling Boat Trials by many foiling boats builders.

Foiling Boat Coaching (Wednesday, July 10th)
Francesco Bruni, the recently crowned Moth European champion and helmsman for Luna Rossa Challenge will give out (almost) all his Moth secrets at Foiling Week to all interested Moth sailors participating at the event.

Waszp Clinic. Learn the secrets of boat rigging and set up, how to make your foiling faster and faster. The Waszp clinic is run in cooperation with Europa sail school in Malcesine.

The Link for to book Foiling Coaching is https://wp.me/P83KMA-1E0

Learn to Fly (July 11th to 14th)
Have your “First Flight” RYA 90 minutes course with the opportunity to test sail with professional coaches all different sort of boat.

All the team at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre (ASWC), Lake Garda, are very excited to team up with Foiling Week from July 10th to 14th. As a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised training centre, they will be running foiling taster courses from the NEW RYA Foil Training Scheme throughout the four days of Foiling Week.

There will be a range of foiling kit available for both sailing and windsurfing, adults and children, and all tuition will be delivered by RYA qualified Foiling Instructors with RYA taster certificates issued to all those who participate.

The ASWC team is looking forward to showing how accessible foiling can be, offering both sailors and windsurfers the opportunity to experience flying above the water along with the foiling community at Foiling Week.

The Link to join Learn to Fly course: https://wp.me/P83KMA-1DN

Foiling Expo & Boat Trials (July 11th to 14th)
Foiling Expo is an exhibition of foiling dinghies and gears. 69F, BeFoil, Flying Mantis, Pboat and Waszp Quadrofoil will be lined along the shore of the Fraglia Vela Malcesine with their designers and representatives on hand to give guided tours of the craft.
Joined with the Foiling Expo, the Foiling Boat Trials will allow experiencing production foiling boats: it is open to every sailor willing to move into the sailing 3.0. Each boat will be followed closely by a RIB with a coach that will guide the experience and ensure safety.

The trials are reserved to sailors with foiling experience, you can register here: https://wp.me/P83KMA-1DE

We look forward to seeing you at Fraglia Vela Malcesine from Wednesday 10th July to Sunday 14th at the Garda 2019 Foiling Week. Do not miss!

More information
2019 Foiling Week Garda
Slam
Marlow
Polynt
Sailmon
Gurit
Torqeedo
Persico Marine
11th Hour Racing