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Foiling SuMoth Challenge Announces New 11th Hour Racing Sponsorship

NEWPORT, RI – U.S. (6 May 2019) — Foiling Week announced today a new sponsorship with 11th Hour Racing to support and promote sustainable boat building practices through the Foiling SuMoth Challenge. This unique design competition challenges students to construct competitive Moth class compliant foilers while also considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the manufacturing process.

photo credit: Guillaume Dupont -Bamboo Boat

Managed by Foiling Week™ — the first and only global event dedicated to the amazingly fast foiling boats, their sailors, designers and builders — the SuMoth Challenge aligns with the event’s key pillars of accessibility, sustainability, and safety. The goal is to provide a foiling experience that is accessible to everyone, to promote environmental and social stewardship, and ensure the safety of the foiling community on the water.

Through this sponsorship with 11th Hour Racing, and by harnessing the power of sport and education, we will demonstrate with the best naval design students how sustainability can play a role in high performance,” noted Luca Rizzotti, Founder of Foiling Week. “We believe the foiling community understands that innovation, sustainability and performance are all connected: the next generation of yacht designers will have an amazing opportunity to learn and experiment using the latest tools and technologies. The future of sailing and the health of the seas will have new knowledgeable and enthusiastic ambassadors.

The Foiling SuMoth Challenge, developed as a student competition, provides the opportunity to bring innovative and creative designs to the sport, avoiding “business as usual” practices, which often focus solely on the economic success of products. The Challenge encourages students to design high-performance boats, while considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts of boat building.

We are excited to support the Foiling SuMoth Challenge and the innovative concepts and designs that the students will bring to the table,” said Jeremy Pochman, 11th Hour Racing Co-Founder and Strategic Director. “With a focus on low-carbon emission practices, the use of bio-based materials, and strongly encouraging students to upcycle leftover materials, the Challenge is poised to produce inspirational concepts for sustainable boat building. We are also thrilled to note that scoring encourages a minimum of one female team member, helping diversify participation in Foiling Week.

photo credit: Guillaume Dupont -Bamboo Boat

To date, six teams have already announced their participation in the challenge. 11th Hour Racing’s funding will support the sustainability principles and objectives of the SuMoth Challenge, and also team travel to Foiling Week 2020 in Lake Garda, Italy, where teams will compete with their fully designed boats.

Additionally, the 11th Hour Racing sponsorship will provide participating teams access to MarineShift360’s Life Cycle Assessment Tool, which will enable them to understand what the environmental footprint of their design will be over its full life cycle – from cradle to grave.

Rules and registration for the Foiling SuMoth Challenge are available on this link.

About 11th Hour Racing
11th Hour Racing establishes strategic partnerships within the sailing and maritime communities to promote collaborative, systemic change benefitting the health of our ocean – one degree at a time. Since 2010, 11th Hour Racing has been harnessing the power of sport with an innovative and comprehensive approach through three primary areas of engagement: Sponsorships, Grantees, and Ambassadors.

About Foiling SuMoth Challenge
The Foiling SuMoth Challenge is a student competition that provides the opportunity to bring innovative and creative designs to the sport, avoiding “business as usual” practices, which often focus solely on the economic success of products. The Challenge encourages students to design high-performance boats while considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts of boat building.

Stop single use plastic on Lake Garda

Lake Garda is one of the world most famous sailing destinations. All sorts of sports are practiced on its waters and shores, from kitesurf and windsurf to mountain bike and climbing. It’s one of Italy most important tourist destination with over 20M visitors yearly. 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.

We started this petition because…
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.

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Multi-Purpose eFoiler

Foiling Week has just launched , in cooperation with partners Gurit and Torqeedo a design competition for professional yacht architecture and engineering firms , shipyards and boat builders: The MP eFoiler design challenge is a chance to show the approach for a sustainable and efficient future of marine transportation.

Electric-powered foiling vessels are going to play an increasing role in the near future. From safety and media boats to pleasure crafts and super-yacht tenders. Can we envision the Tesla of marine world?

Participating teams must send a completed registration form by April 15th 2019.

The projects finalists will have the opportunity to present at Foiling Week Forum in Malcesine, Lake Garda 2019, July 10th to 14th.

More info & Entry here



22nd February 2019

They say the years get faster and this is guaranteed in every America’s Cup cycle. 2018 has just flown by and it has already been almost one year since the AC75 Class Rule was published. More than enough time for teams to have dissected every detail and produce designs for their build teams to be well into production of their AC75.

Synonymous with the America’s Cup is secrecy and at this crucial time most of the work is going on behind the scenes and insight into what is really happening within the team bases is nigh on impossible. The picture, of course, will become clearer towards the middle of the year when boat shed doors will begin to open revealing the first iterations of the AC75.

The AC75 will be one of the most revolutionary boats ever seen and recently was awarded – ‘Foiling Design’ and ‘Foiling Innovation’ categories – during the Foiling Awards at the Museo della Scienza in Milan. Despite the 3D models and the animations, it is difficult to really understand the scale and the behaviour of these foiling machines.

A first hint of the real scale of the AC75 boats has been illustrated by the prototype of the foil cant system (FCS) in action. During a number of visits to Auckland each challenger representative has witnessed the one design FCS that will be supplied to each team.

“The scale of the AC75 is for sure something that people have no idea about. You can only realise this when you see it first-hand!” said Dimitri Despierre of NYYC American Magic.

Almost two years out from the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada – the pressure is rising and the need to keep one step ahead of the game leads the teams to be very careful with the information they put out for the public. Let’s see what news they have so far this year…

Bénéteau Foiler

18-02-2019 By – Chloé Lottre

Une vidéo mise en ligne par le Groupe Bénéteau agite la toile. Il s’agit d’un bateau à moteur foiler lancé à très haute vitesse, avec des passagers sanglés dans leurs sièges baquets. Mais quelle est l’intention du groupe??

Le Groupe Bénéteau vient de mettre en ligne une vidéo de son premier bateau à moteur à foils. Ce concept-boat de 9,70 m a été développé en 9 mois, avec l’appui de 3 partenaires techniques pour dessiner, concevoir, développer et construire ce bateau volant nouvelle génération. DEMS Sarrazin Design, Noval et SEAir ont formé un mix de compétences design, techniques et mécaniques.

L’objectif est de voir comment transférer cette technologie à l’univers de la plaisance.

“L’objet de l’étude était de pouvoir tester un proto et de sécuriser la technologie des foils sur un bateau à moteur. Contrairement au Figaro 3 où les foils sont réglés à la main, on a développé ici un système automatisé” explique Mirna Cieniewicz, directrice de la communication.

L’objectif de Bénéteau est de créer un bateau accompagnateur pour les départs de courses de voiliers, qui sont de plus en rapides. “Une navigation plus douce, sans à-coup.” Ce concept pourra naviguer avec ou sans foils à la vitesse de 40 nœuds, d’où les 400 chevaux au tableau arrière.

Mirna nous explique que c’est une percée technologique dans le domaine des bateaux volants. Il y a encore beaucoup de paramètres à peaufiner ainsi, il n’y aura pas d’annonce commerciale dans les mois à venir.

Le responsable du projet nous avoue que le Groupe serait en mesure de fabriquer un moule et de sortir quelques unités de ce bateau très innovant s’il y a de la demande pour la fabrication de plusieurs modèles expérimentaux en tant que bateaux accompagnateurs.

Pour en savoir plus sur ce concept-boat, Bénéteau nous dévoile les secrets de son bateau volant.

America’s Cup sailors and designers win big at 2018 Foiling Awards

The foiling awards 2018 ceremony was held on February 11th in a location where the history of foiling was hovering directly above the crowd: the majestic Luna Rossa AC72 from San Francisco cup edition was in fact just meters away at the “Leonardo Da Vinci” Museo della Scienza e Tecnologia in Milan, allowing guests to appreciate the catamaran silver livery. A good match indeed to the Foiling Awards silverware in display.

The evening was also the opportunity for Foiling WeekTM to launch the Projects S.A.S., the world first foiling boat allowing able and disabled sailors to fly together.

The idea, devised by Foiling WeekTM, was introduced to demonstrate the FW core values: Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability. Designed by foiling guru Guillaume Verdier, the first prototype, the IRUS 5.5, is under construction in Lorient: the boat is a mini-IMOCA with dali foils, swing keel and double T rudders.

Once tested with modified seats and controls the new boat will be built at the world class facilities of Persico Marine.

Marcello Persico joined the www to present the project with Simone Ungaro, CEO of Movendo Technology (a company involved in robot-based rehabilitation) which is also supporting the project.

At last two of the project S.A.S. testimonials contributed to the evening. Glenn Ashby of Emirates Team New Zealand did appear in video and Max Sirena of Luna Rossa Challenge was present to show his support to the cause.

The project fund-raising was opened by Luca Rizzotti, Foiling WeekTM co-founder, by showing the newly opened Project S.A.S. dedicated bank account:

IBAN IT 15 Z 01030 34211 000001855235

Vittorio D’Albertas, the ceremony MC, passed the baton to Bruno Giuntoli, Foiling WeekTM competitions manager, that opened officially two newly launched design competitions: the MP eFoiler, in partnership with Gurit and Torqeedo, is dedicated to professional yacht design firms with the aim of designing a Multipurpose Electric powered foiling boat. The other is the SuMo competition, dedicated to naval architecture students, for the construction of a sustainably built Moth class compliant foiler.

The evening did reach the apex with the presentation of the Awards Winners:

Foiling Sailor presented by GAC Pindar
for best foiling sport achievement
Glen Ashby

Foiling Design presented by Persico Marine
projects still in design or in early production phase
America’s Cup Ac75 (Emirates Team New Zealand – luna Rossa Challenge)

Martin Fischer receive the Design Awards on behalf of Luna Rossa Challenge & Emirates Team New Zealand

Production Foiling Boat presented by Gurit
foiling craft already in production and being sailed
Manta Moth

Ferrighi’s brother & Luca Bonezzi receive the Award

One Off Foiling Boat presented by Gurit
foiling craft not intended for production, being sailed
Monofoil Gonet

Eric Monin receive the Award

Foiling Innovation by Foiling WeekTM
foiling design solutions applied to flight control / design / construction, excluding hull construction
America’s Cup AC75 Foil set up (Emirates Team New Zealand – luna Rossa Challenge)

Mario Caponetto receive the Innovation Awards on behalf of Luna Rossa Challenge & Emirates Team New Zealand

Foiling Sustainability presented by Torqeedo
ideas, inventions, design, initiative that will have a beneficial impact on environment
Autonomous Sailing Vessel by Artemis Technology

The Award ceremony was closed by Domenico Boffi, Foiling WeekTM co-founder, remarks and invite to join the first Foiling WeekTM of the year in July at Fraglia Vela Malcesine.

More info
Design competitions
Persico Marine
Movendo Tecnology