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Happy 5th Anniversary to #TFW

by Tommaso Vitale

From June 28th to July 1st, at Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Lake Garda, Foiling Week will celebrate its fifth anniversary.

“The Foiling Week is the place where the foiling community meet and discuss. And sail and have fun” says loudly the Foiling Week’s mission statement, and in each location where the event was kept, this was proved. Fun time for everyone involved in this awesome event, staff and foiling regatta sailors indistinctly, where awesome activities are designed to touch every age range.

Garda
All the spotlights then must be directed towards the main event, the main course, the icing on the cake: Lake Garda. With this year’s event, Lake Garda first regatta turns 5 years old and all eyes are on it. By far the most appreciated place to foil, by many sailors defined also “the paradise” that everyone looks forward to, entries are now open since June 1st.

Since 2013, thanks Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Foiling Week found in this place a great support and participation that raised awareness in a way bigger than anybody could have expected: more than 100 boats, from 21 different countries, found their opportunity to test themselves and race each other in a marvelously windy place like this.

Foiling Week Regattas (June 28h to July 1st)
Within the event, few key elements will compose alongside. First off the FW Regatta: Moths, A-Class catamarans, Prototypes and a new class of boats will join the racing, the amazing 26 feet catamarans Easy to Fly will be at Foiling Week as part of their international circuit.

All classes will race on the one design race course, and then all together will race the FW Long Distance Race. This year the Long Distance Race will be run in two separate legs, the first in the morning from Fraglia Vela Malcesine to Campione in the opposite side of the lake, then, after a BBQ on the Campione Univela Club, the second leg back to Malcesine.

Gurit Forum (June 28th to 30th)
Another composing element of the event, concerns the Gurit Forum, that will be run in the morning and will touch topics like accessibility, safety and sustainability, dressed with discussions on latest AC designs and production boats. The forum will have again the presence of several AC designers such as Bobby Kleinschmidt from ETNZ , designer and manufacturers of new projects such as Alex Udin from Phantom International and Aurelio Proserpio with the new 10ft Pocket Foiler dinghy designed by Hugh Welburn, inventor of DSS.
Jean-Loup THIERS, SJet Project Leader of AIRBUS will show a presentation on electronic stability control.
University projects by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Isfahan University of Technology (IUT) will be presented by professors and students plus there will be the launch of 2 design competitions and Guillaume Verdier will present a fund-raising project.


Finally, in addition to the traditional Regattas and Forums above stated, FW provides a Foiling Boat Coaching by Paul Goodison and Andrew “Macca” Macpherson, Learn To Fly courses and free Foiling Boat Trials by Phantom International.

Foiling Boat Coaching (June 27th)
Paul “Goody” Goodison, three times Moth World Champion will coach a Moth clinic dedicated to beginners and intermediate level moth sailors. Boat rigging and set up, foil tack and gybes, all the questions you always wanted to ask.

Andrew “Macca” McPherson, Nacra Olimpic Coach will host a catamaran beginners-intermediate level clinic. Learn the secrets of boat rigging and set up, how to make your foiling cat faster and faster. Learn from the best!

Learn to Fly (June 28h to July 1st)
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 June 28 – July 1st. As a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised training centre, we will be running foiling taster courses from the NEW RYA Foil Training Scheme throughout the four days of Foiling Week.

Alongside the Official Test Centre (OTC) we will be offering opportunities to try and Sailfoil or Windfoil. 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 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 later this month.

Free Foiling Boat Trials (June 28th to July 1st)
20 minutes test rides of the Flying Phantom Essentiel will be available after booking.

The Flying Phantom ESSENTIEL Is An 18’ Versatile Catamaran Easy To Use And Able To Fly In A Wide Range Of Conditions. The Foil Configuration Makes The Boat More User Friendly And Less Physically Demanding For The Crew. The FP ESSENTIEL Can Reach 20 Knots In 10 Knots Of Wind, With Top Speed Over 25 Knots.


With all this being said, Garda will represent continuity and innovation, following the past season’s events: Sydney and Miami.

Sydney
In the first Foiling Week’s edition in Sydney, hosted by the Woolhara Sailing Club between the 11th and the 14th of January, numbers were absolutely encouraging and, with the hope that next year this event will gather as many people as Lake Garda, a true paradise for the sailing lovers, did over the summer, a great amount of America’s Cup sailors and little talented kids showed up enthusiastically. Yes, kids… if they can, why would not everybody else. To develop and raise indeed a bigger awareness by these little talents, the Foiling Week, partnered with Harken, organizes trials and give them the opportunity to “be taken somewhere else” as one of our little athletes said. Different location, means different atmospheric conditions and so slightly different foiling crafts that may better adapt: A-Class, Moths, Flying Phantoms, SuperFoilers and Windfoils are some of the boats that flew around the water with big, red, eye-catching Slam sponsors on. Hard to go wrong.

Miami
If the level of the participants was already stunning in Sydney, the event in Miami, hosted by Shake-A-Leg from the 15th to the 18th of February, did not let the expectations down either; Paul Goodison, the British gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in the Laser class straight out of Sheffield; Christopher Ballin, Torqeedo’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder; and Greg Ketterman, top level boat designer, were just few of the many incredible personalities that FW was able to gather. It does not end here though. As well as the kids’ trails, FW, takes care of giving the opportunity to either outsiders, or also insiders, to learn more, or new interesting materials about the matter through the daily Forums, sponsored by Gurit, where innovative ideas for sustainable initiatives also applicable to the “outside” world take place: “but we need everyone’s support” as Christopher Ballin said.


Hence, with Garda’s event, the 2018 season kicks off

  • June 28th – July 1st Foiling Week Garda @ Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Garda, Italy
  • November 16th Foiling Week Award
  • December 13th – December 16th Foiling Week Sydney @ Woolhara Sailing Club
  • Febraury 21st –February 24th Foiling Week Miami

More info, entries for the races and booking for activities at
foilingweek.com/garda-2018/

2018 Miami Foiling Week

The Hydrofoil Community Descends on Miamiby Chris Museler

It has been two years since Foiling Week, the epicenter of hydrofoil innovation, broke its own mold and held the first non-European event in Newport, RI. Designs first announced there are now full-production foilers and making history at professional sailing series around the planet.

And Foiling Week and its Gurit Forum of round-table topical explorations has become even more globalized, with last month’s Sydney Foiling Week. There the leaders in the hydrofoil space, including America’s Cup-winning skipper Glenn Ashby, shared with the world their innovative and collaborative spirit.

This week in Miami, thirteen speakers, including sailors (two-time Moth World Champion Paul Goodison), designers (Nacra 17 designer Pete Melvin) and builders (Fast Forward Carbon’s Tommy Gonzales), will represent latest in foiling developments.

The fantastic waterfront facilities of Shake-A-Leg along the pristine waters of Biscayne Bay will play host to both the forum and what every participant looks forward to: the demonstrations/trials, regatta and distance race. The on-water program will be second to none where every age and sailor-type gets to explore, test and share the excitement of foiling above the water.

And as Foiling week grows, so does its international community that is working to expand hydrofoil innovation into new realms where it can better lives and improve efficiencies in sport and transportation.

Foiling requires stakeholders to meet and discuss innovation and hot topics,” said Luca Rizzotti, founder of Foiling Week and Gurit Forum. “We have come so far since 2014 and it’s important that this community of highly intelligent people have a place to gather and share and collaborate.

Rizzotti said he is already seeing the fruit of the Forum’s efforts with safety initiatives being executed at international events, sustainability proposals shared across manufacturers and events, and accessibility issues for women, children and disabled sailors being addressed with new designs.

Community Based
Wherever Foiling Week goes, the local sailors, designers and builders come out in force. Like a Pied Piper, people come out of the woodwork to follow and take part in the event. This will be no different in Miami.

Miami is home of the US Sailing Team, and members of the foiling Olympic Nacra 17 squad will be floating in and out of Foiling Week. Also, visionary filmmaker Patrick Rynne, founder of the Waterlust Project, who explores the ocean through the lenses of lifestyle, environment, innovation and social responsibility, lives in Miami and will be visiting the Gurit Forum and trial events.

Even legendary innovator Greg Ketterman, inventor of the Ketterman Tri-Foiler in the 1990s, will be at the Forum to give perspective in how far foiling devekopments have come and some insight into the future.

Most importantly, anyone in the area is encouraged to come to Shake-A-Leg to share their own creations and even test them at the on-water trials. Or just come to try out foiling for the first time.

Like in Newport, America’s best are flying into Miami to share the projects that most excite them. David Clark, founder of Fulcrum Speedworks, will be offering demos on the production UFO foiler. And George Hradil of Delta Hydrofoil, a leader in the manufacturing of kite foils, will be sharing his findings as he pushes the design/build envelope.

There is also an international contingent coming to Miami. Louise Chevallier and Karl Blouin from Canada will be discussing the latest developments in the C-Class catamaran. And Sean Baldwin will share plans for Foil Baddeck 2019, a hydrofoil event in the Canadian Maritimes celebrating the innovations of Alexander Graham Bell.

Gurit Forum
The 2017 Gurit Forum in Lake Garda focused on the three tenants of Foiling Week: Safety, Sustainability and Accessibility. In Miami, the two-part Forum, a round-table, open and relaxed discussion with panelists and heavy audience participation, will dig deeper into the safety considerations in design and race formats. As boats fly faster, sailors must adapt and sometimes the learning curve becomes dangerous.

In addition to safety, the second forum topic will be about the branding of foiling. Like an new and growing space, today’s innovators, sailors, designers and builders, have a disproportionately high influence on how this segment of the sport is presented and perceived in the world. This discussion will explore how much control we have over the development of foiling from a community perspective.

Miami Foiling Week program
From February 15th to 18th, 2018 at Shake-A-Leg Miami.

Thursday, February 15th
Practice race, Foiling Trials
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm free Bacardi bar

Friday, February 16th
Gurit Forum, Harken Kids Trials, Long distance Race
from 7:30 pm Foiling Week Party

Saturday, February 17th
Gurit Forum, Harken Kids Trials, Course racing, Foiling Coaching
from 7:30 pm dinner party at Adventure Sports in Cocunut Grove

Sunday, February 18th
Foiling Trials, Course racing, Foiling Coaching
late afternoon prizegiving with free Bacardi bar

Gurit Forum Schedule

Friday, February 16th
9:30 am David Clark, Fulcrum Speed Works
10:00 am Brendan Healey, High Performance Coach/RC – The state of kitefoiling and kiteboard racing and where the sport is heading
10:30 am George Hradil, Delta Hydrofoils – Force arrangements in passively stabilized hydrofoils
11:00 am Steve Clark, Hydrofoil Designer – Reviewing the criteria and proposal for the Volvo Ocean Race Inshore Foiler
11:30 am Karl Blouin and Louis Chevalier, C-class
12:00 pm Christoph Ballin, CEO Torqeedo

Saturday, February 17th
9:30 am Jorge Madden, Oakcliff Sailing Program Director – Foiling Takeover! 101 training progams to Oakcliff’s America’s Cup Partnership
10:00 am Pete Melvin, Morelli and Melvin – Super Foiler and TF10: Stabilizing Rapid Development
10:30 am Jay Phillips, Stiletto Catamarans
11:00 am Dirk Kramers, Design Engineer – All Electric Motor-Foiler. Can Foiling create more Sustainable Water Bourne Transportation?
11:30 am Greg Ketterman, Quad Foiler – Taking advantage of the rough water performance benefits of hydrofoils
12:00 pm Tommy Gonzales, Fast Forward Carbon – How did we get here? How a Daysailing Foiling project created a Company
12:30 pm Sean Baldwin, Foil Baddeck 2019 – Alexander Graham Bell- Baldwin hydrofoil development of 1910 to 1940 with a visual presentation of sailing and environment of Baddeck, CAN

Few days to the first 2018 Foiling Week in Sydney

From January 11th to 14th at Woollahra Sailing Club in Rose Bay, Sydney, a new year of foiling will be celebrated by the first Foiling Week of the 2018. It is the first down-under Foiling Week, in the homeland of the recent foiling renaissance.

As for all Foiling Week events, the program is enriched with an Expo, Trial & Experience Camp. In addition to the usual morning Forum program and the afternoon races, major foiling boat manufacturers will show and demonstrate their creations throughout the day.

A Class, Moth, Waszp and other new foiling boats like the Superfoiler will have class racing in the harbor during the afternoon. Thanks to Marlow and SLAM, there will be a long distance race for all the foiling boats, in an all against all showdown, to determine the fastest boat and the best foiling sailors on Sydney Harbour. The support of Marlow Ropes will provide the availability of three racing areas and organization for the first foiling year event.

The Gurit Forum will allow participants to meet the most advanced Australian designers, boat builders and sailors, sharing their experiences, ideas and future paths. Starting on the morning of Friday 12th, people like Andrew McDougall, Charles Viviani, Rob Denney, Jack McCartney, Ian Ward, Brett Ellis, Brett Goodall, James Brewer and others will present the latest development in foiling industry.
The forum is open to the public and the entry is free providing you register at:
http://www.foilingweek.com/sydney-2018/

Sustainability is one of the Foiling Week’s core values, provising a conscious way of dealing with the sport of sailing which is ecological by its very nature.
There are habits of life that even sailors tend to underestimate. Avoiding waste by not using plastic bottles, conscious use of fresh water to wash boats and equipment and differentiating waste products are just some of the actions being introduced to improve life on our planet whilst participating in our favorite sport. With this theme the Foiling Week partner Torqeedo extends the opportunity to reduce pollution and carbon footprint by using electric engines on support media and guests boats at Foiling Week events.

Foiling Week Harken Kidz Trials
On the first two days of the event, the first-ever Foiling Week Harken Kidz Trials will be held. Expert coaching and access to top-of-the-line equipment provides you with a fantastic opportunity to learn the art of foiling from the best out there – And it’s free! Get your application in today!

Here’s how it Works
• Kids aged 13 – 21 apply to participate in the Harken Kidz Trials.
• Harken and Foiling Week review the applications and choose eight (8) sailors for each event.
• You don’t have to be the best sailor. You just have to turn in the best application.
• If accepted, all you need to do is get yourself to the regatta, we’ll do the rest.
• Accepted applicants are required to submit a signed parental release waiver prior to participation.

Apply now: https://harkenblockheads.com/feed/foiling/

Foiling Week Foiling Trials
On the last two days of the event, January 13th and 14th there will also be the possibility for all sailors to try foiling boats assisted by coaches and safety boats, with sessions dedicated to women and run by female foiling sailors. To participate the All Sailor Foiling Trials please apply here: http://www.foilingweek.com/sydney-2018/

Thanks to SLAM, Foiling Week has been able to create an event tour that this year touches three continents. Sydney is the first of the year and also the first down-under. After the Sydney stop-over, Foiling Week will be at Shake-A-Leg in Biscayne Bay, Miami from February 15th to 18th.
This year, the Classic Garda Foiling Week will be from June 28th to July 1st at Fraglia Vela Malcesine as usual.

Appliances Online, leader in the Australian online appliances and white goods industry since 2004, will support Foiling Week Sydney. Appliances Online has been supporting local sailing regattas and championships for years. Foiling Week is the event that in 2018 will bring together in the local Australian foiling community with the contribution of Appliances Online donating prizes to the competitors.

More info
Gurit
Slam
Marlow Ropes
Harken
Torqeedo
Appliances Online

Foiling Week Awards 2017 winners and foilers at Giraglia 2018

The Foiling Awards ceremony was held in the prestigious setting of the Yacht Club Italiano: The candidates had been nominated and voted in an online poll by the fans who follow the social channels of Foiling Week.

Slam presented the Foiling Sailor Award: predisposition towards the future is part of Slam’s genetic heritage. It pushes towards innovation and technologies that allow sailors better performance.

The BMW Group has always encouraged innovation. This forward-looking philosophy has enabled and defined many important milestones in the company’s history. For this reason, the Innovation Awards does suit perfectly BMW that presented the Foiling Innovation Award.

Persico Marine and the Project Award are also a natural combination: Persico Marine builds custom racing yachts for the world’s most renowned racing teams and private owners. Persico is highly regarded as a skilled, full-service supplier, always ready to share its technological know-how with its clients.

Foiling Sailor Award presented by SLAM
For best foiling sport achievement of the year

Winner
Peter Burling, America’s Cup winner and second place at Moth Worlds (43% of votes)

other candidates
Paul Goodison, Multiple Moth Worlds winner
François Gabart, New Solo 24hr record
Liv Mackay, Red Bull Foiling Generation winner
Jerome Clerc, GC32 Racing Tour winner

 

Foiling innovation Award presented by BMW
For foiling design solutions specifically applied to flight control / design / construction of parts but excluding hull construction. It does include vessels not powered by wind

Winner
ACC Automatic Cant Control foil system by AST (54% of votes)

other candidates
G4 Automated Foil Control System by DNA Performance Sailing
Early Take-Off mechanism for IFLY15 by Catamaran Europe Central

 

Foiling Project Award presented by Persico Marine
Projects still in design phase but not yet in production

Winner
Foiler 39 by Studio ST Yacht (49% of votes)

other candidates
Foiling Proa by Rob Denney
MW680F Monohull Foiler by Marquinez & Wilson
Infinity 56 by Farr Yacht Design
VS40 Inshore Foiler Proposal by D3 Applied Technology

 

Foiling Production Boat Award
For foiling craft already in production and being sailed

Winner
Figaro 3 by Bénéteau (36% of votes)

other candidates
SuperFoiler by SuperFoiler Grand Prix
TF10 by DNA Performance Sailing
Essentiel by Phantom International
H20 by Bruce Beca

 

Foiling Green Award
For foiling ideas, inventions, design, initiative that will have a beneficial impact on environment

Winner
SeaBubble, Foiling River-Taxi (52% of votes)

other candidate
SEAir, Foiling RIB

 

Quotes from the winners:

Peter Burling, Foiling Sailor Award 2017, says in his video message:
Hi Luca and everyone at the Foiling Week and the foiling community, it is obviously an immense honour to be given this award.
Thanks for all the voters out there, it has been an incredible year pushing the boundaries with the America’s Cup with the whole team over there, pushing the boats super hard.
Definitely the improvements we made throughout that cycle were pretty amazing and then to be able to jump on a Moth and have a good bit of fun with so many other people doing the same thing and enjoying foiling around in Lake Garda, was pretty cool as well. Congrats to Goody again for taking that one out.
Well, definitely I think the future looks pretty exciting for foiling, a pretty cool concept for the next cup boat, hopefully other teams will get behind it, I am sure it will be pretty fast and we keep pushing the edge of technology and the edge of the sport. Something that is going to be really cool.
Thanks again for all the votes and have a great evening

Thilo Keller, Foiling Innovation Award 2017, on received the prize:
We believe that the simple and robust solutions are the ones the foiling world is looking for. Winning the Foiling Week Innovation Award does confirm our assumption, that we need to open up foiling to everyone and supply a technique which is easy to use and safe, even for beginners

Davide Tagliapietra on the right, Luca Rizzotti, FW President on the left

Davide Tagliapietra, Foiling Project Award 2017:
We are very honored to be recognized with this prize. Humbled and thankful that so many voters have recognized the effort. The other nominees presented excellent work and really good ideas. To have the foiler voted to victory among such competition is even more remarkable.
Thank you to them and also to Foiling Week for the opportunity. Davide and Doug

During the ceremony a presentation on the history of foiling was followed by a round table on the AC75, the new class that will be raced at the 36th Americas Cup.

The audience attending contributed with questions and opinions during the round table. An evening of shared views and novel ideas in pure Foiling Week style.

Nicolò Reggio on the left, Edoardo Napodano on the right

The president of the Yacht Club Club, Nicolò Reggio, proposed a partnership in the organization of a foiling event during the week of coastal races at the Giraglia Race, a proposal immediately welcomed enthusiastically by Foiling Week team.

The Foiling Week 2018 program starts in a month in Sydney Australia with the first Foiling Week of the year.

 

The Foiling Week, A Year In Review

Advancing the Community Concept for Innovation

by Christopher Museler

When the Foiling Week set up its first tents along the sparkling shoreline of Lake Garda in 2014, a small group of excitable and tweaky designers, engineers and sailors gathered to share, learn and collaborate. Once all alone in their corners of the sport and the world, this was their moment to go beyond their own visions and advance the new field of “foiling” on the water.

A mind-blowingly short time later, as 2017 comes to a close, Foiling Week is on three continents, there are more than a dozen established foiling classes and the seeds of foiling’s place beyond sailing are sprouting across the world.

Luca Rizzotti, Founder: “In 2018 we are going for the first time to exciting locations like Sydney and Miami. We look forward to connecting with the amazing Australian and American foiling communities, tap into their latest innovations and spread the know-how around the globe. Garda is also promising to be bigger than ever with many requests from new classes. Finally, we see we are growing alongside our present partners and aim at having more on board to keep the foiling community ahead of the innovation curve, plus seeking impact investments for some of our new ambitious projects.

At the heart of innovation within the foiling space, Foiling Week sits alone as a forum. But this is not an exclusive club. Forums in Europe, the United States and Australia are now opening up doors and networks that were once, by the very nature of competitive events like the America’s Cup and even geography, barriers to collaboration and development.

Cup designers once muzzled by NDAs eagerly bat around concepts with their counterparts at Foiling Week. Product developers racing to become “first-to-market” in the auto-foiling SUP space are able to explore production and distribution complications together. From the innovator to the end user, there is no doubt that this is a particular moment in foiling that transcends the sparks ignited by classes like the Moth, A Class catamaran and America’s Cup boats.

Foiling Week’s Responsibility

Following the success of the Foiling Week Newport, USA in 2016, the first forum outside of Garda, the event not only expanded to other nations, the 2017 event on that natural playground in central Italy pushed the boundaries of innovative forums into the social responsibility realm.

Though Foiling Week is not an authoritative organization, its participants are a community of new authorities on this burgeoning area of innovation. And, as the most diverse, intelligent and creative individuals in sailing, they have a resulting camaraderie and drive to improve the sport and the world through their abilities.

Core values for Foiling Week were established in 2017 after the successes of the Safety Forum in Newport. Safety, accessibility and sustainability were each given a day at this year’s Garda event.

As the sun warmed the cliffs, before the clockwork thermal breeze drifted in, the sports’ and industry’s top minds dug deep into these topics with an engaged audience. Olympic gold medalist Jo Aleh and Moth sailor Josie Gliddon, both representing the Magenta Project, lead the accessibility forum by tackling the gender issues faced with women in professional sailing. Gliddon was able to condense the concept that hydrofoiling across the range of sailing craft in the sport increases access to women. In short, with reduced loads, requiring less brute force and more technique-based skills, foiling should open doors for women. But she is quick to point out that the sailing culture lags behind these innovations and some doors are still closed.

Josie Gliddon: “To continue to talk about accessibility for all in our sport allows us to address the equality and diversity challenges we face not just for men and women. We are extremely fortunate to be in a sport where boats can be designed and adapted and I think that we can go much further in this area. Even just small changes can make a difference – putting in extra purchases / ratchet blocks or having extra people on board results in strength and psychical size becoming less of a dominant feature that in turn opens up more opportunities to more people. That can only be a good thing.”

The same forum announced design efforts to allow disabled sailors to foil and gain instruction with a Paralympic champion on hand to lend insight. Legions of tiny boys and girls also donned helmets and life jackets to safely explore this third dimension of sailing.

Sustainability, that mystical term that covers everything we need to do to save the planet, is a value Foiling Week has brought to a tangible concept. Right off the bat, the Garda event offered entry discounts to presenters and participants who carpooled to the lake. Collaborations that highlighted the outrageous inefficiencies in the use of motorboats to run regattas have led to concepts that include automated, solar-powered mark set drones.

As for safety, the Newport forum produced a collection of sailors and race management officials from around the world who, independently, had been creating race management tools and instructional interactive videos to address the growing issues that arise from boats going three- to four-times the speed of previous race craft.

On the Water

The forums now spread around the world have become synergistic moments for the greatest brains in sailing to connect and collaborate on technical and social levels. But Foiling Week has tapped into the child-like excitement these and other participants have regarding exploring and experimenting on the sea with wind and craft.

The most advanced classes in the world are attracted to each Foiling Week venue to host championships and share their progressive crafts with the world. Beyond top designers and engineers, the elite sailors of the world place Foiling Week at the top of their event wish list each year.

Glen Ashby: “For me, to walk around the boat park is absolutely fantastic.
There are so many clever people that have worked on a lot of different foiling boats and apparatus over the last few years.
For everyone to be able to walk around, share information openly and look at all the different concepts that have been built is absolutely wonderful.

Francois Gabart: “I think it is just perfect, the Foiling Week, because there is a lot happening now in the foiling world.
It’s good to mix all together.

Beyond Sailing

One would think that foiling is now established and that there is a plateau, apres’ 2017 America’s Cup, in innovation with these technologies slowing influencing recreational sailing and speeds steadying out for the professional foiling craft. But the Foiling Week has matured, and its free thinking drive for pure innovation is expanding.

Paul Larsen, one of the fastest sailors in the world having set the outright world speed record aboard Vestas SailRocket, gave Foiling Week a taste of the direction foiling can take the world. A privately funded design challenge has Larson developing a 100-foot transatlantic passenger ship that is a hybrid power/sail. “one idea is to take paying passengers across the ocean in luxury as fast as the Ultime trimaran Banque Populaire,” says Larsen.

This unique project has been combining a fabulous collection of old and new ideas. A Polynesian “proa” style set of hulls means the ship can only sail on one tack and must “shunt” to change tacks.

These fascinating terms tied to the dawn of navigation and civilization were linked by Larsen to the futuristic concept of “energy farming.” Larson says battery banks store energy generated by hydrogeneretors while the wing sailed craft reaches across through the depressions of the Atlantic then uses this stored energy to power the low-drag hulls through the glass of high pressure systems. The same ship is envisioned to double as transport for commerce, similar to cruise ships efficient use of their holds as dry docks to transport yachts across oceans.

New Ground

Now, how does the rest of the world learn about what these innovators and collaborators are working on? The Foiling Week! And although this forum has been expanding, a primary aim of the organizers is to push the boundaries of online communication by making all presentations live and archived on as many media platforms as possible. Virtual reality and interactive experiences are also imperative.

Creating more and varied partnerships into the varied spaces outside the marine industry is also a must for Foiling Week to achieve its lofty goals of connecting more spaces and innovators. BMW, Slam, Gurit, Persico Marine, Marlow, Torqeedo and Ingemar have all been rightfully supportive of getting innovators together.

The efficiencies developed by the Foiling Week community fit flawlessly with the direction innovators want to take the world. Individuals like Paul Larsen, Jo Aleh and Jossie Gliddon see an endless horizon of possibilities. So does the Foiling Week.

Ten days in advance, here are the new AC boats

An exciting new era in America’s Cup racing has been unveiled today as the concept for the AC75, the class of boat to be sailed in the 36th America’s Cup is released illustrating a bold and modern vision for high performance fully foiling monohull racing yachts.

The Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa design teams have spent the last four months evaluating a wide range of monohull concepts. Their goals have been to design a class that will be challenging and demanding to sail, rewarding the top level of skill for the crews; this concept could become the future of racing and even cruising monohulls beyond the America’s Cup.
The AC75 combines extremely high-performance sailing and great match racing with the safety of a boat that can right itself in the event of a capsize. The ground-breaking concept is achieved through the use of twin canting T-foils, ballasted to provide righting-moment when sailing, and roll stability at low speed.

21/11/17- The 36th America’s Cup class boat concept of the AC75.

The normal sailing mode sees the leeward foil lowered to provide lift and enable foiling, with the windward foil raised out of the water to maximise the lever-arm of the ballast and reduce drag. In pre-starts and through manoeuvres, both foils can be lowered to provide extra lift and roll control, also useful in rougher sea conditions and providing a wider window for racing.
Although racing performance has been the cornerstone of the design, consideration has had to be focused on the more practical aspects of the boat in the shed and at the dock, where both foils are canted right under the hull in order to provide natural roll stability and to allow the yacht to fit into a standard marina berth.

21/11/17- The 36th America’s Cup class boat concept of the AC75.

An underlying principle has been to provide affordable and sustainable technology ‘trickle down’ to other sailing classes and yachts. Whilst recent America’s Cup multihulls have benefitted from the power and control of rigid wing sails, there has been no transfer of this technology to the rigs of other sailing classes. In tandem with the innovations of the foiling system, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa are investigating a number of possible innovations for the AC75’s rig, with the requirement that the rig need not be craned in and out each day. This research work is ongoing as different concepts are evaluated, and details will be released with the AC75 Class Rule before March 31st, 2018.

The America’s Cup is a match race and creating a class that will provide challenging match racing has been the goal from the start. The AC75 will foil-tack and foil-gybe with only small manoeuvring losses, and given the speed and the ease at which the boats can turn the classic pre-starts of the America’s Cup are set to make an exciting comeback. Sail handling will also become important, with cross-overs to code zero sails in light wind conditions.

21/11/17- The 36th America’s Cup class boat concept of the AC75.

A huge number of ideas have been considered in the quest to define a class that will be extremely exciting to sail and provide great match racing, but the final decision was an easy one: the concept being announced was a clear winner, and both teams are eager to be introducing the AC75 for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021.

The AC75 class rule will be published by March 31st 2018.

GRANT DALTON

CEO Emirates Team New Zealand:
“We are really proud to present the concept of the AC75 today. It has been a phenomenal effort by Dan and the guys together with Luna Rossa design team and there is a lot of excitement building around the boat in the development and getting to this point.”
“Our analysis of the performance of the foiling monohulls tells us that once the boat is up and foiling, the boat has the potential to be faster than an AC50 both upwind and downwind.”
“Auckland is in for a highly competitive summer of racing in 2020 / 2021.”

DAN BERNASCONI

Design Coordinator Emirates Team New Zealand:
“This design process has been new territory for the team, starting with a clean sheet to develop a class – and we’ve loved it. We wanted to see how far we could push the performance of monohull yachts to create a foiling boat that would be challenging to sail and thrilling to match race. We’re really excited about the concept and can’t wait to see it on the water..
We think we have achieved these goals – thanks also to the constructive co-operation of Luna Rossa design team – as well as the more practical detail to consider in terms of cost management and logistics of running the boats.”

PATRIZIO BERTELLI

Chairman of Luna Rossa Challenge:
“The choice of a monohull was a fundamental condition for us to be involved again in the America’s Cup. This is not a return to the past, but rather a step towards the future: the concept of the new AC 75 Class, which Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa design teams have developed together, will open new horizons for racing yachts, which, in the future, may also extend to cruising. It is a modern concept, at the high end of technology and challenging from a sporting point of view, which will deliver competitive and exciting match racing. I would like to thank both design teams for their commitment in achieving, in just four months, the goal which we had established when we challenged”.

MAX SIRENA

Team Director of Luna Rossa Challenge:
“As a sailor I am very pleased of the concept jointly developed by both design teams: the AC 75 will be an extremely high-performance yacht, challenging to sail, who will require an athletic and very talented crew. Every crew member will have a key role both in the manoeuvres and in racing the boat; the tight crossings and the circling in the pre-starts – which are part of the America’s Cup tradition – will be back on show, but at significant higher speeds. It is a new concept, and I am sure that its development will bring interesting surprises”.

Is this the future boat of VOR inshore racing?


We are very pleased to share with you the VS40. Our VOR Multihull Inshore Racing proposal, a performance orientated 40 foot foiling catamaran that can be folded into a single container. The unique ease of pack up and assembly driven by the tender document results in a boat that is well suited to an expansion as a class complementary to the Volvo Ocean Race.


An opportunity was seen to group together a number of people who had become connected through a variety of projects in the past. The timing of the project worked out well, coming at the end of the America’s Cup, and at an interesting time in the big picture development of foiling racing boats.

Our design group consists of Gonzalo Redondo and his d3 Applied Technologies team, Adam May, Luc du Bois, Marc Menec from IS3D Engineering, Ocke and Ted Mannerfelt from Mannerfelt Design Team, Giovanni Belgrano from Pure Design & Engineering and Bob Graham.


While awaiting the decision on the timing of the next Volvo Ocean Race, work as a group continues on other exciting foiling projects.

Foiling Week suggestion as blog editor is to submit this beauty to nominee for Foiling Awards 2017 in the PROJECT category presented by Persico Marine

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