Another foiling multihull series is planned for launch off in 2016 with some bold claims.
Close action, engrossing battles, slick commentary, short races, legendary skippers, wild rookies and all starting exactly on time. Sailed in innovative double trapeze foiling multihulls!
The Foiling World Cup plans short course racing, close to spectators and media in sailing arenas around the globe.
The events hope to breath fresh life into city lakes and port regions and create a festive atmosphere around the sailing arenas.
Foiling World Cup
The new full carbon formula foiling multihulls (20 footers) will have a ‘box rule’ to allow innovation and cost control. Every boat builder is welcome to join the race with his own design.
Events are planed in Europe, America, Asia, Middle East. One lap around the globe. The best male and female sailors in the world will be invited to compete, open entry!
The circuit will have new racing rules written by the International Foilracing Association (IFA). These rules are specially designed for highspeed foiling and simular to land and ice sailing rules also influenced by F1 Motorsport.
With 25+ knot winds blowing, the final day of the Marseille Test Event for the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour, racing was cancelled. However over the previous three days, 15 races had been held in conditions ranging from 3-20 knots, providing the four teams with the most valuable learning experience prior to the Tour’s first event on Lake Traunsee, Austria over 27th-31st May.
The Test Event provided a great indication of the racing we can look forward to: The spectacle of the gravity-defying foiling boats, particularly as they simultaneously scream off away on their reaching starts at speeds exceeding 30 knots. The quality of the racing already seems good with regular position changes and different winners – after 15 races, ARMIN STROM Sailing Team claimed honours, but was just four points ahead of Alinghi.
For this regatta America’s Cup helmsman and expert foiler Chris Draper was standing in for Flavio Marazzi on ARMIN STROM: “It has been really good fun and there have been some great sailors to sail against – it has been good watching them picking up foiling so quickly.”
Draper believes the GC32 has a great future: “If you think about the money people are spending on their other boats and campaigns, and you think about how much fun they could have here… It is really a viable boat for someone to drive who isn’t a pro. You probably aren’t going to win a lot, but you are going to have some serious fun. And it is not that expensive. We had four boats here, but the boat is so accessible, you could see it going nuts.”
Of the four teams in Marseille two – Alinghi and Spindrift racing – were complete novices in the GC32, but are of such high calibre that they were soon winning races.
Alinghi overtook Spindrift racing overall on Saturday with Team Principal Ernesto Bertarelli helming for three races and promptly scoring 2-1-2, despite it only being his fifth time out on the GC32.
“I enjoy it immensely,” said Bertarelli. “I find the boat exciting, but safe at the same time. It is a huge learning curve compared to other multihulls I’ve raced, but one that is approachable and affordable. I think it is a good owner’s boat.”
According to Alinghi stand-in helmsman Morgan Larson, this is the most enthusiastic he has ever seen Bertarelli. “It was probably a little daunting for him – it was daunting for me! But once you get behind the tiller and get a few races under your belt, you realise it is achievable and that you are not just surviving out there on the track, but you are racing. There were moments it felt like a wild beast out of control, but 80% of the time he was thinking ‘I can race this thing and with a little practice I’ll get better’.”
As for Alinghi, this was also the cat foiling debut for the highly experienced Spindrift racing crew and skipper Yann Guichard: “This event was good for us, because the GC32 is completely new for me and my team and the feeling at the helm is a bit different. It was really important for us to be here. I’m surprised how fast and stable the GC32 is – although I could be more stable! We have to spend time on the fine tuning – the right rake on the rudder and the T-foil, etc.”
After years campaigning multihulls, Guichard is relishing being at the sharp end of the ‘foiling revolution’, one of the most significant developments ever in sailing. However he is also looking forward to the competition on the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour. “The level of the guys is very high, which is good for the circuit and good to make improvements.”
On the steepest learning curve, coming from a completely different avenue of sailing, is Sebastian Rogues and GDF Suez. “This was the first event with some of the teams who want to race the season on the GC32,” said the former Class40 champion. “Now we know what we have to do to get better in the next event and for all season – that is why we came here.”
Teams will now return to their bases to continue training prior to the first event of the Tour proper, in just one month’s time.
MAINSAIL CONTROL SYSTEM: A light cat requires easy control of the mainsail. The helmsman trims the mainsheet with foot-pedal hydraulic pumps, and eases with the push of a button. The GUNBOAT G4 is the first high-performance cat to allow such short-handed control and safety…
Bill Springer comment: “If you really want to be impressed with the raw power and potential of fully foiling future that’s happening in real time right before your eyes, watch what Don and his team and the G4 guys are up to. They’re just getting started.”
Technical Director Pierre Tissier explains: “The rudders have been extended both along the vertical section and the lower section. We’ve had new rudder elevators made so as to increase the surface area of the foils. The latter elevators are twice the size they were last year, which is essentially to balance out the platform following the added foil volumes.”
During the early 1970s, 20,000 miles was sailed by David Keiper in his hydrofoil trimaran, Williwaw, throughout the South Pacific. David’s book, Hydrofoil Voyager, will be at Amazon.com in the summer of 2012. The video was made from rare vintage clips taken before the famous open ocean cruises.
World premiere for the first German Foiling catamaran.Faster than thought sails and flies the first prototype. We had the chance to test the new Eagle 20 HF on Altmuehlsee at Nuremberg on a beautiful sailing day. And we are thrilled! It’s a lot of fun and it gives a sensational feeling.Everything from Carbon (Hull, Beams, mast, boom and foils). Ultra-light (155kg total with sails) and a very stable platform (extra-wide carbon beams). This will be a modern rig with a huge code zero and / or smaller Gennacker as an option.There is a boat with two Foil / daggerboard options. First, you can fly with the new Foils over the water. On the other hand, you can simply take off the foils and sail normally with the straight daggerboard and rudder profiles.This has the advantage that in days with very light winds you continue to sail the boat without great water resistance in “non foiling mode” very fast. The giant Code Zero brings at Wind between 1-6 knots additional speed. So just as in “drag” condition where foils might effect disadvantages.So We have a boat that can foilvery well from 7 knots of wind, but just sets a new speed level even with very light winds.From Tornado we are used to the highest quality in boat building. And Eagle Catamarans from Muhr makes no compromise. Everything from the finest carbon fiber. Very stable platform and a modern rig. His novel concept, the meticulous workmanship, best materials, means of cleverly arranged fittings and trim options make the perfect Eagle 20 HF one of the most exciting catamaran in its class.Racers from all over Europe appreciate not only the outstanding speed potential longevity and stability of all EAGLE catamarans. Roland & Nahid Gaebler
Olympic medal winner Bronze 2000 (Tornado)
9 x World Champion (Tornado)
13 x European Champion (Tornado & Laser)
Winner of more than 70 Int. championships during the last 30 years
6 x Winner Kieler-Woche (Tornado & Laser)
First of World Ranking
World Cup Winner
Winner Volvo Champions Race 2005
World Record Blue-Water-Sailing with Steve Fossett and his Maxi Catamaran “Playstation” (and many more…)
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