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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 stage 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

Foiling Week Sydney Dec. 2018 – Moth Final Results

Foiling Week 2018 – Woollahra Sailing Club

NSW Moth State Championship

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 24, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet Boat Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st     Moth 11   Josh McKnight     3.0 5.0 1.0 (25.0 DNC) 1.0 1.0 1.0 37.0 12.0
2nd     Moth 3656   Luka Damic     1.0 2.0 (3.0) 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 17.0 14.0
3rd     Moth 4380   Matthew Chew     2.0 (6.0) 4.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 21.0 15.0
4th     Moth 4332   Tom Burton     4.0 1.0 2.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 107.0 82.0
5th     Moth 4495   Reece Tailby     (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 4.0 2.0 4.0 110.0 85.0
6th     Moth 4456   Martin Gravare     9.0 9.0 13.0 5.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 111.0 86.0
7th     Moth 4324   Grant Rollerson     7.0 13.0 14.0 3.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 112.0 87.0
8th     Moth 3778   Andrew Coxall     11.0 11.0 10.0 (25.0 DNC) 5.0 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 112.0 87.0
9th     Moth 4572   Max Godfrey     13.0 16.0 6.0 4.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 114.0 89.0
10th     Moth 4400   Andrew McDougall     5.0 7.0 (25.0 DNF) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 5.0 117.0 92.0
11th     Moth 3832   Les Thorpe     14.0 3.0 5.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNF 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 122.0 97.0
12th     Moth 3999   Matthew Vandervoor     12.0 8.0 9.0 (25.0 DNF) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 129.0 104.0
13th     Moth 4542   Keagon York     8.0 10.0 11.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 129.0 104.0
14th     Moth 5   Scott Babbage     16.0 12.0 7.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 135.0 110.0
15th     Moth 4340   Warren Sare     (25.0 DNF) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNF 25.0 DNC 6.0 5.0 25.0 DNC 136.0 111.0
16th     Moth 3657   David Lista     (25.0 DNF) 4.0 8.0 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 137.0 112.0
17th     Moth 4011   Ben Tucker     17.0 17.0 (25.0 DNF) 6.0 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 140.0 115.0
18th     Moth 31   Greg Kennedy     (25.0 DNF) 18.0 12.0 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 155.0 130.0
19th     Moth 42   Chris Eddes     (25.0 DNF) 15.0 15.0 25.0 DNF 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 155.0 130.0
20th     Moth 4560   Robert Greenhalgh     6.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 156.0 131.0
21st     Moth 4240   Bruce Mcleiod     10.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNF 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 160.0 135.0
22nd     Moth 4187   Ben Newling     (25.0 DNF) 14.0 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNF 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 164.0 139.0
23rd     Moth 4267   David Martin     15.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 165.0 140.0
24th     Moth 3266   Angus Musgrove     (25.0 DNF) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 175.0 150.0

Foiling Week Sydney Dec. 2018 – Windfoil Final Results

Foiling Week 2018 – Woollahra Sailing Club

Windfoil Oceanics 2018

Free Division

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 3, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet Division SailNo Club HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st Windfoil Free AUS 2001   Alex Halank 1.0 1.0 1.0 (2.0) 1.0 1.0 7.0 5.0
2nd Windfoil Free AUS 98   Wayne Bowness 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 (4.0 DNC) 2.0 13.0 9.0
3rd Windfoil Free AUS 9   Bruce Healey (4.0 DNF) 3.0 4.0 DNS 4.0 DNS 4.0 DNC 4.0 DNC 23.0 19.0

Open Division

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet Division SailNo Club HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st Windfoil Open NZL 151   JP Tobin 1.0 (2.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 7.0 5.0
2nd Windfoil Open NZL 121   Aaron McIntosh (2.0) 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 11.0 9.0
3rd Windfoil Open NZL 2   Ian Young 4.0 3.0 3.0 (7.0) 3.0 3.0 23.0 16.0
4th Windfoil Open AUS 71   Julien Savina 3.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 (5.0) 23.0 18.0
5th Windfoil Open AUS 8   Brett Morris 5.0 5.0 (7.0) 4.0 5.0 7.0 33.0 26.0
6th Windfoil Open AUS 1331   C Wood 6.0 (8.0) 5.0 6.0 6.0 4.0 35.0 27.0
7th Windfoil Open AUS 55   Steve Walsh 8.0 6.0 (9.0) 5.0 7.0 8.0 43.0 34.0
8th Windfoil Open AUS 840   Leo Sharpe 9.0 (10.0) 6.0 10.0 10.0 6.0 51.0 41.0
9th Windfoil Open 11   Doug McLean 7.0 9.0 (10.0) 8.0 9.0 10.0 53.0 43.0
10th Windfoil Open AUS 1064   Sean Corr (12.0) 7.0 8.0 11.0 8.0 11.0 57.0 45.0
11th Windfoil Open AUS 83   Glen Morrell 11.0 (12.0) 12.0 9.0 11.0 9.0 64.0 52.0
12th Windfoil Open AUS 40   Brendan Moore 10.0 11.0 11.0 (12.0) 12.0 12.0 68.0 56.0
13th Windfoil Open 175   Stuart Condran (14.0 DNF) 14.0 DNF 14.0 DNF 14.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 13.0 83.0 69.0

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.

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.

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.

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