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#Sail4Chico

L’unica edizione del 2020 di Foiling Week omaggia Chico Forti, la sua famiglia e le organizzazioni degli amici che seguono il suo incredibile caso.

Chico FortiCi racconta brevemente la storia Gianni Forti, lo zio di Chico:

Per chi non la conoscesse ancora, raccontiamo brevemente la sua storia. Il 15 giugno 2000, Chico è stato condannato all’ergastolo per un delitto per il quale si è sempre professato innocente.
La pena inflitta dal giudice, dopo un processo sommario, È stata quella di una condanna all’ergastolo senza sconti, da dove potrà uscire solo da morto. La sentenza ha lasciato esterrefatti quanti avevano seguito il dibattimento processuale, increduli che una giuria avesse potuto emettere “oltre ogni ragionevole dubbio” un verdetto di colpevolezza sulla base di flebili, confuse e fantasiose “prove circostanziali”.
Per dimostrare il grave errore giudiziario, sono stati presentati numerosi ricorsi a tutti i livelli nelle varie corti di appello della Florida, ma tutte le mozioni sono state respinte senza discussioni o motivazioni, nonostante fosse stata presentata una enorme documentazione di prove a sgravio.
Ogni azione legale sembra definitivamente preclusa, per cui si è dovuto ricorrere all’intervento dello Stato Italiano per riportare Chico in Italia come detenuto, dal momento che non c’è altra alternativa. L’autunno scorso, il Ministro agli esteri Luigi di Maio e il sottosegretario alla presidenza del consiglio Riccardo Fraccaro, hanno dichiarato ufficialmente di avere avviato un’azione diplomatica, ma non si conoscono i modi, i tempi e i nodi burocratici da superare. Il nostro evento è organizzato per dare un sostegno fattivo alla causa di Chico, per sollecitare anche da parte nostra l’intervento del governo in tempi brevi, poiché la resistenza di Chico è ormai allo stremo e ogni giorno è sempre più tremendo. Ricordiamo che all’epoca dei fatti, Chico – oggi sessantunenne – aveva tre figli, di uno, tre e cinque anni, che non ha più rivisto da quando è stato recluso.
Anche sua madre, oggi novantaduenne, ha finito le sue lacrime nell’attesa di poter riabbracciare suo figlio prima che sia troppo tardi. Enrico Forti ha sempre rigettato ogni forma di patteggiamento, forte della sua innocenza. E la dignità dimostrata in tutti questi anni di reclusione fa onore alla fierezza di essere italiano. Per questi motivi, la regata chiamata #sail4 Chico sarà dedicata lui, nella speranza che possa servire per dare anche il contributo della foiling community, affinché Chico possa tornare presto in Italia e vivere serenamente con la sua famiglia, i suoi amici e la sua gente quel che resta della sua vita ormai purtroppo rovinata per sempre.

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.

Foiling Week™ is not just racing

Foiling Week is a name that represents much more than just foiling racing. In 2019 we have reached the “ten events” milestone (six in Malcesine, two in Sydney, one in Newport and one in Miami): we are busy as usual with planning events, activities and initiatives.

What is Foiling Week? What have we done so far and where are we heading?
Foiling Week is a no-profit sport and cultural association whose scope is to promote foiling and make it more safe, accessible and sustainable. In other words, the aim is to provide the foiling community with the network and resources to grow within the sport of sailing. Foiling and Foiling Week have grown indeed, with the help and for the benefit of the foiling community as a whole.

We aim at CONNECTING people, encourage COOPERATION, drive CHANGE.
We do connect, cooperate and change through events and initiatives.
Among the initiatives and activities devised over the years we are proud in particular of these:
INFORMATION: we publish daily foiling news on our social platforms. The average monthly reach is 250K. This means foiling news are spread well beyond the foiling community, getting major traction with the larger general sailing community.
SAFETY: launch of the first medical research on foiling related traumas in cooperation with the Society of Outdoor Sports & Performance Medicine. The scope is to discover how foiling sailors get injured, understand how to best prevent the injuries through specific protections and design improvements.
ACCESSIBILITY: trials open to the public since 2014, specific trials for kids since 2015, specific trials fro women since 2016 in cooperation with The Magenta Project), learn to fly courses for beginners since 2017 ( in cooperation with Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres ), coaching for participating classes in cooperation with OLY sailors since 2018. Over 500 people have tried foiling for the first time at a Foiling Week event, But one of our boldest project is PROJECT SAS, a foiling boat accessible to disabled sailors that il designed by Guillame Verdier. Project is ongoing with active fundraising activities.
SUSTAINABILITY: single-use plastic banned at all events since the 2014 use of electric boats for media and spectators since 2016, the launch of the successful online petition in 2019 to ban single-use plastics from all lake Garda shores.
CONFERENCES: over 200 speakers from all foiling backgrounds have presented topics at FW events, over 20 projects were announced as world first at the event.
EDUCATION and RESEARCH: devise and launch in 2019 of SuMoth ( Sustainable Moth ) challenge, a competition to design, build and sail a sustainably built International Moth open to naval architecture faculties around the globe. Devise and launch of the 2019 Mpef ( Multi-Purpose Electric Foiler ) competition open to professional naval architects and engineers.
While many new initiatives are being developed, two, in particular, are coming together in 2020 and will potentially contribute to a quantum leap acceleration in the networking and business capacity of the community. One initiative will bring the community closer to the composites industry as a whole, generating connections and business possibilities in an area familiar to the majority of the foiling community. The other will open doors to the greater high-tech world, with larger investments and corporations becoming connected.
News will, of course, follow soon on these two topics…

So…we want to hear from you out there, reader, fan, supporter, sailor, builder, designer, stakeholder, partner. Let us know how we can help further, let’s hear suggestions and comments. We are open. We are foiling. We are foiling week.

A big thanks to all team members, our partners and sponsors. Slam Gurit Marlow Ropes Torqeedo 11th Hour Racing GAC Pindar Persico Marine Polynt SAILMON
2020 here we come! Foiling Awards will be in Milan February 20th. Foiling Week Malcesine will be at Fraglia Vela Malcesine from June 24th to 28th.