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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.

S.A.S Project

In September 2013 the Italian Moth Championship was held in Campione del Garda. At that event Luca Rizzotti was the president of the Italian Moth Class and had successfully organized a fundraising to help Acque Libere purchase an International 2.4 meter class boat. Antonello Tovo, president of Acque Libere and Luca’s old time friend came to the event to present the association programs and was awestruck by the moths he was seeing fly-by the spectators ribs: “You will foil, it will be possible!” Luca promised to his friend. The same weekend Foiling Week was conceived by Luca and Domenico, but that is another story.

Fast forward to year 2017 the promise was still in the air but the time was right to devise and develop a bold concept: a foiling boat that could be sailed together by sailors with and without disabilities. A boat that could demonstrate the core mission of Foiling Week, to make foiling safe, accessible and sustainable: S.A.S. Project was born.

We proposed the project to partners we believed would be aligned with the idea and it became a reality. The project was first mentioned at 2017 Garda Foiling Week during the conferences, one year later Bobby Kleinschmit (ETNZ foil designer also working with Guillaume Verdier) presented the boat design at Foiling Week forum 2018.

In February 2019 the fundraising for project S.A.S is launched at Foiling Awards in Milan together with Max Sirena from Luna Rossa Challenge.

The boat

Irus 5.50, designed by Guillame Verdier as «foil laboratory», then donated to Foiling Week to pursue the SAS Project.

Length 5.50 m
Width 2.3 m
Air Draft 10 m
Draft 1.4 m
Raw Hull 100 kg
Overall Weight 300 kg
Bulb 60 kg

SAS Project aim is #everyonecanfoil. Disabled sailors, beginners, weekend warriors and PRO can sail together and have the same emotions and same feelings

The program

The S.A.S. Project program is as follows

  • February 2019 – December 2019 : Complete design process, boat construction , fundraising worldwide tour ( dates and locations TBA)
  • January to March 2020 : boat testing and tuning together with Acque Libere
  • March 2020 to March 2021 : participation to Foiling Week events and other major foiling and non foiling events with open trials

Boat program partners

Guillaume Verdier is know as one of world foiling gurus, having designed a large number of foiling projects including the ETNZ foil package that won the AC in Bermuda.

Persico Marine is a world class marine boatyard , currently building Luna Rossa challenge boats for AC36 and the one design arms for all teams.

Sport and sailing program partners

Movendo Technology is a biomedical company that has distinguished itself for using the most advanced robotic technology to produce effective rehabilitation and diagnostic tools that are easy to use and designed to improve patient treatment quality.

Acque Libere sports association promotes the sport of sailing making it available to everyone. From the moment of its birth, in 2013, they organize sailing school activities and regattas in a context of real inclusion among all people. The activity is mainly aimed at children and people with different types and levels of disability. They started with 2.4 mR class regattas to continue with special projects in which sailing is a support tool for rehabilitation activities. In this context Acque Libere had the opportunity to experience how the sport of sailing is able to motivate people to achieve very advanced rehabilitation goals. As part of the “Lifestyle, nutrition and sailing” project, dedicated to people with multiple sclerosis, they were able to observe through neuro-physiological monitoring how much a sport such as sailing can intervene in terms of motivation and increased effectiveness of rehabilitation.
Based on this experience the SAS project can represent an additional level of challenge capable of motivating many people to achieve their rehabilitation goals and change their lifestyle.
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Max Sirena

Glenn Ashby

Guillaume Verdier

Giovanni Soldini

Lars Grael


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