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Posts Tagged ‘Foiling’

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Steve and Dave Clark’s father-son UFO project is perhaps the most exciting thing in singlehanded sailing since, well, the first foiling moth.  Here’s the full 45-minute presentation about the affordable, stable, foiling UFO, and it’s got some great gems about their development of the boat, some insightful analysis of boat ownership here in the States, and even a lesson or two about parenting.  Go to the thread to ask questions from the designers themselves.

 

September 12th, 2016 by admin

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We’d prefer not to support Oracle Team USA until they either drop the USA or add some American sailors, but we can’t pass up this very well-done clip of sexy A-list superstar skier Lindsay Vonn and her day of sailing an AC45 in Bermuda.  Brilliant work from the always brilliant Sam Greenfield (working for the big O).

September 3rd, 2016 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 10.04.03 AMAMAC’s long-developed and long-delayed ‘Waszp’ launch changed the foiling focus from outright speed to ease-of-use. Meanwhile, longtime  A-Cat and Little America’s Cup Defender Steve Clark was working on something similar, but very different.  It also promises to be cheaper and far easier to launch and recover than any Moth…Check the thread for the latest on the new foiler, and head over to Newport next weekend to get up close and personal.  Steve sums up:

Wild speculation may now commence.  But a few details:
Weight is 52 Kg.
8 and change square meters of sail.
Two T-foils, wand on main foil.
Foils retract between the hulls for upright launch and recovery.
Floats upright at the dock.
Closer to the Laser price point than the Waszp price point.

Nifty little project which should have commercial legs.  Focus has been on ease of use and handling, not a demonstration of a unique foil configuration.  Plenty of original thinking  and some unique solutions to achieve performance and cost goals.

-SHC

September 2nd, 2016 by admin

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They may or may not be the first AC team to nail a proper foiling tack on camera, but they’re definitely the first to provide a ‘how-to’ guide to it!  Great work from Chris Draper and the SoftBank Team Japan ‘media team’ (ahem…Matty…ahem) on provide compelling content for their fans and the public – something we’ve seen precious little of over the past year.  Chat about SBTJ here, or learn more about Softbank’s “flack” here.

August 25th, 2016 by admin

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In the latest example of how not to place a photo RIB on a race course, a driver on Lake Garda carrying Italian photographer Carlo Borlenghi was nearly sliced in half by Monaco’s Prince Casiraghi at the helm of a GC32 yesterday during Foiling Week racing.  This photo thanks to Phantom Of The Oscar. UPDATE: Boot Dusseldorf has reposted the crash video.  Sit down and have a look.

Foiling event organizers, take note: We’ve now seen fairly experienced folks like Dave Reed (Sailing World wrecks the G4), Shirley Robertson (CNN Mainsail wrecks Bora’s moth), and a VOR volunteer RIB driver in Lorient (amputated by the Spindrift 2) all putting themselves in dangerous positions leading to massive damage or injuries.  Our suggestion is a new rule: All support boat drivers at ultra-high speed events MUST BE TRAINED in the specific techniques and dangers of the boats they’re covering or they cannot work the event.  If this policy is not adopted, it’ll only be so long before the first death by foils. To point out the obvious, and despite what Sailing World and Robertson may have claimed, when a boat under power is in a wreck with a sailboat, it is the motorboat’s fault.  Get educated.

 

July 9th, 2016 by admin

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With the M32/World Match Tour, AC World Series, Extreme Sailing Series, and what seems to be an unending cascade of new and old ultraperformance racing to do and watch, you’d be forgiven for overlooking the owner/driver foiling GC32 series.  After all, it was the promising GC that looked to be taking over the world a few years ago until engineering and quality control issues nearly killed off the Class.

Rather than try to compete with the marketing and media budget of some of the other classes – especially with the blemishes on the GC’s safety record, the Class has taken a more subtle approach; keep quiet so billionaire owners don’t get cold feet, provide good racing in windy venues, and steal away RC44, Melges and America’s Cup skippers looking to sail a half-million dollar toy that can hit 40 knots.  They’ve also shitcanned whoever was hacking their way through the GC video editing, and the boys and girls over at Fraglia della Vela Riva did a great job with this edit from the last days of May.

More GC Racing info over here, and you can see these foilers slicing through the water off Malcesine next week during The Foiling Week.

 

June 29th, 2016 by admin

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A mix of boat-breaking and ultra-light weather saw Laser superstar Paul Goodison take the 2016 Moth Worlds in Hayama Japan last week.  Goodie was helped out by a healthy dose of the much quicker Rob Greenhalgh (who took 6 bullets in 13 races) losing two races to gear failure and losing his big lead in the final race to an abandonment.  It ended Rob’s hard run to the top, with Chris Rashley finishing in second, three points off Paul.  It was the first time Brits have owned the Moth Worlds podium in the foiling era.

While it’s tough to judge without the top Mach 2 sailors on site, Britain’s Exocet moth took four of the top five spots, showing just how quickly the balance of power can shift when the Gulari/Outteridge/ETNZ/Burling technology machine is otherwise occupied and Amac’s busy making his Waszp take flight.

With the big distances involved and many of the top Mothies off doing their Olympic thang, the Hayama Worlds was the quietest in years, though Junichi Hirai took some gorgeous shots in the equally pretty bay.  Beau Outteridge finally came out of the creative hole he fell into during his AC daze, producing his best video in years on Day 2 here.

May 31st, 2016 by admin

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What do you get when you cross a 24 year old kiteboarder from the Great Plains, an insane creative genius videographer, and a loudmouth Sailing Anarchy editor?  It’s called the Charleston Fort2Battery, and it’s one of the big successes in ultra-performance sail racing of the past few years.  Watch the video for the full story, and go here to find out about the 2017 edition.

May 17th, 2016 by admin

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He’s small and he’s shy, but Andrew Macdougall is something of a quiet giant in the history of foiling, having created the only successful volume production foiler in history with the Bladerider and then doing it again with the Mach 2. If that wasn’t enough, he also built a powerful windsurf and moth sail company in Ka sails, and his foil design and control tech has found itself on a wide variety of Mothy and non-mothy boats all around the world.

But for the better part of that decade, AMAC has had a bigger goal in mind – he’s long wanted to create a ‘foiler for the masses’, and despite some massive delays and continually shifting launch dates, prices, and specifications, his Waszp appears to be getting close to that date.  Those who placed orders more than two years ago have mostly forgiven Andrew for the long delays – after all, everyone wants to see him achieve his goal of a foiler that can handle both junior sailors and heavyweights at half the price of the $25k and up Mach 2.  But will the finished design actually do what Amac has so passionately pushed for, or will the Waszp simply be a discounted and dumbed-down Olympic version of the dominant Mach 2 much like the Waszp logo is a derivative, weak knockoff of the distinctively ugly GC32 logo/font?

Facebook has some decent updates, and as always there is plenty of chatter on the Dinghy Anarchy forum.

 

May 17th, 2016 by admin

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Saturday is a great day for videos, and this one might just open your eyes to a much wider application for foils than we’re used to.  This one comes from SA fan and top kiter and SUP stud Kai Lenny, who we first ran into during our G4 sailing last year in the Caribbean.  Kai’s got soul, Kai’s got skills, and with this foiling paddleboard he’s got  (to paraphrase Commander Cody): “Man, what a ride.”

May 7th, 2016 by admin

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