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It’s amazing how polarizing Bill and Jack Macartney’s Superfoiler Grand Prix has become in such a short time. Supporters love the experimental nature of the incredibly overpowered triple-wired foiler and the big crashes, while detractors can’t seem to understand how two years in, no one can really sail the boat in anything but the flattest water – and even then, half the fleet can’t keep the boat right side up.

Is this the next 18-foot skiff or 49er, and it’ll just take a bit of patience for the world’s best sailors to figure it out?  Or is the Superfoiler already an albatross that will never be able to overcome its design deficiencies?

Watch the first-ever livestreamed Grand Prix coverage above and decide for yourself.  Argue here.


February 4th, 2018 by admin

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After a couple of aborted events, the Superfoiler Grand Prix held its first-ever race yesterday, and in light to moderate breeze in Adelaide, half the fleet actually finished the race!  This despite the Superfoiler’s reputation for doing unannounced cartwheels and somersaults while sailing along normally, and the inability of even rock stars to keep the boat under its mast.

Just three teams finished the inaugural race, and we think the organizers may have been a little surprised that they made it: We can’t find a single result on the SF Grand Prix website…or even who’s sailing…

There’s more on Facebook, but it ain’t easy to find.  Fortunately, Andrea Francolini shot the kind of picture that dissolves all our concerns away.  Who cares who won when we have photos like this?

They tell us there is live streaming of the weekend’s action starting in a few hours.  Watch if you dare!

February 2nd, 2018 by admin