Persico Marine is a name associated with the building of cutting-edge race craft, having been deeply involved with the Volvo Ocean Race boats, the America’s Cup and many more. This year the boatyard delivered 20 foils alone, and Persico’s order books are filling fast for more.
When sailing boats literally take off, it naturally changes the game quite a bit. Not only the sailing, but also the design and construction. Especially so when we look at larger racing yachts. We have become used to foiling dinghies of the International Moth class, which has always embraced new ideas and technology almost in a pioneering manner. But designing and building foiling sailboats of substantial sizes like the AC catamarans, last seen racing in Bermuda at speeds well in excess of 40 knots, is quite a different story. Read on.