The F101 Tribe

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Foiling presents a different approach to conventional sailing and here at Foiling World we have decided that we will take a slightly different approach to how the class association is run.

Firstly, there is no cost in joining the Tribe, as it is included in the cost of your boat. The benefits of being a F101 Tribe member are many, but include:

  • Direct input into the direction of the F101, in terms of events, ethos and upgrades
  • Access to some one off or Tribe only arrangements that Foiling World has with certain suppliers
  • Coaching by experts through the use of Sportpholeo.com  as a coaching specific web site for Tribe members
  • Access to coaching clinics to develop the skills that you need to foil safely and successfully
  • A different take on events! not much windward - leeward racing at this time!

Early Tribe members will define the standards that will be used to progress the skills, such as a one design camera / GPS unit, that will allow easy upload to Sportpholeo. Once linked to the bracket, that can be purchased, the whole remote coaching becomes easily viable. In addition modern discussion groups are already formed using Whats App, all encouraged to have a class that is directly driven by its members to deliver the modern day sailing needs of those members.
 
With Northern Europe becoming increasingly cold the F101 Tribe has decided to base itself in Murcia, Spain on the Mar Menor and link to Pro Vela, for winter storage, rescue cover and additional tuition. With cheap, easy access flights from most European hubs into Murcia or Alicante, it is proving to be an ideal, warm, flat water venue for getting to grips with foiling. With a plentiful supply good golf courses, tennis, cycling and cheap winter accommodation some tribe members are making it a friends and family experience.
 
"The Tribe will evolve as the class increases in numbers, but we aim that the core ethos of the class will always reflect the needs of its members, using modern day communication tools to bring foiling to those who though it was out of their reach."

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Introducing Pro-Vela and buying your boat...

Training is one of the cornerstones for our Tribe. We have strong historic ties with Pro-Vela in Spain which is an ideal location for helping get our members to the point at which they can get the most out of their boats.

Understanding the basic theory and the basic practical skills required for foiling is fundamental if you are going to enjoy your foiling journey and this is what we aimed to address with our first Tribe meeting. Using the tried and tested formula of teaching people to foil that Pro-Vela have developed over the past decade - coupled with sailing on flat water with real-time coaching and safety provision has been essential to the Tribe, concluding that their first experiences with their new boats were incredibly successful.

Buying a boat and our next trip to Spain

Now is the time to join the Tribe and get your new F101 on order. For an introduction to Foiling Course get in touch with Pro-Vela in Spain, or with Negri Nautica in Italy. We will soon have other centres opening up where you can try F101 sailing including some popular holiday companies.

For pricing and technical detail see our website www.foilingworld.co.uk, or get in touch direct to book a build slot. We do have availability to take more boats down to Spain during February,  so make contact if you want to join the fleet….

Find out what Chris Eades from Pro-Vela had to say about our F101 Training sessions in Mar Menor below...

Contact Pro-Vela here!

The inaugural meeting of the F101 Tribe & technical updates

Over weekend of Dec 9th/10th four new F101 owners, Ron Price the F101 designer, Rob White from White Formula along with Alan, Rob and Jerry from Foiling World all gathered at Pro-Vela’s Mar Menor base for the first training session for owners in their new boats.

We spent the three days getting the boats set-up, shoreside training sessions talking through the boats and then several sessions on the water with coaching from a RIB. The weekend was a great success, all the owners were very enthusiastic about their new purchases, and looking forward for the next sessions in the new year.

Our latest technical update!

Our recent trip to Spain with the first four owners gave us a great opportunity to get feedback on the latest developments that we have been working on. This group has given us a platform to run side-by-side experiments with real owners to make those final decisions on how the production boats will be delivered in 2018. All modifications on the final spec will then also be placed on the boats that are in Spain.

Technical updates and the introduction of the F101 Tribe!

 

Alan on Technical Updates


Technical updates have been coming thick and fast as we have turned our prototype into production. Many of our components are custom made and whilst our off the shelf Harken deck gear is really straightforward some of our custom parts have taken longer to manufacture. Just a sample of this can be seen in the detail of the mast base. This is now a hard anodised casting which has been designed to take all of our control lines onto one fitting base. To get the angles spot on, test it and then produce a mould and the subsequent part has been a time consuming process but I am sure you agree it was certainly worth the investment and the wait. We have been through several iterations of the fittings for our foil adjustment systems and wand components but again we needed to make sure that the end product is easy to operate and durable for the end user.


What is the F101 Tribe!


The Tribe are you the F101 sailors. 

We call you the Tribe, as we think that the group of sailors will be slightly different to those that have in the past sailed conventional dinghies. We want to have an open approach to the style of events that our Tribe want and we also want to make sure that we can listen to the feedback and comments of the F101 Tribe. Good communication and a common desire to make all aspects of foiling a fun and shared experience will form the ethos of the Tribe and don’t be surprised if it is very different to any other class association that you have been part off!

In fact it is going to be fascinating to see the comments of the early sailors, the early adopters of this form of foiling and the founding members of the F101 Tribe.  We hope to share the videos and blogs from the first camp in Spain in early December.

Remember if you want to join the Tribe and there are great advantages to being a F101 Tribe member, then production from Rob White and his team at White Formula is now in full flow and build slots are available for early 2018. 


Spain F101 Coaching weekend #1


On December 8th -11th we will run our first F101 Coaching clinic at Pro-Vela’s Mar Menor base in Spain, where we will have 4 brand new F101’s being delivered to their owners for the first time. These owners are coming in from the UK, Netherlands and the USA. The plan for the long weekend is to take the new owners through assembly, boat and foil set-up, pre-flight checks, launching and then get out on the water to enjoy some sailing, whilst on the water there will be on the water coaching to ensure each sailor is helped to get up and foiling, and fully up to speed. On hand for the weekend as well as the Foiling World staff, will be Ron Price, the boat designer. We also plan to hold informal meetings to discuss 2018 sailing program to maximise this for all.

The plan is to hold several more of these sessions through the early months of 2018.


Global Distribution


The response to the launch of the F101 has been phenomenal with interest, enquiries and orders coming in from all corners of the world which was very encouraging. However during 2017 we have been almost exclusively concentrating our efforts on getting the F101 fully sorted and ready for full production, which we now have achieved. As you can see above the production boats are now beginning to roll out of the build shed, with the first boats reaching their owners in early December. What this means is that in 2018 we will be fully ready to get your new F101 delivered to you. We have some dealers in place, and other negotiations underway, however we welcome enquiries from interested parties around the world who can help us grow the F101 fleet. 


How to buy an F101


The price list can be accessed on our website http://www.foiling101.com/how-to-buy/, along with the various options. For export we have developed 2 plywood export packing boxes, so your new F101 can be sent anywhere in the world. This has been designed in conjunction with a launching trolley that fits inside the packing case. For UK/European orders we have a standard combi trolley/trailer configuration. We are taking orders now for build slots in early 2018, so get in touch if you wish to order your F101 and reserve a build slot.



 

Rob Andrews joins Foiling World

 

Foiling World welcomes Rob Andrews to the Team!


Although the news has just been released that I have joined Foiling World, the reality is that I have been working on the F101 since August. Having had a sail on the F101 earlier in the year, it was great to have the opportunity to contribute to the process of getting the boat from pre-production prototypes to the full production boat. It was a similar role that I had done on the SB20 and I just love the attention to detail aspects and trying to think of the ways that people will use the boat and make sure that we have the very best production solution. As I had worked with Alan back in the nineties, when we sailed together and ran the Team Unlimited holiday company, it was very easy to pick up the concept and contribute to the project with Alan and Jerry, and it's become a fascinating project. The fact that it was a foiling project has just made the decision easier and when the opportunity came to join as a co-director I jumped at the chance.


Rob and Foiling


My first foray into foiling was on the Moth at Pro Vela, the sailing school in Spain that Alan started after we sold Team Unlimited to Thomas Cook and the Neilson sailing brand. I guess since then I have  become more fascinated in foiling boats with my job at Land Rover BAR, where I project manage the Academy competing on the Extreme Sailing Series in the 5 person foiling GC 32. For me foiling has brought back all the excitement and enthusiasm that I had as young sailor following his early passion into what has been a life long journey surrounded by water and boats on it. Just being part of the Land Rover BAR team for twelve weeks in Bermuda, in the run up to the 35th Americas Cup was an amazing experience and opportunity to learn and all topped off with the young Academy sailors winning the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup for Great Britain.


Rob’s role in the first few months


As for the F101, the challenge has been to convert the pre production prototypes, as there have been three, into the production version. That is now available with the first customers trying their new boats in early December in Mar Menor, Spain. It has all been about attention to detail, such as working with Hyde Sails on the trampoline fitting and specification detail. Confirming with Harken exactly which block or fitting will be used in each specific position and which small change are made to the bespoke fittings as they go into production for the first F101’s. I now have a notebook full of numbers and changes as the process has evolved with many changes impacting on others and in early December we will see how the customer views the attention to detail! Small things like being able to take parts apart without tools (The rudder foil and rudder stock as an example). Can we hold the main foil down without a cleat? As all the load of the boat and the crew are on that cleat when the F101 lifts out of the water and consequently the rope tends to get a good grip of the cleat under that sort of load! The answer we hope has been a simple, easy to follow solution that will no doubt be slightly modified in use, as more of the F101 Tribe, as we call our F101 sailors, get to use the boats.

Got a question?
We'd love to hear from you! Email us at  info@foiling101.com.

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BBC's Mike Bushell tries foiling with F101

 

Helena Lucas and Alex Hamel help the BBC's Mike Bushell go foiling for the first time on an F101!

We had a great time at Netley Sailing Club filming a feature with Mike Bushell and BBC Sport News. The main angle Mike was presenting was how new foiling boats are becoming more accessible, and within reach of most sailors.

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PRODUCTION UPDATES

We are delighted to announce the first four boats will be coming out of production at the end of July!

Thank you to Harken! We have been working very closely with Harken yacht equipment to change the F101 custom fittings into production items.

Thank you also to Hyde Sails who have continued to develop the rig by changing luff curves, panel layouts and detailing on the sail attachment points to make them as user friendly as possible. On the accessories side they have also been developing our top and foil covers which are now in their production design versions.

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MAKING MOVING THE F101 EASIER

Moving the boat on dry land is an important aspect of using the F101, the Combi trailer has now been developed as well as a standard trolley for shipping boxes. In addition we are looking into the roof rack version and potential of a lightweight alloy version.


FOILING WEEK UPDATE

We went on a road trip to Lake Garda for Foiling Week where we were working with our Italian dealer Negri Nautica. Over 50 people tried the F101 and it was a phenomenal success! Highlights were an amputee foiling for the first time as well as youths and women who were at Foiling Week on the Magenta Project.

FOILING WORLD MEDIA MEET THE F101

The team presented the F101 to Foiling Week media and showed what a stable platform could do for people who wanted to learn to foil.


VIDEO FROM FOILING WEEK


 

WIN - A chance to take off with Harken and the F101!

 
 
 

To celebrate an incredible 50 years of innovation Harken UK, in association with Foiling World, (the brains behind the NEW Foiling 101) are offering the chance to bag yourself and a friend an unforgettable two days learning to fly with some of the best foiling coaches in the business at Pro-Vela in Mar Menor, Spain. The two-day course will cover aspects such as how the boat works, rigging and tuning, pre-flight checks and safety, launching/landing, the secure position, turning around, tiller and main sheet management, how to deploy, furl and sail with the Zero, sailing fundamentals of weight, steering and trim, controlling the boat when foiling, points of sailing and speeding up the turns.

 

See F101 at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

 

The foiling trimaran, F101, launches at this weekend's RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show!

The much-talked about Foiling trimaran F101 will be publicly launched this weekend, 4th-5th March, in London at the RYA Dinghy Exhibition at Alexandra Palace. While the F101 became public last November, and some photos and videos have since been released from the prototype testing phase this is the first opportunity for people to come and see the F101 in the flesh.

Meet the F101 team on Harken stand, G8 in the West Hall right next to the RYA Suzuki Main Stage!

Buy your tickets here!

The F101 on display is boat number two, with number three also close to completion, and build slots up to number ten already reserved.  Tooling and component specification for the production version are nearly complete, and the first production boats are expected to be delivered in May 2017.

Foiling World, the marketing business behind the F101, are working in close collaboration with the Designer Ron Price, the builder White Formula, and rig and hardware suppliers, Selden Masts, Hyde Sails and Harken.

AVAILABLE COURSES

Foiling World are setting up Coaching Clinics to welcome newcomers to foiling and help them learn to sail the F101. Initially there are two courses that can be chosen which are open to anybody who can safely sail a Laser (or equivalent boat) in 15 knots of breeze. 

The courses are:
1. Try Flying: a half day introductory course
2. Learn to Fly: a  2-day course

Find out more here.

SPECIAL DINGHY SHOW OFFER

F101 pricing and order information is all available on the website here. The Dinghy Show introductory offer for the first 25 build slots, which includes a Code Zero package, trolley, cover and foil covers, is £13,950 excl. VAT.

HOW TO BUY AN F101
For full information visit our website.

“The response since we went public last November has been incredible, we have had enquiries and interest from all over the world, and we are very confident that this will be a very busy year. Clearly foiling sailboats are becoming very visible at the top end of our sport, but what we believe we have achieved with F101, is an affordable boat, that can be enjoyed by a much wider group of sailors.”

Alan Hillman, Director of Foiling World

 

The latests developments from F101

Marching forward

For 2016, the focus was on F101’s design, building the prototype and getting out on the water. We then moved into test phase to prove the concept of the platform, both in the UK and in Spain. We have now successfully carried out extensive test sailing sessions and the F101 has come through this phase surpassing all our expectations. It really does do everything that we envisaged and more.

One of our test team even managed a full capsize, to date this has proved very difficult to do - indeed this was the first capsize in anger away from the safe confines of the marina in an early experiment. He successfully righted the boat with ease, using the pre-planned method of flooding one outrigger, sinking this to get the boat to 90 degrees and then righting conventionally. The outrigger then self-drains and off you go - we are however not convinced by his claims that this was intentional for testing purposes!

The next phase is moving into full production. The prototype had a number of components that were custom made, or borrowed from other boats and so we are now finalising the F101’s specific, purpose designed components. These are well underway and the two pre-production boats are planned to be ready in time for the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show.

We're on YouTube! We recently added some great new videos to our YouTube channel, check it out here!

F101 Technical Developments

Some of the projects we have underway...

RUDDER STOCK

We are developing a new custom alloy rudder stock with locking mechanism. The tooling is being built and first production stocks will be with us in February.

RUDDER AND MAIN FOIL TOOLING

The tooling is being CNC cut in aluminium blocks. The foils will be two-piece so that the horizontal can be detached for shipping, or replacement. We have also produced a neat custom lock that will hold the foil up when on a trolley and sailing in shallow waters.

SAIL DESIGN

As you will see from these photo’s we have been testing a new code Zero. This has tested really well and also looks great! These designs are now being finalised for production at Hydes loft.

THE TROLLEY

This has had many versions in order to satisfy a number of pre-requisites including a robust structure to keep the boat stable; as well as launching, trailing and shipping requirements. 

DECK LAYOUT

We have been working closely with our partner Harken, in putting together the best and most efficient sail control package. While most of what we needed is standard off the shelf items, we needed to develop a modified furler for the Zero – the excellent news here, is that Harken immediately rose to the challenge and are now developing a production furler system. We should see the prototype at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show!

The NEW Code Zero

As mentioned above we have been testing a new Code Zero (and settled on a name for it!). Richard Lovering from Hyde Sails joined us for our latest session in Spain to help with development and design thoughts. The original nylon Zero worked well but quickly got taken over, so a flatter, smaller solution was needed. The new Zero performed much better and, with a few small tweaks, will be what we move forward with. A few people have questioned the necessity of the Zero, which is a fair question, What we have found is the following:

Why have a Code Zero?

  • Reduced foiling take-off wind speed from 8 knots to 6 knots
  • Gets the boat very deep and fast off-wind in 8-12 knots
  • Provides a whole new level of fun and challenges to sailing the boat
  • Increases the versatility of the boat in terms of wind speed and weight carrying ability
  • When sailing 2 up it becomes the crew’s focus for trimming, furling etc.
  • Can be utilised in wind ranges up to 15 knots

1+1 = Sailing 2 up!

We have done some more testing of the boat 2 up. We are currently working to finalise a maximum recommended weight, as this clearly loads the boat up considerably, but it is great fun, just as fast and adds a new dimension. Take your friends, partners and/or children out for a spin and make it fun for everyone!

F101's latest YouTube videos...

Coming to the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

See one of our pre-production F101 boats on the Harken stand at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, stand G8, right next to the Suzuki Main Stage. Alan, Jerry and F101 Designer, Ron Price, will all be on hand to answer your questions. We will have our order book handy as well as a Dinghy Show special launch offer!

Buy your tickets here!


Pre-production boats to be on display at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show!

Hello everyone!

It has been a very busy few weeks since we launched the F101.

Testing

We have been trying to get out sailing the F101 as much as we can, and after a few sessions in Brightlingsea, we moved the prototype down to the Pro-Vela base in Mar Menor, Spain so that we could enjoy warmer weather and more reliable breeze. We have now been down in Spain for 2 sessions, one with the principle builders, designer and suppliers, and a second session where we were able to get 2 full days sailing in and move forward plenty of our development plans. We will be back in Spain in early January for another round.

Development

In terms of development, we will now try a new design code zero, we will try some different stiffness masts, plenty of work on different foils and control mechanisms, a 2nd version of the tramps and some new layouts of deck fittings. At the same time the Design team are finalising the foil designs and locking mechanisms, so that we can get the tooling built, and finalising the design of the compression struts and their components.

Pre-production boats!

We will now build two pre-production boats which will become the final test bed boats prior to the F101 going into full production with a target date of early Summer 2017. The plan is for these two pre-production boats to be on display at the RYA Dinghy Exhibition on 4th-5th March. 

In terms of Marketing and Sales, there has been enormous interest from all around the world, the response has been incredible and we are very confident that the F101 will make a major impact during 2017. We are talking to various organisations and people about becoming dealers, and a number of individuals have already booked build slots. For anybody interested in booking a build slot, or wanting to talk to us about representing us please contact us at info@foiling101.com. We are finalising all the component costs now, and we should be able to publish the price of F101 during January 2017.

"Wishing you all a great Xmas, and looking forward to an exciting new Year!" 

Alan and Jerry