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This would be an Easter weekend like no other, the 30th March saw our F101 Tribe travel from the USA, France, Netherlands, Spain and the UK to gather at ProVela for the international F101 World Hampionships (yes that’s spelt right!).
Six boats and nine Tribe competitors, as well as the design and build team from Foiling World, arrived to a stunning weather forecast, ready to contest the infamous F101 Ham prize over three days of intense coaching, competition and après-foiling socials.
The Hampionships organisation team consisted of Chris Eades from ProVela, London 2012 Olympic Games Sailing Event Manager, Rob Andrews, Former Extreme 40 Race Director, Alan Hillman, and two-time SB20 World Champion, Jerry Hill.
Ten races were held on Saturday 31st with Ron Price winning his first ever F101 race, congratulations Ron! Other race winners included John Iglehart, Alan Hillman, Martijn Buitenhuis and Simon Perry with Simon holding on to a small lead.
The following day numerous race winners were counted, however after looking at the daily scores over six foiling races it was Martijn Buitenhuis who had a small points lead over Simon Perry. That’s a close competition guys!
Here’s a summary of how the Hampionship days unfolded.
This day was all about the briefing, rigging and preparation for what would be the long distance coastal race of the event.
The Tribe set off in a fickle 4-6 knots on what was initially a fetch from Los Alcazares to the new home of ProVela’s foiling club in Mar De Cristal, eight miles along the coast of the Mar Menor. These light winds were not to stay for long with the breeze swiftly turning to the south resulting in an increase to 20 knots.
This proved a kind gift from the gods to competitors that had hugged the Mar Menors west coast, seeing gains over the boats that jetted off early to pass close to the Isla de Perdiguera who were left with an upwind finish just to the West of Baron Island.
The first Tribe member to make it home was John Iglehart who enjoyed some refreshing breeze off the Mar De Cristal marina as he waited for the rest of the fleet to make it home.
The breeze made for epic foiling conditions resulting in the entire fleet playing around outside the marina before finally coming ashore to be greeted by ProVela staff armed with cold beers, ready to enjoy the warm, sunny evening.
Based on a forecast of light winds the Tribe called for a lay morning. Whilst the sea breeze built, many Tribe members spent the early hours of the day mountain biking and visiting the historic city of Cartagena to see the roman amphitheatre, whilst others simply worshipped the sun.
As the day progressed Foiling World held a short briefing and then proceeded to go through useful learning tips such as best practices, boat set-ups, turning and boat handling. The rules for the day were then decided upon in order to align with the current foiling skills of the Tribe.
From here it was all hands on deck and racing began! The Tribe faced reaching starts, fast foiling reaches and foiling (ish) gybes at the turning mark before a screaming reach home to the finish line. As fatigue set in crews rotated, deciding to maximise the opportunity for personalised coaching. After ten races the Tribe called racing for the day to an end just in time for a late dinner at the nearby picturesque Spanish fishing village of Cabo De Palos.
As the sunset and the muscles ached, everyone enjoyed an evening of fun with friends and family before the foiling action started again the next day.
The following day’s programme was again decided by the Tribe and based on a building sea breeze for the afternoon. With further mischief available in Cartagena some of the senior Tribe members were seen leading the fleet astray, which may explain why some were deemed to be “mission in action” before day three.
By the morning of day three most competitors had recovered sufficiently from the previous evenings’ shenanigans before the start of the 14:00 coaching seminar where lessons focussed on downwind foiling techniques. This would be needed as the race management team had set the Tribe some reaching starts to a wing mark followed by a dead downwind leg which would have to be negotiated by foiling deep and gybing, before rounding up the full-on hike-athlon on a close reach back to the finish line.
After an afternoon of flying around in 8-10 knots in perfect sunshine the exhausted fleet were shepherded back to the marina for de-briefing and prize giving. All competitors were scored by a combination of peer group perception and race results over the three days of competition.
Interestingly Martijn thought Simon had won and Simon thought Martijn had won, which goes to show how close the racing was!
The prize giving then took a moment to thank the event sponsors ProVela, Foiling World Hyde Sails, Harken and Gul for all their support.
Would you like to become a member of the Tribe and learn to foil?
To become a Tribe member you first need to own an F101. Once a part of our Tribe you will be involve in all the behind-the-scenes action where we chat through fastest times, things we’re learning, events and more.
We are offering tailored courses with fully trained instructors. Click here to find out more.
"The new tri that makes foiling easy!" We are delighted to be featured in the April edition of Yachts & Yachting magazine. Pick up a copy for more photos and the full review from Toby Heppell.
The F101 is designed to get more people out there learning how to foil, with great foiling techniques that make it fun and easy for everyone. If you have a question about joining our F101 Tribe please contact the team today.
We are doing away with some of the formalities of racing as you know it. Our raids will be aimed at getting like-minded F101 sailors, friends and families together in great locations for an informal series of events. These might be timed speed runs, pursuit races, point-to-point races and/or races to the beach bar and back (obviously stopping for refreshment!).
THE F101 WORLD HAMPIONSHIPS!
30th March -2nd April 2018
The Tribe will meet in Mar De Cristal, Mar Menor Spain on the morning of 30th March at 10.00 am.
The Tribe will decide the antics for the next three days in order to decide the winner of the inaugural F101 World Hampionships.
There will be prizes - obviously the Ham which will be enjoyed by the Tribe at the prize giving (vegetarians/vegans exempt) along with other "money can't buy" prizes being given away as well. Prizes to be awarded completely arbitrarily.
The whole point of this is to have fun, otherwise why bother!? Anyone being annoying or overly competitive will be subject to the Tribal Tribunal disciplinary procedures.
Book here: firstname.lastname@example.org
May the best warrior win!
Looking to try out an F101? We offer half day Try Flying courses, and two day Learn to Fly courses at the following locations:
UK: Shock Sailing, Weymouth. Contact Simon Hiscocks on email@example.com
Spain: Pro Vela, Mar Menor. Contact Chris Eades on firstname.lastname@example.org
Italy: Negri Nautica, Lake Garda. Contact Pietro Negri on email@example.com
China: Beijing Sailing, contact Rick Pointon firstname.lastname@example.org
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Alan, Rob and Jerry will be at Alexandra Palace throughout the show to answer any questions!
We will be exhibiting the latest F101 to come out of production, incorporating all the tweaks and developments that we are now applying to production boats. The Dinghy Show really is one of the best boat shows anywhere in the world for sailing enthusiasts, so come along, say hello and who knows perhaps this will be the year you fly for the first time in an F101.
Don't miss Alan's talk at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show!
Alan Hillman gives a talk at this years' RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show. Talking about the latest developments in foiling, how to get started and what's coming next.
Find Alan on the stage at 12:00 PM each day.
Find out more here.
Coupled with getting the F101 up and running, Alan has finally published his book! “The Dinghy Foiling Book” takes you through all the techniques and tips to become a successful foiler in a range of different boats.
Alan's new book
You can buy “The Dinghy Foiling Book” by contacting us at email@example.com. You can also pick up a copy from Fernhurst Books or come along to the Dinghy Show and buy one on the Foiling World stand, where you can get a signed copy!
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:
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."
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.
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...
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 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.
Got a question? Looking to become an F101 Tribe member and become a part of the club? We'd love to hear from you! Contact us via the details below... #FoilingWorld #F101Tribe
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