September Newsletter: Tribal Gatherings, Foiling And Technical Updates from F101.

Tribal Gatherings.

Venue: Mar Menor, Spain
Dates: November 9th to 12th 2018
Format: Racing Saturday and Sunday – sailing before and after for those that can!

The F101 Tribe are formally invited to attend the next Foiling World Tribal gathering.

We will introduce the new Tribe friendly format where you can either sail every race or compete and score results based on every second race - ideal for sharing with a friend. We will also allow you to play a “Joker”, (only one per day) where someone else can sail your boat and count the result for you. If they win, they are a winner takes all result, more details will follow!

This will be a great Tribal Gathering where we'll be running a training course for our Dealers in the run-up to the event. We hope to have representatives from the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, United States, Canada and possibly even Australia! 

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Coaching.

We all need help to get the most out of our sailing so we are pleased to now have coaching available in the UK. Simon Hiscocks, top Moth sailor and Olympic Medalist now has an F101 in Weymouth at the National Sailing Academy (a great venue and home of the 2012 Olympics).

For information on coaching courses with Simon please contact info@Foiling101.com. We also hope to have Simon at the Tribal Gathering in November; check out his gybing skills below and we're sure you'll agree he would be a great person to play the Joker for you!
 
If you or any of your friends are interested in joining the Tribe and purchasing an F101 Alan and Rob will be running a Try Flying course at Draycote Water on October 6th, please contact us at info@Foiling101.com for details. 

Simon Hiscocks Does Foiling Gybe During First Outing In The F101



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F101 Against The Rest...

Last week, when sailing with Simon in Weymouth, we came across some squad Laser sailors out in their Waszp Moths (5 of them). It was interesting to note that even with the windage of the Zero, we were at a very similar speed upwind, sometimes higher and faster. Downwind it  was over 11 knots and our Zero was not being used and we are happy to report back that we were lower, and faster and if they made a mistake, they crashed and capsized while the F101 simply touched down and went off again, making it a pretty easy winner down wind.

We are thinking of doing Bart's Bash in September as well as Weymouth Speed Week! We will report back in a future newsletter with our findings. 

Dealer Update.

Boats are now active with dealers in Spain, France, italy and China. Pietro has been putting the hours in on Lake Garda, so we are looking forward to his arrival at a Tribal gathering. Spain will be a great opportunity to share stories and technique improvements, all part of the Tribe ethos of sharing experiences and learning from each other. These will also be shared in subsequent newsletters.

Foil In An F101 With Negrinautica. 

Technical Changes.

The carbon Zero brackets should now be with you and if anyone is missing one simply let us know. We will also be sending out the last of our upgrades which is the Harken produced replacement stainless steel version of the Gnav slider that sits on the boom. We had a number of the original alloy versions break in very strong winds and this will solve that issue, this will be a slight weight gain but worth it in terms of reliability. 

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Changing of the Guard!

We are sad to say that Jerry Hill, founder member of FOILING WORLD, will be taking a less active role as we move forwards. Always part of the team, Jerry will still be at events sailing, socialising but not mending or rigging boats, as he will be there as a sailing member of the TRIBE. We would just like to take this opportunity to thank Jerry for his vision and dedication in getting the F101 to where it is today and now we look forward to sailing against him.

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F101 Foiling Coaching Now Available In The UK

Opportunities to experience the F101 are now available in the UK. Foiling World have teamed up with Simon Hiscocks from Shock Sailing, with Simon running foiling coaching using an F101 based at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Simon, a World Class International Moth sailor and Olympic medallist talks of looking forward to using the F101.

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“The F101 allows the foiling experience and coaching to be opened up to a far wider sailing audience than has currently been available through the existing boats on the market. I cannot wait to start teaching sailors to foil, who can experience this amazing aspect of our sport and then, with the F101, become foiling sailors developing their skills for the future.”

In addition to Simon running the courses in Weymouth at the WPNSA, throughout September and October the F101 is going out on the road with a “Try Foiling Course” day running in conjunction with Draycote Water Sailing Club (DWSC) on Saturday October 6th. The half day course will run from DWSC using the F101, places are limited to eight split across the day with tuition from Alan Hillman and Rob Andrews.

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A copy of Alan’s “The foiling Dinghy Book”, published by Fernhurst will be included in each of the student packs at Draycote. Both Alan and Rob have extensive foiling experience, with Alan foiling for the past ten years, putting all this experience together in his foiling book. Rob has over twenty years Olympic coaching and recently project managed the GB entry that won the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup sailed on the AC45F in Bermuda. He is now a converted foiler, loving the challenge of new goals to match his foiling ability.

For more information or to book a place on a course email info@foiling101.com

N.B. Foiling courses are also available using the F101 in Spain, Italy, France and China, with more countries in the pipeline.

 
 
I cannot wait to start teaching sailors to foil in an F101
— Simon Hiscocks, Shock Sailing
 
 

Watch Simon Pull Off The Foiling Gybe On His First Outing In An F101

 
 

The Tribal Gathering Comes To Mar Menor!

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The Details.

Date: 10-11 November 2018
Location: Mar Menor, Spain

The next instalment of the F101 Hampionships commences in the amazing Mar Menor on 10-11 November 2018 as well as a further series of training and events throughout the winter prior to the 2019 Tribal tour.

Details of the Tribal tour are being finalised (so stay tuned) however it is looking as though the South of France and Italy, in conjunction with our dealers, are hot on the list!

For dealer contact information in France
Thierry Wibaux
00 33 6 111 888 49
francecatamaran@aol.com

For dealer contact information in Italy:
Pietro Negri
+39 02 90002661/2
info@negrinautica.com

Looking to join the Tribe?

Ever wondered what it's like to be a part of our F101 Tribe? Like what you see and looking to join in on the fun? Sounds great! Find out more about the Tribe and how to get involved

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Highlights from the last F101 Hampionships.

Gallery

July Reviews, Competitions, Technical Updates And More!

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F101 Arrives In China

We are delighted to announce that the Beijing Sailing Centre, based at the Azure Beach Sailing Club, has just taken delivery of their brand new F101. Beijing Sailing Centre are to become the first foiling training centre in China and will be working alongside Pro-Vela to provide training for foiling instructor coaches.
 
These photos show instructors at the training centre during their first few days of professional training, great stuff guys!


Technical Updates

As part of our drive to make the F101 as functional and easy to foil, we have decided to update the Code Zero cleating platform. The new bracket has been designed in carbon fibre to compliment the specification of the entire boat. The function remains the same but we should have less flex and a much longer life span than the original brackets. For all current owners of an F101 these will be delivered for retro fitting in the coming week and from July this year will be the standard fitting on any new F101.

We have also had a small number of failures of the alloy kicker mounting on the boom, so have decided to replace this with a stainless steel version. Once available this will be supplied to all current owners, as well as fitted as standard to new boats.

As well as looking at reliability and function we are also looking to make the boat more enjoyable to sail. To this end we have a prototype camera bracket where a modified rudder pin has attached a carbon tube and a fitting that takes either GoPro or Garmin cameras. This is ideal for coaching, feedback on your sail or bragging rights as to your top speed, we hope to have production versions out and on sale by August that can be easily fitted to all existing F101’s. 

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Retro Fit Carbon Zero Brackets Coming To All Existing F101's

All part of the F101 production process.

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Recent Boat Deliveries

In the last few weeks we have delivered new boats to Italy, the USA, China, Cornwall (in the UK) and France. Some of these are for dealers who we will announce soon and some are for private owners.

The F101 Tribe is growing!


The Hampionships Come To Mar Menor!
 

The next instalment of the F101 Hampionships commences in the amazing Mar Menor on 10-11 November 2018 as well as a further series of training and events throughout the winter prior to the 2019 Tribal tour. Details of the Tribal tour are being finalised however it is looking as though the South of France and Italy, in conjunction with our dealers, are hot on the list!

For dealer contact information in France:
Thierry Wibaux
00 33 6 111 888 49
francecatamaran@aol.com

For dealer contact information in Italy:
Pietro Negri
+39 02 90002661/2
info@negrinautica.com

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WHAT IS THE F101 TRIBE?

The Tribe is a global community of F101 sailors. We are attracting interest and buyers from all four corners of the globe. As a result the Tribe has been set up to create a modern, innovative platform as a way for F101 sailors to interact, share their experiences, swap stories and images as they embark upon their journey in sailing their F101. Find out more here.

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F101 Tribe Members Descend on ProVela for the International F101 World Hampionships.

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

The Tribe ethos of sailing a great boat, in great places with great people stood true…
fun before everything.

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.

Want to give it a try?

We are offering tailored courses with fully trained instructors. Click here to find out more.

#F101Tribe

Yachts & Yachting Magazine test the F101

F101 Makes the Front Cover of Yachts & Yachting Magazine.

EXCLUSIVE

"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.

#FoilingWorld #F101Tribe

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INTRODUCING THE WORLD HAMPIONSHIPS

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: bookings@pro-vela.com

May the best warrior win! 

#F101Tribe

F101 Demonstrations & Training Packages

We now have three approved F101 training centres in Europe and more to come soon!

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 simon@shocksailing.com
Spain: Pro Vela, Mar Menor. Contact Chris Eades on chris@pro-vela.com
Italy: Negri Nautica, Lake Garda. Contact Pietro Negri on pietro.negri@negrinautica.com
China: Beijing Sailing, contact Rick Pointon rick.pointon@beijingsailing.com

See F101 at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show!

Come see the F101 for yourself at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show.

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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.

Watch our RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show Trailer!

FOILING INTO THE FUTURE

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.

#FoilingWorld #F101Tribe