January newsletter: Tribal ethos goes into 2019 stronger than ever...

January 2019

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Happy new year Tribe,

Happy New Year F101 followers! Our 2019 resolution is to make it even easier for more people to go foiling and join the F101 Tribe. Just as our last newsletter was one that looked back over 2018, this one will take a look forward at the core ethos of the F101.

But first a quick round-up of things that are happening now in early 2019.
 
As you read this, the Toronto Boat Show will have an F101 on display on stand 1440. Our new North American dealer John Gronan will be there to answer all your questions and Foiling World’s Rob Andrews will be there on January 18, 19 and 20th.

Displayed on the boat in Toronto will be the first edition of the tool free set-up. In our quest to make the boat as easy as possible to use, we had always wanted to not use tools to pack up the boat. So, when in the past you may have been searching for a screw driver or pliers, now with the new changes you can pack the boat up without going back to the car to get the tools. Changes are to a pinning system on the compression strut fitting on the beam and to the handle of the centreboard and rudder. The existing nuts and bolts have been replaced by pins and wing nuts to make the system easier and quicker to use.

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The above small, and what may appear, insignificant change, is all part of the ethos of the F101. As part of our Foiling World business development we used some coaching software called Goalscape to try to identify the core ethos of Foiling World and the F101. It allowed us to brake down the ethos into three key aspects:

  • Boat

  • Venues

  • People (Tribe)

Boat
The aim has always been to allow as many people as possible to experience foiling and we believe the F101 is a great platform to achieve this. But, like any new skill we also believe that the coaching environment is key to successful foiling. To that end we have always had coaching at the heart of the project as we believe foiling is a new strand to sailing, and just because you can sail doesn’t make you good at foiling, just as being a sailor doesn’t allow you to pick up windsurfing straightaway, despite all these skills being based on sailing! Coaching will feature heavily in one’s progress to better and better foiling, but so too will boat evolution. The F101 also needs to evolve to match the improvements in ability. Coming out in 2019 will be the ST additions that move sailors onto the next level and we intend to keep the development work going in 2019 to continually evolve the F101 and maintain it as the best foiling platform. There will be more information on the ST with photos in the next newsletter.

All these developments will be additions that can be added to the F101, no obsolesce, just incremental additions to match your ability.


To get you up and foiling, we still believe the F101 with a big furling jib in 6-8 knots, flat water and a trained foiling coach, talking to you with a BB Takin headset, is the world leading option. Allowing any sailor, who can sail a Laser at club level, to foil on day one.
— Rob Andrews, Foiling World Director

Venues
Sailing on flat water with light to moderate breeze is how you have the most fun in the F101. Consequently Mar Menor, Portland Harbour and Garda all have a loyal following, but for the F101 Tribe, the venue has always had to deliver far more. Apart from the sailing, we are also looking at other options, facilities such as a coffee shops / bars on-site and ease of travel. The Tribe is about the social aspects; if you can chat about foiling with your sailing mates its more fun and we all learn from each other. If there are other things to do, then if you travel with friends and family, there are options for them (or for all the Tribe) to participate in, if the conditions are not suitable for foiling. At events, the F101 group APP is used to keep everyone informed of the racing window, allowing you to spend time with friends or activities away from the event. We as a group don’t sit around all day under postponement flags!

Likewise we expect to travel to new Tribes and share the F101 foiling experience and that’s why ease of travel is also important in the matrix that forms the ethos of the F101 experience.

People
Some of the people options are linked to the venues, as we think people are time poor these days and we are competing against other aspects of people lives. To make the F101 fit in against this competitive backdrop, the Tribe are key to the decision making process for Foiling World. The Tribe provide input regarding events and locations and they actively feedback on this and boat developments. It may look like a class association but we hope it is far more than past models of successful classes.

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We encourage friends to come along to events, you can compete by sharing your boat and we are always looking at the boat ownership model, with Pro Vela in Spain even providing different levels of service at their club on Mar Menor, where the original Tribe members have based themselves for the European winter months. By encouraging the shared boat model, we are in a position for not only friends to participate, or for sailors to halve the cost of boat ownership, but to also allow Tribes to travel to other venues without the need to ship boats. Toronto Boat Show will be a key to this, as we hope to establish a North American Tribe and allow them to visit Europe for events and vice versa.

Technology is key to all of these communications, so Tribe members (you can only access this as a boat owner) have a Whats App group that allows them to also discuss training, technique and meet up’sas well as general banter! We are also looking to provide each new F101 with an App that will allow more fun to be had from your F101. More details on this before the UK Dinghy Show, but technology is at the heart of the people of the Tribe and the F101 class.



Coaching event

Learn to fly
Date: 7-8 February 2019
Location: Mar Menor, Spain

Alan Hillman and Rob Andrews will be running a Learn to fly course for prospective F101 purchasers on the 7th and 8th February 2019This course will take place in Spain at Pro-Vela in the Mar Menor, Murcia, the winter base for one of our Tribes.

The Learn to Fly course is for those who really want to know the basics about foiling, and how to get the most from their F101. The course covers 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.

If you race a dinghy at your club and can manage a Laser in planing conditions then you are good enough to start learning how to fly. 

Cost 
£500 including a copy of Alan’s “The Dinghy Foiling Book.”
This cost is fully refundable upon the purchase of a new or used F101 from Foiling World in 2019. 

Booking
To book a course please confirm as soon as possible via e-mail to info@foiling101.com 
or
Call Alan on 07917 678299

* Course cost refunded in full when ordering an F101.


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RYA Dinghy Show

March 2-3rd 2019
Come along and meet the Tribe at the RYA Dinghy Show in North London.

You will see that the RYA have picked up on the idea of Tribes with the Twitter strap line being “What’s your Tribe?” and the hashtag as #MyDinghyTribe. Obviously flattering to the Tribe at F101, as we were the pioneers of the term and ethos in the dinghy sailing arena.  As part of the Tribe emphasis at the show Rob Andrews from Foiling World will be on the main stage on both days, talking all things Tribe with Shirley Robertson. More details to follow in the next newsletter!

In the meantime, book the dates and get your tickets.


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NEW YouTube VLOG coming soon!

Foiling World are starting a YouTube style VLOG and will talk about the changes to the F101 and how it fits into the foiling landscape.

Episode one will be available in late January and we will send everyone a link when it's ready. This, and the monthly newsletter will keep you fully updated with the F101 and other foiling issues / news, who knows perhaps we merge the two?!


F101 takes you through your foiling journey, providing a progression pathway from the beginner foiler to the Olympian. F101 sets new challenges and goals at whatever level you come in; from expert to beginner.
— Rob Andrews, Director, Foiling World.

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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

 
 

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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Alan releases The Dinghy Foiling Book!

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.

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Alan's new book

Available now!

Looking to get your hands on a copy?

You can buy “The Dinghy Foiling Book” by contacting us at alan@foiling101.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!

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.

#Foiling101

 

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


 

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!