Join Our Foiling Experience Day

Saturday Sessions 6th October, Draycote Water.

A unique foiling experience, do something different THIS weekend!

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There are still a few spaces left for our Saturday session where Foiling World experts Alan Hillman and Rob Andrews will be providing intensive training sessions.

This experience day is aimed at existing sailors who want to try foiling. With no more than three sailors in each session you are guaranteed to get hands-on personal coaching.

What’s included?

Start your session with a short simulation, on-shore session where Alan and Rob take you through the fundamental skills required to foil easily as well as the function and features of the F101. 

On the water you will get to learn from others as you take turns jumping onto an F101 from the coaching RIB to start foiling. Alan and Rob will be out on the water with you the whole time to provide professional instructions. With our built in BB communication system it will be as though you have a coach in the boat with you as you will be able to hear coaching advice whilst on-board the F101, making learning and advancement that much easier.

Your free foiling book: after your training session you will be rewarded with a free copy of Alan’s highly popular publication, “The Foiling Dinghy Book,” to take home and continue your learning.

Booking.

Spaces are limited as Foiling World maintains small groups to keep coaching personal with hands-on learning. To book a session this Saturday 6th October please contact:

info@foiling101.com or call Alan Hillman on 07917 678 299.

Course costs £95.00 per person (if you purchase an F101 after the course this fee is deducted from the price of the boat). Choose your  3 hour session of (9-12) or (1-4).

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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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