November Newsletter 2018

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Hi Tribe,

The big event in November has been the last Tribal Gathering of 2018. Sailed from the Pro Vela site in Mar De Crystal, Mar Menor, Spain. Sailors travelled from the USA, Canada, Holland, Spain, Norway, Argentina and GBR. Training took place on the Friday, followed by racing and coaching over the weekend. As the sailors were of mixed foiling experience the courses / coaching was designed to allow everyone to improve their foiling skills, as well as race.
 
Racing on Saturday and Sunday followed the usual Tribal Gathering format of the racing window being communicated via the Tribe WhatsApp group for the event. With the window suiting the conditions it allowed sailors, friends and family to maximise their time in Spain by either sailing, doing other activities or socialising.

Those that wanted to talk foiling technology were not disappointed as Ron Price, designer of the Whisper and F101 was on-site with the Tribe for the full gathering.

Check out why Tribal gatherings are different to any normal sailing event via Rob's interview with yachtsandyachting.com below. 

"A time for change. Ideas from Rob Andrews put into practice with the F101 Tribal gatherings."

This Tribal gathering event also allowed sailors to sail in the number of races that suited them, whilst still enabling them get a score. The Warrior prizes went to those who sailed every race and the Tribe trophy to those who teamed up with a friend and alternated the races, whilst having a well earned rest from the comfort of the committee boat. 

After eighteen fun packed short, sharp races, sailed over two days, Jerry Hill was crowned Chief of the F101 Tribe at the last Tribal gathering of 2018. As he sailed all races, he also took the Warrior title. Martijn Buitenhaus and Rebecca Taylor sailing alternate races were second overall and first in the Tribe category with John Iglehart coming third overall and second in the Warrior category. Simon Perry (image below) picked up the top speed of the weekend to round out the prizes!


Jerry Hill crowned Chief of the Tribe for overall win at final 2018
Tribal gathering.

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Jerry Hill was somewhat surprised by his win (as were the TRIBE!) having just taken delivery of his new boat in Spain. Jerry stated...

"I didn’t really expect to do so well considering the company I was in, but keeping the boat on the foils, not making mistakes and plenty of righting moment seemed to do the trick quite nicely…I suspect it may be difficult to hang on to the trophy long term as everyone is on a really steep learning curve improving their foiling skills."

Congratulations Jerry!

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Up and foiling for the first time!
Congratulations to John Gronan who got up and foiling for the first time in an F101 with our Foiling World coaches Alan and Rob! Perfect timing as it was just in time for the start of the Tribal gathering race weekend, go John...

New North America dealership signed.
Foiling World are also pleased to announce that John's company, Topper Sailboats Canada, have been appointed F101 dealer for North America with their F101 dealer agreement being signed during the Tribal gathering. 


The all new camera bracket.

Trialled at the Tribal gathering this is now available as an option on the F101. It features a new rudder stock pin linked to a carbon tube and a printed fitting that then allows Go-Pro or Garmin Virbs to be fitted. Happy filming!

Top speeds caught on camera.

With these cameras having a speed channel we will also us this to monitor the speeds attained by our Tribe! Top speed in Mar Menor was 17.4 knots attained by Simon Perry in approximately 12 knots during one of the races at the Tribal gathering. 
 
With an emphasis on foiling and manoeuvres, such as foiling gybes, we have probably not emphasised the launching and landing aspects of the F101 enough. We always set out for the F101 to be similar to launching, say a Laser. The main is hoisted on a halyard, the foils both lift vertically and you get the boat to the water on a launching trolley.

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F101 modifications from the Tribe.

With the tribe coming together it was also an opportunity to look at small modifications Tribe members are making to the F101. Straight out of the moth class has come the addition of a piece of elastic to restrict tiller movement. Simply fitted, it provides feedback of increased force as soon as you are using excessive amounts of tiller movement – simple and effective.

Paul Goodison, three-time Moth World Champion had been sailing the F101 on Lake Garda and added this to the Negri Nautica Garda test boat, he then followed the Tribe ethos of simply sharing this to allow all owners to benefit from his world class input into the F101.

Looking to get into foiling?

Refurbished boats for sale.
If you want to join the F101 Tribe, then we have some refurbished boats for sale. These will be available in December ready for the 2019 season. Contact info@foiling101.com for details. 

The season may be over but the fun doesn't stop for everyone!

Those Tribe member with boats based in Mar Menor in Spain for the winter will most likely take advantage of Pro Vela's awesome winter training deal with a range of training weekends throughout November, December and January.


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.

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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The Tribal Gathering Comes To Mar Menor!

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The Details.

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

The next Tribal gathering 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

#F101Tribe #FoilingWorld


Highlights from the last F101 Hampionships.

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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

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

 

 

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."

#FoilingWorld #F101Tribe

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!