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 The existing nuts and bolts have been replaced by pins and wing nuts to make the system easier and quicker to use.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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Winter foiling news, the 2018 review

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Hi Tribe,
It's the end of another year in the life of the F101 and we feel that we now have real momentum as we go into 2019. The first newsletter of 2019 will look at the key areas that underpin our philosophy, namely the boat, people and venues, but more of that in 2019. As it’s the end of 2018 it seems appropriate to look backwards, rather than forwards!

Production
Consolidation has been key for us in 2018, confirming that we are happy with production. We have also changed a number of parts on the boat as the early adopters have reported back. Key changes have been:

  • Re-designed jib cleat brackets

  • New kicker / boom take off

  • Clear calibration system

From a production viewpoint all these small changes have given us a reliability and calibration system that allows everyone to fly and fly consistently as they develop their foiling skills. In fact the one surprise that will be taken away from 2018 has been the amazing ability of the F101 to cope with such a diverse range of sailing abilities. 2018 has seen it cope with sailors foiling who have just learned to sail, through to our highest ages of Charly at 73 owning a boat in the US, through to Alan's father Dave (83) driving his son around the Mar Menor. This year there have been many sailors taking their children for sails and most incredibly EVERYONE foiled!

Events
Early events for the F101 have also shown that this versatility is taken into the racing, with racing format experiments taking place giving sailors the ability to share boats. Added into the mix is the way that the TRIBE are key to deciding how the class develops with an emphasis on coaching as well as events open to sailors of different abilities and boat ownership options. We have just put some options out to the existing TRIBE, with provisional dates for a European circuit in 2019 which will expand in future years to an international format.

Looking ahead to 2019
At present we are planning to winter at Pro Vela in Spain, moving to France as it warms up and then visiting the UK for the summer before transferring back to Spain for an Autumn and winter programme. Once we have feedback from the TRIBE we will confirm this in the next newsletter in January.
 
In 2019 we will be focusing on coaching, to get new and existing TRIBE members further down the foiling experience. This will primarily be run by Alan and Rob (who are both not ones to promote themselves) but in this case we have run a brief CV which shows how qualified they really are to run this level of coaching.


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Alan Hillman

RYA Windsurfing Scheme manager: responsible for the teaching scheme
Founder of the the worlds first dedicated foiling school
Author of the Foiling Dinghy BookPro Vela: set-up foiling training modules
Extreme Sailing Series: Event Director
National Champion dinghy titles

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Rob Andrews

Olympic Coach: (1983 – 2004) + developed RYA Race Training scheme
Olympic Sailing / Venue manager London 2012 Olympics
Project manager: BAR Land Rover Academy and Ineos Rebels UK
– winners 2016 Youth Americas Cup
European and national dinghy titles


Coaching event
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 2019. This 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 and we will send out an invoice and joining instructions to you.

* Course cost refunded in full when ordering an F101.



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Lastly the one big idea coming out of 2018 was to make foiling more accessible. To this end we now have the TRIBE class at events where you share boats, so bring along a friend or better still share the cost of owning, transporting and maintaining a boat. We will also be running coaching clinics on a more regular basis and these will be run before any of the F101 TRIBE events. With a spare boat at all events there is a great opportunity for new foilers or existing foilers to try the F101 and charter for the F101 TRIBE events.
 
New boats for sale
If you want to join the TRIBE we are taking orders for build slots in 2019 and with the F101 being exhibited at the Paris and Toronto Boat Show in December and January respectively, then we encourage those keen on joining the TRIBE in 2019 to get a build slot as soon as possible.

Refurbished boats for sale
We also have some refurbished boats at reduced prices available for immediate delivery, so it's a great time to join the TRIBE in Spain for some winter / sunny training time.

Prices start at £12,000 ex VAT and contact info@foiling101.com for the full specification of these boats.



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.

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).

#JoinTheTribe #FoilingWorld

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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.

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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 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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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

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."

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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!