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.

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WIN - A chance to take off with Harken and the F101!

 
 
 

To celebrate an incredible 50 years of innovation Harken UK, in association with Foiling World, (the brains behind the NEW Foiling 101) are offering the chance to bag yourself and a friend an unforgettable two days learning to fly with some of the best foiling coaches in the business at Pro-Vela in Mar Menor, Spain. The two-day course will cover 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.

 

See F101 at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

 

The foiling trimaran, F101, launches at this weekend's RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show!

The much-talked about Foiling trimaran F101 will be publicly launched this weekend, 4th-5th March, in London at the RYA Dinghy Exhibition at Alexandra Palace. While the F101 became public last November, and some photos and videos have since been released from the prototype testing phase this is the first opportunity for people to come and see the F101 in the flesh.

Meet the F101 team on Harken stand, G8 in the West Hall right next to the RYA Suzuki Main Stage!

Buy your tickets here!

The F101 on display is boat number two, with number three also close to completion, and build slots up to number ten already reserved.  Tooling and component specification for the production version are nearly complete, and the first production boats are expected to be delivered in May 2017.

Foiling World, the marketing business behind the F101, are working in close collaboration with the Designer Ron Price, the builder White Formula, and rig and hardware suppliers, Selden Masts, Hyde Sails and Harken.

AVAILABLE COURSES

Foiling World are setting up Coaching Clinics to welcome newcomers to foiling and help them learn to sail the F101. Initially there are two courses that can be chosen which are open to anybody who can safely sail a Laser (or equivalent boat) in 15 knots of breeze. 

The courses are:
1. Try Flying: a half day introductory course
2. Learn to Fly: a  2-day course

Find out more here.

SPECIAL DINGHY SHOW OFFER

F101 pricing and order information is all available on the website here. The Dinghy Show introductory offer for the first 25 build slots, which includes a Code Zero package, trolley, cover and foil covers, is £13,950 excl. VAT.

HOW TO BUY AN F101
For full information visit our website.

“The response since we went public last November has been incredible, we have had enquiries and interest from all over the world, and we are very confident that this will be a very busy year. Clearly foiling sailboats are becoming very visible at the top end of our sport, but what we believe we have achieved with F101, is an affordable boat, that can be enjoyed by a much wider group of sailors.”

Alan Hillman, Director of Foiling World

 

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!


The all-new Foiling 101 launches!

Introducing Foiling 101

Foiling for everyone...

The all carbon F101 is an all-new foiling trimaran, aimed specifically at those sailors who, for whatever reason, thought foiling to be too difficult for them!

The F101 concept originates from the experience of teaching many people to foil in the international Moth class, and addressing the main barriers they faced. So we set about creating a new boat without the design restrictions of a box rule - in this way foiling could be made easier.

Our ethos is simple; to create a foiling boat that anyone can sail.

F101 design features

  • A strict one-design foiling boat capable of carrying larger sailors and/or a passenger/crew
  • All carbon design
  • A safe/stable platform when foiling or at low speeds
  • Able to launch and land from a trolley in shallow water
  • Easy to rig, sail and handle

The technical stuff...

Long central hull gets the rudder and main foil further apart, removing some of the limitations and bad habits that other foiling boats suffer from.

  • All carbon construction: main hull, foils, floats, beams, 2 piece mast.
  • Very simple, well thought out control systems.
  • All up weight: 80 kg
  • Sail area: 8.5m2 main + 7m2 gennaker
  • Target crew weight range: 70-120 kg
  • Take off wind speed: 8 kts
  • Target boat speed range: 10-25 kts

Who’s behind the project?

The F101 is a collaboration of some of the major brands within the marine industry.

  • Sportsboartworld.com – worldwide distributors for the SB20 one-design Sportsboat
  • Pro-vela.com – the world’s first foiling school, teaching foiling since 2009
  • Whiteformula.com – one of the worlds leading brands for small racing multihulls as well as the builder of the SB20 and Whisper foiling catamaran
  • Ron Price of Solent University – designer of the Whisper foiling catamaran
  • Hyde Sails, Selden masts and Harken have all been an integral part of the deign group
  • A new company, Foiling World Ltd has been incorporated and will be the trading company for the F101