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 The existing nuts and bolts have been replaced by pins and wing nuts to make the system easier and quicker to use.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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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 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