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.

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!


Pre-production boats to be on display at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show!

Hello everyone!

It has been a very busy few weeks since we launched the F101.

Testing

We have been trying to get out sailing the F101 as much as we can, and after a few sessions in Brightlingsea, we moved the prototype down to the Pro-Vela base in Mar Menor, Spain so that we could enjoy warmer weather and more reliable breeze. We have now been down in Spain for 2 sessions, one with the principle builders, designer and suppliers, and a second session where we were able to get 2 full days sailing in and move forward plenty of our development plans. We will be back in Spain in early January for another round.

Development

In terms of development, we will now try a new design code zero, we will try some different stiffness masts, plenty of work on different foils and control mechanisms, a 2nd version of the tramps and some new layouts of deck fittings. At the same time the Design team are finalising the foil designs and locking mechanisms, so that we can get the tooling built, and finalising the design of the compression struts and their components.

Pre-production boats!

We will now build two pre-production boats which will become the final test bed boats prior to the F101 going into full production with a target date of early Summer 2017. The plan is for these two pre-production boats to be on display at the RYA Dinghy Exhibition on 4th-5th March. 

In terms of Marketing and Sales, there has been enormous interest from all around the world, the response has been incredible and we are very confident that the F101 will make a major impact during 2017. We are talking to various organisations and people about becoming dealers, and a number of individuals have already booked build slots. For anybody interested in booking a build slot, or wanting to talk to us about representing us please contact us at info@foiling101.com. We are finalising all the component costs now, and we should be able to publish the price of F101 during January 2017.

"Wishing you all a great Xmas, and looking forward to an exciting new Year!" 

Alan and Jerry