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.



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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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

 

 

Technical updates and the introduction of the F101 Tribe!

 

Alan on Technical Updates


Technical updates have been coming thick and fast as we have turned our prototype into production. Many of our components are custom made and whilst our off the shelf Harken deck gear is really straightforward some of our custom parts have taken longer to manufacture. Just a sample of this can be seen in the detail of the mast base. This is now a hard anodised casting which has been designed to take all of our control lines onto one fitting base. To get the angles spot on, test it and then produce a mould and the subsequent part has been a time consuming process but I am sure you agree it was certainly worth the investment and the wait. We have been through several iterations of the fittings for our foil adjustment systems and wand components but again we needed to make sure that the end product is easy to operate and durable for the end user.


What is the F101 Tribe!


The Tribe are you the F101 sailors. 

We call you the Tribe, as we think that the group of sailors will be slightly different to those that have in the past sailed conventional dinghies. We want to have an open approach to the style of events that our Tribe want and we also want to make sure that we can listen to the feedback and comments of the F101 Tribe. Good communication and a common desire to make all aspects of foiling a fun and shared experience will form the ethos of the Tribe and don’t be surprised if it is very different to any other class association that you have been part off!

In fact it is going to be fascinating to see the comments of the early sailors, the early adopters of this form of foiling and the founding members of the F101 Tribe.  We hope to share the videos and blogs from the first camp in Spain in early December.

Remember if you want to join the Tribe and there are great advantages to being a F101 Tribe member, then production from Rob White and his team at White Formula is now in full flow and build slots are available for early 2018. 


Spain F101 Coaching weekend #1


On December 8th -11th we will run our first F101 Coaching clinic at Pro-Vela’s Mar Menor base in Spain, where we will have 4 brand new F101’s being delivered to their owners for the first time. These owners are coming in from the UK, Netherlands and the USA. The plan for the long weekend is to take the new owners through assembly, boat and foil set-up, pre-flight checks, launching and then get out on the water to enjoy some sailing, whilst on the water there will be on the water coaching to ensure each sailor is helped to get up and foiling, and fully up to speed. On hand for the weekend as well as the Foiling World staff, will be Ron Price, the boat designer. We also plan to hold informal meetings to discuss 2018 sailing program to maximise this for all.

The plan is to hold several more of these sessions through the early months of 2018.


Global Distribution


The response to the launch of the F101 has been phenomenal with interest, enquiries and orders coming in from all corners of the world which was very encouraging. However during 2017 we have been almost exclusively concentrating our efforts on getting the F101 fully sorted and ready for full production, which we now have achieved. As you can see above the production boats are now beginning to roll out of the build shed, with the first boats reaching their owners in early December. What this means is that in 2018 we will be fully ready to get your new F101 delivered to you. We have some dealers in place, and other negotiations underway, however we welcome enquiries from interested parties around the world who can help us grow the F101 fleet. 


How to buy an F101


The price list can be accessed on our website http://www.foiling101.com/how-to-buy/, along with the various options. For export we have developed 2 plywood export packing boxes, so your new F101 can be sent anywhere in the world. This has been designed in conjunction with a launching trolley that fits inside the packing case. For UK/European orders we have a standard combi trolley/trailer configuration. We are taking orders now for build slots in early 2018, so get in touch if you wish to order your F101 and reserve a build slot.



 

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.

Got a question?
We'd love to hear from you! Email us at  info@foiling101.com.

#Foiling101

 

BBC's Mike Bushell tries foiling with F101

 

Helena Lucas and Alex Hamel help the BBC's Mike Bushell go foiling for the first time on an F101!

We had a great time at Netley Sailing Club filming a feature with Mike Bushell and BBC Sport News. The main angle Mike was presenting was how new foiling boats are becoming more accessible, and within reach of most sailors.

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PRODUCTION UPDATES

We are delighted to announce the first four boats will be coming out of production at the end of July!

Thank you to Harken! We have been working very closely with Harken yacht equipment to change the F101 custom fittings into production items.

Thank you also to Hyde Sails who have continued to develop the rig by changing luff curves, panel layouts and detailing on the sail attachment points to make them as user friendly as possible. On the accessories side they have also been developing our top and foil covers which are now in their production design versions.

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MAKING MOVING THE F101 EASIER

Moving the boat on dry land is an important aspect of using the F101, the Combi trailer has now been developed as well as a standard trolley for shipping boxes. In addition we are looking into the roof rack version and potential of a lightweight alloy version.


FOILING WEEK UPDATE

We went on a road trip to Lake Garda for Foiling Week where we were working with our Italian dealer Negri Nautica. Over 50 people tried the F101 and it was a phenomenal success! Highlights were an amputee foiling for the first time as well as youths and women who were at Foiling Week on the Magenta Project.

FOILING WORLD MEDIA MEET THE F101

The team presented the F101 to Foiling Week media and showed what a stable platform could do for people who wanted to learn to foil.


VIDEO FROM FOILING WEEK