Foiling week, an unforgettable success and a record run

Day six - The Foiling Week 2014
Martina Orsini
The Foiling Week, a new event in 2014 left some extraordinary, indelible memories with everyone who was there, for the sailing, the watching and debates.

Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 51, Varuna, is currently the race leader in the IRC fleet - Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014

The event became a wonderful, strange mix of friendship between sailors with an innovating spirit! 1000’s of joined in to watch live sailing feeds and the forum of global experts. hosts some wonderful video clips and a gallery of the world’s best foiling boats ripping it up in beautiful Lake Garda – you’ll get goose bumps!

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

Designers, builders, journalists, sailors and the simply curious each shared and contributed their vision, experiences, dreams and hypothesis about the future of sailing as a foiling sport.

We promise an even bigger, better event in 2015, build on the 2014‘ share to innovate’ theme. On the final day, hydrofoil boats of all types competed in the long distance endurance race 'TFW Mixed Fleet'. The quirks and strengths of different craft became clear - it’s now obvious that each type of hydrofoil boat has areas in which the best performance is expressed and dark corners that represent their improvement. The purpose of the Mixed Fleet Race was exactly that: to confront and understand.

The ranking is fierce: the foil-kite performance is incredible and versatile – as its dominance in the ranking attests.

The GC32 catamaran set a new speed record on Wednesday, ninth. Sebastian Col and Josh Mcknight sent the impressive catamaran flying through to 37.9 knots! The next target for this Innovative hydrofoil one design is to break down the 40 knots barrier.

The final Forum Day took advantage of the confidence built in the week, with passionate speaker presentations and talks around the boat park. The Foiling Week spirit was clear when we watched Sebastian Col chatting with young builders like Michele Petrucci and the fluid dynamics gurus engaging with the best Foiling Kite speed demons. We’re proud all the attendees got to speak freely, without worrying about anything like world rankings or shyness.

Foiling has become sailings third mode. And our first passion.


Mixed Fleet Race 10/7/2014

Pos.ClassSail Nr.NamePointsRace 1Race 2
1Kite foilerITA 9996Simone Vannucci211
2Kite foilerAUT 2Adrian Geislinger422
3Kite foilerSLO 3Toni Vodisek743
4Single foilerITA 8Domenicali Daniele16124
5International MothAUS 4142Josh Mcknight273dns
6Kite foilerFRA 39Benjamin Tillier295dns
7International MothITA 4139Stefano Ferrighi306dns
8International MothITA 4092Carlo De Paoli317dnf
9International MothFRA 11Sebastien Col328dns
10International MothITA 3887Matteo Gritti339dnf
11International MothITA 4093Stefano Rizzi3410dns
12Single foilerITA 16Michele Petrucci3511dnf
13Double foilerITA 9999Edoardo Bianchi48dnsdns
13International MothAUS 6Rob Gough48dnfdns
13International MothSUI 4112Chris Rast48dnfdns
13International MothUK 4Ben Paton48dnsdns
13International MothGBR 4038Tom Ofter48dnsdns
13International MothSUI 3836Adriano Petrino48dnsdns
13More than 4 crew foilerSUI 22222Swiss Watch Manifactur48dnsdns
13More than 4 crew foiler22221Spax Solution48dnsdns
13Up to 4 crew foilerSUI 9998Thomas Jundt48dnsdns
13Up to 4 crew foilerGBR 9997Philip Kenchington48dnsdns
13Windsurf foilerFRA 76Bruno Andre48dnfdnf

Jean Kerhoas, President of IMOCA.
Thierry Martinez

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