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Foiling Week USA starts today

by Domenico Boffi 8 Sep 2016 08:05 PDT 8-10 September 2016
Foiling Week 2015 presentations and debates © TFW

The first American edition of Foiling Week will match the format tested in three editions in Garda, contextualizing arguments and regattas in the birthplace of the modern American sailing and yachting: Newport R.I.

The event will be hosted by sail Newport and supported by AcomeA, Zhik, Mighty Squirrel Beer along with Gurit that specifically sponsors the TFW Forum. Participation to the Foiling Week is open to all and foiling boats will be available for trial.

Foiling Week 2016 Garda was one of the first Green Regatta in Europe according to Sailors for the Sea, in the United States the same sustainability protocol will apply, aiming to lower the environmental footprint that an event based on the forces of nature should in any case consider.

Five classes will race in Newport: A-Class, Moth, Waszp, Kite-foil and Prototypes. Racing will be on from September 8th and a long distance race on Saturday will see all classes face on the Narragansett sound. Sunday racing will determine class winners.

The Sail Newport Waterfront Center at Fort Adams will host the first American edition of the TFW Forum. Among the topics, security and RRS which will have a dedicated round table on Friday.

New presentations of flying boats such as the Stiletto-Xf by Jay Phillips, a 32' cat by Andrew McPherson and the UFO by David and Steve Clark will be premiering in Newport but insights on Waszp and Vampire will also be on site.

The subject of development, always central at foiling week, will be addressed by Tom Speer who will once again speak at the Forum after his participation in the first edition of 2014 on Lake Garda, along side Pete Melvin, Nat Shaver, Don Montague, Steve and David Clark, and Bruno Giuntoli who will present the latest developments.

Friday 9th September schedule:

  • Registration & opening
  • Pete Melvin - Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering
  • Tom Speer - Design Team Member at Oracle Team USA
  • Andrew Mcpherson - 32' Foiling Cat
  • Don Montague - Kai Concepts
  • William Sunnucks - Vampire Project
  • Round Table Foiling Safety and RRS

Saturday 10th September schedule:

  • Steve and David Clark - Fulcrum Speedworks
  • Nat Shaver - Shaver Design
  • Bruno Giuntoli - MSc. Student for Compliant Hydrofoil Project
  • Jay Phillips - Stiletto
  • Paolo Manganelli - Gurit
  • Andrew Mac Dougall - WASZP & MACH2

We invite you to sign up and attend the Forum as spots are limited:

This year we are pleased to announce the first edition of the Foiling Week Awards, we believe the foiling community is pushing the industry limits in all fields, sailing building and design.

The awards will be nominated and voted by the foiling community to recognize the year best performance in the different categories:

  • Foiling project: Projects still in design phase but not yet in production
  • Foiling production boat: For foiling craft already in production and being sailed
  • Foiling prototype designed by an amateur/non professional: For foiling craft not intended for commercial production
  • Foiling innovation: For foiling design solutions specifically applied to flight control / design / construction of parts but excluding hull construction
  • Foiling sailor: For best foiling achievement of the year
  • Foiling Green Award: For foiling innovations, any ideas or inventions that will have a beneficial impact on environment

Foiling Week Awards will be presented at the AcomeA event the 24th October in Milan, Italy:

More info: Entries and NOR:

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