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Foiling Initiative

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Guy Lawrence, the captain of our foiling initiative, writes:

Who wasn't impressed with the way foiling - in all its forms - has begun to impact our sport of sailing? What many of us saw in the Americas Cup last year, and in the ongoing Sail GP series, is truly awe-inspiring. With boat speeds of up to 100kph, the sport of sailing has leapt forward and potentially changed forever. It's clear from the members survey that several SVYC members want the opportunity to learn to foil or at least deepen their understanding of what the possibilities are.

I have agreed to lead the SVYC foiling initiative. I am already the owner of a foiling Waszp. I am stunned by what was possible with foiling, and with the Waszp in particular, and loved the idea of accelerating - or rather flying - to 25 knots in seconds. While I did spend much of last summer swimming I am getting there and am very keen to share my experience and knowledge with other members.

So you want to foil off Seaview?

The following material is written to help provide you with some tips and thought starters to make it easier for you to do that. We will add to it over time. 

On April 30th we ran a small talk on foiling off Seaview with Martin Evans WASZPs UK class manager.    

Here is some background reading. This piece in Yachts and Yachting is a good place to start. As is this piece in Boat International for a selection of the most popular dinghy options, but also many others as well if you want to experiment a bit. You Tube is also full of lots of helpful videos of many of the various options - some links below. 

In the piece below I explore two types of boats


Waszps:   Sept 21 video. An Islander Harry who bought a second hand Waszp from Netley Sailing Club and sailed it over to his club in Gurnard. Easy. He was joined by Martin Evans who is the Waszp class manager, and is available to help us / you as needed. Message me for an intro. 

Waszps are popular because they are a lot cheaper than the Moth (circa £13k new and £6k-£9k second hand), with similar high performance. Not as fast, or as "tweaky", but very popular, and relatively easy to learn to sail. Off Seaview +/- 3 hrs either side of high water, better with an off-shore breeze, as it will be flatter. 12-20 knots. 14-18 is the sweet spot. 

The team at SailingFast, led by Duncan Hepplewaite will help and give you all the information you need if you are seriously considering buying one. There are 2 Waszps in Seaview Yacht Club membership currently (Andrew Murray is the other owner). About another 6 based in other clubs on the island, and the class has circa 1000+ in the UK.  

I find that its best to sail with a support rib, and a colleague. That way you can rotate in and out of the boat, plus it makes launching / landing easier. 

WASZP "foiling taster" sessions now running on May 7th, May 29th and August 10th. Open to all competent dinghy helms at no cost Boat and coaching provided by Martin. All ages welcome. Contact Martin Evans on 07792177590 to book. Or message Guy Lawrence on 07825308086, to book, or to join the foiling whatsapp group

If anyone would like to try one, please let me know. I am very happy to let you use mine, so you can come and join me when the time is right. We can go together. Happy to help. There also other options possible on the island if you are interested. Again please message me. We also have a small (but growing) Whatsapp group and if you want to be on there, again let me know. 

In terms of time it takes c 8-10 hours to get going, although you can do it much faster if the conditions are right. But bear in mind it requires commitment and time on the water. Its also more tiring than you imagine. 

There are various courses in both the UK (RYA and Waszp class run) and overseas at Mar Menor, but they do require you to take your boat. 


The pinnacle of small boat foiling. Expensive at c£30k new. More second-hand options from £10k-15k. But if you want to beat Tom Slingsby. 

A sailing world piece is here

We have one member with a Moth. So if you are interested we can introduce you. 

There are many many options. We will add to this over time. Hopefully this will give you a flavour and will act as a start. Do join our whatsapp group. Do contact me if I can help at all. 

See you in Seaview. 

Guy Lawrence 

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