Monofoil Sailing
Monofoil Sailing
03/09/2005: Wing Construction Started
We are building the wing out of wood. This is because we believe that it is the best material for this job and we have the expertise to do so. Wooden wings are one of Jon's Howes professional areas of expertise and its performance in most areas will beat any composite structure unless it is made from the more exotic carbon fibres (In reality wood is an extremely lightweight form of carbon fibre).
The other advantage of building from wood is that we do not want to make a mould for the wing. We are likely to build at least two wings and a wooden construction avoids this need. The initial wing is a bit of a beast and will be our general purpose wing. It should be quite capable of getting the record, but has too much induced drag at higher speeds.
To start the construction we had to find a suitable piece of aircraft grade timber. This means that you must have a certain grain size, moist content and tensile strength. You cannot have any knots or other faults in the wood. Luckily we were able to purchase a 38ft log off of Jeremy at Freeland Yacht Spars. Cutting this log into 5mm strips has been an extremely interesting exercise.
News Archive
31/01/2007: Yachting World features Monofoil
17/11/2006: SailTV Feature Monofoil
13/11/2006: IBI News - Monofoil to rewrite rules of high-speed sailing
02/11/2006: Sailing Takes Flight
15/09/2006: New Website Unveiled
01/09/2006: Monofoil Sailing invited to World Speed Sailing Challenge
02/08/2006: Ron Dennis joins Monofoil Sailing team
22/07/2006: Monofoil Sailing chooses SolidWorks design software
01/07/2006: June/July Update
04/05/2006: April Update
07/03/2006: March Update
07/03/2006: New Arrivals
05/01/2006: Kite World Speed Record Smashed
24/12/2005: Happy Christmas from the Monofoil Sailing team
18/12/2005: More Wing Photos
13/12/2005: Macquarie Speed Sailing Team Wing Failure
12/11/2005: Wing Spar Pictures
22/10/2005: Wing Spar Construction
06/09/2005: Cutting the Spruce for the Wing Spar
05/09/2005: Popular Science Article on "The Race to 50 Knots"
03/09/2005: Wing Construction Started
01/07/2005: Paws and Whiskers Moulds Completed
15/11/2004: Yellow Pages World Record Falls!
22/10/2004: Macquarie Innovation are back in the Race!
30/09/2004: The Monofoil Sailing team goes to Weymouth Speedweek
28/09/2004: High Modulus Sponsor Monofoil
13/06/2004: Additional Cross Boom Mould Photo
13/06/2004: Cross Boom Moulds Completed
06/04/2004: New Monofoil Fuselage
02/03/2004: Monofoil Main Fuselage Moulds Completed

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