Monofoil Sailing
Monofoil Sailing
02/11/2006: Sailing Takes Flight
Imagine a sailing boat so revolutionary in concept that, when completed, it will change the course of sailing forever. A unique combination of aerodynamic and hydrodynamic principles, Monofoil is exactly that. The brainchild of Monofoil Sailing, a UK-based company, it is set to radicalize boat design and rewrite the rules of high-speed sailing.
It will create a spectacular image as it accelerates, causing the fuselage to lift out of the water and the boat to fly elegantly across the water's surface. This eye-catching vision will be reinforced by the boat's underside having a similar profile to that of a flying boat. A rigid wing structure will provide the lift and drive, whilst the foil, which is a design breakthrough, will be the only part of the boat that remains in contact with the water as Monofoil starts to fly at speeds of around 46 knots.
Setting new design parameters for sailing boats, Monofoil will be fitted with aerodynamic controls. These will ensure the craft is inherently stable even at 100 knots and, just as importantly, able to perform in water that is not absolutely flat. Even at fairly low speeds of around 50 to 70 knots, Monofoil will still be "flying", making it ideal for both short, fast runs and longer ocean passage records. Designed to accommodate a pilot and co-pilot, the boat's only limitations are likely to be down to their endurance and nerve.
Moreover, unlike many high-speed sailing boats, Monofoil has the ability to tack and gybe. This is essential to avoid long delays during testing, as a two-tack craft is able to achieve around ten times as many runs as a one-tack craft.
Initial testing of the Monofoil model has produced exciting results (see film clips here) and construction of the full-scale version is already well advanced. Together with a full-scale mock-up, the main wing has been built and all the moulds for the main composite components have been produced. It is anticipated that the build schedule will be completed in September 2007, with Monofoil set to make its first record attempt - the 500 meters outright speed record - in April 2008.
Destined to change people's perceptions of boat design and sailing forever, the Monofoil project is a truly remarkable adventure and a testament to the Monofoil teamís determination to set new boundaries.
For further information, please contact Jonathan Howes at Monofoil Sailing, tel: +44 (0)7799 377194 or email
For media enquiries, please contact Jane Allardice, Jane Allardice Communications Ltd, tel: +44 (0)1444 882 275 or email
Notes to Editors
1. Digital images of the full-scale mock-up are available on request.
2. Once Monofoil is completed, the following records will be attempted:
- 500 meters outright speed
- One nautical mile outright speed (the shortest, legitimate ocean record)
- Round the Isle of Wight (50 nautical miles)
- Cross-Channel from Cowes to Dinard (138 nautical miles)
- Fastnet Course (605 nautical miles)
- Round Ireland non-stop (708 nautical miles)
- 24-hour distance record
3. The Monofoil project has already attracted sponsorship from:
- Innova Systems, a Cambridge-based distributor for SolidWorks 3D mechanical design software
- EV Offshore, a world leader in ruggedised cameras who will be supplying cameras and recording equipment on board and
- High Modulus whose staff have offered to donate their time to help produce the composite laminate lay-up
4. As the most exciting challenge in today's sailing world, the Monfoil project is a unique opportunity for a title sponsor to have its brand linked to innovation, fun and success. To find out more about the benefits of sponsorship, call Monofoil Sailing on 0845 206 2070 or email
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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