Monofoil Sailing
Monofoil Sailing
13/11/2006: IBI News - Monofoil to rewrite rules of high-speed sailing
A new high-speed "sailing concept" that involves both aerodynamic and hydrodynamic principles is set to take the sailing world by storm. After more than 10 years in development, the new Monofoil from Monofoil Sailing in the UK is due to be launched to the public in September 2007.
Designed by UK aero-engineer Jonathan Howes, the Monofoil has a fuselage that lifts out of the water during acceleration, causing the boat to fly across the surface of the water. A rigid wing structure provides the lift and drive, and the foil is the only thing that remains in contact with the water. The Monofoil, which begins to fly at speeds of around 46kt, will compete with catamarans, trimarans and monohulls and is set to challenge every short course ocean passage and race record.
"Setting new design parameters for sailing boats, Monofoil will be fitted with aerodynamic controls," says the company. "These will ensure the craft is inherently stable even at 100kt and, just as importantly, able to perform in water that is not absolutely flat. Even at fairly low speeds of around 50kt-70kt, Monofoil will still be 'flying', making it ideal for both short, fast runs and longer ocean passage records."
According to the company, initial testing of the Monofoil has produced exciting results 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. The build schedule is expected to be completed in September 2007, with Monofoil set to make its first record attempt - the 500 meters outright speed record - in April 2008. For more information , visit the Monofoil website at
This article was published on on 13 November 2006.
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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