First "Dinghy Foiler"
Worlds first Moth using centreline foils, December 1999.
Dr Ian Ward - Glide Free Design
all began in Grafton NSW when Ian Ward was offered a chance to sail a
Hobie trifoiler designed by
Greg Ketterman. Incredible performance in a breeze, but how much better
would it be if it were much lighter, simpler and even faster!!
built a similar trifoiler Moth in 1996 and modified it until in 1999,
struck by a magical thought...... What if it were possible to foil on
and rudder foil? The benefits of heeling to windward for
stability and lift and the low drag from fewer
immediately obvious, what was not clear was how to make it work and if
it was even stable enough to sail.
Foiler - Moth.
built the first foiling Moth
to use centreline foils in 1998 and proved that it really could be done
1999. Later, John Ilett independently developed his own foiling
Moth in Perth, which kicked off the current foiling craze in
First foiling Olympic
Worlds first foiling bronze medal winning Olympic
dinghy December 2009. Dr Ian Ward - Glide Free Design
Stephinson challenged Ian to put his unique flapless foils on Michael
Blackburn's bronze medal winning Olympic dinghy!
experienced sailors find it hard to believe that it is possible to foil
any sailing dinghy other than a Moth … but seeing really is
first they met many design challenges, but finally
proved it could work in
November 2009. It was then decided to design a version which was far
practical than existing foils used in Moths which require launching the
boat on its side in deep water.
The new design involved retractable foil, integral wand and
2010, Peter and Ian formed Glide Free Design and began production
trials in 2012. They are now ready with the first production
model at the end of 2013.
The very latest development in 2017 is adapting the kit to the RS Aero
dinghy, which at half the weight of the Laser offers much easier
foiling with light air takeoff. The boat is very versatile and provides
a new experience for a wide range of sailors.
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