Aug 30, 2016
First DNA F4 Delivered to the US
Sent by Thijs van Riemsjdik / DNA / Holland Composites. Good tp see this project going forward. Lets see how new mods implemented will work on the new sea trials. A detail Thijs reminded me is that the DNA F4 is 46ft vs 40' of the G4.
DNA Press Release
DNA’s first 46ft F4 foiling catamaran heads to the USA.
Lelystad, The Netherlands: (12 August 2016) After eight months of hard work, we have splashed and shipped the F4 for sea trials and commissioning in the United States. Our project partners Shannon Falcone and Tommy Loughborough of Exile Expeditions will coordinate operations in Newport, RI in early September.
Our goal at DNA has been to design and build the most stable foiling platform available in a production catamaran. We have created an accessible boat offering speed and easy handling for those passionate about joining the foiling generation. The design and manufacturing techniques focused on safety, efficiency and sustained flight in waves with coastal racing in mind. The spacious and unobstructed cockpit includes wheels at the helm, pedestal powered primary winches/hydraulic functions and a fluid layout to allow for a wide variety of sail combinations with limited hands on
To make ownership as cost effective and sensible as possible, the F4 is strict One Design. In choosing our components we put a lot of effort into gauging the balance between weight, durability and cost. In most instances we went for reliability and safety factors over weight savings, and by partnering with industry leading suppliers secured competitive pricing in exchange for class exclusivity. We are hopeful the market will embrace our passion to produce uncompromising foiling craft.
The class will be managed by Exile Expeditions and named the TOUR DE FOIL (TDF). The class management will develop sustainability guidelines and focus on consistency and value in class organization. TDF offers a unique ownership experience, rewarding both on and off the water. We at DNA will focus on craftsmanship and consistency of production and Exile Expeditions is responsible for organizing a world class grand prix racing experience.
Owner Driver racing is where the up and coming talent of our sport meets the network that enables a sustainable career as a professional sailor. Buying a boat is much more than purchasing an asset. It’s the creation of a team, broadening of a community and investment in the culture and environment that we leave to the next generation.
We have tried to keep the price point as low as possible without compromising safety, performance or the experience of participating in the TDF. Despite the lack of compromise, the DNA F4 is more affordable than a new TP52, sails at twice the speed and at a third of the operating cost.
This first boat is being commissioned by Bronco Sailing Team’s Michael Dominguez of Barrington, RI. Dominguez, Loughborough and Falcone have been sailing together since 2009. Winners of the One Design catamaran class at the NYYC race week in July, they are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their next adventure.
“For me this was an opportunity to support two exceptional sailors who I have raced with for a long time and to take a small part in moving performance sailing forward with a foiling platform that was exquisitely designed and executed by DNA. There’s no feeling like foiling” said Dominguez.
The F4 is an all-out strict 46ft One Design racing machine with a target range of 1000nm. The multihull platform blends the performance and efficiency of foiling with the familiarity of a monohull that can be sailed to its potential both inshore and offshore. The flexibility of its deck layout and systems incorporate Shannon’s experience in the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup.
For more information about the DNA F4, please visit