Apr 11, 2011

A-Class: Martin Fischer's Flying A


Photo: Martin Fischer

Photo: Martin Fischer

Photo: Martin Fischer
I think this could be the ideal intermediate solution to generate more lift reducing surface drag to a minimum, but maintainnig some control even trapezing.
Till now we've seen too many hydrofoils beachcats flying too high that cannot be sailed on a course race, but this type of flying seems the beggining of a new era in catsailing.
Of course it will be necessary to match it against other As, but click the images and see how controled the platforms looks.
If someone could pull it off, Fischer is your man, in the above pics testing his own innovations.
SI new F18 will have a Flying version, that is going to be proposed as an Olympic boat for Rio 2016.
Photos are from his previous A-Class platform with the new flying rudders and daggerboards.
From Fischer:
"...Attached first photos of the flying A. Average wind speed was 16 knots, gusts above 20 knots. The boat feels good and trapezing downwind in these conditions was not too difficult – although occasionally a bit stressful ..."

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