Mar 14, 2019

Eagle Class 53: Ready to Fly?



Video sent by Eagle Class 53 / fastforwardcomposites.com . Later some additional pics. Not much 'flying' on their  "beginning to fly" statement but surely nice speed, lets see if they achieve full foiling on one of their foils setups. In terms of overall design it has some special looks.  Previous posts on the 53 here & here
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Eagle Class 53, fitted out and beginning to fly
The completed Eagle Class 53 has now sailed in various conditions off St John in the U.S. Virgin
Islands. Finishing touches are completed and she is beginning to sail in her true form. We would really like to shine a light on some of the most incredibly talented but sometimes unsung heroes of the project. Fast Forward Composites not only put together some of the world expert’s in design, they also employ the most exceptional build team. As you can see with these images and video the final product has gone beyond all expectations, thanks to the following:

Wolfgang Chamberlain - Vice President
Wolfgang has over two decades of professional boatbuilding experience. He is a veteran of five America’s Cup campaigns including two victories with Oracle Team USA. Wolfgang was also involved in the construction of the VO70 Il Mostro, and the 100’ VPLP designed Comanche.

Manuel Armenanzas - Design-For-Manufacturing Manager
Manuel "Manu" is well respected within the America’s Cup community of designers and builders for his meticulous and innovative approach. His specialty is constructing foils and appendages. Before joining the FFC team, Manu worked for Oracle Team USA and Prada during four consecutive America's Cup Campaigns including two victories.

Lead Boat Builders
Tom Black
Tom was builder on Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 PUMA Il Mostro & 2011-2012 PUMA Mar Mostro as well as being part of the shore team for PUMA Ocean Racing – Mar Mostro. Tom also worked for Artemis Racing during the San Francisco Cup cycle.

Jeremy Swain
Builder for Oracle Team USA leading up to the 2013 race, builder of Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 PUMA Il Mostro, and builder of Super Maxi – Rambler 88 delivered in 2015.

Brian Aldrich
Builder on Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 PUMA Il Mostro & 2011-2012 PUMA Ocean Racing Mar Mostro, and builder of Super Maxi – Rambler 88 delivered in 2015.

Ken Madeiro
Ken has over 35 years of experience mast building with Hall Spars including masts for Alinghi, Luna Rossa, and Young America.
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