The German-Danish catamaran specialists from TeamGaebler are teaming up with the Essen-based specialty chemicals company Evonik to jointly develop a new ultra-light and foiling catamaran. "Our new 'SpeedFoiler' will achieve an extraordinary performance that has never been seen before in our sport," said the happy Olympic winner and multiple world champion Roland Gäbler. The prototype of the 7.62-long SpeedFoiler is now under construction and should be sailing and taking off for the first time this summer.
The SpeedFoiler is sailed by two people with a trapeze and, thanks to its two crescent-shaped profile blades, should be able to switch to foiling mode, i.e. take off, even at low speeds. The prerequisite for this is an ultimate lightweight construction. The composite specialists at Evonik in Essen have extensive processing know-how in addition to raw materials. You will accompany the development of the SpeedFoiler from the technical side. The construction is carried out by the multihull and foil specialist Martin Fischer, who is currently also helping to shape the developments in the America's Cup.
The initiators Roland and Nahid Gäbler were inspired for the project by the ultra-fast, but also extremely expensive and also technically very complicated C-Class catamarans with their rigid profile wing rigs. The SpeedFoiler, on the other hand, should be simpler with a more conventional, flexible rig, but with more sail area than the boats of the C-Class have. Roland Gäbler comments: "We want to build the ultimate all-rounder, not follow any rules, keep no limits and give free rein to innovation. The SpeedFoiler should therefore have an extraordinary range of services. An all-rounder with super speed."
Roland and Nahid Gäbler will initially take part in some established regattas with the SpeedFoiler. A racing series, the Foiling World Cup, is also in preparation. "Numerous world-class sailors have already expressed their interest in this new standard class and a regatta series," says Nahid Gäbler. The Gäblers also want to start with their SpeedFoiler at the Little Cup, the unofficial world championship for C-Class catamarans (see video below).
The link to the project
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