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Go flying on Ullswater on May 28 & 29

Go flying on Ullswater on May 28 & 29

Club member Rob Cruickshank, who is co-ordinating the event, says : “The Stunt S9 has been created to enable the average sailor to experience the thrill of flight. The boat is able to fly upwind in as little as seven knots of wind and downwind foils in excess of 1.8 times wind speed. If you can confidently sail a dinghy such as a Laser you can sail the S9.”

Saturday, May 28, is reserved for UYC members only with Sunday, May 29, for visitors and anyone more seriously interested in owning one. The contact at UYC for bookings is Rob Cruickshank, email

He explains: “The S9 uses ‘T’ foils and ‘wands’ to control lift and flight with a lifting surface on the rudders to provide stability in pitch. This foil arrangement is familiar to anyone who has seen a foiling Moth, simply doubled up for the hull arrangement of the catamaran.

 “Lifting foils on sailing boats are a fascinating subject and seem to be a relatively new phenomenon, in fact sailing boats have used foils for as long as they have been around, they keep the boat stable in roll (daggerboards/keels and canards), they provide steerage (rudders) and drive (sails). The foils used to lift a boat are a simple continuation of the desire to overcome hydrodynamic resistance, increase efficiency and speed. Planing hulls can lift a boat and reduce its wetted area only so far; foils can lift the whole boat out of the water. 

“Many sailing boats use lifting foils in the quest for efficiency and speed, from the record- breaking Hydroptère, an experimental sailing hydrofoil trimaran, to the International Moth and America’s Cup catamarans and even the latest IMOCA 60 mono-hulls. Innovation in design and particularly in materials are key to the latest developments and there are many types of foil designs with advantages and disadvantages for each.”

When you sail fast, you need extra protection and Forward WIP, a Swiss technical sailing clothing company specialising in Water Impact Protection clothing, will be setting up a stall during the weekend demo event. It’s high quality and stylishly designed sailing kit for all performance sailors, Moth and Skiff sailors or just those who would like a little more protection when they go faster. 

Gordon Upton of Forward WIP says: “Our equipment is chosen by many of the world’s top sailors and teams.  The impact vest is bought by the ETNZ, Oracle and Groupama teams.  Our PRO WIP helmet is used by several of the Extreme Sailing teams and is used by most of the GC32 crews.  We are sponsors of the Moth Europeans and have a number of top international WIP Team Riders who use and assist us developing the range. The kit is built for purpose and has saved sailors from serious injuries on numerous occasions.”

* The Stunt S9 is marketed in the UK by Outlaw Sailing,, contact Matt Bell

* For more details about Forward WIP, visit




Posted on 18 May 2016 (Archive on 15 June 2016)
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