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Royal Cork's David Kenefick has just finished foiling week on Italy's Lake Garda sailing his Full Irish Moth. Kenefick is keeping an eye on the Italian venue given it will host next year's World Championships in 2017 where a fleet of 200 is expected.

The Crosshaven sailor finished 19th out of 43 which is something of a comeback after breaking his rig at the Europeans and missed two days racing earlier this month in France.

'I'm happy as I've only being racing the Moth a few months, with this being my first full regatta', Kenefick told Afloat.ie

'I've a few improvements to make to the boat including a bow sprit and a new foil', he added.

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Hot on the heels of its F1 A-Class catamaran, DNA Dutch builder has announced the F4, the first foiling offshore one-design catamaran.

The DNA F4 is a full carbon 46-foot foiling catamaran designed and built to push the boundaries of distance one design racing offshore. Built in Lelystad, the boat is the result of an 8-month design project spearheaded by DNA’s engineer and Shannon Falcone. The plan is to launch and commission in Newport, RI in summer 2016 and spend the remainder of autumn in New England testing the boundaries of the boat’s capabilities in preparation for a busy winter racing season in the Caribbean.

Aimed at those looking for America’s Cup technology without the need for large shore crews and being washed from trampolines, the F4’s cockpit offers ample room for passengers in the heart of the action with a pilothouse providing sheltered area for long passages.

“With the design cycle of the F4, the focus was all on performance and the result is stunning, a bigger and faster all-out racing machine which every speed freak should at least have a look at,” says Pieterjan Dwarshuis.

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With an aim to make a mark on the future of foiling sailing, the British foiling Vampire catamaran project has already reached peak speeds downwind of 30–knots.

The project is a collaboration between catamaran sailor William Sunnucks and boat builder Graham Eeles to develop a new breed of foiling catamaran in Brightlingsea Essex. The design, they say, is based on the the International Moth foil design which is quite different to the America's Cup line of development.

 

 

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#Laser - Foiling Laser pioneer Peter Stephinson is currently on a tour of the UK to evangelise the potential of his easy add-on kit that can turn any Laser dinghy into a foiling rocket to give even the dedicated Moth a run for its money.

According to Sail World, Stephinson – who teamed with Moth class president Ian Ward to develop the concept in their native Australia, forming Glide Free Design – has kicked off his visit in Portsmouth, getting World Laser Masters champ Nick Harrison up to speed with a set of this company's Glide Free Foils.

Just over a year ago Afloat.ie reported on their foiling Laser kit going on sale, allowing Laser sailors to easily convert their vessels to foil across the water like the popular Moth class – reputed to be the fastest dinghy in the world – but without the expense such ultra-modern vessels entail.

Sadly Stephinson's itinerary doesn't seem to include a visit to Irish shores – though it's only a short trip to Britain for anyone who wants to see the remarkable foil conversion kit in action.

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