07 June 2016
07 June 2016
TeamGaebler and Evonik from Essen, Germany have joined forces to bring high-tech sailing to a new level.
Evonik explains that the new SpeedFoiler is an ultra-lightweight, foiling catamaran that will achieve exceptional performance. The latest carbon fibre and composite technology make it possible to fly over the water.
According to Evonik, it offers a broad portfolio of composite and raw materials. These are, for example, sold under the brand names VESTAMIN, VESTANAT, NANOPOX and ROHACELL and such composite applications can be processed in parts of the fibre, in the plastic matrix and the foam core. Furthermore, the company has the necessary raw materials as well as the extensive processing and process know-how. With various raw materials and additives from Evonik, composites are incredibly stable despite their light weight.
Evonik says that the SpeedFoiler has the dimensions of a C-class multihull: The length is 7.62 m, and the width is 4.26 m. The mast height is 12 m. It says that, thanks to the extremely lightweight materials and the revolutionary design of the SpeedFoiler, it will be possible to start races from 1 knot on. The upper wind limit will be around 30 knots. Martin Fischer, an eminently respected multihull and hydrofoil designer, worked on the project.
To start with, Roland and Nahid Gaebler will use this boat to participate in some established regattas. Later, their own racing series is planned, the FoilingWorldCup - a new, professional sailboat racing series with 10 tour stops in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America.
Photo provided by Evonik
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