Easy To Fly at the Foiling Week Garda

 

For the first time since its launch, the Easy To Fly (ETF) Class will attend the Garda Foiling Week! The monotype foiling catamaran was created by French skipper Jean-Pierre Dick.

Designed by naval architect Guillaume Verdier, winning designer of the last America’s Cup, the ETF was conceived to fly with 8 knots of wind and with 3 crew members on board.  Launched at the end of 2016, ETF currently sails on European waters with, 4 boats in Switzerland, 2 in Germany, one in Denmark and one in France.

The ETF has a European Championship consisting of 5 qualifying races: the ETF Series 2018. The Garda Foiling Week will be the 4th stage and promises to be a hard battle for the podium amongst the participants, separated only by 7 points.

Jean-Pierre Dick says,

“I am very happy to attend the Garda Foiling Week. Lake Garda is a hot spot for foilers and a breathtaking sailing scenery.

I imagined a human-sized flying catamaran, in between a dinghy and an extreme, in order to provide non-professional teams with the adrenaline of flying.

This year we are rolling out the ETF Series, it is an important step towards the creation of a dynamic class and we are happy Garda Foiling Week is part of it.”

 

The ETF presents at the Garda Foiling Week 2018:

Luna (SUI) / Skipper : Guillaume Girod

Tixwave (SUI) / Skipper : Bernard Vananty

Cool Runnings (DEN) / Skipper : Thorlikd Junker

ABC Arbitrage – Ville de Nice / Skipper (FRA) : Jean-Pierre Dick

 

Rankings of the ETF Series after 3 qualifying races:

1 Luna (SUI): 7 points

2 ABC Aribitrage – Ville de Nice (FRA) : 7 points

3 Tixwave (SUI) : 8 points

4 Cool Runnings (DEN) : 9 points

5 Ste – Catherine (GER) : 14 points

 

ETF Series 2018 : 5 qualifying races in Europe

1 Grand Prix de Nice (FRA) : May 1st-6th

2 Grand Prix de Suisse (SUI): May 31st June 2nd

3 Bol d’Or Mirabaud (SUI) : June 9th

4 Garda Foiling Week (ITA) : June 28th July 1st

5 Martinique Flying Regatta (Fort de France) : November 17th – 24th

 

 

Specifications:

Concept : Jean-Pierre Dick

Architect : Guillaume Verdier

 

Jean-Pierre Dick

After 16 years sailing the world’s seas and taking part in 4 single-handed round the world races, Jean-Pierre Dick has clocked up 6 wins in the IMOCA class. He is the only record-holder for the number of wins in the Transat Jacques Vabre, 4, the most recent in 2017 with Yann Eliès. In November 2017, he decided to change his boat to fly on the Easy To Fly.

 

His main wins :

2 Barcelona World Races:

•2008 with Damien Foxall

•2011 with Loïck Peyron **

4 Transat Jacques Vabre races:

•2003 with Loïck Peyron

•2005 with Nicolas Abiven

•2011 with Jérémie Beyou

•2017 with Yann Eliès

 

Technical Specifications:

Hull length: 8,10 m / 26.6 ft

Beam: 4,30 m / 14.10 ‘

Mast height: 13.70 m / 44’

Draught: 1.20 m / 3.93’

Weight (with sails): 350 kg / 717 lbs

Main sail: 29,5 m²

Jib: 11 m²

Code 0: 26,5 m²

Gennaker: 49,5 m²

Max Speed: 35 knots

 

More info on Foiling Week, entries for the races and booking for activities at

foilingweek.com/garda-2018/