F1 A-cat developments for 2018
We get asked quite a bit what our plans are with the F1 A-cat for 2018. In short; we will give the F1 a mild update in a quest for more speed and easier handling, and plan to release the updated F1 this spring.
Some have noticed that Mischa at times sailed with slightly different foils in 2017. This was part of a foil improvement program which started early 2017 to try amended shapes and collect data for a new foil design. We found it really, really hard to make an improvement to the original design which was an actual improvement on all areas. The Z-foils as we developed in 2013 and introduced the following year still work well, and are mighty fast in flat water but last year we definitely learnt that others had an edge when the water is rough.
The A-cat scene being highly competitive overall and us no exception in that regard, we decided to up the ante and have collaborated with a very respected designer to come up with an improved foil design. After literally dozens of iterations, we believe to have now come up with a design which outperforms our original foils in every way – and that of others too. It promises to be a big change.
But speed and control are about more than foils alone. We have made various other changes too, and cannot wait to show you our efforts in a few months’ time!