It has been two months since the third and final prototype was completed. We are intensively testing and optimizing the boat to improve foiling balance, ease-of-use and durability.
Already during the second test, a big increase of wind speed resulted in spectacular speeds and a thorough test of foils, sailing balance and the rig. The strong breeze came earlier in the test program than expected – and planned –, but i t confirmed the strength of critical parts of the boat.
Testing has all been about gaining experience. Little mistakes can ruin a test run. For example, forgetting parts or tools can easily cost you a lot of time. Sometimes acrobatics are needed to perform quick changes on the water. For example, capsizing and lowering the mast on top of the support boat for quick rig tuning. “Just to tighten the stays?”, the frightened non-sailor and camera man asked. “Yes, just for tensioning the stays. And it sails and looks much better this way.” Something he couldn’t understand.
All in all, testing has led to high adrenaline levels, spectacular sailing runs and improvements in foiiling behavior. The first take-off made the foils hum and sing producing the familiar high tones caused by fast moving water.