Monthly Archives: October 2015

The man on the left!

By Luca Rizzotti, Foilng Week CEO and Founder


I was in Newport for the weekend scouting for next year event: what a place and what a bunch of quirky people, as Chris Museler says. Chris invited me to come and join the Archipelago Rally and the feeling was very similar to what we experience at the Foiling Week™, loads of interesting boats , fun people and the love of sharing ideas. Great event Chris!

pictures from the event, the idea is to bring whatever dinghy you have in the backyard, the older and crazier the better

Newport… well, I am in love with it! A living heritage and a close knit community that eat and breath sailing all the time. Thanks to everyone for making me (and the Foiling Week™) feel welcome : Chris , Ned Jones , Steve Clark , Anthony Kotoun , Nat Shaver , Matt Knowles , Brad Read and Sailnewport team , Terry Nathan and IYRS , Tyson Bottenus and the super Sailors for the Sea and all the Archipelago rally participants!

Safran suffers leak, situation under control


After a good start in the Transat Jacques Vabre, Morgan Lagravière and Nicolas Lunven were forced to turn back home last night. The cause was a crack in the hull at the starboard foil that generated a leak. It is impossible to continue the race in this condition. Contacted this morning, the Safran duo are headed for Brest where they are expected in the middle of the night.

© Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Safran

© Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Safran

On Monday night at 2020hrs (French time), Morgan Lagravière contacted the race management to inform them of damage to Safran and announce his decision to head back to the port of Brest, in Brittany. Joining by the official race radio this morning, Lagravière detailed the nature of the damage and the circumstances in which it occurred: “The foil area is damaged on the starboard side,” Lagravière said. “The damage has spread around the area and water is seeping into the boat. We quickly tacked to get the damaged section of the hull out of the water. At the time of the incident, the conditions were intense but not extreme. There were 25-knots of wind and 3-4 metres of swell. The sea was not particularly rough and we didn’t hear a particular sound.”