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Foiling Phantom lets sailors experience the America's Cup


The A Class is embroiled in a war of words over whether the one-man catamaran should foil or not. Judging by the quality of the field the class attracted to its recent Worlds at Takapuna in New Zealand, the foils are here to stay.

Now the French are jumping on the bandwagon with a foiling two-man cat called the Flying Phantom which they say allows "amateur sailors to experience the 2013 America's Cup".

The concept is based on design work by Martin Fischer and the expertise of Franck Cammas and Groupama Sailing Team.

"After an extensive study of different foils and rudder configurations, we came up with a combination of L shaped foils and T shaped rudders, providing pitch and heave stability in full flight but also being competitive in light winds," they say. "The carbon/epoxy hulls in combination with a carbon mast built in an autoclave result in significant weight reduction, the increased total beam improves the stability while foiling and a longer mast provides additional power."

Vital Statistics
Length: 5.52m/18″
Width: 3.00m
Weight: 155kg
Mast: 9.6m / Tapered / Pre preg carbon cured in autoclave
Appendages: T-foil rudders +L-shape foiling daggerboards Pre preg carbon cured in autoclave
Hulls: Pre preg carbon, Nomex sandwich
Main sail: SAIL INNOVATION VXM Black Technora membrane / 18sqm with mast
Jib: SAIL INNOVATION VXM Black Technora membrane / 5.5sqm
Gennaker: SAIL INNOVATION R Polyester / 24sqm

The Phantom is on sale commercially for around $US39,000. More details at the website http://www.phantom-international.com/boats/flying-phantom/


Foiling Phantom lets sailors experience the America's Cup