Start of the race Saturday, May 8 , 2013 at 13h.
Violent thunderstorms are forecasted for the afternoon. The sky is clear and there are still no clouds over the peaks of the Jura mountain. The wind is very low and blows in several directions. Under these conditions, it is hard for the Pi28 to perform.
At around 16:30, a strong 10 knot wind rises from SW… The Pi28 repositions itself in the race by flying at above 18 knots towards the town of Rolle. The synchronization between the helmsman and the trimmer of the flexible wing is excellent and balance can be maintained.
Currently Softwing flexible wings equip both a platform for high-tech competition and a series of racing trimarans for cruising:
- the Pi28 ” Gonet & Cie ” on the lake of Geneva : Pi28 is a boat foil developed by Hugues de Turckheim and Sebastian Schmidt. Its aim is to win various speed records on the lake of Geneva. This yacht was built in 2011 and was used to test two prototypes of the flexible wing Softwing. A third prototype, which includes a series of improvements studied in previous trials is navigating during the 2013 season: the results in terms of performance, manoeuvrability and reliability are extremely positive to date (see also next section).
- The T29s: a series of 29 foot racing trimarans are under construction in Sweden. The first unit is currently being equipped with a flexible wing conducted by SoftWing, while a second unit has a classic rig, which will allow comparative tests in Baltic Sea in the upcoming weeks.