Category Archives: Sailing Cup

Current developments and ongoing applications of SoftWing

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).

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  • 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.

Hoisting and slouch a flexible wing, it’s as simple as that!

Manoeuvring a SoftWing sail is as simple as manoeuvring a traditional sail. A halyard and a vang are enough: hoisting and hauling down a SoftWing presents no difficulty. Similarly, reefing is perfectly possible: the SoftWing system is being installed on the T29 trimaran – which will start sailing in October 2014.


Moreover, the potential automation of hoisting, and hauling down of SoftWing, together with the fact that the system does not require any rigging frame (bracing, etc. ) leads to new perspectives in the context of maritime transport. For more information : http://www.soft-wing.ch/category/applications-softwing/transport-maritime/