Video: Solent Whisper could bring America's Cup style sailing to the masses
We love this truly remarkable foiling catamaran that whipped up a lot of interest at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Friday (September 12). Watch the video below for the full story. The entire boat weighs just 78kg, it foils at 5kn and is capable of very high speeds in very little wind.
The revolutionary new hydrofoil system allows this cataman stability, ease and safety, which along with an affordable projected purchase price, has the potential to offer America’s Cup-style sailing to the masses. The craft’s easy and stable sailing style also mean it could prove popular and accessible for disabled sailors.
"Solent Whisper" was designed and built at Southampton Solent University. It was unveiled by Southampton Solent graduate Geoff Holt, the first quadriplegic sailor to sail solo across the Atlantic.
The new hydrofoil technology is the brainchild of Ron Price, a Solent yacht and powercraft
design graduate who is now Senior Lecturer in Naval Architecture at the University’s Warsash Maritime Academy.
Designed and built using the state-of the-art yacht design and engineering facilities at Southampton Solent University’s Warsash Maritime Academy and city-centre campus, the catamaran’s technology has already attracted attention from world-class sailors during sea trials this summer.
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