Everest looking to scale new heights

Andy Rice talks to the RS 300 designer who is bringing foiling to the UK
The well-publicised antics of Rohan Veal in his foil-borne International Moth have inspired British boat designer Clive Everest (below) to develop his own foiler. Clive is best known for developing the RS600 and RS300 singlehanders in the mid-1990s, although he also designed a number of fast International Moths in the late 80s/early 90s. More recently he has designed the hulls for the C-Class cat that will be represent the British Invictus Challenge’s assault on the Little America’s Cup, and for his own sailing pleasure he has been charging around in an A-Class cat. “I've been sailing the A Class for the last three years, but I was looking for something new to do,” says Clive, whose day job is as a self-employed electronic engineer. With a young family, Clive was not keen on travelling, but wanted something challenging that he could race at his home club Hayling Island Sailing Club. “They don’t allow catamarans at Hayling, but I still wanted something that would be fast and fun to sail. I was totally inspired by what the Moths are doing - to develop a foil-borne boat that could compete on standard courses against normal dinghies.” Clive used to be pretty handy in a Moth, finishing 2nd in the Worlds, on equal points with Roger Angell who won on countback. But now he is pushing 40 years and 13 stone, he didn’t feel the Moth circuit was the place to go back to. “It’s 15 years since I last raced a Moth competitively. I didn't fancy going down the Moth route.” The top Moth sailors have tended to weigh in around 10 stone, and Clive believes foil technology will only accentuate that trend. “I think hydrofoils will make Moth sailors lighter, not heavier.” He is also concerned that the Moth class doesn’t