Photo: Pierre-Alain Folliet / Mirabaud

Mirabaud LX heads for Weymouth

Swiss 18ft skiff/foiler to take part in Speed Week later this month

Tuesday October 5th 2010, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom

The famous foiler Mirabaud LX and her skipper, Swiss engineer Thomas Jundt, are getting ready for Weymouth Speed Week that will take place over 16-22 October.

First held in 1972, Weymouth Speed Week is the original speed sailing event and has been a meeting point for sailing fans, designers and inventors for decades. Kiteboards and windsurfs have taken over recently, but performing well at Weymouth Speed Week remains a dream for Jundt and will be a fantastic environment to test his foiler and share views with other speed sailing fans.

Icarus, the Tornado with hydrofoils, has been a source of inspiration for me", explains Thomas Jundt of James Grogono's foiling Tornado. “This boat – and so many others – have been conceived especially for Weymouth Speed Week. It is fantastic for me to be able to join this legendary event with the Mirabaud LX."

Geneva-based sailors jean-Pierre Ziegert and Jean-Marc Monnard will sail on board Mirabaud LX as crewmembers, replacing the usual crew of Antoine Ravonel and Eric Gobet. “Our goal is to confirm the changes we have made this year", explains Jundt. “We are going to be able to foil for four hours every day in ideal conditions, with a lot of wind and no waves. We will probably achieve more in a week than we have done over the entire year in Geneva."

That is assuming that the conditions in Portland Harbour play ball, for the 2010 season hasn't been good for foilers on Lake Geneva.

For this season Jundt has developed new foils and is hoping that at the event in Weymouht he will be able to exceed the 25 knot barrier over 500 meters, and to reach 28+ knots over shorter distances. “As far as today, the best we have done is 21 knots over 500 meters and 23 knots on shorter distances. Our new foils should allow us to gain 2 to 3 knots."


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