Mirabaud LX to gain a wing

Thomas Jundt to go ahead with latest developments for his three man foiler

Thursday December 16th 2010, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: Switzerland

Geneva-based sailor and designer Thomas Jundt plans to develop a wing mast for his foiling monohull, Mirabaud LX.

Since the radical boat hit the water in April 2008, Mirabaud LX has undergone constant improvement including new floats, sails, foils and continuous fine-tuning to the structure in general. The latest development will see the sailing world's largest monohull foiler fitted with a wing, in a similar style to those fitted in recent months to the Moths of Adam May and Bora Gulari.

“I visited Newport (Rhode Island, USA) this autumn to take part in the Little America’s Cup and to check out the latest rigid sail developments,” explains Jundt. “I’ve been watching the evolution of wing sails for many years, but this time I was really struck by the amount of new technology on show, their ease of use and the associated performance. I was convinced that we needed to add this development to the Mirabaud LX project.”

Mirabaud LX will only be the second yacht with a wing on Lake Geneva, after Philippe Stern’s catamaran Altaïr XII that caused a stir in the early 1990s.

“We have supported Thomas Jundt’s projects for the past three years and have keenly followed the successive developments of Mirabaud LX,” comments Mirabaud Associate and CEO Antonio Palma. “Thomas has a unique and innovative approach and his projects are professionally planned and implemented. We are delighted to be able to support this new development.”

Mirabaud LX’s wing is currently in the conception phase and will be completed before the major racing circuit begins on Lake Geneva.

Read our interview with Thomas Jundt here

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