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Syz & Co go pro

Swiss foiling cat enters the Bol d'Or Mirabaud

Monday June 7th 2010, Author: Sandra Mudronja, Location: Switzerland

The Syz & Co hydrofoil catamaran team is to take part in the 2010 Bol d’Or Mirabaud. Intensive sailing sessions conducted by the team during the past weeks have allowed rapid progress to be made: the boat flies well and reaches high speeds in moderate conditions. Over the weekend, a new mast, longer by 1.50m than the previous one, will be put in place, the final element in the modifications carried out this winter and will improve performance in lighter winds.

Extended hulls, longer mast, new sails, optimised hydraulics system, a new sailing team - everything is now in place to start the season in the best possible conditions targeting two major events this year: Lake Geneva’s speed records and the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, Announced a few weeks ago with Luc du Bois’s arrival, these modifications have been validated in grand style with superb test sessions.

The hiring of a professional team, headed by Luc du Bois, has allowed to progress rapidly by intensively undertaking the necessary tests. "Such a pioneering project had to have all the chances on its side," states Alex Schneiter, one of the project's initiators. "In this case, this meant working with a team of professional sailors, able to spend the necessary hours on the water in order to conduct speed tests, polars analysis, tuning trials, etc. Today we are more convinced than ever of the concept’s validity and are even more motivated to bring this project where it belongs : among the pioneering ideas that make naval architecture move one step further!."

Today, the team is working relentlessly together with the top specialists in order to prepare the boat for the 2010 Bol d’Or Mirabaud, especially with Luc du Bois, for performance analysis and sailing, but also with Joâo Cabeçadas, former Alinghi team member, to check all the fittings.

This week-end, the new taller mast will be stepped and the team will have just a week left to test the new configuration and tune the new sails. "We expect a lot from this new mast," says Luc du Bois. "The boat has already proved her potential in moderate wind conditions and we are now impatient to see the results we can achieve in lighter winds. Of course, wind conditions at the time of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud are rarely ideal for a boat like ours, but we might get lucky this year."

The Bol d’Or crew will include Alex Schneiter, Patrick Firmenich, Boet Brinkgreve and Marc Streich. But until then, the whole team is in a fervent buzz of activity: They have just a week left until the starting gun of Lake Geneva’s mythical race. After that, the team will set its sights on the race for speed records…


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