Met de aankoop van twee Flying Phantoms catamarans door Oracle Team USA wordt het bezoek van Philippe Presti, Frans Olympisch kampioen en coach van het winnende America's Cup team, aan botenbouwer Phantom International afgesloten. Philippe Presti was na enkele foiling sessies zeer snel overtuigd om tot aankoop over te gaan. In het interview hieronder lees je waarom Presti vindt dat heel de bemanning moet leren foilen tegen de volgende Cup.
“The purpose of my visit in Brittany was to try the Flying Phantom. You saw with the last America’s Cup we started to foil upwind and downwind and now we want to explore foiling with small boats. We are thinking it will be very good for the design of our future Cup boat.
Both sailing days were great and good sailing sessions. With up to 20 knots of breeze and swell, it was really enjoyable, of course in addition the business side of it, it’s a lot a lot of fun. In my career, I’ve started with very slow boats with the Finn dinghy and I really enjoy the changes. Sailing is a world where when you change boat you change world and I really enjoy to discover new stuff and foiling is really exciting.
This was one of the most exciting days sailing a boat I have had for a while.
The idea of buying boats for Oracle Team USA would be to train our sailors to fly; at the moment we have the big boat and we can fly on the AC72, but it is extremely hard to handle it term of logistics.
Onboard people are the helmsman, trimmers and others grinders but not all of them are really involved in the flying and in the way of foiling the boat. So the idea of sailing these small boats will be to help the guys to understand physically what is needed to fly in a stable way and this is why we want to use this boat as one of our training platforms. I believe we will learn a lot of things in terms of hydrodynamics and this could change our thinking about the big boat. The learning curve is so steep we are just at the beginning of the foiling and every month we are discovering new ideas or behavior so the Flying Phantom will help us to understand how to sail the big one.”
Bron: Phantom International