Foiling fever kicked off at the 2013 America’s Cup and hasn’t quit
Sailors fell in love with the sight and speed of sailboats that seemingly flew over, rather than on, the water. Now, the best of both worlds—foiling craft combined with consistent trade winds—will come together at the first-ever Martinique Foiling Regatta. Scheduled for November 17-24, more than 40 yachts are registered in this seven-race series.
Participating foil types include the Kitefoil and Windfoil, one-man Onefly and the popular Moth. Larger craft will race, too, such as the 18-foot Flying Phantom catamaran, the 26-foot Easy to Fly and the American favorite, GC32s.
Racing takes place in the protected 28-square-mile harbor at Fort de France that offers many excellent places to watch the action. In addition, some race courses will take the fleet to the farther shores of Trois-Ilets, Anse Mitan or Anses d’Arlet. “This year, the ‘island of flowers’ will display to the world its perfect sailing conditions and ideal environment at the first edition of the Martinique Flying Regatta, a one-hundred-percent foil world-class event premiere.
Let’s get the foil going,” invites Muriel Wiltord, director for the Americas of the Martinique Promotion Bureau.