Foils

While we have found that the wing sail will improve pointing and footing ability by 10 to 20% in winds over 10 knots...the hydrofoils (foils) will almost double the speed... The foils not only improve the stability when foiling, but also improve the Laser's sailing stability and pointing ability  when sailing in the displacement mode.

The key to foiling is having enough wind to get you up on the foils...depending on the skippers weight and boat weight it will take 10 to 12 knots of wind to foil. 

When new to foiling with Glide Free foils on the Laser...you will need to adjust your thinking re the change in the apparent wind... all sailors know that when the sailboat speeds up the apparent wind shifts foreward...with the foils this happens very quickly and requires rapid adjustments to the main sheet and the helm.  

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