Students and researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and SSPA Sweden has designed and developed an optimist dinghy with supreme capabilities.

How the Foiling Optimist Works

By using a composite with added graphene the hull is made stronger and lighter. Hydrofoils are added to lift the boat, decreasing drag and allowing greater speeds. After experimenting and testing in SSPA:s ship research and development facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, the dinghy is ready to be tried out at sea for the first time. @axelrahmsailing will do the honors.

A brand new look at the optimist

A team at the Chalmers University of Technology has developed an Optimist Dinghy with supreme capabilities. With the combination of a fully composite hull and hydrofoils, this hull is bringing the basics of opti sailing to a whole new level. This sparks the question of why do we need foiling Optis, especially due to the fact that the main purpose of an opti is to teach young ones how to sail and how to be comfortable?

The answer is because we can. The future of sailing revolves around foiling. We are witnessing it evolve when we see the new AC45s completing full foiling tacks and jibs. This is creating the possibility of hulls not even touching the water during the entire America’s Cup regatta, which brings us back to the original question, ‘Why do we need foiling Optis?’

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When we are watching the world’s best sailors perfecting the art of foiling on a daily basis, we should start introducing the next generation of sailors to it. Foiling Optis provide the opportunity for children in sailing camps around the world to be introduced to foiling in a relatively safe and comfortable form. 

The coolest part about this new Opti is the fact that it only requires 5 knots of wind for it to foil, ensuring that it is a safe way to get comfortable with gliding through the water with the hull fully out of the water.

We’ve seen it here with Lasers and now it’s great to see the bar being raised with the Optis!