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TF10 foiling trimaran: Farewell archimedes, we’re foiling now!

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The life of a multihull tester involves many enjoyable encounters with some very diverse craft, and a lot of amazing discoveries and some exceptional moments, cruising or on racing machines! This was the case with the TF10. Its modest size conceals an airborne bundle of nerves with explosive performance, but it’s definitely within the capabilities of knowledgeable amateurs! It opens a whole new world to enthusiasts: that of multihull flight, without needing to have a professional crew on board, nor a complex logistical team to accompany them. Are you ready for take-off?


The three previous America's Cups have created a fantastic (and very elitist!) development of flying boats: we saw the delirious AC90s from the edition of Valencia 2010 lifting out of the water; the amazing show of San Francisco 2013 revealing the exceptional power of the AC72s and their crew of tightrope walkers achieving awesome speeds (and their danger too, notably with the Artemis accident that cost the life of Andrew Simpson), yet it was the "small" AC50s of Bermuda 2017 which turned the tables with their spectacular evolution and off-the-scale performance (27 knots upwind, 45 downwind for 15m cats!). Alas, we have been accustomed to sublime incongruity with the America’s Cup since its creation. The latest thing is the prohibition of the electro-hydraulic assistance of foils (yet we are talking ultra-high-tech machines!) This leads to 4 crewmembers out of 6 needing to constantly work to produce hydraulic pressure, while creative solutions existed that would have made a fascinating eco-technical match within a sporting contest! The format has been abandoned and that's a shame. A mess in fact! The sensory shock generated by these visionar...

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