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Old 22-11-2018, 04:49   #1
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Where do foiling craft land?

With the increase in sailing vessels using foils I have been wondering where they sit in the stand-on/stand-off hierarchy? Are they considered Wing in Ground? I suspect not since I believe the definition of WIG craft is that it is capable of being entirely out of the water and since the foil is still in contact with the water I don't think it qualifies. Are they treated like any other sailing vessel in stand-on/off situations? Are they considered limited to maneuver when up on their foil? I have been treating them like any other sailing vessel but it would be good to know what my expected behavior should be when encountering one in close quarters.
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Well I dunno but I certain that they are not WIG and that only leaves them to be sailing vessels which when you think about it, it is what they are. They need water, sails and wind - just like the rest of us.
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Re: Where do foiling craft land?

I think maybe when I see my first one, Iíll think about it, but Iím not holding my breath.
My opinion is itís a sailboat, a fast one, but still a sailboat.
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Re: Where do foiling craft land?

When we race the foiling catamarans weíre still bound by the same stand-on/give way rules as the rest of the fleet, except weíre allowed to hit marks.
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