- The Mirabaud LX foiler: one engineer’s bold endeavour
Acclaimed by everyone in the sailing media, the Mirabaud LX caused a sensation right from its very first outing in 2008. The result of an “illicit” affair between an Australian 18-footer and a Moth foiler, it was designed and developed by engineer Thomas Jundt, assisted by John Illet and Hughes de Turkheim who optimised the foils.
Early in 2009, the Mirabaud LX indulged in the luxury of hull-free sailing, causing a stir among the international sailing community.
That same year, the foiler won the classic Geneva-Rolle-Geneva regatta, also improving on the record time by several minutes.
Our firm has worked on this project several times as general consultant, and particularly on the design of the 2010 version of the float - or at least what’s left of it: minimalist, lightweight and suited to the choppy waters of Lake Geneva, it is intended to facilitate takeoff while also being large and stable enough to come back from difficult situations that the foils cannot handle, mainly before the wind when sailing in breeze and waves, and working "conventionally" while planing without pitchpoling.
An adventure to be continued...
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