Tomahawk Foils: Tomahawk Foils: a whole new windsurfing experience! Palm Court, RYA Volvo Dinghy Show
(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
London -- At this year's RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, Weymouth-based Tomahawk
Foils will unveil its Tomahawk foil, the surface running, ventilated
hydrofoil it has invented and patented for both sailing and powered
The foil has been fitted to a windsurfer on display in the Palm
Courtand can also be seen on the Ovington Boats' concept dinghy on
The foil's inventor, Jonathan Howes explains the concept: "It's a
totally new type of hydrofoil that solves many of the problems inherent
in conventional foil designs. The ventilated design has features that
give a wide operating speed range without moving parts and exceptional
tolerance to rough water, making the windsurfer simpler, more versatile
and easier to sail"
The concept uses subtle upper-surface shaping to provide progressive
changes in lift force with increasing speed in a similar way to an
aircraft's wing flaps but without any moving parts. This means that the
windsurfer lifts on to the foils at a very low speed but automatically
corrects for higher speeds, giving smooth performance throughout the
Ventilated surface running allows the foil to move in and out of waves
with minimal impact on foiling performance and gives speed potential
without sudden changes in handling due to uncontrolled ventilation or
cavitation. Not only does it fully exploit the concept's forgiving
characteristics, but a windsurfer fitted with the hydrofoil still
behaves like a normal windsurfer.
The design has been tested, developed and refined by well-known,
Weymouthsailor and dinghy manufacturer, Linton Jenkins. He says: "The
Tomahawk foil makes windsurfing enjoyable, fast, and refreshing. I've
never had such fun windsurfing!"
Notes to Editors:
The Tomahawk Foils' team comprises:
Jonathan Howes, an expert in aero, hydrodynamics and structures. He was
recently the leader of the structures certification team for the A380
Airbus and has many inventions and patents to his name.
Linton Jenkinsis the leading builder of hydrofoil sailing boats in
Europe through his business, FullForce Boats.
Mark Wagnerhas a background in finance and technology but has a long
standing interest in hydrofoils and built his first one in 1975.
CONTACT: Tomahawk Foils
Tel: +44 (0)1305 826 555
Jane Allardice, Jane Allardice Communications Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)1273 467 634
Tel: +44 (0)7778 521 853
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