Meet The Orca
Of all the wild and wonderful new foiling designs on show this summer during the 2016 edition of The Foiling Week on Italy’s Lake Garda, a sexy prototype 15-foot t-foiler called the Orca stood head and shoulders above the rest.
Fundamentally the Orca is a Moth on steroids that blends stunning aesthetics with smart design and innovative engineering. The result is a boat that is a genuine thing of beauty that turns heads ashore and afloat.
“If you think of the Moth as being a Europe dinghy, then the Orca is more Finn sized,” explained Italian Giovanni Galeotti, who co-designed the Orca with Tristan Trajan of TrisDesign.
“We have scaled things up to make the boat more accessible for bigger guys and maybe also make it capable of carrying a passenger. Compared to the Moth we have given it a bit more beam and a taller rig with a higher aspect ratio to get greater aerodynamic efficiency.”
The Orca project is still very much at the prototype stage. Prior to The Foiling Week the boat had hardly any testing time at all. Nevertheless, Galeotti said he was leaving Lake Garda mightily encouraged by the boat’s all round performance.... READ THE FULL ARTICLE