The first foiling tack has just been completed by a 15-year-old. The performance gap between youth and senior sailors has never been smaller.
iQFOiL history was written by 15-year-old Harry Joyner from Australia as he foiled through the first-ever tack on his iQFOiL equipment live in front of his coach’s camera. Since the beginning of windsurf foiling, the first foiling tack has been highly anticipated; seeing it come to life is a massive motivation for all athletes to improve their tacking skills and has huge implications for the future of tactical upwind racing.
THE PERFORMANCE GAP IS CLOSING RAPIDLY
TIME ON THE FOIL IS A DECISIVE FACTOR
Looking at the most recent event results, ‘time on the foil’ seems to be the crucial factor for success. Since most riders joining the class started more or less simultaneously, we now see the performance level distributed more evenly than ever before. Age and sailing experience appear to be lesser factors in the equation for success, as time on the foil proves to pay dividends. Just imagine the energy youngsters have to transform into hours on the foil, and you might get a hint at the future.
FOILING AS A GAME CHANGER
Kiran Badloe, Olympic gold medalist comments upon hearing the news about the first foiling tack
” Ridiculous! It’s crazy and so cool to see the next generation of the sport pushing the limits and showing us that there are no limits! We’ve been extremely fast around the course so far, and it feels like the only part where we have been slow is the tack. Slow tacks have been limiting our strategies to some extent as we would have to consider a significant loss of meters on each tack. Foiling tacks will be a game changer. The future for the class is looking bright with the level of sailing rising fast.I have been practising foiling tacks myself, but it was not a big priority since no one else could foil through them so far. Simple, fast tacks were getting the job done. Now that I see it done, I will surely put some extra hours into practising this skill! “
Who is Harry Joyner? We couldn’t wait to find out and ask him some questions.
How does it feel to be the first to perform a foiling tack?
How long have you been trying prior to completing it?
What’s your sailing/windsurfing background prior to joining the iQFOiL Class? And what was your biggest success?
How did you get into iQFOiLing?
What are your goals and which events are you preparing for at the moment?
You are still a Junior sailor but are competing in the senior European Championships as well, how does it feel to race against Senior sailors twice your age?
What’s the new name for this exciting move?
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