foiling and guides
Rohan Veal, ex moth world champion and Bladerider’s International Sales and Marketing Manager has written a series of excellent support guides. Whilst they are written for the Bladerider, but most of the information applies to any moth.
- Sailing The Bladerider is a guide for first time moth sailors and covers launching, capsize recovery and the foiling basics like takeoff, landing and height control.
- The Racing The Bladerider is a guide that covers the racing basics. All the information on how to make a Bladerider go fast is in the Bladerider High Performance Guide guide.
- The Bladerider High Performance Guide guide was originally for customers eyes only, but is now publicly available. This guide covers: rake and rig tension, wand and push rod settings (such as how to add lift to your front hydrofoil), sail settings (such as correct amounts of vang and downhaul) and a frame-by-frame walkthrough of how to perform a foiling tack.
- The Bladerider Trouble Shooting covers topics that include: if your moth foils to high and crashes down, if your moth rides to low and is hard to get foiling, rides high then low downwind, rear foil cavitation, the wand tapping on the hull, the front foil stalling at low speed and the boat flying bow up. If you are having any of these problems it is worth a look.
Adam May, who now “works” for Artemis, has written Foiler Starting Guide. This guide was meant to be part one of a series, however the rest have never been published. Chapter 1 covers: the basics of how it all works, wand system and cable linkage basics, 2005 foil dimensions and sections, setting up centreboard and rudder hydrofoil angles to get the correct angle of attack. The guide was written back in 2005, so it is starting to show it’s age, however it still is worth a read, and covers different ground that the Bladerider support guides don’t.