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boot Dusseldorf 2024 video: Flo1 singlehanded foiler

by Mark Jardine 2 Feb 10:30 GMT
Aeronamics Jurian Rademaker and Harm Ruigrok with the Flo1 foiling dinghy at boot Dusseldorf 2024 © Mark Jardine

One of the dinghies that caught my eye at boot Dusseldorf 2024 was the Flo1 by Aeronamics, the brainchild of founder Jurian Rademaker.

This singlehanded foiler has been highly engineered, but kept simple, with the aim of making foiling more accessible to everyday dinghy sailors.

The control systems for the lowering and hoisting of the foils are beside the centreboard with a clutch for release and led to cleats on the side deck for lifting. This has resulted in an extremely clean and ergonomic deck layout.

The Flo1 can be trolley launched, so is easy to go sailing from a beach or slipway with the foils lifted and the rudder in a cassette. In lowriding mode the boat is stable with the centreboard down, much like a conventional dinghy.

Once out in the breeze, the dinghy will get up and go, and as you can see is a blast!

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