A foil regatta will travel to Lake Ontario off the shores of Kingston
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The waters of Lake Ontario will host a regatta for a new type of sailboat next month.
From July 23 to 25, the Kingston Yacht Club and the Canadian Foiling Center will organize a FOILKingston / FORK, a foil regatta and training camps.
The foil means sailing with the whole boat out of the water.
The sailboats have wing-shaped foils mounted under the hull. As the boat increases its speed, the hydrofoils lift the hull up and out of the water, reducing drag and increasing speed.
A sailing hydrofoil can reach speeds exceeding twice the wind speed.
Sport is not just for monohulls, as multihulls, windsurfers and kitesurfers can also fly.
In 2024, five of the 10 Olympic sailing classes will be foiling.
The races will take place outside the Portsmouth Olympic Harbor and on Lake Ontario Park during the regatta.
“Spectators can see more than 50 competitors crossing Kingston Harbor and going faster than the wind,” said Sue Fraser, president of the Canadian Foiling Center, in a statement.
“The foil is the future of sailing,” said former Olympic sailor John Curtis of Kingston. “Professional sailing, like the America’s Cup and the Sail GP, are now all raced in foiling classes. Even I sail on a foil board when I kite.