Friday, December 17, 2010

The Complete Valkyrie Video

Here is the edited video showing my hydrofoil sailboat's design and testing process. Two years of work building this boat on the deck of Te Natura (a 43 foot sailboat) in Grenada has finally been worth it. This new edit has some added footage of Valkyrie under sail, being designed, and of course more girls in bikinis as the fans have requested! Enjoy!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Valkyrie Under Sail!

Finally, Valkyrie made her first voyage under sail. It's been a lot of work to get to this point and I feel encouraged by the results from the test. Next, I'll put up an unreefed mainsail and a jib and see if it will get foiling under sail. I think it will! The new footage starts at 5:37 in the video. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Valkyrie's Maiden Voyage!

Well, not really a maiden voyage since she still had to be towed back to the dock, but it was a success overall. The (intentionally) underpowered rig barely gave steerageway in the light winds, but the balance felt good and with the addition of a jib and an unreefed sail performance will improve dramatically. In fact, performance today was better than expected. I will be editing the footage into a new video soon. In the meantime, check out these pictures:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Valkyrie's Mast

Finally the bamboo mast is in place and rigged... sort of. There are still many temporary lines in place of the wire rigging that will be permanent. This is the first time that all of the major components for Valkyrie have been in place. A few days ago I got hold of a mizzen sail off a 45 footer. I have already modified the sail to fit Valkyrie, and after a little more tweaking of the rig, it will be time to hoist and get underway! I'm sure a lot of tuning will be required...