Come and live out your Americas Cup dream, right here on the Coromandel in Whitianga. Get your adrenaline fix with a ride on the world's first foiling charter catamaran.
Experience the rush that Team New Zealand felt sailing one of their development boats in the lead up to the San Fransisco Americas Cup. Our boat, EXCESS, is an SL33 high performance racing yacht. This boat was critical for Team New Zealand in the testing and design which lead to the big 72 foot Americas Cup foiling cats in San Francisco.
Now YOU get have the chance to experience what its like to get a cat like this up on its foils.
This trip offers a fast-paced exhilarating sailing ride. You'll get to experience foil assisted upwind hull flying and bearing away for some downwind short foiling runs.
Your experienced Skipper and crew will sail the boat. Depending on conditions and your ability you may be assigned a small job here and there to help sail the boat. We'll get you involved as much as possible.
NOTE: no sailing experience is required to come on this trip. However all guests must have a reasonable level of fitness and be agile and nimble enough to get up and move around the boat quickly. We require people to be able to move quickly for weight distribution purposes and safety. (We don't mean run at high speed from one side of the boat to the other as you would have seen the guys do in the Americas Cup).
Our boat EXCESS, an SL33 was critical in testing and design which lead to the big 72 foot foiling America's Cup catamarans. Excess was designed by Morrelli and Melvin and is 650kg of Carbon fibre, built in 2011. She has been modified heavily in attempts to obtain additional speed and more stable flight.
MANAGING EXPECTATIONS: If you watched the last Americas Cup in Bermuda and observed the AC50 catamarans go around the entire race course without touching the water, this will be nothing like the experience you will have with Boom Sailing. It's simply not possible to achieve constant foiling with this boat. (Some of the time yes, all of the time no..)
Our boat is two design phases prior to the most recent Americas Cup and much more similar in lots of ways to an AC72 as opposed to an AC50. Our upwind sailing is not fully foiling, it is foil assisted. Up wind sailing gives the clients an opportunity to control the Foils and see how they effect the boats sailing mode.
Take your team day to the next level with an experience to match no other! Get the team working together to help the boat run smoothly. Learn how Team New Zealand first mastered getting EXCESS up out of the water on its foils at warp speed!
Sailing is the ultimate team building adventure. There is nothing better than letting the wind fill the sails and letting nature get you to your destination. Even better when that experience involves the most mind bending technology that the sailing world has ever experienced. Talk to us today about how we can tailor a package for your group.
How it works. ...
Safety Chase Boat: Our chase boat is a surveyed passenger vessel. If there is anyone in your group who is not up for sailing but would still like to be part of the day the chase boat is a great option to see the sailing close up and also fit in a little scenery along the way. Throughout the session our Chase boat stays in the vicinity. If at any time anybody needs a break they can transfer back to the chase boat.
Wind Conditions - We only operate within 7 and 15kts to be able to provide a safe sailing session. We will make contact with clients 24hrs prior to confirm the following days sailing. Guests must be available 2 hours either side of the scheduled time to allow for the wind to either increase or decrease. If at any time during the trip our wind instruments show the wind limit has been exceeded, sailing will be halted and the conditions assessed. If the wind is forecast to recede we will wait for up to 1 hour to resume the session on board.
Booking times- We want to take you foiling in the best wind conditions that day. Clients can book either a morning or afternoon session. For a morning trip time clients must be available between 8am and 12 noon. For an afternoon trip clients must be available between 12 noon and 5pm. We will call you the evening prior to confirm the planned start time.
What to expect - The boat is wet. The gear we provide will protect you but in certain locations on board its not uncommon to feel like you are being hit with a fire hose. Expect to get wet.
Cancellations - Boom Sailing reserves the right to cancel any trip at any time for either wind or yacht-related reasons. If this is the case you will either be fully refunded or if your travel plans allow, be rescheduled