Maverick is the first boat of her size to combine this technology on a 46 ft. yacht and the first to be designed around twin foils (rather than as a retrofit). How have DSS foils affected Maverick’s performance?
Stu: “Designing Maverick with the DSS foils incorporated from the outset has meant that the boat and systems really suit the concept. The performance of the boat when using the DSS foils is superior to non DSS boats of similar and larger sizes and because the foils were included from day one they were able to be sized and positioned correctly to give the maximum performance benefit across a wide range of conditions.”
You previously mentioned with DSS foils “even the best crews will have something to learn” after three days of training, how is Team Maverick coming along and what potential do you see for their ambitions to hit the global racing circuit?
Stu, “The team are learning very quickly about the special techniques required to extract the best performance from the boat when sailing with the DSS foils deployed. As with any new boat of this complexity it takes time to refine systems on board and to extract the boat’s potential. More experience of sailing the boat and some refinement of sailing systems and techniques will keep the project very interesting and of course challenging in the pursuit of continuous improvement. I would like to think the team will keep improving and within another 12-18 months the full potential of Maverick can be realised as she takes on many of the World’s classic ocean races.”
Teams such as Wild Oats and Rambler have tried foils; do you think the lessons Maverick is learning about sailing with this technology, along with some good results on the racecourse, will result in foils being adopted by more boats?
Stu, “I am 100 per cent certain that the impact of Maverick’s programme will see more boats designed and built that include the DSS concept from the early design phase. Retro fitted boats such as Rambler and Wild Oats have certainly proved the basic concept can improve the performance even with non-optimal solutions due to the foils being a retro fit. Some existing boats are of course more suitable than others for a retro fitted system but I am sure more and more teams will be looking at DSS as a real option for upgrading their existing racing programmes.”
What advice do you have for the team when taking on the challenges of bringing Maverick’s technology into the racing circuit over the coming years’?
Stu, “First and foremost the team needs to work hard on learning the boat and getting the best performance from it with reliable consistency. After that it will just be a matter of time before the team members are able to spread their knowledge and experience into the wider racing community by racing or interacting with other teams. A very open approach by Team Maverick in terms of sharing the journey on social media will also help to spread the experience to a wide range of interested sailors.”