Boats that fly, here’s the best of world foiling

Thomas Ruyant, skipper of LinkedOut, was honored as Male Sailor at the Foiling Awards 2023

The best of world foiling gathered in Milan at the Sixth Foiling Awards ceremony. Among the awardees are incredible boats and absolute protagonists of Olympic sailing, such as Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti, the “Formula 1” championship of the sea SailGP and Luna Rossa ‘s prototype LEQ12.

Tita-Banti and Luna Rossa among the awardees

Foiling Awards 2023 - Sailing Team Award Ceremony
Sailing Team award presented to Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti for their performance on the Nacra 17

Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti received the Sailing Team award, given for the best team performance in 2022 for their performance and achievements aboard the Nacra 17, aboard which they were confirmed as European and world champions. They are also our
Sailors of the Year 2022
. The Italian America’s Cup team also received recognition during the Foiling Awards. Team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli was presented with the award in the one-off category for the best foiling project in sailing not intended for commercialization. Present to accept the award were several team members-Max Sirena, Horacio Carabelli, Gilberto Nobili and Matteo Ledri.

The 1st overall prize named after the inventor of foil

Foiling Awards 2023 - Forlanini Prize.
Forlanini award presented to Jean Sebastien Chenier Proteau, CEO of SailGP

This year’s Foiling Awards reached a record 13 award categories, and for the first time the overall Forlanini award was also given. Enrico Forlanini, an engineer whose experiments in the early 1900s on his hydroplane invented the first foils, was given the most important award. Overall is a perpetual award that is given each year by a jury of previous awardees to one of the category winners. This year’s winner of the coveted award was SailGP, which won the award for Best Foiling Event. Who knows whether the echo of the Foiling Awards will prompt the creation of an Italian team to participate in what has established itself as the world circuit of reference in recent years. During the lengthy award ceremony-there were thirteen awards-important sports sailing figures and institutions from the nautical and other industries took the stage, including Cariboni, Garmin, HiNelson, Persico, and Torqeedo. Partners also include GAC Pindar, Engenuity, Vakaros, World Sailing, and Mets Trade the leading marine accessories trade show that in 2023 will host the first Foiling Technology pavilion in collaboration with The Foiling Organization, the new global network created by We Are Foiling. President and founder of We Are Foiling Luca Rizzotti recalled the date to celebrate ten years of Foiling Week in Malcesine, on Lake Garda, June 26 to July 5.

All the awardees at the sixth Foiling Awards:

    Winner: SailGP
  • FEMALE SAILOR – For the best female foiling performance in 2022.
    Presenting Partner: GARMIN
    Winner: Helena Scutt – Moth Worlds
  • MALE SAILOR – For the best male foiling performance in 2022.
    Presenting Partner: GARMIN
    Winner: Thomas Ruyant – Route du Rhum
  • SAILING TEAM – For the best foiling team performance in 2022.
    Presenting Partner: GARMIN
    Winner: Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti – Nacra 17 World Championship
  • INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY – For the best solution regarding flight control, design, or component fabrication (excluding hull), including for non-wind-powered foiling boats.
    Presenting Partner: METSTRADE
    Winner: Ineos Britannia Pitot Foiling Tubes
  • SUSTAINABILITY – For ideas, inventions, projects and foiling initiatives that will have beneficial impacts on the environment.
    Winner: SuMoth Challenge boats
  • PROJECT – For foiling projects still under development and not yet launched.
    Winner: Bluegame American Magic Chase Boat
  • FOILING EVENT – For the best foiling event of 2022.
    Presenting Partner: GAC PINDAR
    Winner: SailGP
  • FOILING PATHWAY – For the National Federation or Sailing Club that will have implemented the best foiling promotion project in the area.
    Presenting Partner: WORLD SAILING
    Supporting Partner: VAKAROS
    Winner: We CAN Foil
  • MOTOR BOAT – For the best motor foiling boat.
    Presenting Partner: TORQEEDO
    Winner: Proteus 360
  • COMMERCIAL PROJECT – For the best foiling project intended for commercial uses.
    Winner: Artemis EF-24 Passenger
  • ONE-OFF BOAT – For foiling projects already underway that are not intended for commercial production.
    Presenting Partner: PERSICO MARINE
    Winner: Luna Rossa LEQ12
  • PRODUCTION BOAT – For the best foiling craft already in production and being sailed.
    Winner: AC40
  • WATER-TOY – For the best foiling “gadget.”
    Presenting Partner: HiNELSON
    Winner: Manta5 SL3



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