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Paul, shown here using the A5mDS, sailed to an amazing victory in Bermuda.
Lennon Sails continue to dominate the top ten with the following finishes:
1st Paul Goodison A5mDS / A5m
3rd Rome Kirby A5m
4th Brad Funk AH1mDS / A4m
5th Victor Diaz de Leon AH1mDS / A3.5m
7th Benoit Marie A4m “S Boom”
For a full round up of the championship, click here
Testing of highly anticipated Moth design “Thinnair” is ongoing. Hull #2 is sailing with all the mods to the wings and deck layout. The project remains along way behind schedule due to tooling delays and other issues which whilst are all solvable just add to the time loss. Hull testing is going well and while its a common view “its all about the foils “ there are some big gains to be made in hull / deck / rig aero interface.
Also the wing angle and area have a huge influence on drag and righting moment - we have pushed this pretty hard and its certainly paying off in pure straight line speed - however the boat handling does get more tricky. All the wing tubes are tapered and shaped to maximise strength and minimise weight and drag. The wing platform has been minimised without loosing any actual working area.
We have made a set of foils and are currently as this news meeting goes out are making another with mods to the layup and bulb intersection. We will publish more news as its comes.
We are still not quite at the stage of opening the order book commercially but are now wishing touching distance.
Thinnair hull #1 was first shown at the RYA dinghy show in early March - since then we have been destruction testing the hull and compiling the list of modifications for the boat we will take to the Moth Worlds later this year.
With will over 200 entries this will be the biggest Moth worlds in the classes 80 year history. Attracting AC skippers and numerous Olympic medalists this may also be the hardest fought championships outside of the Olympics.
Our modification program for Boat #2 includes revised wing shape and profile, with greater emphasis on drag reduction and boat handling. A small increase in the shear-line height aft if the foredeck removing a local 35mm hollow between the wing sockets.
Some small modifications to the hull layup including stiffening of the deck.
Boat #2 will be ready late May and the first foils should follow soon after - the foils are fairly extreme compared to the current production sets available at the moment from the existing manufactures, so these will need carful analysis. We hope to offer production boats after the Worlds which is several months later than anticipated unfortunately.
It was good see a stronger attendance at this years show - it had a much better “vibe” than previous years.
The RYA asked Lennon PP (a Design, Sales and Marketing company) to show our new Moth THINNAIR in the Palm court entrance, in their feature foiling display. It was never really in our prototyping schedule to be there - but we just made it with most bits attached! We have put a link in this news letter to the interview on the boat with Mark Jardine at Y&Y online. We are around two months behind our plan but then our plan was a best guess and you can't help but to be optimistic when planning!
Introducing the Lennon THINNAIR foiling Moth
We are working on the schedule and final pricing as I type and we expect to fall in the same place as the current boats - the weak pound makes imported boats more expensive and UK produced kit cheaper overseas. Here in the UK a full race package boat in VAT is circa £20k and that's where we expect to land. We will price with and without certain elements like spars (not sure about sails though !) The standard fit out will have adjustable shrouds to enable cant and all other now obligatory bits of kit needed to win races.
We currently have a strong list of interested parties and will be contacting those on the list shortly with final pricing and an estimated build schedule. If you want to go on the list please contact Mike Lennon.
Lennon PP is a Design, Sales and Marketing company - We subcontract to manufacturing partners and with the boat its nice to be producing these “locally” at White Formula here in the UK. We have our kit produced all over the world - sails and wetsuits in Asia - spars from Australia and New Zealand plus the UK. Our sail battens and sail cams are made in the UK and we export them to China - that's nice, although they often end up in finished sails half a mile from where they were made... For better or worse that's globalised trade! As a company we source equipment whether its our own design subcontracted or if we simply resell other brands from the best sources possible. We are the only brand specialising in dinghy racing “Racewear” using Yamamoto Neoprene. Its by far the best and non petroleum based - its warmer more flexible and absorbs less water - simply the best out there. Made in Japan and Limestone based makes it not only the best but also and unfortunately, the most expensive neoprene available - thats why no one else uses it ! All our wetsuits products are 100% Yamamoto #39 Neoprene.
Lennon Performance Products Ltd
Registered Office : 55 Crown Street, Brentwood, Essex, UK. CM14 4BD
Company Number : 7641784.