I’ve updated the BR upgrades page to add the new replacement BR mainfoil vertical and pricing.
We’ve recently found that our vertical sections will fit the Bladerider with very little modification to the daggerboard casing so we are now offering replacement standard modulus foils and upgraded high modulus foils for improved stiffness.
More info here
Another excellent result for Team Aardvark with Graham and Eddie Bridle taking the UK Cherub Nationals in their Banshee down at Lee on Solent. Going into the final day it was all to play for and the Bridles went out in style winning the last two races.
Full report and results over at Yachts and Yachting’s website
Chris Rashley, sailing a Ninja with the 2011 Elite foils has just won the Moth Europeans in Travemunde, Germany.
Chris put on a dominating display with 7 first places in a mixed condition event with light airs races to 15+ knots and big waves! Ben Paton, also on the new foils finished in 3rd place – winning race 6. Other Ninjas in the top ten were chief Aardvark Mike Cooke in 5th and Jason Belben finishing in 9th place, despite counting a rtd in his score after a shroud failure on day 2.
Things are looking good for Team Ninja and with the worlds in Europe next year we’re stepping up a gear at Aardvark HQ…
Congratulations to Ninja sailor Jason Belben for winning the UK Moth Nationals down at Stokes Bay. Jase put in a sterling performance beating Arnaud Psarophagis of Switzerland and fellow brit and Ninja rider Chris Rashley in third place.
The Europeans start in Germany in Travemunde this coming weekend and with Jason and Chris on good form the outcome could be very interesting!
Check back on here and the Bristol Moth Blog for more updates.
It’s been a good season for Aardvark so far, with Cookie winning the Moth winter series in “Ninja Turtle”, followed by the UK Dinghy sailing show at Alexandra Palace where the Aardvark built E6 Cherub won the Spitfire concours award, beating the Mach2 and several timber tubs.
The Moth circuit has seen the Ninja Death squad starting to get their act together, with Chris Rashley winning the Inlands at Queen Mary and the first 2011 Ninja Donatello winning a race in it’s first outing.
Rashers and Jason Belben gave Si Payne a run for his money at Parkstone, pushing him all the way and there was only 1 point in it at the end. Again, Donatello showed what she is capable of, taking the first race.
Hayling saw the local black boat fleet on top, but Jason was looking pretty fast in his first outing on the 2011 foils and kept them on their toes, leading races and taking 3rd overall.
Thorpe Bay saw biblical conditions, with only Chris Rashley able to get around in the only race on the Saturday and showing the way around on a more sensible Sunday, making that his second open win in his first season.
The Nationals at Stokes Bay are now upon us and with the entry now topping 50 boats it’s going to be excellent. The Ninja is the strongest it’s ever been with several people capable of winning races and the event will be a good indicator for the Europeans a few weeks later.
On an equipment side, the new foils are proving themselves to be stiff and fast while losing none of the light airs performance the Ninja is known for.
Rudders are available as upgrades for the Mach2, Bladerider and Prowler and mainfoils will fit the above although due to the pushrod direction some control modifications would be required. Mike has been experimenting with a new stiff mast designed to work with the KA10 which has shown much promise and we can accomodate any bend requirements.
Mike Cooke from Bristol has set a new UK speed record of 28.8 knots. This is now the fastest recorded time in the UK and has surely opened the door to the elusive 30 knot club.
Mike Cooke tells us how it was done….
“Well conditions were pretty hostile to be honest, but with my wingman badger egging me on we decided to take to the skies. Some pretty big blasts down the lake saw Badger going into a 5g inverted dive that ended in a big ball of spray, his black box was later recovered recording 27.5 knots. I barely got away with my wings in a 30 knot puff but was rewarded with a big score at 28.8.
Conditions were starting to get really wild after that so we retired to the hard deck for a nice cuppa”
Kevin Ellway, the designer of the Ninja and Ninja foils said “The foil design is the culmination of hundreds of hours of 2D and 3D CFD modelling combined with 3 degree of freedom dynamic system modelling. This should provide a foil system which can win around the racecourse over the wide range of sailing conditions we experience in the UK and Europe.
The foils have performed as predicted during initial sailing trials and performance looks very promising. As ever, however, the proof of the pudding is around the racetrack, so it will be interesting to see how the season unfolds.”
The Aardvark built, Ellway designed E6 Cherub won the Spitfire concours award at the London Dinghy show over the weekend.
This was the first of the E6 Cherubs out of the moulds last summer and it’s owners have done an exceptional job finishing her off to the highest of standards! Aardvark Tech boats have been nominated in the past so the judges obviously appreciate good aesthetics!
Read the PR here
Mike Cooke sailed his Ninja to 10th place at the 2011 Bloody Mary, making him top foiler on the day. Alex Adams was next in line, in 25th, also using Ninja foils.
2011 is shaping up to be a good year already!
Happy New Year everybody. Here’s your post-Christmas foil update!
Mike Cooke and Jason Belben have both been sailing with a set of experimental, very skinny, high modulus foils for for the latter half of the season. After a few months of testing, we know that they are very fast, but have been a little fragile. Kevin Ellway has worked on a few tweaks to the designs to correct this and Mike is about about to get the new moulds produced.
We intend to sell these new skinny foils from February 2011 onwards. They will fit existing Ninjas with very little modification, and the rudders can be used on all designs. If you are interested in a daggerboard conversion on another design get in touch, as this may also be possible.
Pricing will be confirmed in the near future, but expect them to be in the region of £1500 per foil.
If you are interested in getting your hands on the very latest kit from Aardvark HQ, drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org