Team 69F announces the start of mass production of the Persico69F one-design monohull foiler. Six boats are ready for the first edition of the circuit which is set to start in the summer.
From prototype to monotype. After 16 months of startup, Persico69F arrives on the market, the mono-hull foiling sailing boat dedicated to everyone, from experts to sailing lovers who want to get closer to the foiling world in complete safety.
Produced in series by Persico, the Italian shipyard that is the foil official supplier for all the teams competing in the upcoming America’s Cup, Persico69F is ready to write a brand new page in the sailing world and in the organization of circuit racing, aiming at the maximum quality and minimum carbon footprint. Organizational excellence, high performance, top-level sailing training are Team 69F’s values and goals.
These are the premises the first season of the circuit starts with: four stages in international locations renowned for the regattas they host.
ABOUT PERSICO69F – Persico69F is a mono-hull foiling sailboat created and developed by Team 69F in collaboration with Persico Marine, to offer to the widest possible public a small monohull foiler, using a concept borrowed from the AC75, the new boat for the 36th America’s Cup. The prototype as already sailed for numerous days on Lake Garda, where it has been tested by top-ranked sailors, among whom the Olympics multiple medal-winner Santiago Lange, a living legend in the sport of sailing. Mr. Lange has also taken on the initiative of starting an Academy to popularize sailing on foils and train teams to participate in the new Persico69F regatta circuit.
Persico Marine’s competence in the field of regatta yachting is renowned at the world level. For the innovative Persico69F, the firm has availed itself of its specific know-how acquired from the mass production of VOR 65s, larger advanced high-performance monotype boats currently on the seas. With the start-up of Persico69F production, Persico Marine will manufacture a branded boat which has already generated great interest since its preliminary stages.
THE MONOHULL – As indicated by its name, the Persico69F is 6.90 metres in length. The canoe body is made of extremely light carbon fibre and has an extremely stable bottom with a shape that allows the new craft to fill the current gap between the highest performing displacement boat and a true foiling boat. Designed for a crew of 3, the Persico69F has a trapezoidal deck to facilitate handling and safer sailing, a V-shaped foil, a T-shaped rudder, a dagger board and 40 square metres of sail area (35sqm codeO) which already at 7 knots can lift the boat’s weight of only 350 kg. Nevertheless, if there is a mixed-gender crew, it would be possible to sail with 4 people.
Not only does Persico Marine build boats, but it also handles sales and customer service. For the first time ever a one-design class is starting with a “Six Pack” boats fleet (the boat design allows to fit six hulls in a 40’container) that will be charterable for the 2020 season both for the planned circuit and other initiatives, while subsequent boats will be available for individual boat owners and sailing clubs and other organizing authorities.
THE CIRCUIT – Persico69F regattas will come on the scene this year in four “events”. The main feature of the circuit is that charter boats will be “ready to race”, with mast and foil set-up ready for the conditions. On top of to simplifying and lowering the cost of participating in regattas, boat sharing reduces the environmental footprint, thanks to collective transport and the use of the same boat by several teams. What’s more, coach and safety boats will be provided by the organization to avoid an excessive number of craft in the water, as well as to limit the environmental impact.
Marcello Persico, CEO of Persico Marine, comments: “This achievement is a significant step for our boatyard, because Persico Marine is expanding production by building a Persico-branded product in addition to one-off high-performance boats, for which we are highly regarded worldwide. The Persico69F project is perfectly compatible with our company’s technological and sporty DNA.”
Giorgio Benussi CCO and spokesperson for Team 69F asserts: “I am pleased to see that this very innovative boat concept we developed for over a year below radar, is now ready to be announced as a Persico built one design class format, with 6 boats ready to race in the summer“.
Santi Lange: “Foiling is the modernity of sailing, the aspiration of new generations of sailors. The Persico69F is the perfect synthesis of all this: it is marking the path towards the future of sailing thanks to its innovative contents, its purpose of opening sailing hydrofoil to as many enthusiasts as possible, and also its economic sustainability. I am proud to be part of this project, to have given my contribution in the development phase, to promote this initiative around the World as an ambassador”.
Milano, February 20th, 2020