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Flying yacht: Revolutionary Monofoil hints at America's Cup future

Published 1306 GMT (2106 HKT) June 7, 2018
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The Gonet Monofoil was developed in secret in Switzerland. The project took two years, with testing on Lake Lucerne. Loris von Siebenthal
The revolutionary monohull flies out of the water on hydrofoils, similar to the concept that will be used in the 36th America's Cup in New Zealand in 2021. Loris von Siebenthal
The yacht is eight meters long and weighs 850 kilograms with a crew of four. It can reach speeds of 25 knots (50km/h). Loris von Siebenthal
The Monofoil was designed by Eric Monnin with a team that includes his brother Jean-Claude, a foil expert who has worked for America's Cup outfit Emirates Team New Zealand. Loris von Siebenthal
"For a long time, I've been watching the extraordinary performance of foiling sailing boats...but it is still an evolving area, and I've always found that there is something missing," said Eric Monnin. Loris von Siebenthal
The Monofoil will be raced on Lake Geneva this summer -- America's Cup designers will be watching closely. Loris von Siebenthal