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The MIT Sailing Pavilion has a UFO sailboat that uses wing-like T foils to lift the hull out of the water. This 8 foot 9 inch, 110 pound catamaran style dinghy "flies" above the water is a good introduction to foiling. It is stable at low speeds and is difficult to capsize in displacement mode.

Requirements to Sail

  • Must have full membership (Normal Sailing Card)
  • Must have sufficient ratings; either
    • Helmsman rating OR
    • Provisional rating and at least two of the three high(er) performance boat ratings
      • 420
      • Firefly
      • Laser
  • Must take class to learn to rig/ sail

Safety For You (& The Boat)

Rigging the UFO

  • Bottom of sail goes on first
  • Might need 2 people to raise sail (1 pulls halyard back/down, 1 helps feed in sail)
  • Put on cunningham before outhaul
  • Don’t forget bottom batten
    • Should be tied to cunningham finetune
  • Latches for front foil are loose, make sure to tighten all the way
  • Check for water

Derigging Notes

Sailing Basics

Tuning Basics

Righty flighty, lefty loosey