Innovative Foiling with no restraints

Quite simply, we aim to create the fastest beach launched catamarans, across all conditions and at all points of sailing.

Project Timeline

Vampire Project Timeline

How it Works

Outboard Foil System – Righting moment increases as boat lifts out of water

Canted T-Foils Optimised to produce zero leeway for hydrodynamic efficiency

Active Flight Control A bow mounted moth style wand system for stable flight

3 Point Flight Much less drag by having the windard foil raised clear

Gulwing Deployment Foils are raised for high performance in light winds

Straight Boards Slide them in for lighter airs, shallow waters and for recovering boat

Blog

Sailor Testimonials

Having sailed the Moth for years I am no stranger to foiling and the speed but the Vampire just seemed to make very easy work of it!
The platform is incredibly stable and efficient, it simply ate up the dozens of miles of water we covered during the Eurocat Raid in Carnac. Consistently hitting speeds of 33knots racing just metres away from the other Vampire, that’s the fastest I’ve ever been!

Dan Ellis, International Moth Champion

It’s fair to say the thing’s an absolute beast, genuinely the best sail I’ve had in a long time.

We were doing 22 knots upwind and 27 knots downwind in about 10-12 knots of breeze!

 

Ben Saxton, Rio Olympian, Nacra 17

Team Vampire

William Sunnucks

William has been sailing and racing Catamarans internationally for 4 decades, in that time has become one of the most accomplished corinthian multihull sailors worldwide.

The Vampire Project was his brainchild and is described by him as a financially unsound investment that returns a lot of fun.

Kyle Stoneham

A long term multihull sailor and now foiling moth convert, Kyle has been able to bring added refinement to The Vampire Project.

Kyle’s focus has been on technical tuning, sailing technique and future development.

Graham Eeles

Graham is the boat builder and skiff sailor who made the Vampire work.

Based at Brightlingsea he is the fundamental link between the sailing and engineering side of the Project.

Mark Self

Mark has been sailing on and off with William for a very long time, he is the sort of guy you want around when it gets a bit lairy!

Mark’s profession is sail making and his Advantage Sails power the Vampire to ridiculous speeds in all conditions.

Kevin Ellway

Kevin specialises in design and analysis of high performance sail boats, his most notable project is the Exocet Moth which has dominated for a number of years.

The Vampire Project is based on millions of calculations using Kevin’s VPP system which finds the best solutions without the need to get wet!

Event Calendar

Upon completing our current Winter development programme the Vampire Project will once again be heading out to ProVela in Mar Menor, Spain for testing and training. At least 2 Vampires and a Moth will be involved in improving our short course consistency.

Here are the events we are looking to attend in 2019, the ones in bold are the main focus.

2nd-4th May – Eurocat – Carnac, France
18-19th May – Whitsable Forts race – Whitable YC, UK
8-9th June – Solent Forts – Hayling Ferry SC, UK
14-16th June – Bol D’or Mirabaud – Geneva, Switzerland
20th-22nd June – Ronde Texel – Texel, Netherlands
29th June – Round the Island – Isle of Wight, UK
6-7th July – Piers Race – Marconi SC, UK
5 -11th October – Weymouth Speed Week – WPNSA, UK
12-13th October – Ronde om Tiengemeten – Hellecat, Netherlands

Class Rules

“The Vampire rule is intended to give the designer and builder the fullest liberty to innovate, to develop faster and more sailable boats.

We welcome participation and input from innovative sailors anywhere in the world.  If they build something slower we will help them. If they build something faster we will copy them.”

William Sunnucks.

The Vampire Rule