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


Sailor Testimonials

I did a couple of weeks with the team in Spain, the boats are super cool, a different concept to the flying phantom, GC32 etc. The T-foils are more like the next Americas Cup set up which makes the boat very stable, generates more righting moment and allows you to push that bit harder around the course.
It’s a really fun project and I’m looking forward to doing more on it in 2019!

Rich Mason,GC32 and F50 Star

Round the cans Windward/Leeward course with 80 boats on the line and a much smaller racing area it was interesting to see how the Vampires would perform, the breeze was again up in the late teens and we smashed the first race by a big margin proving the Vampire can work effectively round a small track.

Simon Northrop, F18 Elite and Multihull Diehard

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!

John Downey

Recently retired, airline pilot John now lives in Cartagena region of Spain, he has become a vital part of the Vampire winter training programme.

John has an array of Catamaran experience including the GBR Tornado squad in the 80s, read about his current A+ wing sail project.

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