Sailing hydrofoil

Hydrofoiling wingsail catamaran 17
Rohan Veal sailing a Bladerider
Glide Free Foils on a Laser sailing dinghy
AC45f sailing on hydrofoils with one daggerboard raised above the water.
The iFlY15 sailing on its stabilized four daggerboard hydrofoils.
L'hydroptère experimental hydrofoil.

Sailboat with wing-like foils mounted under the hull.

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Boat propelled partly or entirely by sails and is smaller than a sailing ship.

A typical monohull sloop with Bermuda rig
Sailboat on Lake Constance, Germany.
A gaff cutter
A catboat
A racing dinghy
A ketch
A gaff topsail schooner
Bermuda rigged sloop at Convict Bay, Bermuda, circa 1879
A yawl
Sailing yacht with a fin keel

All these hull types may also be manufactured as, or outfitted with, hydrofoils.


Multihull boat that comprises a main hull and two smaller outrigger hulls (or "floats") which are attached to the main hull with lateral beams.

USA-17—a 90 ft trimaran, type BOR90.
A traditional paraw double-outrigger sailboat (bangka) from the Philippines
An Iranun lanong, a double-outrigger warship from the Philippines used in the navies of the Sultanates of Maguindanao and Sulu from the 18th to late 19th centuries. They were also commonly used for raids and piracy.
Succession of forms in the development of the Austronesian boat (Mahdi, 1999)
The Balatik, a paraw, a functioning replica of a traditional Austronesian sailing trimaran from the Visayas Islands of the Philippines
Sandeq double-outrigger sailboats with traditional Austronesian crab claw sails in Majene, West Sulawesi, Indonesia
LoeRea, 60-foot (18-metre) trimaran used in the movie, Waterworld.
Weta Trimaran racing in the High Sierra Regatta
HSC Bajamar Express
Trimaran warship, USS Independence
Nokia in 2005, a {{convert|60|ft|m|adj=mid|-long}} trimaran, built for the Open Ocean Performance Sixties (ORMA 60) series.
Banque Populaire V in 2009. At the time, the largest maxi-trimaran and holding the 24 hours distance and transatlantic records.
Foldable trimaran with the floats in extended position.
A home-built cruising trimaran under construction in 1972.
Speedboat Earthrace at a dock in Malmö, Sweden.
MV Gojira at port in Hobart, Tasmania.
X3K at Bali Strait in Indonesia.
Stern view of Independence

Hydroptère, an experimental sailing hydrofoil trimaran, briefly reached 56.3 kn near Fos-sur-Mer, but capsized and turtled shortly thereafter.

Moth (dinghy)

Small development class of sailing dinghy.

An International Moth Class sailing hydrofoil flying over the water.

Originally a small, fast home-built sailing boat designed to plane, since 2000 it has become an expensive and largely commercially-produced boat designed to hydroplane on foils though many are still built at home, typically at much lower cost.


Multi-hulled watercraft featuring two parallel hulls of equal size.

A Formula 16 beachable catamaran
Powered catamaran passenger ferry at Salem, Massachusetts, United States
1827 depiction of Tahitian pahi war-canoes by Giulio Ferrario
Succession of forms in the development of the Austronesian boat (Mahdi, 1999)
Hōkūleʻa, a modern replica of a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe—an Austronesian innovation
Model of a Fijian drua with a crab-claw sail from the Otago Museum
Nathaniel Herreshoff's 31 ft long catamaran, Duplex, on the River Thames—built in 1877
Hobie 16 beachable catamaran
Vangohh Seafarer, a catamaran motor yacht berthed at Straits Quay, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
A SWATH ship has twin hulls (blue) that remain completely submerged
HSV-2 Swift, a wave-piercing catamaran, built by Incat in Tasmania, Australia
Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 Aotearoa on foils in San Francisco Bay
Tûranor PlanetSolar, a wave-piercing solar-powered cruising catamaran in Hamburg, Germany
Gitana 13, an ocean-racing catamaran
Catamarans for whitewater sports. Picture was taken in Altai, Russia
A cruising catamaran
HSC Francisco; the world's fastest passenger ship
US Naval Ship Spearhead (JHSV-1) during sea trials in 2012

The foiling Nacra 17 was used in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were held in 2021; after the 2015 adoption of the Nacra 15 as a Youth World Championships class and as a new class for the Youth Olympic Games.

2021 America's Cup

The latest staging of the America's Cup yacht race.

America 1851, by James Bard
An official 36th America's Cup souvenir shop in Auckland CBD, New Zealand
Francesco Bruni, the helmsman of Luna Rossa.

Both boats are AC75 class high-performance foiling monohulls, a class designed specifically for this competition.

Nacra 17

Performance catamaran used for sailing.

A Formula 16 beachable catamaran

The Nacra has been converted to a sailing hydrofoil for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


SailGP's logo
The F50s of the Japan and United States SailGP teams foiling in New York Harbour at the New York Sail Grand Prix - part of SailGP's inaugural 2019 season.
New Zealand SailGP Team competing in the United States Grand Prix in March 2022 on San Francisco Bay.
Australian, Chinese and British SailGP teams.

SailGP is an international sailing competition using high performance F50 foiling catamarans, where teams compete across a season of multiple grands prix around the world.


Racing yacht used in the 2021 America's Cup match and planned to be used for the 37th America's Cup and 38th America's Cup matches.

Ineos Team UK AC75

wing-like sailing hydrofoils mounted under the hull, a soft wingsail, and no keel.

Hobie Cat

Company that manufactures sailing catamarans, surfboards, sailboats, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and pedalboards as the Hobie Cat Company.

Two Hobie cats sailing in St Vaast, Normandy, France
Hobie 16
Hobie 17
Hobie Getaway, a design with rotomolded plastic hulls

This sailing hydrofoil stands as the most unusual of Hobie Cat's boats.


Windsurfing class selected by World Sailing to replace the RS:X for the 2024 Summer Olympics.


The rider has a choice between using a hydrofoil or a conventional 68 cm fin.