Gimson & Burnet selected for Tokyo Olympics

Artemis sponsored duo, John Gimson and Anna Burnet, have been selected to represent Team GB in the foiling Nacra 17 class at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Having just finished a gruelling trials which has involved performing at almost every regatta in the last year, the team now has the opportunity to focus on training and development in the six month build-up to the Olympic Games. The pair, who are hotly tipped to medal in Tokyo, will spend a lot of time in Japan, learning the nuances of the Olympic venue and refining techniques and equipment to suit the Enoshima conditions.

Artemis Technologies CEO, and double Olympic champion and silver medallist, Iain Percy OBE, who has been a mentor to the pair, will take on a more formal coaching role starting at the World Championships in Geelong, Australia in February. The wider team at Artemis Technologies will continue to provide technical support.

Nico Rousselon, Head of CFD Services at Artemis Technologies, commented:

“As the first ever foiling class to compete at the Olympics, it felt very natural for Artemis Technologies to support John and Anna towards their dream of winning Olympic gold. It has been interesting to use our computational tools to understand such a dynamic boat.”

Foiling in the Olympics
The Nacra 17 was designed in 2011, and after a competition of the world’s leading multihulls, the boat was selected by World Sailing as the Olympic class mixed crew multihull for the 2016 Rio Games.

In Rio the boats were fitted with C foils designed to lift the hulls so they virtually skimmed along the surface. However, soon after the 2016 Olympics, a decision was made to evolve the boat, to fully foiling for the 2020 Tokyo Games, combining Z foils with T foil rudders. These foils can lift the hulls out of the water in only 6-7 knots of wind leading to exciting racing. 

Anna Burnet commented:

"The foiling Nacra 17 is definitely a challenging boat to sail because the foils are not the most tolerant and we don’t have an active control system. In order to achieve stable foiling we have to be perfectly in time with body movement, foil settings and sail trim. The Olympic venue, Enoshima, often has a serious sea state and the biggest challenge in these boats is learning to foil in ocean waves!"

John Gimson commented:

“We are extremely grateful for Artemis Technologies’ help. The tools and expertise they have are unrivalled and have given us a much better understanding of our boat and the complex problems it presents.”