Befoil story

Voilavion www.voilavion.com ) is a R&D project of Magnard Innovation. Benjamin Magnard, our founder, had an idea to create a foiling boat, designed by the naval architect Xavier Fay. Thanks to a team of professionals, he managed to build a prototype that perfectly foiled from the very first time. In the next years Voilavion tested plenty of different concepts – various foil combinations, tilting masts, jib systems, etc.

In the beginning of 2017 Voilavion received an ADEME prize to finalize the R&D and create a serial product. That's how the new, more international name for Voilavion – Befoil - was born. Together with VPLP we worked hard together to build Befoil 16 – a foiling catamaran for sailing schools. Our goal is to make an affordable and easy boat so that lots of people could start foiling and feeling these incredible sensations. Here we are – starting the serial production of Befoil 16 – the first hybrid foiling catamaran for sailing schools and beginners.

Marc Van Peteghem
VPLP

«Following the 34th America’s Cup, we have seen the huge growth in foiling projects. Thanks to the speed and lightness while foiling, one can get a sensation of being on a magic carpet. Nevertheless, this experience is still reserved for sailing professionals.

Befoil has a goal to make flying on a boat simple and secure for everyone, serving as a foundation for our study.»

Our team

Benjamin Magnard
Founder & CEO
Serial entrepreneur and business angel. Passionate kite-surfer and traveller. Benjamin is the eyes of Befoil.
"So many people dream of flying over the water, but so few could, until now. Our goal is to make everyone feel these incredible sensations - like flying on a magic carpet - by equipping maximum of sailing schools with our boats."
Charles De Lisle
Technical Manager
Young motivated naval architect. Passionate about sailing, Charles is the brain of Befoil.
Alan Le Calvez
Project Manager
Experienced in the offshore oil & gas and renewable industries, accomplished sailor and kitesurfer. Alan is the head of Befoil.
"As a kitefoiler, what pleasantly surprised me from the first tests of Befoil 16 is the sense of safety during the flight and in between, without taking away the sensations and the excitement of the flight"
Guillaume Brenet
Technician
An experienced technicien, Guillaume could build a boat from scratch. He is the hands of Befoil.
"Phase of prototyping really fascinates me. I love building various versions and testing different boat systems to finally create an efficient and simple boat"
Sofya Zamolina
Marketing & Administration
Went around the world couple of times with the Volvo Ocean Race and the America's Cup World Series. Sofya is the heart of Befoil.
«You can't describe the feelings when you fly for the first time – no noise, no splashes, just the sea around you – it's incredible!»

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