A breakthrough in foiling technology
flying at up to 30 knots,
Voilavion is performant, stable and easy to handle

New project of Magnard Innovation – Befoil 16

A safe and accessible foiling catamaran for sailing schools and beginners

About Voilavion

An R&D project testing different foil and mast innovations 

We are a team of professionals from different industries that came together to work on Voilavion project
An idea of foiling catamaran with a tiliting mast came from windsurfing where at high speed surfers tend to lean the sail against the wind enabling it to operate as an airplane wing and have the board take off
Voilavion is not only about performance and stability but also about fine lines and exceptional design
Voilavion is a new foiling catamaran that is performant but incredibly stable and easy to handle
4 hyfrofoils mean even more stability and control over the boat
Tilting Mast Advantage: Lifting Effect
35º Tilting Mast is an innovation that enables Voilavion to take off easily and to fly with a great stability
Tilting Mast Advantage: Stability

Prototype Technical Specifications

Top Speed30 kn
Length18 ft
Width14 ft
Weight200 kg
Mast36 ft carbon fibre & Pebeo
Mast tilting angle35˚
Sail23 m²
HullClass A
Construction MaterialsCarbon Fibre, E-Glass
Foils2 T-Foils with adjustable wand and 2 rudders
Flying height80 cm

Voilavion Team

We are a team of professionals from different industries, who really love what we do!

Igor Schlumberger
Board Member

Igor is a renowned entrepreneur in the e-commerce industry. He launched Leguide.com back in 1998, he co-founded PrestaShop, Videomark and VideoDesk. Igor is a board member and advisor for various successful startups and the International School of Paris. 

Christian Contzen
Board Member

As the former Renault Marketing Manager and the General Manager of Renault Sport F1, he brought his team to the victory during 6 world championships. His excellent knowledge of the disruptive innovations within various industries is an exceptional asset for Voilavion project. 

Aymeric Belloir

Professional sailor for 20 years, expert in offshore single handed sailing and multihulls, he navigated countless miles all around the world. He has completed several seasons in Figaro Beneteau monotype and Classe Mini. He won the famous "Mini Transat" in 2013. Aymeric is in charge of testing Voilavion and increasing its level of performance.

Sofya Zamolina
Events & Communication

Sofya has several years' experience working with international sailing events such as Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup. Fluent in 5 languages and an expert in communication, Sofya is taking care of organising the event and promotional activities for Voilavion.

Benjamin Magnard
Founder and CEO

Benjamin is an entrepreneur passionate about innovation. As a founder of Alapage (the online bookstore) and Educlever.com (the personalized online education), he is one of the pioneers of the Internet in France. As a part of Magnard Innovation, one of his start-ups, he is in charge of developing several cutting-edge sports and leisure projects. While practicing windsurfing, Benjamin got an idea of a sail boat with a tilting mast that would make a sail serve as a wing, and make the boat fly. Some years later, the first prototype of Voilavion was created. To date, he registered more than six patents contributing to the world of foiling. Voilavion is about stability and easy handling.


Claude Tisserand
French pioneer in hydrofoils. Voilavion consultant
Matthieu Kerhuel
The scientist in hydrodynamics and consultant for Voilavion

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