Here is a page about him from foils.org: http://www.foils.org/bradfield.htm
Dr. Sams company website: https://sites.google.../HydroSail-Home
Here are just three of his boats, the 16' Rave, 40' Skat and the 18' Osprey:
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Well said, hope he had the chance see the advance in foiling over the last few weeks.
I just hope he was able to hear and rejoice in the new of Vestas Sailrockets new record run. That would be such a great validation of his faith and enduring work into foiling under sail. I think that the Vestas record should be a tribute to Sam and all his brilliance.
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Dr Sams magic wand controlled foils have left us all richer. To the father of foiling for many decades, Thank you. It would be nice if the AC foilers acknowledged his pioneering. PS does anyone know what happened to Scat?
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As a former Rave owner and sometime operator of several foiled vessels including the only(?) Hobie 16 T-foiler that Sam's company ever sold, I had a wonderful time doing this. Sam was both an institution and an inspiration.
One sort of wonders if the Oraclized designers of AC17 had paid closer attention to the experience of their predecessors in this science of foiling sailboats. A brilliant research chemist of my acquaintance has this cryptic notice in his office, "Two hours of effort in the library can usually be saved by four months hard work in the laboratory".
To Sam, fair winds and small whitecaps, enough to get the last hull out of the water.