LOS ANGELES--Hydrofoils are "wings under water" that substantially increase the speed, maneuverability and stability of many boats, ships and other watercraft by lifting them above the surface and waves through which they might otherwise experience significant resistance, delay and discomfort.
Founded in England in 1970 and based in the United States since 1980, the International Hydrofoil Society (IHS) remains an all-volunteer, not-for-profit society for hydrofoil enthusiasts worldwide who are involved with or fascinated by commercial, recreational or military hydrofoils of many sizes and types including, but not limited to, speedboats, sail boats, race boats, water skis, search and rescue vessels, patrol craft, passenger ferries, cabin cruisers, jetskis and human-powered waterbikes.
Again in 2017, the IHS will award its annual Mandles Prize for Hydrofoil Excellence in recognition of hydrofoil engineering, design or construction achievement by college and university students. The $2,500 Prize and up to two $1,000 Honorable Mentions are awarded to winning entries from individual students or groups of up to six students with the signature of a faculty advisor endorsing each submission. Rules and other details are accessible at the home page of the Web site of the Society, www.foils.org, under "Mandles Prize." Time is of the essence, so questions and submissions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous recipients of the Prize and these Honorable Mentions attend or attended the Australian Maritime College, Cedarville University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Genoa, United States Naval Academy, and Webb Institute.
The namesake and benefactors of these awards are Connie and Martinn Mandles of Los Angeles, CA. In the early 1960s, Martinn was the first co-pilot of Boeing's only jet-powered hydrofoil research hydroplane, and then of the Navy's unique Boeing-built and operated high-speed research hydrofoil, FRESH-1. After completing his engineering degree at Stanford University, receiving his commission as a military officer and serving in Vietnam, Martinn became the first captain of the Navy's prototype hydrofoil gunboat, the Boeing-built USS Tucumcari, in 1968. Thereafter, he served as a career executive en route to becoming chairman of ABM Industries Incorporated (NYSE:ABM), and as an independent trustee of several large estates.