!Climate Crisis Shipping! Canard Wingsail R&D

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We are in a climate crisis!  Shipping is currently responsible for over 3% of global C02 emissions. This is significant! Shipping is expanding all the time, especially in the Arctic, as with the climate crisis the summer Arctic sea ice melts more and more each year. 

Shipping has only recently been regulated for C02 emissions  and other pollutants. Wind-assisted propulsion refers to sails of some kind being added or built into ships so that they use their engines less. Wingsails are one option. They are a bit like vertical aeroplane wings stuck onto ships.

Canard Wingsail, using a globally unique wingsail design, sees itself as part of the solution for a radically sustainable future for shipping -including less big ships! Canard Wingsail is based near Plymouth in the UK, but is poised for international impact!

This first round of  funding is for the preparation of technical data and drawings, ready for analysing and assessing the proposed wing sail design by using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The CFD analysis itself is a later stage of the Research and Development (R&D) for Canard Wingsail.

This round of funding covers the materials and time of Bob the engineer and Matthew the marketer of CW and manager / promoter of the GoFundMe campaign. This is several weeks' work.

We will keep in touch with all donors to this funding round. We want to build a sense of community around Canard. You will also be invited to all donor events, the first of which will be announced as soon as COVID-19 conditions allow. The first event will likely be a meal out somewhere, where we can all get to know each other and discuss our visions of a more sustainable world.

Don't hesitate to get in touch to ask any questions about Canard Wingsail.

We are also very pleased to announce that we are now members of the non-profit organisation, the International Windship Association  (IWSA).

Together with all its members which range from the radical and cutting edge to the corporate, the IWSA is making great strides towards bringing the shipping industry to zero carbon emissions, in a soon-as-possible timeframe. This includes supporting sail cargo options as well as wind-assist technologies on engine-driven ships.


The wingsail can also be used on smaller coastal and inland ships and boats, an increase in which could contribute to C02 emissions reductions by taking lorries off the roads, especially when combined with hydrogen-driven ships -if the electricity supply is C02-neutral.

Canard Wingsail is Robert Vincent (a design engineer and a very experienced mariner) and Matthew Lepley (a writer, marketer, communicator and activist, including with Extinction Rebellion).

Canard Wingsail has a drive up to 40% greater than a conventional wingsail.  Below are examples of the wingsail in application.


Business accounts will be transparent / available for viewing by donors to Canard Wingsail.

Your gratefully received funds will be used on an ongoing basis for:

* Wages for Bob and Matt (and later, the growing team)

* Technical materials for Bob

* Marketing across diverse platforms, including social media posting, video-marketing and fund-raising

* Copious tea and biscuits

More info:

The government-commissioned Absolute Zero UK report says all airports need to shut by 2050 & engine-driven freight shipping needs to end by 2050, to meet the IPCC CO2 emissions reduction targets for a liveable planet.  

Canard Wingsail, the IWSA and associated wind-assisted propulsion companies are vital in the interim period between now and then.


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    • £5 
    • 12 d
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    • £10 
    • 14 d
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    • £20 
    • 14 d
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Organizer and beneficiary

Matthew Lepley 
North Tawton, South West England, United Kingdom
Robert Vincent 
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