Sure big America's cup cats had done it but under controlled conditions and protected waters, nothing to do it on Ocean conditions and that is what this is all about and Verdier? Verdier is the NA that we can see on the boat (he is a very good sailor too) the one that is at the edge on the development of foils for Ocean racers, not only multihulls but also mnonohulls.
They are testing here on weak to medium winds and pretty much flat seas. Next stage, true medium winds and waves. Cannot wait to see the images. Verdier says that they have yet a lot to learn and I am sure they are learning at a fast pace. Great NA, probably the best in what regards Ocean racers. I bet that Verdier working for VPLP was a decisive factor in choosing VPLP for the design of the new Figaro III ;-)