Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

Hydros to tackle trio of specific challenges

by Bernard Schopfer on 29 Mar 2013
Lac Léman (SUI) - Magnifique performancedu catamaran Hydroptère.ch sur le parcours du Ruban Bleu © Loris von Siebenthal/HYDROS
Team Hydros grew by leaps and bounds as an organization in 2012, but now it’s time to get serious. In the coming months, Hydros will tackle three specific challenges: the HydroCup, the HydroContest and setting new records with the 'l’Hydroptère.ch'. This is an opportunity to take stock of things!

Located at the École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL), Team Hydros is continuing its development work and is in the process of implementing its vision: 'Research and Performance for a Better Environment.' The entire team is now assembled and some sailors are already training on the Mediterranean in Grande-Motte, France, to prepare for the International C-Class Championship which takes place later this year. The technical team of Hydros is also readying the 'l’Hydroptère.ch' for new speed records on Lake Geneva. Lastly, the preparations for the global competition among technical universities, the HydroContest, is in full swing. Team Hydros has also tested out a prototype of the starter kit that student teams will receive in advance of the contest.

'L’Hydroptère.ch', the flying laboratory ship, has left its winter quarters. Over the winter, several improvements were made in order to gain performance and stability. Stéphane Dyen, design manager and a sailor himself explains: 'We are constantly working to improve the performance of l'Hydroptère.ch. While we relentlessly fine tune how the hydrofoils operate, we’re also improving our knowledge regarding the effects of various parameters such as the size of the wings.' The design office of HDS (Hervé Devaux Structures) in Brest, France, is carrying out the structural analysis.

In the coming days, the sailors of the 'L’Hydroptère.ch' will take aim on their main objective this season: The speed record on the route Geneva – Le Bouveret – Geneva, the Geneva 'Blue Ribbon'.

Jérémie Lagarrigue, Billy Besson and the two Dutch masters Mischa Heemskerk and Bastiaan Tentij are currently in Grande-Motte, France, in order to prepare for the International Class C Championship which will take place in Great Britain in September.

The technical team is currently working to mount the first test boat, the catamaran 'Nacra F20 Carbon'. New insights are hoped to be gained from this boat, before the final boats go into construction. These will be built by Htdros’ partners Décision SA based in Ecublens, Switzerland.

Jérémie Lagarrigue, in charge of Hydros, explains: 'We’re still in a phase of adjustment. But the initial results have been positive. The boat with the new hydrofoils is already faster than the previous model.' The rigid wings as well as the hydrofoils use TPT (Thin Ply Technology) which bring significant performance gains and have been jointly developed through a partnership between VPLP (Van Peteghem and Lauriot Prévost), HDS and Hydros.

Regardless of the performance of the two participating teams at HydrosCup in Great Britain, the next instalment of the Cup will be held at the «Société Nautique de Genève in September 2015. This week, Hydros learned that its bid for the cup was successful thanks to the professionalism and attractiveness of its proposal. The bid was won against a very strong international More Information

Alongside the two projects mentioned above, Hydros has launched a worldwide competition aimed at students of technical universities, the HydroContest. The challenge students are faced with is to construct a boat that is both fast and also energy efficient thanks to the use of foils. This project is supported by the SIG, Geneva’s Industrial Services, and will inspire future architects and engineers and also raise awareness about renewable energies and environment issues.

Hydros will provide students a starter kit that they either improve or use as the basis for their own solution. The HydroContest is an innovative project that demands a lot from students: collaboration, performance and creativity. The first version of the starter kit is currently being tested. Universities will learn more about the contest in the coming weeks. The competition begins in September.

Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Naiad/Oracle SupplierZhik Dinghy 660x82

Related Articles

RORC Transatlantic Race – Maserati Multi70 now 660 miles from finish
The shore team and organisers are already in situ, preparing a warm welcome for the crews of the two trimarans. The shore team and organisers are already in situ, preparing a warm welcome for the crews of the two trimarans who will be exhausted after racing across the ocean at high speeds for such an extended period.
Posted today at 4:40 pm
Vendée Globe – Eliès in line for Southern Ocean bruising
Yann Eliès was doing all he could to slow his raceboat in a bid to reduce the impact of a violent Southern Ocean storm. French sailor Yann Eliès was today doing all he could to slow his 60ft raceboat in a bid to reduce the impact of a violent Southern Ocean storm heading straight for him.
Posted today at 4:09 pm
RORC Transatlantic Race – Phaedo3 prepares to land
Mike Slade's Maxi 100 Leopard 3 is racing against the clock in an assault on the race record. Mike Slade's Maxi 100 Leopard 3 is racing against the clock in an assault on the race record. The IRC Fleet and Class40 Division are getting a savage taste of ocean racing.
Posted today at 11:53 am
America's Cup - Kiwi lodges Appeal against Jury in San Francisco Cup
Former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell (NZL) has lodged an Appeal against a Decision to dismiss his case Former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell (NZL) has lodged an Appeal against a Decision to dismiss his case taken against the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. On October 28, 2016, US District Judge Vince Chhabria dismissed Mitchell's claim against the five-person International Jury on the basis that it was lodged too late.
Posted today at 10:26 am
Melges 24 Worlds - Day 3 - A new day, the same leader - Irish Embarr
December has started with another sparkling day of sailing for Melges 24 fleet, competing in Miami for Melges 24 Worlds December has started with another sparkling day of sailing for the Melges 24 fleet, competing in Miami for the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship. A day of lighter breeze same way allowed to add three more races to the series and brought about major changes to the overall ranking.
Posted today at 5:31 am
Melges 24 World Championship - Day 2 action-shots by Pierrick Contin
Pierrick Contin was on water at 2016 Melges 24 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. Photographer Pierrick Contin was on water at 2016 Melges 24 World Championship - Miami and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.
Posted today at 4:14 am
Yacht Racing Forum- A top-to-bottom analysis of a fast-evolving sport
The Yacht Racing Forum in Malta brought together 280 delegates from around the world to discuss the future of the sport The sport of sailing is so diverse it would be impossible to address all the issues, opportunities and challenges. But the gathering of just over 280 delegates from around the world gave it a good try, as they packed in two very intense days of debate and discussion at the eighth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum in Malta.
Posted on 1 Dec
Vendee Globe- Cat and Mouse as leaders dodge Kerguelen Islands
Some of the most amazing sailing footage has just been posted on the web. Some of the most amazing sailing footage has just been posted on the web. If you have ever wondered what it looks like out there is the middle of the open ocean thousands of miles from land sailing an IMOCA 60 at full speed, wonder no more. The french navy stationed at Kerguelen Island intercepted the two leading boats in the Vendée Globe and captured some incredible footage.
Posted on 1 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race – Maserati Multi70 now 1,000 miles off Grenada
Multi70 continues her race W/SW to the finish-line off Grenada having spent the last 12 hours making an impressive speed Now at the 22nd parallel north, Maserati Multi70 continues her race W/SW to the finish-line off Grenada, having spent the last 12 hours making an impressive average speed of 30 knots with peaks of 40, thanks to the L-foil and T-foil rudder on her port side.
Posted on 1 Dec
Vendée Globe – Day 26 – New twist as Thomson takes back top spot
Alex Thomson is once again at the front of the fleet after successfully hunting down arch rival Armel Le Cléac'h. Four days after French sailor Le Cléac'h moved into pole position in the solo non-stop round the world race, Thomson reclaimed control once more as the epic duel between the two skippers continued.
Posted on 1 Dec