Team Hydros, a favourite for this year’s World Sailing Championships in Class C in the UK, has already achieved a victory. It will organize the next World Championships in 2015. The 'Little Cup' will be held in September 2015 in Geneva at the Société Nautique de Genève.
Located at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Team Hydros will take part at the Class C World Championships in Falmouth (UK) in September 2013 with two ultra-modern catamaran sailboats. Hydros developed sailboats have achieved several world firsts, including, among others, the use of TPT technology ('Thin Ply Technology'). Consequently, the Swiss team is one of the teams favoured to win.
Hydros has already been awarded the decision to organize the next instalment of the prestigious Class C World Championships, the so-called 'Little America’s Cup.' Jérémie Lagarrigue, in charge of Project Hydros, was delighted: 'We were able to beat out many other applicant countries in the competitive bid. It was the reliability and the attractiveness of our approach that convinced the judges. It is a great honour and accomplishment for our team. We will now fight hard to organize an event at the highest level to share with the general public.'
Vincent Hagin, President of Swiss Sailing, the Swiss Sailing Federation, had this to say: 'This is excellent news for Swiss sailing, for the Société Nautique de Genève and Team Hydros. This event will demonstrate the dynamism of the Swiss sailing, both at the individual and club level, but also for the companies involved. From this amazing platform we will be able to show the best of what the sport of sailing has to offer.'
Founded in 1961, the so-called 'Little America’s Cup' is a symbol of basic research and technological development in the sport of sailing. The boats, which are controlled by two sailors, are allowed a maximum size of 7.62 x 4.2 meters and the sail area must not exceed an area of 27.8 m2.
This simple rule is also the strength of these championships in Class C. For teams and planners, there are no restrictions on the use of the latest technological developments. In fact, Class C catamarans have been using foils and wing masts for more than 30 years. For this reason. there is little doubt that they have also inspired the famous America’s Cup.