Meet the team

Our team

Sharing a common passion for innovation and speed sailing, the team was built around EPFL, gathering engineers and students with diverse profiles to create this great team.

Xavier Lepercq

Xavier Lepercq

Co-Founder - Chief Engineer

Mayeul van den Broek

Mayeul van den Broek

Co-Founder - Project Manager

Benoît Gaudiot

Benoît Gaudiot

Co-Founder - Sailor

Xavier Lepercq

Co-Founder – Chief Engineer

Mechanical Engineer specialized in structure mechanics, graduated from EPFL in 2017, he performed a master thesis at Thales Alenia Space aiming at simulating a complex composite structure. Xavier is the chief engineer of the project. Thanks to his creativity, engineering skills and multiple experiences in marine and composite material automated manufacturing, he developed a program to predict the boat behavior, demonstrating the potential of the project.

Email : x.lepercq@sp80.ch

Phone CH : +41 (0) 78 741 72 59

Mayeul van den Broek

Co-Founder – Project Manager

Thanks to his multiple experiences in nautical and technical projects, (circumvention of the Isle of Skye on a beach catamaran, design of solar powered floats in Japan) Mayeul is the project manager of SP80. He is in charge of partner relations, sponsorship and communication. His passion for water sports and his EPFL engineering degree in mechanical design and fluid dynamics enable him to take part in the boat development with Xavier and Benoit.

Email : m.vandenbroek@sp80.ch

Phone CH : +41 (0) 78 672 92 78

Phone FR : +33 (0)6 18 40 92 78

Benoît Gaudiot

Co-Founder & Association President – Sailor 

Current owner of the world speed sailing record for the 18 and under category (51 knots), winner of the Weymouth Speed Week 2014 and former member of the French kitesurfing team, Benoit is the SP80 test pilot: he is currently studying mechanical engineering at EPFL and is the perfect link between SP80 and EPFL research labs. He also took a very important role in the boat design thanks to his ability to bridge his practical kitesurf expertise and technical knowledge.

Email : b.gaudiot@sp80.ch

Phone FR : +33 (0)7 86 78 05 67

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Romain Bezeaud

Romain Bezeaud

Cockpit design

Thomas Velin

Thomas Velin

Power management system

Florentin Fellay

Florentin Fellay

Cockpit design

Aurore Kerr

Aurore Kerr

Structure numerical study

Lison Marthey

Lison Marthey

Structure experimental study

Rafael Fuzzati

Rafael Fuzzati

Structure numerical study

Alexis Couturier

Alexis Couturier

Structure numerical study

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Romain Bezeaud

Cockpit design

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Thomas Velin

Power management system

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Florentin Fellay

Cockpit design

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Aurore Kerr

Association Secretary – Structure numerical study

Aurore is an EPFL mechanical engineer, as well as an active volunteer in two sailing associations. This experience has given her the perfect tools to contribute to the team. She has done her Master thesis during the fall semester 2019 on super-ventilated profiles and hopes to bring also some of her soft skills to the project, such as communication.

Email : a.kerr@sp80.ch

Lison Marthey

Structure experimental study

Student in materials engineering at EPFL.

Rafael Fuzzati

Structure numerical study

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Alexis Couturier

Structure numerical study

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Romain Paridant

Romain Paridant

Production team leader

Océane Suchel

Océane Suchel

Production management

Blaise Ribon

Blaise Ribon

Production management

Tanguy Desjardin

Tanguy Desjardin

Production management

Charles Cantenot

Charles Cantenot

Production management

Augustin Million

Augustin Million

Production management

Baptiste Bayle

Baptiste Bayle

Production management

Romain Paridant

Production team leader

After having sailed in competition, Romain followed the rapid evolution of foiling boats with great attention. He also worked in the field of composites. Engineer in Microtechnology, he graduated with a Masters degree from the HES-SO in 2019. The subject of his master thesis was the characterization of the hyperelastic behavior of a material using finite element simulation. It is with great motivation that he will take part in the simulation and composite teams.

Email : r.paridant@sp80.ch

Océane Suchel

Production management

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Blaise Ribon

Production management

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL. 

Email : b.ribon@sp80.ch

Tanguy Desjardin

Production management

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Charles Cantenot

Production management

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Augustin Million

Association Vice-President – Production management

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Baptiste Bayle

Production management

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Charles de Sarnez

Charles de Sarnez

Fluid dynamics team leader

Gabriel Bessette

Gabriel Bessette

Hulls numerical study

Anaëlle Manon

Anaëlle Manon

Hulls experimental study

Jules Angebault

Jules Angebault

Kite numerical study

Thomas Ramseier

Thomas Ramseier

Hydrofoils numerical study

Charles De Sarnez

Fluid dynamics team leader

Passionate about offshore sailing, Charles has always dreamed of building sailboats and SP80 was a perfect way to start. He is the leader of the fluid dynamics team and is personally working on the numerical optimization of the super-ventilated foils. He is currently finishing a master in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Email : c.desarnez@sp80.ch

Gabriel Bessette

Hulls numerical study

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Anaëlle Manon

Hulls experimental study

Msc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Email : a.manon@sp80.ch

Jules Angebault

Kite numerical study

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at HES-SO Genève.

Thomas Ramseier

Hydrofoils numerical study

Student in mathematics engineering at EPFL.

Isaac Holmes-Gentle

Isaac Holmes-Gentle

Prototyping team leader

Marius de Mourgues

Marius de Mourgues

Prototyping team leader

Georges-Henri Gaillard

Georges-Henri Gaillard

Prototyping

Tim Grimont

Tim Grimont

Prototyping

Basile Thiercelin

Basile Thiercelin

Prototyping

Gabriel Madie

Gabriel Madie

Prototyping

Pauline Nicolas

Pauline Nicolas

Prototyping

Xavier Groux

Xavier Groux

Prototyping

Joao Barini

Joao Barini

Prototyping

Isaac Holmes-Gentle

Prototyping team leader

Postdoctoral researcher at EPFL.

Marius de Mourgues

Prototyping team leader

Student in materials engineering at EPFL.

Georges-Henri Gaillard

Prototyping

Mechanical engineer graduated from HE-Arc.

Tim Grimont

Prototyping

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Basile Thiercelin

Prototyping

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Gabriel Madie

Association Treasurer – Prototyping

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Pauline Nicolas

Prototyping

Student in materials engineering at EPFL.

Xavier Groux

Prototyping

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Joao Barini

Prototyping

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Benjamin Bonnal

Benjamin Bonnal

Electronics team leader

Nicolas Feppon

Nicolas Feppon

Prototype electronics

Timothé Peter

Timothé Peter

Prototype electronics

Isaac Holmes-Gentle

Isaac Holmes-Gentle

Prototype electronics

Benjamin Bonnal

Electronics team leader

Microengineer graduated from EPFL in 2018, Benjamin has started his career in UAV embedded electronics. Benjamin is now pursuing a PhD in electronics for the embedded medical industry. Thanks to his origins in Britany Benjamin has been sailing Dinghies from a very young age and the passion has never faded. His role in the SP80 project is to overview the implementation of telemetry and electrical systems to monitor the boat and its performance.

Email : b.bonnal@sp80.ch

Nicolas Feppon

Prototype electronics

Msc student in microengineering at EPFL.

Timothé Peter

Prototype electronics

Engineer graduated from microengineering at EPFL.

Isaac Holmes-Gentle

Prototype electronics

Postdoctoral researcher at EPFL.

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Aurore Kerr

Aurore Kerr

Communication team leader

Zoé Daguin

Zoé Daguin

Newsletter co-author

Anaëlle Manon

Anaëlle Manon

Video editor

Océane Suchel

Océane Suchel

Social network manager

Tim Grimont

Tim Grimont

Translator

Tanguy Desjardin

Tanguy Desjardin

Social network manager

Guillaume Fischer

Guillaume Fischer

Photographs and videos

Aurore Kerr

Association Secretary – Communication team leader

Aurore is an EPFL mechanical engineer, as well as an active volunteer in two sailing associations. This experience has given her the perfect tools to contribute to the team. She has done her Master thesis during the fall semester 2019 on super-ventilated profiles and hopes to bring also some of her soft skills to the project, such as communication.

Email : a.kerr@sp80.ch

Zoé Daguin

Newsletter co-author

Zoé studied hydrodynamics and maritime transportation at Centrale Nantes and then came to EPFL for a master degree in mechanical engineering. Her previous internship experiences in management, offshore wind energy and mechanical design applied to microfluidic devices have provided her with relevant skills to take part in this adventure. She is currently focused on the management of the project during the launching phase.

Email : z.daguin@sp80.ch

Anaëlle Manon

Video editor

Msc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Email : a.manon@sp80.ch

Océane Suchel

Social network manager

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Tim Grimont

Co-author & translator

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Tanguy Desjardin

Social network manager

Student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Guillaume Fischer

Photographs and videos

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