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

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Augustin Million

Augustin Million

Topology optimization

Florentin Fellay

Florentin Fellay

Cockpit design

Gabriel Bessette

Gabriel Bessette

Topology optimization

Hugo Penichou

Hugo Penichou

Power management system

Romain Bezeaud

Romain Bezeaud

Cockpit design

Thomas Velin

Thomas Velin

Power management system

Tim Grimont

Tim Grimont

Power management system

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Passionate about motorsport, former international karting racer, suspension engineer and driver of the DUT19 from Formula Student Team Delft, Etienne is now studying mechanical engineering at EPFL.
He wanted to tackle a new challenge in an unknown field when he joined SP80 in the mechanical team, where he can use his experience to bring a different approach meanwhile learning from the team about the sailing world.

Email : e.mordret@sp80.ch

Augustin Million

Association Vice President – Topology optimization

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Email : a.million@sp80.ch

Florentin Fellay

Cockpit design

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Gabriel Bessette

Topology optimization

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Hugo Penichou

Power management system

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Romain Bezeaud

Cockpit design

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Thomas Velin

Power management system

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Tim Grimont

Power management system

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Romain Paridant

Romain Paridant

Prototyping team leader

Blaise Ribon

Blaise Ribon

Mechanical systems

Gabriel Madie

Gabriel Madie

Mechanical systems

Georges-Henri Gaillard

Georges-Henri Gaillard

Hulls manufacturing

Robin Maeder

Robin Maeder

Manufacturing consultant

César Toussaint

César Toussaint

Mechanical systems

Charles Cantenot

Charles Cantenot

Mechanical systems

Océane Suchel

Océane Suchel

Mechanical systems

Tanguy Desjardin

Tanguy Desjardin

Mechanical systems

Basile Thiercelin

Basile Thiercelin

Mechanical systems

Romain Paridant

Prototyping 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

Blaise Ribon

Mechanical systems

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL. 

Email : b.ribon@sp80.ch

Gabriel Madie

Association Treasurer – Mechanical systems

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Email : g.madie@sp80.ch

Georges-Henri Gaillard

Hulls manufacturing

Mechanical engineer graduated from HE-Arc.

Robin Maeder

Manufacturing consultant

Boatbuilder at Jack Beck.

César Toussaint

Mechanical systems

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Charles Cantenot

Mechanical systems

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Océane Suchel

Mechanical systems

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Tanguy Desjardin

Mechanical systems

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Basile Thiercelin

Mechanical systems

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Charles de Sarnez

Charles de Sarnez

Fluid dynamics team leader

Aurore Kerr

Aurore Kerr

Experimental fluid dynamics

Adrien Ninin

Adrien Ninin

Kite numerical simulations

Anaëlle Manon

Anaëlle Manon

Hulls numerical simulations

Antoine Vittet

Antoine Vittet

Experimental fluid dynamics

Jules Angebault

Jules Angebault

Hulls design

Joao Barini

Joao Barini

Kite numerical simulations

Xavier Groux

Xavier Groux

Kite numerical simulations

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

Aurore Kerr

Association Secretary – Experimental fluid dynamics

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

Adrien Ninin

Kite numerical simulations

Msc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Email : a.ninin@sp80.ch

Anaëlle Manon

Hulls numerical simulations

Msc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Email : a.manon@sp80.ch

Antoine Vittet

Experimental fluid dynamics

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Jules Angebault

Hulls design

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at HES-SO Genève.

Joao Barini

Kite numerical simulations

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Xavier Groux

Kite numerical simulations

Bsc 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

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

David Sanchez

David Sanchez

Velocity prediction program

Adrian Breitenmoser

Adrian Breitenmoser

Velocity prediction program

David Sanchez

Velocity prediction program

Msc student in electrical engineering at EPFL.

Adrian Breitenmoser

Velocity prediction program

Engineer from HES in Yverdon in Industrial Systems, Adrian has already been working in the past with the team during the 2016 Hydrocontest, attaining great results during the event. His good understainding of boat behavior, as well as his coding skills were of great help to create our in-house velocity prediction program (VPP), an essential tool to capture the stability and perfomances of the boat.

Email : a.breitenmoser@sp80.ch

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

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

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.

Etienne Mordret

Etienne Mordret

Mechanical systems team leader

Aurore Kerr

Aurore Kerr

Communication team leader

David Sanchez

David Sanchez

Articles author

Zoé Daguin

Zoé Daguin

Newsletter co-author

Anaëlle Manon

Anaëlle Manon

Film editor

Blaise Ribon

Blaise Ribon

Newsletter co-author

Océane Suchel

Océane Suchel

Social network manager

Tim Grimont

Tim Grimont

Translator

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

David Sanchez

Articles author

Msc student in electrical engineering at EPFL.

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

Blaise Ribon

Newsletter co-author

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Email : b.ribon@sp80.ch

Océane Suchel

Social network manager

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

Tim Grimont

Translator

Bsc student in mechanical engineering at EPFL.

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