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Finding our vision in an ocean of possibilities

Finding our vision in an ocean of possibilities

In this article series, Xavier Lepercq, SP80 co-founder and technical manager, shares his thoughts on boat design, speed sailing, and the world speed record. Reaching 80 knots on the water with the wind as sole source of power is an incredible technical challenge. The pursuit to break the world speed record has led him to question architectural codes that are currently the standard within the sailing world.

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Focus on foils and superventilation

Focus on foils and superventilation

Since the beginning of the SP80 adventure, optimization and research on superventilating hydrofoils are at the heart of the project and mobilize many resources. Let’s focus on our researches to go beyond the wall of cavitation!

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Forum EPFL, a strong support for our students

Forum EPFL, a strong support for our students

For the past two years, Europe’s largest recruitment fair, Forum EPFL, has been committed to support students’ projects related to SP80 and the quest to beat  the world sailing speed record.As educational training has always been at the heart of our adventure, it is crucial for us that our students carry out their academic projects in the best possible conditions.

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Infographics: How do we shape our boat?

Infographics: How do we shape our boat?

After 40’000+ hours of design, we are finally building our little rocket! The first tests on the water will take place in 2022…are you excited ? We are too !
In the meantime, here are the main construction steps.

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Interview with Don Montague

Interview with Don Montague

Kitesurfing pioneer and born inventor, Don Montague held a discussion with SP80 team, sharing his experience and learned about our project to break the world speed sailing record: a stirring and instructive exchange!

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Interview with Martin Fischer

Interview with Martin Fischer

We had the privilege of meeting with a figure widely regarded as a point person for the sailing world, and a leading authority on flying boats: Martin Fischer. . He offered his point of view on the progression of foils today and his thoughts on SP80…

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In the footsteps of the Hydroptère

In the footsteps of the Hydroptère

SP80 being set up by engineers and students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), was not a chance happening. Back before our venture was even an idea, back when our team members considered themselves sailing novices at best,…

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SP80 becoming a case study for EPFL lessons

SP80 becoming a case study for EPFL lessons

The team’s enthusiasm for chasing and breaking the world’s speed record has started to spread among EPFL’s student community as well. SP80’s strong willed and determined spirit has inspired three Masters students in Mechanical Engineering…

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SP80: Award-winning design

SP80: Award-winning design

Yesterday, 20th of February, the SP80 project was presented with the 2019 Design Foiling Award at the prize giving ceremony held in Milan, Italy…

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SP80 at the Yacht Racing Forum 2019

SP80 at the Yacht Racing Forum 2019

Held in Bilbao on the 25th and 26th of November 2019, the Yacht Racing Forum gathered a variety of personalities from the sailing world to discuss business and the future of yacht racing…

read more
Finding our vision in an ocean of possibilities

Finding our vision in an ocean of possibilities

In this article series, Xavier Lepercq, SP80 co-founder and technical manager, shares his thoughts on boat design, speed sailing, and the world speed record. Reaching 80 knots on the water with the wind as sole source of power is an incredible technical challenge. The pursuit to break the world speed record has led him to question architectural codes that are currently the standard within the sailing world.

read more
Focus on foils and superventilation

Focus on foils and superventilation

Since the beginning of the SP80 adventure, optimization and research on superventilating hydrofoils are at the heart of the project and mobilize many resources. Let’s focus on our researches to go beyond the wall of cavitation!

read more
Forum EPFL, a strong support for our students

Forum EPFL, a strong support for our students

For the past two years, Europe’s largest recruitment fair, Forum EPFL, has been committed to support students’ projects related to SP80 and the quest to beat  the world sailing speed record.As educational training has always been at the heart of our adventure, it is crucial for us that our students carry out their academic projects in the best possible conditions.

read more
Infographics: How do we shape our boat?

Infographics: How do we shape our boat?

After 40’000+ hours of design, we are finally building our little rocket! The first tests on the water will take place in 2022…are you excited ? We are too !
In the meantime, here are the main construction steps.

read more
Interview with Don Montague

Interview with Don Montague

Kitesurfing pioneer and born inventor, Don Montague held a discussion with SP80 team, sharing his experience and learned about our project to break the world speed sailing record: a stirring and instructive exchange!

read more
Interview with Martin Fischer

Interview with Martin Fischer

We had the privilege of meeting with a figure widely regarded as a point person for the sailing world, and a leading authority on flying boats: Martin Fischer. . He offered his point of view on the progression of foils today and his thoughts on SP80…

read more
In the footsteps of the Hydroptère

In the footsteps of the Hydroptère

SP80 being set up by engineers and students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), was not a chance happening. Back before our venture was even an idea, back when our team members considered themselves sailing novices at best,…

read more
SP80 becoming a case study for EPFL lessons

SP80 becoming a case study for EPFL lessons

The team’s enthusiasm for chasing and breaking the world’s speed record has started to spread among EPFL’s student community as well. SP80’s strong willed and determined spirit has inspired three Masters students in Mechanical Engineering…

read more
SP80: Award-winning design

SP80: Award-winning design

Yesterday, 20th of February, the SP80 project was presented with the 2019 Design Foiling Award at the prize giving ceremony held in Milan, Italy…

read more
SP80 at the Yacht Racing Forum 2019

SP80 at the Yacht Racing Forum 2019

Held in Bilbao on the 25th and 26th of November 2019, the Yacht Racing Forum gathered a variety of personalities from the sailing world to discuss business and the future of yacht racing…

read more

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