THE CO-FOUNDERS

When they met in 2016, Mayeul, Xavier & Benoît set themselves a crazy challenge: to build the fastest sailing boat in the world.

Today, this dream has come true with SP80, an adventure that brings together fifty people around the same goal: to reach 80 knots (150 km/h) solely powered by wind.

THE CO-FOUNDERS

When they met in 2016, Mayeul, Xavier & Benoît set themselves a crazy challenge: to build the fastest sailing boat in the world.

Today, this dream has come true with SP80, an adventure that brings together fifty people around the same goal: to reach 80 knots (150 km/h) solely powered by wind.

Mayeul van den Broek
CEO & Pilot

Mayeul has already acquired multiple experiences in various projects (Atlantic and Pacific crossings under sail, design of floating solar power plants in Japan, study of bio-sourced composites in Bangladesh). He is responsible for project management and relations with partners, but his engineering degree from the EPFL allows him to keep an eye on the technical aspects of the boat.

Benoit Gaudiot
COO & Pilot

Current owner of the World Sailing Speed Record for the 18 and under category (51 knots / 94,45 km/h) and former member of the French kitesurfing team, Benoît is the pilot of the SP80 boat. He is currently doing a master’s degree in fluid and solid mechanics at the EPFL, thus providing the link between SP80 and the school’s research laboratories. His experience of very high speed kitesurfing is essential for the design of the boat.

Xavier Lepercq
CTO

Xavier graduated from EPFL with a specialisation in structural mechanics in 2017 and is the chief engineer of SP80. His creativity, technical skills and extensive knowledge of high performance composites, allow him to master all technical aspects of the boat. He also practices kiteboarding, especially in foil with a personal top speed of over 40 knots.

A YOUNG AND PASSIONATE TEAM

Our team is probably the youngest to have ever tackled this emblematic record: an exceptional asset to free ourselves from preconceived ideas and break existing codes.

AERO & HYDRODYNAMICS

Charles de Sarnez

Team leader

Bastien Hérault

Manon Konings

Jaime Aranda Vielsa

Kevin Wittkowski

Robin Leibundgut 

Antoine Vittet

Matthieu Spoorenberg

Alexis Cogne

PRODUCTION

Benoit Gaudiot

Team leader

Antoine Laperriere

Arto Dubuisson

Lina Picasso

Arthur Chatelain

Francesco Saint-Supéry

SYSTEM INTEGRATION
 

Charles Cantenot

Team leader

Romain Bezeaud

Team leader

Louis Domart

Arthur Dattin

Noé Nomblot

Guilhem Destriau

KITE HANDLING
 

Tanguy Desjardin

Design manager

Sébastien Azevedo

Test manager

Pauline Nicolas

Test manager

Charlotte Daza Harend

Romain Corbel

Aristide Vignon

Thomas Velin

François-Antoine Couzineau

Alexander Bommer

MECHANICS

Adrian Breitenmoser

Team leader

Romain Paridant

Romain Bezeaud

Alexy Blanchard-Gaillard

Xavier Barthez

Guilhem Cabannes

Basile Thiercelin

ELECTRONICS

Nour Tnani

Team leader

Adrian Breitenmoser

Selina Bothner

Philippe Gachet

Pedro Pino Prieto 

Paul Blossier

André Zarza Tapia

V.P.P.
DEVELOPMENT  

Charles de Sarnez

Team leader

Matisse van Schalkwijk

Cezary Januszek

COMMUNICATION & PARTNERSHIPS
 

Laura Manon

Team leader

Guillaume Fischer

Antoine Laperriere

Mateo Giraud

Théodore Jacquet-Lagrèze

Chloé Jobert

Julien Radet

EPFL COORDINATORS
 

Véronique Michaud

Professeure associée et directrice du laboratoire de mise en oeuvre des composites à haute performance (LPAC)

Robin Amacher

Collaborateur scientifique et responsable des opérations des DLL

ALUMNI

Ghislain Asin

Joao Barini

Alexis Couturier

Marius de Mourgues

Nicolas Feppon

Georges-Henri Gaillard

Tim Grimont

Xavier Groux

Isaac Holmes-Gentle

Lison Marthey

Gabriel Madie

Michel Morales

Etienne Mordret

Audrey Piccini

Hugo Penichou

Timothée Peter

Thomas Ramseier

Fabrice Rigot

David Sanchez

Aurèle Schlegel

Marine Ract

César Toussaint

Ilyes Ben Ayed

Benjamin Bonnal

Adrien Ninin

Amélie Roche

Damien Delespaul

Nina Lahellec

Clarisse Coulombeau

Rafael Fuzzati

Blaise Ribon

Florentin Fellay

Augustin Million

Aurore Kerr

Gabriel Bessette

Hector Richard

Hugo Witz

Océane Suchel

Adrien Peltier

Anaëlle Manon

Baptiste Bayle

Sasha Gutenmacher

Zoé Daguin

Karim Zahra

Jules Angebault

Mathieu Janier

Samuel Darmon

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