Chasing the World Sailing Speed Record


© Guillaume Fischer/SP80

Discover the revolutionary project of the SP80 team! Driven by passion and innovation, this team, supported by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), is poised to redefine the limits of sailing.

Imagine a vessel powered solely by the wind, reaching 80 knots (148 km/h), thus challenging the current world record. Under the enlightened leadership of Benoît Gaudiot, Xavier Lepercq, and Mayeul van den Broek, SP80 aims to surpass the achievement made in 2012 by the Australian Paul Larsen aboard the Vestas Sailrocket 2, which reached 65 knots (121 km/h) over 500 meters.

The futuristic design of the sailboat is a dream, a true innovative fusion of boat and airplane, with streamlined hulls and a revolutionary kite wing as a propulsion method. This ambitious project aspires to make history in the world of sailing.

With a dynamic crew composed of young talents from EPFL, SP80 breaks the traditional codes of sailing. Measuring 10.5 meters in length by 7.5 meters in width, the craft, with two dedicated pilots, promises an unprecedented experience.

Over 40 people, mostly students or recent graduates from EPFL, are participating in this adventure. With an average age of only 23, the team combines enthusiasm and expertise, also benefiting from the experience of professors who have contributed to projects such as the Hydroptère and Alinghi.

Beyond the sporting challenge, SP80 believes in the impact of its technological advancements on the sailing industry and beyond. Innovation is not limited to speed but promises extended applications in various sectors.

Mayeul van den Broek, co-founder of SP80, on Mana Consulting: «I thank Wiktor for his enthusiasm and willingness to support technical or sports challenges with ambitious goals like ours. His knowledge and energy are an essential driving force in the search for partners.»

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