World sailing

Swiss Challenger pursues world sailing speed record

Reach 80 knots (150 km/h) under sail, beat the current record set at 65.45 knots and thus become the fastest on the water in 2022: this is the objective of the SP80 project. The young team from Lausanne has been testing a reduced-scale prototype of the boat on Lake Geneva since June. The first results, revealed for the first time on video, are promising!

A year ago, SP80 unveiled the design of its boat to break the world sailing speed record. Today the team, made up of more than forty engineers and students from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), is carrying out test after test on Lake Geneva with a prototype reduced to 1⁄2 of the final boat. The launch of this prototype, measuring 4.5 meters by 3.5 meters, is a key development stage in the race for the record. It allows the team to validate certain concepts and launch the optimization process in anticipation of the construction of the final boat which will begin in 2021.

A dozen tests have already been carried out and the results, presented on video, are very conclusive for the team. They validate the latest simulations and demonstrate the stability and control of the boat at high speed. These qualities, essential for the record, were achieved thanks to a mechanical stabilization system invented and patented by SP80.