#Technical challenge #Autonomy #Multidisciplinarity
If the association were…
- Key words: AUTONOMOUS SAILBOAT
- A book: La longue route by Bernard Moitessier
- An animal: the dolphin
- A famous person: the love-child of Tabarly and Elon Musk
The sailing robot: architectural choices
After undertaking joint brainstorming and research in small groups, the team made the following choices:
- a very narrow stem, dubbed a “wave-piercer”. This maximizes the vessel’s ability to cut through the waves.
- rigging: this will comprise a rigid sail, which is easy to steer thanks to a rear panel.
- tilted keel, to stop the boat from getting stuck amidst seaweed.
The skills to be combined are wide-ranging and include naval architecture, automation as well as embedded intelligence.
History of the association
The HydroChallenge club follows on from the Hydros Paris-Brest club, set up to compete in the HydroContest.
The goal of this competition, which was brought to a close in September 2019, was energy-efficient vessels.
ENSTA Bretagne took part in this competition on several occasions and won an array of prizes:
- In 2019
- In 2016 :
- 1st in the « Heavy Boats » category
- 2nd in the “Light Boats” category
- In 2015 :
- 3rd in the « Long Distance Race »
- In 2014 :
- 1st "HYDROcontest Efficiency"
- 1st "HYDROcontest Design"
- 1st "HYDROcontest Long-distance Race"
The association’s strengths
The association is able to work on a technical project in total autonomy whilst using ENSTA Bretagne facilities (the composites workshop, the robotics workshop…).
Events/memorable moments in the year 2019/2020
Fabrication of a hull in partnership with IFREMER.
ENSTA Bretagne, SEGULA Technologies