On November 24th 2012, Paul Larsen took the sailing world by surprise by smashing the World Speed Sailing Record with an average speed of 121,1 km/h on a 500m track. Today, his record remains unbeaten.
SP80 is a team of EPFL students and Alumni who believe that through the combination of sailing, kitesurfing and engineering principles, they can significantly outperform this standing World Sailing Speed Record.
In this endeavour, they are imagining unique solutions and novel concepts that also have potential in the sailing world. Their hope is that by establishing a new record they will demonstrate a new set of tools with applications in fast marine transport, offshore sailing or energy production.
This vision is the foundation upon which the SP80 team is now building a boat capable of reaching 150 km/h (80 knots) with the wind as its sole source of power.
Created in 2018, the project is composed of 2 entities : the SP80 company owns and manages the overall project and the SP80 student association furthers the link with the EPFL community.
With this organisation, the students get the chance to contribute to a challenging project which will make better engineers out of them while the SP80 team gains access to a talent pool of creative minds as well as the school’s facilities to increase their chances of breaking the record in 2022.