Hydrocontest, D-7: Sea, tech & Sun
Sunday, 27 August 2017

Hydrocontest, D-7: Sea, tech & Sun

This is the promising program that awaits the 23 teams involved in the 4th edition of Hydrocontest, from 4 to 10 September in Saint-Tropez. The first eco-responsible student contest dedicated to maritime energy efficiency intends to take advantage of the bubbling of the French Riviera to raise awareness among the general public of the challenges of preserving the aquatic resource.

After three successive editions on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, the event, organized by the Hydros Foundation, decided, for the first time in its very young history, with the help of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, to cross the Alps and put its boats in the city of Saint-Tropez. There, for 7 days, more than 200 students from 13 countries will launch their prototypes and try to take it all in the 2 main categories of the Hydrocontest: the "mass transport" category, simulating the movement of a freighter with 200kg of and the category "light boats" which prefigures the transport of persons on a pleasure boat with only 20kg of ballast on board.

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In a studious atmosphere, in a subtle mix of passion and spirit of competition, the future elite of international engineering will have to write their names to the prize list of a test admittedly young but nevertheless prestigious.

 

Who will succeed the École Centrale de Nantes (winner of the "light boats" category 2016), ENSTA Bretagne - Paris La Villette (winner in the “mass transport” category) or the Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie And Architecture (HEIA) of Fribuorg (victorious in the "Long distance race")? Anwser will be given on September 10, after week long fight that will be concluded by a prize-giving ceremony that is already memorable, under the benevolent and admiring gaze of the patron of the Hydrocontest, the navigator Roland Jourdain (double winner of the Route du Rhum and the Transat Jacques Vabre)

 

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