This week at our weekly meeting we had the privilege of having technical advice from Andy Claughton at Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing. He provided us with very useful tips with regards to the design of our boats! With the design phase now nearly complete, we're looking forward to the Build phase which will be commencing in the next few weeks!
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On Thursday, we held our first Tech Talk! It went very well. We were pleased to count a wide range of experts from academics to America’s Cup designers, naval architects and other potential partners. Ideas and concerns for the different designs that we have for our boat were discussed. The academics and marine professionals provided us with plenty of advice which we shall take on board! Thank you to all those who came!
We are very excited about our up-coming Tech Talk #1 taking place on Thursday. We are expecting a wide range of experts from academics to America’s Cup designers, naval architects and other potential partners. The talk's primary aim is to improve our concept designs before we undertake further R&D work and move on to the construction phase.
Today we went to the 'historical' Lamont towing tank to test a SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) model built over the weekend, a potential design for our heavy-weight boat. It went very well :)
We also discussed the use of renewable composites with Dr. James I. Blake and several PhD students in the Fluid Structure Interactions group. Thanks to Jeanne Blanchard, Agnieszka Dzielendziak, Marcos Benega and Mehmet Cihan for sharing their knowledge on the subject.
NOVEMBER 18th – Members of the 2015 University of Southampton Hydro team Tony Cao, Marion James and Pietro Tibuzzi presented to a room of interested students their experiences at the 2015 Hydrocontest.
NOVEMBER 26th – The team read the 2016 Hydrocontest rules and highlighted the interests and skills of the attending members.
DECEMBER 4th – Members of the 2015 team presented a tech talk on the strengths and weaknesses for the previous design. That weekend, a group of ten members visited the CML shipyard to get a close up view of the 2015 boat and the yard.
Over the holiday period, members divided into their respective sub-teams and developed budgets in order to submit a proposal to the University Education Enhancement Fund.
With the goal of launching a comprehensive media campaign upon the start of the 2016 term, the communication and marketing team developed their strategy, including a teaser video for the team’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
JANUARY 30th – The team leaders met to align strategies for the weekend launch of the team’s media campaign and gave a final check to the website and partnership proposals. The first full week of lectures of the second term has ended and teams are in full swing with their projects. The team’s first tech talk will occur on February 11th at Boldrewood campus, bringing together sponsors and academics. No pressure!
JANUARY 14th - Congratulations to the University of Southampton Hydro team’s newest elected officers!
Members of the Hydro team recently voted Ariadna Pons Forn as Project Manager and Tobi Laux as Structures/Hydro/Aero Team Leader. Jacobo Jaspe joins to lead Construction and Rob Winn will lead the Electronics Team.
Ariadna is a Masters student studying Yacht and Small Craft Design. She brings degrees in Naval Architecture and Maritime Engineering, as well as competitive sailing and RC boat racing experience. As Project Manager, Ariadna assumes overall managing duties for the team.
Tobi supervises and leads the design cycle for each race as Hydro/Structure Team Leader. A sailor and RC boat racer as well, he studies MSc Naval Architecture, holding a BEng in Yacht and Small Craft Design from Solent Uni.
Jacobo holds a BEng in Yacht and Powercraft Design along with experience in the design office of a Spanish shipyard. He oversees the practical aspects of bringing our boat from concept to reality. He sails lasers and yachts.
Rob, a Ship Science student in his second year, brings his experience as a sailing instructor at the Hamble River Sailing Club and working with microcontrollers and programming. His job is to ensure the boat’s electrical systems perform as desired and stay cool!
Thanks for stepping up as leaders, guys and again, congratulations!