Design and sailing contest 2009
MARIN Design and Sailing Contest 2009

Introduction

Together with Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) and INHOLLAND, the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) organised a design contest. The aim of this contest was to design, manufacture and sail the fastest model sailing boat in Wageningen.

Rules and track
It was an open class: (almost) everything and all kinds of hull shapes were allowed. So the teams could design a catamaran, trimaran, monohull, etc. However, there were certain conditions, such as:

  • Maximum length of the complete design: 70 cm. Maximum size of the sail surface (incl. projected mastsurface): 0.294 m²
  • Remote controls for steering and sail trim other than the the set provided by MARIN were not allowed. Energy-storage on board was only intended for use with this set.
  • Only sailing boats designed and constructed by the team itself qualify for this race.
The competition consisted of two runs, i.e. a trianglerun and a speedrun. The combined results of both runs determined the winner.
During the trianglerun the competitors had to demonstrate the speed as well as manoeuvrability of the design and consisted of three stretches: broach reach, close reach and halfwind. The buoy between the close reach and halfwind had to be rounded by tacking the sailboat.

The track looked as follows (not to scale):

Triangle run

The speedrun consists of two stretches to be sailed with the wind on the quarter, rounding the buoy once. It was up to each team how to do this best: by tacking or gybing.

The track looked as follows (not to scale):

Speed run
The distance between the startbuoys and the furthest buoy was about 15 m while the downwind buoy is placed at about 7m downwind of the halfwind reach. The wind speed at the upwind buoys was around 2 m/s.

Results
The results of this contest, which took place on January 16th, 2009, are as follows:

Qualification round

Position Team University/School Boatname Speedrun [s] # Trianglerun [s] # Total [s]
1 7 TUDelft - 36.6 2 60.5 1 97.2
2 13 INHOLLAND Wave 38.2 3 61.5 2 99.7
3 2 TUDelft Holy Crab 44.2 5 74.7 4 118.9
4 6 TUDelft Snelheid Eenvoud Rust 45.4 6 94.2 6 139.6
5 4 TUDelft - 63.6 11 76.6 5 140.2
6 1 TUDelft Wingman 86.3 12 72.2 3 158.5
7 10 INHOLLAND Aahh 48.4 7 124.9 7 173.4
8 8 TUDelft Concept X 58.1 10 125.4 8 183.5
9 9 TUDelft Hammershark 52.8 8 181.8 9 234.6
10 3 TUDelft Bee 52 42.1 4 215.6 10 257.7
(11) 5 TUDelft Double Trouble 31.7 1 DNF - DNQ
(12) 14 INHOLLAND Srrj 56.1 9 DNF - DNQ
(13) 11 INHOLLAND Black Pearl 124.4 13 DNF - DNQ
(14) 12 INHOLLAND Yvon DNF - DNF - DNQ
(14) 15 INHOLLAND VAWT-CAT DNF - DNS - DNQ
(14) 16 INHOLLAND Holmatroos DNF - DNF - DNQ
(14) 17 University of Twente Wakzeiler DNF - DNF - DNQ




Final

Position Team University/school Boatname Speedrun [s] # Trianglerun [s] # Total [s]
1 7 TUDelft - 35.9 1 54.8 1 90.7
2 13 INHOLLAND Wave 37.5 2 63.8 2 101.4
3 2 TUDelft Holy Crab 47.0 3 67.6 3 114.7
4 6 TUDelft Snelheid Eenvoud Rust 48.5 4 98.5 4 147.0
5 4 TUDelft - DNF 5 DNF 5 DNQ

The contest was won by Team 7 from Delft University of Technology. Pieter van der Plas, Anton Groefsema, Martijn Knotter and Erik van Eijk managed to design, build and sail a catamaran that was both fast and manoeuvrable.
The second place went to INHOLLAND Team 13, consisting of Geert de Jong, Kessy Willems, Pieter de Kruijf and Vincent Heuveling with their catamaran Wave. The third place was for Holy Crab from Team 2 (Ties van der Horst, Sanne van Essen, Louise Vanlimbergen and Pieter van Loon).

Team 7: Winner of the design contest Team 7: Winner of the design contest
Wave: number 2 Wave: number 2
Holy Crab: number 3 Holy Crab: number 3

Innovation prize

An additional prize was available for the most innovative design. This prize was awarded to the Yvon, by the INHOLLAND student Yvon Timmerman. The Innovation Cup was provided by Gerard Dijkstra and Partners and handed to Yvon by Thijs Nikkels. The winner of the innovation prize was invited to present his concept on the MARIN booth during the Europort Fair in Rotterdam, which took place from 3 through 6 November 2009.

Yvon: winner Innovation prize Yvon: winner Innovation prize
More photographs can be found here.

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