Industry Spotlight – Harold Guillemin

To kick off this year’s Industry Spotlights we are featuring a very young and innovative entrepreneur,
his name is Harold Guillemin and he is the CEO/Founder of FinX.

Check out how this young man is making a difference here below:

 

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to direct a company?

After my Master of Engineering at ESME Sudria, I joined the start-up AMS R&D, founded by my father, in order to help in the development of a new industrial pump technology called Wavera that uses an undulating membrane like a fish fin. Launched in 2018, this 200 Watts and 100% electric range allows us to propel a fluid with an energy saving up to 30%. After five years at AMS R&D, as I was well aware of this technology and loved it, I wanted to adapt it to the nautical world and thus propel boats without propellers. In order to have all the necessary skills to develop a start-up, I had the opportunity to do a one-year double Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship at ESSEC Business School and CentraleSupélec. It was a good way to have all the prerequisites in business, in addition to the technic, such as business management, legal, fundraising, etc. This allowed me to focus on the project and to create FinX. Thanks to all this, FinX is now an amazing team, developing this great bio-inspired propulsion.

 

Why did you choose to create FinX?

The climatic emergency knocking on our doors, I could not stay idle. Fascinated by this technology, which I helped develop at AMS R&D, I was deeply convinced that I could adapt it to the nautical sector. When you know that a 5 HP combustion boat engine pollutes as much as 38 cars, there is a real urgency to end this aberration!
I decided to adapt this technology to a universe where it could have a greater impact, so it was obvious to develop it in sailing… maybe because I’m a native Breton!

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Notice of Race Amendment

We have made a small modification to the Notice of Race for 2020 which only affects the Open Sea Class, their Endurance Race distance being shortened from a total of 60 NM to 45NM.

This amendment will ensure a more dynamic race among the contestants and was voted in by our board of commissioners.

Notice of Race 2020 Amendment

Today also marks the pre-registration closing date of the Energy Class. We are very excited to announce that we have 17 teams that have pre-registered from all over the world!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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Erwan Grossmann – Biocomposites Webinar

ERWAN GROSSMANN – BIOCOMPOSITES WEBINAR – 11th December 2019 at 15:00 (GMT +1:00)

Join us for an interactive live session with Erwan Grossmann, Head of Biocomposite Design at Kairos Biocomposites!

Mr. Grossmann will talk about material properties and how they have significantly driven the evolution of yacht design over the years.
The evolution of mechanical properties of boat building materials has also been associated to an increase in their environmental impact.
Alternative fibres, resins and core materials and are presented as well as their potential for environmental impact reduction.

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Industry Spotlight – Christian Olivaux

This week we are shining an Industry Spotlight on Christian Olivaux, Director of Programmes for Turgis and Gaillard Group.

His career path proves that there is more than just one way to reach a certain goal:

 

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to direct a company?

I am a flight test engineer. I have been in the army for 20 years, especially working on prototype tests. Then, I have run programs in different companies in France and in Germany. After that, I created my own consulting company in 2012 and I have worked many times in leading programs. I joined the Turgis et Gaillard group in 2017 in order to conduct the group’s transverse design office: AA’ROK the company which produces the SunWave boats. We carry out the special projects of the group. Thanks to my atypical career path I have learnt a lot all my professional life long and I have succeeded in many complex programs in management in technology and also in finance. Thus, I have kept on improving and I am now directing AA’ROK – the transverse design office of theTurgis et Gaillard group.

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Jérémie Lagarrigue – Energy Class Webinar

Jérémie Lagarrigue – Energy Class Webinar – 9th December 2019 at 15:00 (GMT +1:00)

Pre-register now for our interactive live session dedicated to the Energy Class, where you will have two hours to ask all your technical questions!

Engineer and first-class sailor, Jérémie Lagarrigue has crewed on board several well-known yachts (Groupama, l’Hydroptère, and Crèpes Wahou) and F18 sport catamarans, winning several medals at French, European and world championships.

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Student Spotight – Anton Brosens

UAntwerp team member Anton Brosens shares his view of the event!

Anton joined the team in his last Bachelor year and is currently studying a Master of Electromechanical Engineering and Offshore Engineering.

Check out his experience here below:

“I currently have no clear idea of what I will be doing the first few years yet. I still have too many interests in different industries, like environmental engineering, bioengineering, and others.

Probably I will continue studying for a while to enlarge my career options. My aim is to grow into an executive position of a company, so I can lead projects,
solving various problems that challenge me.

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Industry Spotlight: François Richard – CEO, Lanéva

This week we are shining an Industry Spotlight on François Richard, CEO of Lanéva.

The vision and drive this man has is exactly what we need to change the yachting industry!

 

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to direct a company?

I graduated with a bachelor in Political Science from Sorbonne University in Paris and a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. I also had the chance to roam and travel before embarking on this adventure.

With experiences at the United Nations in London then New York, in consulting in Paris and finally as a shipbroker in Hamburg, I am a fervent advocate of the acquisition of knowledge through real experience. Skills are acquired by being passionate about your project, always looking for the optimal solution (sometimes late at night) and very often by collaborating with different profiles in their experiences and ways of thinking.

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Simon Brealey – Webinar – 3rd October 2019

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR FIRST WEBINAR

Join us on ZOOM for our first interactive live session with Simon Brealey,
Principal Mechanical Engineer at Lateral Naval Architects on October 3rd at 14:30 (GMT +2:00).

This session will last between 30-45 minutes with 10-15 minutes of Q&A at the end so you can ask him all your questions.

Only 100 participants can join, so make sure to register now!

During this talk he will touch base on the following subjects:

–    Marine & Mechanical Engineering demand for superyachts
–    Moving away from tradition and how to use technology efficiently
–    Some of the things affecting maritime engineering

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Energy Class – Technical Rules

Energy Class – Technical Rules 2020

The Monaco Energy Class has been designed to compare the efficiency of different propulsion systems while using sustainable energy. To achieve this aim a catamaran hull described in this publication, will be provided by the Yacht Club de Monaco to each team competing.

Competitors will have to build a cockpit including the propulsion system with controls & steering, which they will than fit to the hull.

The Technical Regulations presented in this document serve as directives for the teams that will compete in this class.

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