Webinar – FinX

30/04/2020 (16:30 Paris Time) – Harold Guillemin – Founder of FinX 

Topic: Revolutionizing Outboard Engines and Maritime Propulsion



– The uprising of breakthrough technology for membrane boat engines and current development (100% electric 5HP outboard motor). No propeller, no problem.
– Vision for tomorrow’s maritime propulsion systems.
– The impact of young entrepreneurs reinventing the field and innovating without barriers.

This webinar will consist of a 30min presentation and a 20min Live Q&A.





In these difficult times of confinement, we would like to keep the information sharing process alive with Webinars that will allow students, professionals and the general public to freely interact and share data.

Stay at home, stay safe and stay connected!


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In light of the current COVID-19 Situation (University & Industry closures) we have extended the deadline for the teams to provide their Affiliation Letter & provisional Tech Talk.


The committee will accept all documentation up until 15th April for the Solar Class.


Please contact the organisation if any further issue arise and we will study team requests case by case.


Confirmation of registrations to the Solar Class teams will be sent at end of April.





We hope everyone stays safe during these difficult times!

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Student Spotlight – Roald de Brouwer

Roald de Brouwer from UAntwerp Solar Boat Team joined the challenge in 2019 to expand his practical knowledge and tackle new horizons!

Check out his experience here below:

What have you learned from being part of MCSEBC?
Teamwork is very important to do good races. Search for effective solutions for
problems during races.

What do you like most about the Solar & Energy Boat Challenge?
The engineer’s atmosphere where everyone wants to build the best boat. The
rivalry during races but the teamwork while building the boat.


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Webinar – AQUON

Join us on the 14th of February 2020 at 15:00 (GMT +1:00) for an interactive live session with
Christine Funk [CEO] and Franziska Steidle-Sailer [Strategic Market Developer] of AQUON!

Redefining sustainable yachting – a holistic approach based on green hydrogen propulsion:

With its 68-foot motor catamaran “AQUON One”, the company Swiss Sustainable Yachts is pioneering the first leisure catamaran powered by green hydrogen. This allows zero-emissions yachting and, since AQUON One also produces its own energy from photovoltaic cells and generates green hydrogen directly on board, it has the potential to be energetically self-sufficient.

In this webinar, the market development manager of the company will provide insights into this innovative energy system, as well as the implications it has on other aspects of the yacht design, such as hull and weight optimizations, implications on safety and classification, as well as a smart energy management system and sustainable building materials.



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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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