Formula Sailing – a CDIO project at Chalmers

Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate are the keywords of the CDIO initiative, an educational framework proposed by MIT and developed in cooperation with Chalmers and two other universities. A good example of a CDIO project is Formula Student, where students from Chalmers design and build a racing car with which they race against other European Universities in a competition once a year. The present proposal outlines a similar project in Marine Technology – Formula Sailing.

Background

In 2005 Paolo Procesi from the Roma3 University and Yacht Designer Massimo Paperini proposed the 1001 Vela Cup, a competition in yacht racing between Italian Universities. The boats used in the race were to be small dinghies, which had to be designed, built and raced by students from the participating Universities. The idea was immediately adopted by several Italian Universities, and since then the races have been held annually. Around 10 Universities have participated every year. In December 2016 Chalmers was invited, and a new boat was designed and built during 2017/18. This participated in September 2018 and scored first among 13 boats from 8 universities.

The competition

The race is held in late September in Italy. In 2017 and 2018 the venue was Palermo. No decision about 2019 has yet been taken. It is a three-day event.

The boat

The boat is designed according to a “box rule”, with very few restrictions on dimensions: max length 4.60 m, max beam 2.10 m, max sail area: 33 m2. It must be a monohull. 70 % of the hull weight must come from wood or other material “of vegetable or animal origin”. For the appendages (centerboard and rudder), as well as the bow-sprit carbon fibres are allowed. The mast/boom must be in aluminum and the sails in Dacron (i.e. no exotic materials). External suppliers are permitted for mast/boom and sails. Wing sails are allowed, and so are hydrofoils.

The crew

There must be two crew members, which must be students at the University. They are not required to participate in the design/building of the boat. The sailors must not hold a Grade 3 World Sailing Sailor Code (semi-professional).

Planning for 2019 and 2020

For 2019 there will be no new boat from Chalmers, but some updates will be made of the old boat “Linnea”.

A new boat is planned for the 2020 races. This will be designed during the fall of 2019 and built during the spring of 2020. The goal is to participate with two boats in September of 2020.

Information

For more information contact:

Lars Larsson lars.larsson@chalmers.se

 

Published: Mon 18 Sep 2017. Modified: Mon 25 Feb 2019