Swiss excellence applied to sailing

For many years, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has worked on “sailing” projects, notably with Bertrand Cardis and the Décision SA boatyard.

While the scientific institution does not claim to have expertise in naval architecture, it nevertheless boasts knowledge which applies equally well to this field. The collaboration with the Alinghi team for the America’s Cup created a sense of achievement that Pascal Vuilliomenet, research associate in the Vice-Presidency for Innovation and Technology Transfer at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, is not about to forget.

“The interest of such a project lies in the complexity and diversity of the themes. This facilitates a multidisciplinary approach and an excellent opportunity to innovate. It is a very rich experience.” Consequently, to see this adventure through to its conclusion, ten laboratories worked together for the first time, achieving the successes of which we are all aware. Here are some of the main work areas which contributed to Alinghi’s victory and enabled technology to take a great leap forwards.