Monday, 05 February 2018


The Hydros Foundation is delighted to announce its decision to renew its partnership with the City of St Tropez for the organisation of the 5th HydroContest, a big university competition tackling maritime energy efficiency. The 2018 contest, which will take place in the Canebiers Bay, from 2 to 9 September, will be part of an ambitious project aiming to promote maritime innovation in St Tropez.

Following a successful first in salt water in 2017, which brought together 23 teams from 12 different countries, the teams seem more motivated than ever to pursue the race prizes won by HEIA Fribourg in light transport, the EPFL in mass transport and UN Medellin in long distance. This success on the French Riviera has allowed HydroContest to shine at an international level and to be recognized by different ministers of the participating countries.


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This new edition promises to be thrilling, with more than thirty teams already interested in taking part in the competition. Universities around the world are ready to compete with their prototypes in September on in Saint-Tropez, always with the aim of shaping the boats of tomorrow. The main technical innovations in this year's program are that the teams are free to store power via alternative energies (which will serve as "Boost" for the teams during the races), as well as an opening of new propulsions techniques.


This year is also marked by the association between the HydroContest and the Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge, event supported by the Hydros Foundation and organized by the Yacht Club Monaco. This connection between the Foundation, Monaco and Saint-Tropez will help to increase maritime innovation throughout the French Riviera and place the region as a hub at the forefront of nautical domain.

Jérémie Lagarrigue, CEO of the Hydros Foundation comments: "The 2017 edition has laid the groundwork for a great collaboration with Saint-Tropez, and we are proud to announce a second edition in this city, which can now boast to link the yachting of the past with that of the future. "

Jean-Pierre Tuveri, Mayor of the City of Saint-Tropez, adds: "it is with a great pleasure and a real pride that we will welcome again this beautiful event in September 2018. Indeed, this formidable gathering of young engineers, all working for a better technology at the service of the man and its environment, could only interest the city of Saint-Tropez. Saint-Tropez wishes, even modestly, to participate in all initiatives that will work to improve the world of today and especially of tomorrow"