Success, innovation and surprises are in store for the 5th Hydrocontest
Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Success, innovation and surprises are in store for the 5th Hydrocontest

This year, 32 teams of 15 different nationalities will be presenting their innovative solutions in the town of Saint-Tropez from 2nd to 9th September 2018 in the 5th Hydrocontest, with the final in the historic harbour as a highlight of the event.

Following on from the fervour of previous editions, with the support of the town of Saint-Tropez, the Hydros Foundation has made notable changes to the rules to make the event more popular and to focus attention on the use of renewable energy as an additional means of propulsion.

Competition with several key features:


1- The teams competing will take part in a parade at midday on 9th September.

The parade will mark the opening of the grand final and of the endurance race. It aims to highlight the worldwide awareness of the generation of millennials, working together for the common cause of energy-efficient maritime transport. This introduction will enable the public attending the event to see which countries are competing and to learn about some of their traditions.


2- A final in the harbour.

Saint-Tropez will be showcasing the maritime innovations by holding the finals and the endurance race in the old harbour, a natural tribune for this type of event. Not only is this in keeping with the tradition of other events organised by the town of Saint-Tropez, but it also means that as many people as possible will be able to appreciate the values of the competition.


3- Use of renewable energy. 

“We have a rather precise development plan for the rules so that universities using the Hydrocontest for training purposes can continue developing their prototypes, but also so that we can attract young students to fundamental subjects such as the use of renewable energy to drive their boats”, explained Jérémie Lagarrigue, the event’s founder. The marine environment has a multitude of clean energy sources that are begging to be used, such as the wind, tides and waves. It is up to students to show industrials the way forward by developing technologies capable of making boats more environmentally-friendly.


4- Early signs of support from institutions gaining in awareness of the environmental implications.

More than 90% of commercial exchanges are carried out by sea. And that is just the beginning. Increased awareness of the importance of the sector and the success of previous editions has led to several ministries and governments promoting their national teams by recognising the quality of their innovation.


The Hydrocontest features as a meeting point for most of the institutions, keen to improve the efficiency of their commercial shipping fleets. The same is true of young people across the world, eagerly searching for the means to industrialise their ideas for the development of maritime transport in response to stakes that are crucial for their planet.