The project :

Rafale C-Class project

Our project is aimed at designing and building a C-Class catamaran in order to race at the « Little America’s cup », the C-Class world cup. Composed of students from ETS, the group is currently working hard in order to be ready for the next cup in 2017. We are now at the second edition of the project, our first edition was a real success at the 27th Little Cup on Lake Geneva, Switzerland in September 2015. The student team is now designing Rafale II.

The École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), is part of the Université du Québec network and is one of the most important engineering universities in Canada. It is located in the center of Montréal and has more than 7000 student in several programs covering major fields of the industry.

Our team is divided into groups, each one contributing to the accomplishment of the project. Hence the members can work in these different sections:

  • Design team in aero/hydrodynamics (CFD, Dynamic modeling…)

  • Production team (Process design, assembly techniques…)

  • Sailing team (Training, transportation, wind/wave data, navigation system…)

  • Logistic team (Marketing, communication, sponsors…)

Goal and objectives

Nothing less than to compete with the best! The hard work made by the members of our team allowed us to bring a competitive boat at the 2015 « Little Cup » taking place on Lake Geneva (Switzerland) in September 2015. We were not only be the first Quebecer team to sail this race, but also the first-ever student team to accomplish such a project. The other teams are professionals and sometimes have multimillion-dollar budgets. Our team of students really stands out in the class.

Rafale is an impressive, futuristic, innovative boat that is mounted on hydrofoils and equipped with a rigid wing. Marc Farmer and Trevor Parekh, the sailing crew, made our team a great honour at the Cup and finished in sixth place at the world championships. We received the "Spirit of the Hydros Foundation Prize" and were awarded Sailor of the Year by Fédération de Voile du Québec.

It is indeed a source of pride for our team, the ETS, and our partners to have a place in this challenge.

The Cup

The C-Class was founded in the 60’s. It is one of the world’s most advanced class regarding design. The boats are relatively small catamarans (25 ft long, 14 ft wide) and are said to be the fastest boats in inshore circuits. Thanks to brief and open regulations, they are also responsible for a lot of innovations in the sailing world, such as wing-masts and rigid sails (wings) which have for a long time been the symbols of this category. Since 2011, they are also at the origin of the development of hydrofoils for multihull designs.

The next edition of the cup will take place in 2017, the place is yet to be announced. It will again gather the pioneers of the sailing world, which makes us proud to continue on our remarkable venture in the C-Class.

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