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High Performance Sailing – HPS TU Graz

Wind in the sails, science on board! Students sailing in the High Performance Sailing Student Team combine their passion for sailing with scientific activities.

The first Austrian student sailing team at TU Graz brings together sailing enthusiasts who successfully take part in regattas throughout Europe. In addition to sailing, the team is also committed to science. The HPS Student Team is building up comprehensive scientific expertise, e.g. in the fields of autonomous sailing, avionics, sensor technology, materials science and fluid mechanics. The aim is to gain new insights into the optimal performance of sailing boats through scientific projects. This can then lead to innovative applications and products for regatta crews. The HPS Student Team works closely with the HPS Research Initiative, consisting of scientists from Graz University of Technology. The HPS Student Team is currently focussing on autonomous sailing. The ongoing "Mola-Mola" project is intended to grow into a research platform that operates autonomously on the seas in the long term. The team also has its own boat, which is continuously being optimised.


Activities and Offers for Students

  • Participation in sailing regattas
  • Research and construction of an autonomous sailing drone (Mola-Mola)
  • Development of new technologies and the evaluation and optimisation of existing technologies for regatta sailing
  • Testing ideas and developments on sailing yachts
  • Working on the optimisation of the team’s sailing boat
  • Getting in touch with sailing athletes, scientists and the industry
  • Innovative and interdisciplinary projects in co-operation with scientists at TU Graz, e.g. in the form of bachelor’s and master’s theses


  • 4th place at the Mountain Sailing Cup 2023
  • 2nd place at Styrian National Sailing League, 2023
    Repeatedly among the top 10 at the Course Croisière EDHEC in France (largest international student regatta)
  • 3rd place at S-Cup 2023 (Styrian Offshore Championship)
  • 1st place at the Round Palagruža Cannonball Regatta, 2021
  • 1st place at S-Cup (instead of Steirische Hochseemeisterschaften), 2021
  • 2nd place at Steirische Segellandesliga, 2021

Molamola sailing drone


Anyone interested in sailing and the development of technologies in the field of sailing is welcome to join HPS TU Graz Student Team! Send an e-mail to: office.sailingnoSpam@tugraz.at or visit the website: sailing.tugraz.at.