The first Austrian Student Sailing Team at TU Graz brings together student sailing enthusiasts who participate successfully in regattas throughout Europe. Besides their passion for sailing, the team is also devoted to science and research. HPS Student Team builds comprehensive scientific competences, e.g. in the areas of avionics, sensor technology, materials science and fluid mechanics. The aim is to gain new knowledge from research projects in order to optimise the performance of boats. As a consequence, it is hoped to achieve innovative applications and products for regatta crews.
In order to do that, HPS Student Team works in close co-operation with HPS research initiative consisting of scientists from TU Graz. Students, for example, work on several research papers on the improvement of V-Rex, an innovative sailing boat, by means of aerodynamics and wind tunnel tests or stress tests.
Since 2017, HPS Student Team are working on the continuous optimisation of their own boat.
V-Rex sailing boat in the wind tunnel