The first day is over, but not without a struggle. The prologue started with high speeds but ended soon with water plants in the propulsion system, reaching the Furia III took 15 minutes and after it was finally reached it took another 5 minutes to remove all derbies. The second time the ship was even harder to reach taking even more time. In the end we did not manage to reach the minimal required average speed of 10km/h. (un)fortunately we were not alone and the jury announced that all teams are allowed to retake the average speed test in the first stage tomorrow (blauwestad to groning).
Click image for more pictures or watch the movie.
After 20 minutes of fiddling around we have a internet connection for all our social media needs! The internet subscription (20Mb down / 2Mb up) is sponsored by Hertzinger - Leusden and the hardware by I-sat – Bolsward. Pay a visit to their website and discover the solutions they offer for events like this or rural areas where broadband landside connections are unavailable.
Our team presentation is online, thanks DONG Energy Solar Challenge for making this video!
The final recap video is ready! In this video you see parts of saturday; "Rondje Akkrum" and the sprint race.
You can replay the full event here: Geosports live replay.
We were a little skeptical at first, but the small hydrofoils are more than capable of carrying the Furia III. Here a screenshot of the MG Energy Portal showing the telemetry data coming real-time from the Furia III in flight. Unfortunately we have to hide the power data to keep the competition in the unknown (of the performance)……
In a couple of days we will publish more pictures!
Last weekend we finally had time to replace all components that propell the furia III in flight. As of today we have new: propellers, gears, shafts, motor, smaller hydrofoils (40%) and a rudder that is 30% thinner than the previous. Every component is designed and improved by the team, it is a complete new generation of hydrofoil gear!