The Syroco Immersion Event is a wrap. It was a fantastic experience for participants from many Syroco partners to discover in depth the universe of Syroco and to meet the entire team.
The event took place in the Syroco Workshop, in Marseille’s legendary Anse du Pharo. A small cove in the heart of the city, situated at the exit of Marseille’s Vieux Port, Anse du Pharo boasts a longstanding history of traditional ship building and maintenance, being the operating base of famous companies such as Chantiers Borg or Voilerie Phocéenne. It is therefore fitting that Syroco has selected this venue for the shipyard where the speedcraft is being designed and built!
After welcoming guests, the CEO and pilot of Syroco, Alex, took the time to thank the global partners that are supporting the Syroco speed record project, including of course Swiss watchmaker Hamilton, champagne house Taittinger and Région Sud. Alex reminded the audience of the commitment to innovation and to decarbonation of maritime transportation.
It was then time to talk about the technical side of Syroco. Romain, the project lead, took the stage to explain the innovation process at the root of the project, and drilled down on the concept of Aile d’Eau that was selected by the team. He then discussed the different technical aspects of the speedcraft, providing insightful explanations about the progress.
After drilling down into the timeline of the record campaign, Alex invited guests to attend one of the three technical stations that had been set up in the workshop.
At the Prototype station, Sinbad was able to explain the different sections and components of the prototype, the purpose of each system, and how the radio commands work. Guests were literally able to look under the hood and to understand the practical implementation of the concept.
At the Foil station, Thomas was presenting several iterations of the foils designed and built by the Syroco team since the first experimentations. Thomas explained to the audience how each of them works, their benefits and drawbacks, and the current direction. He also offered some perspective on the implications of increasing speed and detailed the research on cavitation.
At the Experimentation and Data station, Chloe showcased some of the test beds used by the team during land and sea trials. She explained the overall test process for each system, and presented the data analytics and drill-down software used for analysing each test campaign and improving performance.
In parallel with the technical stations, guests were able to network, engage with members of the Syroco team, enjoy some finger food, and drink champagne provided by our partner Taittinger! And also to discover the Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Syroco Special Edition watch, on display with the scale model of the Syroco speedcraft.
Thank you to all our partners, guests, and of course the Syroco team, for a fantastic event. See you at the next one!