From August 18 till 20, 2016: races against the wind

DTU (Denmark), winner 2016
DTU (Denmark), winner 2016 with a ratio of 62.51%

Every year in August, Dutch and international teams  compete in Racing Aeolus Den Helder; one of the largest sustainability races in the world. They will prove that they’re able to sail against the wind. Will last year’s winner of Denmark, DTU, be able to win again this year? And Canadian Chinook set a fantastic world record in 2014; 96,9%. Will there be a new one this year?

9th time
From Thursday, August 18 through Saturday 20, it will be for the 9th time that  student teams from all over the world will make an effort to generate power from the wind and race their hyper modern cars over the unique Dutch sea dyke. They will bring their wind cars, both mechanical and electric. The teams are from The Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Turkey and Germany. More details will follow.

Photo teams Racing Aeolus Den Helder 2015_by Ilse Kootkar
Participating teams Racing Aeolus 2015_by Ilse Kootkar

Dyke Den Helder 
The location is the dyke in the top of North Holland in a beautiful town called Den Helder. Homebase of the Royal Netherlands Navy and innovative offshore industry. What better place to set a new world record!

Measuring racing time
To calculate the ratio, the speed of the vehicle (Vcar) and the average wind speed and direction during the race over 500 meters dyke, is being measured (Vws). The ratio of Vcar / Vws shows how efficient the vehicle race10560451_573090179479920_6271689517792203545_os against the wind.

Live results on twitter
Curious after the realtime racing results during the races? Follow us on twitter @RacingAeolus. Also, we’ll post loads of pictures on Facebook.com/Racingaeolus.

ustainability race
In the whole world, there are only four large sustainability races: The World Solar Challenge in Australia, The Dong Energy Solar Challenge Boat Race in Friesland (Holland), The Shell Eco Marathon in Delft (for cars on fossile fuels, also in Holland) and last but not least The Racing Aeolus in Den Helder.

Check out a short video by Jeroen Noot about the 2015 edition:

Be welcome and feel free to ask question! Let’s sail against the wind!

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