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Getxo / Bizkaia (Spain) - November 8 and 9, 2023




Fourth edition of SAIL INN PRO, the reference conference on innovation in the sport of sailing, nautical leisure, maritime mobility and ocean science.

Talking about innovation in the sport of sailing, nautical leisure, maritime mobility and ocean science.


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At SAIL INN PRO we want to bring together all the sectors and agents that are part of the entire value chain of the sector:

  • Shipbuilders & Shipyards
  • Naval Architecture & Design Companies
  • Sailors & Sailing Teams
  • Technology & Solutions Suppliers
  • Marine Mobility Solutions Suppliers
  • Nautical accessories companies
  • Shipowners & charter companies
  • Nautical leisure Companies
  • Energy & Engines Producers
  • Start-ups
  • Technology Centers
  • Academics & Universities
  • Training Centers
  • Government organizations and administrations
  • Port Authorities and infrastructure
  • Nautical Associations





Wednesday, November 8

16.00h - Opening

Presentation of the event.

16:10h - (Lecture) - Presentation of Nautika Itsasgunea (UPV/EHU)

David Boullosa
Subdirector of Continuous Education and Postgraduate Studies at the School of Engineering of Bilbao.

Presentation of the Innoboat Classroom, a new classroom/workshop/laboratory where students and faculty from the School of Engineering of Bilbao will manufacture technological systems, based on renewable resources, applicable to navigation. The groups that make up each project will build a boat and compete with it against those manufactured by other universities.

16:30h - (Lecture) - University project Green Foiling Spain.

Juan Antonio Pérez Socorro.
Student of the Higher Technical School of Naval Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Madrid

Presentation of the university project to build an electric boat with hydrofoils, with automatic flight control and hydrogen fuel cell propulsion, with the ultimate goal of competing in the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge 2024. The current team is made up of 28 students from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), and was born from the collaboration of two student associations (Sailing Madrid HC and TelecoEmprende), and has the diversity and talent of students from four different schools within the UPM.

16:50h - (Lecture) - University project Clean Energy Ship.

Marcos Pardeiro.
Graduated in Industrial Technologies Engineering from the University of Vigo.

Presentation of the university project to build a boat with hydrofoils and 100% solar energy. This is an interdisciplinary project formed by students from the University of Vigo in collaboration with the company Marine Instruments, with the aim of designing and manufacturing solar-powered boats to compete in international competitions such as Monaco Energy Boat Challenge 2024, as well as promoting the world of boating and renewable energies in the university community.

17:10h - (Lecture) - Presentation of Foiling Sumoth Challenge.

Luca Rizzotti.

The Foiling SuMoth Challenge is a university competition in which the ultimate goal of the teams is to design, manufacture, and sail a more sustainable and efficient Moth boat, with the ultimate goal of creating a community where future professionals can have the opportunity to test and validate new innovative ideas before entering the world of industry.

Coffee Break

18:00h - (Lecture) - TFG Project: “Extraction of visibility information from ocean-meteorological records for coastal maritime applications”

Mónica Barturen Gomeza.
Graduated in Nautical and Maritime Transportation from the School of Engineering of Bilbao.

Tradewind Tankers Award for the best TFG 2023.

Presentation of the Degree Final Project (TFG) whose main objective is to provide information on the available visual range at a given time, essentially, to those who are dedicated to coastal navigation, as it is a fundamental factor to be taken into account to guarantee greater safety on board, and therefore, a social benefit. It also provides a greater knowledge of the concept of visibility, emphasizing its importance in maritime-coastal activities, as well as the existing visibility information in the area.

18:20h - (Lecture) - TFM Project: “Design of a boat with hydrofoils and hydrogen propulsion for the 37th America’s Cup”

Jorge López Alonso.
Master in Naval and Oceanic Engineering – Polytechnic University of Madrid.

Excellent TFM rating

Presentation of the Master’s Thesis (TFM) of the ETSI Navales of the Polytechnic University of Madrid that deals with the design of a Support boat for the 37th America’s Cup to be held in 2024 in Barcelona. It is a boat with hydrofoils powered by a hybrid system of hydrogen fuel cells and batteries.

18:40h - (Lecture) - Entrepreneurship and start-up creation from the University. IQS Tech Factory initiative.

Jordi Arbusa.
Igniter at IQS Tech Factory of the Ramon Llull University of Barcelona

This lecture explores the exciting convergence between University and business innovation. In a world driven by technology and creativity, universities are playing an increasingly important role in training entrepreneurs and creating successful industrial start-ups. This speech will analyze how academic institutions foster an entrepreneurial mindset among students, provide them with essential resources, and establish partnerships with industry. We will discover case studies, key strategies, and the mutual benefits that these partnerships generate for both universities and industry.

19:00h - Closing

End of presentations.

Thursday, November 9

8.30h - Registration

Recogida de Acreditaciones.

9:00h - Institutional Reception

Diputación Foral de Bizkaia – Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia.
Ayuntamiento de Getxo.

9.20h - (Innovation Talk) - Naval Design. Transferring sportech solutions to the industry.

Gonzalo Redondo (D3 Applied Technologies / Alinghi Red Bull Racing)

Ignacio Castañeda (Zen Yachts / ex-SailGP Technologies)

Through a conversation between these two experts, we will explore how technological innovations in high-performance sporting events, such as the America’s Cup and SailGP, are influencing the development of naval design today. We will discover how sportech solutions, such as advanced hulls and new propulsion systems, are being integrated into the marine industry, driving more efficient, sustainable, and faster vessels.

9.50h - (Lecture) - Innovation in wind propulsion for maritime transport.

Roberto Bouzas Saavedra (Nervión Naval Offshore / BAR Technologies)

This lecture explores the crucial advances in wind propulsion for maritime transport, highlighting emerging technologies that are transforming the marine industry. We will learn about the technical and economic feasibility of manufacturing rigid sails for ships through the proposal designed by BAR Technologies and manufactured by Naval Nervión Offshore.

10.10h - (Innovation Talk) - Foiling Ferry. An innovative solution for passenger transport.

Manolo Ruiz de Elvira (NautaTec / Ánemos Technologies)

Francis Hueber (Caponnetto Hueber)

Through a conversation between these two experts in the design field, we will analyze the new revolutionary proposals in the field of naval design focused on water transport. Through the Foiling Ferry concept, which combines hydrofoil technology with the development of new transportation systems, it seeks to provide an efficient, ecological, and high-speed means of transportation, destined to transform mobility in coastal and river areas.

10.40h - (Lecture) - Innovation in the manufacturing processes of high-performance structures and vessels.

Jose Coello (Sinergia Racing Group)

In this lecture, we will analyze the latest advances in the manufacturing of high-performance vessels and structures, highlighting the application of cutting-edge technologies, innovative materials, and advanced manufacturing methods. These advances are making it possible to create lighter, stronger, and more efficient products, which translates into increased performance and safety.

Coffee Break

11.30h - (Lecture) - Development of structural monitoring systems for vessel design.

Alex Anda (Inalia Tech)

Structural monitoring systems allow the collection of data on the behavior of a structure in real time. These data can be used to improve the design of vessels, ensuring their strength and durability. We will analyze how this cutting-edge technology, which is already being used in the 37th America’s Cup, allows to assess the integrity of vessel structures, optimizing the design and ensuring safety in naval design.

11.50h - (Lecture) - The reality of the application of hydrogen as a source of energy on board.

Miguel de Ros (Madblue Marine)

In Madblue Marine they have the goal of leading the green and sustainable revolution at sea with a value proposition: decarbonizing the recreational nautical industry by designing and building more sustainable vessels powered by green hydrogen.

Hydrogen is a clean and efficient source of energy that has the potential to revolutionize nautical propulsion. However, its large-scale application is still in its early stages.

12.10h - (Panel) - Propulsion and Energy on Board. Analysis of the available sustainable alternatives and solutions.

Enrique Castellanos (Lasai)

Jose Alegria (Silennis)

Pedro Companys (Aqua SuperPower)

Diego García (Foilchemy)

This roundtable aims to analyze the different options and solutions that exist to reduce the environmental impact of nautical sector. The speakers are experts in different areas related to electric, hybrid, solar, and hydrogen propulsion. They will share their experiences, projects, and visions on the future of sustainable mobility at sea.

12.50h - (Lecture) - Integration of simulators for the improvement of design tools

Joseph Ozanne (Simulator in Motion / Alinghi Red Bull Racing)

This lecture examines how the integration of simulators into the design process improves the consideration of the human factor. Simulators are virtual models that allow to evaluate the hydrodynamic, structural, and energy behavior of vessels in different navigation conditions and help to evaluate the usability and ergonomics of products and systems, ensuring a more user-centered approach.

13.10h - (Lecture) - Artificial intelligence for the prevention of collisions with floating objects.

Bruno Guerin (SEA.AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being used more and more to improve safety at sea. In this lecture, we will explore how AI can be used to detect and avoid collisions with floating objects or marine life. We will discover how it is used to prevent these collisions, highlighting as a technological breakthrough that are revolutionizing navigation and safety on the water.

13.30h - (Lecture) - Sailing towards the autonomous unmanned boat. Applications of USVs.

Jon Lasa (Branka)

Unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) have the potential to revolutionize the nautical industry, opening up new possibilities in areas such as maritime safety, exploration, and research. In this lecture, we will learn about the applications and advances in the development of these unmanned vessels. The different applications of USVs will be presented, as well as the challenges and opportunities posed by this technology.


15.00h - (Lecture) - New processes and new materials for eco-construction of vessels. Case Sarch Composites.

Axel de la Hidalga (Sarch Composites)

This lecture presents the case of the company Sarch Composites, a company that develops new processes and materials for eco-construction of vessels. These processes and materials reduce the environmental impact of naval construction, improving sustainability and efficiency. The lecture also shows the challenges and opportunities that they pose for the nautical sector.

15.20h - (Lecture) - Global analysis of the environmental impact of manufacturing processes. Applications of LCA (Life Cycle Assesment)

Amy Munro (11th Hour Racing)

This lecture presents the tool LCA (Life Cycle Assesment), a methodology that allows to assess the environmental impact of a product or service throughout its entire life cycle. The lecture focuses on the case of the team 11th Hour Racing, a project that seeks to promote sustainability in ocean sailing. The lecture explains how the team uses the LCA tool to design and build their boats, minimizing their ecological footprint and maximizing their sporting performance.

15.40h - (Panel) - Development of new more sustainable manufacturing processes. Applications and Viability.

Jordi Arbusa (Gloo) – Moderator

Axel de la Hidalga (Sarch Composites)

Jose Coello (Sinergia Racing Group)

Enrique Castellanos (Lasai)

This roundtable addresses the challenge of improving efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing processes in the nautical sector. The speakers are representatives of several companies that are working to implement innovative and viable solutions, such as the use of recycled or biodegradable materials, energy optimization, or waste management. The speakers will share their experiences, results, and lessons learned about these sustainable practices.

Coffee Break

16.45h - (Lecture) - Seeking answers to the new leisure behaviors of nautical users.

Arturo Gutierrez (Freedom Boat Club / Brunswick)

Nautical is a leisure activity that has undergone significant changes in recent years, due to the new preferences and habits of users. In this lecture, the specific case of sailing clubs, which offer an alternative to boat ownership, is analyzed, and the example of Freedom Boat Club, an international leader in this sector, is presented. The advantages and challenges of this business model are explored, as well as the opportunities for growth and innovation.

17.05h - (Lecture) - How to bring new generations closer to the practice of sailing and nautical activities.

Luca Rizzotti (WeAreFoiling)

Sailing and nautical activities are sports that require greater dissemination and promotion among new generations. In this lecture, the specific case of the activities organized by The Foiling Organization, the world leader in foil sailing, is presented. It will be explained how this organization seeks to bring the practice of sailing and nautical to new generations, through training, competitive, and playful activities, using the great appeal that sailing with foil boats has for the youngest.

17.25h - (Panel) - Proposals to meet the needs of nautical users.

Jordi Carrasco (ANEN) – Moderator

Pol Aviñó (Metarina)

Ander Etxebarria (GH Cranes)

Ander Etxabe (Euskadiko Kirol Portuak-EKP)

Arturo Gutierrez (Freedom Boat Club / Brunswick)

This roundtable brings together a panel of different representatives from the service sector in which we want to explore how the nautical industry is adapting to the new demands of current users of the nautical world. From innovative online platforms for marina management, through the implementation of dry docks to the use of sailing clubs, we will discover how these new services and tools are transforming the sailing experience, providing more comfort, accessibility, and sustainability.

Contents 2023
Location for Day 1
Location for Day 2
  • University Projects
  • 7 Talks
  • 1 Undergraduate Thesis Presentations
  • 1 Master’s Thesis Presentation
  • Coffee Break
  • Networking
  • 11 Talks
  • 3 Panels
  • 2 Innovation Talks
  • 24 Speakers
  • Lunch Included
  • Networking Spaces
  • Coffee Breaks