Graduation project: Creating a new product for the Dutch Olympic Sailors which improves the chance on Olympic medals.
This project was a 5-month graduation project for the Integrated Product Design Masters degree programme at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
“Anneke is a dedicated, passionate designer who can balance a technical assignment with science and reason. Anneke is a hard worker, self driven and motivated.”Carrie Howe – Magic Marine
The project started with an extensive research on what sailors do and what difficulties they face while racing. Hiking has been found as a highly demanding activity for a sailor, since 29 up to 94% of the time is spend hiking with wind speeds over 8 knots.
Unfortunately, hiking causes a lot of injuries in the ankle, knee, thigh and hip/spine area. Design concepts have been developed to support these areas in order to reduce injuries.
Eventually, research pointed out that the sailors needed a new hiking pad to support their thighs and reduce early muscle fatigue to increase overall performance.
The pro hiking pad is the next step in hiking. It can be used in any kind of suit. The thigh pad support system is lighter, thinner and provides better load distribution than existing hiking pads. This will enable the sailor to hike longer and harder.
An article has been written based upon the research performed during the graduation project. The paper presents the changes in perceived comfort while hiking in a sailing boat (in this case the Laser, a single- handed Olympic dinghy) due to a new design of hiking pads.
Read the article here
Sports, Softgoods, prototyping.
Magic Marine, Delft University of Technology (Industrial Design Engineering faculty), InnosportLab Scheveningen