THE HAMSTER - CHRIS TODD'S CHARITY FUND RAISER
Although the attempt was a partial success (he crossed 23 miles of open ocean and the team raised over £3500 for the charities the event supported) Chris feels like he does not yet deserve a cigar. So, he is planning another attempt at some point in the future. If you would like to offer your support for any future attempt please email him.
appreciating that this is 'walking on water' publicity stunt aimed at
raising money for charity, nevertheless, the task was made all the more
difficult for Chris because of the increased frontal area of the
'Hamster-cage' paddle-wheel and the fact that paddle wheels are grossly
inefficient compared to a propeller.
This human powered craft has less than a horsepower to overcome wave and
wind resistance for forward propulsion. By increasing his frontal area
and electing a drive that is inefficient, Chris put himself in the
position of having to work harder than normal for a task that is already
challenging. We also appreciate that the design is extremely simple and
is a visual curiosity that would have spurred contributors to donate,
which, after all was the objective, and on that basis his project is a PR
The Solar Navigator - SWASSH (Small Waterplane Area Stabilized Single Hull) test model 2012
The latest Solarnavigator is designed to be capable of an autonomous world navigation set for an attempt
in 2015 if all goes according to schedule.
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