Team Invictus

Team Invictus is a Bristol-based team comprising a number of aerospace engineers and professional sailors who share a common vision to produce a highly efficient, exceptional and original craft to compete in the next International C-Class Catamaran Challenge. The team's expertise has grown since the early days with the help of experienced aerospace engineers. Within the team, there is now a range skills, and the team are building on their capabilities all the time. For more information, contact us at info@teaminvictus.com

Norman Wijker

Norman Wijker

Norman, along with Mark Bishop, founded the Invictus project in 2002 as a personal challenge. The C-Class catamaran ticked his two main interests, nautical and aeronautical. Having studied at Cranfield University and gained a Masters Degree in 1987, Norman has a long career in the aeropsace industry, he is now an Aeronautical Consultant in an R&D role. Norman is the team leader of the project and is key in the development of the new boat.

Mark Bishop

Mark Bishop

A Mechanical Engineer with many years of dinghy and cruising sailing experience for whom the project offered the opportunity to assist with the design, build and on going development of the C-Class catamaran within a creative environment. Enjoys slow boat sailing, preferring to leave the C-Class to the professionals and generally supports the shore crew.

Pete Baker

Pete Baker

Pete is a CAD Designer currently working in Structural R&D. He joined the team in 2003, keen to get involved and get his hands dirty. His focus as a CAD Designer is designing and modelling components and tooling, but he also gets stuck into the manufacture, assembly and repair. Having experienced what it was like to be part of the world of C-Class, Pete has been involved ever since.

Tom Phipps

Tom Phipps

Tom, the newest member of the sailing team, grew up literally within a stones throw of Carrick Roads where the 2013 ICCCC will be held. Tom has held an impressive number of youth sailing and national championships including:

1st - Dart 18 World Championships, Weymouth 2010,
1st - Student Keelboat Europeans, France 2009,
1st - Tornado Nationals, Mumbles 2008

and would be setting his sights on the Olympics if it were not for the fact that Tornado catamarans will not be present in 2012.

George Seyfang

George Seyfang

Aeronautical Advisor. George worked in the UK aerospace industry for over 40 years, and was the Principal Concepts Engineer at British Aerospace and BAE Systems at Warton. He did concept formulation, aerodynamics, performance estimation and testing of a variety of aircraft from jet fighters and UAVs to the Concorde. Since retirement he has used his private wind-tunnel to contribute to several projects, one of which was the 126mph Greenbird WSR land-yacht, and this led to an introduction to the Invictus programme.

Huw Traylor

Huw Traylor

Huw joined the team in 2011 and has been hard at work focusing on raising sponsorship for the team itself and for the 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship as Team Invictus have the privilege to be the event hosts. Huw enjoys sailing craft of all sizes, from trying to keep his Solo dinghy upright to crewing on traditional boats and tall ships.

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Claire Wijker

Claire has been with the team since day one. She has worked in IT at Airbus, Hewlett Packard and Orange as a Unix System Administrator and was also a Team Leader whilst in this role at Airbus. Claire's work on Invictus includes essential support tasks such as website administration, clerical duties and team finances. Her role will become even more critical as the team hopes to increase funding and turnover in preparation for the 2013 challenge, a task for her, surpassed only by the needs of raising four children!

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Helen Williams

Helen is a composite stress engineer at Airbus who has slid into the project management role with ease, taking on the un-enviable task of organising a bunch of engineers (which is rather like herding cats). Helen has brought massive energy and focus to this task, and she does so with a typical “Playful” sense of humour! Since the ICCCC September 2013 Helen has taken a step back, but is still heavily involved in the team.

Paul Larsen

Paul Larsen

Paul is a leading sailor on the world circuit, he has won the Transatlantic Jacques Varbes Race in 2002 and has recently participated in the Around-the-world ORYX Quest race. In current project, SailRocket, he is competing for the outright world speed sailing record.

Helena Darvelid

Helena Darvelid

Helena sailed with Tracy Edwards in a global race series and holds several sailing records as well as being a past Swedish Yachtswoman of the year. In current project, SailRocket, she is competing for the outright world speed sailing record.

Olivia Stodieck

Olivia Stodieck

Olivia joined the team in early 2009. She had not heard of the C-Class before, but took an instant interest in this challenging project. Olivia focuses on structural analysis. She works closely with the rest of the team to coordinate designs with the aero/hydrodynamic requirements. In the process, she is learning a lot about C-Class design principles and also team management. Olivia previously managed the team website, which she originally built in collaboration with Vera Boome.

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Babbar Shah

Brought into the team by Helen March 2013 in an attempt to support and help resolve design and manufacturing issues on Invictus whilst being effectively cost neutral, Babbar (Airbus) has slotted into the team in a charismatic way. He has brought energy, drive and a real passion to learn many different disciplines in order to solve any given problem right from design, through manufacturing to even movie editing, Babbar is enthusiastic to learn it all! Since the September 2013 racing Babbar has now stepped up to cover a more managerial role within the Team, looking ahead to 2015.

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Cedric Bader

Another new team member, Cedric is a highly accomplished catamaran sailor as well as being an Engineer at Airbus UK. Cedric came into the team keen to help with the manufacture of our boat Invictus, but in him we found much more as Cedric went on to win the Hobbie 16 European Catamaran Championship 2013 with his brother. Cedric has now had his first taste of C-Class racing with Invictus at the September 2013 ICCCC and is hungry for more.

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Miren Egana-Abarrategui

As a fatigue engineer at Airbus, Miren was keen to learn more about the world of composites and often brought fresh eyes to a problem enabling further in the innovative design process. With some experience in sailing she was an active team member in getting the boat race ready on the shore line in the ICCCC 2013.

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Christophe Cornet

A recent team member from March 2013, Christophe brings a pragmatic perspective to solving design issues as well as being able to step outside of his engineering comfort zone with ease to support in Sponsorship and fundraising activities for the team.

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Alexander Le Page

Alex joined in March 2013 and currently works at the National Composites centre in Bristol as a research engineer. With Catia design skills in his background he will be getting to grips with Additive Layer Manufacturing in the near future as part of his design experience. Alex has now also taken a more prominent role in the team’s effort to secure funding and sponsorship for their new boat concept.

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Justine McCarthy

A late arrival to the team in the build up to 2013’s ICCCC, Justine has advanced skills in Non-Linear Finite Element modelling and Composite material stress analysis and design. Growing her knowledge into the sailing world, Justine is very enthusiastic to apply her expertise to this new field and pushing the team to new success.

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Ed Redfearn

Ed joined Team Invictus in October 2013 when he moved to Bristol to work as an Aerodynamicist at Rolls-Royce. Although Ed is the newest team member to join, he is no stranger to Team Invictus having completed his degree with a thesis on Team Invictus. He is a keen sailor previously competing in the Spitfire and F18 catamaran classes before moving into the International Moth class.  Learning to sail the moth has whetted Ed’s appetite for foiling and he is excited about helping design Team Invictus’ first foiling C-class for the 2015 competition.

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Amanda Vargas

A valuable new addition to the team in March 2013, Amanda came as a delightful bonus as she is also Babbar’s Wife, however Amanda is an engineer in her own right! And with specialties in industrial manufacturing she has often proven to be the difference between getting the job done, or failing to meet the tight time constraints in manufacture. With a hands on approach she helped drive the team on to a very success Invictus Wing build for 2013.