Our OpenHandWaterbike!The OpenHandWaterbike, our high-performance boat for disabled athletes, is a reality! First proposed by Ruud Schmidt the project was recently revived by Haki Doku, the Albanian parathlete who represented his country in the Paralympics Games of 2012 in Londo as a cyclist.
The challenge was accepted by the University of Verona , and we supported them with our community's know-how and providing a few key components. In particular our colleague Franco Mazzante provided technical support and the hulls, Rick Willoughby his folding prop, and his usual valuable advice, Andreas 'Scheny' Schonwalder designed a new dedicated prop (not yet tested).
This collective effort gave the university team (Luca Ardigò, scientific director, Massimo Spoladore, technical director, and Michele della Piazza ) the support necessary to build the first prototype in a pretty short time.
The boat was then shortly tested, presented to the public and press at Canottieri Olona in Milan (Italy) on june 7th and finally successfully took part in the Vogalonga, a famous long distance regatta, in Venice (Italy), on june 8th.
We are now are planning a development phase aimed at increasing the performances of the new boat and hopefully transform Haki's dream (and ours as well) into reality, spreading a new sport which could for the first time allow disabled people to enjoy sports and leisure on water.
If you can support this project please contact us.