This year marks the first time that the TU Delft SNAME Student Section sent a representative (President Paula) to the SNAME Council Retreat in Washington D.C. This gathering is organized annually in early June by the SNAME headquarter to provide an opportunity for all branches of the SNAME hierarchy to network, interact, and share ideas. Key discussion topics included the expansion of the SNAME graduate scholarship program to be more inclusive of European students and the involvement of the various student sections in the annual symposium of the SNAME Western European Section.
However, the retreat wasn't only business. SNAME members of all ranks competed in a design challenge where they were tasked to build a boat of basic materials (such as cardboard, aluminum foil, duct tape, rubber bands, popsicle sticks etc..) which was subjected to some challenging conditions (waves, a puncture of the front compartment, and heavy loading). Naturally, Paula's team won, most likely due to her prowess analyzing multi-axial fatigue in welded structural details.
To remind all participants of their roots, a replica of an old sailing ship, the Hermione, was anchored next to the hotel.