Pretty far off the mark on what a senior engineer’s salary is. Here in the U.S, mid career/entry level senior engineers start around the $100k Euro mark ($125k USD). True senior level engineers can often be north of $200k/yr. I know plenty on the software side making north of $200k Euro/year, some without formal degrees.100k€/year for a boat captain seems way overestimated. I think a senior engineer / NavArch (10+ years experience) would make about half of that tops.
Top of the notch pair of foils is 500/600 k€. This of course doesn't include the boat modifications.
I would also be very surprised if Pip even considered new foils... What would be the point for her? You can see that the other low-cost campaigns that went that way (Roura, Boissières) are not benefiting from the foils at all.
I would wager that an experienced naval architect like Verdier is probably making closer to $500k/year, AC campaigns and $600k foils cost what they do for a reason...
I’m also reasonably confident some of the TP52 boat captains are pulling in 6 figures, so I would not at all be surprised if the top VG teams had similar salaries for their employees.
Finally, I suspect you could back out some of these numbers based on the campaign costs published by some teams (HB’s is pretty well known), an estimate of team size and estimate of boat cost. The latter is a big variable, IIRC, 8million GBP seems about right for a foiling IMOCA, five or take a million or 2.
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