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High Performance
Yacht Design HPYD8

Conference | 2024



21-22 March 2024

HPYD 8 is coming to Auckland, New Zealand the 21st and 22nd of March 2024.  The HPYD conference will be run two days prior to the return of the high speed SailGP racing event in New Zealand taking place in Christchurch (South Island), 23-24 March 2024.

Papers will be presented online and in person.  

Proceedings and videos are available to purchase for our previous events in our shop. 



March 2024

The HPYD8 Schedule

Preliminary conference schedule.

Thursday 21 March 2024 (Auckland)

0700 - Registration
0720 - 1200 NZDT Technical sessions 1&2 - online and in person

1300 - 1500 NZDT Technical session 3 - online and in person

1500 - 1800 NZDT Free time to enjoy Auckland

1800 - 2200 NZDT Public session (free event) including refreshments. 
Presentations showcasing the design of the AC40 and IMOCA yachts and Olympic sailing, followed by a round table about the evolutions of foiling technology.



Friday 22 March 2024 (Auckland)

0700 - 1210 NZDT Technical sessions 4&5 - online and in person

1230 - 1500 NZDT  Conference lunch (Additional cost)

To preview the HPYD8 Program of events click here

The HPYD8 Papers

20 papers from 14 authors.


Click here to see the full list of papers

The Sessions


Wind assisted propulsion systems   

Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics  

Structure and Strategy 

Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI)

Other HYPD Events

During the conference the HPYD committee will host other events.  
Public Session

Conference lunch/networking


Past Events





December 2002

"The most informative technical conference I've been to as well as an exceptional opportunity to meet old friends and be educated at the same time." - Merfyn Owen, Owen Clarke Design, England

"You managed to attract the most prominent researchers in the field from all parts of the world. This must be one of the best conferences in yacht design ever held." - Professor Lars Larsson, Chalmers University, Sweden


February 2006

Jointly hosted by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the University of Auckland and Massey University, the second international conference on high performance yacht design showcased the latest developments in yacht research from around the globe.








December 2008

The 3rd High Performance Yacht Design conference was widely acclaimed to be even better than the first two. The conference saw 28 papers presented on a broad range of topics.


March 2012

The fourth HPYD conference was held during the Auckland stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race in March 2012. It was a great opportunity to meet the sailors, see the yachts and attend this highly acclaimed, world-class technical conference. The University of Auckland in conjunction with HPYD hosted a very successful public panel discussion on Volvo 70 Design and Sailability.








March 2015

The fifth HPYD conference was held during the Auckland stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race in March 2015.  The University of Auckland in conjunction with HPYD hosted a very successful and lively Open Session. "PJ" Montgomery was master of ceremonies and interviewed Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race and Race Director, Jack Lloyd.


March 2018

On March 11th 2018, the HPYD committee organised a range of exciting, publicly accessible presentations and keynote addresses delivered by some of the top designers and engineers involved in the America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race.

There were no published papers at HPYD6








March 2021

On March 11th 2021, the HPYD committee held their first online/in-person conference with the America’s Cup activities as a back drop.  Despite many delegates not being able to come to NZ due to COVID restrictions the event was well attended with 15 papers presented online and in person.


The Conference

HPYD is a series of conferences on high performance yacht design organised by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) NZ and the University of Auckland. The first conference was held in December 2002. Since then it has showcased the latest developments in yacht research from around the globe. The conference enables naval architects, engineers, designers and researchers to present and hear papers on the current state of high performance yacht and power craft technology.

The conferences feature papers related to the design of high performance power and sailing yachts, including:

  • Structural design and analysis

  • Aerodynamics and hydrodynamics

  • Performance prediction

  • Wind tunnel and towing tank testing

  • Computational methods

  • Hull and appendage design

  • Regulations and rating rules

  • Routing and tactics



Conferences are timed to coincide with an international yachting event. HPYD8 will be just before the SailGP event returning to New Zealand (Chirstchurch).

The Venue

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest urban region and is home to approximately 1.3million people. It is also recognised as the largest Polynesian city in the world, so there are a variety of cultural experiences on offer. Auckland is built on an isthmus located between two beautiful harbours - the Waitemata, meaning "sparkling waters", which is the key to Auckland being known as the “City of Sails”, and the Manukau Harbour, which flows out to rugged black-sand beaches loved by surfers.

The Venue
Our Sponsors

Our Sponsors


Gold Sponsor 

Southern Spars specialises in the design and construction of carbon fibre spars and components, rigging and rig servicing. As the industry pioneer, Southern Spars built its first carbon spar in 1990. Since then the company has pursued a passion for delivering world class cruising and racing spars, carbon rigging and service. Its operation extends to four corners of the world with centres in the USA, Denmark, South Africa, Spain and Sri Lanka, with headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand.  Southern Spars is backed by the international Oakley Capital Group, a company renowned for investing in leading technology companies.

Our Host City Partner

​Tataki Auckland Unlimited delivers outcomes that will have positive long-term impacts on Auckland and the future course of Aucklanders’ cultural enrichment and prosperity.  We are well prepared and ready for the challenge of enabling Auckland to further develop as a world-class city.

Gold Sponsor 

Gurit is your global marine solutions partner for advanced composite materials and engineering services for lightweight, durable and sustainable marine projects.

Gurit supplies advanced composite materials to the full spectrum of marine projects worldwide including industry-leading prepregs, structural core materials, adhesives, coatings, as well as laminating and infusion systems.The versatility and resilience of Gurit products, coupled with unrivalled in-house technical support and extensive composite engineering knowledge, delivers a solution that is finely tuned to customer requirements, whether that is improved quality, more efficient production, reduced weight or higher performance.

At HPYD8 Gurit Engineering will discuss the design and engineering of the latest generation boats for the IMOCA 60 Class focusing on structure reliability and load inflation, implementation of new systems and use of data acquisition as an element of performance.

Silver Sponsor

MAST Academy is an NZQA registered Private Training Academy that works with learners and employers to ensure people are trained with the necessary skills and knowledge to build successful lives and businesses. Our goal is to create a centre of excellence for marine composite and specialised technology training. We currently offer apprenticeships in: 

  • Boat building- custom and production

  • Marine systems engineering 

  • Power boat rigging and servicing and repair technicians

  • Marine interiors and marine coating interiors and exterior 

  • Composite sail making 

  • Industrial Textiles 


We also offer a School to Work pathway that introduces learners to the marine industry through genuine work experience and a micro credential.

We will be offering in 2025 a range of micro credentials designed to introduce learners to the marine sector or to upskill graduates of our apprenticeship. Can register interest at  

Contact Us

The Organising Committee

Nicolas Aubin, Manta5 (Chair)

Tom Allen, University of Auckland (Technical Chair)

Mrs Susan Lake (HPYD Treasurer)

James Flett, MRINA

Ms Helen Quekett

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