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Public Session

1800 - 2200 NZDT -  Doors open at 1800

Maritime Room, Princes Wharf, Viaduct Harbour

This popular free event is back.  

18:00: doors opening at the venue, refreshments.

18:25: Introductory note by chair and MC

18:30: start of presentations.

18:30-19:00: Design of AC40 by Emirates Team New Zealand by Dr Tanya Peart and Dr Chris Hickey
The one-design AC40 yacht, launched by ETNZ in 2022 and winner of World Sailing’s ‘Boat of the Year’ in 2023, is a key part of this year’s America’s Cup event and is soon to enter the sailing mainstream through private owners. This presentation will provide some insight into the design process of the yacht, including the structural and fluid dynamics modelling, simulation, and the mechanical system design

19:00-19:30: A Data-driven Race Strategy Tool for Olympic Sailing Competitions by Dr Laura Marimon Giovannetti, RISE, Sweden.
Venue specific training has proven to be a key asset for teams over the years to perform at major championships and at the Olympics. A deep knowledge and understanding of the environmental features and of the possible weather scenarios in an outdoor sport like sailing could give a strategic advantage. At the same time, GPS tracking is becoming a readily available technology that sailors use both in training and during races to analyse their own boat speed compared to their competitors. The current research couples environmental data with GPS tracks for Sailing Olympic classes with the aim of linking weather features with strategic moves around a race track. This paper analyses the routes taken by sailors using the local wind and GPS measurements for explaining decisions taken at every step of the path.

19:30-20:00: IMOCA’s design structure, recent developments and future challenges by Mr Yoan Stephant (Gurit).
The IMOCA Class is a very dynamic and high-performance fleet of 60ft monohull offshore sailing yachts governed by the International Monohull Open Class Association. Since the last Vendee Globe edition in 2020-2021, the single handed, nonstop, round the world race, there has been 13 new boats launched. The IMOCA 60 class has been selected to race the Ocean Race 2022-2023 (ex. Volvo Ocean Race) and is getting more interest from international sailing teams, with 40 IMOCA’s set to take part in the next Vendee Globe starting in November 2024.

20:00-20:30: refreshments and nibbles, social mingling

20:30-21:30: panel session / round table discussions: The evolutions of foiling technology.

From the America’s cup to IMOCA and Olympic sailing, hydrofoils have taken a place of choice in high performance sailing. The golden age of foiling is now clearly upon the sailing world. The rise in this technology keeps pushing the researchers, designers, architects, engineers, yachties and athletes beyond their own limits to break new records, win races and showcase higher performance. With our world class selection of panelists, we will discuss the evolution of foiling with time. What are the past and present key technological factors that have unlocked such performance gains? What are the implications for the way we design existing and next generations boats? What does the future hold for that technology? How have they affected the way we sail? Here are a few topics that we will discuss tonight so sit back, relax and enjoy the hydro-foiling flight.

List of panelists:
Mr Burns Fallow, Emirates Team New Zealand
Mr Bobby Kleinschmit, Emirates Team New Zealand
Dr. Laura Mari
mon Giovannetti, RISE
Mr Yoan Stephant CEng (MRINA), Gurit


21:30-21:35: closing words from MC and chair.

Download the full Program here

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