sail-world.com -- America's Cup: A quick look at University of Auckland's Yacht Research

America's Cup: A quick look at University of Auckland's Yacht Research    

'Emirates Team NZ AC72 Launch their second generation AC72 - Auckland graduates are working across all teams in the 34th America’’s Cup Regatta'    © Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

Many people wonder why New Zealand is able to produce so many good sailors and engineers. The sailors often come from the Lion Foundation's Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Youth Program, and designers and engineers come from The University of Auckland's Faculty of Engineering.

The really good ones do both.

Four time winner of the America’s Cup winner and Olympic Gold medalist, Russell Coutts is a graduate of the Auckland School of Engineering -  Gilles Martin-Raget-Oracle Racing.com ©?nid=113743   Click Here to view large photo
The Engineering School at Auckland University has specialised in performance yacht research for more than 25 years, and has more alumni involved in the 34th America’s Cup than any other.

These include four times America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts, now CEO of Defender Oracle Team USA, and Tom Schnackenberg, the hugely respected sail designer for Australia II, who is currently a design consultant with Artemis Racing, Nick Holroyd, the technical director of Emirates Team NZ, and Burns Fallow, the sail design coordinator, are also both graduates of the Faculty.

Coutts is also an Olympic Gold Medalist. Other Olympic Medalists who have graduated from Auckland School of Engineering include Jo Aleh and John Cutler. Peter Burling is currently a student at the faculty, as is 2012 Olympic representative, Paul Snow-Hansen.

The Master of Engineering Studies in Yacht Engineering at The University of Auckland is a small-craft naval architecture degree which combines courses in materials, structures, boat design and manufacturing, computational fluid dynamics, and aerodynamics/hydrodynamics, with practical project work and field visits to leading boat building companies.

The Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel at University of Auckland -  .. .  
The Faculty of Engineering also has a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including:
• A Yacht Research Unit which has been involved in the design and testing of boats competing in the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, and many other regattas since its inception in 1987.
• Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel.
• Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel.
• Centre for Advanced Composite Materials.
• Light Metals Research Centre.

Students also have the opportunity to work alongside researchers with associated interests such as polymers, coatings, dynamic positioning and embedded systems.

To add a practical sailing dimension onto their degree studies, students are just up the road from the unique Auckland sailing environment which offers everything from being able to work with top Olympic sailors, to America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean race projects, superyacht construction, sail design and manufacture, spar design and manufacture, and rigging - all within a 10km radius of the University. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, which operates its renowned youth training program – producing many top America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean race crews and helmsmen – is just 5kms from the University.

David le Pelly, now a member of Emirates Team NZ's design team responsible for Aero and Instrumentation gives a tour of the Auckland facility (apologies for the audio acoustics>

<: embed_code8799 :>

Ranked in the top 1% of world Universities, many international students travel to Auckland to study at the Faculty of Engineering because of the unique facilities it offers and environment in which it is located.

In this video, international student Fredrick Gerhardt, doing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland, explains why he came to New Zealand.

<: embed_code :>

Ben Goodwin, a three times NZ representative at ISAF Youth Worlds, in the Hobie 16, 29er and 420 before moving onto the 470 and now the 49er explains his 470 project with fellow University of Auckland student, Tarou Shiota..

<: embed_code8798 :>

Tom Schnackenberg (Artemis) here with Matthew Mason (Oracle Racing) -  Gilles Martin-Raget-Oracle Racing.com ©?nid=113743   Click Here to view large photo

August 7, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Blair Tuke and Peter Burling on the 2012 Olympic medal podium at Portland -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=113743   Click Here to view large photo

Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh salute the Nothe crowd soon after winning the Gold Medal at Weymouth in August 2012. -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=113743   Click Here to view large photo

John Cutler (left), Bruce Kendall, Chris Timms and Rex Sellers at the 1988 Olympics, Pusan, Korea. -     Click Here to view large photo

North Sails facility in downtown Auckland - The 60 metre long loft floor close to the Viaduct harbour allows several J class sails to be worked on at one time by two shifts of sailmakers working 20 hours per day. -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=113743   Click Here to view large photo

Part of the Southern Spars impressive spar contruction factilty that has been used for the construction of America’s Cup wingsails, Super yacht masts extending the length of the factory, and multiple Volvo Ocean 65 rigs. The facility is within 10kms of downtown Auckland. -  Southern Spars   Click Here to view large photo

Doyle Sails loft and manufacturing facility is within 10km of University of Auckland -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=113743   Click Here to view large photo



by Sail-World
- 5:05 PM Fri 30 Aug 2013 GMT



Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.
If you want to send this story to a friend, please use link below
http://www.sail-world.com/indexs.cfm?nid=113743

Based on your current download speed Sail-World has delivered large images (660 pixels long side.)  If you would like to see only small images (300 pixels long side) click here .  For medium sized images (500 pixels long side) click here .  If you would prefer to see text only (without pictures) click here

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup
2013 Auckland University School of Engineering

Related News Stories:
27 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA under stress
23 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ designers reveal AC72 secrets
22 May 2014  America's Cup: Artemis death verdict 'result of an human act'
10 May 2014  A year after the Artemis incident, the sailors tell of the pain
16 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced
14 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess
12 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report
10 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Two Kiwis escape hometown action in AC45 rules ruckus
03 Apr 2014  34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 3 - Under the Pump
01 Apr 2014  34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 1 - Regaining time

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW AUS
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT