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Morrelli & Melvin Helps Shape AC 34

by Morrelli & Melvin Media on 7 May 2010
Morrelli & Melvin are one of two US design groups retained by BMW Oracle to come up with multihull and monohull options for the 34th America’s Cup Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz

Morrelli & Melvin is one of two Southern California yacht design teams tapped to help re-energize the America's Cup.

Starting off on the right foot, the Defender and the Challengers are cooperating in discussion, debate, consultation and collaboration. At a press conference in Rome on May 6th it was announced that shaping the design rule for the next generation of America's Cup boats is a key ingredient to building more excitement in the upcoming America's Cup.

With the goal of the AC34 design rule being released by September 31, 2010, Pete Melvin and the Morrelli & Melvin team have been developing design concepts for an America's Cup multihull rule and Bruce Nelson of Nelson/Merek Yacht Design in San Diego has been developing parameters for a monohull design rule

'We have had the pleasure of contributing to the development of the multihulls that won Pete Melvin
the 1988 and this year's America's Cup. We enjoyed working with BMW ORACLE's design team and it was thrilling to be in Valencia for the 33rd America's Cup and witness the power and the speed of a match between a catamaran and a trimaran. We are ecstatic that multihulls are being considered for the next America's Cup and look forward to taking a leadership role in the collaborative process by presenting our initial concepts at the Designers Conference to be held on May 18th in Valencia,' commented Morrelli & Melvin co-founder, Pete Melvin.


Morrelli & Melvin embraces the challenge of developing a rule that meets the following requirements:

· It should produce dynamic and close racing

· It should use advanced, efficient and cost-effective technologies

· It should be distinctive and epitomize the pinnacle of the sport

· It should be able to race in any venue in winds from 5-35 knots.


About Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering, Inc.

Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering, Inc.'s yacht designs and yacht engineering have won the 2010 and 1988 America's Cup. M&M yacht consulting has helped clients set 'Round the World, 24 hour records, Transatlantic records and many course racing records as well as over ten ISAF World Championships and dozens of continental championships.

A common attribute among yacht designers and engineers at Morrelli & Melvin is the ability to build what we design. We believe that the hands-on experience enables our team to not only design products that can be built efficiently and economically, but also leads to innovation in materials and construction methods
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