I’ve had experience in many kinds of boats and have done many kinds of sailing, from trans-Pacific cruising and racing to around the buoys in dinghys. However I believe that most of what I know about boat design and construction was learned in the International 14 class. The open nature of the rule, the open nature of the sailors, the rapid evolution of the boats, foils and rigs, as well as the excitement of sailing these boats made them a natural for me. In addition, when my boats became successful, I found myself building them for a living over a period of 9 years (while continuing my Naval Architecture work on a part time basis). This taught me many of the challenges on the construction side of producing a performance yacht. My first design to win the World Championships was in San Francisco in 1999 and people sailing my designs have won all but one of the World Championships since then.

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