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Andy Claughton Naval Architects Ltd.

Andy Claughton is one of the most experienced Americas Cup designers, having been involved with the competition since 1983.  He started dinghy sailing as a teenager, and graduated in Ship Science from the University of Southampton 1975.  In 1977 joined the nascent Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics.  This was where he made many of his early contributions to Americas Cup teams. Andy worked on towing tank and wind tunnel tests, and developing speed prediction programmes for teams that included Team New Zealand, the AC winners in 1995 and 2000.

He took a career break from the Wolfson Unit to work full-time for Team New Zealand in 2000 as Research Coordinator and then Design Coordinator for the 2007 Americas Cup.  Emirates Team NZ won the Louis Vuitton Cup against Prada, but narrowly lost to Alinghi in the Cup match.  

Andy left his role as Director of Enterprise at the University to be Chief Technology Officer at Land Rover BAR, for Ben Ainslie’s unsuccessful Challenge for the 35th America’s Cup. 

Andy is now an independent Naval Architect.  He has been a long time member of the International Technical Committee working on the ORC rules for racing yachts and superyachts.  He has published many papers, and won awards that include the Royal Institute of Naval Architects Small Craft Group Medal.

Andy Claughton Resume

2014 – 2017 Chief Technology Officer 
Land Rover BAR.  Challenger for the 35th America’s Cup
2012 – 2014 Director of Enterprise.
Wolfson Unit M.T.I.A, University of Southampton.
2009 – 2012 Principal Research Engineer.
Wolfson Unit M.T.I.A, University of Southampton.
2007 – 2009 Design Coordinator.
TEAM ORIGIN, America’s Cup Challenger.
2003 – 2007 Design Coordinator.
Emirates Team New Zealand, America’s Cup Challenger.
2000 – 2003 Research Coordinator.
Team New Zealand America’s Cup Defender.
1977 – 2000 Senior Engineer .
Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics,
Department of Ship Science, University of Southampton
1975 – 1977 Post Graduate Research Ship Motions
University of Southampton, Ship Science Department.

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