On October 24th Steve Killing spoke to the Shellbacks about his role as measurer in the 2017 America's Cup, and provided a glimpse into what the next America's Cup will look like.
It was interesting to hear about the precision with which the racers' sails are measured, and the highly competitive environment in which measurers must work. Measurers also operate on the water as scrutineers of sorts as the boats train and race.
The influence of the C-Class catamarans -- largely pioneered in Canada -- was traced to their larger descendants in the AC catamarans.
Shellbacks also had a chance to see first hand a C-Class catamaran's foil. Foils, being an area of design freedom in the America's Cup 2017, are among the most critical and precise parts of these boats.
The talk concluded with a look at the foiling monohulls that will be the craft used in the next America's Cup.
About Steve Killing
Steve graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.Eng Sc Civil Engineering in 1972, which explains, at least a bit, his rich background in the world of sailing.
He is president of his own company, Steve Killing Yacht Design Inc., designing, racing & cruising sailboats, classic powerboats and historic sailing vessels & small craft.
His involvement in design has included:
Steve’s designs have included:
Steve has also been an author:
He has also been an advisor to:
And in his spare time today, he designs and builds sets for Huronia Players Community Theatre.
On October 17th, the highly accomplished Jim Leech spoke to the Shellbacks about his 2014 expedition to the magnetic north pole. The seven-day, 120 kilometer trek on skis was completed with a contingent of 53, 12 of whom were wounded Canadian soldiers.
The expedition raised more than $12 million in support of efforts to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorders.
Jim Leech on top of the world
Conquers the North Pole and nabs top business book award
About Jim Leech
Jim Leech has a rich background. In 2014 he retired from a 45-year business and military career. Subsequently he was appointed the 14th of Queen's University. During his business career he held top positions in mainstream corporations such as:
In 2013, he co-authored The Third Rail, Confronting our Pension Failures, a best-selling book that received the 2013-2014 National Business Book Award.
For the past year, Jim has been the Special Advisor to Prime Minister Trudeau on the establishment of the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
In 2010, Jim was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, in 2014 was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2017 was inducted onto the Wall of Honour at Royal Military College.
Jim holds a BSc (Hons. Math and Physics) from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MBA (1973) from Queen's University, and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
In his retirement, Jim has, among many other endeavours, remained very active in support of wounded soldiers.
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