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.
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